Exploring

This summer Spiritually was really challenging and tested me a whole lot more than I thought I was going to be. My internship really took a lot of my time and it made me the most stressed I’ve been in years. If you know me I’m very laid back and it takes a lot for me to be stressed, but my internship this summer just really got me on the daily. I was in a lull and felt stuck in it for a large portion of the summer. I wanted to go on a trip the whole summer, just by myself to escape everyone else and just do my thing. Unfortunately, my large road trip to Key West, Florida didn’t work out so I settled on taking a train ride last minute to Chicago to visit some friends. While I was there I was able to get some solid quiet time to just relax and unwind. Since then I’ve wanted to start making time about once every other week to be in nature or just some cool areas to take some pictures, pray, and read. Here are some pictures and thoughts I’ve had.

Just a reoccurring verse that I keep going back to lately has been Psalm 86. So much goodness and glory in it, like I just want to BURN for the Lord, ya know like we’ve been released from all the shackles of sin and troubles that we have in our lives. Because of His steadfast love toward us we get to journey with Him and receive such joy that can’t be described! At times it can be so difficult to just not be focused on Him and let our flesh take over and going to this verse just reminds me of why I should go to Him and burn for Him and live a sold out Christian life.

Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Peace and Love