Today we witnessed a tragedy. Most of us by now have heard at least a little about the bombings in Boston. Dozens were injured, a few have died, and millions of hearts have been broken. My heart and tears go out especially to those who have lost somebody today. My praises go out to those who did not lose their lives. Hug your families. Let them know you love them.
In the wake of this tragedy, knowing it could have been so much worse, I just urge us all to remember the grace and mercy of Jesus. I don’t know why things like this happen, but I know it has nothing to do Him not caring or not being there. Tragedy and suffering is the main reason that people reject God. “I don’t understand a God who would allow these things to happen.” That is the general response many times after things like this go down.
The problem isn’t God. The problem is Sin. This never would’ve have happened if the root and the heart of the problem wasn’t sin. Sin is a part of each and every one of our lives. Sin is the cause and the root and the heart of everything bad that we are faced with. All murders are sin. All cases of adultery and theft and hatred and hurting and loneliness is a result of sin in our lives.
The cure to this cancerous sin is Jesus. He saves us. He redeems us. He gives us the most pure and most sincere, unconditional love that we are unworthy of. When we have Christ in our lives, all this pain has purpose. All vanity in our situations disappear because through the deepest and darkest and most painful days of our life, we can sit back and say that God is enough and though my flesh and everyone and everything around me may fail and let me down, Jesus won’t because His love secures us and is unfailing and that everything in our lives can be taken away and yet He will stand tall even though the worst of life’s trials.
Psalm 13:5 I trust in Your unfailing love
my heart rejoices in your salvation
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you..
Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this
Your promise perseveres my life
Matthew 5:3-10 Blessed are the poor in spirit
for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven
Blessed are those who mourn
for they will be comforted
Blessed are the meek
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they will be filled
Blessed are the merciful
for they will be shown mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart
for they will see God
Blessed are the peacemakers
for they will be called Children of God
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of their righteousness
for theirs is the kingdom of God
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.
I’ve never liked writing or typing prayers, because I feel like they could easily become superficial and unreal, but this one time I am going to make an exception. If you guys want to pray this with me, you can. If you aren’t the praying type, that’s okay. Positive energy, thoughts, whatever you want. But today, let us lift up those affected.
I just want to pray for those affected today. We don’t know why these things happen, but You do. We pray that You would show Your glory through this tragic event. I pray for the mourning, anyone who has lost somebody today. For those who lost a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a son, a daughter, a friend, I lift up to you with the assurance that You will comfort them. I pray that you would be with them. That they would see you and that they who do not know you would come to put their trust in you. I pray that we as your church would keep these people in prayer. I pray that anger and hatred would not cloud our vision for what your glory and our faith can do. God, I know that you alone can make something good come from this. You can do good through all things. I pray that we would remember that. You comfort the mourning, the hurting, the fallen, the downtrodden, the suffering. At the cross of Christ I know that we can cast all of our anxieties and pains to you. Jesus, give these people who have been directly affected the love that only you can provide. The healing that only You can provide.
It is in the name of Jesus I pray.
Love God. Love People.
I love how quickly your body adjusts to how it used to be once you start exercising again. Didn’t run for over a month, started running again on Sunday, and I’m almost back to where i was when i stopped!Shooting for a consistent 3 mile run by the end of April! :)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25. YES! WE BELIEVE!! Happy Easter everyone!
There was a time when i felt like I knew who i was,
A time when I could look in the mirror and saw somebody I could be proud of,
but now, I’m not so certain.
I hide my face behind the curtains,
because nobody else can see,
the screwed up side of me,
that I keep locked behind a mask of insecurity.
yeah, on the outside I’m calm and cool
but on the inside nobody knows what I go through.
