When circumstances just don’t make sense….

When circumstances just don’t make sense….
When our will and desire doesn’t line up with God’s…
When we are absolutely broken hearted…

We go to God in prayer.

Asking.
Begging.
Pleading.
Crying for Him to show up.

We know He is good. We know He is sovereign. But why is He not showing up? Why is such a terrible thing happening? Why is He allowing it to happen? It makes no sense to us.

As I wonder about these questions and so many others. I keep having to remind myself of truth and fight the lies the devil is throwing my way.

There are two truths God has reminded this weary heart this morning of….

First, He is always showing up. Though we can’t see it. Though we see no light at the end of the tunnel. He is still there. He is still working. And He is still good… even when we can’t see it in every circumstance. (Isaiah 55:8)

He is always working His good and perfect will out… even when we don’t understand it. Even when it makes absolutely no sense to us. God keeps reminding me that I am not God. Only He is; therefore, I cannot see all of His divine reasoning and will and how He is working everything out for His glory. I can’t see it. But it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Who am I to question the will of an Almighty, Powerful, and Perfect God?

But I do.. just being completely honest… it’s frustrating. It devastating. As all these questions are flooding my heart and mind, I’m praying like I never have before. Praying how I should be praying everyday. This sinful incompetent heart is fighting against all the lies and frustrations building in my heart.

Secondly, one of the main truths God keeps reminding me of is that I’m not (we’re not) called to know all the whys. That is not my job. It’s His. In second Thessalonians 2:7 Paul talks about “the mystery of iniquity.” Then first Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” Some things that happen in life we will never understand.

I am called to continue to praise Him even when it doesn’t make sense.

I’m called to never give up hope because I know my God can do whatever He wants.

I am called to intercede for my sisters and brothers in Christ. As I’ve heard multiple times this week and love this phrase so…. let us storm the gates of heaven with our prayers.

I’m writing this to beg of whoever is reading this please join us in prayer. Fervent prayer. Constant prayer. For our sister in Christ. For her family. We know our God is faithful no matter the outcome. But that doesn’t make it any easier. So I’m begging you whatever you are doing… please stop for a moment and join us in storming the gates of heaven. He hears us. He loves us. And He is faithful…. My sweet friend, Kelsey, sent me the picture below this morning. I feel like it sums everything up.

 

 

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what’s the point of dating?

Some of Taylor and I’s thoughts on dating…

  1. Be on the same page. 
  • Life is not about finding a person or relationship that will satisfy you.
    • Only Christ can truly satisfy. Relationships can become an idol. So many people try to find their identity and purpose in the love of another. Many try to find their meaning for life in romance, money, a job.. many worldly pursuits that will never satisfy. We were designed for more than the trivial pursuit of pleasure.
    • Jesus makes it very clear what will satisfy you.

▪Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

▪For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9)

▪The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever! (Psalm 22:26)

▪In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

  • Life is about furthering God’s Kingdom and not your own.
    • If life is about this, dating should be about this.
    • Understanding that your purpose in life is not to find your worth in any other person than Jesus Christ. Your girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband were not meant to satisfy you.
  • You date and marry for the main purpose of knowing that together you can further God’s Kingdom more than if you were apart. 
    • “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

 

2. Focus on your friendship.

  • When you understand just how undeserved you are of God’s grace and how much he loves you this motivates you to live a life of love and service to others.
  • Who do we love more than the friendships that we hold nearest to our heart?
  • We should not be looking for what we can get from those that we are dating. We should always be looking for how can we love and serve them better. With the motivation of hopefully they will see the love of Christ through our love.
  • When you are focused on eternal matters and not worldly pursuits, it will naturally come that you do not succumb to the ways of the world.
    • You know that God’s ways are best so you obey His word. You fight against any sexual or impure motive because you know that God’s design is better than any design you have for your life.
      • “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
      • “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4
      • “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;  that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,  not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
      • “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • Ask advice from others who are a step ahead of you in life and are following the Lord obediently. Have accountability.

In conclusion…. Stop obsessing over relationships and obsess over Christ. Obsess over His grace and mercy he has shown you. Don’t look for others to satisfy you. Look for your Savior to satisfy you. It’s a matter of the heart. If you can trust God with your salvation, you can certainly trust Him for your life partner. Stop trying to make things happen and seek after God with all of your heart. Trust Him.  He’s in control. He knows best.

ellie grace’s life verse

There are so many wonderful verses to choose from when choosing a life verse. I had no idea where to start or how we were going to choose what Ellie Grace’s life verse was going to be.

