Friday, January 22, 2010

Encouragement

Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul
Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul
Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul
Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul


I really loved this song from Chapel today. It really makes you stop and ponder on all things God has blessed us with in our lives. I really have been feeling so blessed this week. God is reminding me that He is guiding me through, and has everything under control, according to His will. This past Sunday I read Romans 8 (NIV) before I went to bed, and was so glad that I had. It offered me much needed encouragement, along with good thoughtful advice. Here are three verses that inspired me:

"18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us... 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness... 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

These verses remind me that nothing in present time is worth me worrying over, that everything is planned already according to God's will for each of our lives. God is there in our troubles, trials, and hardships, and there's comfort in knowing that God will be there for you, even more than He already is, during these times in our lives. Everything has a purpose, and God knows what that purpose is. When we rely on Him, we can get through these dark times in our lives. Wow. I thank God so much for reminding me of His goodness in this passage.

Blessings I have come across this week:
~Encouraging reminders from friends that they care, and are praying for me
~Bible verses and songs that offer hope
~The rainbow I saw this week that demonstrated hope amongst the darkness
~A surprise visit from Adam at school, when I was really missing him
~Spending time with family

God, thank you for blessing me, not only this week, but always, even when I don't realize that I am blessed.

Blessings,
Jasmine

Thursday, January 14, 2010

You Satisfy

I was in Chapel yesterday and I really enjoyed the lyrics to the song You Satisfy Me, which I hadn't heard before. The lyrics just really left a lasting impression on my heart. One of the stanzas of the song went like this:

To live for Christ
I first must die
to all the rivals in my life

I really liked this, because a lot of us don't do this, or at least don't realize that we do this. We still do this wrong thing on the side, while trying to gain an understanding of Christ; which surprisingly enough won't come until we fully give up all the things in our lives that are unpleasing to God .

I pray that I can fully try to do this more and more in my relationship with Christ!

Blessings,
Jasmine

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Uncertainty

Mathew 19:26 says : "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

One of the things I hate in life is having uncertainty of what's to come. This does necessarily mean I am an extreme planner, but when it comes to my life, I like to have things mapped out, and planned out in advance. For example, what are my goals, aspirations, and plans for the future, etc. When I do not know these things, it makes me very stressed out. For so long I was constructing my life, and not really including God in my plans. God really has a way of working, and letting you know that you need to change your life.

One thing that God is teaching me now is how to have faith in Him, and his plan mine and Adam's life together. It seems so simple, but yet it is the hardest thing for me. God is teaching me to just simply have faith in what is unseen, or what is yet to come. As the verse says, with man, knowing what to come is sometimes impossible, but God already knows what's to come, we just have to have faith in His plan for us, and not in our own plan.

Please be praying for us, as we are figuring out our future, and what is best for us in the long run.

Thanks and Blessings!

Jasmine