Be still


Yesterday as I was rushing from class to class, I began to stop and think knowing I had 4 minutes left to get back to class before the professor started to lecture after our 10 minute break, why is this world so fast paced. Why am I planning out how much time I would have to drop off my water, use the restroom and still get a snack before she began to lecture again? I shrugged it off and rushed to drop my stuff off in my next class and run down to get more water and a quesadilla something a little more substantial than my first snack. So I get back to class and I’m out of breath from practically running upstairs, and it crosses my mind again why am I always in such a rush? Maybe it was the caramel macchiato sugar rush that I had influencing these thoughts but then I stopped and thought no I’m always moving this fast and my brain just about as fast if not faster. 

Why do we as a culture move so fast? We are so impatient waiting for something to get done, when it says in the Bible “be still” over 100 times. Have you ever thought about how many opportunities you’ve been given but you don’t slow down enough to make the best of the moments where God gives us the chance to speak into other people but we just pass up the chance. I think we need to slow down and encourage one another to live life the way god has called us to bringing him the glory that he deserves. 

Praising God in all times 

1 Blessed assurance; Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long;

this is my story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest;

watching and waiting, looking above,filled with his goodness, lost in his love. [Refrain]

This song has been stuck in my head all day and before I googled it I didn’t know what it was, I just knew it made me feel at peace with where I am. The line praising my savior all the day long really stuck out to me. Why is it so hard to praise God for how he is working in our lives whether or not it be through hardship, to bring us closer to him? Everything he brings us to he is bound to bring us through. 


It is through faith and grace that  we are saved in Christ and if we don’t show that through our works as in praising God in all times whether good or bad how are others supposed to come to know Christ because of the example we set? 

Find rest in me

God says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30

God all things are proven to work together for our good through you yet you challenge us so much through things that we don’t always understand. When we want to give up most is when you call us closest to you. It marvels my mind the way you work through all of this.

One of my favorite worship songs right now is Lord I Need You by Matt Maher. It starts out saying “Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You.”

So many times we are told that we can find comfort in God and his word but more and more I have been finding it hard. God’s love is always unfailing and unending but in times of trouble why is it so much harder to find comfort and strength in God? God gives and he takes away but lately to me it seems like at least in my life there has been a lot more taking away than giving. I know they say that the teacher is always quiet during the test but right now it feels like the test is never ending.

Renewed Strength

Lord everything right now is in your hands and your timing. I might not understand fully why you are placing me in the position that you are but you do and right now only you know the outcome. I feel like right now all I can do is pray and meditate on Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer.” Lord coming to you in prayer is not always the easiest but your love and strength is unfailing daily.All I can do is put my hope in you and find strength in you. Everything in the moment just seems so stressful and overwhelming. I pray for guidance through all of this and keep my focus on you!

Suffering with Christ

“We suffer with Christ so that we might fully participate in his life of love. Not only do sacrifice and suffering take on greater significance when we suffer with Christ in communion with him, but the Bible and ethics also take on greater significance.”

As Christians (myself included) we often view suffering as a bad thing whether it be suffering from the loss of a loved one or just facing a hard time in general. Suffering should be something in this context where God is glorified through it all. Many times I find myself struggling and not praying as much as I should. I find myself sitting wondering why God is putting everything on my mind in this time where I should be focusing on school and just bettering my future. God works in mysterious ways and although we all know that and never know when something bad will happen like death or something we know that in all times God will strengthen us.

We always hear that God works for our good and in times of trouble that is hard for us to see. Lately I’ve been relating a lot of the conversations and things I end up in to the current family situation I am facing. I keep finding myself fighting tears which I know isn’t the best coping mechanism but tonight in one of my devotional books one of the first things I read was “My Princess warrior I will not waste your pain my beloved. I will use every tear you have cried to put a passion in your heart to do something great for my kingdom.”

They say the teacher is always quiet during the test and while that may be true at times with God lately I’ve found it to be false in that through mediums I would have never predicted God has reached out to comfort me and help me to comfort others.