So you're stuck in a rut. Everything's going wrong, you're upset, hurt by the storm that's ravaging your life. Every time you think it can't get any worse, it does. You wonder if God is ever going to rescue You from this mess. I know what it's like. I know what it's like to be praying for something to turn around, to throw yourself at God's feet and cry for Him to fix it like only He can.
As the year comes to a close and 2018 sits just on the horizon, many of us are probably starting to think about our New Year's Resolutions. Or, perhaps some aren't planning on making any. They always fall through the cracks, no one ever finishes them, so why even bother? But I'm here to challenge you, and myself, to not fall into such a defeatist mindset. Instead, why don't we all make even bolder, bigger, crazier New Year's Resolutions than ever before?
Long time, no see! Sorry for my disappearance, friends - the end of the semester tends to be fairly crazy, and I decided to add to the craziness by participating in NaNoWriMo. But I'm back now! So you may have noticed that I've got a new header and a new blog name... I've decided to … Continue reading Remembering Jesus
Hello! Today, I have a little something different for you guys. Rayleigh Gray is here, talking about ways to accomplish our goals at the end of the year.
By a show of hands (metaphorically, just bear with me), how many of you have heard of - and could tell me about - Priscilla and Aquila? Probably not many of you. And before you get too ashamed, let me just come out and say that I couldn't have either before two Sundays ago (one Sunday ago as I'm writing this, but it's being scheduled in advance :P).
I'm a busy person, you're a busy person, we're all busy people. We all seem to have an endless to-do list, and countless commitments. If it isn't schoolwork or actual work, it's chores, clubs, organizations, or other commitments. Our days tend to be pretty packed. It might be crazy to suggest that we take a chunk of time out of our day to simply rest and be with the Lord.
It's far too easy for the Gospel to get watered down, especially when you live in the Bible belt. For much of my life, I held nothing more than a watered down view of Jesus. To me, it was common knowledge that Jesus had died on the cross, and that He rose again, bringing salvation to all who believed in Him. It was as good as fact.
I want to die. That's what Paul said in his letter to the church in Philippi, which he was writing from a prison cell in Rome. And mind you, death was a very plausible thing for Paul at that time. He was awaiting trial, and as far as he knew at the time, he could have been facing execution after the trial.
Recently, I've been loving the worship songs that are all about the name of Jesus. Songs like "What A Beautiful Name It Is" and "Worthy Of Your Name." It's probably because they're so full of and focused on Jesus that they tend to be some of my go-to worship songs. But listening to them has got me thinking. They each place an emphasis on Jesus' name. Might seem a little odd, right? So, I figured it would be fun to dive into the names of Jesus and just how they proclaim his glory.
I've been reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst recently (which is a great book on how to live life in God's love without letting rejection and the whims of others steal your joy), and at one point she mentioned Abigail, Nabal's wife in 1 Samuel 25. As I continued thinking about what she said about Abigail, I decided to take a dive into the passage myself.