Don't let the sun set on your anger. That's what they say right? But what about the times when you have every RIGHT to be angry?! What about the times when your anger is justified and noble? What about the times when you just want to stay angry because getting over it doesn't feel as good?
There are so many times when I just WANT to be angry. Isn't that so sick? I just want to be mad because I think I deserve to be mad.
But what about the times when you go to bed so justified in your anger, and that person you're mad at, isn't there the next day? What about the times when that spouse you always fight with or that coworker you can't stand or that difficult patient isn't there for you to be mad at the next day?
You know what's crazy? I've had more than one of those scenarios happen. And yet, I still find myself wanting to be mad.
Lord, help me in my brokenness. .
You see, I think Jesus knew what he was talking about when He said, "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment," (Matthew 5:21). 1 John 3:15 echoes His teaching and says, "Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him."
You see, the truth is, even when our anger doesn't lead us to murder the person we are angry with, it murders our hearts. It blinds us to the God-given dignity our "opponent" withholds and keeps us from loving one another as we should. We can't keep letting the sun go down on our anger and expecting a beautiful sunrise (Ephesians 4:26). We can't keep letting the REAL opponent win.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
Sundays are for Strawberry cake Bake-Offs 😂
"I have had conversations with scientists who likewise accept randomness as the underlying force that somehow produced the diversity and complexity of all creatures on earth. Still, as one admitted, 'There are two questions no scientist can answer: Why is there something rather than nothing? And, Why is that something so beautiful?'" -Philip Yancey #FlashbackFriday
I don't know if I feel ashamed or accomplished... 😂
New Post: I think the reason why we struggle with brokenness so much is because we want it to disappear. We don't want to accept that there are still very broken parts of our heart.
But there are still very broken parts of our hearts - even with Jesus working on them!
Jesus didn't come and die and rise again so that we would keep living enslaved to the sin and brokenness of this world. He came to set us free.
So my question for us is: Will we take arms with one another, acknowledge the source of our brokenness, and make war against it?
Too many of us have accepted our brokenness and forgotten that we now have a way to savor the sweetness of our savior every single day.
Let's stop settling for the brokenness. Let's make war against the source of our brokenness.
Missed you, Arizona. Gotta say, I took you for granted.
Thankful for good times with old friends and for making time for all the things we love to do together. Need to do more of that.
How we felt about waking up for work this morning... 😂
By the grace of God, I grew up knowing who Jesus was. I knew about Him and I knew what He did for me. But I didn't really know what it meant to have a PERSONAL relationship with Him.
And though I professed him as my savior my heart and desires had not been transformed.
I did good things because I thought good things were what made me good.
I depended on the acceptance of others to find my worth.
And while in college I chased empty pleasures to satisfy and fill me up.
But all of the chasing and striving to be good and To be accepted and to be fulfilled was never good enough.
I still always felt a little empty. I always wanted more.
Proverbs 16:25 says "There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death." And my ways were heading that direction.
Bur the lord had different plans. He pulled me out of the toxic environment I had created for myself and brought me here to dallas for nursing school.
He brought me here to dallas to find watermark.
He brought me here to open my eyes and heart to what he really did for me. To what the gospel really means and how it really applies to me.
Romans 5:8 says that God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So while I was trying to find life everywhere else, He was waiting for me at the cross.
Three years ago I fully surrendered my life to Jesus who had been waiting for me to come back to Him.
And now, by His grace, my heart has been changed forever.
I now know that there is no amount of good works that could ever make me good enough for God.
But that He calls me good when I accepted His son as my savior.
I now know that it is by GRACE through faith that I have been saved. And not by any works of my own.
I now know that I have already been accepted and do not depend on the acceptance of others to define my worth.
And I now know that there is no greater joy or pleasure or adventure than to follow and be with Jesus all the days of my life.
And that is what I hope and pray to do.
Today my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian kinda almost came true 😂❤️
We are afraid to trust God with our lives because we have constructed a god in our minds that is made in our own image. We've only ever had broken relationships and so we believe that our relationship with God is also broken.
Dear friends, this is why we can not be our own guides.
We are broken. But our God is not.
And that is why, even when the storms do come, you can trust Him.
New Post: My God Would Let That Happen (link in bio)