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How can it be?
That God loves me, despite all my sin and flaws?
How can it be?
That I am loved so greatly?
I am loved. I am loved. I am loved.
All because of Jesus.
All because of the cross.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
LOVED this (How To Read The Whole Bible In 2015) that i read from The Gospel Coalition last night on how to read the Bible in a year, and also how to dig deeper and more meditatively.
I personally read the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan—read through the OT once and the NT and Psalms twice, and have done so as a personal rhythm for the past 5-7 years. Each year I switch it up by changing what version I read it in. Currently I’m reading the AMP version.
The Gospel Coalition article has some fantastic links to Bible Plans and extended reading and a fabulous breakdown of the themes of the Bible.
Do you want to read the whole Bible this year?
The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute; there are about 775,000 words in the Bible; therefore it takes less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.
(For those who like details, there’s a webpage devoted to how long it takes to read each book of the Bible. And if you want a simple handout that has every Bible book with a place to put a check next to every chapter, go here.)
Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.
But the point is not merely to read the whole thing to say you’ve done it or to check it off a list. The Bible itself never commands that we read the Bible through in a year. What it commends is knowing the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and meditating or storing or ruminating upon God’s self-disclosure to us in written form (Deut. 6:7; 32:46; Ps. 119:11, 15, 23, 93, 99; 143:5). Read the rest of this entry »
i feel really small when a 6.6 earthquake hits the town where my parents live.
i feel really small when my daughter has a potentially life threatening allergy reaction.
i feel small sending my kids to school each day.
i feel small, often.
life is fragile.
this world is broken, groaning, crying out for restoration and renewal and for the return of The King.
but my God is big. bigger than i can even comprehend or define.
He is the one who breathed out the stars, spoke and there was light, who created the universe and holds all things in His hands.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:14-16
He is the healer, the storm calmer, the life giver.
He knows my days, my hours, my minutes, my thoughts.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:4-5
i am secure in His might and love.
i am safe in His grace and power.
i belong to Jesus.
i AM small. but He is amazing.
i put my trust in Him.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. The gift of God is salvation. Grace. Acceptance. Innocence. Eternity. Peace with God.
But even more so and more personal – His salvation is an invitation to relationship.
Its not just a golden ticket, but a welcome to be called a child of God.
To be loved, and to love.
So much so that our names are inscribed, engraved, written, tattooed, scared upon His hands.
Today, remember, YOU are loved.
No matter how messy or together you may feel, the reality of grace is that you are loved.
Still the noise and condemnation to breathe this truth in. You are loved.
Isaiah 49:16 goes on to say “your walls are continuously before Me.” We are always in His heart.
You are on the mind of God. You are on His radar.
He wrote your name on His hands.
i love how God puts us in family
not just the people we marry and the children we have, the parents we were born to and the siblings by blood
but family by the blood of Jesus
brothers and sisters in Christ
often we live island lives
instead of embracing the gift of community
of wise voices
shoulders to snot on
experience to draw upon
people to walk alongside
people who we CAN be real with, honest with, authentic with
people who are there to support us
to lift us up
to give grace
we are called to be a family who accepts and loves with truth and kindness
who challenges and gives of each other
adopted together, bound together, united together
this family loves
this family laughs
this family grows
and what a gift is this for women
created for community and relationship
lets be brave
lets be family
if you want to go fast, go alone
if you want to go far, go together
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:18
As i was reading my bible this morning this ONE THING jumped out at me.
i am positioned for God’s purpose and pleasure.
my form and function are designed by God for His pleasure and will.
who i am.
where i am.
what i am doing.
all of my life.
for such a time as this.
i am positioned by God in His family and His kingdom as He has seen fit.
He is wise above wisdom and sees outside of time, so He knows the best fit.
there is a place for me.
God has made a place for me.
do you know where you fit?
Let there be light, and there was.
God continues to speak and continues to create in our lives.
Our world is still being created by the power of God’s Words.
And as image bearers of God, our words have power to frame our worlds.
Our words speak life or death, hope or hopelessness, light or darkness. There are consequences for the words we choose and speak. Our words frame how confident we feel and how fearlessly we tackle life. They infuse courage into our actions and choices. They look past circumstances and instead hold on by faith to the faithful promises of God.
Come read more over at The Fearless Experiement
Do nothing from factional motives, through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends, or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility, lowliness of mind, let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility:
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God, possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, so as to assume the guise of a servant slave, in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself still further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in at the name of Jesus every knee should must bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue frankly and openly confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:3-10
Friends, let us have the same heart as Jesus. Let us live humbly and securely in the grace of God, shrugging off entitlement and applause.
So often we can scramble to live out our dreams, to create a platform, to be someone, to make a difference, abandoning the security and awareness that God is the dream giver and the dream fulfiller. This world says it’s all about me. It’s all about my dream, my life, and my rights. It’s all about fractured motives, empty arrogance.
Jesus intentionally chose to live a surrendered life. He says live a different way. Lay your life down. Lift others up. Live with purpose. Surrendered.
Let us listen to those with wisdom, learning from those who have gone before us.
Let us find our security and identity with God, in the secret place, not on the stage of life for all to see. Let us live in the hidden. God is the one who opens doors, in the right time and season. Let us still our hearts from the rush to succeed and be seen.
Choose the way of the cross. To be humble. To serve. To love.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:3-10