Philippians 1:6 “6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:1-11

Thanksgiving

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

We are FOR GOD AND HIS GLORY.

Are you truly full? What are you filled with? Who or what are you going to and relying on for fulfillment, completion, and satisfaction? What are the results of this?

In the world, sadly, there are multiple answers and perspectives to this question. Souls are looking everywhere to be happy, to find joy, to feel satisfied, complete and whole. and yet, they never truly do. Maybe for a moment, yes, but then that feeling fades away. That feeling of hope or satisfaction or “happiness” satisfies for the moment but never stays, never fulfills, never truly makes you come alive, it just distracts you for a second.

But GOD. See, when you are a believer AND follower of THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST THE ETERNALLY, the answer to these questions is certain. It is different. There is no questioning or doubting, there is no “what or where or how or who”. There is THE ONLY ONE WHO has already satisfied.

We, our souls, were made for GOD. To love HIM, to worship HIM, to serve HIM, to adore HIM, and to live completely eternally FOR HIM (Genesis 1:26-28, Colossian 1:13-20). But we as people tend to do the opposite of what we’re supposed to. We are all born with a void inside that can and will only be filled by THE ONE, THE ONLY TRUE GOD.

There is so much temptation and distraction around us. The devil is real, yall. He is lurking, wanting us to be tempted and “desire” anything and everything else that is not of God, because even he, the devil, satan himself, knows that THE GOD IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD THE ETERNALLY, and he wants to do anything and everything to try and keep us away from HIM, which cant happen(Romans 8). Because of this, so much is thrown in front of us in our walks. Sex, drugs, pornography, lies, abominations that are so disgusting and wrong and yet, somehow, we fall into their pits. We think we are strong on our own and by our own self and own self-strength, we think “we can handle it on our own”, and then we meet a time when we are tested.

Everyone knows what I’m talking about. A time in these lives that aren’t ours to begin with, a time when we feel the pressure, when we are insulted, betrayed, lied to, discouraged, weakened to the point when we think we cannot bare to go on anymore, we’re sad, depressed, lonely, shaken, “down in the dumps”. And what do we do? Where do we run? Where do we hide ourselves? We search. We love searching for whatever, whomever, wherever may be a place that we can hide ourselves “from reality”, wherever we can turn to “to get our minds off of the pain”, whatever can place a momentary (not even quality) bandage on the wound on ourselves.

We as people in this world turn to sex. We turn to another person, to do something created for the beautiful blessing of and from THE GOD of marriage, “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our hearts and souls, we know and we feel, we are NOT satisfied.

 

We as people turn to pornography. We are so intrigued by this lie, this pit that is available for us in a moment, in the click of a button or the turn of a page of a magazine, our earthly eyes love the sight of sin. We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our hearts and soul, we know and we feel, we are still NOT satisfied.

 

We are people turn to the lies. We don’t want to but we are so intrigued by “the what ifs”, even as they are hurting us. We know what is being said and done is not true and is wrong about us, but we are so afraid, so worried of missing out, of being excluded from the conversation or the activity, the social media or the party that we do not want to miss even a single moment of it. It is deteriorating ourselves, yet we think we love it, “that we are enjoying it”. We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our heart and soul, we know and we feel, we are STILL NOT satisfied.

 

We as people turn to drugs. We think a pill in a bottle or the bottom of one “can ease the pain” and “can satisfy our desire and need and want”. We think “If I can just keep feeling this happiness or this pleasure or this satisfaction when the needle is in my arm or when I cannot and do not even remember where I am or what time of the day it is, I will be free.” We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment to us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds AND YET in our hearts and souls, we know and we feel, we are STILL NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING SATISFIED.

 

We as people turn to abomination. This one, I’m not sure I can describe it even fully because I am still confused and confused even more as to why people love this. We as people love destruction. People, most, not all, love watching destruction. We love watching the lies, the porn, the sex, the temptation, the drugs, whether that is in real life or on a movie screen. We are drawn “to the story” that each one of these things provides. We enjoy the suspense and drama and destruction and build up of these things. Why? WE LOOK to these things “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment for us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet in our heart and soul, we know an we feel, we are still not even close to being satisfied.

Why?

We look to these things and more “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment for us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet in our heart and soul, we know and we feel, WE KNOW AND WE FEEL, we are still not even close to being satisfied, to even feeling satisfied.

Why? Why do we do this, when after a second, after a moment, in the moment, we know that we are not even close to being satisfied?

Genesis 3 The Fall of Man

“we were made for more” we hear, see, write this all of the time, when really, we are created FOR THE MOST. THE MOST LIFE, THE MOST HIGH: THE MOST HIMSELF GOD! THE ONE TRUE AND ONLY ETERNAL GOD THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY. Why do we try to compromise? Nothing can change our purpose, so nothing else can fulfill this  eternal purpose the eternally.

we are more than flesh and bone. We are more than external and physical.

Genesis 2:7-8 “7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.”

See, GOD tells us how HE created us. We are from HIM and for HIM, eternally, from and for HIM THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY. He breathed HIMSELF into us, therefore we are from and for ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY!! So then, since we know this, since we are shown and told this by HIM, THE GOD THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY, we know that our one true, unworldly and unearthly desire, is the one that cannot be filled by worldly and or earthly things. Psalm 73:25-28 “25 Whom have I in heaven but You?

And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;

You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.

28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;

I have made the LORD God my refuge,

That I may tell of all Your works.”

We have this void inside of us. We have this void inside of who we are. We are not flesh and bones. When we die, the flesh will pass away, but our souls won’t. We have a void inside of our souls that not even the pleasure or “satisfaction” of someone else or “an earthly ‘fix'” can even touch. We all desire God, but a lot of the time, we don’t know this because we are human, we are blinded by so many things that are meant by the devil, satan, evil, to distract us from WHO WE NEED.

We think we need to satisfy our desire that we imagine is only a feeling, by looking towards others or things that we know will bring some sort of “pleasure-feeling” to ourselves. We know that we will feel something, and we know that for a moment, we will imagine we are satisfied. And we continue doing this. It is like we are trying to fill up a bucket to the very top when the hole at the bottom, at the base, at the being of it is not yet patched up, everything we try to fill the bucket with falls through without completion.

And maybe you aren’t looking for satisfaction in lies, sex, drugs, etc. Maybe you’re looking for it (which we do a lot of the time) in “identity”. Maybe you’re putting your identity or “satisfaction” in the amount of likes you get on your picture. Or trying to get attention from someone else, who you weren’t created for. Or maybe it’s in sports- looking for satisfaction in how your favorite team is doing in their season. None of these things last. No matter what angle you take to your photo for instagram, no matter how you try to dress, no matter what the score of the game was, the world will always have something that you begin to compare yourself to.

“Well they had more likes, probably because they have a better camera”

“Well he’s probably dating her because she’s prettier than me”

“Well they have better players so we’re gonna do awful this year”

better, better, better, why are we always looking at “the better”, when it’s not even better and THE BEST IS holding out His hand towards us, RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. ?!

We’re naïve, most of the time. We ignore the truth simply because the devil, satan the evil one hates that THE GOD THE LIFE AND THE TRUTH AND THE WAY HIMSELF (John 14:6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.) IS REACHING OUT, IS RIGHT HERE THE ETERNALLY FOR US TO SAVE US, HAS SAVED US AND WILL CONTINUE TO SAVE US THE ETERNALLY. In fact, the devil hates that I’m writing this, truth, write now. Jokes on satan, he can’t touch me, he can’t come close to those who are IN THE ONE AND ONLY LIFE AND LIVING SAVIOR GOD CHRIST JESUS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!! 🙂 🙂

So I look at my own life, and I see how joyful I am. I am a follower and believer of God, I am a new creation in Christ and i am living for HIM, THE GOD! And i look at others around me who i know are believers and followers of THE GOD CHRIST JESUS THE ETERNALLY as well, how joyful they are because they are in HIM and living FOR HIM and are a new creation IN HIM. And God shows me, as HE shows all of us, this is all because of and for HIM. i, we, all of this, for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY.

HE IS why we can only find satisfaction in HIM. If you are struggling, if you’ve tried everything, if you didn’t even know you were struggling or didn’t even realize how lost you are, I tell you from personal experience of and by HIM and the ETERNAL grace of HIM, GOD, run to HIM. Seek HIM and you will find. Seek HIM and you will know THE TRUE AND ONLY SATISFACTION. THE TRUE AND ONE AND ONLY WHOLENESS, COMFORT, COMPLETION AND JOY. But HE, but GOD never stops there, oh no no no. When we are filled with Christ, with THE HOLY SPIRIT THE ETERNALLY, We overflow.

See, GOD isn’t like these temporal, earthly, worldly “bandages” we try to place on our wounds. that can only be filled by GOD. The “bandages will wear off, out and be gone in a moment, they will not satisfy. GOD. but GOD THE GOD. HE does not simply place a bandage over these wounds to cover them up, HE covers them up, covers us up with HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY AND HEALING, ALL OF WHICH ARE THE ETERNALLY, and OH GET EXCITED YOU BEAUTIFUL SOULS, HE TAKES THEM AWAY. He does what no person, no drug, no idol and not addiction can ever do, and covers you with HIS LOVE, covers up our wounds and TAKES THEM AWAY, WASHES EVEN THE BLOOD, THE STAIN AWAY, COMLETELY. Psalm 34:8-10 “8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;

How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;

For to those who dear Him there is no want.

10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.” BEHOLD, YOU ARE WHOLE IN HIM AND ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY. You will find that with HIM, HIS GRACE AND MERCY AND LOVE AND LOVINGKINDNESS NEVER FAILS. HE NEVER FAILS AND NEVER ENDS THE ETERNALLY. HE shows us that with HIM, HE IS the Overflower the eternally. See, because, when this “bucket”, WE are being filled by HIM, it is of all things good. And God, ohmygoodnessgracious and GOD, but THE GOD THE ETERNALLY, HE does not ever stop when we are filled to the brim, oh no no no. HE IS ALL THE MORE THE ETERNALLY. He will fill us up all the more, so that we are constantly being filled, and in turn, OVERFLOWING.

