Hello I have not written in like two months and I always talk and give excuses about what obstacle I had that time that hindered me from writing. This time is a little different I think, because I have no reason other than the cursed WRITER’S BLOCK. This happens to me often because I will have a gazillion ideas at once, will start every single idea, and never finish them (hence the 16 drafts for blog posts currently) Enough about my weird brain, lets get to the juicy stuff…
Beach Trip 2016 has come and gone and I am still left in awe of Jesus and His love for us. One night I went on a walk to the beach at night, and as I was staring at the waves coming in, dipping my feet in the water, covering myself in sand (I hate sand with all I have), I couldn’t help but smile. I prayed out to God and thanked Him for the life I had been blessed with and the people I get to call mine. For the sand and the water and for the mountains and hills and trees and flowers, for everything He made in Genesis. It’s impossible to explain my overwhelming feelings of love and gratefulness in that moment, other than it really humbled me. It took me back a couple of steps and made me think, “Woah, Hope. You are getting too into the technology of things. Take this moment in, you do not need to document it in any way AT THIS TIME.” I put my phone in my chaco, put my chacos up behind me on the beach, and I ran as fast as I have ran in a while into the water. Diving straight into His beautiful creation. (Not literally, I was getting brave enough with the water up to my calves) I have been straying from my true readings of the Bible for awhile now, it takes constant reminders from my phone and mind to pray, and I have been struggling with it for awhile now, remembering to pray, remembering to read, remembering THE REAL REASON FOR MY LIFE IN CHRIST.
I should be drowning in sin, just like I could have easily drowned in that huge ocean I looked at that night (curse my terrible swimming skills) but, God sent His Son to die for MY SINS. My bad thoughts, my past, everything I have said to or about someone, about God, none of that matters.
1 PETER 1:3-9 ESV: (v.3) Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (v.4) to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (v.5) who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (v.6) In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, (v.7) so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (v.8) Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, (v.9) obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
COLOSSIANS 2:13-14 ESV (v.13) And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him(Jesus), having forgiven us all our trespasses, (v.14) by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
JESUS: GOD SAVES
EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US
“Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
None of my blog posts are organized or thought out, I just type and type, I think, and type some more. Before I write a blog post, I always pray to God and ask Him for help on my readings and what the words I will type mean to different readers. I pray that they are clarifying, comforting, brings peace, and helps somebody reading. If I can be of comfort to one person by proclaiming God’s word and covenant, I would feel overly satisfied. I am by no means a pastor, but I am a writer who has a lot of life experience with pain, struggling, and giving my ALL to Jesus.
He is good. He is good. He is GOOD.
2:11AM, and I am headed to bed. Happy 4th of July, I am so thankful for the men and women serving in the Army, Navy, etc. so that I can have my freedom. God be with the soldiers and their families.