We talked about doing Psalm 63:3 because that’s me and Taylor’s favorite verse. We have it hung as the center piece in our living room to remind us of this truth daily. But as we we’re talking about it Taylor made the very good point that it’s really our family verse. It says, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” We love this verse so much because it is just a reminder to live every single day with eternity in mind and that every moment of our day is an opportunity to give God the praise that He so deserves. It also is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the only one who will ever satisfy us. His steadfast love is truly better than life. Though we love that verse so much and there were some other contenders as well, God made it very clear this morning to both of us what Ellie Grace’s life verse was going to be. It’s going to be Psalm 16:11. It says…

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

We decided on this verse because this is our greatest prayer for Ellie Grace. We hope and pray more than anything that at an early age and for the rest of her life she will understand what the true path of life is. That she will understand God’s way is always the best way. That she will have wisdom in understanding the straight and narrow path, though not chosen by most, is truly the way to the most fulfilled life because that is how our Creator intended it to be. The ways of this world and trying to find one’s identity or satisfaction in anything but Jesus will always come up empty. Though the devil want us to think that ways of this world satisfy you… it never lasts. Jesus and only Jesus is the one who will bring you true satisfaction and purpose.

We also pray that Ellie Grace will fully understand in her heart and mind that in the presence of the Lord that is the only place where true joy comes from. The highest amount of joy offered in this life comes from being in the presence with the Lord. Walking in step with Him. And truly at His right hand are pleasures forever more. He truly makes your cup overflow with joy because you are living for the purpose you were designed to live for. This doesn’t mean your life is perfect. Far from it actually. It means that no matter what circumstance comes your way, your joy in unshakable because it is anchored in the Father’s love for you- in Christ work and all that He accomplished on your behalf. He’s enough. He’s more than enough.

This verse is one that I pray the most often for my girls in our youth group so it makes sense that it would be the main verse that I’d been praying for my baby girl. I pray often for her health, safety, personality… but more than anything I pray for her salvation. I pray Ellie would love Jesus more than anything in life and that she would make such an impact for His Kingdom.

When we get our eyes off of ourself and onto our Maker, Sustainer, and Savior this is when we can see Psalm 16:11 come fully apparent in our own lives. I can’t believe we’re down to less than three months before Ellie is here. My heart could just burst thinking about it!! God is so good and He is always faithful.

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awed adoration

I am the absolute worst at slowing down to appreciate all that’s going on around me but this whole pregnancy thing has forced me to slow it down… a whole lot. Normally I’m constantly on the go running from one thing to the next and that’s how I like to be. But making a human being has changed that a bit. Even though mentally I think I can do as much as I’ve done in the past, physically my body just can’t. Because of this I have had more time to think about things and really appreciate so much more.

Through this time of being forced to slow down my perspective on a lot has changed. In particular my perspective on guarding my thoughts. I don’t know about you but I have a short fuse and can get upset about the silliest, most meaningless things… God has really been convicting me of this lately and He has been giving me a game plan on how to combat it. Colossians 3:1-3 is one of my favorite verses. Paul says here..

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

I’m learning that every day I need time and really just continuously throughout the day to have a mind that is set on all I have to be thankful for. There’s so much that I take for granted, but when I’m constantly reminding myself of all that I have to be thankful for this changes my outlook on life.

Obviously and most importantly, I should be overwhelmed with thankfulness that God would save a reckless sinner like me. When I’m reminded of just how sinful my own heart is but how God’s grace is always deeper it moves my heart to give my Savior the praise He so deserves. It’s being in awe of my salvation but also the common day graces that I take for granted. Instead of being negative or feeling entitled to things, to always be looking for what I have to be thankful for. It’s the little things I’m talking about…

I’ve been praying for God to refresh my perspective. For my thoughts to always filter through His lens… to being in awe of Him and giving Him the praise and adoration He deserves. These are two words that I’ve been studying and thinking alot about lately.

Awed. Adoration.

J.I. Packer says, “The life of true holiness is rooted in the soil of awed adoration. It does not grow elsewhere.” I looked up multiple different definitions of awed and adoration and combined a couple of them to get the following…

Awed= struck with a mingling of fear, adoration, reference, and respect

Adoration= intense admiration that produces reference and worship that flow from deep love and respect

Awed adoration flows from fighting for a heart of thankfulness and joy. It’s so much easier to be mean and negative than to look for the positive, think the best, and to choose kindness. The more I look for God’s glory in life, the more I see what all I should be in awed adoration of. The more I seek out truths from my salvation and seek out looking for His common graces within my life, the more my joy is increased. These common graces can be seen in our relationships with others… through creation… through really anything in your life.

