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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 64 – Don’t look there

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God, You are the fullness of my heart.
You are the One who sees the inner workings of my soul and love me the same.
You are the One who will never leave or forsake me.
Who loves without measure.
Who understands perfectly.
Who sympathizes with my weaknesses.
Who joyfully embraces my imperfection (because that’s where Your glory is more fully shown).
Who died to make me Your eternal bride.

I realize these could sound like arrogant statements, but I say them because (they are the truth and) I’m asking myself why I should ever look for those things to come from a flawed human being?

Psalm 16 says the sorrows of those who run after another god multiply.

Maybe our sorrows multiply because we run after other gods (performance, a relationship, acceptance) in order for them to satisfy something in us that only God can.

He’s there, holding out approval for us as well as worth, beauty, hope, security, validation, complete forgiveness, understanding, joy and redeeming love, yet we run after ones who can give us only shadows and imitations of the real thing.

Those shadows will cause us sorrow upon sorrow because they weren’t meant to be the end all, but the means to cause us to see our need for Jesus.

So don’t look there–at other humans–to give you some sort of value and worth. Look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of salvation, for the meaning and purpose He has for your life. And He definitely has a purpose for you. One that exceeds your greatest dreams and imaginings.

He is good. He is enough. Look to Him.

One comment on “Monday Morning Munch No. 64 – Don’t look there

  1. Reblogged this on Bit o' Betty and commented:
    So blessed by Sophie’s words and wisdom! You will be too! Read on!

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