JEREMIAH 31:25

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Hi friends! I am back after a long time away. The past couple weeks I kind of fell into a spiritual rut and wasn’t really feeling the Lord as much as I had been before. I fell out of my Bible study routine which really propelled the whole thing. But I am finally back and ready to share some more of God’s word with you all. This week I thought it would be relevant to do a verse about spiritual refreshment, so keep reading and enjoy.

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

-Jeremiah 31:25//NIV Translation

I love this verse so much mainly because it has a big impact for me right now. I think that I, and probably a few others, need a refresher. And the greatest thing about the Lord is that He allows us to do just that. This verse states directly that He will refresh the weary, so there’s no need to worry if you do reach a bit of a stand still in your faith.

This is an uplifting reminder for when you’re down and out, and something that I will confess that I really need at the moment. When our faith is stagnant, we have to motivate ourselves to get it moving again. You have to get back to your normal Bible routine, you have to pray for God to show you a path that leads away from stagnant faith, you have to talk to a close friend and ask them to help you. When you push yourself to do these things you’ll find that eventually you have reached your equilibrium.

Thank you so much for reading and I will be back soon!!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

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1 PETER 1:8

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Hi friends! Welcome back to the blog on this wonderful Sunday. Today I’m writing about a verse that I found on Pinterest that is just so joyful and positive and a great reminder.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

1 Peter 1:8//NIV Translation

For today I really want to focus on the second half of this verse (although the first half is great too). I love this verse so much and it essentially tells us that we should rejoice with such a strong joy that it cannot be expressed in words. I think that this scripture gives us a great reminder that among all the stress we deal with and the consuming ways of the world, we should turn back to joy. Joy is an everlasting and godly emotion that isn’t tainted by the world. While in the present we may not be happy with our current situation, we can always be joyful. Joy stems from knowing that we have abounding grace through God. When we realize that God’s grace is eternal, we can start to realize we need to have eternal joy.

And to take having this joy a step further, we can use it to praise God by having glory in regards to Him like it states in the verse above. Our joy is a praise to God because when we have joy during our struggles, it means we are turning to Him and focusing on Him, which indirectly means we are praising Him.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. I’ll be back Wednesday with another post so see you then!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

DANIEL 3 (BOLD FAITH)

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Hi friends! So clearly you already know what this post is going to be about, but it’s actually not a weekly verse. I wanted to talk about chapter 3 of Daniel as a whole. I discussed it a little bit when I did my Daniel recap a few weeks ago, but I felt like it was sitting on my heart to talk about it in length.

If you haven’t read Daniel 3 (which I would highly recommend doing because it’s amazing), it’s essentially a story of unyielding faith. Three men by the name of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to the idol of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has proclaimed all the people must praise. Because they disobeyed his orders, the king has them thrown into a furnace of blazing flames, but instead of being burned alive they walk out unharmed because God has rewarded them for their unmoving faith. This story is really two-fold; we can learn about having unmoving faith and also what the benefit of having that kind of faith is.

1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us that we should stand firm and not let anything move us. That’s exactly what the three friends in Daniel 3 did. Instead of conforming to the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar, something that they knew would be going against the law of the Lord, they stood up for their faith. What makes this even more incredible is that they did this even in the face of death. They literally told the king that they did not fear the flames because their God stood behind them and would deliver them from their peril. This is what having unmoving faith looks like. Luckily we live in a time and place where we won’t be sent into a furnace to be burned alive if we disobey someone’s orders, but even so God has called us to have bold faith. Our faith should be so strong, so unmoving, so unshakable that we will defend it to the death. That seems like an impossibly daunting task, but God will gift us with the most valuable reward of all: salvation. When we give Him our faith and lay our lives before Him, He will return to us everlasting life in Heaven.

Thank you so much for reading!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

PSALM 103:1

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Hi friends! I am here today with a Monday post because yesterday was crazy and I didn’t have the time to sit down and write and edit a blog for you all. But I am here now, so keep reading for this weeks verse.

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my innermost being, praise His holy name.