Ann Voscamp says, “Nature is not God but God revealing the weight of Himself, all His glory, through the looking glass of nature.” This is true with creation and our relationships. Though sometimes it’s easier to desire the gift over the Giver. He is behind everything. And He deserves all the praise and all the glory.

When I reflect on God’s glory around me this shows me all that I have to be thankful for. When I focus on all that I have to be thankful for it produces this deep sense of gratitude and joy that can only be found in Jesus.

I’m seeking Jesus. Seeking the perspective He wants me to have. Seeking joy. Seeking gratefulness. Seeking His glory. Each day looking for new big and small things to be thankful for. To see His glory in. We need daily ounces of gratefulness just as the Israelites needed their daily manna. Focusing on all that is to be thankful for today. Then doing this every day.

The word in Hebrew that is used to describe God’s glory is kabod. The root word of kabod is “heaviness.” His glory is everywhere and we should feel the weight of it in our life. If only I’d slow down enough to see it. The glory. The grandeur. The magnificence of how incredible God’s glory is should lead this rebellious, anxious heart to slowed, calmed thankfulness.

There is freedom in surrender. Surrendering my rebellious, ungrateful heart to be captive to Jesus daily. Sometimes I do this well. Often I fail and fail quite miserably. I think the worse of others. I gossip. But thank God for His never ending grace. He is my joy. I’m so thankful for His convicting love because the way of sin will never satisfy. But the way of grateful awed adoration to our loving Savior always will.

“And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Isaiah 6:3

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renewed.

“and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24

I can spend the best time in the Word with the Lord in the morning and then something can happen not even five minutes later and throw me all into a hot fiery mess. I do not like that this happens.. but it happens… It can happen to all of us because we are reckless sinners that need Jesus more than just a devotional a day.

Thankfully God has been teaching me how to handle this. It’s still a serious work in progress. But it’s progress.

He is showing me that I need more than just one specific time with Him each day… I need constant reminders throughout the day to set my heart on how good Jesus is and what my purpose is. I need to be renewed, not just daily, but moment by moment.

It is so easy for me to fall back into old tendencies and to not have my focus directed on what will give God the up most glory. I need reminders throughout the day to put on my new self. The old has gone, the new has come.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are a follower of Christ, you are a new creation. God has given us a new heart with new desires (Ezekiel 36). Until our time on earth is done or Jesus comes back we will be warring with our old sinful desires and our new holy ones.

There are some practical things that I have implemented into my life to help continuously renew my mind to be focused on my Jesus. Some of those being…

Spending time with Jesus before my feet hit the ground.. whether that’s through just talking with Him in prayer, reading the Word, or listening to some praise music.. He is my first thought before I even get out of the bed. My favorite way to start the day is to have a set a side time to spend studying the Word for an extended period of time, but most mornings I am waking up at 6:45 and suppose to be at Chickfila for a meeting by 7.. so practically this does not always happen for me. However, once my morning meeting is up I try to have some time with just me and the Lord before my day gets started.

Something my mom taught me is to always have praise music or a sermon on. Before I got married I’ll never forget my mom reminding me of this. She said I know you know this, but before you start your own family and have your own home, I just want to remind you the best environment for your home and family to have is to have praise music or a sermon going. This was some of the best advice that I have ever been given because doing those two things move my heart to a posture of prayer and praise.

There are other ways to do this as well, but there is one in particular area that has been working very well for me to keep my focus on Jesus and it’s through mediation on the Word. I use to feel the pressure to read multiple chapters of the Bible every day, but God is showing me that sometimes He does His best work on my heart when I just hone in on one verse each day. Think on how it applies to my life, what I can learn from it. (side bar: in no way does this supplement studying the Word daily, but is an additional practical toll that has really been changing my life on a moment by moment basis)

Right now I am working through the book of Ephesians. This helps me know what verse to do next. I study the mess out of one verse and then move on to the next once I feel like my heart has taken in what the Lord wants me to learn from it and I have memorized it.

In order to remember to do this throughout the day I will write the first letter of each word in the verse I am working on on my hand. Below is the picture of how I do it. I also write them on note cards and in my journal. I have some friends (including my husband) who have started to strive to mediate on the Word more and we’re doing this together. We have a since of community and accountability.

