It's been a long while since I have posted (sorry about that).
What actually brings me back to this blog is just to get some things off my chest. Because a blog really is an online journal right?
If you don't mind I am just going to cut to the chase and say what I came here to say - God is good. No matter what may be going on in our life - He is good and that is that. Nothing changes it. He always has been - always will be - good. I recently re-read one of my favorite books "Knowledge of the Holy" by A.W. Tozer. In reading it I constantly find myself in awe of how incredibly amazing God is. The part that impacted me the most this past time I read it is when Tozer talks about how God sees from the beginning of our life to the end in one glance - ONE glance. He doesn't have to take time to think about it. He doesn't need to reel through memories. He sees it all in one glance. And as if that is not enough, He sees in that one glance for every single human being - for every single creature on this earth. Who am I to doubt the future, to fear what may come. The almighty creator of the universe, the sovereign I AM has seen every single bit of it in ONE glance. He is so worthy of honor, so worthy to be glorified, so worthy of my trust and praise and therefore I choose to give it to Him.
I was thinking a few weeks ago about how everything that God does is a reflection of His love. God IS love and so everything that He does has to be a reflection of that love. Even when it hurts, Gods actions are out of love. It is only because He loves us too much to see us stay where we are. His love showers us with blessing and His love beckons us into the refiners fire where we are purified. God is a God of love and His most loving gift to us is His Son. He gave His Son to come and die a brutal death so that we can spend eternity with Him. I love my Savior oh so very much. I can't ever doubt His love for me. He has done entirely too much for me. He is my absolute favorite.
I was reading a book recently that reminded me of so many times that God has spoken to me. Whether it be through His word, a person, a dream, or His still small voice, my experience tells me that God is a personal God that speaks to His children (and I am a child of God). No matter, what you believe about Him, you can't convince me that He does not exist, because I have heard Him. I have experienced Him and there is absolutely nothing that can take that away from me. I have seen Him use difficult situations to launch me into His destiny for me. I have seen Him provide for me. I have seen Him use me to touch others. I have experienced Him using others to touch me. I have an entire box FULL of journals that are FILLED with stories of His goodness and provision for me. There are 20 journals actually - I just counted them. In fact, here is a picture:
God is writing a story in my life - so far it is 20 volumes long :-) It's my story and no one can tell me it's not real because I have lived it.
So, though life has been throwing some darts at me and I have found my faith taking a few hits, I have come to realize that there is absolutely no other option for me but to press into God - to choose to follow Him. Without Him I am nothing. I am finding that in the times when it is hard, I really just have to praise Him. No matter what is going on, when I praise Him, it shifts things. When I praise Him, my eyes turn off myself and onto my Father. So I guess that this post is really just me making a declaration of praise to Him. I needed a bit of a shift tonight, so I guess I welcome you into the shift. Have you had a hard day, a hard week? Are you caught at a crossroads not knowing where to go? Has life been dealing you blows and you don't know how much more you can take? Praise Him. Because He is worthy of our praise. He really truly is so very worthy of our praise. He loves us so very much. I happen to be His absolute favorite. But guess what ... so do you :-)