Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tired, Stressed, Overwhelmed...

     Life has been insane for me lately. Just sooo much going on, I feel I can barely keep my head above water. And it's really hard not to feel stressed about it all.
     But you know what's amazing? We have a God who doesn't get stressed or overwhelmed... and that same God... is IN CONTROL of our lives. In control of the very same things we get stressed over. 
     Doesn't that give us a reason to not be stressed? Doesn't that give us a reason to rely on HIS strength?
     I would make a longer post, because I could go on for awhile, but I need to get sleep...I'll leave you with this verse which a friend of mine posted on their stat, and it spoke to me quite a bit. God knows just what you need to hear, just when you need to hear it! :)
     Psalm 59:16-17, "But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God."
     Why not start of your day tomorrow on God's strength instead of your own? Praising Him, not worrying about everything you need to get done.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Grace Unknown... WOW

     This morning I woke up rather grumpy, just one of those mornings when you're exhausted and and smallest things seem to bother you. But isn't it great to have a forgiving and faithful God who is continually reminding us where our heart needs to be?
     After getting slightly snappy at my sister, I was convicted and went down to my room to spend time in prayer and God's word. I turned on the 'worship' playlist on my ipod, and the first song that came on was, 'Alas! And did my Savior bleed?' Wow.
     Powerful lyrics.
     In light of how much Christ has done for us, when we are so undeserving, how can we be anything but humbled, amazed and overwhelmingly filled with a desire to serve and seek God?
     Is your heart right with God today? He has done SO much for us, we are undeserving sinners. That's MORE than enough reason to make every effort to live for Him, seek Him, let His light shine through you.


     Alas! and did my Savior bleed, 
 and did my Sovereign die!
 Would he devote that sacred head 
 for sinners such as I? 

 Was it for crimes that I have done, 
 he groaned upon the tree? 
 Amazing pity! Grace unknown! 
 And love beyond degree! 

 Well might the sun in darkness hide, 
 and shut its glories in, 
 when God, the mighty maker, died 
 for his own creature's sin. 

 Thus might I hide my blushing face 
 while his dear cross appears; 
 dissolve my heart in thankfulness, 
 and melt mine eyes to tears. 

 But drops of tears can ne'er repay 
 the debt of love I owe. 
 Here, Lord, I give myself away; 
 'tis all that I can do. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Always.

     I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your focus on Christ.
Lately my posts have all had a similar theme: seeking Christ in everything.
     And yes, it's true, the more you seek Christ, the more the devil will try to make you stumble and fall away. But it's also true, the more you seek Christ, the closer you will grow in Him and the stronger you will become.
     It's so simple, so hard, so worth it...and we are commanded to do it.
    Again, I can't stress enough the importance of doing it...take the time-it's the best way you can spend your time.
     1 Chronicles 16:11, "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.