When I get flustered or something happens that would normally upset me, those letters on my hand are a reminder of what truly matters. They help me set my mind on eternal matters (Colossians 3:1-3). Then I begin to think about the verse I am studying and what it means and whatever seemed to have upset me doesn’t seem as important when reminded of eternity. This might seem silly to you and that’s okay. Everyone has different things that work for them. But give it a try first before you knock it because it really has changed my daily life.

I once heard a quote by David Platt ( I think it was) that said something like this… If what your upset about is not going to matter in a billion years then don’t waste your time here on earth on it. That has stuck with me ever since I saw it.

Let’s live in light of eternity. Building His Kingdom and not our own is all that matters.

Just some thoughts on some practical things that God is teaching me to do to keep my mind on Him. I hope and pray this works for you. If you have any other suggestions about how to keep your mind focused on our sweet Savior I would love to heart them. 🙂

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baby girl

These past couple months have been full of so much excitement and God has been teaching me so much. I decided I wanted to write some of it down so that I don’t forget it. So here we go… 🙂

When we first found out that we were pregnant back in November it was very surreal. It was the faintest double line I think that is possible on all three tests I took. I even went to my doctor the next morning to take a test but still didn’t believe it when they told me that I was pregnant. Having babies is something I have dreamed about since I was a little girl so when God answered our prayer for that rather quickly my two emotions were joy and shock. It wasn’t until our 8 week appointment when we got to see baby and hear baby’s heartbeat (and in the coming weeks when my clothes started to be a little more snug) that it really began to sink in. In the weeks to come it was very exciting sharing with our close family and friends our exciting news.

We weren’t sure whether we were going to have a gender reveal or not but we decided to go for it. My mom, sister, cousin, and one of my best friends put it on for us. It was so exciting to get to share and celebrate with all our family and friends together that we are having a baby girl. We had an absolute blast and felt so overwhelmed with so much love from everyone! We are so thankful for everyone who already loves baby girl so much.

Baby girl’s name is Elizabeth Grace Summers. We are going to call her Ellie Grace. This name has a lot of significance to me because my mom’s middle name is Elizabeth and we are obsessed with God’s grace.

People keep telling us that once Ellie Grace gets here our life will be changed forever. But this girl has already changed our life for the better. She has stolen our hearts. She’s all I think about. It’s been so hard for me to concentrate on anything else because I can’t contain my excitement. I think about baby girl all the time. I pray for her. Imagine what our life is going to be like once she gets here. And more than anything, praise our sweet Lord for this blessing! We have had many different big prayer requests answered over these past couple months and we never want to move forward and not praise and thank God for them! With baby girl, Taylor’s new job, and starting renovations. Many exciting things. Taylor and I remind ourselves quite often that we don’t want to be consumed with the gifts of God more than we are consumed with His goodness.

God has been teaching me so many things since we found out in November. In the beginning of my pregnancy I was consumed with a good bit of worry about baby’s health and that everything was going to be okay. But God taught me that that is not for me to worry about. Pray for my baby’s health… absolutely. But worry… no. He calls us to pray about everything and worry about nothing. He promises that He is trustworthy and that He is working everything our for our good, but more importantly ultimately for Him to get all the glory. It took a couple weeks for my heart to get to a place of resting in God being in control and understanding that I am never in control of anything, even when I feel like it. He is sovereign. My job is to keep my eyes fixed upon Him. Instead of worrying, my job is to praise Him for the incredible gift that He has given us and concentrate on using each moment to further His Kingdom.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Secondly, God has really been teaching me that we are called to love everyone. Seems like God constantly keeps throwing Scripture and sermons right in my lap that are about how we aren’t just called to love those who are easy to love. We are called to love those that are the hardest to love. Even unbelievers love those who love them well. We are called to love all without exception. When reminded of how much our Heavenly Father loves and forgives us and how much we sin against Him on a daily basis, it is a lot easier to love those that aren’t our favorite people.

““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Lastly, God is teaching me to enjoy this season and to not miss what He has for us in it. When I first got pregnant I just wanted it to be July and for my baby to be here so bad. But I have been reminded by many people to enjoy every moment. God has a plan and purpose for each one of our days. And life goes by way too fast. We are not guaranteed tomorrow and we are called to live every day to give God all the glory and praise He most definitely deserves. That’s what I want and pray every day for Ellie Grace’s life to be marked by.

