today, a girl i met for less than five minutes bought me a beanie. i almost cried (if only she knew how much i love beanies). it feels wonderful to be the recipient of generous, unmerited, spontaneous kindness. but how much more wonderful would it be when i give this beanie away :’)
people ask me all the time why i give them little random gifts or encourage them allllllllll the time. isn’t there a point when my words lose meaning? shouldn’t i be selective? shouldn’t i be discerning?
yes, i should, and i am. i mean everything i say. you can take my words at face value, especially if it’s written or typed. heh. if i give you a gift, you better bet i spent at least a week thinking about it.
i truly believe: we cannot be generous enough & more often than not, we don’t encourage our brothers and sisters enough. so i can give sacrificially. i can encourage freely. it blesses me, and i hope it encourages them and points them to the sustaining and abounding love and kindness of the Father.
generous, unmerited, spontaneous kindness. how much that blesses the soul!
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
“What requires the greatest faith is when I stand in front of the mirror of God’s Word and I see my failure, and I see my wrong, and I see my blemishes, and I see my spot and I see my leprosy; what requires the greatest faith is for me to believe that God loves me exactly as He says He does. That’s what requires faith! And you wanna know why it requires so much faith? It’s because you’ve never seen love like that before. Not in any place is there an example of the love of God towards you if you are in Christ Jesus.”—Paul Washer
coffee is my friend. coffee doesn’t interrupt me while i’m talking. coffee doesn’t make fun of my socks. coffee doesn’t ask silly questions. coffee doesn’t wear flip flops and flops more than it flips. coffee doesn’t care about how i look in the mornings. coffee is nice. coffee is comforting. coffee understands me. i like coffee.
And here you are, somewhere along the course of your Christian life. At some point in either your earthly or heavenly future — a few minutes from now, a few years off, or after a few more centuries have come and gone — the Son will come back to this alien land, this first earth. He will gather together you and everyone else whom the Father has given to his Son, and you will finally be home. If you are in Christ, in one sense, you are already there.
“Every Christian is called to costly sacrifice. Denying yourself does not mean tweaking your behavior here and there. It is saying “no” to your deepest sense of who you are, for the sake of Christ. To take up a cross is to declare your life (as you have known it) forfeit. It is laying down your life for the very reason that your life, it turns out, is not yours at all. It belongs to Jesus. He made it. And through his death he has bought it.”— Sam Allberry
after an eternity of God’s faithfulness, how can i have so little faith in His faithfulness? He redeems and He provides. who else should i flee to? why should i worry?
i long for the day when i am no longer an obstruction to my own faith, when there will be no tears, no sin. nothing will compete for my affections. there will be no separation of me from my Father. there will be no loss, no goodbyes, no questions. everything will be clear, anew, perfected. i will understand and i will see.
that day will come. thank you God for being faithful to me.
“Lord, if I have asked for anything that is not according to Your mind, I ask You to disregard it. And if any wish that I have expressed to you—even though it is the desire that burns in my bosom above all other wishes—is a wish that is not right in Your sight, disregard it, my Father. But in Your infinite love and compassion, do something better for Your servant than Your servant knows how to ask.”—Spurgeon