Forgiveness

One of the hardest things you will ever have to do in your entire life is exercise forgiveness towards someone…yet it can also be one of the most important things you can ever do.

I will be honest, sometimes it is very difficult to say those three words: I forgive you. There have been people in my life who I may not want to forgive, for one reason or another. These are people who have hurt me physically or emotionally, have broken my heart or my body, have changed me in ways I could not have previously imagined…

To these people, I feel called to extend forgiveness. As the songs say, this is very difficult and you often feel like the one loosing when you offer someone forgiveness. However, as the physical and emotional wounds heal, I know that the healing will only be complete once I extend true forgiveness.

I have personal stories of forgiveness, and may share them here at some time. But for now, I encourage you to seek out one of two type of people…first, the people that have wronged you, tell them you forgive them…second, the people you have wronged or hurt in some way-ask them for their forgiveness.

Father- grant me the grace to show these people the forgiveness they deserve. You have forgiven me of all my sins and wrong doings, who am I not to extend this to those who have wronged me? Help too, these people…allow them to learn from their mistakes and work in them to help them be who you want them to be.

I know it will not be easy, but I will do my best to live the words of Matthew 6:14-15For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. And Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

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Two Words

What is your motivation to run and succeed at the life set before you? It may be that you are seeking human satisfaction, but when it is finished the words of humans will mean nothing and will be forgotten. So, let me pose a question to you…what are you doing with the life before you…what are you living for?

For me, I strive to fulfill the life and plan Christ has for me, although I may not fully know what it may be. I long for the day that I hear those two words of final affirmation from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings: WELL DONE. Nothing said on this side of heaven will mean as much as the hope of one day hearing those two powerful words.

Just as with the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), I strive to invest what He has provided me with, my skills, abilities and dreams. I will not simply save it all and bury it in the ground. He has already shown trust in me (and you!) by providing us all with various talents unique to ourselves…who are we to simply bury them?

Lord-let me live in a way that one day I may be fortunate to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Moriah Peters’ Well Done embodies this desire in a beautiful, direct and to-the-point way”

We Are The Free!

So. Amazing! I want to see this song and the power of the words filling youth groups, camps and churches across the nation and world!

We are truly the forgiven and freedom generation! Let’s join together and spread the fire that is in our hearts…our fire for Christ will never fade away and we will always give the glory to Him who is above all. Let’s rise up into to world He created and spread the good news! You, no matter your age, are part of the Freedom Generation…LIVE IT!

We are the free, the freedom generation
Singing of mercy
You are the One who set us all in motion
Yours is the glory
There’s a fire in our hearts and it burns for You
It’s never gonna fade away
We are the free, and Yours is the glory

Chapters in Life

Think about a book for a moment. Nearly every book of any length is divided into chapters. These chapters work together to bring about the full story. If taken individually, a single chapter would not make sense…the reader would be confused as to who the characters are and what is happening. This is why a book is not read by only reading a single chapter; no, it is read by reading all the chapters, in order. Just because a chapter ends, does not mean that everything starts a new with the new chapter, rather, it builds. In this way, the story is understood by the end and all the pieces have fallen into place.

I like to think of our lives as being broken into chapters. These chapters often reflect significant events that shape us and provide structure to our lives. Chapters may include things such as: college, time at a particular job, a relationship, and living in a particular area…I think you get the idea.

Just like a book, there are themes, people and ideals that run constant throughout our chapters. While some of these things remain constant throughout our lives, or at least through multiple chapters, but some of these do disappear between chapters, and do not play a part in subsequent chapters. It is important to recognize when these chapters end and try to determine what will happen in the next chapter, what will remain the same and what will be set aside.

As I have moved through the story that is my life, there have been people, places, material possessions, ideas and more that have stayed through the chapters, been written out and been added in. It just keeps showing me that my life is like a book, and I do not even know everything that is happening. Is it easy to move through the chapters of life? Not always, no. But I try not to be too worried.

