Thursday, May 11, 2017

choose joy

Fear + sorrow depress the soul, but a joyous frame of mind energizes the soul. ♥
choose joy.

Monday, May 8, 2017

I AM

Last month I did a study on the book of John and specifically looked for the 7 "I Am" statements that Jesus makes. I was thrilled to read over these declarations that Jesus makes about himself!

1} Jesus is the bread of life
"And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life, he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth me shall never thirst." {John 6:35}

"I AM the bread of life." {John 6:48}

"I AM the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." {John 6:51}

"...he that eateth of this bread shall live forever." {John 6:58b}

2} Jesus is the light of the World
"Then spake Jesus unto them, saying, I AM the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." {John 8:12}

3} Jesus is the door
"I AM the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." {John 10:9}

4} Jesus is the good shepherd
"I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." {John 10:11}

"I AM the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." {John 10:14}

5} Jesus is the resurrection and the life
"Jesus said unto Martha, I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." {John 11:25-26}

6}  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life
"Jesus said unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." {John 14:6}

7} Jesus is the true vine
"I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." {John 15:1-2}

"I AM the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." {John 15:5}

Each one of these declarations is like a promise from God...
Jesus is the bread of life, therefore we will never hunger.
Jesus is the light of the world, therefore He will light up our darkness.
Jesus is the door, therefore we can enter into marvelous life with Him.
Jesus is the good shepherd, therefore He will watch over us and keep us safe.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life, therefore we can have eternal life through Him.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, therefore we can have peace in Him, knowing His way is true and right.
Jesus is the true vine, therefore we can have life and grow in Him.

Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. }} John 14:27

Thursday, May 4, 2017

thursday thankful things

lilacs from Nelson
when the little sister makes me coffee
1 Peter 3
walks with Jess
waking up to birds chirping
rainy days
journaling/scrapbooking with Jess
having my bestie + her sister up for the weekend
Ephesians 2:1-10
sunshine after rain
green grass
quiet, peaceful evenings playing my ukulele on the front porch
that sin does not have dominion over us when we are alive unto Christ
encouraging conversations with sisters
crossing things off my to do list
coffee shop chats with Jerusha
spending time with family over the weekend
Romans 6
doing string art with Naomi
text messeges from friends saying they are praying for you
quiet time with Jesus
selfies with Annie

{ what are you thankful for? }