Overflowing. What is inside of us will come out (Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your hart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”, Matthew 12:34 “34 You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”, Proverbs 10:11-14 “11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.
13 On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
14 Wise men store up knowledge,
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.”
) We overflow and spill out whatever we are attempting to fill ourselves with, but on the only bright side, we overflow and spill out the eternal life, God Himself, Whom has ETERNALLY filled us and overflows out of us.

When we are being filled with worldly things around us, what will flow out?

When we are being filled by lies, lies will come out

When we are being filled by disgust, disgust will come out

When we are being filled by dishonor, dishonor will come out

When we are being filled by hate, hatred will come out

When we are being filled by death, death will come out

When we are being filled by temptation, temptation will come out

When we are being filled by evil, evil will come out

When we are being filled by temporal and false, temporal and false will come out in and with everything we do and say and think and feel

God is all of the lifegiving things that spill out of us when we have Him living inside of us(Psalm 25:8 “Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.” ), and when you go to Him, get saved by HIM and know HIM and know this truth THE TRUTH WHICH IS HIM THE ETERNALLY, there will be no more “temporal”, no more momentary “satisfaction or fixes” there will only be GOD THE GOD and COMPLETENESS: TRUE, PURE ETERNAL COMPLETENESS, FULLNESS, SATISFACTION IN HIM IN CHRIST, COMPLETELY AND ETERNALLY UNSHAKEABLE BY HIM AND FOR HIM. You will not only feel but KNOW in every moment the fullness, the joy and satisfaction and completeness and happiness that never goes away, ever, because GOD IS LIVING INSIDE OF YOU AND ME AND US AS OUR SALVATION THE ETERNALLY HE HAS PROMISED THE ETERNALLY!

HE IS life.

HE IS love.

HE IS grace.

HE IS mercy.

HE IS kindness.

HE IS the fruit of righteousness.

HE IS THE ETERNAL VINETHE EVERLASTING.

HE IS THE EVERLASTING THE ETERNALLY.

HE IS goodness.

HE IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY! 🙂 🙂

The other day was thanksgiving, so I know a lot of our tummies were filled with turkey and all sorts of goodies. Almost every day most every one is checking social media, so our thoughts and minds are being filled with loaddddsss of things. But what are you FULL OF? Are you full at all? Are you satisfied, complete, whole? Go to God, talk to Him, pray, He is here, i promise. And He promises that HE IS THE TRUTH and faithful and HIS ETERNAL PROMISE is THE TRUTH AND FAITHFUL, and HE WILL provide for you the eternal and complete fullness, wholeness and satisfaction, joy, hope, completion, happiness, that you, that i, that we truly eternally desire, HIM!

HE IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!! 🙂 🙂

we are FOR GOD AND HIS GLORY.

Psalm 23New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd,
I [a]shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the [c]paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no [e]evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
[g]Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h]dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.

Psalm 34New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.

A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;

From where shall my help come?

2 My help comes from the LORD,

Who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not allow your foot to slip;

He who keeps you will not slumber.

4 Behold, He who keeps Israel

Will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

5 The LORD is your keeper;

The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

6 The sun will not smite you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will protect you from all evil;

He will keep your soul.

8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in

From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 25:8-11

“8 Good and upright is the LORD;

Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

9 He leads the humble in justice,

And He teaches the humble His way.

10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth

To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD,

Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”

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John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Psalm 16:11 “11. You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Psalm 1

BOOK 1

The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

A couple of months ago, actually awhile ago, I don’t actually remember when this happened, I was on campus and God The Lord The Eternally my Creator and Savior of all HIMSELF THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY showed me something that made me smile, He, joy and happiness HIMSELF THE ETERNALLY makes me smile, per usual. I was washing my hands in the restroom- THE LORD will reveal to you in any and every moment, this is proof of it! You know the routine, you get some soap on your hands, maybe you turn the water on before that, that’s great, and then you lather your hands with the soap, to get them nice and clean, followed by you rinsing your hands with the, preferably warm, water.

During the process of washing my hands, I had first reached for the soap, but didn’t take the time to lather it before I quickly stuck my hand under the water, which accomplished nothing accept rinsing off a spot where soap laid as a clump on my hands, un-lathered.  In response, as the water was still running, knowing my hands had not been properly cleaned, I reached for more soap, this time properly lathering my hands, making sure every bit was covered, before I stuck my hands under the running water to rinse the soap off. And boom, my hands are completely clean.

GOD revealed to me something in that, that HE, THE GOD, is once and for all and yet constant, continuous, and oh so eternally generous all the more in each and every moment eternally.

Romans 6:10 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Hebrews 9:11-12 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

John 1:16 “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

Psalm 103:8 “8.The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.”

 

1 John 2:1-2

Christ Is Our Advocate

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

John 3:16-17 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 

You see, God shows and tells us and is active in that, yes, He died for us once and for all, when we are saved, we are saved once and for all the eternally, no questions, no matter what doubts, no matter what we do or say, nothing can separate us from Him(Romans 8:31-39). His grace, His love, His forgiveness, His eternal salvation is enough in a moment for eternity(2 Corinthians 12″7-10 ), and yet, in every moment, He gives His love, grace, forgiveness, salvation EVEN MORE THE ETERNALLY. It abounds and gets greater and greater and yet remains eternally sufficient(2 Corinthians 12:7-10). There is no changing HIM or these beautiful ETERNAL blessings from HIM. So we are sure and confident in HIM (1 John 5:14-15, Ephesians 3:11-13, Philippians 1:6-7) that no matter what we do, where we are, what we say or think or feel, He is the constant GOD.

What does this have to do with the “washing your hands” story, you might ask. Well, as God was teaching me, He was showing me that that first drop of soap on my hands is similar to that salvation and first moment of grace that He has given me, us, the world eternally. It is enough that we will be clean eternally, and yet HE wants us to come back to HIM for more. To constantly have our souls reached out to HIM so that we can have more of HIM, HE WHO ONLY satisfies and completes our souls the eternally. And HE is always here. Unlike this earthly soap, He is always going to be here waiting to pour out HIS ETERNAL love and grace and mercy and forgiveness and lovingkindness to us, and by HIS ETERNAL STRENGTH alone ONLY CAN WE have our hands, lives, souls, lathered in HIM, so that we are COVERED by HIM and HIS ETERNAL love and grace and mercy and lovingkindness forever and ever eternally, AMEN! And that beautiful ETERNAL HOLY fountain of life that HE is THE ETERNALLY, when our hands, by HIS grace, when our souls are placed under that rushing water we are revealed to be HIS children, completely clean from whatever may be in our past. WE ARE HIS. No one and nothing can change this because no one and nothing can change HIM. Dear, oh so BELOVED children of THE GOD THE KING THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY, we are HIS.

Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,

For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

A Thorn in the Flesh

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

1 John 5:14-15 “14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

Philippians 1:6-7 “6. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense of the gospel, you are all partakers of grace with me.”

John 16:22 “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Psalm 16:11 “11. You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Genesis 24:49

“So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left.”

 

John 3:3

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 5:24

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truly and surely. These words are spoken so many times from Jesus Christ, THE GOD OUR LORD AND SAVIOR THE ETERNALLY, and continues to be spoken by HIM and by others. These words used in THE WORD GOD’S WORD THE ETERNALLY are used when HE has something very important to say, although every word is more important than anything. HE uses these words when HE wants not only HIS twelve disciples, but us, HIS children, as well, to know, understand and continue knowing, understanding and practicing these things FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY! These words are used when HE wants us to pay attention, to focus and look at what HE IS GOING TO DO THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!!!!!! FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY WE ARE FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY!!! WE WILL SEE HIM FOR THE ETERNALLY!! WE WILL SEE HIM, GOD THE LORD THE ETERNALLY FOR THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!

BUT GOD. BUT THE GOD, HE never stops there, oh no no no. As we see here, a lot of the time when Jesus, WHO IS THE GOD, would say “truly”, HE says it again, right after. This isn’t sarcastic, this isn’t a misprint, this isn’t bad grammar, this is GOD telling, again, not just the twelve disciples, but us, to pay attention AND KNOW. To be completely eternally still AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD AND WHAT HE IS SAYING IS TRUE AND BEYOND IMPORTANT. (Psalm 46:10-11)

This word, “surely”, is used by GOD, JESUS, yes, and also by others in GOD’S WORD THE WORD THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!!!! It, again, is not sarcastic, a misprint or bad grammar, it is GOD clearly making sure that we understand, in a very clear and understanding manner, that HIS WORD is THE ETERNAL TRUTH and is to be not only observed but followed very specifically and beautifully the eternally for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY!

That’s one of the differences between our words and GOD’S. In this world, we have so many different versions of things, sometimes it’s hard to determine what the true meaning or purpose is. BUT GOD. BUT THE GOD. HE shows us.

If we were to use the word “surely” in a sentence, our tone and meaning would often be sarcastic. For instance, if I said, “Surely they weren’t there last week.”, it would be taken that I possibly didn’t believe that they were there. Or if someone in a movie were to say “Surely, there’s a way out.”, it would be out of hope, that there is hopefully a way out.

BUT GOD, BUT THE GOD! HIS SURELY, THE ETERNAL SURELY means, well, SURELY.

one meaning for the word ‘surely’ is: without doubt; certainly:

and that’s how every word from our GOD is, surely: without doubt; certainly. And in case yall needed (me too) a definition for “certainly”: undoubtedly; definitely; surely.

You see, GOD doesn’t beat around the (burning) bush. Ha. See what I did there?

HE doesn’t ever want us to fail, HE knows and sees and has created our purpose, and HE doesn’t want us to not understand HIS WORD THE TRUTH. HE gave us HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH THE ETERNALLY so that we would READ IT, LEARN FROM IT, READ IT SOME MORE AND MORE, SHARE IT, AND, BY HIS WILL, GRACE AND STRENGTH, UNDERSTAND IT. HE also makes it clear to us the importance of HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH, hence JESUS GOD saying “Surely” and “Truly” several times in HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH THE ETERNALLY! He makes it so beyond eternally clear to us that what HE says will happen and IS IN FACT THE TRUTH.

