the Love of God | Bible Study Blog Party

Wowzers, I can’t believe its June already! I hope you’ve all had a great start to your summer. 🙂 To start off my summer blog posts (which are really no different than my spring, fall, and winter posts, except for the fact they’re posted during the summer) I am joining Faith at I Like That on a Bible Study Blog Party. I’m cutting it a little close, seeing as how the party ends on the 9th of June, but better late than never, eh?

Anyway, what is a Bible Study Blog Party? As Faith explained it, it’s where a bunch of bloggers read and study the same passage of the Bible and write about it. I was super excited that Faith chose Romans chapter 8 since Romans has become one of my favorite books in the Bible. 🙂

I’ll be honest here—one of the reasons I’m posting on one of the last days of the party is because I didn’t feel like my post was really coming together. My words weren’t flowing like I wanted them to and I didn’t feel like I really got any great pearls of wisdom to share with y’all.

But you know what? I realize that that’s okay. It’s not about me anyways. It’s not about my words or how eloquently I write. It’s about God and His Word. I’m going to do my best to write what God put on my heart and trust Him with the rest. That’s why I love the promise in Isaiah 55 that says the word of the Lord will never return void—God’s word always accomplishes what He sends it to do!

So, let’s get this party started! Which reminds me—you guys need to go check out Faith’s post for this party! God spoke to her about Romans 8:1 (The there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus verse) and it is so good. Seriously, go read it! 🙂

As I read Romans 8, the part that really popped out to me was verses 31-39, where Paul talks about nothing separating us from the love of God and how we are more than conquerors.

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   ~Romans 8:31-39

I realize that is quite a chunk of scripture there, but I couldn’t bring myself to shorten it up. It’s such a wonderful truth to know that nothing separates us from the love of God, and sometimes I think it’s hard for us to grasp. In fact, Paul says in Ephesians…

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:17b-19

God’s love for us is so great we’ll never get to the bottom of it!

Nothing we say or don’t say, do or don’t do, will make God change His mind about loving us. God loved (loves!) us at our worst. Romans 5:8 says that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God saw us broken, full of sin and shame, and said “Because I love you, you are worth it.” Jesus bore our sins and brokenness on His body because He desired a relationship with each and every one of us. Why? Because that’s how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love is for each of us.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. ~Zephaniah 3:17

This verse was a big one for me too. Because not only does God love me, He takes great delight in me. And in Isaiah 62:4 it says that the Lord will call His people Hephzibah, which in Hebrew means my delight is in her. I love that. God delights to be with me! He rejoices and sings over me! He loves me because I am His child and there is nothing that can change that.

The Bible is full of verses about God’s love for His people…

I am abounding in love and faithfulness. (Ex. 34:6)

I have loved you with an everlasting love. (Jer. 31:3)

My love reaches to the heavens, my faithfulness to the skies. (Ps. 36:5)

My love endures forever. (Ps. 136:26)

My steadfast love will not depart from you. (Is. 54:10)

I loved you so much that I gave my one and only Son to save you. (John 3:16)

And of course there’s many, many more, but do you see a pattern? God’s love for us is boundless, limitless, forever, and complete.

Just because God’s love for us never ends, that doesn’t mean that we can live however we want. Like, “I know God will still love me, so I can do whatever I want.” God is very clear that He wants His people to be set apart from the world. That’s why He calls us peculiar treasures in Exodus 19:5 (KJV) and also that we are not to conform to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2).

So while it is true that Jesus loves us right where we are at, He doesn’t want to leave us that way. God wants us to surrender our hearts and allow Him to change us to become more Christ-like every day. This heart change isn’t something we accomplish on our own (thank you Jesus!) but something God does in His strength, in His love.

God is a relentless lover. He won’t give up loving you. It doesn’t matter where you are at in life or what you are going through, He loves you. It’s just as Paul wrote all those years ago—nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ❤

❤ Nothing. ❤

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Panda vs. Snowman

Hey all! I saw a partial clip of this video on Facebook this morning, and I thought it was too cute not to share with all of you. So no matter how your day has been going, good or bad, I hope that this brings a smile to your face! 🙂 It doesn’t get much cuter than a panda bear playing with a giant snowman.

Happy Monday!