You see, one of the reasons I am not too worried about what is next in my story, is because I believe the words of Hebrews 12:2, which state: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus is the author of my life. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future (Jeremiah 29:11).

So as I move into new chapters in my life, I know there are things and people that will not have a significant role in the new chapter. This is not necessarily an easy pill to swallow, but life does go on. For everything that is taken out of my life, I know that God will replace it with something even more amazing and in line with what He has in store for my life.

To those who are also starting new chapters, to those who are working on figuring out their own story and what may or may not be in it- I wish you all the best. We all go through periods of life in which we try to figure out more of who we are and what God wants for us, and I hope each and every one of you gets to that point. Know you are in my thoughts, but more importantly in my prayers.

So live life, enjoy the chapter you may be in, and know that something new is around the corner…in a chapter still waiting to be written. But also know that some times, goodbyes happen…

Every memory of looking out the back door
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor
It’s hard to say it, time to say it
Goodbye, goodbye.
Every memory of walking out the front door
I found the photo of the friend that I was looking for
It’s hard to say it, time to say it
Goodbye, goodbye
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Tell The World That…

Don’t want to stand here and shout Your praise
And walk away and forget Your Name
I’ll stand for you if it’s all I do
Cause there is none that compare to You

Cause all I want in this lifetime is You
And all I want in this whole world is You

Tell the world that Jesus lives
Tell the world that, tell the world that
Tell the world that He died for them
Tell the world that He lives again

No longer I but Christ in me
Cause it’s the truth that set me free
How could this world be a better place?
But by thy mercy and by thy grace

Cause all I want in this lifetime is You!
And all I want in this whole world is You!

Tell the world that Jesus lives
Tell the world that, tell the world that
Tell the world that He died for them
Tell the world that He lives again

 
C’mon, c’mon we’ll tell the world about You
C’mon, c’mon we’ll tell the world about You
Tell the world that Jesus lives
Tell the world that, tell the world that
Tell the world that He died for them
Tell the world that He lives again
C’mon, c’mon we’ll tell the world about You
Tell the world that
Tell the world that
C’mon, c’mon we’ll tell the world about You
Tell the world that
Tell the world that
About You!
 
~Hillsong United, 2005

National Day of Prayer

Today, as it is the first Thursday of May, is the nationally-recognized National Day of Prayer.

Personally, I am still surprised that our nation, in all its political correctness and attempt to separate church and state, still allows this day to be observed. However, I am not complaigning and am glad that it has continued to be observed. This is truly a special day, one that reminds us to give thanks to God above and continue to seek His guidence and direction in our lives.

So today, on this year’s National Day of Prayer, I urge you to take a moment and spend it in prayer and reflection. Say a prayer for those around you, for our nation, our leaders and anything else you feel called to pray over. No matter your religion (or lack thereof), you can still partake in this day. Take a moment from the noise and business of life…embrase solitude and silence…reflect on life.

I am thankful for this day and will truly give thanks to God today for all that He has given me and what He has in store for me. However, prayer is more than a once a year tradition…I choose to follow the words to the Lord:

 

Impossible.

This is a special post to anyone who may be struggling and thinking they are facing a seemingly impossible outcome or future. You may be looking for a job, trying to finished school, dealing with a relationship, or whatever else life may be throwing your way.

I get it, I do. I have been through so many different things in my life…things that I thought I would never get through…truly difficult situations that I thought were impossible. This song has always served as an inspiration for me in tough times, the times that seem impossible. So think about what you are facing that seems impossible…and once you have it in your mind, hit play.

Unsinkable ships, sink

Unbreakable walls, break

Sometimes the things you think would never happen

Happen just like that

Unbendable steel, bends

If the furry of the wind is unstoppable

I’ve learned to never underestimate 

The impossible

Also, a piece of biblical encouragement from Isaiah 40….He gives strength to the weary and increases the power if the week. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.