2 CORINTHIANS 4:18

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Welcome back friends! Last week I kicked off the week’s posts with 1 Chronicles 16:23, which was all about proclaiming the name of the Lord. With this week’s verse, I am gearing the focus of the blog toward fully focusing on the Lord and trusting in Him, even when we can’t see him.

So we fix out eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

-2 Corinthians 4:18//NIV Translation

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 

-2 Corinthians 4:18//The Message Translation

(I used two different translations of this verse because I think there’s a few differences that stand out to me between the two that really help me to grasp the meaning of the verse)

On mission trip, the week’s subject was all about God’s wonder and how often we get stuck in a routine and forget to stop and take a look at all the things that show us how really wonderful God really is. There was one night where one of the speakers was discussing things that are shakeable and unshakeable and this verse really reminded me of that particular sermon.

God is an eternal thing. He will never change, never waver. I thinks it’s a neat thing to hold on to: the fact that even though we can’t see God, we know that He is forever through the gift of the Bible. That’s the kind of thing we need to be focusing on, not worldly possessions and things that can’t and won’t last for eternity. Our focus on what is eternal both applies to God and to Heaven. I like the way the Message states “what we can’t see now” when translating the verse. It’s a comforting thought to know that even though God is physically invisible to us in this exact moment, that eventually we will be able to actually see Him in His full wonder and glory when we reach Heaven.

So, this week I wanted everyone reading this to throw themselves into the unseen, instead of the seen. This can be uncomfortable, but I am sure that the pros of leaning against an all powerful and loving God far outweighs the fear we have in doing so.

[The header image for today’s post is from the Bible app She Reads Truth]

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1 CHRONICLES 16:23

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“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.”

1 Chronicles 16:23//NIV Translation

Mission trip is over and the depression is setting in. It’s hard to come back from such an amazing trip where you’ve met new people, spent all of your time in a godly and serving community, and had a full week of hanging out with your very best friends. The high is beyond belief, but the crash is rough. The goal is to be able to carry that high with you week after week, but it’s hard to do that when you’re thrown back into the mess of everyday life. For the verse this week, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on the eternal praising of the Lord we should be striving for. When we fix ours minds in His direction, we are likely to experience that mission trip high long past mission trip.

Our minds and actions need to be Heavenward and a great way to make sure that happens is to faithfully proclaim the name of God and worship Him everyday. Spending even just five minutes in silent time with Him each day can drastically change your outlook on how your experience life. This week I challenge you to to not only keep this verse close to your heart, but to set a time and place to do Bible study—no matter how short the length of time—every day. It can even be helpful to start with a short amount of time and each day add a few minutes onto the last until you reach a comfortable spot to study in.

I can’t wait to continue sharing my experiences from mission trip and wish you all the very best! Make today great as you push head on into the new week.

Much love and grace,

Jordan ❤

YOUR SERVE

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This next week is the start of my mission trip out of town, so I started to begin thinking about service and the how I will be serving others these next coming days.

What does it mean to serve? As a follower of Jesus, this is an extremely important question  to answer. Service is a crucial part  of being a Christian. And I don’t mean to say that every single Christian must go on mission trips all over the world in order to serve, I mean that we should all have service focused minds. Serving others can happen anywhere. Something as simple as helping someone bring their groceries to their car can count as service. God did not call on us to serve only certain groups of people or certain areas of the world, He wants us to minister to people everywhere, to show them who He is and to spread his light amongst the world.

If you feel a pull towards someone or have an overwhelming need to reach out, then do it! This is God telling you that this person is hurting and that maybe something as small as a helping them carry groceries could brighten up his or her entire day. As the saying goes: wherever you go, go with all your heart. So next time you step outside your house, remember to go with your whole heart that is aimed toward the goal of serving other in the name of God. In other words, live with full intent.

Thank you all for tuning back in after a very long session of tweaking the blog and redesigning things; you all rock. I’ll be back in a week after my mission trip is over and hope to bring back plenty to share.

Much love & grace,

Jordan