Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
last night i had a dream.
in that dream i was walking around our basement and i specifically remember thinking about jesus. he was even walking around with me. then i heard voices upstairs so i went and found people talking with my parents about how jesus might not be the faithful guy we thought he was. they were saying how he “turned” on God and heaven is probably not real.
i must have been in a deep sleep because i felt a heartache i have never felt before. i thought this dream was real life and there was no heaven. i said, “but God is really true so there is a chance of heaven right?” my parents agreed and i wanted to die right there except i didn’t know if i would go to heaven.
then i started to wake up and i realized it was a dream. i have never felt peace like i did then. i have hope. jesus is real and true and there is a heaven. he is trustworthy and he will never turn on God, or me. so grateful for the gospel of grace and the hope of eternal life spent with Him forever.
when Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and takes me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I will bow, in humble adoration, and there proclaim, “my God, how great Thou art!” then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, “how great Thou art, how great Thou art!
—how great Thou art (via withacloudofwitnesses)
new favorite hymn. such truth.
new favorite worship song. so powerful.
true prayer, then, can be rooted only in the recognition of genuine need.
christy by catherine marshall
Be bold in what you stand for and careful in what you fall for.
I don’t know anything about this lady, what she’s like, if she is dead or alive, what her religious background is or what she thinks about life but I agree with this statement. It applies so much to what I want my life to be. It can apply to the gospel and Christianity. I want to be bold in standing for the gospel and careful when weighing my opinions against someone else’s. My life is based in Christ.
Hope actually comes when we come to the end. The end of all our good deeds, our lists, our religious works, our outward reformations - and see that all of that is rubbish apart from true transformation of the heart, which is a work of God, and not of ourselves.
It’s not something we can put on.
sometimes i wish i said things that were so profound. things that made people wonder, or love God more, or even get saved. things like c.s. lewis, or dr. mohler, or cj mahaney say.
but then i remember that the most profound statement of all has nothing to do with how insightful or smart you are. And that is:
God loves us.
lately i have been feeling anxious about various things. next week i am a photographer for summercel and i didn’t have a lens [my other one broke.] i didn’t have enough money to buy another one and the days were ticking by. my anxiety levels rose as i thought about other things that needed to get done on TOP OF the lens + money issue.
my mom encouraged me to continue to pray and have a verse or two ready when i needed to fight. at the beginning of this afternoon i called out to God to give me peace about it and if it was His will, to provide those things, but also make me content with whatever He chose.
by the end of the afternoon, my friend asked if i wanted to borrow her lens [which was the one i was going to buy] and i got a job offer for a senior shoot. i marveled at God’s kindness. He hadn’t just provided the things i had asked for, but He also grew my faith and trust in Him. He is so kind.