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week one

Fayetteville.Dallas.Austin.Fayetteville.Branson

What I learned about God: 

  • God is Thorough
  • “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements– surely you know! Or who shut the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
  •  Who can fathom the Lord’s creative hand? He is inexplicably and incomprehensibly thorough, even and especially in the smallest details! I am awestruck at the thought of him telling the sea where to stop. He misses nothing.
  • I saw God’s thoroughness throughout my trip in several ways: 1. my two friends in Austin (they do not know each other) live 46 seconds away from each other! I was a little concerned about driving across Austin, alone, close to midnight, to get where I was staying. This is a little detail of which the Lord was fully aware. Very little, but I was very grateful. 2. I arrived in Austin with no set plan other than wanting to meet with a church, a school, and 4 different friends. The Lord orchestrated my 48 hours in such a way that I got to see everyone I wanted to see, got adequate time with each, and was not late to any appointment. You can get anywhere in my hometown in 15 minutes, so I was slightly nervous when I learned that cities like Austin and Dallas don’t work like that. Again, this is may seem like a little detail, but I was so very humbled that He orchestrated things in this way.
  • Lord, grant me eyes that recognize the subtle ways that you guide, protect, and provide for your children that I may praise you more fully and for the intricate details of your hands. You are thorough; give me eyes to recognize it.

What I learned about myself: 

  • I am forgetful
  • In every sense of the word, I am forgetful. From car keys to day of the week and everything in between, good intentions just don’t compensate for my forgetfulness. Here I am specifically referring to forgetfulness regarding  God’s faithfulness. I recognized this through a stream of worried thoughts this week. Nothing is worth worrying over, but I was getting nervous about finding a job, whether or not I should move to Austin, getting rejected by the jobs for which I was applying… etc.
  • Remember what is true: God has proven himself thorough, faithful, and provisional throughout the Bible…. and in my life.
  • Why, then, do I worry? 
  • Because I momentarily forget that God is who he says he is, and so will be consistent to himself. I become nearsighted and think that what I think is best IS best. It’s as if I think He has forgotten, or missed a detail. His eye is on the sparrow, for crying out loud. Luke 12:7-8
  •  #deuteronomy4:9

Miscellaneous:

  • Fayetteville traffic doesn’t hang with Dallas traffic
  • Dallas at 5:00pm + The Beast (my car) + Every Dallas Resident + the highway =

    stand. still. traffic.

Picture of the week:

  • I went to visit a school in Austin and all of the visitor parking spots were taken… but not this bad boy.

Mozart's overlooking Lake Austin

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