And you know something beyond eternally special? This isn’t just what GOD says but WHO HE IS. HE IS THE GOD. JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH THE ETERNAL SAVIOR. HE IS THE ETERNALLY. A lot of the time that word is taken for granted and we don’t think about the truth that HE, GOD, HE THE GOD IS THE ETERNALLY. HE THE GOD IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY, AND HE WANTS TO BE WITH US AND WANTS US TO BE WITH HIM THE ETERNALLY AND HE ETERNALLY TELLS US THIS.

SO WE KNOW THAT HE IS THE SURELY, THE DEFINITELY, THE POSITIVELY THE ABSOLUTELY THE TRULY THE ETERNALLY. THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY. HE IS. HE IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!

Psalm 46:10-11 10. “Cease striving and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11. The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Selah.

 

 

THE CORNERSTONE, THE ETERNAL VINE WITH THE ETERNAL FRUITS :)

Matthew 5:13-17 Disciples and the World

13. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15. nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

 

Isaiah 28:16

16. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,

A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.

He who believes in it will not be disturbed.”

 

Mark 13:13

 

John 15:1-11 Jesus Is the Vine-Followers Are Branches

1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear much fruit. 3. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you 8. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy be made full.”

seasons Scripture Truth 🙂

This is something that THE GOD THE ETERNALLY- THE GOD THE ETERNALLY- laid on my heart last night. 🙂 🙂

Last night was my fourth visit to The Bridge, a ministry for THE LORD seeking God, reaching out to specifically “college and young professionals”. After the first visit I knew I LOVED IT, seriously, one of the best blessings from God and best experiences of my life, from GOD. But last night it really hit me hard when during the message, GOD reminded me that I needed, and wanted, to be pure fruit juice.

And before you begin to think, “…. Payton, why in the world would you want to be pure fruit juice? Please explain, thanks.”, just hear me out. Hear the beauty of what THE GOD THE ETERNALLY will remind us of in every moment through HIM and for HIM and HIS GLORY- THE ETERNALLY.

Last night the lead speaker, Avery, began with Scripture and construction background to explain why the cornerstone is so important as the true and only firm, steadfast eternal foundation. A cornerstone is defined as, “an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.; a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.”. Avery explained that in construction, before anything is said and done about the structure, the first stone, the true stone, the cornerstone, the true foundation, is set. This first stone, the foundation stone, the cornerstone, is the most important and it is the one in which all of the others must align to. If they don’t align to THE FIRST AND TRUE CORNERSTONE then everything is unstable. But the beautiful part, and praise GOD!, is that the true first pure eternal cornerstone is immovable. It cannot be moved, it cannot be shaken. IT CANNOT BE SHAKEN. It is the stronghold, it is the steadfastness and it cannot and will not ever, every ever eternally ever change or move or be shifted!! PRAISE THE GOD THE ETERNALLY! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE THE GOD THE ETERNALLY PRAISE HIM THE LIFE AND LOVE, THE CORNERSTONE!!

Job 38:1-7

“1. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

2.”Who is this that darkens counsel

By words without knowledge?

3.”Now gird up your loins like a man,

And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

4.”Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell Me, if you have understanding,

5.Who set its measurements? Since you know.

Or who stretched the line on it?

6.”On what were its bases sunk?

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7. When the morning stars sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

 

Psalm 118:22-24

“22. The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief corner stone.

23. This is the LORD’S doing;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

24. This is the day which the LORD has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Romans 9:30-33

“30. What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31. but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33. just as it is written,

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,

AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” ”

 

1 Peter 2:6-8

“For this is contained in Scripture:

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,

AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

7. This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

“THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,

THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,”

8. and,

“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;

for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.”

 

 

 

Later on, Avery gave an analogy to explain our lives when we are truly in and through and with and of God, Christ, (and this is where the fruit juice comes in) and although I don’t remember it word for word, it went a little something like this:

Pressure. If we squeeze an orange into a cup and the pressure of our hands makes the juices flow out, we have a glass of that juice. If we give it to someone to drink and they take one sip and they cringe and say “pickle juice.” there’s a BIG PROBLEM.

The message to be seen, heard, felt and known in this is that when we as branches aren’t abiding in THE GOD THE TRUE VINE THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY, we will be giving off, squeezing out pickle juice, sour juice that no one needs or wants to take daily, but instead a bitter juice that is not of THE TRUE VINE: THE GOD THE ETERNALLY!!

Another thought (truth) that God placed in my heart today about this message is this: Just because some may say they are of Christ and of God doesn’t mean anything if they aren’t TRULY abiding IN, THROUGH, WITH AND BY HIM! You can say you are abiding in God in Christ all that you want and say that you are a Christian. But to truly be a Christian means to be truly made new, born again, truly of the house of God of Christ, truly following HIM and truly, genuinely bearing HIS-THE-FRUIT THE ETERNALLY!

The truth is, the fruit isn’t fruit unless it has the fruit inside. An orange peel doesn’t contain the nutrients needed to sustain, fulfill and satisfy, only the true fruit on the inside has that, and what comes out of the inside is the true fruit juice. You can try to cover yourself up with just the peel. You will have the color, shape, even texture of the orange, and yet you will still not be the orange because you don’t have the true pure fruit inside of you. Others will glance and see someone claiming to be the fruit, claiming to be from the orange tree. And for a season, the late winter, early spring when oranges are at their peak in blooming, these “fruits” will be seen as happy and peachy 😉 . But, when the pressure is applied, when another season comes- which WILL happen(Ecclesiastes 3:1-11) – they are squeezed. Whether these fruits are squeezed lightly or very hard, the juices will flow, their responses to the pressure will be known, seen and heard by all(Matthew 5:13-20), and “the fruits” claiming to be oranges will be seen and known as false, as imitators, pickles, and ones that do not bear any fruit at all, instead, sourness and bitterness which was being -attempted- to cover up by just the peel. Just the peel. The peel is pretty, y’all. Everyone loves seeing an orange peel among dead leaves, but the peel isn’t the primary part of the fruit. It is important, but isn’t the most important. The inside will show, regardless of how long you try to cover it up. Souls truly want to see the inside of the fruit. We want to eat the inside and taste the sweetness when we see the appealing 😉 look of the orang peel. But all there is with an orange peel and no orange on the inside is falsehood and disappointment- not just for you.

BUT GOD, BUT THE GOD THE ETERNALLY, oh I love HIM, and I love this- PRAISE GOD! Y’all, get ready.

John 3:7-8 “7. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it s going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

When we are born again of God, we are made new in HIM and therefore we will eternally bear the eternal fruit that is in, through, of, by and with HIM!!

John 15:1-3

1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear much fruit. 3. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

When we are truly of God of Christ The Eternally- THE ETERNALLY!, we WILL bear HIS fruit. When we are saved, redeemed, restored, chosen, delivered and OF GOD OF CHRIST, HE HAS MADE ALL THINGS NEW- COMPLETELY FULFILLEDLY ETERNALLY NEW. HE TOOK WHAT WAS ROTTED AND MADE IT BEAUTIFUL. HE PRUNES US, meaning to “trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.” We became a made-new branch OF HIM, connected to HIM, living, loving and thriving, serving, off of ONLY HIM THE GOD THE CHRIST, and therefore, bearing much fruit, and even more, and even more, oh, and even more, and even more, for HE IS THE TRUE VINE WHO produces ALL OF THE TRUE ETERNAL FRUIT. The fruit that overcomes, the fruit that lovingly, beautifully overwhelms, the fruit that endures, perseveres and will not be shaken no matter what season, no matter what winds, storms, and weather come upon it. We are eternally attached to THE ONE IN CONTROL!!

John 15:4-5

4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Abiding in God, in Christ is when we will be filled with the true eternal fruit. For apart from HIM, as HE tells us, we can do nothing. Abiding in Him means always, eternally, no exceptions. Are we going to be perfect? Absolutely not, that’s ALL HIM, but God. BUT THE GOD THE ETERNALLY is our help, refuge and strength. HE IS THE ETERNAL VINE. When we are abiding in HIM, living in with by and through HIM, we are constantly, eternally in every moment being filled with the eternal true pure fruit HIMSELF.

Abiding in GOD CHRIST is the same as living and walking by THE SPIRIT- because this is WHO HE IS!! In Galatians chapter 5, GOD reminds us of this as HE uses Paul to tell us the contrast of the deeds of the flesh and the fruits of THE SPIRIT!!

Galatians 5:16-21

16. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20. idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21. envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

See, if we are not living and walking by the Spirit, it is EVIDENT. The shell, the orange peel, the mask will do NO GOOD, because it isn’t the fruit, it isn’t the core or the most important part of the fruit. It is seen all the time, souls claiming to be the orange, putting on the peel and then treating others in a way impure, unkind and selfish. Souls putting on the outer mask, walking around like they have it all together and telling others that “they are fruit” and then acting in immorality and bitterness; so many souls trying to wear this “peel” and then when squeezed out they are filled and flowing bitterness, false fruit juice without an ounce of the true, pure fruit juice, the true LIFE WHO IS THE GOD!!

BUT THE GOD THE ETERNALLY. BUT THE GOD THE ETERNALLY. When we are of Him, abiding in HIM, look what He does.

