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Sorry I have not posted anything in a while! Been super busy and haven’t had much time to write… but I have constantly been keeping up my diary and decided to share a few things from it that I think you might enjoy (: Just some of my thoughts from early in the mornings.

Mar. 29

Last night I had a talk about how girls’ focus on having the ‘perfect’ image and how it tears us apart inside. It’s a very soft topic for me, my heart aches for the girls who think that she will only be considered pretty by her outward looks.

Beauty is from the inside out. Some of the most beautiful people i know are not a size 0 or 1; their face isn’t like those photoshopped to perfection on magazine covers. Instead, they traded that size zero in the waist for a huge heart. And while their faces may not be ‘perfectly’ shaped, they are perfectly beautiful.

Why? Because they are able to glow with the undying passion for God and smile from the inside charm that sees people with the eyes of the heart, rather than head.

The biggest lie I think girls get trapped in is that they are not beautiful. But who has the right to say that when no human is actually perfect?

God can judge beauty, because He created beauty.

If we are to follow in His footsteps; then we must obtain the Lord’s scale of beauty and throw away the worlds.

 

“Charm is deceptive, and outward beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord and walks in His way is to be praised.” –Proverbs 31:30

 ~Andi.C

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I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
  I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
  I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone,
  I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
  I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
  I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
  I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Just a few more weary days and then,
  I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
  I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

By Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch, I’ll Fly Away

The song, I’ll Fly Away, has a meaning to me personally, and I’m sure to many of you too. There are so many times when we simply just want to fly away, fly away from our troubles, fly away from our fears and past. We live to regret all those times we let a friend down or team. Most, if not all, people forgive, move on, and forget, while you, well you feel like you relive that moment anytime you see, hear, or think of something near that topic or situation that occurred. The memory replays just like a broken record.

That song helps me to remember God’s grace and his comfort, and that someday I’ll fly away and be with him in paradise beyond our wildest dreams. From this earth we shall be removed and “when the shadows of this life have gone” we’ll “fly away.” And right now, I want to point out a couple verses, the first one being found in Psalm 28:1-2, 7 (NIV). It goes:

“To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”

From this verse hope and light shines, and knowing our God is rock solid in everything, he doesn’t turn away, though we may think. And just as David wrote, “For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit,” I think we all can relate. When I feel, personally, that God isn’t helping me or responding, I feel useless, angered, and so many other feelings, I ask myself, “Is this really happening?” Yes it is, but then, I remember that God responds to all cries for help, it’s just not in the way we imagine. He has a plan for us, one is according to his purpose for us. The verse finishes with “The Lord is my strength and my shield… My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” We, too need to remember that the Lord truly is our strength and shield in time of hardships, and when as we see through his eyes how he helps us, we then leap, cry, or silently leap for joy and sing (aloud or quietly) thanks to him.

The second verse, like the first, is found in Psalm. It is a longer verse, but yet contains many meanings. Psalm 40:1-3, 11-12, 17 (NIV) goes like so:

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord;
may your love and your truth always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.
Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.”

As we wait patiently (and anxiously!) for the Lord to respond to our cries, he hears, as said before. That slimy pit we once felt like we were in, well, we’re not lifted out by his grace and love. You know how in Psalm 28:1 and how it says, “To you I call, O Lord my Rock?” Well after he lifts us out, he sets us on firm and solid ground and it is on “Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sicking sand.”  In our hearts and mouths he puts songs of praise and joy. He gives us mercy countless times, even when we don’t deserve it. The truth of his word will protect us, and so will his true and pure love.

The verse, “For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see,” is part of the verse that speaks to me, for it’s true, when I feel like all my troubles; my sins, have consumed and blinded me, it’s his love and his word that breaks that blindness and makes it so that I can see the light shine once again. We are poor and demanding people; needy. We think of ourselves most often and what we need most; what we want. We can try all the things in the world – fame, love, success – to make ourselves happy and it’s only God who can fill that want in our life.

The Lord is the only one who can save, and he did that without hesitation, without delaying, and though he didn’t have to die, he loved us so much, he had so much compassion, that he couldn’t stand seeing us sink into the dark and be blinded from the light. God is our helper, our rock, our Father, and our deliverer, our hope, and our redeemer.

Here’s a few songs for you all to listen to, and that’s if you wish. I love them all. They all have an amazing meaning behind each of the lyrics.

In Christ Alone [originally done by Stuart Townsend & Keith Getty] – Sung (Live) by The Newsboys

I’ll Fly Away [originally done by by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch] – Sung by Jars of Clay

Our God by Chris Tomlin

You Never Let Go by Matt Redman

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“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14  (NIV)

Ever get that insanely happy feeling when you create something you feel worthy enough to be hung on your bedroom wall? Or the wall in the living room? I know I have. Well, when God made you, he was more than “insanely happy” he was beyond that. You are created in his image; no one else’s. His image; perfect; without blemish. Doesn’t that just fill you with happiness and love?! God knows you better than you know yourself (creepy, yet cool, right?) and he, as your creator and heavenly Father is with you were ever and whenever, even when you don’t want him.

We are told to praise and worship him. Why? Says right there in the verse: “because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” His works are wonderful in all ways. There’s no doubt about that, and if you do doubt, I suggest you talk to a close friend who’s strong in the faith. 🙂

Always have confidence in who you are and your faith, for it’s the strongest thing out there. And remember: Your heavenly Father, loves you, no matter what.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Romans 8:37 (NIV)

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