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) ^^
"Drops In The Ocean" by Hawk Nelson:
Reaching Out To Broken Hearts
"It's not a flag on a field
It's not a sign in my yard
Not a cause that I join
Not a phrase on a coin
It's the change in my heart"
"Evidence" by Citizen Way talks about being the change you want to see in the world.
"Mercy, Grace, and Compassion
They're only words without action"
Our words can build up or break down, that is true (Ephesians 4:29). But using only our words,and not backing them up with our actions, we cannot truly display God's love to the world.
"I need hands that are open
Reaching out to broken hearts
Cause that's the only way this world
Will ever know who You are
Love is the evidence
Love is the evidence"
Reach out to someone who is broken today. Offer them hope, and show them that there is a God who loves them. ^^
"Evidence" by Citizen Way:
Take Me To Your Great Unknown
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phillipians 4:13)
Contrarily, without God you can nothing. "In over my head keeps me countin' on You," TobyMac sings in his newest single, "Beyond Me."
"You gave me the stars put them out of my reach; Called me to waters a little too deep...You keep on making me see; It's way beyond me"
Matthew 19:26- "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"
Luke 1:37- "For nothing is impossible with God."
God calls us to do things that are way beyond what we can accomplish on our own. But with His power, you can do all things. If you are facing something today that seems impossible, trust in the Lord, He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.") My prayer, daily, is this: "Lord I know, I know I need You; So take me to Your Great Unknown." ^^
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You." (Jeremiah 32:17)
"Beyond Me" by TobyMac:
It's Day 1
Even though it may seem sometimes that your family, friends, coworkers, and society is keeping count of your mistakes, God is not keeping score. God gives us a daily chance to start over. Every morning, He gives us a clean slate.
"My best days are not behind me." Matthew West talks about your good days not being ruined by just one bad day in your life. A bad season in the eyes of God has no value to the good He is doing and will continue to do in your life.
Wherever your yesterday has got you, you don't have to stay there.
"The Sun's coming up. The beginning has begun." Make the most of today.
Everyday God's mercy is new, which makes today, "day one"! ^^
"Day One" by Matthew West:
The Beginning of Forever
John 9:25, "He replied, 'Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'" I was once lost, but now I'm found. In order to be found, you must make a decision. A life-changing decision. A decision to follow Christ.
"Now let the old die, 'cause there is new life."
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, and the new has come!"
If you need someone to talk to about this decision, if you need questions answered about Jesus and His love for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already belong to Christ, make a decision to do more for Him. I challenge you, as 2015 gets in full swing, to go out and do something outside your comfort zone for God. A new hobby, volunteer opportunity, whatever God places on your heart. I'd love to hear all about what you did.
Are you tired of leading a life that leaves you wanting more? Tired of chasing after things that leave much to be desired? Forever starts tonight. Your time is now. ^^
"Our Time Is Now" by Colton Dixon
You Are Made Of Light
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never overcome it." -John 1:5
When Christ lives in you, you glow with His blinding Light. As it says in 1 John 1:5, "This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all."
You shine through the darkness of the world when God makes His Light shine in your heart just as He does in the hearts of each of His children. Our Light makes the darkness of the world stop dead in its tracks.
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ." -2 Corinthians 4:6
Be that Light unto the world! Matthew 5:14- "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." ^^