Not Well Enough

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You’re just about there.
Hands outstretched toward that line
That speaks lines of success and worth,
Yet abrasive against your fingertips
Cause as you grasp at it, it slips
And leaves you face down on the pavement uttering this statement with your lips….
I failed.
Failure has a strange ability to conjure
Fears and inadequacies where you falter
And whispers doubts into conjecture that grips your heart and squeezes the joy out.
Blood gushes and then circulates.
Your body in efforts to compensate
Drains its energy into it as it courses through… leaving you depressed and desolate.
You did do well though… just not well enough.
And it wells in your eyes as it gets tough
To cry rivers and streams to the Father
But
For some reason it just gathers.
It musters within the heave in your chest
And weighs you down as you try your best
To breathe.
To find some reprieve in the ones to whom you cleave
But warm hearts and cold shoulders don’t always cause lungs to expand.
It’s just a second hand smokescreen that became your nicotine and gave you lung cancer.
The answer is  simple. His yoke is easy. His burden is light.
He takes delight in easing your pain.
He delights in making you whole again.

 

The 1 Corinthians 13 Kind Of Love

Couldn’t have put it better myself 🙂

Submission Journey

1 Corinthians 13 4 – 7 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

il_340x270.394122359_39v2Sometimes I wonder how God does it. Over and over we turn our backs on Him, we fail Him and we fall short. But despite all that God’s love towards us never changes. His love is truly unconditional. When I think about how much God really loves me (us) I become lost for words. 

Recently in my relationship with my significant other I found myself not showing what love should be as stated in the scripture. I was acting very impatiently…

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Desesperación

I recently had the privilege of conversing with a new friend from Cuba. A musician, he was part of a movement in his home country that became one of the first groups to perform within a public christian concert ever. Conversing with him, you could hear his passion for the Gospel. That day, a word he repeated that stuck with me was desperation. He came from a communist country where the expression of your faith was highly determined by the government. If you say the wrong things in a public audience, you can easily be jailed.

He came from a place where persecution was real; where in the midst of the persecution, a thirst and desire for Christ was evident. Thankfully for us where I come from, our multicultural society gladly accepts our freedom to worship, without much opposition, if at all. After hearing his story, along with many others, it left a question lingering in the corners of my mind.

How desperate am I for Jesus?

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Desperation typically indicates extreme circumstances that strongly urge one to act. I read a book recently that talked about living in a war time culture. In those times, the pleasures of life are cast aside in favor of survival. If the neighbors need bread, you get them bread. If someone is injured, you help them to the best of your ability. As Christians, we can easily get caught up in the niceties of life, that we forget the purpose we have been given: to spread the gospel of Christ. We live because of the gospel; we live for the gospel.

My encouragement is not to abandon things because they are nice, but to remember to live and breathe and do to the glory of God. My desire is to reach the point in life where I am so passionately desperate for Jesus that I can’t live a day without Him; a moment even. I want to reach a place where the pleasures of life are fickle in  comparison to my pursuit of holiness.  I wish that I would hunger and thirst after Him like my life depended on it, because when you think about it, it really does.

My heart goes out to those affected by the recent Orlando shooting, which was one of the worst in America’s history. It really goes to show the uncertainty of life, that we can be here one day, and gone the next. To live is Christ, and to die is gain, but while we live, we NEED to allow God to use us in whatever ways He can to reach the lost. We NEED to truly believe that in Christ we can do all things, and let Him have His way in our lives not just as individuals, but as the sole unitary body of Christ, for the furtherance of His Kingdom. We cannot afford to be idle in these days.

My prayer is that you too will embark on this journey with me to become desperate for Him. I pray that we will do whatever it takes to see His glory: that we will not let sin, shame, condemnation , fear, fellow Christians, our family, our spouses or anyone else and anything else hold us back from the course we have ahead of us.

Keep fighting guys, you are not in this alone! #Sameteam

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Power Words

Come Awake

I’m going to be honest. There’s a lot in Proverbs that I don’t understand – analogies and references to things we no longer use/say/do. This means a lot of confusion and a lot of research. However, there’s a lot (thankfully) that I do understand too. As I’ve been studying this book of wisdom, I’m realizing just how much there is to glean – archaic references and all!

An important area in which we need wisdom is with communication. How do we use our words? For what purposes do we use them? And no, I’m not referring to the “purpose” of exchanging information. What is the motivation for our words? What do we hope to gain with them? When should we use our words? When should we not? And where do we even begin to find the answers to these questions? Perhaps this is a good place to start:

Death and life are in…

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