Monday, September 24, 2012

Imagine His Awe

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I was reading about Abram the other day, when God made His covenant with him. As I read I could only imagine the awe Abram must have felt when God promised him a seemingly impossible promise…

“And He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.” –Genesis 15:5

That is not the first time God spoke to Abram about His promise…

“The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” –Genesis 13:14-17

Wow! Imagine standing under the heavens, with multitudes upon multitudes of stars twinkling over your head and God telling you that He will bless you with that many offspring. Or imagine standing in a wide open land and God telling you to look to the north, the south, the east, and the west because that land is what he will bless your many offspring with!

And the most amazing part about all this?

Abram and his wife, Sarai, were not able to have children. In fact, they were considered too old to have children.

But not in God’s eyes. For with Him all things are possible. All things. Because He’s awesome. Totally worthy of our awe.

When was the last time you were in awe of God? It doesn’t take much…look around you. The gorgeous autumn leaves falling from the trees were created by Him. The beautiful sunset that streaks across the sky in colors of orange, pink, and purple was painted with His fingertips. Maybe He’s blessed you in a seemingly impossible way like He did Abraham.

Lord of heaven and earth, You, and You alone, are worthy of our awe.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Oh, How Beautiful the Days Are

Have you noticed?

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The sunsets…

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The moon…

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The rain…

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It’s all so beautiful…

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“O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; You have made heaven and earth.” -Isaiah 37:16

Monday, September 17, 2012

Where Are You, God?

Have you ever wondered where the God of the Bible is? What has happened to all of the amazing miracles we read about in the Bible?

But if you ask me, that’s not the question we need to be asking. The Bible clearly states that our God does not change.

"For I the Lord do not change.” –Malachi 3:6

So what are we to think then?

I think we should change our question from “Where is the God of the Bible?” to “Where is the faith of the people in the Bible?”

Just think of the many people we have read about in the Bible. The people who had such faith.

Take Abraham…God told Abraham to do a lot of hard things. Can you imagine leaving your home and having no idea where you are going? That is what happened to Abraham. Can you imagine laying your son, you’re one and only son, down on the alter to sacrifice him? That is what happened to Abraham. And yet he did it all in faith. When his son asked where the lamb for the sacrifice was Abraham told him “God will provide.” And He did…God provided at just the right time.

Too often we doubt. Too many times we pray wondering if God will answer. Or deep down we know He will answer, but we think that our request is so big that His answer will be no.

As I was reading in James 1 the other day these verses really stuck out to me, specifically the last part…

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” –James 1:6-7

Seriously? We believe that such an awesome God with whom all things are possible will not answer us? That He will leave us hanging?

When I read that verse I was reminded of a story in Mark where a father has brought his child to Jesus, requesting that if He can Jesus would heal him.

“And Jesus said to him, ‘"If you can!"All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” –Mark 9:23-24

And that should be our prayer…

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

Cry out to God…

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

He Gives Grace

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“If His grace is an ocean we’re all sinking”

“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’? But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
James 4:5-8

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Photoshoot

The other day my friend and I went to the nearby college in our town and took several great pictures. Then we came home and took some in a field near our house.

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She’s very photogenic, don’t you agree?

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Thank you, Emily, for letting me practice on you :).

Monday, September 3, 2012

Photography…

So any of you who have hung out around here for a while can probably tell that I like photography.

Portraits with beautiful sunlight streaming behind the perfect pose make me happy.

Pictures of flowers with pretty little raindrops make me happy.

In fact, I like photography so much that I’m thinking and praying about pursuing it as a career.

But that’s still just a thought. I never have been too sure during my life of exactly what it is I want to do.

Since I love photography so much, though, I’d like to somehow make my blog a little more geared toward photography. It will still be the same blog with the same types of posts...I will just add some special ones for photography.

I’ve tried out Peek Into My Week…and well, I don’t think it’s going to work out so great for me. So I will no longer be posting a Peek Into My Week post. But if you have been doing it then feel free to continue to do so. Who knows…I may even give you an unofficial “peek into my week” every now and then.

But as for making my blog more photography geared, the changes will probably be small, if there are any at all. I may just end up making random posts of pictures. At least now you’ll know why though ;).

And of course, I can’t end a post about photography without posting a picture…

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I hope you have had a happy Labor Day :)