Thirsty (Our Need for God)

Be honest with yourself, have you been drinking enough water today?

I read somewhere that most of the people on earth are chronically dehydrated. In light of that, why don’t you go grab a glass of water and come back.

Although we could all stand to drink some more water every day, on average we never feel all that thirsty. Our bodies can withstand a pretty substantial drought before they start to let us know that something is wrong.

About a month ago I came down with an awful flu. I tend to be the person who thinks she can power through any illness, so as usual, I waited far too long to see a doctor. The first few days of nausea and loss of appetite were tolerable, but after about a week of throwing up everything that I tried to put in my body, I really began to feel the effects of true hunger and dehydration.

At the time I was an RA in a freshman hall on my campus. Every night one of us had to stay on 24 hour duty to respond to any emergencies in the building. These usually included pulled fire alarms, loud parties, and the occasional trip to the ER. But when I started my night on duty, I never thought I was the one who would be rushed to the hospital.

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That Cat is Judging Me (When I Let Myself be Defined by My Sin)

Sometimes God really likes to hit us over the head with His metaphors.

Recently, one of the freshman girls who I work with, who I’ve had the pleasure of calling a friend,  offered to share her Indian heritage with some of us in the building. She asked if she could give us all henna artwork, and it was absolutely beautiful! (My biggest regret is forgetting to snap a picture!) I felt so appreciated and honored that she would offer to do that with me. And it was honestly so much fun! Imagine the best manicure you’ve ever had, only better! When she finished, I had a beautiful henna tattoo that wrapped around my fingers and up my left arm.

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Surrender (My Crazy Airport Struggles)

 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:10

It’s been just over a year since I made the decision to give my life over to Christ, and it seems like I’m learning more and more every day what it means to be surrendered to Him. Surrender doesn’t just mean trusting God’s plan for the big picture of your life, nor is an action just taken once, in choosing to accept Jesus as Lord. No, surrender is a much bigger concept. It means continuously laying down each and every tiny facet of your life at Christ’s feet, content in faith that He works for your good. Continue reading