Snowboarding on Monday was awesome. And looking back on this ice sculpture, a thought crossed my mind. ‘Why me Lord? Why does every day seem like such a miracle to me?’
I’ve been given this new life, this incredibly full hopeful, joyful life, and I’m not sure how I got it. I know I didn’t get it for myself. It happened to me, and it’s beyond exciting when I think about it. God has done awesome things in me, and all I can do is just alternately want to dance, sing, and lift my hands in praise to the God of grace for the mighty works He is doing in me and through me.
I couldn’t help but just share about this, because it’s truly what I’ve been thinking about for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. I just can’t stop being amazed. O_O
I have this life where my family loves each other. They are constantly forgiving, loving, and reminding me to look to God, worship God, wonder at my God, seek Him, and be thankful to Him…
How did this happen to me? I could have been born into a family that hated me. I could have been born into a family where they never cared about me and beat me all the time. I’m being real here, but I wasn’t. I can’t say that I deserve a better life than other people around me, but I have this miraculous life that seems unreal at times.
It’s all the Lord Jesus Christ.
God does miracles. I am CONVINCED of that. My life is a miracle. Every life is a miracle. The fact that God sustains each life, breaths life into each body, gives each person a human soul that is bound for an eternity is a miracle.
It’s like a sculpture. God took me and decided to make something beautiful just like He’s done in so many lives. He’s taken the ashes and made something absolutely miraculous.
I started out like a shapeless dead lump before recovery, affected by sin, anxiety, anger, bitterness, resentment, and ultimately,
a wrong relationship with God.
Jesus changed all that. He changes all that.
But Christianity is about what God does. God works in spite of us. This year I became so much more aware of God working in me. God was doing something to me that was absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t even explain it. I just knew He was working in me. He was showing me that:
My chains are gone.
I am His child.
His love for me is unfailing
His glory is unfathomable and yet He reveals it to us in ways every day
His plans for me are a hope and a future
His grace is always sufficient no matter how big the mountain
The greatest gift of this life is to know Him, enjoy Him, love Him, and be so grateful that I am what I am because of Him!
The more I would think about it the more I would think, why would God choose me?
I can honestly tell you, ‘I don’t know.’ There was nothing smart about me, nothing beautiful about me that would put me ‘above’ anybody else. But that’s how God works. God chooses weak things. He chooses whoever He wants to.
God isn’t on my timeline or on human logic. He’s God and I’m not. He chose me, and all I know is that I am SO grateful and so grateful to daily meet others who have been recipients of His amazing grace.
I’m amazed that I can live with Christ in me, Christ Jesus as my best friend, my greatest advocate now and forever… Life is going to have its many hardships, but I’m convinced that God will keep me through it all.
Truly amazed and grateful that I am what I am by God’s grace.
I’ve seen God’s grace as I ate a soft peanut butter Perfect Bar without guilt or thinking about the calories.
I saw God’s grace and a miracle in the way I was able to eat this sugar cookie and not feel guilty about it at all. . . God works miracles. He does. Don’t doubt that.
In God my soul is full. I woudn’t even have to have anything else, but be in His courts, be in Him, and my soul would be completely satisfied.
Yet He provides clothing and food, calories and LOVE.
I have never been forsaken, because God does miracles. God has done a miracle in me. God does miracles in you; just watch. Just wait. Be amazed… He is worthy of our worship!
What has life held lately?
Beautiful Ice Sculptures at the Ski Resort – They seriously felt like ‘glass’; they were so so smooth.
Making Muffins from Kat… I used peanut butter instead of tahini, but every recipe from Kat is always good.
Gorgeous Ski Hill Views – I secretly stop, because I’m SO SO tired. But the views of the snow are incredible.
Ok… well, I don’t have any more thoughts to share with you but I want you to know this:
‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.’ (Psalm 121)
Keep looking to God. The Lord preserves in the DARKEST hours. He makes broken lives a miracle. He will put your identity in Jesus Christ. He will be with you even when the darkest moments come. He made you.
Claim God’s promises. Behold God’s goodness and grace, and don’t let anybody tell you that God’s plans are bad. Because God is good, and He will work out everything, even the things that seem hard, for His children’s good. <3
I love you readers. I really really love you. I wish I could communicate that to you. This year I learned that page views are irrelevant, but relationships are GOLD.
I almost feel guilty because I don’t want this to be all about virtual relationships. It’s a miracle to me that anybody comes here to read. It’s a miracle that any of you are encouraged. It’s a miracle that your life has been formed and made by God, and that I can be part of your life.
God brought you to me. I’m so thankful for you. Please don’t forget that; please message me, email me, and let’s be friends. Let’s talk about your struggles. I want to pray for you, listen to you, and just share our hearts more and more and see how our God works many many incredible miracles.
Do you ever just look at your life and think, ‘WOW, my life is a miracle?’
What miracle are you thinking about right now that you would be willing to share?
What are you struggling with right now? Biggest challenges? Biggest fears? Biggest hopes?
How was your life sculptures and molded this past year?