God’s Love Letter to Us

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)

His love is everlasting. It doesn’t change, ever. How He feels about me is the same today as it was yesterday and won’t change tomorrow. Because of the everlastingness of His love, he draws me into Himself with His lovingkindness. He loves me enough to give me the greatest thing in the entire universe – Himself.

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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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Focusing on God’s Sufficiency

Most mornings I wake up feeling like I didn’t get enough sleep, I didn’t get enough done yesterday, and I won’t have enough energy to do all I need to get done for today. So before my feet even hit the floor I feel overwhelmed and defeated.

What a way to start out.

But, this isn’t the whole truth I’m telling myself. Though I’m tired, I have left over tasks, and lacking in strength – and left to myself I would be too tired, too overwhelmed, and too weak – God gives me what I need from His abundance. Each morning He provides just what I need for that day. What was given yesterday is gone and what’s for tomorrow hasn’t come. He provides exactly what I need for just this day.

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Focusing on Hope

“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (Romans 8:24)

Hope requires faith because it calls us to something, someplace, we’ve never seen, touched, or fully felt with our physical senses. Uncertainty is at play. The unknown is eminent, obvious. But God’s given us enough of a glimpse into what’s to come, even better, into Who He is, to trust Him and hope in the future.

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Focusing on Grace

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God’s grace blows my mind. His love for us is so great that He freely offers His grace. He gives it knowing every shortcoming we have and sin we’ve ever committed (and will commit). (Ephesians 2:8-9)

His grace fills in the gap between us, where we are and where He’s designed us to go (Ephesians 2:8).

His grace tells me to rest in all that Christ has done (Hebrews 4:1-3).

His grace assures me that I am covered in the righteousness of Christ (Romans 5:17).

His grace is my strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

His grace is forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7).

His grace never runs out (Ephesians 1:13-14).

It’s hard to define. It can’t be earned. It’s a gift. And we have it even when we don’t know it’s there.

And grace is the characteristic of God that’s probably the hardest for me to accept.

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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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Fighting for Peace at Christmas

This is the most wonderful time of the year.

But, for many, it’s the time of year that we have to most fight for peace.

I love the reason we celebrate Christmas (I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Christ), but with it’s celebration, my imperfections shine through and I have to truly fight to have the peace that Christ came to give me.

This is the time of year that my perfectionism bubbles to the surface. I have to buy just the right gifts. Make just the right gifts. Decorate “just so.” Have a beautiful Christmas card (and be sure not to leave anyone out). All the while maintaining some semblance of sanity keeping “regular life” in order. Maybe some people are naturally great at this. I’m not one of them.

Every year since I’ve been an adult (oh, I miss Christmas as a child), these pressures have weighed on me more and more. But this year it’s hitting me differently. I’m feeling a tug-of-war inside that, though isn’t fun, I’m grateful for – it’s telling me that change is on its way.

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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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