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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Buy Canvases, Send Me to Asia

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If you haven’t heard, I’m going to South Asia.

And I know you’re on pins and needles wondering how you can help fund this trip, right? Hahaha. But really, if you would like to support the trip you can do so in a few ways. Financially, through a) making a donation, b) scheduling a photo shoot or c) buying a handlettered canvas.

If you’re interested in the canvases, here is a link to show you some of my work.

Typical sizes and prices are as follows (but there are plenty of other sizes if you’re interested!):

5x7s – $10
8x10s – $15
11x14s – $25
16x20s – $35

You can pay through PayPal or send a check. Email me at sophie[at]realtruthmatters[dot]com if you’re interested in placing a custom order or you want to order something from the pinterest board.

Beyond financial support, we really need your prayers. As I mentioned in the first blog about the trip, we’ve been encouraged by the IMB to have at least 10 partners sending us out through prayer daily while we are in South Asia. With our team of seven, that means at least 70 people would be part of our prayer team. If you choose to partner in prayer, either leave me a comment with your email address or shoot me an email so I can include you on team updates and prayer needs.

Thank you for your love and support and for being obedient to the command our Lord has given to go and make disciples of all nations. 

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3 comments on “Buy Canvases, Send Me to Asia

  1. Would love to keep you in prayer, sis! Please keep me posted!!

    1. Ahh, thank you, sweet sister! Do you want to be on the email list or just stay updated through the blog? 🙂 Praying for you as well! ❤

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