Emma xo

Music…Tuesday – August 15

For a period of approximately 3.614 seconds I was under the impression that today was Monday and therefore, I’d be right on point if I posted a Music Monday post. (It’s Tuesday!) So under the present circumstances of it being Tuesday and not Monday, may I present you with…

♫♪ Tuneful Tuesday! ♪♫

Beckah Shae

One of my favorite music artists is Beckah Shae. I love her meaningful, Scripture-filled lyrics. That’s probably the thing that I love most about Beckah; how so many of her songs are taken from Scripture. Especially her Scripture Snack albums, which are just Bible verses put to song. She has a beautiful voice and so much God-given talent in her songs and singing. Her latest album release was Mighty, which is my favorite album! The songs are all so happy, especially I’ll Be Alright. (the music video for that is so colorful and beautiful!)

Recently I’ve discovered that Beckah has been taking secular songs and rewriting them. Using the same tune and beat, she has been adapting non-Christian songs into Christian ones. And I have to say, I’m impressed! The lyrics are so powerful! I love it, and I could not resist sharing them with you.

Take your pick from the videos below. These are my top four favorites (so far). Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

“Stay” turned into “Pray”

“Shape of You” turned into “I Worship You”

“Scared to Be Lonely” turned into “Set Apart to Be Holy”

“Sorry Not Sorry” turned into “So Good, So, So Good”

May your week be filled with His love and blessings!

With love, Emma xoxo

Isaiah 61:10-11

This afternoon I was flipping through my Bible, looking for a verse. I didn’t have a particular verse in mind, all I knew was I wanted something to add to the bottom of the letter I was writing. It’s sort of a habit I’ve gotten into, writing Bible verses at the bottom of my letters in the PS section, as a way to encourage my pen pals.

Sometimes I write down a verse that I had read in the Bible earlier, or sometimes, like today, I page through it and scan until something catches my attention. I love it when they write back and say, “That verse you sent me was exactly what I needed!” Because it isn’t just coincidence, it’s a total God-Thing!!!

Anyways, today I found a cool verse in Isaiah. I also realized I’ve been rather absent in the blogosphere lately. And so I concluded that I would share this verse with you, too.


I love the first line – I will celebrate because of my Lord God! It makes me picture a celebration – a party – with confetti and raised hands waving in the air and lots of smiles, simply because of who God is. And considering its summer and there’s flowers all over the place, I like the part about praise coming like flowers blooming in a garden.

Have a Bible verse that you found cool or meaningful lately? I’d love to hear! ❤

Emma xoxoxo

 

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Encouragement for the Discouraged Writer

I should be writing on my novel right now, but frankly, I’m a little overwhelmed at the moment. I am smack dab in the middle of editing 60,000 words for the third time, page 65/114 to be exact, and I just realized that I have a bunch of scenes that I need to rearrange. I’ve been fine-tuning my timeline this time around and now need to make it all fit together, something I thought I’d been doing pretty well with…until now, that is.

It’s a little overwhelming.

This is not to say that I don’t love my story, because that isn’t the case at all! This is the story of my heart, the story that God has called me to write, and I love it so much. In fact, I know that when I’m finished, 100% done with it, I’m going to miss working on it. It’s just that, like everything, it’s difficult sometimes. To the point where letting it sit seems like a pretty good option, even if it does get me no where.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

I look forward to the day where I finish editing the last line and click Save. I look forward to using up a load of ink and copy paper to print off my masterpiece. I look forward to measuring that stack of paper with a ruler to see how thick it is, and sharing my excitement with my family and friends who have encouraged me as I’ve written it. I look forward to holding a physical copy of it in my hands and paging through it, seeing all the words that I have written.

The thing is, I’ll never be able to experience that sense of satisfaction, joy, exhilaration, and excitement if I don’t climb the mountain first. The mountain can be anything that makes writing difficult for you right now. Plotting and outlining that’s not going well, description and/or characters that seem flat, not quite sure how to get your thoughts on paper. Realizing that, after having completed the first draft, you have a lot of work ahead of you to make anything decently readable. For me, it’s knowing that I need to rearrange and major-edit some scenes to make them work with what I’ve got going on now.

And yeah, it can be really discouraging sometimes, but like I said, if you don’t work through the hard stuff, climb up the mountain, you’ll never get to savor the result at the end, or enjoy the beauty of the view at the top.

Sometimes I think that it won’t be any good when I get done, hard work or not. Sometimes I think, “I do things differently than this-famous-author-person, so maybe it’s not as good.” So let me remind you (and myself) that what you have to say? It matters. Why? Because you matter. Everyone has a unique voice with something unique to say. On the subject of writing, one guy said, “I could tell 100 different students to write a story about pirates on ship and get 100 different stories.” And this is not a bad thing! Everyone tells stories differently because they have their own voice, perspective, and imagination. So just because you have a different approach or style to writing, doesn’t mean that it’s bad or you’re not a “good enough” writer. Strive towards improvement and honing your skill and create something that is uniquely you!

