Beauty

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I needed a remedy from the stress I’ve had lately so I was planning to surf Lake Michigan a few weeks ago in the mild 1 degree temperature but mother nature had other plans ha. Little did I know the shore line at St. Joseph’s Beach Park was frozen so that kinda put a damper on things a bit. Knowing that the water may be frozen I brought my cameras just in case to take some pictures to not totally waste my drive there.

Despite the consistent wind gusts and my hands being numb, I began to notice the beauty that I was seeing while I was walking along the beach/lighthouse path. Weird I know, me finding beauty in the winter time in Michigan haha. Seriously though, something about seeing icicles overtake the lighthouse and pretty much everything was really beautiful. As I got to the end of the pier I looked out and felt like I was watching the beginning of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back where they look out and its just all frozen tundra. A pure beautiful white color was everywhere around me, then a peacefulness came over me and for a moment I was perfectly fine with snow. Then a sec later a gnarly wind gust blew and I was like Lord get me to somewhere with palm trees ASAP ha.

I’ve had so many things going on in my head lately and being able to kind of be still and just see the beauty of nature was refreshing. On my trek back to Kzoo and throughout the rest of the day I began to think of the beauty of God. Honestly, you know I’ve heard about it all the time and I’ll say it but rarely do I sit in that and let that pierce my heart. I’ve been going through the book of Revelation and like it says in Rev. 1:17 John couldn’t even stand before the Lord when he saw Him. Shoot…its so hard to image that in our own minds that just His appearance alone blew him away. Talk about awe, beauty and majesty.

Also like knowing His beauty makes me want to seek Him more and make myself spotless and holy before Him. Feel like every man wants to “out-kick his coverage” if you know what I mean and like we are messy/dirty yet God still wants to love us. We are out-kicking our coverage for sure…we don’t deserve it but that yes in our hearts makes us worthy to be loved by Him even though it may not feel like we are. He is beautiful like dang…how lucky are we to know Him. That Phil Wickham song You’re Beautiful ahhh sums it up…someone call a catcher cause I’m bout to fall hahaha. When you encounter Him and see Him rightly as He is, it’s like you forget everything else that is going on. You see His beauty and realize that this relationship is worth it. I can remember this time I was at Ember in Toledo and got whacked by Holy Spirit and like ever since that day I can’t deny his power, his beauty or his love.

I was in the throne zone for not really sure how long right before I started writing this. I was going through several things during this time but the thing that kept coming up was about being spotless before a beautiful God and hearing Him say well done, my good and faithful servant. Then this led me to think of being the best, holy, righteous, loving Godly man I can be for my beautiful wife whenever I get married.  That wrecks me man, just thinking about being a loving father for whenever I have kids ahh dang. Like showing them their heavenly father and leading my family closer to Him just is something I don’t want to take lightly. Daily in the prayer room about those things.

To end, I love the beauty of nature…our heavenly poppa is a wonderful creator and architect.

Psalm 27:4 

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.

 

Man I miss the community at Ember…some awesome times of encounter and growth. Always bringing the fire ha!

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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