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Sunday, January 29, 2017

love must be tough

Question: When Jesus was here, walking the earth, did he only preach things that made people feel good?
Did he only spend time with those he agreed with?
Did he only show compassion and love to those who believed the truth or who lived nice, clean lives? 
Did he only die for the ones who loved him? 
Did he just nod his head and smile when he heard someone speaking falsehoods or half truths?


Am I wrong, then, when I speak the truths no one wants to hear?
Am I wrong when I go against popular belief and speak what the Bible says instead?
Am I unloving because I disagree with you?
Do I not love you because I can’t support your choices and opinions that don’t line up with God’s word? 

And, anyways, what is love? 
God is love. 
Apart from him, there is no love to speak of. 

Apart from him we are all broken and lost and messed up. We are all sinners in need of a loving savior. We all have no hope apart from his grace.

Please know: if I don’t agree with you, that doesn’t mean I don’t love you. To love you means to speak truth into your life even when you don’t want to hear it. To love you means to hold you accountable to the person that God created you to be. To love you may mean to not support your decisions, if they go against God’s truth and prevent his best from entering your life. 

Love speaks light into the dark places, and truth into the tough ones. Love doesn’t always do what is easy or comfortable, sometimes love has to do the hard things, the messy things, the difficult things that bring us back to where we need to be.

This world has no idea what love is, really, because love cannot be known apart from our creator. He. Is. Love.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January Prompts

And just like that, another new year! I can hardly believe it is 2017, is this real life?! Last year was the fastest year of my LIFE!

One thing I LOVE to do is look back at my old journal and calendar from the past year. It reminds me of all the things we did, all the fun we had and hard things we overcame. It's pretty awesome to see. ;)

Every month I will be posting journal prompts to get you writing. Ever sit down with your journal or blog but just don't know what to write about?!? That's where my journal prompts come in. They are to serve as a guide to get your creative juices flowing. I like to take the questions and expand on them as much as possible. You may be surprised where it takes you ;)


Write out your budget. Where do you need to spend less? More?
What are you most grateful for?
What is your #1 goal this year?
Are you content?
What is your best memory of 2016?
What was your last major accomplishment?
Can people change?
What possession can you not live without?
What are you excited for this year?
What are you reading?
What made you smile today?
What makes you angry?
Write out your goals.
What did you do for yourself today?
The best part of today was _____
What is the hardest thing you are dealing with?
Today I wish I had more _____
How is the weather lately?
Tomorrow will be better because _______
How are those goals going?
What made today unusual?
What was your biggest lesson learned last year? In what ways did it change you?
What is your favorite way to ring in the new year?
Tomorrow I will ______
What was your last big purchase?
My house is a home because ______
Who was the last person to tell you they love you?
I feel blessed today because ______
List three things you expect from your best friend:
If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
How is your health? What can you do to improve it?

Happy writing!