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Simple truths

A collection of simple truths based on scripture.

The same God who, Gave a young boy the strength to kill a giant, gave a reluctant queen the courage to save her people, gave a stuttering shepherd the wisdom to lead a nation, gave an unmarried girl the faith to believe the impossible, will give you the strength, courage, wisdom & faith to get through this.
The same God who, Gave a young boy the strength to kill a giant, gave a reluctant queen the courage to save her people, gave a stuttering shepherd the wisdom to lead a nation, gave an unmarried girl the faith to believe the impossible, will give you the strength, courage, wisdom & faith to get through this.
No mistake too big, no distance too far, no wound too deep for God's love to eclipse.
I’ve been selfish, prideful, and judgmental. I’ve lied and gossiped, and deliberately tried to hurt with my words. I’ve used things and food to fill the empty places, the cracks in my soul, instead of filling them with Jesus. I’ve worshiped people and relationships and let my family become my idol. I’ve turned my back on God, failed to give him credit or trust, and overlooked the ways he’s blessed me. But. But he has never given up on me. He’s never abandoned me. He’s never said “too far, too much; you’ve crossed a line and there’s no going back.” Every time he’s said, “I forgive you. I love you. I want you. I always have; I always will.” There’s no mistake too big, no distance too far, no wound too deep for God’s love to eclipse. “Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people. – 1 Samuel 12:20-22
For all of the things that we chase after in this world -- respect, success, power, independence, accolades, companionship, fame, wealth, beauty -- none are so defining, so life-altering, so lasting as kindness and truth.
And I think this is what it all boils down to: kindness and truth. For all of the other things that we chase after in this world – respect, success, power, independence, accolades, companionship, fame, wealth, beauty — none are so defining, so life-altering, so lasting as kindness and truth. No matter how smart, strong, bold, talented, brave, or beautiful we may be, nothing will leave a more enduring impression than our kindness. No matter how eloquent, educated, professional, funny, or important we may sound, nothing will transform a person’s heart more than speaking truth. I was reminded of that this week when… …my step-mom and I were discussing my high school journalism teacher and how 25 years later her kindness lives in my heart, and the truth she spoke to me about writing and life still ring true… …disciplining my son I explained why his actions — both unkind and dishonest — were so hurtful to his sisters… …a fellow writer and friend brought me to tears when she wrote the kindest review, citing the impact of my words, which are really just God’s truth rephrased in pretty memes and 1,000 word confessions… …my daughter doubted a friendship due to things reportedly said behind her back, but responded with, “I’m still going to be nice to her” and I thought how mature she sounded. Kindness and truth. This is what we need to fill our cups and refresh our souls. This is what combats loneliness and fear. This is what soothes hurt and pain. This is what dissolves bitterness and anger. Kindness and truth. “Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and *consistently kind* to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love *joyfully celebrates honesty* and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (TPT)
I cried out, Father, take this hurt and pain from me, it's more than I can bear! "My child, it's already done," he whispered, "I'm just waiting for you to let go."
Give it over to God. I know that phrase sounds a little bit cliché and a lot ambiguous. How do I truly give something to God? What does that look like? It’s probably a little bit different for each person, but here is what it looks like for me: * I pray to God specifically about my struggle or situation on a regular, sometimes daily, basis. *I ask Him to guide my heart and show me what He wants me to do. *Before situations or encounters that may trigger my fear or cause more pain, I pray to God and ask that he guide my words, open the hearts of others to what I have to say, and keep me from responding in anger or fear. *I pray that when it is time to walk away (from either a conversation, situation, or relationship) he would make it very clear to me. *And then I trust Him to do all of the above. That last step is key. For God cannot accomplish His good works if I’m still trying to do it for Him.
Let it start with me. God, let it start with me. Let my words be a light in someone else's dark day and a reflection of Your love. And let me be just as willing to receive the light when it's shone into my life.
Let it begin with me.
Nothing from your past, nothing you are going through today, nothing in the future, nothing you have done, nothing that has been done to you, nothing you can imagine. No. Thing. No hurt, no failure, no mistake, no illness, no fear, no person, can separate you from God's love.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
God has given me everything i asked for
Some days I just don’t want to. I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to go to work. I don’t want to pick up kids from school or help with homework. I don’t want to fold laundry or make dinner. I don’t want to make-up with my husband after that fight. I don’t want to answer the phone. I don’t want to be around people. Today was one of those days. It happens every now and then…maybe more often than I would like. At my core, I am a doer. The girl who gets stuff done. As a mom and wife I do all the things for all the people. As a ministry leader and employee I’m responsible for the planning and executing. And I like that part of me, really I do. I like that sense of accomplishment at the end, and I like being someone that others can count on. But sometimes? Gosh it would be nice to not be needed. To have someone swoop in and save the day. Someone to cook dinner and help with homework. Someone to finish that project, and plan that event. Someone to run that errand, and make those phone calls. Someone to take care of it all. Someone to take care of me. And then I think of Moses. More accurately, I think of the Israelites whom Moses led out of Egypt and how often they “didn’t want to.” How often they let their weariness, fear, and lack of imagination get in the way. In fact, as soon as they fled Egypt, the people began to get fatigued and hungry. They didn’t want to go on. So “the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” (Exodus 16:4) And as the rest of it goes, the Israelites quickly learned that God was faithful in providing enough manna for each day. For 40 years He gave them just enough to get through each day — no more and no less. God has given me everything I asked for. He made me a wife, a mother, a ministry leader, led me to a good job, a sound home, and family and friends I adore. But some days it’s hard to remember that. Some days it feels like too much and I am overwhelmed with weariness, fear, and lack of imagination. And yet His promise is that He will provide me with exactly enough to get through each day. No more, and no less. Even the days I don’t want to.
He is with you.
He is with you.
He said I love you more.
And He said to us, I love you, more.
God heals & redeems.
There are so many moments where God has used the most broken people to illuminate the world in truth and light. Moments where He’s used devastating circumstances to reveal ravishing beauty and unmitigated joy. He chose a prostitute, filled her heart with faithfulness and made her the great-great-grandmother of a king, and part of the family tree of a Savior (Joshua 2:10-11, Matthew 1:9). He took a boy stolen from his home, sold into slavery and sentenced to jail, and made him a revered and respected adviser to a Pharaoh, saving an entire country (Genesis 37:28, 39:20, 41:39-57). He took a murderer, hater of Christians, and made him a great leader and founder of the church. And when that broken-turned-faithful man sat alone in a jail cell, he was able to declare this: “what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel…because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Philippians 1:12,14). And he was right. He took me, a scared, damaged 13 year old little girl and gave me a place to call home. He took my ruptured marriage and two very defeated, very broken people and healed us, leading us back to love. God heals and redeems. He takes our brokenness, our fear, our rock-bottom moments, and He wraps His arms around us. He picks us up and heals us with His love and light.

 

 

 

 

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