The story that I’m writing, I’m writing for me, and I’m writing for God. Having other people read it (eventually-maybe-probably) is just a plus! I don’t know what God wants me to do with it when it’s done. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Who knows! The struggle is still real though, because I still want to create something that’s of good quality, you know? Even if I’m the only one who ever reads but especially if other people read it!!

So when those hard days of writing hit, remember: It will be worth it. If it’s the story of your heart, the story that you want to get on paper, the story that you feel called to write…don’t give up. Keep on keepin’ on, and don’t give up. Hard work can be a reminder of what will be produced: a masterpiece. Haha, I know, I know! So easy for me to say, right? Yeah, but it’s also true…so…easy or not, don’t give up! The hard work is worth it!

You got this, writer! *fistbump*

PS…if you want, check out Go Teen Writers. It’s my favorite writing site. Pretty good stuff!

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Jeremiah 32:17

So I was reading in my Bible this morning, in the book of John. In my study notes, it said “See Jer 32:17.” I don’t always flip to the places they direct me to (too many!!) but I thought I would this time, for whatever reason.  I’m glad that I did, because this verse was encouraging to me this morning.

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YES!! That just makes me so excited! To think that the God who made the earth and sunsets and the stars and the moon and the milky way (both the star system and the candy bar because both are awesome) can tackle whatever problem I’ve got is just AWESOME. ❤

and I just wanted to share that verse with you, because just maybe it’ll encourage you too, to know that there’s nothing too hard for Christ.

So…yeah! That’s all!

Emma xo

 

 

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A Little of This, a Little of That…

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Hellohellohello! It’s me again. Hehe. It’s fun to be random and whatnot, so I thought I’d share with y’all what I’ve recently discovered.

And when I say that, I don’t mean I discovered that the moon is made of cheese (I do quite enjoy that episode of Wallace and Gromit though) or I have successfully discovered how to take a picture of an atom. I’m talking things like a new song or a new verse in the Bible. Just random little things that make life happier all around. 🙂

Wallace and Gromit on the Moon made of Cheese

A little of this, a little of that, you might say. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something you think is kinda neat too. 🙂


First up…

New Song

I actually discovered this song while reading a book. The song I Go to the Rock was the book’s theme song, and I just had to listen to the words instead of reading them.  It’s such a great reminder that God is always there and…yes, I love it. Dottie Rambo wrote it, but I personally enjoy Whitney Housten’s version. 🙂

Where do I go…when there’s nobody else to turn to?

Who do I talk to…when nobody wants to listen?

Who do I lean on…when there is no foundation stable?

I go to the Rock! I know He is able, I go to the Rock!

 

New Bible Verse

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across some picture and the caption was Amos 5:4. Upon Googling it, I found this verse:

Amos 5:4

Isn’t that verse lovely? And, haha, I’ve found I’m like Aunt Clara from Bewitched–we both like doorknobs. While Aunt Clara collects them, I don’t have the room, not with all my books, so I just take pictures, like the one above. Still, you can’t tell me that a doorknob doesn’t make an interesting photograph!

New Drink

Teacup and Saucer

TEA! Yes, yes, I know that tea is a popular drink and some of you may be wondering why I haven’t ever “discovered” it before just now. So here’s my excuse! I never liked tea before. In past tea-tasting experiences, I just didn’t really care for it. It was eh. That is until Mother Dearest bought this “fruit sampler” box of tea–a whole bunch of different flavors, all in a box! That box of delicious sipping goodness has changed my perspective on tea forever. I’ll have a cup of blueberry please, with a buncha honey!

New Book

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My grandma gave me this book for Christmas, and I just finished the fourth and final book, and it is AMAZING. This is actually the book where I heard of the song I Go to the Rock! Even though it’s fiction, it’s engaging, encouraging and full of God’s truth! The characters make me laugh, drive me nuts, and…yeah! And I can’t mention Neta Jackson without saying that her Yada Yada series is also stinkin’ amazing. Not to sound redundant or anything, but if you take this paragraph ^^ and apply it to Yada Yada, you’ll get a pretty good idea! 🙂

New Recipe

I’ve found two new recipes lately. One for a delicious lemon sour cream pound cake.

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And one for soft pretzels!