Galatians 5:22-26

“22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23. gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”

 

GOD IS SO CLEAR TO US- when we are TRULY ABIDING IN HIM- these fruits are produced BY AND FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY and they will show BY AND FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY ETERNALLY! ETERNALLY! These fruits are neverending, folks. Because GOD is these things and more, and HE IS THE ETERNALLY- THE ETERNALLY!! Oh that we do get to spend THE ETERNALLY with THE ETERNALLY HIMSELF GOD THE GOD!!!! PRAISE GOD, YALL, PRAISE HIM!! 🙂 🙂

With ONLY HIM we are no longer just an orange peel. We are no longer filled with bitter, sour pickle juice. Under pressure we overcome because HE HAS ALREADY OVERCOME- HE IS THE ETERNAL VICTORY! HE IS THE ETERNAL VICTORY! And when we are in the season of pressure and we are juiced oh so much, He abounds immeasurably and all the more (Ephesians 3:20-21, 4) and out comes the pure, true orange juice, flowing out no matter what. And when everyone else tastes the juice, they taste the sweet, pure, satisfying juice that they can’t get enough of and it’s only because IT’S HIM. IT’S GOD. HE IS the only true and pure satisfaction. HE IS the only true and pure sustainment. HE IS the only true and pure TRUTH and HE IS the only true and pure fulfillment(Psalm 16:11, Psalm 17:15, Isaiah 58:11, Philippians 4:11-23, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:25-34)!!!! 🙂 🙂

With HIM we will not be tasteless salt that is to be trampled. With HIM we will not be a hidden city or a lamp placed under a basket. With HIM we will not be sour fruit juice. With HIM we will be founded on THE TRUE ETERNAL PURE LIFEGIVING FOUNDATION HIMSELF AND WILL NOT BE SHAKEN THE ETERNALLY!! We will bear MUCH fruit because we are bearing HIS FRUIT. We will live in HIM eternally because we are ABIDINGIN HIM THE ETERNALLY! Every soul will see HIM living inside of us, THE TRUE PURE ETERNAL LIFE AND LOVE inside of us which is ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY!!!! 🙂 🙂

Bringing it all in, this is the truth, y’all, because HE IS THE ETERNAL TRUTH…. THE ETERNALLY! HE is the true, pure eternal Cornerstone AND Vine. What does this Truth mean? This means that since we want to be filled with HIM-THE ETERNAL GOODNESS AND PURENESS and shine and show and pour out these things, we must be founded upon, aligned with HIM-GOD THE PURE TRUTH THE ETERNALLY AS WELL AS ABIDING IN AND THROUGH HIM AND ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY! THE ETERNALLY!! 🙂 🙂 And others will see this, and we will glorify GOD through this. For we are and this is truly, purely, ultimately eternally BY AND FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY! THE ETERNALLY!!!! 🙂 🙂

God, LORD, FATHER, I thank YOU that I am living only for YOU. Please, LORD JESUS, GOD, FATHER, MESSIAH SAVIOR CREATOR ETERNAL LOVE AND LIFE overflow me with YOUR goodness, YOUR PURITY and YOU, that they may see and hear only YOU inside of me, for I thank YOU that it is no longer I who live but YOU LORD living inside of me. I thank YOU that I am YOURS and made completely purely truly genuinely ETERNALLY NEW! IN JESUS NAME HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH AMEN!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Galatians 2:19-21

19. “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 20. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me, 21. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

 

Romans 8:26-39 Our Victory in Christ

“26. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27. and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30. and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33. Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34. who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36. Just as it is written,

“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LON;

WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”

37. But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39. nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Philippians 4:4-9

“4. Rejoice in the LORD always; again I will say, rejoice! 5. Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7. And the peace of God , which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8.Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the GOD of peace will be with you.”

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Mark 13:13 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“(Let the reader understand)”

,

let the reader understand

Psalm 42:1-2

1.As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So my soul pants for You, O God.

2.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;

When shall I come and appear before God?

 

Psalm 42:8

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

 

I have always known The Truth about The Living God that He knew, knows, and will know all things, for all things are purposed. His will and plan will be done. And we aren’t God. We aren’t supposed to know all things. We were created BY HIM, to praise and worship and live for HIM, but not to know all things like HIM, LIKE HE DOES. HE knows the eternally, and that is beautiful. We don’t know the eternally, but we know that HE knows, and we have the blessed assurance in HIM, and that is beautiful.

But there are some things that we read in HIS WORD, THE COMPLETE TRUTH, that we know that He knows, and we know that HE knew it had to have a purpose for good, and yet we wonder why, since He does know and we know that He knows, that He would place it in His Word to remind us and repeat it to us, even the hard things to read. And it’s just that- to remind and repeat it to us, so that we are in continuation of the awe and wonder at HIS BEAUTY, HIS GLORY AND HIS PRESENCE, even in the hard times where we don’t see things like HE does, and that these Truths are beyond the pages, beyond the past. Yes, these Truths were for the souls way back then, but these Truths are equally so for us.– and this is so important to remember.

I was reminded of this Truth, His Truth, as I was reading The Truth, His Word, THE ETERNAL TRUTH recently. I was reading in the Gospel of Mark, and God did that thing where He blew my mind as I was reading His Word (He’s really great and awesome and amazing at that by the way!!). In chapter 13 verses 12-14 He says,

12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. 13 You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Yall I am literally blown away by God saying “Let the reader understand”. Let me tell yall, GOD does not make exclusions when it comes to HIS TRUTH THE ETERNAL TRUTH. “The reader” is not just the disciples. “The reader” is not just some colonial figure. Now, these words are not in red, indicating that Jesus is speaking. These words are in black, which means that as they were translating this version of THE WORD, The Bible, The Truth, God’s Word God’s Truth the eternally- so exciting- they put this in here, knowing that we as the readers can literally flip pages to learn more about “the abomination of desolation”, knowing that GOD has told us these things in HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH THE ETERNALLY. And this is GOD speaking to us through these people, as HE tells us that we have HIS WORD THE ETERNAL TRUTH THE ETERNALLY in our hands, tangible and usable in all ways, eternally, in every moment, the eternally. “The reader is not just you on your college campus. “The reader” is everyone who reads this. Seriously, everyone. God wants everyone to know about this, it’s true and I know it’s true because HE IS THE TRUTH.

No where after “Let the reader understand” does God say “except for so and so….” or “except for them because they don’t need to know this” NO. GOD SAYS “Let the reader understand”!

Flash forward to me reading in chapter 14 and GOD connects a some verses with This Truth.

Mark 14:32-36

32 They *came to a place named Gethsemane; and He *said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” 33 And He *took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. 34 And He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”

WOAH!! What’s happening here? Is Jesus, God, whining? Is He complaining? Is He backing out of what is going to happen? Is He over it? NO!

GOD IS REPEATING HIS TRUTH TO REMIND US OF HIS TRUTH- THE COMPLETE ETERNAL TRUTH THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!

  • HE IS REPEATING PRAYER TO REMIND US OF HIS COMMUNICATION WITH US!
    • We pray pray pray. Pray pray pray and then pray some more. But sometimes we get into a routine. A routine where it is less about the communication and more about “the religious ritual”. We often forget or drift away from THE TRUTH AND FACT AND BEAUTY of what PRAYER REALLY IS: TALKING TO AND WITH THE GOD THE FATHER. Often times we get caught up in the blessing of food and forget about the blessing of the blessed communication. Often times we get caught up in the “move this mountain” and forget about the counting of the blessings from HIM! And in this moment where we see how our beloved Savior truly did come to be sin in our place(2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “20. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”) we become captivated, interested, intrigued and in COMPLETE ETERNAL UTTER AWE that EVEN IN THIS MOMENT, HE cries out in prayer. Not only to show us where our refuge is WHO our REFUGE is in, HIM, GOD! And to REMIND US that true, genuine and authentic prayer is not just made up of cliché utterings of words, but of talking to and with THE GOD THE FATHER THE ETERNALLY- IN TRUE PURE AUTHENTIC GENUINE COMMUNICATION WITH HIM!!!!
  • HE IS REPEATING WHO HE CAME AS TO FULFILL THE PROPHESY AND COVENANT FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY TO REMIND US OF WHO HE IS THE ETERNALLY!!!!!
    • (Isaiah 9:5-7 “5.For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. 6. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over the kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” Isaiah 1:16-20 “16.”Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17. Learn to do good; Seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. “Let Us Reason” 18. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. 19. “If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; 20. “But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of The LORD has spoken”). We know that GOD IS THE GOD. We know that JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, and that based on what GOD HAS TOLD US IN HIS WORD THE TRUTH, JESUS IS GOD!!!! And of how HE CAME IN HUMAN FLESH TO BE THE SACRIFICE FOR US, TO DIE ON THE CROSS AND BE RAISED FROM THE GRAVE!!!! And yet, we have these “spurts”. Spurts of moments, we’re going to call them, moments when we think about this, about WHO HE TRULY IS, moments when it hits us and we praise and worship and praise HIM and worship HIM some more, and then it stops. We still know that God is The God, but we aren’t in awe, we aren’t in wonder, not like we are in these “spurts”. We pray, we talk to Him and see Him work and a lot of the time, even if we don’t want to admit it (this is primarily and especially recognizable in a season or day of discouragement and/or doubt), we see HIM THE GOD mainly just as the three letters that spell out GOD. We know He is THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE(John 14:6 “ Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.“), but we don’t take refuge in Him because we just see “a big figure that we can and do trust in”. Not that we forget about the gospel, but we aren’t in constant awe and wonder of HIM AND WHO HE TRULY IS AND WHO HE CAME TO BE FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY!!!!! And in this moment, THE STRONGEST ONE THAT EVER WAS IS AND WILL BE(Isaiah 40:27-31 “27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
      “My way is hidden from the Lord,
      And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
      28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
      The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
      Does not become weary or tired.
      His understanding is inscrutable.
      29 He gives strength to the weary,
      And to him who lacks might He increases power.
      30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
      And vigorous young men stumble badly,
      31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
      Will gain new strength;
      They will mount up with wings like eagles,
      They will run and not get tired,
      They will walk and not become weary.), THE STRONGEST WE HAVE EVER DO AND WILL EVER KNOW shows a feeling of weakness. HE isn’t depressed, HE isn’t giving up, HE isn’t “not God anymore, AND HE isn’t finished yet, it isn’t finished yet(John 19:30 “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”), HE, JESUS CHRIST WHO IS THE GOD IS reminding us of WHO HE CAME TO BE: THE FULFILLMENT, THE ATONING SACRIFICE, THE ALMIGHTY SOVEREIGN KING ONE AND ONLY MESSIAH AND SAVIOR(John 20:30-31 Why This Gospel Was Written “30.Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31. but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”) FOR HIM AND HIS GLORY ONLY THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • HE IS REPEATING SURRENDER TO REMIND US THAT WE NEED TO BE IN COMPLETE SURRENDER ETERNALLY!!!!
    • v. 35-36 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
    • HE KNEW AND HE KNOWS that what is about to happen HAS TO HAPPEN for the eternal fulfillment for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY!! So why is HE, JESUS CHRIST WHO IS GOD, WHO WILLED, PLANNED, PURPOSED AND ORDAINED THIS, crying out in what seems like agony to what seems like quitting and needing to stop the plan of the fulfillment? It’s not. That is only how we will see it if we do not see THE HOPE, WHICH IS GOD HIMSELF THE ETERNALLY!!!!!! Jesus, in this moment, God, Who has given us this Truth in His Word which is His Word, is showing us the true example(Hebrews 12:1-3 Jesus, The Example) of what it means to truly surrender to HIM: TO BE COMPLETELY UTTERLY ETERNALLY SURRENDERED TO HIM AND ONLY HIM IN EVERY MOMENT, NO MATTER WHAT, INCLUDING IN THE MOMENTS WHERE IT SEEMS WE ARE IN THE MOST AGONY. For it is truly not agony or depression or the end at all, it is the beginning of something new, a beautiful situation where we are frustrated BUT GOD. BUT THE GOD is using you within it for the result of a new thing, beauty and joy and peace out of ashes, what seems unfixable or impossible, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH(Psalm 34:17-19 “17. The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” )!!!!! HE IS REMINDING US that in the moments of talking to HIM when we let it all out to HIM, like the floodgates just opened out of our mouths, at the end, at the final word of our prayer there is ultimately and the conclusion of praise to HIM. Praise and worship to HIM, whom we are surrendered to, not holding onto anything but clinging to HIM(Romans 12:9-13 “9.Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11. not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the LORD; 12.rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation. devoted to prayer, 13. contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing  hospitality.” ). Not keeping back anything but giving EVERYTHING, ALL OF US EVERY MOMENT THE ETERNALLY!! Not complaining after exhaling the verbal expression of our situation but exhaling praise and worship and EXALTING HIM AND ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY!! Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Proverbs 3:5-10 “5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7.Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. 9. Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; 10. So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

