No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
– Abraham Lincoln
Happy Mother’s Day!
It gives me great joy every time someone says they see my mother in me. One day when I have children, I pray I am at least half the mom that she is. It is truly the richest of blessings to have a godly mother who loves and serves her family well.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you
– Psalm 56:3
Fear, worry, and anxiety emerge from an unbelieving heart.
God doesn’t believe for us.
Lord, help us overcome our unbelief. Help us get over ourselves and believe in Your character, Your love, and Your promises.
Faith is a transaction of will where a person transfers his trust to God.
The greatest story ever. Retold by my brother and friend, Matt Papa. I hope you will take the time to watch it. This story involves you, whether you like it or not.
The Story of God
To God be the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
Procrastination is both a blessing and a curse. I have the ability to be completely oblivious to things that are due while still managing to crank out great quality work. This weekend. Not so much…
I have managed to get myself into quite a hole as the next week approaches. As my semester winds down, the list of assignments due piles up. I spent the entire weekend locked in my apartment in my sweatpants trying to survive.
I feel like someone has tied cinder blocks to my feet and thrown me in the Atlantic. I haven’t been able to come up for air yet (this post is yet another method of procrastination). The only reason I haven’t cleaned my room yet is because this is THAT serious. I know you do it, the only time your room gets cleaned is when you should be studying. I had to skip that step (maybe the magnitude of the situation is now sinking in).
However, in the midst of the craziness I am reminded of how wonderful this opportunity is. I am stressed to the max, but that’s my own fault. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to pursue my Master’s. Most people don’t get that opportunity. And though I am working full time and doing school full time, I am SO grateful that I won’t have any loans coming out of this endeavor. To be able to start my career (whatever that may be) with no debt holding me back is something to praise the Lord for. I’m thankful that my parents helped me through undergrad and have guided me on how to wisely pursue my Master’s as to avoid debt.
I’m also extremely tahnkful for the opportunity to study under brilliant, godly professors with a wealth of knowledge and experience for me to learn from. Thankful that their teachings don’t stay in the classroom, but they flow over into my life. Thankful that they realize that sometimes 70% is 100% of all I’ve got to give, and they express such understanding. What a blessing! What a treat to have such an incredible school and faculty!
So thankful for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thankful for their ministry to me, the community, and the nations. They are Colossians 1:28-29 teachers –
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”
I know it’s a bit early, but since my family celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend, I have been in the Christmas spirit!
The trees are lit and decorated and I have dusted off all my Christmas CDs and found all my holiday playlists.
I love to sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and all the artist variations of classic holiday hits. However, I find myself focusing and thinking on the lyrics of several others “Mary Did You Know,” “O Holy Night,” “A Baby Changes Everything,” “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” and even “Little Drummer Boy.”
I am reminded of the true reason of Christmas. My heart is full of joy and my eyes of tears with gratitude that God has given me the greatest gift of all in the form of a baby in a manger. Not only that, but that Jesus agreed to step down from heaven to become a humble servant in order to tell of the Father’s love, be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and allow us a way to be reconciled to God.
That is something to be thankful for. Thankful for Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. Thankful that The Lord orchestrated that good news to be shared with me. Thankful for the opportunity to be Christ’s ambassador in a lost and broken world.
I pray as artists record and perform the Christmas songs this season that they would understand what they sing, and that the Lord breaks their hearts and draws them close to Him.
Today I am thankful for the community of believers The Lord has blessed me with in Wake Forest. They are so quick to love and serve me. As well as rebuke and correct me.
As Stephen and I move forward into this new chapter, I’m overwhelmed with how many people are offering advice, job leads, and even possibly their homes in order to serve us so we can better serve Him.
Overwhelmed by the church actually being the church. So good. So sweet. So blessed. Thank you, Jesus.
I am not a marathon runner (or even a mile runner). I’m out of shape and trying to do better. Even though my health and my body are far from perfect, I am thankful for them.
Even when my anaphylaxis kicks in or my allergies put me out a few days. Even when I sprain a muscle or am fatigued to the core. I am thankful.
I have no room to complain. I will be thankful for my health, and I will continue to strive to improve it.
I also pray for my friends, family members, and co-workers whose health or family member’s health is less than perfect. And I anxiously await a New Heaven and New Earth where there will be no pain, no sadness, and no death. The way The Lord intended it. What a glorious day that will be!!