Precious

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgements are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”
 Psalm 36:6-7

Sometimes I get so caught up in my life. I do think of and praying to God, trying to aknowledge Him during my life but I continue to ignore quality time in His word. Then I stop and find verses like the ones above that remind me of His love.  His precious love. 

I’m so easily caught in the moment of worrying to look right or act correctly and become hard hearted or bitter towards others in my life.  (being raw right now) and then I get back to the Word and am amazed, overwhelmed, and in awe standing of how Jesus stillllll loves me.  Even when I worry about my finances, career, school work, future family, kids being malnutritioned in other countries, and the homeless, He still worries about me.  He has remaining and steadfast love covering our lives.

[Thank You Jesus. Continue taking me to this place.]

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Why do you love the Lord?

The Lord always know what we need,

when we need it,

and how to give it.
period.

We need be continually learning how to love Him, fear Him, and be in awe of Him.

[Just one of the things I have been re-learning while I have been away and on my own]

Those Alone

This season can be such a massive, commercialized time that occurs every year.  Sometimes this season is a hard time for people because of terrible memories, missing loved ones, or because they are alone during this time. 
The media promotes this season sometimes as a time to spend with family, to enjoy with others.  My question for the media is: What about the people who have no family anymore, what about the people who are homeless on the streets during this season?  Is that really what Christmas is all about: family?

Being away from my family during this season has been hard especially because most of the people I have met and gotten closer with have gone to their home states to visit their families to celebrate Christmas, leaving me here in KCMO alone…somewhat.
Last night I was able to serve homeless men downtown in KC.  I went with a church that I went to this past Sunday.  When I was there serving, these men are homeless probably alone and freezing during this holiday season.  I wouldn’t doubt that they hate this season because of the cold and their loneliness, maybe with no family.  America has created this season to be so focused on what we have or what we are getting materialistically.  There is so much more to life than getting stuff. In fact, I think that tends to be the default mindset that develops more and more as American citizenship goes on in one’s life.  In America we have so many privileges of money and comfort.  But there are so many in the world (and America) that do not have and will not ever be able to have what most of us have now.
Family is a special gift.
Friends and people to spend the holidays with is a special gift

I am thankful that even though I am alone during this time, my family is on the other side of America.  I’m thankful that they are alive.  I’m thankful that I can talk on the phone and use skype to connect with them. 
My heart goes out to those who have lost ones, who are suffering from terrible memories and flashbacks, and for those who are homeless.  I’m in prayer for them that they would see a deeper meaning to this season than is comercialized and advertised, which is the gift of eternal life brought through Jesus.