The pain inside contuinues to be amplified and magnified by the fact that I continue to make the same old mistakes
like I don’t have the will power to fight back when i am tempted
So I lay awake at night with a heart of regrets trying to count up all the reasons
that I can’t get by with the treason
and the truth of my unfaithfulness
and I’ve tried to cut the ties
of all the ones who sell me lies
but this monotomy has got me horrified
and Now I’m paralyzed
and i just keep thinking that this disguise
will only lead to my demise
And I know I’ve felt God’s grace
but like the prodigal son I run until I am a million miles away
and it might feel good for the moment but in the end
I’m back where I begin
sick and tired of being sick and tired
believing the lies of all the best liars
and I am the best one there is
So I convince myself that i’m good
convince myself I don’t need you or anyone else
but in the end all i feel is alone.
This feeling is a sickness and I’m in need of an antidote
but isnt it funny though
how we stray away from the only one who promises hope.
Too long we have been denying that You are who You say You are
Too long I have questioned if you can really mend a heart
well if you can i am begging, I plead
Breathe into me
Won’t you please breathe into me
Too many times I’ve looked at your word and just dismissed it
because it comes out as gibberish
but I want to see the majesty that brought the blind to see
and the lame to walk and brought the beggar off his knees
if you have done all this to them surely you can do the same for me
give me faith to trust in what it is that you say
Give me the hope to know that you are good and true
Give me the eyes to see myself cleansed in your sight, by your blood made pure
Give me the knowledge to see the beauty in the scripture
but most of all God just let me see your heart and your love for me
Though I was proven guilty in your sight, dead in my transgressions
even when everything in me calls for my rejection
still you plead my acceptance
I want to give you all you have given me
I want my life to be yours
Not my will but yours be done
yeah, i guess I am the prodigal son
I’m coming home
There is a grace that can only be measured by my saviors stretched out arms
And a mercy more powerful than the grave that has reconciled this poor sinners heart
All the words in the world could not describe the beauty that i see
when I am embraced by your majesty
The star in the sky and the waves of the sea sing out your praise
while all of creation shouts out your name
Saying Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord, God Almighty
Who was and who is and always will be
Upon Your coming every Knee will bow
Well, Let me be the first to fall before you now
Your name alone has given me hope, it has given me life
Your name alone be lifted high
No name other shall be exalted higher than Jesus Christ
You sit alone in a crowded room looking to avoid the sea of people who look down on you and judge you
You try to avoid any eye contact from anyone you think might care and pour out compassion onto you
A heart so scared and lonely that you built a wall around it so that no one could see that deep down you just want someone to care
Someone to be there
Who will love you unconditionally
Who will love you passionately
Someone you can trust to never turn their back on you
unlike the liars and the hypocrites that you always knew
A life so full of pain and disappointment because daddy never treated you like the little girl you always wanted to be
or what about the mom who was never around to be the best friend like the daughters had on TV
or the few superficial friendships you’ve had through the years
afraid to open up because you know that once you say what you want somebody else to hear
that they will leave you like everybody else to wallow in your self pity and tears
Just when you thought you had reached bottom, you found the fairy tale boyfriend of your dreams
and you thought the only way that you would ever be able to keep him around is by letting him get into your jeans
He began to use you and abuse you, all he wanted from you was sex
and he made you feel like you were less
than the dirt underneath his boot
and you let him hit you until your face was black and blue
and he told you that if you ever said a word he would kill you
Now you’re down on your knees, a handful of pills in one hand and a note in the other that says I’m tired of this life and I’m tired of the lies
I’m tired of the tears
and I’m tired of living in the fear
that I will never amount to more
More than what the cruel words of this cold world has led me to believe
And just as you put your hand with your death sentence up to your mouth
you hear a still small voice cry out
I love you!
I love you, I adore you, I care for you unlike anything that anyone has ever felt before
You don’t have to hide your face or your bruises anymore
I love you for who you are and there is nothing you can do to change that
You don’t have to feel guilty and you don’t have to feel sad
You are not alone
You never were and you never will be
I was there all along just waiting for you to see
that you are loved, you are precious to me
You are my prized possession, my esteemed bride
all of your pain and troubles of your past are mine
I paid for that! It belongs to me!
There is nothing anyone can do to separate you from me!
No longer do you do you have to hang on to the choices you’ve made
and the problems you create
or any of your mistakes
because through me you have been remade
You are brand new
You are mine
You are precious
You are beautiful
and I love you