Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happiness Through the Pain

   The past few months have been anything but wonderful. They've been undeniably painful. Painful is not fun, but painful is a learning, healing process. We all must go through the painful months in our lives, but does this mean that God leaves us behind wandering in the darkness? Not a chance! With what I've learned it's the exact opposite, in fact I feel closest to God when I'm struggling. You may feel weighed down with stress and worry, but God will gladly carry those burdens for you. Besides, He has set a light at the end of this long dark tunnel. You may feel like you're falling, but God will always catch you. He's always right there beside you, and He will never, ever, ever leave your side.
   When I was at my weakest point, or rock bottom, was when I felt the presence of God all around me. It wrapped around me like a veil of comfort. I felt His breath, and I heard His gentle whisper. To think that He was the one thing that kept me from passing on is so surreal to me. I am eternally grateful. The Lord is my Savior, and His strength is truly what saved my life.
   In the rush of all the sorrow and pain and confusion that was the past few months, I learned not only what it's like to be on God's life support, but also how to look past the grey storminess. I learned to live above my circumstances and give thanks to the Lord and all He is doing for me. He has changed my outlook on life; There is so much to live for! I despise thinking of how dark my spirit once was. Peace and abundant joy now flood my life. The Lord lifted my eyes and now I see the light of His goodness.
   Happiness is a choice. Some of the most joyful people have been through the most horrid of situations, but nevertheless they sing praises to the God of Angels! The Lord is my Savior, and I will praise Him all my days!
   "The Lord was ready to save me; Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord." (Isaiah 38:20)

   - The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Clean

   What I've done is not who I am. Jesus didn't die on the cross so that I could live wallowed up in shame and misery. He came to set me free and give me a future of hope. No matter how cluttered my past may seem, nothing equates to the abundant freedom given to me by Christ Jesus. I am made clean.
   In the chapter of John, Jesus washes the disciples' feet. Only their feet. "Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." Why would Jesus wash only the disciples feet? 
   It occurred to me that everywhere you have ever been your feet have collected dirt. Just like with our spiritual lives, we have sinned and collected icky dirt in our hearts. But, when Jesus came and spilled His blood for the redemption of our souls, the dirt that was once packed into the crevices of our hearts is washed away. We are now made completely clean in the presence of the Lord.
   Now, this is just what I gathered from John thirteen verse ten. It could be speaking to you entirely different. One thing is certain, though: when Jesus payed the price on that cross, our sins were swept away as far as East is from West. Gone. They're not even kind of close to you anymore. You're made righteous by the blood of the Lamb. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
   Now go off into the world with the confidence that your spiritual feet are cleansed. Jesus paid it all! For this we should be jumping up and down praising Him! "but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end." (Hebrews 3:6)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, February 22, 2013

Courage Over Condemnation

   I've felt the harsh cold winds. I've seen the storm roll in. The pain and sorrow that my adversary, the devil, thrusts towards me burns. It burns like hell taking cookies out of the oven with no mitts. I want to flee from the agony, but it keeps crawling over me. It slithers all around me and tries to grasp away all my joy. I cry out, "No! You cannot take this from me, satan! My God is stronger than you! My God is the Great I Am! Before Him there is no other, and your lies will not pervade me. Get away from me in the name of Jesus!"
   "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy," (Jude 1:24)
   Go forth into this world so full of darkness, and be confident in your Constant Companion, the Holy Spirit. He is with you always, and He is for you always. "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)

   Peace be with you,
The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Serving Others

   "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free." - Ephesians 6:7-8
   Today I, along with my family, served hungry people at a homeless shelter. It was quite a humbling experience, and caused me to reflect on how blessed I am. For this I am very grateful.


   It pleases me to know that those who are less fortunate could nourish their bodies, tonight. I do hope that through our works these children of God will be able to nourish their souls with His everlasting Love and Truth. I pray that the people who came would also come to know the Lord; truly know Him and have a deep intimate relationship with Him.


