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, April 17, 2014

Without Him

“You will be our guide to the end, to the end
The Lord is with me, He will not forsake me.”
- Excerpt from the song In Your Presence by Elevation Worship

Walk about Zion, go around her,
number her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever.
- Psalm 48:12-14

Empty: “having no value or purpose” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Life is distracting. Dangers come and go, sadness comes and goes, as well as gladness too. Through it all we can lose our vision. We can forget our guide. We can forget on what to rely.  But through it all, God is there. Through it all He wants to be our guide. Through it all He wants us. But we forget Him so often. Days go by without thinking about Him. Days pass without ever comprehending His presence. Days go by… But then He’s needed. He’s wanted. He’s the only thing we really want. Where is He? Why doesn’t He come to us when we’re in need? Why? Why does He seem so distant when we want to be so close? Why? Is God our servant? Is God a tool we use to feel better? Is God really our God? Or is He what we want Him to be? God isn’t always what we want from Him. He isn’t always what we imagine of Him. He isn’t always what we’ve created Him to be. But we’re always His creation. And we should thank Him for that blessing. We should give Him gratitude that while we’ve lived a life ignoring who He really is, He is still there. His is still here. He is… We should be thankful, because we don’t want a God that is a piece of our imagination. We don’t want our God to be something we’ve created. He’s no idol to be worshiped. No piece of manipulation that we can rejoice in. He’s who He said He is. He is. We don’t control Him. We don’t dominate Him. We don’t get to make Him into something we want. He is a God of relationship. He is a God of dignity. He is a God of power. And His power is not granted to Him, it is inherent in Him. And so it is not for us to call Him closer, it is for us to move closer to Him. Move closer to Him. Live in His will for your life. See His power work in you and for you in a relationship of love. He is amazing. He is everything. He is. What are you without Him? Empty…

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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