These words weren’t just for the twelve disciples, these words weren’t just for the colonial figures, these words aren’t just for one or two college students, these words, THIS TRUTH-THE TRUTH- is for every reader, for everyone.

“(Let the reader understand)”

There is always going to be more than one reader.

And THE WORD THE COMPLETE PURE ETERNAL WAY AND TRUTH will reach to many readers.

AND HE IS STILL THE GOD

AND HE IS STILL THE GOODNESS

AND HE IS STILL THE GREATNESS

AND HE IS STILL THE EVERLASTING

AND HE IS STILL THE ETERNALLY

AND HIS WILL AND PLAN WILL BE DONE THE ETERNAL

AND HE IS STILL THE FULFILLMENT

AND HIS WILL IS STILL THE WAY AND ALWAYS BETTER AND ALWAYS THE BEST AND ALWAYS THE GOODNESS AND THE GREATNESS THE ETERNALLY!!!!

Because “yet not what I will, but what You will.” !!!!

Psalm 31:1-9

A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

31 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness deliver me.
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

I hate those who regard vain idols,
But I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

 

Psalm 103-104:5

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies.

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who [f]fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Lord’s Care over All His Works.

104 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
He makes the clouds His chariot;
He walks upon the wings of the wind;
He makes the winds His messengers,
Flaming fire His ministers.

He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.

 

Nehemiah 8:10

10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Psalm 105:1-15

105 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;

 

 

Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
10 Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the portion of your inheritance,”
12 When they were only a few men in number,
Very few, and strangers in it.
13 And they wandered about from nation to nation,
From one kingdom to another people.
14 He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes:
15 “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

 

Psalm 115:1

1.Not to us, O LORD, not to us,

But to Your name give glory

Because of Your lovingkindness, because

of Your truth.

Biscuits n’ Sunflowers! :)

Biscuitsn'Sunflowers!

Isaiah 49:5-7

And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him
(For I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
And My God is My strength),
He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a light of the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,
To the despised One,
To the One abhorred by the nation,
To the Servant of rulers,
“Kings will see and arise,
Princes will also bow down,
Because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 “13. Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent? 14. In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider- God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.”

 

Psalm 119:129-136

Pe.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of water,
Because they do not keep Your law.

 

1 Samuel 16:7

“7. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

July 26th, 2017

approximately 7:45 am…..

GOOD MORNING- GREAT MORNING! Rise and SHINE BRIGHT AND BOLD for HIM AND HIS GLORY! Blessings from THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH on this sunny, summer morning in July include breakfast and then…. the sunflower field! Let’s get into this goodness greatness from GOD THE LORD, shall we?!

One of my best friends, Rachel, and I decided we wanted to try Maple Street Biscuit company on this fine morning. It wasn’t new to the Chatt-town as there is already one downtown, but since they opened up at another location we decided we would give it a shot! And my oh my I’m so so glad that we did! It is now one of my FAVORITE places to eat- seriously!

The night prior I was looking at the menu- I’ve gotta have an idea before I go in there to order, right? The menu is filled with great-sounding biscuits and other treats, and even though I’ve only had one out of the many, that one was good enough that I’m willing to try the rest of the many! (Menu prices > https://www.zomato.com/chattanooga-tn/maple-street-biscuit-company-chattanooga/menu)

As I was reading reviews on this cool place (which are almost 100% positive!) I read someone’s comment about their ordering process. “Payton, what? Why?”. I know, I know. But you’ve gotta hear this, it’s some serious business. After you order your food, the cashier will ask you the question of the time being (I’m not sure how often they change this question) and use your answer to let you know your food is ready instead of yelling out your name! Isn’t that fun?! Our question was, “Who is your favorite band?” Rachel was in front of me and I hadn’t told her about their little process, so she was a bit startled by the question she had to answer on the spot. Florida-Georgia Line was her pick, and mine was good ole Crowder!

Rachel ordered the “BAM!”- “House-made vanilla bean waffle with asiago and pecanwood smoked bacon baked in.” (which looked SO GOOD by the way!)

I ordered “The Farmer”- “Flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese topped with fresh house made apple butter” (which was VERY GOOD by the way!)….

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….and a coffee, which was a “fix it yourself” station serving Red Leaf Roasters coffee with a variety of flavors to choose from which include- Dark Bark, Maple tap, Light Amber, and decaf Light Amber.

After reading reviews, I chose the maple tap flavor, and praise God that HE willed and planned that! I’m not kidding y’all when I say that as I was pouring the coffee into my cup it smelled like sweet, hot syrup flowing into my cup (except that probably wouldn’t taste good so I’m very thankful grateful and glad and blessed that it wasn’t exactly that!)

It really tasted so good, y’all, and I’m so blessed to have had it, truly! 🙂 Thank YOU GOD! Thank you THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE LORD GOD OF ALL!! 🙂

The atmosphere is quite chill, and since we were there so early, there weren’t that many people. We had some great conversation and catch-up time as we ate our great-tasting food, as well as me drinking my coffee, and it was a great, blessed and beloved time altogether from THE LORD! 🙂

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There was a conference-looking room with a group of people in it, and as a worker walked by with their order of food, Rachel said this great quote!

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As we left to go on our next adventure, I grabbed another cup of coffee, except this time I tried Dark bark, which is still great!!

Until next time, Maple Street. I’m looking forward to more coffee, trying the waffles and oh, yes, the sweet potato fries! 🙂

Our next stop, the oh so Chatt-town famous………..

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SUNFLOWER FIELD!! Let’s just stop and take a moment to pray and thank and praise and worship GOD THE LORD THE CREATOR AND SAVIOR for creating such beauty….. and yet, calling us even more special, unique, worthy and oh so beyond beautiful. You see, we weren’t the first thing that He, The God created. And yet, we were thought of before He, The God, created anything else, before HE, THE GOD, created light, dark, time and soil, above it all and more because we are more to HIM. We are more special, we are more unique, we are more worthy than all of these other things because WE ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE- That’s eternally right, folks. Eternally are we created in HIS- GOD’S IMAGE! ETERNALLY! AND NO ONE AND NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT- ETERNALLY!! Do you know how loved you are? Do you know how special and unique and cherished you are, beloved?! In case you need this reminder- which, we all need this constant reminder every moment eternally– GOD DIED FOR US- AND ROSE AGAIN! HE- THE LORD GOD OF ALL THE ALMIGHTY SENT HIS SON JESUS WHO IS GOD TO DIE ON A CROSS- ON A TREE- FOR US BECAUSE HE LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE WANTS TO WASH AWAY EVERY SIN AND MAKE US WHITE AS SNOW BECAUSE HE. LOVES. US! AND HE DID! He did it! There is now no more question- because THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS THE ALMIGHTY, SOVEREIGN, ONE TRUE MESSIAH THE GOD ETERNALLY has claimed The Victory and the throne, forevermore, THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Nehemiah 8:10

10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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y’all, He is so so beyond goodness and greatness! How great is our GOD, THE GOD!!!!

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reppin’ with the coffee. #iseeyoumaplestreet

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And, y’all, these sunflower leaves that GOD created are HUGE! Like, please look, they’re bigger than our faces!! GOD is so so beyond cool!!

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Yes, girl, HAIRFLIP!!

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Bee-roll 😉

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta get that selfie!

