I Will Be Their God!

I will be their God

 

Christian, here is all you require. To make you happy you want something that shall satisfy you; and is not this enough? If you can pour this promise into you cup, will you not say, with David, “My cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5) When this is fulfilled, I am your God, are you not possessor of all things? Desire is insatiable as death, but He who fills all in all can fill it. The capacity of our wishes who can measure? But the immeasurable wealth of God can more than overflow it. I ask you if you are not complete when God is yours? Do you want anything but God? Is not His all-sufficiency enough to satisfy you if all else should fail? But you want more than quiet satisfaction; you desire rapturous delight. Come, soul, here is music fit for heaven in this you portion, for God is the Maker of Heaven. Not all the music blown from sweet instruments, or drawn from living strings, can yield such melody as this sweet promise, “I will be their God.” Here is a deep sea of bliss, a shoreless ocean of delight; come, bathe your spirit in it; swim an age, and you shall find no shore; dive throughout eternity, and you shall find no bottom. “I will be their God.” If this does not make your eyes sparkle, and your heart beat fast with bliss, then assuredly your soul is not in a healthy state. But you want more than present delights—you crave something concerning which you may exercise hope; and what more can you hope for than the fulfillment of this great promise, “I will be their God“? This is the masterpiece of all the promises; its enjoyment makes a heaven below, and will make a heaven above. Dwell in the light of your Lord, and let your soul be always ravished with His love. Get out the marrow and fatness which this portion yields thee. Live up to your privileges, and rejoice with unspeakable joy. 

 

* Taken from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning Devotional

Contentment

In the past, when people talked about contentment, I used to get so annoyed and aggravated. Usually I would roll my eyes, paste on a smile and show insincere interest! Horrible I know, but hey, at least I’m being honest!

 

As bad as this is to admit, I’ve always equated contentment as something that is dull, uninteresting and undesirable. I want to be the girl who’s adventurous, full of life, charismatic, and joyful! Until now, I could not reconcile how being content, while maintaining the liveliness in my spirit could go hand in hand.

 

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The Lord is currently wrecking my life and my perspective on contentment. Gear up, because I’ll probably be talking about this topic for awhile on this blog!

 

I’m currently reading a book entitled, “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow and it’s a must-read!  I don’t say that often or lightly, but it is teaching me how to have accurate and Biblical contentment. It is not cheesy or repetitive; instead it is filled with deep, though-provoking wisdom and advice! Pick up a copy here – you won’t be sorry!

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After my honest introduction on my thoughts on contentment, allow me to share some thoughts I’m processing through from the first chapter!

 

What we are on the inside, what we continually think about, eventually shows in our words, actions, and even our countenances.

Allow that to sink in.

 

You are what you think about! Whether that’s the outfit you’re going to wear tomorrow, what the latest news station is discussing, or what the Lord is saying to you. What you fill your mind with, is eventually who you become!

 

I don’t know about you, but I want to be someone who’s vision is clear, because I have an eternal perspective! The word perspective means, “Looking through; seeing clearly; the capacity to view things in their true relation of relative importance.” Therefore an eternal perspective is God’s way of seeing!

 

In the book, Linda shares rules for contentment. After reading this and meditating on it for a few days, I’ve written it and put it up by my desk at work and in the front of my bible!

 

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I’ve begun to be more aware of these things in my life. Let’s just say that I have a long way to go!

 

Beloved, I’m sharing these thoughts from my heart for two reasons! First, because I want you all to know that I am not perfect! (But you already knew that!) Second, hopefully my struggles along the road of sanctification will encourage you. We are all doing this messy thing called “life” together, and we should be cheering one another on!

 

I am not there yet, but oh how I despertly want to be a woman who has a peace that is separate from my circumstances. With my eyes fixed upon eternity, I want to always rest in the fact that my tomorrow’s belong to God! When my tomorrows are nestled in God’s strong arms, then I can be free to live today!

 

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Will you join me on this journey? I am learning that contentment, true contentment is one of the greatest things I can possess. It is the farthest thing from boring! It actually frees me to live the life God intended me to live – fully alive!

