Illustrated Faith: Psalm 46:5

The translation that I have says:

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

But a popular translation of this is taken as:

God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at break of day.

I sort of combined the two with my illustration with the city and the quote “nevertheless, she persisted”.

I was never a fan of this verse before just because it is always taken out of context to make it seem like it’s written for women but the more that I hear it the more that I like it both out of context and in context. God is within all of us, our bodies and our cities and He is always helping us out. This combined with the other quote have become my favorite little motivations lately.

Hope y’all enjoy!

Sincerely,

Meagan

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Illustrated Faith: Genesis 1:14-19

Hi y’all and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is my second installment of my Illustrated Faith series.

This set of verses is from Genesis 1, verses 14-19.

They read:

And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

I really liked how this page turned out, I was especially happy with my lettering because I’m usually awful at cursive.

The creation story is one of my favorites in the Bible because of how simple it is and yet how amazing it is that God created everything. I think this story really helps me to sit back and remember to appreciate every little thing that God has created here on earth.

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Sincerely,

Meagan

Discussion: You’re Going to Be Okay

I just finished reading You’re Going to Be Okay by Holley Gerth and I loved it! I took three pages of notes and I wanted to talk to you about how much I appreciated this book.

I’ve never been one to believe in the whole “just think positive” scheme of making yourself better and I think Holley did a wonderful job in balancing this way of thinking with actions. We’re pretty good at making things worse than they actually have to be but at the same time we also don’t have to wait for our circumstances to change to believe what’s true.

We are loved. We are overcomes. We are enough. We have purposes. And we are irreplaceable.

I liked that she talked about how our brains are muscles and with muscles comes flexibility but in order to make our muscles flexible we actually have to work with them. It just takes intentional change and obedience to the Spirit to learn to live in joy. We need to stop our negative thoughts in their tracks, drop them, and then roll with the situation. After that we should process and reflect and then pray. I’ve found in the past day or so as I’ve been using this way of thinking that it really works if you’re intentional with it.

What we really need to do is recognize the battles in our lives for what they are and then take one small step towards becoming out own allies instead of our own worst enemies. Honestly though, we are the best ally we can have and if we’re against us then how could we ever believe that God could be for us (at least this is my way of thinking). See, what is truly from God is not meant to weigh us down so if something is weighing you down pause and reflect and see where that negativity and pain is really coming from. Worry and fear come from believing a lie about who God is.

The last thing I want to talk about is that God dwells in us which means we have have “life to the full” wherever we go. Joy is a gift for us and we can always have it even if we aren’t happy all the time. We are climbers and we are not meant to settle so trust that whatever has been entrusted to you is what is best for this time. Worrying is an attempt to control what we can never control. Remember that with faith as little as a mustard seed you can move mountains.

I highly encourage this book for anyone who is struggling with a rough time right now, or just for everyday stressors. It’s a great way to process what is happening and see what God really intends for us.

I hope you’re all doing well.

Sincerely,

Meagan

Illustrated Faith: John 15:1-17

I’ve wanted to illustrate my Bible for years now and I finally started doing so in the last couple of weeks. It really helps me to meditate on what I’m reading and think about what God is trying to tell me in what I’m reading.

Most of what I’ve done so far has been pretty simple, just one item that resonates from the passage or some of the words that really stick out to me. I’d like to share what I’ve done, starting with my page from John 15:1-17.

It says:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the winegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

Now I know it’s very long but it is a really awesome passage to read! My favorite part is towards the end where Jesus talks about how he calls us friends because we know what he knows. He is willing to share with us the love of God and bring us to Him in order to save us and to allow us to grow and bear fruit. Like seriously, how cool is that? I just love reading about the work Jesus did, he had so many awesome stories to share and there’s so much to learn!

The picture I drew to go along with this is of course a vine that has bore fruit. I want more than anything to be that fruit bearing vine, to be pruned and shaped by the Lord and know God’s love. This passage is very special to me and I hope you all enjoyed reading it as well.

I’m planning on posting something similar to this every Sunday, so I hope you guys like it!

Have a great week everyone!

Sincerely,
Meagan

God is Good

I’m currently reading a book called Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and I’ve been learning A LOT. It’s all about “living loved when you feel less than, left out, and lonely.”

