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Imperfect, But Still His…

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life – Job 33:4

The Secrets Series

Secrets End and Secrets Begin, written by Ronald Hale, are stories about life with themes about being true to oneself and forgiveness. The author’s main characters challenge man’s way of thinking amongst secrets revealed, betrayal, pain, and other unexpected twists and turns. Filled with humor, suspense, and emotions to pull at your heart strings, the message inspires introspection, reflection and honesty. See for yourself ❤

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Timid No More

Reflecting 2 Timothy 1: 7

As a kid growing up, people used to tell me I was weird and crazy. I didn’t believe them because I couldn’t see it but deep down I knew I was different because I felt it whenever I was around peers of my age. I didn’t think like them, I was scared to talk to people, and when I did I didn’t know when to stop or would say something stupid. I look back and see how I was weird and find it hilarious. I’m still weird, and different, but I love it. Praise be to God, my weird qualities, have become a strength in how I relate to people, relate in life, and continue to push forward. I’ve learned and am still learning to navigate who I am alone and in the presence of people. I dont care what people say, I speak my mind, and when I say I’m going to do something I do it. I still don’t fit in with most people, I still get called weird and quirky, but I’m cool with it because I know how to be myself. There’s a power in learning this love of self and self discipline. If I’m not growing then I’m not living. One of the mottos I live by: if I hesitate or doubt, then I have to do it. I refuse to let the spirit of that fear, or the unknown hold me back from the great unknown. The world is too big and life is too short. No one finds out what’s next by staying in the same place. But I couldn’t do any of without God. The one who knows me the most, challenged me the most. #nowthatslove

Faith, Trust, Worship, & Grace

Genesis 18-22

Throughout Genesis, Abraham is learning to trust God and grow in his faith and obedience. He’s been asked to do hard things such as sacrifice his son, and to trust that God will provide for him in time of need. He’s had to learn God’s heart for people, learn from his own mistakes, and trust that God provides what needed for his will and that we don’t have the foresight to make things happen according to our limitations and need to depend on him.

Abraham continues to push on for other people as the patriarch of his family/people not knowing how God is going to fulfill the covenant he promised: To make him the father of many nations. For Abraham, this journey to that was at the forefront of his mind as one can see the different actions he’s taken –

  • More than once he told Sarah to say she was his sister and not his wife
  • He lied about who Sarah was to him and gained slaves and livestock
  • He questioned God before making moves and even still choose wrongly
  • He slept with his wife’s slave Hagar

but it was never always about himself. He struggled and disobeyed, but in Faith, always pushed forward.  Some lessons he learned with one situation. And others took multiple times. His faith wasn’t perfection, but he pushed forward, learning from his lessons to trust God.

God teaches lessons in the most intimate way possible and is not like other gods that require child sacrifice.  God provided the sacrifice for Abraham and used Isaac (the intimate thing) to teach Abraham a lesson (the Mountain he named The Lord Will Provide). Intimate lesson/intimate sacrifice for us, doesn’t mean it’s always the object of desire but something that yields results that are intimate to our livelihood.

We know God Provides, and doesn’t ask us to let go/give up in a way to leave us empty. He’s checking our heart posture. Abraham’s potential sacrifice of Isaac wasnt just a look at ‘actions’ but a judgement of his heart. Isaac’s faith involved wrestling.

  • A trip to the top of the mountain that should have been a half a day took him 3 days to walk. (Side note: his son held the supplies for 3 days, while he held another burden-parallel to Jesus).

This type of Faith is true worship.  The question for us here is more than about action and knowing the right thing to do. It’s more than questioning our own motives. No one is good. It’s not enough. The question is- what heart am I worshipping Christ with? To be seen, to be self righteous, to take God’s glory? If the heart I worship God with is for Him then I would deny myself (considering that intimate thing). If the heart I worship God with is for me, then I’m only trying to give to myself.  Which isn’t possible because God provides the sacrifice. I have to give what he’s asking for and not what I think he should have/wants. He judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

  • Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the attitudes of the heart.

Am I operating with a heart of God worship and Faith of what He’s provided? Do I really realize what he’s given me and how to use it (w/ the heart of love and obedience)?

God’s grace is the beautiful truth of who he is and I don’t have to perform for it.

 

Study influenced by the BEMA Podcast.

Scab

My heart cries
My mind races
I dont want it to stop
I want to put it into perspective
Would he have me pick the scab of a fresh wound
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Dare to tell…

Luke 8:40-56

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Matthew 4Jesus is Tested in the Wilderness

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Psalm 139:16 Steps Ordained

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

It’s like my life flashed before my eyes

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Psalm 139:15

PSALM 139

v.15

My frame was not hidden from you when you made me in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depth of the earth.

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The Deep Surface of His Desire, For Me

 Psalm 8

V9. All my longings lie open before you, Lord, my sighing is not hidden from you.

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The Unraveling

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

[Unravel: to free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve]

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Rip Off The Price Tag

Definition: Commit to faith with conviction

Synonyms: Drink of the cup

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