 

As I share my thoughts on my struggles and victories, I encourage you to rally together and pursue contentment with me! Please let me know where you are on the journey! Let’s be the brothers and sisters we ought to one another!!

 

“Contentment is essentially a matter of accepting from God’s hand what He sends because we know that He is good and therefore it is good.”

-J.I. Packer

A bit of encouragement!

It’s 11:05 pm…and here I sit typing a case study paper on the country of Romania, studying for an exam, putting together a power point presentation, and completing French homework. It’s the week before thanksgiving break and things are CRAZYYY!!!! Not gonna lie, a part of me just wants to peace out and go home right now. I don’t want to finish this week, but I’m going to get through it. (well, I don’t really have a choice!) I’m learning how to be diligent right now and it’s not necessary the most “fun” thing to be learning.

So, as I’m taking a break to clear my head, I wanted to encourage you with a few things…

1. God love you.

Oh how quickly I forget!

2. God is in control.

…And a grade does not define me.

3. God’s grace is ENOUGH!

4. Nothing is more important than deepening my relationship with the LORD.

I love you guys, and I hope this encourages you!!

I am blessed!!

I am so incredibly blessed!! I know that might sound cliche to say, but it’s the honest truth. I honestly don’t pause often enough to meditate on just how blessed I am. Tonight, I had some time to myself, so I made myself a cup of tea and felt like writing. One of my  favorite things is just to curl up with a cup of coffee/tea and just pour our my heart onto paper. Tonight is one of those nights!

Recently the Lord has been teaching me about gratitude, and being thankful. I’m going to devote a lot more time to discussing that but I wanted to spend a few moments sharing some of my thoughts on blessings. But I have to be honest first, this is the kind of honesty that hurts to admit. I’m not good at all at realizing just how blessed I am. The reason is, because I think I’m entitled to things. News flash: I am in no way, shape or form deserving of ANYTHING!! Really, it’s by the Lord’s grace that I even woke up this morning, that I have had breath in my lungs all day and that I will wake up tomorrow morning. I am not guaranteed tomorrow, yet I go around living like I deserve the whole world and I’m entitled.

Oh what a gross sin that is in my life! How ugly that must look to my King in heaven. He is the one who is truly deserving of everything, yet He humbled Himself so much, that He became a man, died in my place. When I truly pause and meditate on what that means, any attitude or sense of pride should instantly die. When I learn of my proper position before Christ, which is completely in His debt, I can then respond with a live seeking to please Him. Oh, that my life would be a fragrant offering to my Father, a life that realizes how utterly broken and sinful it is, yet how beautifully it has been redeemed!

You see, I’ve come to God before complaining and throwing myself a huge pity party, because life’s circumstances weren’t ideal, or how I thought they should be. I’ve shaken my fist up to heaven before begging the Lord to change my situations, because my heart has been in so much pain, and all I’ve wanted is to be relieved of that pain. Dear reader, I urge you not to follow my example. Don’t demand things of the Lord! I’ve had to greatly humble myself before Him, and repent of my awful attitude. We are given prayer, and I think it is okay to make requests, but ultimately we need to realize that above all else, God is sovereign. He knows what He is doing! His plan is so much grander and more majestic than I could ever imagine. Instead of demanding my own way, I need to praise and thank Him from the bottom of my heart!!
I can’t tell you honestly that I’ve reached a place in my life where I automatically respond to each circumstance with a thankful heart and realize how blessed I am, but by the grace of God, I’m growing. One of the definitions I found for the word “Bless” means, “to make holy; sanctify”.

Dear one, will you join me on this journey to realize just how incredibly and amazingly the Lord has blessed us?

Rejoice…

As I type this, I am currently sipping on a cup of piping hot coffee (hazelnut, just in case you were wondering), snuggled up on my bed, with the sun setting outside. It’s been a spectacular autumn day, with a nice crisp morning; I was up fairly early for a weekend and found it so nice to be up and awake when the rest of the world (or at least my college campus) seemed to still be warm and snugly tucked into their beds. As I walked outside this morning, enjoying my view of mountains drenched in morning sunlight, I was taken aback by all of the beauty that God has placed around me. My heart rejoiced, and thanked Him for creating a world filled with splendor and majesty.

