Finals week, so here’s to quote a theologian… even though he’s a Holy hip hop artist…

Lecrae Feat. Cam & Dwayne Tryumf Don’t Waste Your Life
“Your money your singleness marriage talent and time
They were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
That’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes
That’s why it’s Christ all the time
My whole world is built around him He’s the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life
He’s too true ta chase
That ice
Heres my gifts and time cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ
If he’s truly raised to life
Then this news should change your life
And by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights.”

The Pain of My Heart

This trial grips my heart and it is just so torn… I’ve never grown so much in my faith, but it’s also been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of pain… it’s been a long time since I’ve cried this much…

Finding Joy in these situations is impossible, but with a power that raised Christ from the dead, the power of the Holy Spirit, I’ve found joy, found the good in it that glorifies God. I find deep comfort in his word, and in much time of prayer and fasting, I’ve found a peace that transcends all understanding.

This doesn’t mean I don’t have a heavy heart, or that I don’t mourn, because even Jesus mourned for Lazarus, but there is unnatural, overflowing peace in it. My soul cries out to the Lord, with prayer and supplication in thanksgiving, relying all on His strength, but also with deep, genuine praise.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Watch This for Encouragement

To Your Glory, Oh God

Oh, my God, how do I deal with these emotions?
My heart is in anguish and my eyes are always on the edge of shedding tears.
Can it be me instead? Can I take her pain and suffering away?
Can her lot be cast unto me? Let me have it all instead.

Lord, continue to be glorified in this, let your perfect will be done.
If your servant has found favor in your eyes, give me the wisdom to comprehend.
Let your face shine upon her, let her faith be overfilled, and your Spirit’s fruit overflow.

If it is not your will to take her cancer and give it to me,
then let her mouth be ceaseless in praise to you.
Let her mind be so filled with your glory and love that
she would have peace that transcends all understanding, only from our Creator.

Let joy spring out of her life and pour out to all those around her.
Let your fullness of joy make everything else surrounding her seem trivial.
Lord, by your grace, let her fall so in love with you that she would seek nothing else.
Teach me, Majesty, to love her as Jesus loves her.

I love her so much, i care for her so dearly; God be filled in my love for her.
Let her anguish and pain encourage the world to bring glory and praise to your name.
Let your grace abound all the more.
I will love her forever.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Clayton’s Story (7 min video). I hope this can encourage everybody.

Opportunities to be Patient

This is something my camper wrote for a status update recently:

“dmv sucks. i seriously show up at 3 55 and by the time i get to the counter the dooshe bad in front says i cant take my permit test cause its 4 01. ughh. im going to egg them one day.”

This is the reply that I encouraged him with, and I hope I can encourage you with:

Sup bro. Have you ever asked God for more patience? If you have, it seems he is giving you an opportunity to learn and develop it!

When we start learning to look at things through God’s viewpoint, it makes life easier and more peaceful, all the while giving an indescribable joy. I’m goin through some really hard times right now which make things like that seem trivial, but God is giving me so much of the strength that I’ve asked for all my life. Keep the faith strong and run with every fiber of your being for the hope we have at the finish line!

“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” – Luke 8:15
Let’s be the good soil, hold fast truth, live it out fully, and let God bear the fruit of patience within us, an enduring and steadfast patience.

A Friend I Love So Much…

I got to spend time with a very dear friend of mine going through cancer these last two days. We didn’t have time to talk too much in the last years, so I’m filled with so much joy I got to spend so much time with her in my busy schedule. I’ve just been reminded how much I really love her and care for her dearly.One of the hardest things for me was to see her in pain and knowing there’s nothing I could do about it… and that really breaks my heart. It reminds me of a greek mythology story, or I think it’s greek… but anyways: I really wish I could take this lot from her and suffer it all, and I’d give up so much without thinking twice. I would take it all for her even if the consequences were that we would never have known each other, and she never knew she would get cancer… even if I never knew her, I want her to have her full life.

God is faithful no matter what. This is what glorifies Him the most, and I won’t question that because I am such an insignificant being compared to an infinite Creator, and I will delight in Him and praise His name no matter the situation, yet I will continue to pray on my hands and knees for her and fast for her. I would build a house with my bare hands for her if I could…

My dear friend… keep on fighting, I’ll do the best I can to stay by your side.

“Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:12b-13
Maybe you’ll never know, my friend, but I wouldn’t think twice of laying my life down for you; I love you.

Thought on Fasting

So i tend to spend a lot of time fasting every week and have gotten some awesome insight just from doing it! I love it when I’ve just spent a day fasting and it’s the end of that day, and I’m just chillin’ with really good friends and they have an amazing smelling meal, and my mouth just waters a lot, and I am just so hungry! Especially when they have the most amazing meals! Knowing I’m not going to be eating and my hunger burns, I have so much joy in my prayer and just get on my knees and beg God that my hunger for Him would be THAT STRONG!!! It only comes when we starve ourselves from the things of the world, knowing there is something WAY better; oh, and it is SO WORTH IT! Right now, I smell amazing Mexican food [:

Lord, I desire you just as much, I hunger for your righteousness, I delight in your law and precepts and your testimonies! I seek for YOU! I delight in you and find my pleasure in you!