And He calls us beloved, is that not more wonderful than all the praises of man?T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)
If you’ve heard any Bible verses at all, you’ve probably heard Jeremiah 29:11-12. Are you quoting it in your head right now? Thought so. Actually, it’s sometimes just Jer. 29:11 but this morning I was reading in my “Praying for Your Future Husband” book and it asked what stood out about Jeremiah 29:11-12. This one verse that I’ve read and heard over and over and over and over. I mean people quote it after every stage of life, during seasons of doubt, seasons of change, etc. And after passing middle school, graduating high school, moving to a different state AND finishing college, I’ve heard it a lot. Anyway, I almost didn’t even open the Bible to reread it because I have it memorized but I was like, “Eh, I should just open the Book.” so I did and this one word jumped right off the page and slapped me in the face. “THEN” small word, big meaning. It’s the first word in verse 12 and it comes AFTER God tells us that He has plans for us. So He says that He knows the plans He has for us. They are not a mystery floating about in heaven waiting for Him to just pick up and figure out. HE KNOWS THEM. AND they are GOOD! Imagine that, our God wanting GOOD for us, His children. His plans aren’t to harm us, but are to give us hope and a future. So that’s all great, then the small but big word. THEN, we will call on Him and come and pray to Him and He will listen. SO, I’m just catching myself here because I know He has plans for me and I ask Him all the time for this and that (whatever desires of my heart are happening at the moment) and I don’t just stop and think that my calling on Him and praying comes AFTER His plans. He says in the verse that His plan is already in place and He knows them. They aren’t just a stranger on the street, He knows them and knows them well. Why am I over here saying, “Lord can you just give me the desire of my heart?” when I should be like, “Lord, let me fulfill this plan of yours because it is for my good and you already have this path laid out before me and if I just follow it, I will have hope and a future!” Why am I constantly saying, “Give me what I want” instead of, “Allow me to be obedient and receive what you have for me?” This honestly may not hit anyone as hard as it hit me this morning, but in a moment where I THINK I know what I want and when/how I want it, it was a great reminder to give it all to the Lord and HE will take care of His plan. All I have to do is obey. His plan comes first, THEN I shall call on Him and pray and He will listen. Okay, I’ll simmer down now and wonder if any of that made sense. Brain spillz.
You have listened to fears, child,” said Aslan. “Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (via myransomedsoul)
I was reading 1 John 4:18 tonight & I think roughly 1,000,000,000,000,000 different thoughts ran through my head about this verse. There is not fear in love but perfect love cast out fear. Immediately I want to think earthly love and the effects on fear in the various areas of that, but I have to back track and remember God is love and if I replace love with the word God in that verse, it takes on this heavenly meaning that is so much bigger, brighter and bolder than any earthly love I ever imagine! Remembering God as (perfect) love is the absence of fear and the one thing I’m rebuking left & right lately is fear. Jesus I refuse to operate in fear in any area because YOU hold my heart, life & future. I believe that YOU cast out fear and your love is so perfect and holy that fear cannot stand in your presence. I want to be so consumed with your love that fear is a foreign concept. Switching my mind from earthly to heavenly when thinking about this verse physically lifted some fear off of my heart which may sound strange but I promise I’m not exaggerating. My mindset completely shifted, as it does when thinking that way, but I encourage us all to remember the heavenly aspect of this love instead of our earthly love that is so so small in comparison. Idk if this made sense. It’s late & I’m sleepy lol
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