I Am

I Am

Flashes of light peeked through the window as I was putting my son to bed last night. And thunder echoed in the background.

No raindrops that I could hear. Just a light show with music—God’s music.

The lyrics, they were comforting. Sweet reminders that He is still in control—always has been and always will be. Assuring whispers that He still holds the world in His Mighty Hands and He’s not letting go. Glowing truth that no amount of darkness can ever hide the Light.

Peace filled my soul. A sort of peace that passes all understanding.

My sweet boy dozed off. Peacefully sleeping.

As I made my way to the living room, the light show carried on. And the music, it kept playing.

When I peered out the window glowing beams lit up my every nook and cranny of my neighborhood. Flash after flash after flash. They just kept coming.

It’s as if with each bright flash and bursting note I could hear this:

I Am…

The Alpha and The Omega.

The Beginning and The End.

The Holy and Righteous One.

The Everlasting One True King.

The Shepherd to the lost.

The Defender of the weak.

The Healer to the wounded.

The Father to the fatherless.

The Giver of all things good.

The Hope for all of humanity.

The Way.

The Truth.

The Life.

I Am,

and I always will be.

A while later the streets were glazed with moisture. The rain calmly trickled down—“God’s sprinklers” as my son says.

Be still my precious daughter. Be still and know that I Am God. I hold the whole wide world in My Hands. I’ll make good out of it all.

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hannah

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To Really Follow Him

To Really Follow Him

What does it mean to follow Jesus? To really follow Him.

It means taking up your cross daily and walking the road less traveled.

It means choosing humility over pride and joy over defeat.

It means embracing the challenges that invade the comfortable corners.

It means keeping hope alive during the changing seasons of life.

It means looking different and soaring to heights others dare not go.

It means trusting that He is greater when fear echos around you.

It means loving the least of these and praying for your biggest enemies.

It means guarding your words, knowing the power that they hold.

It means accepting His grace when human motives drive your actions.

It means having peace that surpasses your understanding when the unthinkable strikes.

In means forgiving those who pierce your heart with throbbing pain.

It means living with eternal eyes that can see the needs of a hurting world.

It means quenching your thirst for more with His Love that satisfies.

It means clinging to your need for Him with each breath that fills your lungs.

It means risking for the sake of the Kingdom, daring to be brave and bold.

It means taking the wildest ride of your life with The One who holds the keys to Heaven.

It means dying to yourself so that you can truly live.

To follow Jesus. To really follow Him…

Letting Go 2It means that you are a changed soul. It means that you believe in the amazing power of His death and Resurrection. It means that His love lives in you and spills out of you like a gushing river.  It means that you love Him because He first loved you. It means that you accept your imperfections and yield to The Perfecter of your faith.

It means that you are free—not in the way the world defines free, but in the way His nail-pierced Hands bled for your eternal freedom. It means that you believe with every bone in your body that you are a child of The One True King. And it means that you anticipate with great hope the day when you will see the Face of The One who you now follow.

To really follow Him means that you have learned the art of letting go and letting Jesus guide your every faith-filled step. It means that you live with outstretched arms open to receiving the greatest gift ever given to mankind—Jesus. To follow Him is to know Him, and to know Him is the very core of your design. 

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7: 13-14 NIV

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hannah

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A Rainbow Promise

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A colorful rainbow in the sky always brings a peaceful smile to my face. Not only is it a beautiful sight to see, it is also a comforting reminder of God’s faithfulness.

A rainbow appeared to Noah after the great flood which wiped out the entire earth and all of creation, other than what God instructed Noah to take on the Ark. A rainbow was painted in the sky as a symbol of God’s Covenant between Him and Noah (and creation)—God promised that He would never again destroy the earth and all living creatures by floodwater.

What a breathtaking rainbow that must have been.

Yesterday as my family and I were finishing up eating dinner we heard a single burst of thunder in the background. My son, being the curious child that he is, headed toward that back door to see what was going on outside. It didn’t appear to be stormy so we headed outside and this is what I first saw…

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As I looked a little closer more parts of the rainbow came into view and I saw the arc. I couldn’t see it as clearly at first because the rainbow was partially hidden behind the clouds.

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Sometimes when the clouds of life roll in we develop a blurry view of God’s Promises. We might doubt His faithfulness or His Love. We might doubt that He is really even there. But behind the clouds, His Promises live—they are unshakable, unchanging, and unending.

When I see a rainbow glimmering  in the sky I can’t help but feel a gentle joy because it reminds me that…

God is faithful to every single promise He has made. I am reminded that He is always with us. I am reminded of His Love for all of creation. And I am reminded that He will help us through the storms of life when we call on His Name. He is always true to His Word.

Maybe you are presently walking through a stormy season where clouds blur your vision. Or maybe your path is presently filled with sunshiny rays. Wherever you might find yourself, the promise of the rainbow can offer the comfort and hope of something beautiful ahead.

It did for me yesterday. And I think God knew my little family and I needed that reminder—or at least I did. After we admired the view and I snapped a few pictures we headed inside. A minute or so later I looked out the kitchen window and the rainbow had faded away.

But the promise of it lives on.

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

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hannah

 

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