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Returning to my First Love

First Love
I wrote a few weeks ago about John’s call to the church of Ephesus to return to their first love, Jesus. God used that Scripture (Revelation 2) to convict and move my heart back to him. Since then, I’ve been BLESSED to spend a lot of GREAT time in the Word over this Christmas break.

However, I don’t want to lose sight of that imagery once I throw myself back into the busyness of school. I want to continue treating Jesus as my first love, my deepest love, and my most desperate Love. So, I made this simple background for my phone. I want a constant reminder to meet with Jesus throughout my day, and what better way than to attach it to the very thing I use for communicating, social media, and even as a watch! Since my iPhone gets so much traffic throughout the day, I’m hoping this reminder will help me to better keep Christ at the front of my mind.

Feel free to save this for yourself and use it as your own personal reminder to meet with Jesus today!

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Overwhelmed with Thanks to God

1. Jacob & I will be married in 52 days! I am so excited and SO ready.

2. Spring time weather–thank you for the sunshine, especially during this week of hard work and exhaustion.

3. Knowing Jake & I have more than a few great couples who believe in us & love us, who we get to spend time with over the summer (when we’ll finally have some free time for relaxation, laughter, and good fellowship! Praise God this season is almost over!)

4. Jake & I have full time jobs for the summer.

5. Class. I’m thankful I go to a school where we can learn from profs who love Jesus and want us to love him, too. I’m thankful we can talk over hard questions and dig deeper into the Word together. Amen and amen. (Dr. Jackson, as much work as your class has been… I’m thankful for your time & dedication to teaching us. Thank you for everything you do.)

6. Joy… I’m thankful my joy doesn’t rest in my circumstances, but in Christ. 

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified… Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works… (Hebrews 10:14, 19-24)


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i had a cheeseburger last tuesday.

Yep.

I’ve also been craving a good chocolate-covered donut for about the past two weeks, and I finally tried a barbeque sandwich from The Firehouse last weekend when Sarah was here. Sarah’s visit ALSO encouraged me to try oatmeal for the first time since I was probably 5…. and I loved it. Today I cut up pieces of apple and put it in the apples&cinnamon oatmeal mix before microwaving it, and it was the yummiest fall warm-yourself-up meal I’ve ever experienced.

I don’t think I’ve blogged about food before, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the past week because I’ve been eating (or craving) these bizarre foods that I’ve either never eaten or never even desired to eat (like the cheeseburger).

All that to say, it’s pretty wonderful that God has given us tastebuds so we can experience and enjoy food. What a gift from him that we get to experience throughout each day.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.-James 1:16-17.

Father, thank you for sustaining my physical body with food that you’ve also given me the privilege to enjoy. I love you and am so amazed by your hand that directs my path. Every path. I want to think about you all the day long. So I will, while I enjoy this earl gray tea and while I go to work to serve other people food you’ve made for them to enjoy. You are my joy.