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm‬ ‭115:1

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” James‬ ‭1:17‬

I pray often for her safety and health, but more than anything I pray for her salvation. I pray that she would love Jesus more than she loves anything else in life. Just today my friend, Julie, told me, “Kasey, you know that’s your best friends right there (pointing to my stomach). You’re carrying your best friend right now.” It brought me to tears and is bringing me to them now thinking about it. When I think about how my mom has been and always will be my best friend, I want that relationship with Ellie Grace. My mom has always poured Jesus into me so well, been so encouraging, but also spoke truth into my life when I needed it. If I can be half the momma my mom has and is to me then I’ll be happy. I hope Ellie Grace loves me like I love my momma. But more importantly, I pray that she loves Jesus Christ more than anything.

Joshua 24:15 states, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This is Taylor and I’s greatest prayer for our family. Nothing in life matters but living to further God’s Kingdom. We pray that that is what our lives and our children’s life would be marked by. I love the lyrics of the song below. Sorry for the novel. I’m done now. 🙂

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2017.

Each year seems to be special in its on beautiful way. I love the freshness and excitement that a new year brings. Many people are all for “new year resolutions” and many people are completely against them. I’ve always been sort of in the middle of these two groups. I can take them or leave them. Well, that is until a couple of years ago when I changed my perspective on these “new year’s resolutions.” It started in college when I decided the best “resolution” or “goal” I could have each year was to make a spiritual one. I ask myself at the beginning of the new year, “How can I pursue Jesus more intimately?” I love the way that Hebrews 12:1-2 put it.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Let’s lay aside our sin. Every bit of it. Sin hinders our relationship with the Lord and negatively affects our relationships with others. We are called to run each and every day with endurance by keeping our eyes locked on Jesus.

The problem is sometimes I far too often feel comfortable on this earth. This is a serious problem because this earth is not our home. We are citizens of heaven and we are called to act like it (Philippians 3:20). We should feel like outsiders here. One of my greatest prayers is that I would never become complacent in my faith or that I would never become apathetic to the gospel.

The deal is when you truly understand the depth of your own sin and the even deeper depths of God’s grace it completely changes everything in your life. You begin wanting to pursue holiness not to be a better person or even to be a better Christian. You pursue holiness with the end goal being so that others can see Christ through your life and come to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior. It’s not a legalistic thing where one feels like they have to pursue holiness to earn their salvation. It’s away to pursue after Jesus more because you are awestruck by the fact that He pursued after a sinner like you first.

My goal for 2017 is to pursue holiness. I have a tendency to often sweep “smaller” sins under the rug. I’m officially done with that and ready to kick all sin in the tush. I want to pursue holiness in every aspect of my life, but they’re three ways in which I am specifically striving after it. They are listed below.

1) With my mouth.

“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

By this, I do not mean that I want to strive away from hard topics or truth that needs to be talked about, but to handle situations like this with as much love and grace as I can (Ephesians 4:17).

2) With slowing down and enjoying the Lord more.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

Sometimes…. well actually quite often my life is way too busy. Burn out is real. Especially when you try to rely on yourself. This is why it is so important to rely on the Lord in all that you do. I want to do this by spending more time in prayer and in studying His Word. To just abide in Him more. When I take things to the Lord before I take them to anyone else He changes my perspective.

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:19

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7

3) With Scripture memory.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” Colossians 3:16

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

My first memory verse of 2017 was very fitting. Here it is below.

“so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4:17

We are not called to be tossed about by the sins that use to so easily entangle us. We are to strive for holiness in our efforts to strive after Jesus. He is always more than enough. Why do I ever doubt Him?

Although I know I will fail every day in this striving for holiness, that’s okay because Jesus didn’t. He succeeded perfectly for you and for me. He pursued holiness with 100 percent excellency. Nothing we could ever do could earn our salvation. Jesus secured that on the cross when he proclaimed, “it is finished.” He did it all and He deserves all of the praise an glory. One way we can seek to honor Him is by living a life that is praise worthy to Him. He is more than worthy of all the praise that we could ever give Him. The last couple of weeks I have been obsessed with this song. I listen to it every morning before I get out of the bed.

What a wonderful Name it is.

What a wonderful Name it is.

The Name of Jesus Christ, my King.

Here is the link to it.

 

I’ll end this with asking you the same question I ask myself at the beginning of each new year the Lord gifts me with….

How can you pursue Jesus more intimately?

 

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