quieted by HiS love

"Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
"Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and
I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth."
Zephaniah 3.14-19

Ouch. My heart is challenged. Feeling that sword...how can I not believe all His promises? Am I so wise that my finite mind can grasp the plans of the infinite? Has He not said "so far as the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts above yours..."? Yesterday I was doubting. My heart was entrenched in the sin of unbelief. I was looking at circumstances I didn't like and trying to see how they could possibly be God's best for the people involved. That's not my job. My job is to only believe what He has said--and usually I find that after the choice to believe, little evidences of His grace present themselves. Even if they do not, I can rejoice. He has taken away the judgments I deserved--there is enough cause for rejoicing in that one phrase to carry me through the rest of my life. It doesn't mean life will always be fun. It doesn't mean I won't face sorrow. But it does mean I will always have cause to praise Him.


i miss this kid

i miss the whole awesome crazy family. and the mountains. and accents, holly, rasberry milkshakes, cooler weather, random music...
but mostly. i miss als. cause she's my favorite.


home again

Sorry about the deadness around here.
Fey is giving me quite a welcome. The last I saw of the sun was in Canada. I'm loving the 9 inches of cold rain. Except when the rain ends and the dense cloud cover acts as a sticky heat-intensifier. My sympathies to everybody powerless and flooded.

Homeness. Good but crazy. I jumped right back into the pace of life. It never seemed so fast before. I feel like I'm merging onto the fl turnpike as everybody flies by doing 80mph in a car that won't get over 40. Glad God's grace isn't limited to major crises. I need it to survive normal life! Hooray for dependance. (coffee would def qualify as a means of common grace, btw)

It's pleasant to be home with my fam. I feel slightly disconnected. Something to do with housesitting for three weeks then going far away to the north. They're pretty much the craziest, funniest, lovingest and sanctifyingest folks I know. I'm blessed. And they're a big part of why.