Thursday, December 29, 2011

God's Reassuring Word

      An amazing creator is the only explanation behind this wonderful world that we all have been blessed with.  All around me I experience changes that I am a part of; changes that not only change the world, but change me.  When I feel alone, the one and only God is there to pick me back up again.  There are definitely no orphans of God; there are, under every circumstance, no loners in God's eyes.  Even though I stray away from what matters most, God helps me reset my eyes to see the light that comes from Him, the light that gives us a new beginning, a new person within our hearts.  We take for granted what some people can't even come close to having.  We often pass by the opportunities we get to praise the Lord and share His word with others.  Through God, you could make a difference in someone else's life, so take every chance you get to share His message!

      There are so many things that a single person is faced with on a daily basis that they might find themselves questioning who to turn to.  That answer is an answer that gives reassurance to all; it provides love for everyone in discouragement.  Overall, that answer assembles a brave, inspiring person who ministers care to their fellow neighbors.  The answer of who to turn to in the midst of despair is God.  The awareness that God supplies us is unique to us all but similar in various ways.  He understands our every problem, every injury, and our every last word.  He builds up our hearts to an incredible since of love and care.  Again and again we seek the problem of holding on to things that won't matter in the future and don't even matter in the present time.  We can't see the big pictures that seem to exclaim that all we need is God.  All we have always needed is GOD.  All we will ever need, out of everyone, out of all times, through every accident is God.



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

You Are Everything


God, You are my everything.  You are my hope when times are blue, You stabilize me to be brave, You lead me towards the right decision, and You watch over everything I do!  God, You are so much better than the most meaningful words can describe.  When everything seems to have died, You are still alive..You will always be alive.  You are still my heart in my darkest hour.  God, You are all I want, and, most certainly, all I need!  You have created me for who I am, and I still keep growing with Your love.  You gave hopeless a brand new meaning of courage when You died on the cross to save our sins.  You are...indescribable...because You are so amazing!

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God,

You mean so much to me.  I am so happy that You led me to You.  Although I do struggle in this relationship with You, I would be completely broken without it.  You will always be everything good to me.  No matter how many times I may get off track and lose sight of You, You always bring me back to what matters...You and Your unconditional love.  I love You, Lord!  I am so blessed to have a God as faithful as You in my life!  Please lead us to reach out in the community around us, no matter what the circumstances are.  Courage is in You, and You are always with us, so we are always able to have courage to do the unimaginable.

In Your love,
Allie

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There are so many times that I forget to thank God for simply my faith.  Without my faith, I wouldn't be thanking God for anything.  God is everything, so don't forget to thank Him for always being there to catch you when you stumble.  Even though we may leave God, He has never left us.  He will always be everything we could ever imagine.  If you are searching, then turn around and discover that He has been there all along.

*Inspired by the song:  "Everything Good" by Ashes Remain


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Not Easy, but Worth It!

Life isn't always easy.  There is one quote that I am reminded of when I face challenges that might temporarily knock me off my feet: "I didn't say it would be easy, but I said it would be worth it," (anonymous).  To me, life isn't about picture perfect snapshots and planning ahead all the time.  Sometimes, I find myself having to face the unexpected that life throws at me.  Like the quote says, life won't always be easy, but when I face the problem that knocked me down in the first place, I feel accomplished!  

I know we all have trouble being thankful when life throws us a curve ball, but without those struggles, I wouldn't be the person I am today.  Now I'm not saying that I'm perfect or anything, but I have learned so much about what life has to offer if you just accept the opportunities.  Yes, sometimes the opportunities aren't all what they seem; meaning that not everything is going to work out in your benefit.  Although when you look back at your life, you are going to regret the chances you didn't take much rather then the ones you did.  I find it bothersome to not know what the end of the tunnel looks like..kind of like declining a good opportunity.  

If you take a minute to examine the word "opportunity", what does it mean to you??  Do you think of things you did do or things you didn't do?  Better yet, do you think of the possibilities still left to come?  When I think of that word, I think of everything that life has in store for me.  I think of the place I will be in ten years, the job I will someday be working, or the family I might get to have.  Although, I do want to live in the present, it's nice to think about what is awaiting.

My point through mentioning all of this stuff is this: God already knows what our lives look like.  He knows everything about us.  Isn't is so cool that there is this God who cares enough to know how many hairs we have on our head?  Even though I can't see Him, I have a relationship with Him that lets me know He is always there.  Anyway, life couldn't be more interesting.  Through good and bad, I just have to accept it all.  As much as I wish for a picture perfect life, I think I have realized that we don't learn anything if we are perfect.  Imperfection teaches us to be strong when things don't go like we want them.  It teaches me to be thankful.

