Day 9-10: Greatness of God

Looking around now that fall is in full swing Isaiah 40:8 keeps going through my mind. As we literally see the grass wither, and the flowers fade God does not. Isaiah 40:1-8 continues to show me Gods greatness. Read over Isaiah 40:1-8 in your own translation or mine is NASB. Meditate on the greatness of God in this passage.

Day 9

The Greatness of God

40 “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
“Speak [a]kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her [b]warfare has ended,
That her [c]iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”

A voice [d]is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
“Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
[e]Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Call out.” Then [f]he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its [g]loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, [h]When the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

Look at verse 8 the “…Word of our God stands forever” WOW no matter what happens in this life God is with us always. He is greater than our own battles in life. Today is short, but this passage speaks for itself.

I encourage you to read it 3 times today and see what God shows you through reading this more than just once. Playfully read through this to see what He is trying to teach you.

Sitting in the presence of His Greatness.

Leah Ray

Days 6-8: Following Gods Calling

Day 6

Today I started my study of Daniel, and I am beyond excited to share with you what God has been teaching me through chapter one alone! I have started to reflect on how we can use the culture around us to glorify God while living in a world.

This is where we will pick up after that small catch up! Picking up in Daniel 1:8-21 I encourage you to read your own version of this in your Bible!

But Daniel [a]made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Now God granted Daniel [b]favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, 10 and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would [c]make me forfeit my head to the king.”

Daniel 1:8-10 (NASB)

Here Daniel made the decision that he would follow what God had called him to not to follow what the world was telling him to do. Being more aware of what are you absolutes when going into the real world can help you see that. I love how Daniel handled his situation, he was so gracious by just asking if his situation would change. I often times step back and think if we would just simply ask for a change or speak up in what we believe in how much change would we see in our daily activities. I am pumped to read more about Daniel. This 30 Day Project has truly been a challenge! I am excited to see where it takes me tomorrow, I am going to get back on track…thanks for reading!

Finding my absolutes in Christ.

Leah

Day 2-5: Being Content In Who Jesus Is.

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Today as I walk around on campus here at Tarleton State University, I think about how we as college students are beyond anxious and ready to graduate, we forget to be present in the moment and see how we are called to this place in time for a reason.

11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

We want to go so quickly through the different stages in our lives but in all reality as we reach these different stages we wish to go back… As I read through Philippians 4 I couldn’t help but to think about this. As college students/college age we often times are less likely to be content, especially women, I am guilty of this myself. But we are always looking so far ahead of getting that dream job, college, new car, a house of our own, we forget to live in the present.

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Paul is writing this letter to the church at Philipi, Paul lived in many different situations and he was able to adapt to all different life experiences. In verse 12 he knew how to get along with both humble and in prosperity. As Christians often times we think that we have to be in financial prosperity when we are not promised that, but we are promised that we will have a life filled with joy because we have Jesus. My prayer today is this, we would not be based on our situations but we would be based on who we are in Christ. No matter where we are in life we all need to practice being content and being present. If we are not careful we will lose the precious events that God has for us.

Keep Christ in the center of your lives and be present in every moment you have here…no matter where you are in life or where you are living.

Leah

Day: 1 Remembering His Promise

Blog Day 1

Lately I have been truly captivated by this scene. This summer on this same bridge I took a picture and the flowers were purple instead of yellow like they are now. In life we go through many seasons, and our “colors” change.

We all have stages of life where everything is truly going great, or we are in a season of trial. It is crazy how I saw this by looking at these pictures alone. Everything I am studying right now is coming together by simply taking a picture a day…God can use anything in your life to bring Him glory.

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Both of these pictures were taken in my hometown in Salado, Texas. Heather Dawes and I were meeting for discipleship and we talked about Psalm 30:5….

            “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime;

            Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

It reminds us that as Christians we often times forget that the joy in the morning might not actually come tomorrow morning, but the morning is promised to come eventually! I praise God for this promise, no matter what phase or stage or “color” of life that you are in the joy of the morning is promised to come!

My prayer through this post is that you will be challenged to start reading a Psalm a day. This can be used to teach you how to pray, remind you of telling God where you are at in life, or to dig deeper in your daily reading.

Remembering this promise.

-Leah

Photography Challenge

Today has truly been great. I have spent it around my family here in Salado. I have been searching around on Pinterest and I am excited to share with you that I am going to start a 30 Day Project thanks to an inspirational post from http://clickitupanotch.com/2013/12/photography-project-ideas/

Even though I want to start small with doing the 30 Day Project, I am excited to see where this takes me! 

I am going to officially start tomorrow I thought it would be fun to take a moment to share this with all of you! This is a picture from this weekend during our Challenge Retreat… cropped-img_19301.jpg

This photo was taken in Brownwood, Texas. I encourage you to read Psalm 19. This was a passage of scripture Rusty Whellington shared with us this weekend in his opening session. One of the many things Rusty said that caught my attention was this, “Often times we get caught up in the creation and forget about the Creator..” My prayer by through this 30 Day Project that I would not lose sight of that, that I would constantly worship the Creator through my challenge.

Now my 30 Day Project will officially start tomorrow and I hope that this challenges you to find God’s beauty daily and post them for everyone to see! 

” Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NASB) 

-Leah

My sister.

A few weekends ago I realized why I am so blessed to have a sister. While I was snapping pictures of her I saw her true beauty, it made me see her beauty within that God sees daily. When I see her I see the radiance that Gods presence can only reflect. She is going to college at the end of August and I could not be more excited for her new journey! As God shows her what it means to make her faith her own and not mine or my families.

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