You are more valuable than what they say or don't say.
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A lot of people in my life spoke fondly of him.My parents? Not so much. They'd rather disregard him and told me I couldn't see him anymore; he was no good for me.
In middle school I decided I'd find out for myself how awesome he actually was.
Every weekend there was a bunch of us that would hang out in the same crowd. We were all so different, yet we all loved getting together. We all didn't go to the same school, but on the weekends we'd pick up from where we left off. It was a time full of laughs (I truly believe this is where I learned to laugh), good food (hole in the walls), & video games (speed scrabble). I counted down the days until I could see them again.
Specifically it was the influence he had on others that was contagious - unconditional as humans can get, I was able to reap the benefits from their hearts.
My family was below middle class. I won't say we were poor because we always had a roof over our heads but let's just say hot cheetos & cream cheese was a luxury I could not afford every day at school.
When I met up with them on the weekends, I never went hungry. They shared and they spotted. They spotted so much I was covered.
In middle school there was a time I was bullied and ostracized. When I was 13 I dreaded going to school because I hated the glares from my classmates. The look in their eyes burned me.
When I met up with them on the weekends, I never felt unwanted. They called me to make sure I was coming, and if I didn't show up they'd call me to ask why. I belonged.
To this day I know I would die for any of them.
They lived, existed, touched my life and so I didn't perish, although many times I felt like I was on the verge to - they revitalized my life.
A little over 10 years ago I was able to meet all of them because of him. They were all there because he loved them first. Not only did they believe this, they knew this. It was okay that I didn't understand at that moment who he was to them or even who he was to me. Even when I didn't understand or agree, they still loved me & welcomed me. He loved them first and as a result they were able to love me.
All because of him.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Do you see how easy it was for me to go without posting my devotionals? After this month I will continue to spend time with God through this devotional but now I'll be reading 14-ish Chapters with my eco group in the bible so I've decided that I'll be keeping my daily devotionals to myself unless I feel truly convicted to share something I've read. :) It's been an eye opening experience thus far to see how easy it is for me to push God's word aside for other things in my life, but I know how much more focused I am when God is my foundation.
Freedom to Be Ourselves
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God - Psalm 42:5
God is Our Leader
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. - John 15:5
Secure in Christ
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. - Ephesians 3:17
Draw the Line
So the king said to me, Why do you look sad, since you are not sick?... Then I was very much afraid... The king said to me, For what do you ask? So I prayed to the God of heaven - Nehemiah 2:2-4
I, even I, am He who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right). - Isaiah 43:25-26
Lord, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I've been wanting to do. I pray that You'll help me find a good balance with You as my solid foundation and the root of all the works I'm able to do in this life. I pray You'll help inspire me, motivate me, and remind me when things get tough. I want to take advantage of every opportunity in front of me without compromising my love and duties for my family, friends, and home. I pray You'll help me discern when to say yes and when to say no. I pray that You'll take away all the distractions from my life and for me to not be a slave to those things. I pray that I savor every second without wasting time. Please use me as a vessel to do wonderful things and let all praise go to You and not me. Let me be completely satisfied and joyful knowing that I've inherited the Kingdom that is Yours <3 Amen
Free from the Past For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. - Psalm 103:1112
Lord, one of the hardest things is to linger on what was and now what is. I may have done wrong in the past, but You give me the freedom to be good again. Let me never forget that!
God Can Fix It And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
"I'm not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. I'm more excited about my progress than depressed about how far I have to go."
Lord, may I not look back but continue to look forward as I do the work You have called for me to do :) I should be excited and lit up with joy from all that You have in store for me.