I am thankful for life's unfortunate troubles because it teaches me things I might not learn anywhere else.  Most of all, life's troubling events teach me, personally, to thank God through good and bad.  Even though it is easier said than done, when you actually get to thank God through the bad, you know that God was there through it all, even if you did leave him for a while.  In conclusion, I am not perfect, and I will never be perfect, but God lets me be the amazing person that He really sees me as when I accept life's little mishaps.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Similar Purpose

Everyday is given certain challenges that we must overcome.  Tasks are placed in our lives that seem challenging to us but easily fearful to others; meaning that we could see things one way as others might have a completely different view.  That is why being mindful of other people is a good quality to have.  Day by day you see people struggle, but do you ever stop to help them?  Even if they are complete strangers, helping other people is what God has called us to do in every moment of our lives.  Whether it is convenient for us or not, that is how service works.  Service is not when it fits into our lives but when it is crucially needed by other people.  We go through our lives mysteriously trying to figure out what our purpose is.  As we sometimes run into challenges that temporarily stop us, we learn to overcome them with the gifts we are given by God.  Certainly we as people cannon instantly foresee everything that is thrown at us, but we can seek the light that God puts in our path to overpower different struggles that may appear within our time frame.  All in all, the ways that we come to help other people are the ways other people think of us.  To put that in different terms, as much as you help other people, the more they are going to look up to you and count on you for various situations.  It is a wonderful thing that people can look up to you and understand the service you can provide.  More and more with all service hours you carry on, people are going to think of you as dependable and respectful.  Even though the mission for our lives is unique to us all, these service hours are something that remains similar in everyone's mission.  To carry out something from this summary, God created our missions differently according to who we are, but the service that is called upon by other people is something that is equally important to us all.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Passing Judgement

Think before you look at someone and create a name for them.  Don't just look at their clothes, their smile, or their path, but look at their hearts, and see what is real.

Those who judge others are only making a name for themselves.

It doesn't matter that everyone is different: do you expect everyone to be the same?  There may be someone who is really hard to deal with, but that "someone" may be waiting for a person to deal with them.  They didn't become insecure on their own - someone created that title for them.  It isn't fair that people have the ability to look at someone by their outside appearance.  Although it does teach of God's unconditional love, it seems unjust to automatically jump to conclusions about a person.

 A true heart looks at a person through their success, not their imperfections.  We all make mistakes.  That is a fact.  If we all looked at each other by seeing only failures, then we would all have pain inside of us.  I am sure that we all know what it feels like to be judged, so why would we want to create those feelings for someone else?

Judgement is something that has always owned a heavy weight on my heart.  Ever since I became a believer, I have been very sentimental about judging people.  Once I was saved, I finally understood that God loves me for ME!  I couldn't imagine being on the other side of things...where no one accepted me.  Not only would it hurt the person being judged, but it would hurt me to know that I scarred them in a way that takes strength to forget.

A lot of times, judgement comes out of jealousy.  Those who are able to look away from judgement can move forward and gain strength.  Those who are stuck in the trap of judging people are standing in a pit of quicksand and are beginning to sink.  Most people grow envy of each other by things, success, or public feelings, such as happiness.   It doesn't matter if the person will never find out that you judged them; it matters that you did it to begin with.  If you are committed to prevent judgement, then you will most likely stay out of that trouble.

Don't pass judgement...no matter what the circumstances are.  If God loves us so abundantly, then we must owe others nothing less.  Before you judge someone, put yourself in their life; then see how it would feel to be judged.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Let It Shine

"You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden."  Matthew 5:14

Christians have been given the gift of everlasting love.  God doesn't want us to keep it to ourself, but let it shine for all to see.  When believers commit themselves to please only God, people start to notice the transformation of their identity.  Often times, there are people to take the time to realize the acceptance that believers have allowed in their heart.  Through Christians, people get the chance to see God if we let our light shine bright!  God is so good that He allows his love to shine right through our hearts.

I'm sure we all know how the wise-men were led by a star to find Jesus in a manger.  That star guided them to where they should go.  God gave them a star to get them from one place to another.  Just like the wise-men, God sends us things to move us from one point in our lives to the next.  He can send us pain, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or even pure goodness.  All of those examples can probably jog up a memory where God stood right beside you to carry you through the struggles.

After accepting God's grace, a Christian always has the desire to teach others about their experience.  This is one of the hardest things for a believer to grasp.  God uses Christians to be the star for non-believers.  God can use us to move others from one point to the next.  Just like God gives us motivation to keep going, He can also use us to be the motivation for others.  The biggest part of this is to be an example no matter where you are...you never know who is watching.  There shouldn't ever be a time where you feel it is okay to "take a break" from Christianity.  Once you have made that commitment, it lies in your heart forevermore, and you are expected to set the example for those around you.  It doesn't matter how old you are, what environment you are in, or how rich you are.  God loves us all the same which means that he expects equal from us all.  Like I have stated in past blog posts, God gives us a mission that is unique to each person.  The one thing that will always remain the same is that we will glorify God and preach His word in whatever we do.

 My prayer is this:  "I pray that we can all be the guidance that other people need in their faith with Christ.  I pray that we can decide to make a difference instead of sitting on the sidelines with the light of our hearts covered up to be hidden.  Lastly, I pray that we will find the motivation to be a better person...there will always be room for improvement.  So today, ask God to remove our sins and allow us to continue searching for the purpose he put us here for.  Ask God to show us how we can be the guidance that someone else is seeking.  In His name we pray, Amen!