"For I will restore your health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…" - Jeremiah 30:17
Here’s what I love about this photo: that sunset, my best friend Jessica skiing for the first time on my favorite lake, how I can actually feel the warm breeze running through my hair and how I can actually smell the lake water in that breeze just by looking at this photo.
The past two weeks I have been learning a lot about thankfulness and what that truly means to me and let me just say that thankfulness has taken on a greater meaning to me. I cannot fathom what life would be like if I had not been put through what I have, whether those experiences are to be considered disastrous or fortunate. I do know that I am thankful regardless because I have made it and not because that is out of luck, but rather on the contrary, it is because God has protected me even when I have fallen short. He has shown mercy on me, even though in reality I know I do not deserve it. He has given me hope, when some people would not have. He has given me an over abundance amount of joy, when I have had no reason to have joy. He has given me peace, when most people would feel stressed and downhearted. He has given me a family that loves me and supports me, which is more than some people could say. The list goes on…
This is why I have no room to complain, but rather rejoice in what He has given me. To be able to get to this moment in my life has been a long process and I have had to take quite a hit to get here, but I am thankful that God was gracious enough to not make it such a bad hit that I could not stand back up. God got ahold of my heart and convicted me and I finally chose Him over XYZ. ”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”- Matthew 6:33 The thing of the matter is if you truly want to hear from God and have your life ran by him as well as the blessings of the Lord, you have to repent and turn from what you have been either doing or did that is wrong. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”- Acts 3:19
The only true addiction that is acceptable to me is being addicted to the wonderful Almighty Heavenly Father; not being able to survive without His overwhelming amount of love.
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The calming peace and overwhelming abundance of joy that the Lord gives me makes it where I would never want to go back to the way I was before.
enamor: to be filled with a feeling of love for; having a liking or admiration
"What I really mean to say is that I hope you aren’t held back because of a number. And that you don’t rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what’s right for you. Hold on. Slow down. And breathe in. Your age is your age. But more importantly, your life is your life. Don’t change your journey so that it matches someone else’s. We need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. Revel in the differences. And enjoy where you are."
God paints the most beautiful pictures not just through nature but also life experiences. Maybe at the time those experiences seem like a muddled mess but with His mighty power and love He molds those situations into glorifying how merciful and true He really is.
…then I saw the light. Jesus wanted me to seek Him first.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33
and I sat there and I talked to God about it… and He made me feel at peace regardless of the situation. He told me, “Let me take care of it.”