it’s remarkable what a month can hold. this month I want to pursue God further, higher, deeper, until every fibre of my being is overwhelmed by His crazyradical ridiculous love and captivated by His scandalous grace.
If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, Still will I trust in the Lord; when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh! what honour it reflects on the gospel. God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring–that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as he is pleased to keep them in it. This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace. There is a lighthouse out at sea: it is a calm night–I cannot tell whether the edifice is firm; the tempest must rage about it, and then I shall know whether it will stand. So with the Spirit’s work: if it were not on many occasions surrounded with tempestuous waters, we should not know that it was true and strong; if the winds did not blow upon it, we should not know how firm and secure it was. The master-works of God are those men who stand in the midst of difficulties, stedfast, unmoveable.
i’m teaching her how to shoot film and polaroids. because she was created by the Creator to be creative. it’s a ridiculous joy seeing her grow more in love Jesus, and want to do beautiful things with me.
on the Cross God gives Himself. He becomes the Husband to the grieving widow (Isaiah 54:5), the Comforter to the barren woman (Isaiah 54:1), the Father of the orphaned (Psalm 10:14), the Bridegroom to the single person (Isaiah 62:5), the Healer to the sick (Exodus 15:26), the Wonderful Counsellor to the confused and depressed (Isaiah 9:6), the Freedom for the spiritually imprisoned, the Shepherd to the lost (John 10:11), the Binding for the brokenhearted, and the Good News for the poor (Isaiah 61:1). He becomes the substitution for our sins and brings forgiveness, acceptance and unconditional love to those who call upon His name. so much was accomplished those 6 hours that Friday.
bald hill, sydney australia / fujifilm x100 / vsco film instagram: @athenagracee
For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. John Stott
bald hill, sydney, australia / fujifilm x100 / vsco film
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.