Finding Solid Ground

There are times in life when the ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel solid, fixed, or secure. It’s a scary feeling. It’s as if the rug’s been pulled out from under you and you’re left to drift through life, desperately seeking a footing.

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What to Do When God Feels Distant

We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now. We approach God and hear nothing. His overwhelming presence isn’t like it once was and we wonder why, why does He feel so distant?

Well, I’m here to tell you: I don’t know why, exactly. But, after being through times of silence and distance from Him (even if they’re just perceived) I’ve learned a few possibilities.

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When It’s OK to Lose Focus

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2

When your focus is on one thing it’s natural for everything else to become a blur. Even though you see what’s around it, they’re not clear; for it’s only possible to focus on one thing at a time. Have you ever tried to focus your eyes on multiple things at once? I have. It makes my brain hurt.

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Happy “Half-Birthday”! A recap of the past six months at theEvenif + a gift!

It’s hard to believe that this week marks six months since theEvenif was born.

My, how time flies.

I’ve learned a lot in the process and have grown in ways I never thought possible; as a writer and a child of God. I thought it’d be fun to take a quick peak back at some of your favorite posts (according to the site stats) and some of the ones that really pulled at my heart.

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Putting into Practice What God’s Given Us

I want to be a good, devoted example to those around me by the way I speak, how I act, the way I love, my faith, and my integrity. And I’m guessing that you do, too.

When Jesus shows us even a glimpse of Himself, it’s enough to want to shout it from the rooftops and tell the world of His love. But, how do we live it out in the day-to-day; in the moments between the rooftops?

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Because of His Love

What’s the story you tell yourself about God?

A.W. Tozer says that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I think the reason he believes this is because how we view God – what we believe about Him – shapes who we are, how we live, and how we see the world – so basically everything about us. And I’d say that’s pretty important.

So, is the story we’re telling ourselves about God right? How can we know? Well, by checking our story against the one Jesus tells in Scripture. If what we believe about God isn’t in line with the God Jesus shares, then we need to erase the story we’re telling and replace it with the one of Jesus; because if what we believe about God is really the most important thing about us we want to get it right.

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Focus for the New Year My One Word

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I love how God talks to me.

When He tries to get my attention it’s normally through repetition; I hear the same song repeatedly, the same underlying message, or even the same word.

That’s what happens around this time each year when I’m prayerfully asking God what’s the one thing I need to direct my attention to in the coming year. What trait or characteristic needs to be cultivated in me that will draw me closer to Him and to the person He’s making me into.

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When Righteousness and Peace Kissed

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
    but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.
 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
    and make his footsteps a way.
{Psalm 85:8-13}

“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

Steadfast love and righteousness is God the Father; faithfulness and peace is Jesus Christ the son. Love and righteousness met faithfulness and peace when Christ was here to fulfill God’s plan, to redeem our souls.

Christ connected heaven and earth.

“Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.”

When He shed His blood for us He wasn’t held in the ground, but sprung forth while God looked from the sky. God’s plan was in action, it is victorious, He only gives what is good.

It’s in the season, this very week, we celebrate when Faithfulness and Peace came to earth so we may know Steadfast Love and Righteousness. Jesus broke the divide and because of Him we have the only way to our Father.

{How beautiful is this imagery?! My heart flutters, it comes alive, at the sight.  And it will never be the same.}

Oh, how He loves us. Let’s worship Him.

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Looking Back to Move Forward Remebering God's faithfulness in the midst of anxiety & fear

This past week’s been a tough one. My anxiety has flared it’s ugly head and I’ve found myself trapped in a vicious cycle of negative mind-talk and overall feelings of inadequacy and burden.

There isn’t a specific reason this started, (I’m sure it’s a cluster of reasons) but I’m done trying to over-analyze this beast. It’s here, I hate it, but I know it’s not here to stay. This time, instead of dwelling on why it’s here, I’m going to work on how to get rid of it; all the while praying that if it be beneficial for me to know the why (to hopefully prevent future “visits”) that God would make it clear. I’m done wasting my energy on the wrong question.

So how am I getting rid of it this time? I’m taking that adage “Don’t look back, you’re not going there” and doing the opposite. (Leave it to me to do the opposite…) Granted, I’m not going back to where I was, but I’m allowing myself to go back, to remember, the times God has brought be through before – so many times before (Psalm 77:11).

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Our No Doesn’t Change God’s Yes God's sovereignty doesn't rest on me

God is in control. Like complete and total control. He is sovereign. He can do (and does) anything He pleases (Psalm 115:3), and it pleases Him to use us for the good of others and His glory (Philippians 2:13). The fact that He chooses us, beckons us even, to be a part of His greater plan is amazing (and that word doesn’t seem sufficient).

When taken wrongly, to think that He uses us for His great purpose can feel like a burden, a huge pressure. It’s a big deal to follow Him! The things He asks of us not only affect ourselves but the lives of those closest to us, of the world, and even future generations. It’s heavy stuff. But, Jesus says that His way isn’t heavy, He specifically says that His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). But, how can that be? I mean, it’s such a big deal!

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