“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust IS the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends our its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for it’s leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of the drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
* Jeremiah 17:7-8 *
This is one of my favorite Bible verses, and I think I like it so much because of the tree analogy. Especially with summer heat full in swing, I feel as though every day is a day within a season of drought; therefore, this verse seems especially appropriate this time of the year.
Whenever you read this verse, I hope part of the beginning catches your eye… Blessed is the man…whose trust IS the Lord. Woah! That is a bold statement to make, a statement that I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out. After all, why would it be necessary to make sure a huge distinction between trust in the Lord versus trust being Him.
Take some time and ask yourself why you think this distinction was made. What implications are evident in the lives of those whose trust is the Lord? I’ll be back tomorrow after a good night of sleeping. Hopefully, He’ll be able to teach us all so much more about trusting through this passage.
Sleep well tonight or have a great day if you are reading this at any time other than bedtime ;) .
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,
Posted in Searching for Answers
Tagged drought, God, green, heat, hollinger, implications, in, is, Jesus, life, Lord, sarah, trust
Are you a people pleaser?
I don’t know about you, but I sure am! Big time, actually. Pleasing others has always been something I’ve done because it makes me feel better about myself and more loved.
Did you know that the Bible speaks of this specifically? I had no idea that it did, but one day I was reading in the first chapter of Galatians, and I found this verse. Here’s what Paul writes in verse 10.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or God?
Or, am I trying to please man?
If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
You know how people sometimes cough in their throat whenever they want you to pay attention? When I read this verse, I felt like Someone must have been tapping on my shoulder and saying, “Cough, Cough, Sarah, Cough!”
Is Someone tapping on your shoulder too? What is He trying to teach you about how you live your day-to-day life through this verse?
Are you seeking for approval from others? Maybe it’s time for all of us to realize that we have all the security of self we could ever need. All we have to do is seek Christ instead of seeking after our peers.
Posted in God is Greater, Walking Down the Narrow Road, When the Day Gets You Down
Tagged approval, Christ, esteem, galatians, God, hollinger, Jesus, sarah, seek, self, someone, verse, worth
Do you ever wonder what nature will look like in heaven?
Yesterday, I was laying in my hammock out in the middle of someone’s farm– I mean, there was no “No Trespassing!” sign, so I figured it was okay……
I was laying in my really neat hammock just listening to the birds sing and feeling the wind blow through the parachute material of it. In other words, I was simply enjoying just being out in God’s creation, which to me, seemed perfect besides the poison ivy growing right on the ground all around me. I had to tiptoe through it as if walking through a mine field in order to set up my hammock.
Just about the time that I began thinking about how perfect everything was around me–besides the poison ivy, of course–I remembered a passage in Romans. In Romans 8, Paul says that all creation has been in “bondage to decay” ever since the day that sin entered the world (Romans 8:19-22). This passage made me ask myself, If this scene is groaning from being frustrated by sin, then how amazing will it be when Heaven comes with Jesus?
All I could say to answer that question was, “Woah! I hope God has hammocks in heaven because I can’t wait to experience this in heaven!”
As a Christian, we believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross, becoming the curse of the Law itself in order that we might receive the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13). This belief is what saves us, allowing us to have what God has created us for: eternal life with Him (John 3:16, John 16:22).
Go out into the world today and praise God for giving you (as a Christian) the promise of an even more amazing creation to surround us once we finally reach heaven! After all, when creation is no longer groaning, that will be the day when we receive “adoption as sons and the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23).
Posted in Heaven Here We Come!, Random Realization, Walking Down the Narrow Road
Tagged creation, farm, frustrated, God, groan, hammock, heaven, hollinger, Jesus, perfect, praise, Romans, sarah, sin
One of my favorite movies is Elf with Will Ferrell. There’s a scene where Buddy follows his dad, “Papa Elf” into the workshop for Santa’s sleigh. In this scene, Papa Elf tells Buddy that Santa’s sleigh runs with the help of a turbo engine. “But Dad,” Buddy begins to ask, “I thought Santa’s sleigh was powered by Christmas cheer?” And that’s when he saw it. The “Claus-ometer” was running on zero. Faith in Christmas was at an all-time low, and it was their job to figure out how to make the sleigh fly.
They tried securing another engine to the sleigh, but it fell off in mid-flight on Christmas Eve. The sleigh was merely flying on fumes of Christmas spirit. There was only way to get the sleigh to fly: to help others have faith in Christmas once more.
Do you ever feel like you are running off of fumes of your faith? Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it seems impossible to have faith. A bad thing may happen to you or a person that you know, and faith feels just outside of our grasp.
One of my best friends and I were talking about this last night, and he told me something that I will never forget. “Sometimes,” he told me, “we have to be someone else’s faith for them.
Having faith is so much more than just believing in God and that Jesus died and rose again. Having faith is remaining in the sincere confidence that God is faithful, too. We stray; we lose our faith; we feel as though we have nothing left to give or receive, but God is also there. He is faithful.
Faith in God is what rejuvenates us. It’s the faith of those around us that inspire us. It’s the faith of those around us–a simple way in which they remind us of God’s love–that picks us up again. God is so good, but sometimes we just have to be reminded of that.
The same is true for others. Just as we need others to have faith for us in our times of doubt, we also need to have faith for someone in their times of doubt.
Whenever you feel like you are running on the fumes of your former faith, take a moment to look up. See all of those around you that are living in faith for you. Be inspired. Be filled with their faith. Whenever those around you fall, don’t ever lose your faith in him or her.
Sometimes having faith also means being someone else’s faith.
Posted in God is Greater, Life as Seen on the Big Screen, When the Day Gets You Down
Tagged be, buddy, christmas, elf, else's, faith, ferrell, God, have, hollinger, Love, movie, sarah, sleigh, someone, spirit, stumble, will