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…. and then sometimes you’ve gotta go into defense mode in the sunflower field! Goodness gracious, Lord Jesus, God I thank YOU for these blessings called friends that YOU have given me!! 🙂

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Beeeeee happy! 🙂 Be oh so happy my beloved blessings of brothers and sisters in CHRIST in GOD!! 🙂

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Y’all, I’m gonna pause right here to tell a very much needed truth. Sometimes we feel like this sunflower- we are standing in this big field of others who seem much taller, much fuller and much more beautiful than us. All of this intimidation is around us because we have believed the lies from the enemy that “we aren’t enough”, that “we aren’t worthy”, and that “we aren’t beautiful or special”. Well, I’m gonna tell ya, none of that matters when The Creator, The Savior, Messiah, The Lord God the Almighty and All Sovereign has declared differently. For HE, GOD, THE GOD THE FATHER has DECLARED that we are made, created in HIS IMAGE, for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY!!!! Then, whom and what shall we fear? For BUT GOD. BUT THE GOD OF ALL. When all else has failed, when it seems hopeless, when we feel like we can’t be used by HIM THE LORD GOD THE FATHER OF ALL THE ALMIGHTY HE says, “Watch.”. And then, HE does the impossible, HE has made it possible in with by and through only HIM. HE says, no matter what, no matter where, no matter when, that HE IS GREATER AND CAN AND WILL!!!! 🙂

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Please look at how beautiful GOD’S creation is!! 🙂

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Smiley Smiles! 🙂

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Get that sunflower field and coffee shot!

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…. and then the close-up, can’t forget that!! 🙂

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And then I attempted to get a picture of a butterfly that was far away. Stay tuned to see how well beloved blessed Rachel’s picture turned out with her camera!

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Y’all know what I’m talking about, when I say that before you get that picture, you’ll have several pictures like these in your camera roll…. 🙂

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Bright and sunshine-y with THE LORD ETERNALLY!! 🙂

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I had to get a picture of Rachel’s photography pose! 🙂

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Selfies 🙂

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God is so so beyond cool in having willed and planned this picture! I was just trying to take a picture of a spider that was crawling around on this flower BUT GOD. It’s always BUT GOD, eternally. How cool is this picture?! 🙂

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…. and then we found a ladder. At first, I thought the picture of it by itself was cool and beautiful. But God, I’m telling y’all. He is so good for showing us and giving us fun ideas to continue glorifying HIM in!!

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finger shots are still cool 🙂

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And y’all, you will find GOD THE LORD ALMIGHTY’S blessings in everything. It was so hot today. BUT GOD. BUT HIM!! You remember how I said those sunflower leaves were so big? Well, turns out they can be used as fans! 🙂 (Also notice how the ponytails were going up). 🙂

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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY in with by and through THE GOD, THE CHRIST!!!! 🙂

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Even the backs of the sunflowers are beautiful! Thank YOU GOD, thank YOU JESUS CHRIST!! 🙂

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Also, shoutout to the people with the sunflower field, allowing people to fill up a bucket for $15. So nice and oh soo soo sweet of them! 🙂 We didn’t get any, but we were for sure thinking about it!! 🙂

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AND NOW I’m gonna share some pictures that beautiful sister/best friend Rachel took! Oh what a joy from THE LORD GOD THE ALMIGHTY!!!! Thank YOU, JESUS CHRIST THE LORD OF ALL THE ALMIGHTY!! 🙂

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Wow, GOD!! 🙂 🙂

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Here’s that ladder again! 🙂

Oh the blessed beloved willed and oh so sooooo beautifully planned day when we will see our SAVIOR CREATOR MESSIAH GOD’S FACE AND BE WITH HIM THE ETERNALLY!!!!!! 🙂

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GOD THE FATHER MY FATHER, THE SAVIOR MY SAVIOR IS SO SOOO BEYOND COOLNESS!

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Remember the butterfly picture I was talking about? 🙂 See how our GOD THE GOD works so marvelously and majestically and beautifully!!!! 🙂 🙂

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This day at the sunflower field was stunning, only because our GOD THE GOD THE ETERNALLY THE FATHER OUR FATHER THE MESSIAH SAVIOR, is even more BEYOND STUNNING THE ETERNALLY!!!! Ohhhhh my goodness gracious, BUT GOD THE GOD!!! 🙂 🙂

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And after that hot day in a sunflower field, THE LORD GOD OF ALL THE ALMIGHTY allowed us to have a refreshing beverage. Juice for Rachel and a smoothie for me, please! 🙂 (Strawberry-banana to be exact!) 🙂 🙂

As I finish up writing this blog post, and after posting all of these pictures of sunflowers, I can only think of a few blessed beloved things. The God of the universe, The Creator of all WHO IS LIFE AND THE LOVE HIMSELF, loves us enough AND MORE to call us HIS OWN. We are amazed by the sunflowers that HE has brought up from the soil and all of its beauty, when HE is looking at us with an even more loving face. HE is looking at us and SMILING SO BIG. GOD THE GOD THE ETERNALLY THE CREATOR SAIOR MESSIAH THE ETERNALLY is looking at us and smiling so so big because HE KNOWS. HE KNOWS that HE has created us in HIS IMAGE. HE KNOWS the plans that HE HAS WILLED AND PLANNED FOR US BEFORE HE CREATED TIME. HE KNOWS what we are TRULY WORTH in with by and through HIM ONL!Y!! HE knows how loved we TRULY are because HE IS THE ETERNAL TRUE  ULTIMATE LIFE AND THE ETERNAL TRUE ULTIMATE LOVE THE ETERNALLY!!! All of the lies cannot even begin to compare to the joy set before us which is HIM, because we cannot even being to comprehend HIM completely, HE IS THAT GOOD AND THAT GREAT AND BEYOND MORE- THE MOST ALMIGHTY THE ETERNALLY!!! BUT GOD. BUT THE GO THE ETERNALLY calls us HIS THE ETERNALLY!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

Psalm 139:13-18

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

 

Isaiah 55:8-11

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Isaiah 40:6-8

A voice says, “Call out.”
Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Matthew 6:24-34

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

The Cure for Anxiety

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

GOD IS THE IMMEASURABLY MORE! :)

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Ephesians 3:20-21

20. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21. to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Romans 1:16-17

16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

A few months ago, our friend Josh invited my best friend Sarah and I to a meeting after church for a mission trip to South Dakota that was coming up in late June. I knew about this trip, the church has been going for awhile, and some of my friends had been on it. I knew about the basics- that the trip was to South Dakota, it was on an indian reservation and there were some fond memories between my friends and the children in the pictures. Obviously and very evidently God has been working through the church as they visited these people every year, making an impact and shining His Light, The Light. BUT GOD. Little did I know how much God was going to impact me, as well as use me for Him and His Glory, through this blessing of a trip. I was about to learn more about the true mission trip that THE GOD blesses us with the eternally!!!!

What does “immeasurably more” truly, purely mean? When we say the words “immeasurably more”, at least, if you’re visual like me, we see a line going around and around in our minds, neverending. Immeasurably means that there isn’t a ruler, a metric system or a number line so long that can hold its capacity of how much it truly, purely, ETERNALLY is. You see, everything in this world is temporary, it cannot ever fill the void that each of us has the desire for of a – the –  true satisfaction. We have our sights on someone or something, we attain it, thinking that it will satisfy, and then it doesn’t. Then, we search for another. And another, and another, and another, and yet, another. And guess what? It still doesn’t ever satisfy, ever. We continue to do this, searching for more, when we should be seeking for THE ONE WHO IS the Most and Beyond eternally! Only GOD truly, purely satisfies. When we experience Him, although we can’t ever begin to fully comprehend it, we are completely fulfilled, eternally satisfied by HIM and ONLY HIM ETERNALLY!! We have seen HIM go above and beyond, immeasurably more. How many times have we doubted and then seen Him do something marvelous that we can’t begin to grasp? How many times have we seen Him do these things and then try to limit HIM, GOD, trying to keep HIM in a box, recognizing HIS amazing ways and thinking that that’s where HE has to stop “because surely HE can’t do more than this, can HE?”. AND HE DOES. But HE doesn’t ever just do. Oh, no no no no no. HE ALWAYS does IMMEASURABLY MORE. But how? But why? Y’all, we’re not made to fully comprehend GOD, THE GOD. And yet. Yet. BUT GOD! BUT THE GOD THE FATHER ETERNALLY allows us, blesses us, to experience HIM AND HIS GOODNESS, GRACIOUSNESS AND GREATNESS, and does THE IMMEASURABLY MORE, because HE, THE GOD, GOD, IS THE IMMEASURABLY MORE THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!!!! HE IS THE MOST AND BEYOND THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!!!

Flash forward a few meetings, a lot of excitement and A WHOLE LOT OF JESUS and WOOHOO! It was time to leave to experience this blessing adventure and journey!! To GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER THE ETERNALLY! AMEN!!

JUNE 30, 2017

The day we headed out of Chatt-town on this beloved adventure. A 5:00 AM departure in a 15-seater van filled with 12 people may not sound comfy, but we sure enjoyed it! At least, I think most of us did.

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GREAT ARE YOU, LORD, THE ETERNALLY!!!!

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This was just the beginning of how we were all going to see God’s beauty in HIS beautiful creation during this adventure.

After we drove 12 hours, we stopped in Nebraska to spend the night. We were exhausted, but there was a pool….

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…. and a waterslide. Did we have our bathing suits? Nope. “Let’s go dip our feet in the hot tub.” turned into “Do you wanna go down the waterslide?”. So we did, and it was great, SO BEYOND WORTH IT!!

* HELPFUL TIP: DO NOT leave your wet pool clothes in a plastic bag for more than 4 days…. they will most likely stink when you take them out to wash them!! GOD is still beyond goodness and greatness, though :)!!

July 1st

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And then GOD continued to amaze us with HIS glorious, beautiful creation, even looking at it through a cozy van.

Getting closer and closer….

Along the way we made several stops at gas stations. Here are some interesting purchases:

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P.S. don’t know why, and don’t know exactly where, but the majority of the gas stations we stopped at were thankfully, and surprisingly, very nice.

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getting sooooo much closer!

AND THEN….

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….WE’RE HERE! Time to serve GOD THE FATHER, OUR FATHER THE ETERNALLY and to make so so many memories!

But first let’s head to an EXTREMELY beautiful and cool spot to take group pictures!

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VIEWS for daysssss I’m tellin ya!