Recently I’ve been dealing with a lot of turmoil in my personal life and I picked up a lot of “self-help” books. While wandering the nonfiction section at Target, this book immediately caught my eyes and I felt in my heart that I had to read it.

This book is all about relying upon God and turning to Him rather than earthly goals or gratifications when things get rough. Over the past few days I have felt more renewed than I have in years. Though I am still struggling greatly, I feel secure knowing that God is looking out for me.

The last few mornings I have been waking up and making coffee and then spending time in the word. I’ve started to illustrate my Bible and I think it’s turning out beautifully. It really allows me to get creative in the way I worship and I really appreciate the time I get to spend in the word really deliberating it while I color or paint.

So in the book, Lysa highlights how good God is. How He is good to us and that He is good at being God. We need to learn how to trust in God and ignore the enemy that makes us feel rejected and low. The enemy steals our confidence and our happiness. When we put all of our confidence and hope into earthly relationships and items that’s when we begin to feel scared, left out, lonely, less than, hurt.

Our God is an awesome God and He will never abandon us, turn us aside, or leave us broken if we turn to him. That is what brings me so much joy and hope and I pray that you all find that yourselves. We are so loved and so blessed to have an amazing Father creating our life page by page. My heart feels so full.

When our foundation is broken, we feel broken, which is why we need to build our relationship with God before anything else. My brokenness cannot make me stable, but building a relationship with God and fixing myself from the inside out can make me stable. This is what will bring out the best in me and provide me with a life that I will love living.

Here’s a really great video on this topic by a sweet, sister in Christ, Emma Mae Jenkins:

The song that I’m including in this post, The Stand by Hillsong UNITED, started playing as I was writing this post and I felt I had to share it. How beautiful is our God that loves us so dearly.

I want to offer up a prayer of love and peace for those who might need it and a prayer of thanks for the God who gave it all so that I may live. And if you’d like to pray here’s a little something:

I am yours, God

I am faithfully yours

God, I am going to trust you because you are good, and you are going to be good to me

Amen.

I hope you all have a spectacular night and feel the heartwarming embrace of a God that truly loves you.

I’ll leave you with a quote that really stuck with me:

I don’t have to figure my present circumstances out. I don’t have to fill the silence left behind in another person’s absence. I don’t have to know all the whys and what-ifs. All I have to do is trust.” Lysa Terkeurt, Uninvited, Pg. 23.

And trust is what I shall do.

Sincerely,

Meagan

You Will Have Understood

I copied these words off the blackboard in my media literacy class the other day and then ended up spending over an hour thinking about them.

It’s a profound thought to have, sitting here and realizing that someday you will understand all of the crazy things that occur in your lifetime. I know I occasionally have these thoughts multiple times a day (but it’s a rarity). Usually I end up months, or even years down the road looking back on one event and realizing how it caused a chain reaction of other events to lead to where I am today.

1 Samuel 12:16 says:

Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.

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There are so many things that I now realize had to happen in order for me to get where I am today. And I know that the things that are happening to me right now will someday make sense to me. But I want to have some sense of why my life is the way it is and why I have to experience the things that I have to experience. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to me, my life.

I look back on my past and I feel like I have so many regrets, and I can never convince myself that I have so much life left to live. I spend all my time caught up in the past never fully embracing the moment.

I started this post last week and I wrote that Bible verse down and I wish I could say that I do that, that I stop and see what God has done and what he will do but all I do is regret and dream and get stuck in the infinite possibilities of what could have been. I have yet to feel truly satisfied with where I am at, there’s always something that holds me back.

It’s hard admitting this to the internet, because I don’t even like admitting it to myself. I want to believe that I believe that God has a plan for me, but I don’t know if I do. I keep wishing my life away, thinking things will be better someday. I continually see what my past has done to get me where I am today, but I never think towards my future. It’s just a giant blank. I have these infinite “what ifs” about my past, but my future is empty.

I just listened to this song today. This honestly epitomizes what is going on in my brain right now.

I don’t know if life will ever make sense to me. But I truly wish I could be happy with who I am right now.

So, happy Sunday y’all.

I’ll talk to you on Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Meagan