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my fat little pretzel sticks

 

The cake, I just dumped most everything in, flipped the KitchenAid on, called it good. (Recipe calls for bowl #1 and #2 and egg yolks here and whites there. Yesh!) Anyways it turned out great! So did the pretzels. First time I made sticks (or logs if you prefer since sticks are generally…thinner) and had to use regular salt since I didn’t have any pretzel salt. Second time I got brave and whipped those babies into ze classic twist–and I had pretzel salt! Without or without the twist, with or without the pretzel salt, it’s easy and yummy. 🙂

New Movie

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We watched this movie a few months ago maybe? Oh my gosh, I will admit that I was tearing up during this movie…maybe a little. It follows a bunch of different people going through very different stories, and each one of them is approached with the question: Do you believe in what God did for you on the cross? And even though the movie itself is fiction, just seeing the work of God in each of the characters lives is such a powerful thing. A good reminder that God is at work in our lives too!


Can’t really think of anything else to add…of course, once I press PUBLISH I’ll think of something. Ha! Doesn’t it always work that way? Anyway, what new things have you discovered lately? 😀 I hope you have a superwonderfulfantasticamazing rest of your day. Until next time!

Love, Emma xo

 

 

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The New Year, The Hobbit, and Books. Lots and Lots of Books.

Merry Christmas (a week late or a year early, whichever you prefer) and Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I love watching the clock turn from 11:59pm to 12:00am. And now I have to retrain myself to write ’15 instead of ’14. There’s so many things to look forward to this year. Spring. And summer. And winter again. And another New Year…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It’s January, it’s 2014 (I mean 2015). It’s a brand new year, full of blessings and adventures and just…amazingness in itself. 😀

Everyone talks about having resolutions for New Years, and I really don’t have any in mind. Nothing that I wasn’t trying to do before the new year, anyways. XD I do have a goal, though. What’s that, you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked!

My goal for 2015 is to read 100 books in a year. I love to read. So I’m excited. Who wouldn’t want to try and read 100 books in 12 months? 😀 I’m kicking it off by reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. And, as big a fan I am of the movies (which, by the way, I went to see The Hobbit: Part Three: Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, and it was magnificent. Ahhhhhhh.) I have never…actually…read…the…books…. :O

I know! I know! But I’m going to change that, starting…well, starting December 30, 2014. (wow that seems like so long ago now.) I actually sorta cheated on the 100 books for 2015 thing, (because technically I shouldn’t have started until today, Jan 1) and started the Hobbit last night. I couldn’t resist, okay? It was too tempting. Hobbits and Wizards and Dwarves and Smaug and…it’s amazing, I’m telling you. The movies are also amazing. I know they’re long, but I’m telling you, it’s worth it. It really is.

And, speaking of The Hobbit and Battle of the Five Armies and everything else Middle Earth, Jacquie @ She Is Modest made an amazing Tauriel costume, which she posted about here. Seriously, it is amazing. You must go check it out. (If you want to, it’s completely optional, just highly recommended.)

In addition to reading The Hobbit, I’m going to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (surprise surprise) So I’m pretty excited about that. I want to rewatch the movies as I read the books, because…I don’t really know why. Because it would be cool, that’s why. 😀

I was considering naming all my favorite LOTR characters, but then decided that the list would be too long, and I’d much rather hear about your favorites instead. Pray tell, your favorite Hobbit and Lord of the Ring characters!

What else am I going to read this year, in addition to fantasy featuring Strider and Frodo and Gandalf? Well, that would be The Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve read both the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series by her, both of which I loved, so I’m pretty stoked about this series as well. Hehe, yay!

Anddddd…well, I might as well stop there. I have a reading list I’ll never finish, and I have a feeling you don’t want to spend all your time sitting here while I tell you about all the amazingness I’m going to partake in.

BUT. OH. I just want to tell you about this a moment before I end this. I got the book God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, and I am going to read that as well. 😀 I’ve read God’s Smuggler before, and it was such an amazing book. It really demonstrates God’s power and just…wow. It’s just a WOW book. :’) So if you want a really good WOW book full of God-Things, I recommend this one.

Alright, enough yakking. (For now.) I want to hear about you! Have a good Christmas? New Years Eve? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, or seen the Hobbit? (Don’t forget that you were going to tell me your favorite LOTR characters :D)

Until next time, faithful readers! Thanks for sticking with me for this past year, with my scattered blog posts and randomness. I appreciate your comments and look forward to blogging with you for another year!

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