Monday, January 27, 2014

Childlike Faith

I have a confession: I do not believe I have ever truly confessed as to why I adore children so much.
I love everything about children and cannot wait to be a mother some day!  When it comes down to it, there is one main reason why I love children and why the little kiddos I am blessed to know teach me so many things, and inspire me to be more like them.


Children love unconditionally, without judgement, without concern, and with their whole beings
     Nothing can replace the feeling I feel when my Goddaughter runs into my arms and screams my name.  At that moment, all that matters is that she is seeing me and I am there to be with her.  She knows very little about me, being only four years old, but she knows that she loves me.  Incredibly simple + beautiful.  This goes for any children in my life that I know and adore.  When you are with them all they care about is that you are with them!  All else falls to the side and they are content to have you there.  I could be having the worse day, the longest day, I could be tired, exhausted, and grumpy.  But, when I see one of my favorite little ones, none of that matters.  To them, you are their world and you can do no wrong.  It is a judgement free and worry free zone.  It is just you and them, content yet overjoyed. 
     How many things in life to we honestly get THAT excited for and have an absolute elation for? Is there ever a time where you have been that content just to be in the presence of someone else? If we are comparing the pure innocence that children feel for things which they love, I cannot think of one thing in my life that matches that to its fullest, but seldom things even come close.  

Below is a song I heard many years ago and it has stuck with me since.  It is a simple song with powerful lyrics.  I hope that it can touch you in some way as you reflect on its words and what they mean to you and what having childlike faith + abandonment is truly all about.






Friday, January 24, 2014

Reflections: Worldly or Godly




 I pulled this book off my bookshelf and noticed my highlights, underlines, and scribbles ceased after chapter three.  Seeing as how this book applies to my journey right now, I thought I would get it back out and read it again.

Take a moment to reflect on these words:
Delight...

...Desire
Passion...
...Love
Joy...


I am sure from a biblical context we could all place these words in various verses and passages that bring us comfort.  The thing that struck me was when John Piper mentioned that these words have two meanings (at least!).  These words have worldly meanings, and Godly meanings.  

So, which one are you pursuing?  Is it a worldly meaning of passion, or the way God would have us view passion?  I was hit with a heavy dose of reality realizing that maybe some of my desires and delights may have more of a worldly tone to them then a Godly tone.  

I have been earnestly reflecting on these words (there are many more listed in the book).  Is my joy for God or for man?  Is my love and things I love for God or for man?  Am I using my passions--the things that my heart beats for and every fiber in my being adores and chases after--for God?

Though I read these words a few days ago I am still pondering their profound meaning and impact on my life.  



"The God we serve does not seek out the perfect, but instead uses our imperfections and our shortcomings for his greater good. I am humbled by my own limitations. But where I am weak, He is strong." - Rick Perry




Monday, January 20, 2014

Beginnings


I guess the purpose of this blog is pretty simple: I am actively searching, and knowing.  I am inspired to write again and hope that maybe some of you can get some inspiration from this blog, or peace, or comfort, or joy--whatever you need.  I want to start by posting something simple and beautiful to kick start this whirlwind of a blog.  

The truth remains though: as long as I am living, I will continuously and without shame search to know God in any way that I can.

Search Me, Know Me- Lyrics
Original done by Jonah33

Search me, know me, try me and see
Every worthless affection hidden in me
All I'm asking for
Is that You'd cleanse me, Lord

Create in me a heart that's clean
Conquer the power of secret shame
Come wash away the guilty stain
Of all my sin

Clothe me in robes of righteousness
Cover my nakedness with grace
All of my life before You now
I humbly bring