Rejoicing is a topic that’s been on my heart a lot recently. The very definition of the word is quite beautiful. Rejoice means to feel joy or great delight in something or someone. Ah, doesn’t that just make you smile? As I have mentioned, some circumstances in my life have been trying, but I honestly believe that just because a person experiences difficulties or hardships, shouldn’t stop them from living in such a way as to display God’s joy in their life. I feel like I can speak from both sides of the spectrum because in my life, I have experienced extreme moments of sheer delight and happiness in my life, but I’ve also experienced moments when pain literally took all of my strength away, and I felt like throwing up my hands up and quitting. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers on how to life a cheerful or joyful life, but I have a few thoughts that I would love to share with you, my beloved reader.

There are so many things that I find joy or great delight in. Honestly, one of the ways that I can rejoice even when circumstances aren’t always ideal is by looking at those things in my life that God has blessed me with and praising Him for those things.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” –James 1:17


I’ve heard that verse since I was a little girl, and perhaps that verse has become stagnant for you. Please read it again carefully and notice the very first word of the verse, every.  This verse does NOT say that some good gifts are from God, but rather that every good gift is from God. Wow, that is incredible! The fact that God would give me good gifts is mind-blowing. Not only did He provide salvation for me (which is more than enough reason for my heart to praise his name for all eternity), He also loves delighting me, just for the sheer sake of bringing joy to my heart. That verse literally means that every good, perfect (and Godly) thing in your life is from God. One of my favorite passages about my God giving us gifts is found in Matthew 7:9-11.

“Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”


I am blessed with an incredible earthly Father. He is honestly one of the most extraordinary people I know, and we have a phenomenal relationship. I am so thankful that God has given me a Daddy that truly represents His character. As much as he does for me, and gives me, and seeks my good, I honestly can’t even begin to imagine the kind of love that my Heavenly Father has for me when he says that He will give me good gifts. Now, this verse does not mean that God is a heavenly santa clause or anything like that, because He is Holy, and His ways are perfect, but I believe that it does mean that He will give us gifts. The very nature of a gift is something that is initiated by the giver, and our God initiates and gives His beloved children gifts.

I find joy everywhere! I praise God that He’s opened up my eyes to the incredible treasures all around me. This might sound silly to some of you, but I have a list entitled, “Things that bring a smile to my face.” I made the list simply to remind myself of the things that I absolutely adore about life and what an awesome God I serve who gives them to me. Here are just a few of the things on my list (it’s a rather long list, so I won’t write down the entire thing!)

~ Coffee

~ The moon

~ The stars

~ The sound of rain

~ Meeting new people

~ Laughing until my sides hurt

~ Receiving a genuine complement

~ Sunrises

~ Traveling to new places

~ Butterflies

~ Summer nights

~ The Psalms

~ Getting up early and spending time with my Savior when absolutely no one else is around

~ Curling up in front of a fire reading.

~ Deep conversations

~ Getting dressed up

~ Black and white artwork


Beloved, I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and think about the simple things that delight you, write them down and place your list somewhere you’ll see if often. Praise God for the items written down on your list. Rejoice today and be glad, for you have a Heavenly Father who loves you, cherishes you and delights to see your gorgeous smile. Live a life characterized and filled with incredible joy and exuberance.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” –Eleanora Duse

Heaven

My youngest sister recently had her first real encounter with death. We had a cat put to sleep about two weeks ago. She was old, overweight, and her kidney was failing, so we just decided to have her put to sleep. My mom did not tell my younger sisters immediately because she didn’t want to cause them more grief than necessary. But a few nights ago, they asked where Missy (the cat) was, so she had to explain to them that Missy died.  Both of my younger sisters cried and had a really hard time with it, but my youngest sister took it really hard. It hurt me so much to see her hurting. Honestly, I didn’t really have an attachment to this cat and didn’t grieve when I heard that she was put down, but my baby sister cried and got upset over the loss.