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FIRST NIGHT! This group, yall. The work for God, serving Him for Him and His glory, furthering HIS kingdom was so so real. Matthew 6:34 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

 

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July 2nd

DAY 2!

Today was Sunday, so the camp hadn’t started yet. Before making preparations for the kiddos coming the next morning, we all had a devotional with the team going to Manderson before we went out on sightseeing adventures!

The devotionals and fellowship were by far one of my most favorite things on this trip and to be honest, in my life. Each testimony we heard, each song that we sang and each prayer that was prayed was so relatable and I know, I KNOW, that it is the same for others and not just me feeling this way. The togetherness in that room that came from God, The Holy Spirit in that room and how evident it was that He stayed with us, and continues to stay with us the eternally, His eternally fulfilling, satisfying presence blows me away as I think about, as we dwell on His goodness and greatness, His grace and HIS mercy and forgiveness and healing and miracles as He constantly reminded us of HIM every morning (His mercies are new every morning verse!) and all throughout the day and night as we served Him and focused on HIM as HE humbled and continues to humble us THE ETERNALLY!

After this phenomenal, amazing, awesome, humbling experience, we all went our ways to sightseeing. For our group Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse was on the agenda!

And on our way there….

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WE SAW A GAZELLE! Is that what they’re called in SD?

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Sweet sista-friend Sarah with the national memorial itself in the background!

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Gotta have the closeup! Ahhh my bestie is beautiful!

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SHAKA pic!

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P.S. Highly recommend the ice cream at Mount Rushmore! (A little pricey but VERY tasty!)

P.S.S. I suggest plain vanilla but I suggest plain vanilla every time for ice cream so get what you want!

And then we went to the Crazy Horse monument, which was even cooler than Mt Rushmore in my opinion! No pictures were taken of the actual memorial itself by me, but I can say that it was such a fun time and such a cool experience! The memorial isn’t near finished yet, but thankfully we all got a group picture beside the sculpture of the future completed project!

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This place not only showed the history behind the story of Crazy Horse, but included a little village-like museum with several rooms full of history, storytelling and even people selling their handmade goods such as jewelry, pottery and blankets with the indian tradition and touch that went along with them! Truly a cool experience! And there was a GIANT TEEPEE! How cool is that?!

And even though I didn’t get many pictures, I did capture a moment of fun between our group. While waiting for our whole group to meet at the front to leave, it became of interest that Noah saw what his eye would look like up really really close.

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It turns out it’s very, very blue, by the way!

Oh the moments of joy with these blessings from THE GOD THE FATHER I get to call my friends!

Back to the camp we go!

Sweet Christian and I playing- well, to be honest there were so many fun times and games I forget what this one was!

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And it’s hard to say no when he asks for the phone. Great photography skills, Christian!! 🙂

I talk more about this beloved blessing of a family towards the end of this post. 🙂

July 3rd

Good morning, great morning, rise and shine for GOD!!

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Seriously yall, the sunrise and sunset at this place is beyond amazing. God’s glory shines brightly everywhere, even in South Dakota!

Today’s the day! It’s time to get out of our bunks, into the main hall and prepare to meet and greet, love on and have oh so much fun with all of these kiddos!

[This part of the blog post is about to get more wordy, as in I didn’t take many pictures during the days at the camp itself until later on in the week, but enjoy the stories and lessons that I have to write about!]

The camp was throughout the entire Summer, each week a new group coming in as the camp counselors, so this was nothing new to the campers. But for us, we were learning all new things- what group we were with, what the agenda for our group was, how to know what to do and when to do it. We knew this, we knew that we were going to have to get into the camp mode and we thought that this was the only thing we would be adapting to- except not. The night before, a few of us (Sarah, Jacob, Alicia and I) were informed by our new musician friend Ben that we would be helping LEAD WORSHIP! Don’t get me wrong, I love worship because I love our God and I love worshipping our GOD, THE GOD THE ETERNALLY! But what surprised us was that we would be learning all new hand motions to all new songs the night before the camp! Sounds crazy, I know, but it went super well.

 

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The worship/tech/music squad! Such blessings from The Lord God!

 

And while we’re on the subject of SUPER- let’s talk about the camp theme for the week.

This week was sort of like a Vacation Bible School for the kids. Every year is a new theme for VBS, and this year the camp theme was: JESUS IS OUR SUPERHERO!

JESUS IS THE SUPERHERO! We learned about and discussed how although we may sin, and although we are not perfect, God, THE GOD, OUR FATHER THE ETERNALLY IS! And HE loves us. He even tells us that we are HIS most wonderful, special, unique and OH SO BEYOND BEYOND LOVED by LOVE HIMSELF creation!

Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Red and yellow, black and white, we are all truly precious, and special, in HIS – GOD THE FATHER’S sight.

Before going on stage we got to gear up- that’s right…. MASKS AND CAPES, EVERYONE!

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Bright yellow and pink for me, please! This was so much fun!

By the way, notice these plastic globes? 2 very fun things about them:

  1. As the children walked in each day, we threw them all out to get them excited. How did we get them back on the stage? A little game our friend Ben came up with called “Peg the superheroes!”
  2. Each day, as a new memory verse was learned among the children, that verse was taped onto each ball until they were filled up with GOD’S WORD- THE COMPLETE TRUTH! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

 

Side note: I just realized as I typed that, that God’s Word, The complete Truth The Eternally was literally being thrown and shown all over the room as the kids and us on stage threw the plastic globes. Again I say, HOW COOL IS THAT?!

With our awesome tech team (shoutout to Josh) and great hand-motion leaders (shoutout to the other kids in our church group for letting us watch yall most of the time), we made sure each morning was something fun and new that the kids could participate in and enjoy, having lots and loads of oh so much fun worshipping God The Father our Savior eternally!! The joy in that room every morning is beyond what I can describe, and the memories will last forever!!

P.S. I still sometimes think about doing hand motions when a familiar song comes on, no shame at all! 🙂

After the morning worship and sharing The Word with a lesson for the day corresponding to the theme of that week of camp, each group departed to their assigned stations. I will never forget taking our 11 & 12 year olds to the first station- the derby. This is where every kid at the camp would design and paint their derby racing car and at the end of the week race it at the grand prix. The reason why I won’t ever forget this is because it was an assurance and a reminder from GOD that this week was going to be great, even if it may get a little crazy. As soon as we arrived to the station I knew that these kids LOVED this activity, and it was one of the few where they actually participated the most- that and crafts… these children are CREATIVE!!

…. Flash forward some hours later and it was time for the kiddos to go home for the day. We all gathered into the same room we had our morning welcoming and worshipping GOD in, and had some fun before the children left to get on their buses for home.

Flash forward some more to after dinner with the mission crew and we were all. so. tired. Seriously. Not that we didn’t enjoy the day or that it wasn’t fun, but it was a lot of energy and we were realizing how much we were for sure going to need THE LORD AND HIS LIFE GIVING TRUE ETERNAL STRENGTH ALL WEEK LONG- ALL LIFE LONG THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!! 🙂

 

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shoutout to Kara for this picture!

 

We played some games with new friends, then headed to the bunks to get some SLEEP. Praise hands!! 🙂

July 4th

Happy fourth of July! Everyone was excited and oh so patriotic in their red, white and blue, and ready for another day of kiddos! We knew this day was going to be slightly different, however, because up in SD, the fourth of July is a big deal. Like, a big deal. Lots of celebrations. So, there weren’t as many kids at the camp that day. Because of that, I got the huge blessing and privilege to help with the 5 & 6 year olds. And my, my my were they oh so so much fun!! Lots of energy, I’m tellin ya, and GOD THE LORD THE ALMIGHTY was reminding me yet again of why I’m called by HIM to be a teacher for HIM AND HIS GLORY!!!!!!!!

Today also happened to be one of the hottest days during the week, so we brought everyone inside to watch a movie. (It was my first time seeing “Moana”.)

After the children left, it was time for the SD-mission-trip-story-famous-annual SOFTBALL GAME! (Wow, that’s a mouthful!) My friends and I were so excited to watch on this fun summer day. And let me tell ya, those South Dakotans can PLAY! Several of our friends played, and it was exciting to see them using the gifts that THE GOD THE FATHER THE ETERNALLY has given to them to use for HIM AND HIS GLORY ETERNALLY!!!!!!!! I didn’t know I had such talented blessings called friends!!!!

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Some pretty sights on the way to the softball game!

And then, naturally, on the way back to the ranch, our lovely blessings called friends humor us by playing patriotic colonial music while the other played eagle sounds. The normal. 🙂

July 5th

Most of the days following were a little bit of a mixture between Monday and Tuesday- We knew we were having camp but we never knew how many of the children were going to show up. But this was actually a huge blessing from GOD THE LORD, THE FATHER, as HE was showing us that we don’t have to know what’s going on- we just need and have to trust in HIM and that HE already has it willed and planned out- which is the best because HE IS THE BEST ETERNALLY!!!!

Today was the day that we found out we were able to go to the badlands. We had heard stories and seen pictures of this vast territory, had driven by it as we were going to other places, but hadn’t been to see what all of the talk was about, yet. As soon as we heard there was a signup sheet for those interested in going, our names were filling up so quickly. This was something that I was most excited for on the trip, and GOD never disappoints, ever. HE IS BEYOND FAITHFUL ETERNALLY!!!!! HE gets me so excited, yall!!!!

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Please appreciate our blessing of a stereo system on our way there….

AND THEN, YALL. Well, just appreciate and be in awe of GOD and HIS amazing, marvelous, wonderful awesome creation….

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And then we had some fun setting up spikeball….

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…. and then we watched some friends play spikeball. Fun fact: this game gets very intense!

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Our lighting for the game was quite legit!

