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You Are Like My Life January 18, 2013

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Swinging

 

Like a child on a swing
Your love makes me feel free.
In you alone I trust.
To feel safe to fly, I must.

Like a dog in the car,
I’m free in who you are.
Look up and feel the air,
Knowing that you are there.

God, you free me and let me soar.
But you also draw me close to you.
You’re the one I’m living for,
Because I know you’ll hold true.

Like a young one deep in love,
I trust you, God above.
What evil shall I fear?
My love, you’re always near!

Like an adult with a lot on her mind,
I spend a lot of time looking behind.
When my past will not relent,
Please keep me in the present.

As an old man knows his wife,
I know you hold my life.
Whatever will happen to me,
You’ll thus within me be.

 

Shout for Joy! December 21, 2012

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“Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14 NASB)”

As we near the end of the third week in Advent, I remember the above Bible verse from Sunday. The theme for the third week in Advent is joy; that’s why the candle for this week is pink instead of purple. Purple is usually associated with repentance.

God sent His Son into the world to redeem us. Isn’t that amazing? He was brought low so we could be lifted from the grave! That is why I say to shout for joy. Even better: sing with gladness! Really. A song in your heart can bring a shot of gladness to your day!

•JFG

 

Drawing Jesus October 30, 2012

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Jesus came to my pencil as a sort of a rugged-looking guy today, more than a bit physically flawed though.

I’m glad that Jesus isn’t always depicted as being this hunky dude (Malibu Surfer Jesus, anyone?), because I think I’d find an overwhelmingly perfect guy sort of intimidating. Imagine that you meet someone with a spotless record, a gentle voice able to silence the greatest of religious leaders while healing the lowest of sinners, and astoundingly beautiful physical features? I’d shrink back faster than you could say “transubstantiation” (which, I suppose, would give me a lot of time, but I digress).

Jesus may have been God, but he was human, too.

It’s okay to approach Him with anything. He understands it all.

•JFG

 

What God Does for Me October 16, 2012

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I find that I get a lot of help from God. Countless times a day, He gives me another breath with which to work to His glory. But I’ll try a list . . .

What God Does for Me:

    Gives me strength to live day to day.

I’m not just talking about the “give us this day our daily bread” thing. There are some days where there’s a bunch of homework, my muscles are stiff from running, and my sister gets really mean. Whenever I feel like I want to go home and just sleep until Sunday, all I need to do is remember how amazing God is, and that no matter how many bad days I have, nothing compares to God’s beautiful embrace.

    Works in my life.

Divine intervention? Not always. He mostly works in subtle ways, ways that you might not see. But we know that God works out all things to our good (Romans 8:28). To understand this, I’d recommend thinking about treatment for a broken arm that’s out of place. The doctor might end up making your arm hurt for a bit, putting your arm in a position for it to heal well. Does is always feel like it’s going to turn out for good? No. But will a well-healed arm turn out for the better in the end? Sure. You end up with a healed arm and a renewed sense of caution.

    Opens my eyes.

There’s a reason that I’m blogging. When I made my first Instagram account, I felt Christ working in me to spread the Gospel message all over the internet, even if it would be extremely difficult. Not being able to go out and evangelize in person very much, the internet has become my second sidewalk on which to proclaim God’s love.

I know, it’s a short list. The reason it’s so short is that I have to go to Greek/Organ lessons now. Peace with with you all, then.

Go in his peace; you are free in Christ!

–The Jesus Freak Girl

 

Affirmation October 15, 2012

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Time for an affirmation. I’m going to talk about who I am in Christ. As a Christian, I accept God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, all of that. But what do I believe I am?

In Jesus . . .
I can move the mountains with which God wants me to work and climb the ones with which He wants to work me.
I am able to gently touch the world while the world slaps me in the face, because God’s healing hand on me cures every wound.
I can see visions, I can dream dreams. And even if everyone laughs at them, I will not give up the world of God within me.
I accept that I can reach for the stars without ever being able to touch the sky.
I am a jar of clay, set apart by the potter for a special purpose.
I find myself drowning in His love, and I look to Him whenever I’m drowning in anything else.
I scream to the world that I am a Jesus freak and love it.
I ring out with praises to Him, while His Word rings out liberty with each toll.
I giggle and blush every time I think about that special guy who died for me.
I thirst for nothing else but to see God, and am satisfied.
I can live a PG rated lifestyle and want nothing more.
I know that whatever happens, there is no random.
I can pour out my heart, turning everything back to God, even when the first word of every sentence is “I”.
I proclaim: Jesus saves, God you reign, I love you Lord, endless hallelujah!

•The Jesus Freak Girl

 

My Favorite Christian Song October 6, 2012

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My favorite Christian song is “Love Song for a Savior” by Jars of Clay.

The song’s first verse is about a girl who runs to Jesus, her love. She will some day understand God’s love.

The chorus is our cry to God: “I want to fall in love with you!”

The second verse talks about a church where the sermon falls on deaf ears and the people “stare into nowhere and can’t feel the chains on their souls.”

After another chorus, the singer debates in song what to say to God to show how much we are devoted to Him. What words are better than “I want to fall in love with you?”

Let this be your prayer to God. Because being in love with your Savior is an amazing experience.

•The Jesus Freak Girl•
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"She thanks her Jesus for the daisies and the roses, in no simple language. Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all."

 

My Testimony October 3, 2012

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I suppose this is the point where I tell my story about how I became a Christian.

Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂 Here goes.

I’ve been a Christian all my life. One of my earliest memories involves Veggie Tales, and one of my favorite parts of preschool was Jesus time. However, it wasn’t really until about two years ago in school that Jesus became the absolute center of my life.

During Passion Week, my teacher was telling the class about the Passion of the Christ. What really struck me in the face was that Jesus died just for us. I remember the teacher telling the class, “I was sitting there, only thinking that that was my sin that killed him.”

From that point onward, I gained a greater appreciation of Christ’s sacrifice. Then comes the “Intense Faith Journeys” part, in which I started attending the contemporary service, and in turn joined the worship team.

Now comes chapter three, starting with September. Last month, I started confirmation. Already I’ve started wondering whether my revised opinions on God were really correct. In confirmation, the pastor asks a lot of questions that make me think, so I hope that God will give me a spirit willing to learn and think critically. Will that result in stronger faith? Definitely.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

•The Jesus Freak Girl

 

 
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