-Psalm 103:1//NIV Translation

I tend to think that among all the business of our lives we forget to really praise the Lord. Sure we sing at church and youth group, but I think day to day it’s something we lose sight of. There’s so many little things that we can do to give praise as we go about our days. A big part of doing that is giving thanks to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. If we’re thanking God for all the good things He has placed in our life and done for us, then we are praising His name and power.

In the NIV translation of this verse it says we should praise our Lord with our innermost being. In other words, this means our true and most vulnerable self. We have to be open enough with God to be able to praise Him truly. When we are open and honest and vulnerable with God then, and only then, can we praise Him to our true potential. Our praises cannot be lukewarm or in between, they have to be driven and purposeful and real. I like that this verse reminds us of this fact. So this week keep your sights set on the praising of the Lord.

Thank you all so much for reading and have a great week. See you back on the blog Wednesday! ❤

Much love & grace,

Jordan

WORLDLY POSSESSIONS

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Hi friends!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about worldly things as I’ve been reading through the Bible. That’s one thing that has consistently stood out to me as I’ve been reading. If you’ve heard Chance the Rapper’s song Blessings, then you’ll know the lyric “I know the difference in blessings and worldly possessions.”

Worldly possessions or values are something that I think everyone falls trap to. It’s easy to become consumed by trivial and nondurable things. They are tangible and you have easy access to them. God is not necessarily tangible, and often we feel as if reaching God is a laborious and taxing task. As human beings we are incredibly impatient, and things that come quick and easy to us are what we often turn to first. The same goes for turning to things of worldly value above approaching God. We think that God’s answer won’t come fast enough or that he might even be ashamed of us, but that is a total fallacy that is fed to us by the world. We are pushed to turn to what is tangible because it’s what is culturally accepted.

I kind of wanted to make this post a bit of a challenge. Every time that you see yourself turning to something worldly above God, choose something godly. If you feel the compulsion to watch another episode of that Netflix show you’re binging instead of doing your nightly quiet time, turn off your electronics and pick up your Bible. If throughout the day you are feeling the pull of worldly emotions and your positivity is failing, whip out your phone and read an encouraging verse. There are so many little things that can keep you from falling into the deceit of the world. While these things might feel satisfying, they only provide immediate gratification. They are shallow and empty ways to feel good about yourself. And the best news yet is that God is the total opposite. He is filling and good and everything we should want to pursue. Remember to seek out the differences in the blessings of God and the possessions we have gained from the world.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

-Hosea 7:14-16: “They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me. I trained them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against me. They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.”

-Romans 12:12: “Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

ROMANS 8:24-25

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Hi friends! Today I am writing about a verse that I came across (surprisingly not on Pinterest) while doing a little bit of Bible research. It really struck me and I hope that it will resonate with you just as much as it did with me.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:24-25//NIV Translation

To break this down into a more simple view, I will start with the very first sentence. It is incredibly direct in telling us that our hope has helped save us. Without hope, you have no will or push to do anything. Why study for a test or try in school if you don’t have hope that you will end up doing really well in your classes? Hope is a necessary thing in order to live life. The next two sentences are pretty self explanatory and don’t require much thought. There’s obviously no reason to hope for something when you’ve already achieved that goal; as the verse states “hope that is seen is no hope at all.”

Verse 25 is what I love most about these two verses I think. I’ve been struggling a lot lately remembering to be patient for something that I want. I have to remember that God’s timing is the right timing and just because I see everyone else around me getting the things that I want too, doesn’t mean that I have the right to compare myself to them. We have to have hope for what we want, and with that hope comes the requirement of patience. I say it’s a requirement because without patience your wants become a constant source of negativity and anxiety. God doesn’t make mistakes and that same concept applies to His timing. There is a right time for everything.

So this week I challenge you to have patience in God’s timing and remember that everything plays out a certain way for a reason. There are no mistakes when it comes to God’s work, and there is so much reassurance in that. Thanks so much for reading and check back Wednesday for another post! Also: keep scrolling for a great summary of these two verses (found on Pinterest no less).

Much love & grace,

Jordan

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