And yall, look what our GREAT AND AMAZING GOD has done!!!!!!!! 🙂

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July 6th

Happy birthday to my sister, Shelby!! 🙂 Thank You GOD, JESUS, for her and the blessing that she is from YOU! 🙂

The second to last day on the ranch, the day I actually began taking pictures of the kiddos! 🙂

Luke 18:16

16 But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

One of the coolest crafts of the week- painting a cross!! 🙂

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By far my favorite craft/project that we did during the week. This was definitely a reminder to us from GOD of the Gospel and HIS eternal, neverending LOVE AND LOVINGKINDNESS for us!! 🙂

This bracelet and the different colored beads represent a true relationship with God, in Christ, when we are born again and made new in and through HIM only! John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

It represents what it truly means to not only be a believer but a follower of GOD, JESUS CHRIST, that we are delivered from darkness, from death, to THE LIFE which is HIM GOD!!!!

1 John 3:13-24

13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Black: Romans 3:23 ” 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Unrepented sin leads to eternal darkness

 

Red: Romans 5:8 ” But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

… while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

White: Psalm 51:7 “

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

A clean heart is a pure heart.

 

Blue: Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 

Baptism symbolizes new life in Christ.

 

Green: 2 Peter 3:18 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation!

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, [c]he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

 

Yellow: Revelation 2:10 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 

verses You were meant to live forever  🙂

As soon as the Bible station instructors began explaining this cool project for the kids, I immediately felt in my heart that I was supposed to make one too. GOD was reminding me that even during the middle of a hot, crazy camp, I, and we, are still HIS, and HE’S got us, always eternally!! 🙂

P.S. I still have the bracelet. I switched the leather tie part for a pink ribbon so that it would stay more put-together, and I’m still reminded of HIS goodness and greatness when I wear it and look at it.

P.S.S. I’m so so excited for when someone asks me about it when I’m wearing it, so that I can share The Good News, Him, and the blessed gospel of JESUS CHRIST!! Eternally 🙂

Because this was our last night spent on the ranch at the camp, we wanted to get pictures by the ranch sign, and just chill out having a lot of fun- which we did! 🙂

But first, sweet Christian. IMG_4961One of Christian’s recurring phrases was to Noah as he tells him not to take his glasses- so cute and sweet!

 

 

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Our blessed sweet friends who became family, The Llewellyns!

 

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Cute doggies that were a great addition to the many memories from THE LORD GOD!!! 🙂

(Ranger on the left and Jackie on the right)

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Some porch and yard fun!! 🙂

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Sweet Marley dog!

Soon after, the boys found a bike. Let’s put it together, shall we? Teenage boys + bike= ….

Kicking a soccer ball at the one trying to ride the bike. I promise they’re good people and blessed friends! 🙂

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More beautiful views from The Lord THE GOD THE ALMIGHTY AND THE SOVEREIGN 🙂 !!!!!!

Then it was time for…. BUBBLES!!

During the welcoming/worship for the kids during the week, we had our own “superhero” to give the devotion while interacting with the kids: Bible man!

“Bible man” always entered the room with background music and bubble guns, truly so exciting and fun for everyone!

Since this was our last night on the ranch at the camp and wouldn’t have the welcoming worship the next morning after the mission trip group devotional, the bubble guns were free to use! After we got to play with them for a bit, we handed it to Christian, and it’s safe to say he had the most fun! Thank You, Jesus, for sweet, precious moments and memories from YOU! 🙂

 

Like, c’mon, how CUTE is he?! (This even inspired Josh’s soon to be birthday gift to Christian after the mission trip!) 🙂

July 7th

The last day on the ranch, and the last day of camp (Well, for the week, at least). Bittersweet is how I can describe the night prior and the morning of. We were of course excited to get home to our family and friends but also sad about leaving- we have grown to love it here and we have grown to love the blessings of people family that GOD has blessed us with!

We knew that we would get to see the children before we left and have a lot more fun with them, but since it was only a half-day at the camp we also knew that we would be leaving soon. But before we left, GOD still had some more memories and fun that HE had planned to bless us with! PRAISE HIM! 🙂 !!

As the kids were arriving, the bike came out. No more trying to nail each other in the head with kickballs, but we did have some fun letting the kids ride it, and thankfully our friend Jacob helped.

First up was Christian!

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And then his sister, Taylor, wanted a turn!

She was VERY determined, even when it was a little wobbly!!

She did quite well, actually! Go Taylor! 🙂

After this fun bike ride, it was time for the camp “Grand Prix derby race” for the kids! This was honestly so much fun. Some of our awesome team members had put together a ramp for the cars. It ran almost the length of the main room! Everyone’s, which was all of the kids, cars were raced down the track, and the winners were narrowed down after each round. The children loved it! There was so much excitement in the room and it was such a blessing that (praise THE LORD) all of the kids were behaving!! 🙂

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As we sat behind the tech booth and watched these kids race their cars and the excitement on their faces as they watched each car go down the track, I am reminded of the little joys that are actually big joys, big, ginormous blessings from THE LORD GOD THE ALMIGHTY THE SOVEREIGN THE ETERNALLY!!!! 🙂

After the race, we all went outside to play with the kids one last time for the week before we left. Basketball or four-square, these kids are talented! So many skills and gifts and blessings around us that we got to experience while watching and playing with them. The sun was beating down but we didn’t mind. We played and played as we knew we would miss them just hours later. BUT GOD 🙂 !!

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Sweet, Precious Lupe. Always asking what your name is (even if you’ve told her five times), and then asking you what hers is. Never got tired of it. 🙂  Sweet story and memory of Lupe and I: as she rode on my back and we ran around I would sing “doo da doo da doo doo doo” to the beat of my steps and skips. When I stopped I heard, “Can you do ‘doo da doo da doooo‘?” And of course, I did. 🙂

 

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Piggyback rides are a favorite around here! 🙂

 

Throughout this blessed precious week, each one of the children warmed up to us, and these pictures only show this very partially. I have a blessing of a story from GOD to explain 🙂 .

My best friend Sarah was put with the 9 & 10 year olds, and although she was thrilled, like most of us she was about to learn the beautiful gift and blessing of patience and perseverance from GOD THE LORD 🙂 . The very first day, a girl in Sarah’s group was getting involved into all sorts of trouble. Sarah shared with us how she was truly struggling with that being the first day and trying her best to help in the situation. Fast forward to the second-to-last day of camp, while we were in crafts painting the cross, and that same girl who had previously rejected Sarah as a friend, only wanted Sarah helping her with the craft. I couldn’t help but in that moment to think of the progress that GOD had shown throughout the whole week. How many times did we doubt at the beginning of the process? AND HOW MUCH MORE DID GOD show that we can and NEED to and SHOULD trust IN HIM in every moment, the eternally. BUT GOD!!!!!!!!

The Llewellyns

I mentioned early the Llewellyn family that we met on the trip. I had known Mrs. Llewellyn, as she used to be one of the second grade teachers at the school we attended. I knew how sweet she was, and I knew that she was married, I knew that she had a little girl when I was younger (seriously, I can still remember their pregnancy announcement and the gender reveal, along with the name for their firstborn little girl, Sydney!). BUT GOD. But what GOD was about to do was beyond amazing. The very first night there, we began playing with their (4!) children, and it was truly one of the greatest blessings and joys, ever, truly, honestly, purely. These children are some of the most grateful, graceful, joyful, God-loving, faith-living and loving that I have ever met. And these are just some of the words to describe this family as a whole. The blessing from GOD that they were, as HE was showing us, reminding us that even in the crazy moments of life, even during the hot, activity-filled days, when we think that we are too tired to even function at the end, HE reminded us, and constantly reminds us that HE will always give peace. This family is truly an example of that peace. They show His Love and shine His Light so boldly and brightly, that we can’t help but feel the joy and love and perfect peace everytime we are around them. It was, and is, like a breath of fresh air each day as we got to sit down with them, whether it was having serious faith-filled encouraging conversations, eating, or playing “fishy-fishy”, and I know that we will never forget these moments of God’s grace and love and boldly bright light, and I pray and hope that yall get to meet them one day to experience the same blessing from GOD THE LORD ALMIGHTY THE SOVEREIGN THE ETERNALLY!!!!!!!!

This blessing of a mission trip from GOD was a way of HIM showing me, reminding me, reminding me of the continuous, eternal truth of what the constant, true eternal mission is. To know GOD and to make HIM known! Matthew 22:34-40 “34. But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37. And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOU HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38. This is the great and foremost commandment. 39. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 28:17-20 “17. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some were doubtful. 18. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20. teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” God didn’t promise it was going to be easy. But God- HE DID AND DOES PROMISE that it will be beyond worth it. GOD’S ETERNAL PROMISE still remains and eternally will remain- eternally 🙂

To be a disciple of GOD, of JESUS CHRIST, is not only to be a believer and a follower- but to share HIS LOVE, to shine HIS PERFECT BRIGHT AND BOLDNESS LIGHT!! To know HIM and to make HIM known. This is in every moment. We are walking, talking, breathing miracles radiating God, THE LOVE AND LIFE inside of us, shining, being a light to proclaim what HE has done. To give only HIM the glory, honor and praise, so that others see not us but HIM, GOD, in us eternally!

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” – C.S. Lewis

Matthew 5:13-18 Disciples and the World “13. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15. nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

And y’all, God doesn’t promise easy, He promises that HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE AND HE IS ETERNALLY FAITHFUL FOR- WELL, ETERNALLY!!!! He promises and shows that He is with us, that we don’t have to fear the giants or the lions or the mountains. He promises that if- when- we have complete faith and trust IN HIM- we are more than conquerors through HIM eternally 🙂 !!!!

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 “6. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord- 7.for we walk by faith, not by sight- 8.we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

Matthew 17:19-21 “19. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20. And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21. [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

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Will I go on this trip next year and the years to come? I pray I do, and, God-willing, I will. 🙂

HEY THERE! My best friend in this post, Sarah, created a blog! She wrote about this same mission trip experience and I’m so so beyond sure GOD is going to put loads more on her heart to write about for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY! Go check it out! 🙂

https://soulsophisticated.wordpress.com/

P.S. enjoy some of these blessed beloved extra pics (which include the ever so famous sleeping pics) that were thankfully taken! 🙂

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John 3:16-17

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

1 John 4:19

19 We love, because He first loved us.