I’m pretty sure anyone can agree that on a daily basis we see people and compliment them on how they look because we genuinely think they look good, but they just can’t see it themselves. It’s such a simple concept to just like the way you look whether it’s on a daily basis or just especially that day, yet we have so much trouble saying it let alone believing it. How come our brains can wrap our brains around the concepts of gravity and quantum physics but God forbid someone tells us we look good in a shirt and we look at them questioning their entire existence for liking it? We make no sense and I don’t think anyone will ever be able to explain the human brain. Life would be so much easier if everyone could see themselves the way others see them, wouldn’t it?
We all have to know by now that Maggie is a Tenth Avenue North fangirl. Seeing them in concert a few months back was such an amazing experience and I can’t even describe how great they are. There’s no need for studio editing their voices (that’s the statement I’m going with because I cannot seem to word very well tonight), because they’re naturally extremely gifted. So anyways enough rambling and onto the actual meaning of this post…
“Why are you striving these days, why are you still trying to earn grace, why are you crying, let me lift up your face, just don’t turn away”. Okay, woah. I’m never sure where to even begin with how I’d explain that because it could mean a million new, different things every time you read it. We’re striving to be the best when, let’s be honest, why does that actually matter? If we are who we are and that’s what we stick with then how can there be a best? Best. Adjective. A word I’d call pointless if it weren’t in our bovine dictionaries. He wants us to give our lives for Him, yet we turn our faces away from the very thing we need.
“Why are you looking for love, why are you still searching, as if I’m not enough, to where will you go child, tell me where will you run, to where will you run”. We look in this world for things that we think can sustain ourselves and we try to thrive off of other people; whether it means we use their attention or we build our thrones out of the people we stepped on to get there. If God isn’t enough what is? We run to the easiest thing that seems to help us like drugs or hurting ourselves, but if you honestly think about it, what good has ever come from them? There’s no Earthly thing we can run to that will sustain us like God, and he’s the easiest thing to hold onto.
“Cause I’ll be by your side whenever you fall, in the dead of night whenever you call, and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you, my hands are holding you”. He will never leave us nor will He turn us away if we’re broken. He wants us because we’re broken so He can show us how He can break our shackles.
Sorry for the long post, I was feeling a little bit of a longer one tonight and I needed to reassure two people who means so much to me that I’m not giving up on God or them.
And for the little lady out there (and you know who you are) that I talked to about hurting yourself tonight, this post was created for you ma petite amour.
Time to share more memories from this past retreat I went on. 🙂
We had times where we were assigned small groups and that’s when we would share our thoughts on the previous lesson and share prayer requests. When it came around to share what I struggled with lately, and I felt the need to really share what’s on my heart. Being the emotional person I was, of course I was crying. As I shared about the times I felt lonely and like nobody cared about me, quite a few of them cried as well. I sat at a table and saw 9 girls hearts breaking for me and I don’t think I will ever be able to get that image out of my head. Moral of the story: People Do Care.
This past weekend I went on a retreat. I was quite nervous, whether people could notice or not, about having a reaction from my medical issues. I was surprised to find myself feeling sick but not even caring half of the time. I’m big on comfort, so I’m used to stopping something if it means I feel better in any ways at all. Usually if I’m having horrible stomach pain, I stop singing during worship; But, like I said, this time I didn’t seem to care. I had an amazing time hanging with a great group of friends that I love to death. Lately in my life, I haven’t been able to say this very much, but God was definitely there. I have a long way to go but it’s worth, isn’t it?
Today, I was talking to a dear friend who explained who their 3 friends were. There was one flaw in what they said: they didn’t include God. I got the chance to remind them of the friend we have in Jesus and that He is always there for us! 🙂 if you know someone is struggling, give them a little reminder that they have a friend in Jesus too.
Words. They are powerful in many ways. They can build people up, but also tear them down. But words from the people you lve the most have the biggest impact on you. Others may not realize but just a simple prayer for someone and a reminder that you love them can make a persons day! A close friend said to me today that words can move mountains, and that’s so true. Remember next time you say something to someone: will it hurt them or make them happy?
I’d like to start a new thing where people comment Bible verses on any random post I have and I will create a post about them. I will start us off with one of my personal favorite verses- 1 Corinthians 15:10. This verse states, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” I use this verse as a verse to live by because I feel like it can really give us a lot of self-confidence. No matter what you look like, God looks on the inside. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about the well-being of your body because the Bible also states that your body is a temple that you need to keep safe and healthy. There is also a popular song called “Words” and it really speaks to me when it says “…words can build you up, words can tear you down; start a fire in our hearts or put it out…” because that is our human nature. We either build each other up or tear each other down; sometimes we even build each other up just so we can tear them down more destructively. Let’s make a choice today to be constructive, not destructive! You’re beautiful!
Putting trust in someone is one of the hardest things to do, whether we like it or not. You have to make sure that this person won’t tell anyone (this is pertaining to a secret-type thing) about what you know. Although you may “trust” someone, you must always be skeptic. You may tell them something and start to believe that they won’t tell another, but then a year later here you are sitting there thinking why’d you ever tell them if they had a chance to tell someone else. The good thing is that even though you may not have one single person on this Earth that you can trust, the LORD will never fail you. Now, of coarse you don’t have tell Him because He already knows, but there is no way that God will ever tell someone something about you. Now, don’t take this for granted. I’m not saying He won’t convict you to tell someone else if it’s something they need to know, but God can’t spill a secret. Just remember to always put your trust in God, and He will never forsake you. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
The next time you see someone you think may be feeling sad or alone, just make them a nice note that says chin up. After that, maybe add a few Bible verses and an encouraging note from your heart! Share your expirience doing this in the comments section below.
What is your definition of a true friend? What is your definition of a true friend? Is it someone who makes you feel special and just gives you what you want? Or is it someone who really cares about you? We need to choose wisely who our closest friends are. That doesn’t mean you can’t be nice to other people, but get close to someone you know you can trust!😃