Matthew 19:26: "But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"
Life can seem pretty impossible at times. I had my Gallbladder (and Appendix, just for good measure) removed after living with symptoms since 2012, coincidentally right after I had badly broke my ankle (which required hardware and two surgeries).
I'm almost 8 weeks post-op and hardly feel any better, with the same symptoms than I had before surgery. I had pretty high hopes that this would help me, feeling sick all the time wreaks havoc on your body and mind. It's exhausting.
And I'm a DJ. I jump around and lead dance parties for a living.
"You got a vision, you got a dream
But it feels a million miles away..."
There are times doing a show really seems impossible.
"...You got your passion, you got to believe
That this is why you were made"
The opening lines of this new single by one of my all-time favorite bands, Building 429, reminds us that nothing is unreachable
When we trust the God of miracles.
Follow your dreams and don't let your circumstances convince you you're not able.
"We can rise above the typical
And be anything but usual
We know, we know, we know
That there's no such thing as impossible" ^^
"Impossible" by Building 429:
You Are Flawless
In a "Story Behind the Song" video, lead singer Bart Millard speaks of MercyMe's new song "Flawless":
"There has to be more than me playing by the rules, there has to be more than what religion tells me there is...
"...I sometimes wonder if religion fails to tell us or show us...Grace tells us that no matter how beat up you are in life and what you've gone through...the Cross has made you Flawless, you're good. You're good."
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
The Devil is going to do everything in his power to convince you that you are not good enough, that you aren't perfect.
The truth is: You aren't perfect. But you are flawless.
"It may not have made you perfect yet, but it has made you Flawless."- Millard.
And that is good enough for God. ^^
"Flawless" by MercyMe:
He's Surely Alive!
After a Friday of sorrow and a Saturday of waiting and wondering; today is the day for celebrating! God has overcame the world. He suffered greatly on our behalf and was rejected by all, dying so He could rise on the third day (Luke 9:22).
Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’"
He has risen! Let's rejoice and celebrate! ^^
"God's Not Dead" by Newsboys:
I posted here at the end of December ("Hope Is Right In Front Of You!" 12/31/14) that I had been diagnosed with Gallbladder Disease and I was considering getting my Gallbladder removed.
After much prayer, doctor's visits, research, and more prayer, I have decided to go ahead with this Gallbladder removal surgery.
I have also decided to get my appendix removed at the same time (because of family history). My surgery is tomorrow morning.
This surgery may or may not fix the symptoms I've been having. The majority of people have complete resolution of symptoms. A moderate number of people will have resolution of most of their symptoms. A small, but very real percentage of people have no relief of symptoms at all.
(Isaiah 41:10) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand."
for KING & COUNTRY's song "Shoulders" has really meant a lot to me in this season of time.
"My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
(Psalm 121:1-2) "I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
"My help is from You
Don't have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don't have to see it, ‘cause I know, ‘cause I know it's true"
I serve a God greater than all that could afflict us on this Earth. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:19)
God carries my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness; He carries ME on His shoulders. ^^
"Shoulders" by for KING & COUNTRY:
He Wants You As You Are
God wants you as you are. Not as you ought to be. He doesn't want you to make your life perfect before you run into His arms. He wants you even in your deepest, darkest, and most broken state.
"Drops In The Ocean" by Hawk Nelson, from their new album, "Diamonds" (available everywhere March 17), speaks of how far God's love for you goes.
"If you want to see
How much you mean to me
Look at my hands, look at my side"
John 20:27: "Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side...'"
Jesus invited Thomas to see the scars He endured by dying on the Cross for him, the same scars that are there to pay for the sins of you and me.
"If you could count the times I say you are forgiven
It’s more than the Drops In The Ocean"
Because, "...If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) ^^