and lean not on your own understanding!
If you don’t understand something, it’s okay. God does! If you feel like you don’t “know” what’s going on, it’s okay! Knowledge is NOT power. The only power that matters is the power of God. The only knowledge that matters is God’s word and your faith in Jesus. If we “knew” everything, then what? Modern day Americans live in a society where the compulsion to “know” something is literally on their fingertips, a simple google phone search away. If you don’t know where you’re going, then surely GPS does. Gone are the days of trial and error. Has this made us a more “advanced” society, or has it set us back as a people completely reliant on robots and machines?
If you don’t “understand” something, are you looking to your Bible for answers? Are you able to take a break, go for a walk alone to pray to God and ask Him to reveal something to you? Or are you looking at the next “self-help” book or blog for answers? God has ALL the answers! And sometimes He doesn’t give you the answer you are looking for or at the time you “need” it. He wants us to rely and fully trust in Him for everything! Not just big decisions, but small daily decisions as well. Is Jesus truly your shepherd, your leader, your king? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you or are you instructing yourself? What would it look like to fully have faith and truly trust?
Picked from my garden on a sunny spring day in Auburn, WA
Montell Jordan cover of “Break Every Chain.”
Yup, that’s right, Montell Jordan is a pastor and worship music leader now. Praise God! Further proof that the Lord can use anyone at anytime for His purposes! The path that you were or are on can radically be re-directed. You don’t have to stay in chains! All those times you’ve said no to God’s call, eventually there will be no other option, except to say YES and surrender. Fully surrender!! When this happens, it is glorious! No words can describe what it means to fully be in God’s presence, to know that you are His, to know that nothing else matters except to be reconciled to your Creator. He made the moon and stars to light a path for us! He is the God of healing, of miracles, of salvation. Matthew 19:26 says, Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Don’t ever forget where you came from and what God has saved you from! If you haven’t tasted the sweetness of the Lord, then you are missing out! Come today. There is no point in waiting, there is no time to waste. Now is the time. Turn towards the Lord. Repent. There is nothing that you’ve done that God can not forgive, NOTHING. There is nothing that matters more in this finite life, in this waning world, than a relationship with our everlasting Father. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).
Receive it! ❤
for the trees
for the rain
for the sun.
It is You who knows it all.
For I am a mere mortal.
I am getting more into Your Word.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit who reminds me to pray and devote my days to You.
This house is Yours. I do not own anything.
These children You have brought into my life are dedicated to You.
During times of doubt and uncertainty, I know that You have a plan and that brings me peace.
Let me not falter. Let me be pure.
Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
During the transition from winter to spring, there are often a lot of emotions that come up. Winter represents a dormant time of rest, stillness, and death; while spring represents a season of birth, germination and an opportunity for a tiny seed to grow into a little bud. Though spring brings new life and resurrection, it can also be a reminder of what has been lost or what needs to be let go of in order to allow space for fresh sprouts to flourish. As I take inventory of my personal losses and situations I wish could have been different in the past, I also continue to move forward towards a future of unbounded faith, while attempting to maintain an appreciation for every moment that comes my way… in the present here-and-now.
It’s quite easy to get lost in the clouds and dream of “better” days, however maybe the times we all long for are taking place right now; here on the ground and underneath our own two feet. Perhaps heaven doesn’t exist in a far away land off in the distant sky. Maybe glimpses can be seen and revealed in everyday moments with ordinary people. So the question is.. what do you see in your life? Are you able to see glimpses of heaven or are you living in a personal hell? Sometimes the pendulum can swing pretty wide, and it’s often not always a black and white scenario. Shades of gray mainly permeate the air and sometimes it’s hard to know how to navigate. However, instead of trying to take control of a situation and jump in the driver’s seat to get to the next destination or solve the existing riddle, perhaps allowing oneself to float within the spectrum of overcast pigments can allow room for a kaleidoscope of colors to shine through.
All this to say that spring is arriving, I’m stoked about it and here are a few songs I’ve chosen to represent this time of transitional shifting and change.
Just discovered these guys. Super sweet song.
Jamestown Revival – Golden Age
Recently went back to re-discover the tunes of this leading lady.
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplanes
Our local Seattle hometown heroes.
The Head & the Heart – 10,000 Weight in Gold
This duo is hilarious. That’s all.
Shovels & Rope – The Devil is All Around
Super epic worship band. This is a great acoustic version of this anthem.
Hillsong United – Oceans
The Swingle Sisters – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Super sweet acapella.
Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Tom Waits) – Go Tell It On the Mountain
Groovy and funky soul.
Ella Fitzgerald – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Smooth and swingin.’
King’s College Choir – O Come All Ye Faithful
Beautiful hymn with traditional choir and pipe organ.
John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Peace, love and hope.