How many times I have not accepted fully that we are forgiven and “enough” is insane. Yesterday I was talking to a nurse and she ended up sharing with me about how she has never felt like she is “enough” because of her past. She sees that she is different now but she can’t let go of her past sins. She has trouble accepting her boyfriend’s compliments because he doesn’t know her past and she thinks if he knew he wouldn’t accept her. The whole entire time she was talking I couldn’t help but think about how God sees her and how He FULLY knows her past and fully knows who she is inside and out (Psalm 139) and He loves her no matter what…But as I was sitting there I thought about how it was so easy for me to see how she was forgiven and it made me think why do I think I am an exception?
Why do I think that I should be more and I need to do more for God’s forgiveness and love, isn’t that egocentric to think I should be above this innate sinful nature in us? To think that others are fully forgiven and God doesn’t see them for their sins but I should be above that?
All this to say, I wanted to share Romans 8 because it has such an amazing message about how we have ZERO shame with Christ (Romans 8:1, therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus) and we have the spirit which gives us life and does not enslave us as abandoned children but we are adopted as God’s heirs (Romans 8:17).
Just look at the three headings from Romans 8, We were meant to rejoice in hope and be patient through the earthly pain and sufferings because His spirit lives within us and we are His heirs and He will guide and protect us (psalm 46:1). We were meant to be constant in prayer and constant in praise. Romans 12:12
Life Through the Spirit “the mind governed by the spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6
Present Suffering and Future Glory “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
More than Conquerers “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Honestly there is nothing better than walking on the beach and eating breakfast with this sweet women. This was one of the best mornings last week the air was sweet and it seemed like a perfect morning to enjoy the beach and ask God some questions, and catch up with this lady.
Recently I've read through Matthew and with a lot of crazy things going on recently I have had lots of questions and this one passage just answered what I had asked God.
A lot of people ask why there is evil in this world and if we have a God why aren't these bad things taken away. I found in Matthew 13 this passage,
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” “
God did not put the evil here, the enemy did. We are lucky enough to have a God who gives us the freedom to decide for ourselves where and how we are going to dedicate our life and sometimes that does lead to bad or evil things occurring. Because of these options he gives us we are able to feel the strength of his love, he loves us even though we can be evil and we sin. God let's us "grow together" because we are supposed to stay strong even when "weeds" or evils are around us and we are supposed to spend time and live with all sorts of people.
That's what I got from this passage and would love to hear what y'all got out of this. <3
My super artsy, creative, talented sister lives in New York and let me come and visit her this past weekend! We went to an awesome class at SoulCycle in SoHo, if you have never been to one of their classes I definitely recommend it. After spin we got Chobani yogurt that was made in their store in SoHo with chefs that put together their different recipes. They had so many interesting recipes I wish I could have tried them all. Here is their link if you wanna check them out http://www.chobani.com/culture/chobani-soho
After Chobani we went to The MoMA and saw the Starry Night…the whole museum was jaw dropping and exciting. We had to get our sugar fix so we went to Magnolias and got the banana bread pudding which is even better than I thought it would be. Our last hour together we went to The Smile for breakfast and were all excited because it was so
quirky and cute.
It was a great weekend even if in the end my flight home was delayed by 8 hours…I got to see my sister and a lot of unexpected snow!
The one word that really makes a senior in high school cringe. Even though the thought of college is exciting it also is a huge decision. This weekend I went to visit two schools in California. The schools are beautiful and have all the things I want in a school…but it is pretty far from my home so it is going to be a big commitment. This weekend has been amazing though… San Diego, Laguna beach, and Malibu are all amazing cities filled with beauty! I am very grateful that my parents were willing to take me here and tour these schools it has been a huge blessing. With the decision of college, I’m just praying each day that the lord can open my eyes and ears to hear or see where he wants me to go and where the right place is. My cousin recently texted me and said “there is no “wrong school” for us to choose, God can work through us no matter where we end up.” This really helped me be more positive about my decision and put more faith into God’s plan.
Earlier in the week I posted about New Years resolutions. I talked about how we make our goals unobtainable. We do this because society has created these goals that we should strive for that are just unrealistic. We pick these goals not even realizing why we should do them. They are normally things we have heard that other people choose to change about themselves and seem like good things to change about ourselves. The one that comes to mind is body weight. We have been told time after time we have to look a certain way and be a certain size. When in reality everyone’s body is designed a different way by our maker. And even though this is true still the most common resolution is to lose some crazy amount of pounds. The resolution is never to get healthy so we can play with our kids outside and run around with them, or to get healthy so we can take care of this body we have been given and be grateful for it. I think if we could just really look at the resolutions we have made and find out WHY the goals we are striving for are good, then we will be motivated and uplifted to reach them.
My goal this year is to do something good for my mind and body each day. I want to take care of my mind and not go back to my negative thoughts about my body and my self. This week I have been active every day with some new fun workout each day that I don’t normally do. I have tried to journal every night and do a devotional called “This is The Bible” in the app *She Reads, it’s an awesome devotional and I defiantly recommend it! If we are taking care of ourselves each day then we can take care of others.
*She reads is a free app and I definitely recommend getting this ASAP!