"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13 ESV)
I took the above picture not too long ago and it seemed to have resonated with me. I often like to pray, read, and think about what I want to journal, and if possible find a picture that speaks to that. Not because I think I have to, not to fancy up my blog, but just because photography speaks to me. I like moments captured. I think we all move too fast ... I like to stop, look, think, and remember. Something about a bird in flight, high above me with the beautiful blue sky makes me think ... Peace.
... peace in believing ...
... believing in Him ...
We need to be different folks. We have been promised the most amazing gift. We deserve nothing - yet we're promised everything. We can't earn it, but we do have to accept it; accept it in our hearts, not just our head.
"Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent'" (John 6:29 ESV)
Sound easy? Perhaps. Perhaps Not. Christ wasn't some morale teacher, He is the Son of God. He has some pretty challenging things to say about our culture, our life, our choices. Things that our culture has twisted into being acceptable through 'social evolution'. He will poke you, He will push your buttons, He will bring you to your knees in tears, but most importantly He will transform you ... if you are willing. Have you read His Word? Are you really prepared to accept?
One warning; you will never be the same. You will shed years of garbage off your shoulders. You will have One who will love you no matter how messed up you were, or are. You will redefine being content, and redefine your worldview. Storms will come, and hit you hard at times, but you won't fall. After all you can't; it's His house you're in. And you will find Peace ... His Peace ... in Believing.
Forever Changed in Him,