Discovering What Remains

You hem me in , behind and before. Psalm 139:5


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#mystoryisbeautiful

Hi, friends!

Today I’m sharing my story on the amazing Allison Ramsing’s blog. Hop over there and check it out, along with all of the other beautiful stories in the #mystoryisbeautiful series : )


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The Lipstick Gospel-Your next must read!

Traveling

I love a good story. Fiction or nonfiction, as long as the story is captivating and compelling, I’m hooked.

I was honored to be able to receive an advanced copy of Stephanie May Wilson’s new book, The Lipstick Gospel: A story about finding God in heartbreak, the Sistine Chapel, and the prefect cappuccino.

I first came to ‘know’ Stephanie from her World Race blog. My cousin was on the race, and I soon became enamored with other racer blogs. In her World Race blogs, as well as in her book The Lipstick Gospel, it feels like I’m sitting down with Stephanie over a cup of coffee as she regales me with stories of how she discovered God in the most unique places.

Your mess becomes your message, as the amazing Lara Casey says.  Stephanie embraces the entirety of her mess, and how God used it to draw her to Him. And it’s beautiful.

I can hear the critics now, ‘oh how cliché, finding God in the Sistine Chapel.’ Truth: I’ve stood in the Sistine Chapel three times in my life. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can be surrounded in this chaotic atmosphere of sweaty foreigners that completely violate your personal space, and still feel His presence.

I could continue on about all of the other memorable, hilarious, and moving moments, but I’ll just keep you from hopping over to Stephanie’s beautiful website and downloading your very own copy. So go…now!!

I can’t wait to see what great adventure God takes Stephanie on next. Even more so, I can’t wait to read about it!

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“Life with God is wilder than the wildest roller coaster ride, and safer than your childhood bedroom. It’s more thrilling than the greatest adventure, and more delicious than an Italian cappuccino—if you can believe it.” PG 77


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Currently in November

So…I’ve been a bit absent.   Mea culpa.

October is a hard month for me. This time of year, as much as I love it, is just tough for me.  I tend to retreat from everyone and everything as I reflect on all of the loss that I’ve experienced in October, and where I go from here.  Nonetheless, here’s what’s been going on in my absence…

 

…reading Lets All Be Brave by Annie Downs—y’all, this book is one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time. I feel like I’m literally sitting down with Annie as I read.  I also got my hands on an early copy of Stephanie May Wilson’s new E Book, The Lipstick Gospel.  Tell you more about it soon, deal?

…watching Old Modern Family and Once Upon a Time episodes.

trying to stay positive about the future. I literally have no clue where I will be living or working 6 months from now. Not terrifying at all! {sarcasm}

eating Rudy’s smoked turkey with some divine Chipotle Mayo from Whole Foods. SO good!

pinning Young Living Essential Oils. Oils are changing my life. No joke. I’m planning on sharing more here soon.

tweeting/instagramming #influencegratitude, finding gratitude in anything and everything.

going to Return to Rest in January–just booked my flight!!

loving Daylight Savings. For real, it’s one of my favorite days of the year.

discovering how versatile essential oils are. Lavender promotes healthy eyelash growth, smells divine, is great for bug bites, and is one of my favorite things on the face of the earth.

thinking about the future. Lord know where I’ll be. I’d just like a sign, or even some smoke signals to point me in the right direction.

hoping for clarity {see above}

listening the new T. Swift album on eternal repeat.

thanking the Lord for my mom, and good friends.

 

What about you friends? What are y’all up to??


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The Seamstress {Psalm 139:5}

So, I’ve missed a few days. More like a lot of days. Life has gotten in the way. The pesky day job, the three year death anniversary, and a little bronchitis too…the list of excuses could go on and on. But as I stop for the first time this month, and after I mentally freak out that there are only 10 days left in October (!!), I am reminded on of v5:

You hem me in, behind and before.

As I’ve felt that I am spilling out at the seams these past 21 days, HE hems me in and keeps me together even when I feel like an utter mess. Like a seamstress, He comes behind and before and knits me back together, and gives grace. Lots of grace.


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Perfect Knowledge {Psalm 139: 3-4}

You search out my path and my lying down

And are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue

Behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

 

Again, we see David praise the perfect knowledge of God. We know that God is perfect, but can you wrap your mind around the concept of what it means to have perfect knowledge?

I don’t know if I could ever fully understand the magnitude of perfect knowledge. But what I do know is that nothing can be hidden from perfect knowledge. How often do we hide things? Everyone has secrets in our earthly world. But with God, there are no secrets. Not only does God know our ways, He also knows our secrets.

Friends, what are you hiding? Confess it to God. Even though He already knows, you’ve still got to talk to Him. It’s not an option. We sin and we confess, it is the nature of our beautiful relationship with God.

 

 

 


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Search and Discern {Psalm 139: 1-2}

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

 

God has perfect and complete knowledge of us. He knows everything. And when I say everything, I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Two words struck me—search and discern.

Search is defined as to ‘try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly.’  Do you ever feel like some people just don’t take the time to understand you, get where you’re coming from, or just think you’re weird? Anyone? Just me? Awesome.  Well, not God.  He has searched us, thoroughly.  Which is why He knows us on the surface all the way to the deepest depths of our soul.  And even when He finds things that are not pleasing to Him, He remains.

Discern is defined as ‘to perceive or recognize.’  If knowing the depths of our soul wasn’t enough, God also discerns our thoughts…from afar!  Even in the times when we struggle to find the words to express how we feel or something we have gone through, we don’t have to even verbally tell Him.  He just knows.  Period.

So the next time you’re feeling alone, misunderstood, or maybe just a bit weird, turn to God.  He know you, and loves you.  And that will never change.


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Praises

Psalms Fun Facts

-book of Psalms is a collection of religious poems that were originally individual pieces of writing

-psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments

-also known as the Sepher Tehilliam, or the Book of Praises because almost every psalm has some sort of praise to God

-types of psalms include: psalms of lament, songs of praise, royal psalms, and wisdom psalms

 

Psalm 139

Psalm 139, generally attributed to David, is a vivid celebration of the omniscience and omnipresence of God. There is, perhaps, no other place in scripture where the bigness of God is so fully expressed as it is in this psalm. One scholar wrote, “Both in loftiness of thought and in expressive beauty of language, Psalm 139 stands preeminent, and it is not surprising that it has been called ‘the crown of the Psalms’”.

Throughout the psalm, David is reacting to God’s omniscience with awesome wonder—it is beyond his comprehension and too sublime to comprehend.

Psalm 139 can be divided into four parts:

God knows all about us (1-6)

We cannot hide from God (7-12)

God created (made) us (13-18)

David prays about his enemies and himself (19-24)

 

I don’t think I will EVER be able to fully wrap my mind around the fact that God knows every single thing about me. Every single thought, hair on my head, desire of my heart, and plan for my future. Can you imagine someone knowing you that well AND still loving you unconditionally? God is so big that He knew on October 2, 2014 at 9:15pm, I would be sitting here, exhausted, but pressing into this challenge to write for 31 days about Psalm 139. He knew what came before October 2, 2014, and He knows what where I will be and what I will be doing this time next year. He also knows that as I type this, I’m begging Him to just whisper in my ear or send up some smoke signals to show me what He’s got in store for me because I’m dying to know!  And even in my inpatient ways to know and try and control my future, He still loves me.

 

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?  declares the Lord.  Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 23:24

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