There’s so much to say this morning, I’m going to conglomerate it all together into a mosaic of a post.

Conviction in love

God has really laid it on my heart to dig deeper into loving the people he put into my life. I realized that as an extrovert, it can be easy for me to substitute lots of shallow relationships for a few deep ones. Growing up in the Navy I didn’t have the luxury of knowing someone my whole childhood; being known for an entire lifetime. Outside of my family everything about my life was constantly changing. I became an expert at meeting strangers, which comes in handy, but I missed out on learning how to really sink my teeth into a place called home.

This week God showed me that under all the work he’s to show me what community looks like there’s a layer of fear that makes me hesitate to love people the most. A fear that people won’t be who I expected them to be. My ideals will shatter and people won’t be so nice and shiny. They will be flawed and sinful humans, just like I am. They will let me down. I could get hurt.

This is life in a broken world. Love isn’t something earned. It’s not a feeling. Love doesn’t depend on our actions or our worthiness. We love because He first loved us, 1 John 4:19. That’s how I want to learn to love; like Christ. People are worth it, love is worth it; God thought so. If I am loved perfectly by Him already, then surely His grace is enough to cover the brokenness in our relationships. Let’s risk our hearts, because the truth is it isn’t a risk at all when we’ve got Jesus.

Learning 

Yesterday I had to put together a summary of issues that could be related to both public policy advocates and a business audience. ENG325: Intermediate Composition. While I was researching, I came across a new interview the BBC conducted with Edward Snowden. Now for those of you who don’t know who that is, I’m about to give you some help. That’s the point of this paragraph. I learn some fascinating things while I’m researching for papers (aka procrastinating by researching other things for fun), I want to share them with you fellow humans.

There’s a new movie called Snowden coming out at Christmas. If you want to know what’s it’s about and how this guy came to be considered the greatest hero/traitor of our time, I suggest John Oliver’s summary. *disclaimer: I’m not declaring myself with or against the opinions stated in this video nor am I in support of the language preferences. However, I do find this video extremely effective and well done.

The Queen of England can hack smartphones. This includes turning them on and off, using the microphone to listen in and controlling the camera. Research the GCHQ for more info on that. Thought all the spy movies were just pretend?

A paleo pumpkin ice cream recipe. Slice and freeze 4 bananas then blend them along with 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup of agave/maple syrup and 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice. Add almond milk if it’s too thick. Then freeze it until it firms and enjoy!

Captivated

I was reading the book of Isaiah this morning when several verses started to jump out at me. “Let them shout from the mountaintops,” 43:11. Imagine being so passionate about something that you had to go climb at mountain so you could yell it from the top. Do we every do that?

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” 23:25 God literally forgets our sin! Can we take that to heart and really believe he actually forgets it? Let that sink in. Think about your own memory. How does this change the way you’re going to live today?

Holy Spirit & A Bible Story

I had the amazing opportunity to read Manix (6) the creation story at work this morning. How sweet is that? A kid from a family who doesn’t know God at all, learning about who he is for the first time; and God picked me to share with him how He made the earth. As I was reading I felt these doubts that I would be able to make an impact without some form of a children’s Bible or pictures. I thought, should I summarize it? Make the story more colorful? Then God reminded me, pray. If the Holy Spirit can speak to me when I read the Bible, then the Spirit can show Manix what it’s all about too.

He is responsible for explaining what you don’t understand or giving you fresh eyes for an old verse. God can do this for unbelievers too. We need to remember to pray when we share gospel with others. They need to hear from the Holy Spirit, not us.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

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