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Lifelines.
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

Follow me as I follow Jesus

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Who, me?!

When you struggle with believing people love you (Hello, it’s me. –Adele, and also me), it can be easy to shift that unbelief to the Lord and therefore doubt His unwavering love for you. Maybe He loves all the other people, but not you.

But, here’s the thing (the thing you already know, at least theologically): the Lord is committed to His people, and if you are in Christ, that includes you.

I’ve known and professed that for years, but until going through Lauren Chandler’s Steadfast Love study (and workbook*) with the women in my church this winter, I hadn’t felt the reality of that truth, at least not to this degree.

Peep this staggering section:

“In Genesis 15, God ratified His covenant with Abraham. He employed a practice common in Abraham’s day. He instructed Abraham to cut several animals in two and lay them directly apart from each other on the ground, creating a path between the pieces. The custom required the parties to walk through the severed animals signifying, ‘May this be done to me if I do not keep the covenant.’ Instead of both parties walking through the pieces, only God (symbolized by a smoking fire pot and torch) passed through.”

Then LC (Lauren Chandler) asks us what Abraham is doing in Genesis 15:12. Answer (spoiler): He’s sleeping.

Then here’s the God-is-not-really-committed-to-us lie-obliterating part:

“Abraham was in the most vulnerable, helpless state when God made His covenant with him. And God didn’t make him sleepwalk through the animal carcasses. Instead, He alone tread the path declaring, ‘may this be done to Me, if this covenant is not kept.'”

Oh my heart.

God’s love for us—yes, us—is not too good to be true. It’s real. He’s committed. And He’s still saying, “I’m in this, no backsies.” He cannot be unfaithful to Himself and therefore He will not be unfaithful to His children.

A few paragraphs later, LC wraps up the day’s study like this:

“I want you to see that what He said He would do, He has done. There’s still more to come. All is not as it will be. We still struggle against sin. Death has yet to finally die. Pain remains a part of life. But we can trace the goodness of God in keeping His promises throughout history so that we can trust He will keep His promise to be ‘with [us] always, to the end of the age’ (Matt. 28:20) and that Christ has not left us. He will return (Acts 1:11).” (emphasis mine)

May this fuel our hearts to worship in spirit and truth, rejecting the lies that seek to convince us God could not or does not really love us. And may we believe—and stake everything on—His word above all else.

 

*I highly recommend the workbook. Coming from someone who doesn’t love workbooks in general, it’s a little pricey and completely worth it. Get it.

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