I’m feeling 24.

Psalm 40:4-8

I hope that this passage from my devotional this morning can be a declaration of how I want to live in devotion to God this year.

God, I don’t know what you have planned for me. I never really do. I used to have it all mapped out, but the reality is I never really knew what was coming. But I see more clearly than before that your will and plans for my life extend far beyond what I can fathom. This next year, I want to grow in my relationship with you. Please help me to fight temptation to sin and the desire to focus solely on myself. I did not deserve a relationship with you, but you chose me anyway. Your grace is incomprehensible and your mercies are renewed each morning. Joy courses through me when I am in your presence. Teach me to never leave your side for another. LORD, I pray for provision in the areas of boldness, fellowship, ministry, and many other things. I pray I would find more sustenance than substance through your Holy Spirit. This year, I pray for discipline in all areas of my life and a dedication to fasting from worldly pleasures when those things becoming idols. Please, help me grow my love by continually revealing yourself to me. You always pursue us first, and we are the recipients of your endless pursuit for our souls. You are so good, and we are blessed to be in your presence. Amen

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2013-2014 Theme = Learning

Learning is humbling. When I learn something new, it isn’t just something meant to build me up. What it should also do is remind me how much I don’t know yet and how much I have to learn. 

It’s kinda like sin; when we sin… sure, it will bring us down because we’re feel guilt and shame for slipping up. But the more we sin, and the more we confess, the more thankful we are to God for His forgiveness. It’s like realizing more and more how amazing the gift of forgiveness is each and every time we turn our backs on Him who created us. 

So, just like that, I want to focus on learning this year. Everything from optometry, relationships, theology, maturing, the church, everything. I want this to be a year focused on learning and growing. I believe it will begin with humility and realizing the extent of my own sin, that I need God, and even moreso, that I want him. And I’ll only really want him if I realize how far short I fall of the cross. 

What should I do on my birthday?

What should I do on my birthday?

I have ideas. Epic Blessings.

Edit: So, I think I might go do something like this right now! I mean, I was really thinking about how to spread holiday cheer.

“The best way to share christmas cheer is singing aloud for all to hear.”

Well, Elf has got it down, but maybe just serving the community on Christmas day. I felt the conviction to do it last night, and I guess I’ll go out now! If God presents an opportunity, then I’m out there!