   One thing leads to another, and together, with the help of our friends, I hope to reach millions. I dream of multitudes of people coming into the arms of our Lord and Savior. Let us speak of His love. Spread the Word, and make a difference. God bless you all.

   -The Introverted Evangelist


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Staring at the Sky

   On dreary days, I often find myself gazing up at the clouds. My eyes franticly searching for a patch of blue sky. I long for the warmth of golden sunshine on my face. The heavy clouds lingering above can inflict feelings of sorrow and loneliness, but when this happens I turn my face to the Great I Am and ask for Him to send me joy. Isaiah 49:13 says, "Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted."
  Next time you feel down in the dumps, call upon the Lord and He will comfort you. Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Kisses Cookies!

   Happy Valentine's Day! "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." - 1 Peter 4:8

   Today is a beautiful day, filled with love and kindness! One way I show my affection to others is to make them treats. Cookies, cakes, brownies, candies, even blondie bars! I love to unleash a creative beast in the kitchen! So, today I decided to make my friend a batch of cookies. What kind of cookies, you ask? Well chocolate of course! But not just chocolate, chocolate and cherries. Chocolate Cherry Kisses to be exact. Yes. Chocolate and cherries, you heard me correctly. Just look at these bad boys!

   Right off the bat, I knew these cookies were going to rock my ever-loving socks off! The aroma of chocolate cascaded from the oven. I just had to have one! In fact, that is exactly what I did. I also let my mom sneak one in, but still leaving the rest for my dear friend. Watch out these are addictive, I tell you, addictive! Oh! But wait, I almost forgot to tell you that these are 100% good for you. Good for you? How can this be? Valentine treats are rarely ever good for you, but my oh my are these your ideal indulgence. These Chocolate Cherry Kisses are vegan, whole grain, and they even contain fruits (cherries, duh!) and a veggie! Veggie?! Now don't be biased about these sweeties because they contain... PUMPKIN! That's right! Pumpkin is the secret ingredient in these cookies! I promise you cannot even taste it. All you taste is deliciousness! Let's get another look at these beauties.
   Now, who wants a cookie? I know I do! "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" enjoys the abundance of His creations through scrumptious, chocolate-y cookies! Okay, so maybe that's not how the verse goes, but it certainly implies it!

   May the Lord's peace be with you on this special Valentine's Day, and don't forget that the Lord's love is abundant. His love never fails. "Love is patient, love is kind." Here are some Valentine's Day verses for you to meditate upon:

   Happy Valentine's Day!

~The Introverted Evangelist~

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Silence After the Symphony

The Lord's promises lead to faith. Faith leads to obedience. Obedience leads to miracles, and miracles bring joy. When God sends us a promise and ignites faith within us, we begin to step out and obey in reckless ways. An array of indescribable confirmations bursts before our very eyes! The peace that overflows our souls in this moment is awe-inspiring and satisfying. We never want to leave the realm of His glory, but nevertheless our lives must continue. This means continuing on with the confidence of His promise. Quite a difficult task this can be. We often lose our fiery determination as we sit and wait silently while the storms pass. Every arrow that attempts to strike me down is rendered powerless by Your name, God. In the silence of our everyday lives we must not lose our zealous spirits, but we must look to Him for our peace, guidance, and happiness.
   Do not be discouraged, because the Lord your God has given you a promise. When the Lord gives a promise it will come to pass, and how wondrous it will be. Psalm 34:17-18 says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit." May the Lord send His peace; God bless.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rejoice and Be Glad

   As the day began, gloomy and hazy, I expected nothing less than to be full of mourning. Though I feared a rough road ahead, I called upon the Lord. "In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free."
   As a seemingly dreary day unravelled before me, I made sure to keep Jesus on the front of my mind. I know that when He's what I'm thinking about, I'll never be disheartened.
   So on went the day, only to showcase the most beautiful of sunny days I've seen in quite a while! What liberation! When days glow before my eyes, I can only become more enraptured as to what awaits me in Heaven! I for one am very thankful for this day, and so should you, friend. May the King of kings be with you, too.