fully known

Isn’t it amazing how the memory works?  I was sitting outside this morning for coffee and Bible study, and it felt as though fall was already in the air.  Now for those of you that do not live in Mississippi or have never been here and experienced the heat and humidity… let me tell you… a cool morning in August is RARE!  But all of a sudden, I found myself going back to my freshman year of college and that feeling of  walking to class on sidewalks covered with colorful leaves.  I remembered that exciting and scary place of self-discovery, desiring to find myself in that new place among those new people.

And that’s when it hit me this morning: even then in the midst of trying to get to know myself fully, I was already fully known…

1 Corinthians 13.12

Isn’t the thought of being fully known so incredible?  Imagine someone knowing and understanding all of your thoughts, motives, desires, actions, strengths, weaknesses, dreams, ambitions, struggles, insecurities, pet peeves, joys, accomplishments, secrets.  Let’s go even further though… someone that knows every freckle on your skin, every hair on your head, every cell in your body, every fiber of your being…

That someone is God.

If you are reading this post now and are skeptical about what I have just written, my questions for you are, “Why not?” and “How not?”  Even after the seeking and searching to find yourself, know that there is hope.  Amidst the uncertainty, there is certainty; there is a blessed assurance.  There is an Almighty God that gave us our abilities and proved our worth through the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ.

If you’re a believer reading this post, my questions for you are also, “Why not?” and “How not?”  Why not live even more freely through faith and trust in the forgiveness that we have received through Jesus.  Why not eagerly confess our sins and share our truest emotions with God?  After all, He already knows them anyways!  It’s just an exercise of trust and a measure taken in order to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him.  With this all in mind, how could we not draw closer to the God that has called us sons and daughters in His kingdom?

 

Proverbs 16:20-21 says,

“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,

and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”

Consider God’s word this morning.  Discover good, and receive his blessing through trusting him!  He knows us fully because HE is the one that designed every bit of who we are.  Isn’t the sweetness of His words persuasive?

Today I will leave you with these questions to think about… If we truly believe and trust that God has forgiven us because of Jesus dying for our sins, then why not confess all of our sins to our just and merciful Father?  Why try to find our identity in anything other than the One that already knows exactly who we are and who He has called us to be?

Thriving even in the drought

 

 

Life is full of changes.  One of the most popular passages in Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) refers to how there is a season for everything in our lives!  In the midst of all of this change, how can we ever find constancy, rest, and security?

…through trusting in the Lord!

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Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come.  He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

whose trust IS the Lord.

He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when the heat comes, for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Isn’t this passage of scripture great?  The image of the tree planted by the stream was so powerful to me, just as the description of the shrub in the desert was so humbling, as well.  All too often, I rely on man and on my own flesh.  Just like the shrub in the desert, I have felt the withering effects of finding sustenance in the temporal, rather than the eternal.

But when we place our trust completely in the Lord, we are connected to the Living Water!  Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and Hebrews 2:8 says that everything has been placed in subjection under his feet.  No matter what, Jesus is the Lord, and He is the King over all of creation.  Nothing is outside of His control, so rest in the blessed assurance that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Do you feel as though you are going through the uninhabited, salt land?  Then check your heart!  Are you trusting in men and yourself or are you trusting in the Lord?  Only when you trust in Him and your trust IS Him, will you be connected to the Life-source that can and will sustain you through even the roughest and driest seasons of life.

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

Trusting with all of your heart.

What does it mean to trust in God with all of your heart?

I once read that the reason why we struggle so often with trusting God is this: we don’t truly know God.  So let me ask this very loaded question next, who is God?

With each passing day, I feel as though I learn at little more about who God is.  Every experience I’ve had–whether good or bad, easy or hard, joyful or painful–has revealed some aspect of His character.  Had I not gone through those seasons though, I probably wouldn’t have learned those particular traits of God’s nature.

