Friday, December 27, 2013

Luminosity, Beam, Radiance

   Have you ever noticed how powerful light is? It scares away the darkness every time. No matter how hard it tries, darkness can never put out light. In fact, the deeper the darkness, the brighter the light shines.

   Light is attractive. Darkness is described as oppressive, creepy, and depressing, but light is comforting and happy. It lights up the places you want to be. People are drawn to light.

   Lighthouses show where home is; they keep people safe. When you get home late at night and the lights are still on, you know someone’s waiting up for you. People look for light when they’re lost. Light means safety, fellowship, home.

   Light wakes you up in the morning. It brings you to life, dancing through the shadows and signaling the new beginning of every day. It eliminates the night, when secrets are made, crimes are committed, and evil thinks it can hide.

   Light is powerful, attractive, comforting, and enlivening. It illuminates the truth. It eliminates the darkness.

   Be the light.

Matthew 5:14-16

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Meh Birfday!

   Star birthday and sweet sixteen all rolled into one. Me gusta.
   I got up early this morning to be with Jesus. Early as in 6, but still. Worship music, Bible, notebook, Holy Spirit. These are the essentials of life. And these are essentials of making the most of my 17th year of life:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
~Romans 12:1
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
~Ephesians 5:1-2

Welcome to my life. (: It has been a wonderful 16 years.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

God loves you.

God is never going to love you more than He does right now.
So stop trying to make Him.
            Beloved, He loved you before your parents even thought about you – before your parents even thought about each other. He loved you while you were in your mother’s womb. He loved you while He planned every little, wonderful detail of you. He loved when you first came into this world, wide-eyed and clueless.
He loved you the first time you lied. He loved you when you were disrespectful to your parents. He loved you when you learned what jealousy was. He loved you when you gave yourself away. He loved you when sin blackened your heart. He loved you while you hated Him.
His love for you was beyond measure in the beginning, when He created you. Guess what, my dear? It never changed. It never will.
So stop. Stop trying to make up for your existence. Stop trying to fake perfection. Stop trying to be good enough to love.
He planned you. He wants you. He knew you couldn’t achieve righteousness, so He gave you His. He desires you. He says you are beautiful. He loves you.
And He’ll never stop.