His glory, my joy

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
(Psalm 16:8)

Remembering to keep my eyes on the One who is unmoving, unchanging, steadfast, and true.

He is the One that says “I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)

He is the One that promises “I will never leave or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

The Lord is faithful, therefore I will trust in Him.

You’re the reason I sing

Life Map

As I was putting my life map together, I remembered the times when I was the most hurt and scarred from past events, relationships, and recalled where God was during those times. It’s amazing to look back at some of the hardest moments of my life, when I felt hopeless and lost, and know that God was there, closely watching over me. He was there all along, pursuing me, slowly drawing me to Himself, and revealing to me that I needed Him more than anything or anyone else.

I was reminded of the story of Hosea and Gomer. Gomer was unfaithful to her husband that loved her dearly, and ran off to other lovers. But Hosea, loving as the Lord loved, went out to look for her, bought her back from slavery, and brought her home, and restored her as his wife. 

God never stops loving us, no matter how unfaithful we are. He continues to be vulnerable with us and pursues us with His unrelenting love in this scandalous love story.

I love what Marshall Segal from Desiring God said about fighting for joy:

"There is joy in knowing that the one who suffered in my place died and rose again to end suffering for his saints. Jesus went before the broken-hearted to pave the way for joy in pain. We live, survive, and thrive by looking to Him, "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2). His joy before the wrath of God against sin is our first and greatest reason to fight for joy. 

God has chosen a particular path for each and every one of us to grow and gratify us in ways that last. No relationship we have in this life will last forever, but the good things that happen through them in you will.” 

Fighting for joy means that we are constantly looking to Jesus so that our thoughts and actions become more and more shaped like Him. As we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the hope of glory, our earthly problems decrease as Christ increases.

Big Sur, CA

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{An unforgettable experience}

On Labor Day, Brian and I journeyed to Big Sur, which was truly one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been to! I fell in love with creation, but fell even deeper in love with the Creator. He wooed and captivated my heart with the beautiful silhouettes of mountains and the tranquil sound of ocean waves.

What a wonderful Maker.

God’s reckless grace is our greatest hope.
— Tim Keller (via a-quiline)

(Source: godmoves, via a-quiline)

To think you can love God without being changed by Him, is to think you can jump into the ocean and not get wet. To really love Him, you must understand that your life is going to be wrecked by Him, and built again into something beautiful, something lasting.
— T.B. LaBerge // Jesus, His Grace, and the Gospel (via tblaberge)

(via a-quiline)

West

tblaberge:

We’ll be just fine.

When you read Job, don’t look for an easy answer to, “Why and how do the righteous suffer?” There’s not one. “If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” There is not an easy answer to that. If there was any book where God had the opportunity to give that answer, here it was. Here is Job looking up, “Why is this happening?” It would be easy for God to say, “Here’s why.” But He doesn’t do that. What does God do? He asks Job forty or more questions to reveal to Job His character as the only sovereign God. He says, “You can trust me.”
— David Platt, “Secret Church: A Survey of the Old Testament” (via abounding-happiness)
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
— Psalms 94:19, ESV

Isn’t it beautiful?

How we find God
when we lose
ourselves?

Isn’t He beautiful?

The Creator of
the stars and
you and I.

Aisha Iqbal (via asoulsearch)

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Story behind "You Make Me Brave" by Amanda Cook

Four Ways You Can Help Christians in Iraq

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Open Doors Australia


This week hs been absolutely heartbreaking. It’s hard to know where to start responding to everything in the Middle East at the moment, particularly in Iraq.
Here are four ways you can support those suffering in Iraq and the Middle East.
1. Pray. 
Our first (and most important) response to persecution should be to pray. The Bible is full of the prayers of faithful people crying out to God. David encouraged the Israelites to pour out their hearts to Him (Psalm 62:8) because He is our refuge. God’s word is full of verses that can help us pray through these kind of circumstances.
We are calling for a Day of Prayer for Iraq on the 23rd of August.
Many meetings are taking place around Australia, and the world! Open Doors Australia Youth are running an all agesevent in Sydney. 
2. Be informed.
Having a truthful and genuine understanding of the situation that our brothers and sisters are facing is one of the best ways to love and support them. By knowing what’s really going on, we can pray more specifically, give more thoughtfully and tell their stories with more integrity and passion. By following this blog, you can keep informed and updated.
3. Give.
We are currently calling for donations for the Middle East. IS (Islamic State) is operating across Iraq, Syria and beyond, and thousands of people are fleeing to neighbouring countries. We want to be equipped to deal with this tragedy as it affects the whole region, not just one country. You can give online – please specify “Middle East” in the comments section allowing us to use your gift where the need is greatest in the Middle East region. Please also consider giving to global persecution where most needed around the world.
4. Tell their story.
Open Doors has designed a shirt with the ن symbol on it as a starting point for conversations about Iraq. You can pre-order one of our shirts now with this symbol on it. We pray that it will be a symbol of unity, a conversation starter, a way to turn you into a walking declaration of the gospel and those suffering for it. All profit goes towards Open Doors’ work in the Middle East.In Mosul, Christian homes were sprayed with the Arabic letter ن – the letter representing ‘N’, for Nazarene, or Christian. Social media has gotten behind this symbol with the international #WeAreN campaign, as a sign of solidarity for Christians in Iraq. We want to stand with them, and make sure people know about the suffering they are going through to raise support and prayer. We have also changed our profile picture on social media to ن to show solidarity with Christians in Iraq.

Four Ways You Can Help Christians in Iraq

Posted on August 13, 2014

This week hs been absolutely heartbreaking. It’s hard to know where to start responding to everything in the Middle East at the moment, particularly in Iraq.

Here are four ways you can support those suffering in Iraq and the Middle East.

1. Pray. 

Our first (and most important) response to persecution should be to pray. The Bible is full of the prayers of faithful people crying out to God. David encouraged the Israelites to pour out their hearts to Him (Psalm 62:8) because He is our refuge. God’s word is full of verses that can help us pray through these kind of circumstances.

We are calling for a Day of Prayer for Iraq on the 23rd of August.

Many meetings are taking place around Australia, and the world! Open Doors Australia Youth are running an all agesevent in Sydney. 

2. Be informed.

Having a truthful and genuine understanding of the situation that our brothers and sisters are facing is one of the best ways to love and support them. By knowing what’s really going on, we can pray more specifically, give more thoughtfully and tell their stories with more integrity and passion. By following this blog, you can keep informed and updated.

3. Give.

We are currently calling for donations for the Middle East. IS (Islamic State) is operating across Iraq, Syria and beyond, and thousands of people are fleeing to neighbouring countries. We want to be equipped to deal with this tragedy as it affects the whole region, not just one country. You can give online – please specify “Middle East” in the comments section allowing us to use your gift where the need is greatest in the Middle East region. Please also consider giving to global persecution where most needed around the world.

4. Tell their story.


Open Doors has designed
 a shirt with the ن symbol on it as a starting point for conversations about Iraq. You can pre-order one of our shirts now with this symbol on it. We pray that it will be a symbol of unity, a conversation starter, a way to turn you into a walking declaration of the gospel and those suffering for it. All profit goes towards Open Doors’ work in the Middle East.In Mosul, Christian homes were sprayed with the Arabic letter ن – the letter representing ‘N’, for Nazarene, or Christian. Social media has gotten behind this symbol with the international #WeAreN campaign, as a sign of solidarity for Christians in Iraq. We want to stand with them, and make sure people know about the suffering they are going through to raise support and prayer. We have also changed our profile picture on social media to ن to show solidarity with Christians in Iraq.