Monday, September 28

Pieces


My New favorite song by Amanda Cook. Simply beautiful. Check out her CD Brave New World.


Friday, September 4

The Joys of the Dog Park


Yes, I like taking my dog to the dog park! I love it because she can run around off her leash with other dogs and get her exercise and I don't have to do anything! It is also a great place for her to learn how to be around other dogs and other people and get along with them. She works on listening to me even when she is all distracted from everything that is going on around her. #livingthatsinglelife


Wednesday, September 2

The More I Seek You

Sometimes I feel like I become so focused on what is going on around me instead of going to the One who made me. I get so focused on what I'm either doing or not doing for the Kingdom, or to further myself in life down the road, or if I'm successful. And then I see my imperfections instead of His perfections. I see where I am failing at everything instead of seeing His victories. I look at other peoples lives and their success, and my flawed and inferior life. I forget the One who gave me this life, who calls me His, and says I'm perfect. I allow my feelings to determine my joy, instead of looking to my God and seeking His definition of joy.
So here I am, standing at this cross road. I can either choose to follow the path of myself, or follow the path towards Jesus. I desire to follow God, yet my imperfections, my failures, my flaws say I won't make it. I can't do it. I'll never be good enough. I can never rise above. I am nothing, worthless, and alone.
I cannot allow myself to follow the path of myself. To follow it is to agree with these lies. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows.) -John 10:10 (AMP) These lies are stealing, killing, and destroying my life.
Now the path that leads to Jesus looks all narrow and hard to go by, but He said that he came so that I may have and enjoy life, and to have it in abundance. I can't enjoy life if I believe these lies.
So, I am choosing to follow this path that leads to Jesus. How can I turn away from these lies?

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ who is your life is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory."
-Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

This new life I have, this path to Jesus, this is the direction I want to go. My focus should be Jesus. I don't want to see anything except Jesus. I don't want to hear anything except Jesus. I don't want to think about anything except Jesus. My focus must be Jesus. In all that I do, He must be the reason. 
Once again I choose to take the path that leads to Jesus. I am choosing to look towards Him. And here is His response to my choice:

"But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him."
-1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMP)




Tuesday, September 1

Beauty in Everything


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1