As I was sitting in the car on my way to school. I looked at the sky and I wondered, how many others in the world are looking at this same picture and are praising God. He is the artist and the world is his masterpiece. However, what really shocks me most is we look at the world and think, “this is God’s masterpiece.” But he tells us, “no, you’re my masterpiece.” We are so important to him. He sees US the most beautiful thing he has ever created. Rejoice that we have a Father who is absolutely crazy about you. 

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Be The Sun

It still amazes me how fast we can forget about what Jesus did on the cross for us. In times of stress or anger we are so quick to speak evil. When I sit in silence and think about all the negative things I said that day, I feel convicted, and disappointed. As a Christian, we are meant to live out our lives as an example of Love to the world, but we just add wood to the fire that is incinerating the earth right now. Oh how thankful I am for our Fathers mercy, forgiveness, and grace. I am thankful that we have a just God. I want to aim higher, and not stay stunted. I want to move the world, not become another pawn in it. I don’t just want to stay a match in the darkness, I want to be a SUN to the darkness!

Drop Them.

My hands were blistered from the ropes I held. As I looked behind me, all I could see in this unpigmented scenery was the trail of blood that trickled from my damaged hands. I was the only one here. Alone. The snow was getting deeper, enough to where it seemed I was floating in mid air. My body was numb by the bitter atmosphere, to where my arms and legs felt absent. When I forced my eyes to look up, I could still see the light I so longed to reach over the hill in the distance. My legs locked in place, and my knees dived into the plush snow, and I began to weep. “Why father, why do you leave me to suffer?” Then he answered, “It is not I who put you there, but your own actions.” I answered back in anger, “How can you say I am responsible for this suffering? I would never choose this fate.” He answered back in a voice as meek as the sound of waves, “Look at what you carry in your hands. Was it not I who who gave you the legs to get you to the light in the distance? However, it was not me who gave you that baggage in your hands.” “I looked down at my blistered hands, and I released my clinched fingers, blooded stained my hands, pain numbed my wrist, but it was a good pain. A pain that would lead me to my freedom. My body fell in the white abyss, and I fell asleep. When I awoke, I reached the light over the hill.

Who am I 

I’ve walked so far back, I can’t see the lights. This smell that smells putrid, I’ve grown used to. What do flowers smell like anymore, all I can smell is death. 

I feel like I am stuck in pitch. I can’t get out. Who will help me, who will love me. 

Eyes

how blessed I am to be able to see. 

How blessed am I to be able to hear. 

How blessed am I to be able to touch. 

How blessed am I to be able to speak. 

Why must I use these blessings in a way to destroy? 

Why must I use them to see people suffer? 

Why do I conflict pain upon others? 

How could something that is so precious and beautiful be used for pain? 

I might as well give these gifts back to my creator… 

Why must he give me these gifts if I just make no use of them? 

These gifts were made to give life, not take…

I don’t deserve these abilities, when most of these senses are absent in many. 

Make use of the things God gave you. Give life. Stop giving hate to people when they already possess it. 

I Don’t Feel Him.

” I Don’t Feel Him…”

       I believe in everyone’s walk there comes a time or even numerous times, where we start to believe that our God is absent in our walk, or WE JUST WANT TO QUIT!We feel He isn’t listening to our pleas, or He just isn’t there. So we think that he must not care about us…like He said he did…

TRUTH: HE HAS NEVER LEFT, HE IS ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE… The one who left was You…

 I struggled with this problem

Looking back, I doubted his existence too many times to count, most of the time it was because something didn’t go my way…so i needed someone toblame, even when I knew it was my fault and I knew he had nothing to do with it. When I grew out of that and learned that he has no play in things that tempt me.

~James 1:13 

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;”

Another way I’ve experienced this was because I chose to listen to my flesh, I felt this most when I was separated from the people who Encouraged me in Christ, or I ignored the people I knew God wanted me to go to because I was ashamed of myself.

You see, my flesh wanted the opposite of what God wanted for me. My flesh made things I knew were bad for me, look DELICIOUSThis falls under…

  • Putting aside reading my Bible, for TV, Friends, Cell Phone usage.
  • Looking at Boys/ Girls the way we shouldn’t, and being fine with that.
  • Choosing to do things we know God wouldn’t want us to do, like

-Drinking, smoking, having sex, lusting etc.

-Talking to people you know are no good for you, as in surrounding yourself around people you know you can’t be the influence around.

-Going after the opposite sex for the incentive of a couple relationship, rather than just a friendship. When you know God wants you to actually get to know the person…

-Going ahead of God’s Plans for you, BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR HIS PLAN.

When we choose to live OUTSIDE of Gods Plan, we get LOST! 

Isaiah 59:1-2

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

We wonder why we can’t feel him, or hear him?

* That is because we are too far gone in our sin, our wants, our FLESH, that we have turned away from God. That is WHY we can’t hear or feel him anymore.

We need to ask ourselves this… “Why would I risk my eternity for temporary things of this world?”

” Is it Worth it?“

How are you doing so far? Feeling Convicted? Yes? Then…Remind yourself who God truly is.

We need to STOP looking at God as if He is someone from this world. He is not here to judge you on your walk, he is here to encourage you, and help you know that he will forgive you if you just confess your wrong doings, and I know a lot of us have a hard time CONFESSING, but you shouldn’t … Because HE ALREADY KNOWS, He just want to hear you CLAIM that you want forgiveness, and he wants to know if you truly want the REAL PRIZE, and that’s ETERNITY WITH HIM.

Daniel 9:9

“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;” 

2 Chronicles 7:14

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Our God is soooooooo………VERY MUCH IN LOVE WITH US, HE GAVE UP EVERYTHING..JUST FOR US!

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

He doesn’t want you to run away, he didn’t create you that way, he created you a FIGHTER, a CHILD OF GOD! You have power running through your veins! 

When We are caught in a place where we can’t do it, RELY ON HIM! We need to be dependent on HIM!

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

We need to stop holding on to the controls and let, “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

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Once we surrender ourselves over to him again, we also need to WORK On OURSELVES! 

2 Thessalonians 3:10

“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

We can’t go to God every time we know we did something wrong, just so we can “ask for forgiveness,” and move on with our comfortable lives, thinking that we out smarted God. He knows our hearts, and he defiantly knows a heart that is after him. HE IS NOT STUPID!

Luke 16:15

“He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

We need to Sacrifice the things that distract us from what we need to go after and that is JESUS!

It may be hard, but its worth it 🙂

God didn’t intend for this life to be easy, in fact living for him is HARD, but he chose us for a reason, we have purpose! 

                                   WE ARE OVER-COMERS!!!

He Knows everything, Before, and After; Beginning and End!

He also knows we make mistakes, but he loves us anyways and his door is always open to us, NO MATTER WHAT, you just have to Claim that.

Instead of beating yourself up, humble yourself, take it to the cross, ask for forgiveness, ACCEPT HIS WAYS, NOT YOURS…

And remember EVERYTHING THING He has planned for you is GOOD.

“Why would we want a tiny piece of candy, when God has a closet full?”

Stop running away, turn back, run back into his arms…he has never left, and Never will.

Remind Yourself who you are, and all the things the father got you through in the first place, and how happy you were when you lived for HIM, why do you want to give that up? If he could get us out of the old people we used to be, why wouldn’t he be able to do it again!

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 2:9-10

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

We all fall sort sometimes, but God encourages us to keep moving forward. He is the team mate that helps you back up when you fall, when he sees you fall behind, he jumps back and sacrifices himself to come and get you. Its okay to fall, because he wants to remind us that he is still there.
Katelyn Cheng