The Shores of Lake Michigan

12 03 2012

Water. We sit on it’s edge and we watch it. We listen to it. We enjoy it. Sometimes, we are even mesmerized by it. People are drawn to the water because of it’s beauty, its ability to refresh and the fun it creates. But have you ever thought of why? Maybe because it is consistent.

We like consistencies. We are comfortable that way. Water is constant. It ebbs  and flows, it soothes and sloshes. When watching it from the shore, we know what is going to happen.

But sometimes it appears differently. If a rock is in the way, it moves around it. If the wind picks up, it stirs. It appears to change. It seems inconsistent, but it’s still water, it just has something to work around.

God. He is consistent, never changing, but sometimes in life there is a rock or some wind. It seems as if God is being inconsistent; saying one thing in the Bible but doing something different in real life. It seems like He is not who He says He is. But it’s just a rock we’ve put in His way.

God and Water. Ever thought the two could be alike?





Faith-Not an Emotion

10 09 2011

This is a daily devotional from the book My Utmost For His Highest. I just had to share it with you all!

“For a while, we are fully aware of God’s concern for us. But then, when God begins to use us in His work, we begin to take on a pitiful look and talk only of our trials and difficulties. And all the while God is trying to make us do our work as hidden people who are not in the spotlight. None of us would be hidden spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our work when it seems that God has sealed up heaven? Some of us always want to be brightly illuminated saints with golden halos and with the continual glow of inspiration, and to have other saints of God dealing with us all the time. A self-assured saint is of no value to God. He is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and completely unlike God. We are here, not as immature angels, but as men and women, to do the work of this world. And we are to do it with an infinitely greater power to withstand the struggle because we have been born from above.

If we continually try to bring back those exceptional moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are becoming obsessed with the moments when God did come and speak with us, and we are insisting that He do it again. But what God wants us to do is to “walk by faith.” How many of us have set ourselves aside as if to say, “I cannot do anything else until God appears to me”? He will never do it. We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, “Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!” Never live for those exceptional moments— they are surprises. God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life— our work is our standard.”





Who Am I?

27 06 2011

Have you ever asked yourself that question? If you haven’t, ask yourself the question right now “Who Am I?” Right off the bat I think of the obvious things such as name, age, job, school, people I hang out with, ect. But these things don’t define who you are. They show aspects about you.

So, who am I?

Am I the same person at church, work, school, or even when I’m alone?

This is a very big question that we should all answer. If we can’t answer it, it’s something we need to struggle through.

I start wondering who I am as soon as I start to drift from God. Without Him, my life doesn’t make sense and I don’t know what my purpose is. I struggle with the question “Who Am I?” just as much as the next person, but the difference might be that I know I am a daughter of Christ and through Him I can be who He created me to be! I just have allow Him to shape me. WAY easier said then done.

It’s kind of scary when you step back and take a look at your life, isn’t it? A lot of the time, we don’t like what we see. A bad thing? I don’t think so. When we see the bad, it’s easier to fix instead of not recognizing it’s there. The hard part is changing.

-Kelly





Devo 27

28 04 2011

We are selfish. Have you ever noticed that? If you haven’t, you need to open your eyes to the world and get out of your own little bubble because there are more people than just you hurting.

This weekend my friend’s had the shock of a lifetime. A good friend of theirs took his own life. Hearing this broke my heart! Suicide is a very real reality and the pain of it is excruciating! As I watch my friends hurt, I hurt and it puts my life in perspective. My little “hardships” that I’m going through right now are so small in comparison.

We work together at a sandwich place, and as they grieve it shows at work. They can’t hide it or put it aside while at their job, it simply doesn’t work that way. But some of our coworkers are less than sympathetic at times. They can’t see past themselves and their “problems.” They can’t put away their selfishness and just support, encourage, and love these people in the midst of this pain! This drives me crazy! The pain is unbearable for them and you can see it in their eyes! The least we can do is put aside ourselves and understand that life isn’t all about US.

When we step back and take a look at our lives, what do we focus on? Is it how to make my life better? Or is it how to be selfless? Take a look around you. I guarantee you have people in your life who are hurting more than you are.





Video

29 03 2011

Don’t let the length of this video freak you out. It’s really good!

So, What’s Your Legacy?





Devo 24

15 03 2011

Without God I am nothing. Without His love and grace, we are nothing.

What is the purpose of life? Without God, I’m not sure how to answer that question. Would it be for me to live for the next party, guy, or drug? Maybe. But the thing is, I don’t have to answer that question. My purpose, our purpose, is to glorify God! To love Him more than anything and after that, love those around us (Matthew 22).

Do we fulfill our purpose every day? I know I don’t. I fail miserably every day. But oh how we should long to be used by God and to love people. Is that the cry of your heart?





Devo 19

17 01 2011

This life will be hard. It will not always be easy, but you were made for it! So glorify GOD in everything you do! Trust in Him and keep you eyes focused on Jesus!

-His love is unfailing and everlasting (Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 54:10).

-If we seek Him we will find Him! (Jeremiah 29:13)

-He is the source of our strength. (Psalm 28:7)

-He is our safe place (Psalm 91:2)

In life, “There may be temporary strayings and backslidings. There may be great soul-conflict. But once the soul has truly tasted the water of life and the bread of Heaven, it will never forsake the Lord.” – John Piper

“We are so preciously loved by God that we cannot even comprehend it. No created being can ever know how much and how sweetly and tenderly God loves them.” – Julian of Norwich

-Kelly