I came downstairs the next morning to find her sitting alone at the kitchen table writing. When I asked what she was writing, she handed me a piece of paper and told me that she was making a list of all the things she wanted to see and do in heaven. Here’s her list…

1. I want lots of butterflies to land on me.

2. I want to pet a lion, a gorilla, and a fawn.

3. I want to see God and Jesus.

4. I want to see lots of great angels.

It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever read; my precious sister wrote it from her heart. I sat down at the table and talked with her for a while, and explained to her that the greatest and most important thing about heaven was getting to spend eternity with our Savior. I don’t know how well she understood, but we got to talk for a while and spend some sweet time together.

Heaven was on my mind all day long, and I was reminded of a quote by John Piper.

If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?

What is your reaction?! Obviously a child still longs for the things of this world to be in heaven; things like butterflies, and the like, but this quote really convicts me. Do I truly desire heaven because Christ will be there and I will get to spend all of eternity dwelling with Him, or do I long for heaven because there will be no more pain, suffering or grief?

As I gave this question some serious thought, I sadly realized how often I live my life like the earth is my home. I get so comfortable here with my family, my friends and all of the other gifts that God gives me. I become satisfied with those things instead of striving to be satisfied with the One who gave me the gifts. I deeply need to realize that the Creator longs for me to be in His presence and that I break His heart when I run around on earth like I belong here. I need to understand that my home is with Him; I am just passing through this earth.

To be completely honest, I think I get caught up in this complacency because I’ve been trained to believe that heaven will be boring. That sounds horrible put into words, but I think that all of us would agree that when we think of heaven, a small part of us doesn’t want to go. I used to want Christ to wait to come back until I had the opportunity to get married, and raise a few children. After that, I thought He could come back. How wrong I was! My mindset was completely contradictory to the Bible. Heaven is where I get to spend eternity with my Beloved Jesus, and that in itself is more than enough. As I’ve grown in my relationship with God, He’s taught me that He truly is indeed better than anything the world could every hope to offer me and that eternity with Him will be grand and glorious and I should be longing for it with my whole being. There was definitely a time in my life where I didn’t want to go to heaven, but that has changed. Now, I can’t wait for the day when I’ll get to meet my Savior face-to-face and fall down before the throne of God and worship Him with the angels. I would be so thrilled if I was taken to heaven this evening. My whole being longs for heaven! We’ve been given a taste of heaven here on earth, I think everyone can feel it. When we watch a glorious sunset that leaves us wanting more, or see a baby being born and the innocence in the child, or spend time carrying on a deep and intimate conversation with a friend. Those things are so wonderful and dear to me, and as grand as they are, they never fully satisfy me. When I go outside at night and look the moon and the stars, my soul leaps within me and instead of being able to fully enjoy them, my soul pants for the creator of those stars. I’ll talk to God and tell Him how glorious He is to have created such amazing things, and how I long for more and more. Heaven will be a place where our joy is complete because we will be with Christ forever. Jonathan Edwards described heaved as “A place of unparalleled and indescribable joy.” I can’t wait for that day when I’ll have the high privilege of dwelling with the God who completely satisfies my soul with Himself.

Heaven is such a glorious topic to think about, but the reality of heaven should completely change how we live here on the earth, while we are in the process of “passing through”.

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. –C.S. Lewis

This is immensely true! Those precious souls who knew the reality of heaven and lived in that reality were able to accomplish things that most people only dream about. I urge you to spend some time alone with your Beloved today and ask Him to change your perspective on heaven. Allow Him to morph you into a heaven-minded believer so that your journey on this earth will be filled with eager anticipation of the unending delight and joy that will be found in your Father on the day that you reach heaven. Don’t become ineffective or blind here on the earth, realize that this isn’t your home! As much as it can start to feel like a home, your real home is so much more glorious. Keep Jesus in focus as your soul longs to be with Him forevermore.

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever.