Rereading through a lot of my journal entries, prayers, and the heart of my entire summer I have begun to realize what a great work God did this summer. He truely does have his hand in everything and he only wants whats best for us, even when we don't understand it. I felt the need, or I guess the want, to share some of these lessons, verses and prayers.
"I am the LORD, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun,
to the place of its setting
men may know that there is none beside me,
I am the LORD, and there is no othere.
I form the light and create the darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things."
"Where you invest your love, is where you invest your life."
My Prayer over Summer:
"For this reason I kneel before [you] Father, from whom [our] whole family in heaven and on earth derives [their] name. I pray that out of [your] glorious riches [you] may strengthen [me] with powere through [your] spirit in [my] inner being, so that [you] may dwell in [my] heart through faith. And I pray that [I], being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is [your] love, and to know this lvoe that surpasses knowledge- that [I] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:14-19
"Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD." Ps. 27:14
"Dance with me forever,
You and I together,
I will lead and you will follow,
Watch my feet, they will guide you,
Your hand, in mine,
We'll dance through life."
I am so unworthy- but because of your blood- my spot in heaven is saved- my sin cannot hold me back because you are bigger and you love me more.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your mind and all your strength."
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us, and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Eph. 5:1-2
SPIRITUAL BATTLE > PHYSICAL BATTLE
"I took you from the ends of the earth, from the furthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:9,10
"Break my heart for what breaks yours."
"WHATEVER HAPPENS, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Ph. 1:27a
Indecisiveness/ "I don't care" does not = humility
Truth in Love --> Edify
"I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting our time." -Blue Like Jazz
"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." Ps. 105:4
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from you mouth; keep corrupt talk far from you lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze DIRECTLY before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep you foot from evil." Pr. 4:23-27
"Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name." Ps. 86:11
"The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love O Lord, endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands." Ps. 138:8
The truth is I am a daughter of the kind and I am loved. In fact, he loves me so much he would drop everything for me. He would do ANYTHING for me because I AM WORTH IT. The lies Satan has planted in my heart will grow NO LONGER. My Jesus is bigger than that, his victory is greater. He loves me and nothing I have done, do , or will do changes that.
"...but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." Ph. 3:12b
Jesus- Why would you leave your kindgom, your everything, to come pursue me in my little crappy old village? What makes me so special?
"Because I made you! You're a masterpiece! Don't you get that Emilie Lauren. I am your Dad, your kind and I love you! I would give up EVERYTHING for you."
"[Emilie] listens to my voice; I know here, and she follows me. I give her eternal life, and she shall never perish; no one can snatch her out of my hand." John 10:27-28
I have walked before you. I know your steps and your plan. I know exactly what is ahead-there are no surprises for me, I am God. You get scared and anxious for the unknown, you even worry I won't be there. Em- I am there already. I am here. I go before you. I HAVE PREPARED THE WAY MY DAUGHTER. Hold tightly to your truths and cling to me. I promise I will carry you. My love is better than life, continue to seek it. I only have what is best for you in store. Now rest in my grace precious. Rest in the truth that your spot in heaven is already bought and nothing will change that. Focus your energy on loving me, seeking me out. Trust my plans dear one. I left my kingdom to grab your heart. Soak up my abounding love. Keep it close. I would leave it all behind to run into your arms and embrace you. To tell you are worth it because I love you. Hold out for my love dear child. Love, your Jesus.
Take my heart, make it new, make it true, make it like you.
Take my hands, I lift them high, they are yours, not mine to do what you will.
"Em, your sings are forgiven because of my name. Dear one, you know me and I am the beginning of all things. You have overcome the evil one, he has no authority. You my dear are strong, my word lives in you and you are bigger than evil." Rewrite of 1 John 2:12-14
Die to yourself, so I can carry you.
"I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Is. 49:15b-16
Em- I am a God of peace- let my peace overtake you. Be thankful. Let my words dwell in your heart. And whatever you do, do it for me.
Do not be afraid to lose a friendship for the sake of loving your king.
My presence is right in front of you. Why not step into it? Don't you see that you are worthy to be in my presence. My son shed his blood and makes you worth to be in my presence. He tore the curtain so you could be with me. Step into my presence.
Hold out Emilie. I promise I am here. I am not leaving you. One day, it will all fit. You will be complete in my arms. I am working on you. Don't doubt it. Seek me, as you are. I am here and I am loving on you. I am right here. Keep your eyes up loved one. You are precious and you are beautiful. I have such amazing plans for you daughter- I know you can't see them but trust me and trust them my dear. Hold out your hand.
I have such a heart for you Em. I am deeply grieved when you hurt. I am protective of your heart and I am jealous for your love.
I love your heart to do what is right. Your seeking of my will. I know you won't always be in my will but I see your heart and my grace covers you. Don't live in fear- fear of doing something wrong- that is no freedom at all, you are covered by my grace and I love you no matter what. Embrace my love and trust me. I have a plan, I promise and I LOVE YOU.
Trust me Emilie. Trust that I will show up. Trust that I will fulfill my promises. I will be faithful. I will never give you too much to handle, I will always be working on you and walking alongside you. HAVE FAITH my dear one. Believe in me, trust me even I seem far. BECAUSE I AM RIGHT THERE. Trust me to fill you with indescribably joy and preace. Trust me to fulfill your word.
I am a daugther of the kind. The authority of heaven and hell LIVES in me. I was created for purposes beyond what I can imagine and WHO can stop me? I serve a BIG, gracious and loving king. I am pursued by the prince of peace. No where can I go away from his hand and his heart.
The Lord will make me like himself.
"All that matters is the reality of who you are before God." -Francis Chan
"Listen to me daughter, hear me Emilie: Before you were born, I called you; from your birth I made mention of your name. I made your mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of my hand I hid you; I made you into a polished arrow and concealed you in my quiver. I say to you, 'You are my servant Emilie, in whom I will display my splendor.'" Isaiah 49
"Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide em; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." Ps. 43:3
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the rock eternal." Is. 26:3,4
"Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." Ps. 116:7
"But the Lord is faithfuland he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one... May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." 2 Thess. 3:3.5
"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my spirit on her and will bring justice to the nations." Is. 42:1
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, YOU ARE MINE. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Is. 43:1,2
I got a picture of me knelling before the cross with Jesus on it. A light beamed down from heaven on me. With tears, I cried out "not on me, on him!" And God spoke, "because of the blood fo th elamb, you are my glory, my daughter and with me."
"Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I LOVE YOU, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life." Is. 43:4
"But now listen, O Emilie, my servant, Emilie, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: DO NOT BE AFRAID, Emilie, my servant. Emilie, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on thirsty land and streams on dry ground. I will pour out blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees, by flowing streams. One will say, 'I BELONG TO THE LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand: "the LORD's" and will take the name Israel." Is. 44:1-5
"My whole life is yours, I give it all, surrender to your name. And forever I will pray, have your way, have your way."
You have pursued my heart Em. You have diligently labored for my name. You have ran after me. You are my glory. I seek to bless you. Enjoy being romanticized. I created it to be this way. I love you Em. I have whats best in mind for you. Hold out for that my sweet child.