Wednesday, July 29, 2015

alive and moody - Formerly List




I can't quite tell you how much I love the above photo. It's so very alive and profound and blue. It's an odd thing to explain, really, but I get all moody and deep when I see it. (And then everyone was like, she craaaazy). I promise, I haven't lost my marbles *yet*. But there's just certain photographs that fill me with a whole lot of "life is worth living just for this" kind of feelings. 

And along those lines, this week has been a lot like that photo. A good deal of thinking, resolving, and of really being alive. Also something not easily explained. My formerly list goes along somewhat with how the last week or so has been (and how the week will progress).

|| FORMERLY LIST ||


SONGS I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO
Hero by Family of the Year
The One by Kodaline
The Alchemist by Russell Watson
Crash and Burn by Thomas Rhett
Castle of Glass by Linkin Park
Big Idea by AJR

BOOKS I AM READING
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
John Adams by David McCullough
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

TO DO THIS WEEK
train for FR Hazmat Ops class
all the work things
go hiking/exploring/adventuring
read, because reading is good
finish signing up for college classes
be bold

WHAT I READ ON THE INTERNET
Louie Giglio's Passion || 17 years ago he started a movement. Today, he's the one who has been moved.

TITLES OF FUTURE BLOG POSTS
a bit of London rain || UK Adventuring Part II
Deliciously Moody Skies || a collection of photographs
Homemade Crackers || RECIPE


All text and All Images © 2015 Footprints in the Sand

Saturday, July 18, 2015

You Have Made Me Hope



"Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope."
-Psalm 119:49

Whatever your particular need may be, you will always find a promise in the Bible related to it. 

Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise---"He gives power to the faint" (Isaiah 40:29). When you read such a great promise, take it back to the great Promiser and ask Him to fulfill His own word. 

Are you seeking for Christ and thirsting for closer communion with Him? This promise shines like a star upon you---"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Matthew 5:6). Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this---"Lord, You have said it; do as You have said." 

Are you distressed because of sin and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words---"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43:25). You have no merit of your own to plead why He should pardon you, there is nothing in you that can save yourself, but do not lose hope. Plead His written promises and He will perform them. 

Are you afraid that you might not be able to hold on to the end and that after having thought yourself a child of God you should prove a castaway? Oh how many times I have felt this way: I am a child of God, but the way seems so hard and the trials so trying, and I am not sure if I can truly hold on to the end? These are the times we cry, Abba Father! If that is your condition, take this word of grace to the throne and plead it: "The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you" (Isaiah 54:10). 

If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviors presence and are seeking Him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises: "Return to me ... and I will return to you" (Zechariah 1:3). "For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you" (Isaiah 54:7). 

Look to the Rock that is higher, feast your faith upon God's own Word, and whatever your fears or wants, take them to the Bank of Faith with your Father's note, which reads, "Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope" (Ps. 119:41). 

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand, adapted from C. H Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions (April 28) | All Images © 2012 Charity Klicka