Devo 31

13 07 2011

I have been reading the book The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel and a man gave a very good illustration for faith. He asked if he were to pull something out of his pocket, hold it in his hand so we couldn’t see it, and tell us it was a dime, would we believe him? My answer would be “yes.” I  have no reason to believe otherwise and I have faith that he’s telling the truth. He then said that he was about to kill that faith. As soon as he opened his hand the faith will die because we have the solid fact of knowing. We no longer need faith in him because we can see it with our own eyes.

In the same way, God has shown us proof of His existence (which would be the same as telling us the dime was in the hand), but if He were to reveal Himself fully, we would have no need for faith; we would have too much knowledge. Faith is complete trust and confidence in someone or something. We wouldn’t have need for it if God showed Himself to us in a way which created no doubt or uncertainty. Just like when the hand was opened, our faith died, the same would happen with our relationships with God.

-Kelly

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Ohh Graduation

29 05 2011

Every spring this thing called graduation comes around. In the past, it’s been a time for other people to leave. This year it was my turn. Yesterday, May 28, 2011, I graduated from high school.

It’s bittersweet really. It has a taste of bitterness because people are leaving, life is changing and even though we have plans, those plans tend to change. God’s hand overtakes our lives and He doesn’t always do what we think He should do.

But it’s sweet because this stage of life is over and it’s time to start a new one. I, and the rest of the 2011 grads, get to move on to the next part of life that God has for us. It’s an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and trust Him.

I have many fond memories of the past 4 years, as I’m sure all of us do, but I also have some not so great ones. I’ve made friends, but I’ve lost friends. I’ve learned from my mistakes, as well as my successes. I’ve pushed God away, and I’ve pulled close. But overall high school hasn’t been too bad.

So for the seniors reading this, I want to leave you with something simple; this life won’t always be easy but as followers of Christ, we are made for it. Glorify God in everything you do! And keep your eyes focused on Jesus! Love God. Love People. After that, nothing Else matters.





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





Trust.

31 12 2010

Whether you are in a dating relationship or a friendship, trust is essential in every aspect of life. Think about it. It’s the hardest thing to gain, but the easiest to lose. All it takes is for us to lie once, hide something once, break a promise once, or gossip once, and it’s gone. We can get it back, but it takes hard work and patience.

In a lot of dating relationships, people find it hard to trust their boyfriend/girlfriend. Recently, a friend of mine dealt with this situation. His girlfriend didn’t trust him, she was suspicious, thinking that he was hiding something from her when he wasn’t. He had never given her any reason to think he was being dishonest and yet, she questioned him.

There are times when we don’t trust, and the person has done nothing wrong. Could it be that we don’t trust because we are insecure in ourselves? That we lack self-confidence and assurance, sometimes needing (maybe wanting is a better word) the affirmation of another person (a boyfriend or girlfriend)? We want to hold on to them, but in the process get paranoid about losing them because we need someone to make us feel worth something.

People will mess up, it’s part of humanity. We have to be willing to forgive those who have broken our trust. Remember, we can always trust the Lord! We will never lose Him and we are worth so much to Him! How cool is that?!