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Going outside!

Confession: I skipped class today…

“What? You did what, Sissy?”  My mom is probably asking this question in her head and THEN wondering why in the world I would write about it.  (Hi Mom!  I love you ;) )  But here’s why…

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature.”

Anne Frank was the wise, young woman that wrote these words, and this is basically what she’s saying.  Whenever we get so consumed with our own problems/fears/worries, the best thing for us is to go to the place where we feel closet to God: nature.

While I am not suggesting that we skip work or class or a meeting whenever we feel stressed, today, I didn’t go to class in order to spend this time to remember that God is my first priority, not grades.  It’s because of Him that I am able to go to class and even make grades.  I had forgotten this.

So do whatever it takes for you to remember who it is that you are living for and from.  Don’t be irresponsible–I’m not giving you a “Get out of jail” free card like in the game monopoly–but I am encouraging you to find your strength in Christ and be empowered by that strength to do all that He has given you to do.

“In return and in rest, you shall be saved.

In quiet and in trust shall be your strength.”

Isaiah 30:15

Take time to rest in beauty of God… Take time to appreciate Him for all that He is in our lives.  See and BELIEVE that He is the reason for every occurrence/occasion in your life.

Go outside and rest in God!

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Plans for a future and a hope.

Let me be honest… I have been struggling.  In many different directions, my heart has been tugged between what I am and what I’m not, what is right and what is wrong, where I should be and where I should go.

Torn between who I am and who I want to be: this is the place where God found me last night.  As I was reading Jeremiah 29:11, He revealed to me a truth that I had never even seen before within this well-known verse.

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for wholeness and not for evil, plans to give you a future and hope.”

Whenever I have read this before, I took it for granted.  I would say to myself, “God, if you have such great plans for me that don’t include evil, why do I get hurt, why do people die, and why do I often feel low on hope?”

After asking this question, it was as though my mind opened up.  Besides that, I really don’t know how to explain.  The light bulb went on, I guess.  This is what I realized…  It comes through the next verse:

“You will call upon me and come and pray to me,

and I will hear you.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me

with all of your heart.”

You see, this passage of scripture is an invitation to trust God.  We experience evil in our lives because we cannot commit to God’s plan; we find ourselves seeking only with part of our heart.  Holding back our heart in chains, the fear of trusting in a God that we cannot see prevents us from seeking Him with all of our heart.

God has great plans for us.  The only way that we can even glimpse upon this plan, though, is by trusting in him completely.

Has your day been filled with stress and worry and evil in all of its disguises?  Take heart because God has a future and a hope for you.

Whatever is holding you back, let it go and let God.

All you have to do is trust.

Believe.

There’s a Difference In Believing and Believing In

How many times do you say that you believe in something?  If you’re like me, you probably say it quite a bit!  When speaking of my religious views, it seems correct and even profound to say, “I believe in God!” or “I believe in the death and resurrection of Christ!”   Whenever I said these phrases before, I never even noticed the implication of the word “in.”

One night at RUF, a campus ministry, Brian Sorgenfrei brought up a point worth barking about! (Get it? RUF as the bark sound?  bad joke….)  Anyways, Brian said something that at first brought me on the defensive yet, as always, gave me a new realization.

“We shouldn’t believe in God…”  Sirens were playing in my head, but I kept listening.  I knew there HAD to be a reason for him to say this at a campus ministry meeting!  Brian continued on, “You see, even the Devil believes IN God.  Instead, we must believe God!”

What an amazing point!  To say that even Satan believes in God completely changed my view of the phrase.  We should love God and trust Him so much that we don’t just believe in Him but that we believe Him!  We must believe He loves us more than His own Self.  We must believe Jesus truly died for you and for me to make us free from our mistakes and sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is the difference in believing and believing in:  one opens your eyes but only one sets your gaze on the Lord.  Although we must first believe in Him, we must grow to believe Him.

Take the hint from Journey’s #1 song.  The title wasn’t “Don’t Stop Believin’ In.”  The title was “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Do you believe in God or do you believe God?

There’s a difference in believing and believing in.  Don’t stop believing…