The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

He Is With Us


“Our God is with us
And we will not forget
That you’re fighting for us
Who can stop the work of Your hand

We rejoice, we rejoice for you have come
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, our King has come”

- Excerpts from the song We Rejoice by Elevation Worship

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. - Isaiah 7:14

Emmanuel/Immanuel: Hebrew word meaning, “God with us”

In the morning I usually try to meditate on God for a little while. I’ll set a time for 15 or 20 minutes and let all the thoughts run through my mind, like leaves floating on a stream they simply pass by while I try to be with God. What usually happens is that I fall asleep at some point. When I set my timer for 15 minutes what I find is that the alarm usually wakes me up. However, if I set the timer for 20 minutes I usually wake up before it goes off and I wait expectantly for the allotted 20 minutes to expire with a jingle from my phone. I’m sure your thinking to yourself right now, “Who in the world cares what you do in the morning.” But follow for a second. Something happens between 15 and 20 minutes. My body naturally begins to wake up. But my mind was always with what I was thinking about when I fell asleep. Often the same thing happens when I sleep for the night. When I go to sleep asking for God’s presence I find I am always awakened with the feeling of His presence through a thought, a song, or a feeling. Too often we want God’s presence in our lives but we don’t take the time to watch for it, listen for it, feel it, or even ask for it. Too often we fill our minds with everything but God, and expect God to show up somewhere in there. And it’s not that God can’t show up in those times, however God generally shows up after He’s been invited. Jesus is Emmanuel, He is with us. The problem is that we’re often not with Him. Are we seeking His presence? And how often? The Bible says, “Today if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” - Hebrews 3:15 He is speaking. His voice is being carried through our thoughts and minds. In times of need, see if you can’t hear Him say, “I am with you.” When the sun is shining on the beauty of creation, see if you can’t hear Him say, “I made this for you.” In our disbelief, see if you can’t hear Him say, “I’m waiting for you.” There are many who may read this and not get it. It simply won’t make sense. Perhaps they’ll even think it’s foolish. But if it means anything to you now, it means more than words can say. I can’t presume to know what God says to you in your heart. I can only repeat what He says to me and what He’s said to everyone through His word. And if you’re listening for God, wondering what He’ll sound like. He generally sounds like a thought. But not just any thought. He sounds like a thought you need to hear. A thought that brings healing. A thought that offers guidance and reproof. Jesus left His disciples with this, “And, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” - Matthew 28:20b He is with us. I believe His promise.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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