The temptation to focus on what’s going wrong or  what is stressing us out, well, can be very tempting.  But rather than focus on what we do not know–what could happen, what could be painful, what troubles could come, etc.–we must focus on what we do know: God is always good.

  • In times of need, we know that God is the Great Provider.
  • In times of doubt, we know that God is the same yesterday, today and for forever (Hebrews 13:8).
  • In times of joy, we know that God is the one to be praised.
  • In times of great pain, we know that, one day, God will hold us in His lap and wipe away our tears  (Rev 21:4)
  • The list goes on and on…

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“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is anything to hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

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God is able to do abundantly more than what we can even imagine (Ephesians 3:20)!  Because we are children of God (as believers), we are automatically placed in a position of dependence and trust on our Father.  He knows and understands more than all that we as humans could ever comprehend (Isaiah 55:8).  That’s not an injustice; rather, it’s another opportunity, another reason to make us learn to trust Him fully.

Praise be to God for His patience and compassion with us!  We can be pretty stubborn to stick to our own ways and to trust in our own selves, but I pray that we will be reminded of the truth in Psalm 127:1–“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”  We must RELY on and TRUST God in everything.

May your heart be filled with trust today!  Know that the Lord loves you, and remember the question that He’s asking you in Jeremiah 32–“Is there anything that’s too hard for me?”

Certainly not!  So…

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah 🙂

I’ve missed you, blog!

For the past few weeks, the picture above shows you what I’ve been doing in addition to working 20 hours a week… Organic Chemistry.  Maybe it’s the fact that I have my 3rd test in the class today–by the way, this will be the first of three tests that I will take in the next 8 total days, only 3 more days of class–but I feel so exhausted.  My brain feels as if someone has put the stopper in it and said, “Information overload!  Let’s shut this operation down…”

Whenever we encounter times like these in our lives, times when we feel overwhelmed or way too busy to even sit and breathe, let alone have good, QUALITY time with God in prayer, I pray that we will remember that God is our first priority in life.  He’s the reason why we have life to begin with, and He’s the One that has even given us the opportunities to work, study, spend time with friends and family, etc.  To Him, the glory should always be, and to Him, we must always look first.

“Cast your burden on the Lord,

and he will sustain you.”

Psalm 55:22

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“In returning and in rest, you shall be saved;

in quiet and in trust shall be your strength.”

Isaiah 30:15

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“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 26:3

Trust in the Lord; rest in His presence.  Give Him your burdens and feel Him sustain your weary body and soul.  Be filled with His peace, His perfect peace.  Have a blessed day 🙂

Only as strong as the coffee you drink?

Do you ever feel as though you are only as strong as the coffee you drink?

Recently, there has been so much going on that I have felt this exact way!  So much so that when I saw this magnet, I had to take a picture of it!

In all seriousness though, there are times when we feel as though we are in the midst of a battle.  Whether a spiritual battle against Satan or a battle against bad health, we find ourselves fighting as though caught in a war.  So in whom and in what should we place our trust in when we go into battle?

Psalm 20:7-8 says…

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but

we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They collapse and fall,

but

we rise and stand upright.

James 1:17 says that every good gift is from above; therefore, while the “chariots and horses” that we have–friendships, resources, abilities, etc.–are all good gifts that God has given us to use for His Kingdom, these things are not what we should place our trust in!  Think about it this way.  While a strong cup of coffee may wake us up for 8am class or power us through the 3-4pm slump of the day, the effects of that coffee will wear off.  What will we do then?  Drink more coffee?  Drink coffee forever?  I don’t think so…

Only in the name of the Lord our God–this is where we must place our trust!  When He IS our trust, we will be established and given the strength to withstand any battle that may come upon us (Jeremiah 17:7-8).  Trust in even the NAME of the Lord our God, and we will find that all we need is to be silent and that He will be fighting the battle for us (Exodus 14:13-14).

No matter what you are going through, trust in the name of the Lord our God!  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you! -James 4:8

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah 🙂