The Ugly Child

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I’ve never been the prettiest, smartest, fastest, definitely not thinnest, most popular, funniest or coolest… I am actually the total and complete opposite, Lol but you know what – it’s ok. I’ve learned through a few tear filled nights and frustrating days that (as cliche as it sounds) inside beauty is more important than outside beauty. You see when God formed us he didn’t mess up with that extra mole or accidentally choose your hair color he formed us as a work of art carefully creating us.
It amazes me that the creator of the universe would choose to call me His beloved, the apple of His eye! That he would worry so much as to know the number of hairs on my head!
Now I am not saying it’s easy being what society considers an “ugly” child lol but I am saying there is hope and someone who sees you in a completely different light. Someone who has called you His own and who gave His very life for you. This wasn’t really a planned out blog but just a reminder to you and a note to myself that I am loved – you are loved! You are beautiful even if you’re like me and usually only hear it from your dad (dad’s don’t lie) – it’s true! You are beautiful!

Origins

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They tell me it was all a BIG BANG!

A dense point in space.

An absent designer, a universe without a creative mind.

Your word says you called out the light and with your words formed what i call home.

The heavens your throne – the earth your footstool.

You set the boundaries of the sea and marked out the foundations of the Earth.

Now tell me Mr. Hawking were you there when the earth was laid or when the first black hole was arranged.

Degrasse does your understanding truly grasp the measurements of the Cosmos much less the planet on which you reside?

 Wegener have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep to actually see continental drift?

You want me to agree with your theories, as sound as they may be – I cannot accept the fact that you discredit my God’s omnipotence.

These theories which you defend require much more faith than most can understand.

You see in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…

and God saw that everything he had made and behold, it was very good – In the beginning.

*Bible passages used: Isaiah 66 – Proverbs 8 – Job 38 – John 1 – Genesis 1*

Ride o’ Die

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7, 8 ESV)

As I think of this verse it’s truth resounds in my head. Christ died for me even when no one would give two cents for me! He understood the concept of ride o’ die way before it was popular. Today is not a day of mourning but a day of rejoicing!
His death brought me freedom and hope.

If you’ve thought “I’m not good enough”, “I’ve messed up too much”, “my life is too full of sin”, the Bible says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23, 24 NIV)”
That means YOU, you have been justified, you were died for, you were loved by the creator! Jesus took the payment that was meant for us and spared us from death. In other words we did the crime and he paid the time.

Today I invite you to meditate on these truths.
1. You were died for
2. You are loved
3. There is an invitation for relationship with Jesus

And if you need to hear it again from someone else watch this video: the Death of YOLO

I’m getting a little dusty!

then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7 ESV)

As I am learning more and more about the earth and it’s process I am learning more and more about the truth of God. Genesis 2:7 rang a bell in me.

The earth’s crust contains most of the 100 or so chemical elements discovered thus far. Only eight of them make up more than 98 percent of the crust. These are, in order of abundance, oxygen, silicon, aluminum, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. In addition to water, we are composed of about 6 percent minerals: calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium and iron – do you see a pattern here?

There was no way that the author of Genesis 2:7 knew that our mineral makeup was similar to the earth’s.
The idea of us being composed by different minerals wasn’t around until 330 BC when Aristotle made the hypothesis. The periodic table wasn’t composed until 1869 by Mendeleev. Genesis was written in 5 BC!

It amazes me to think of a creator who would get down and personally create a human from dirt and breath his very own life into him! God wants to have a relationship with you!

So think about it, look it up! God and science are compatible! True science proves that God exists and that the Bible is infallible and inerrant.

Late Night Rant…

I just saw a video that was completely amazing!
Here is the link: cool video
Ladies – please stop settling for the first person that comes along. If he doesn’t love God what are you doing with him? Please save yourself the heartbreak! I am tired of seeing great Christian girls date sleezy ungodly guys…guys please ask some of our girls out so they can’t use that as an excuse to date these sleezy guys…

Men: stop dating girls as trophy wives. physical attraction should play a part, but it shouldn’t be the most important part! Your love for God should be the biggest thing that y’all have in common….
I know waiting is hard – especially when everyone around you is dating, engaged or married – but it will be so worth it! I promise!

Love & Death

Love is a word with many facets and meanings. Some people think of LOVE and they think of a relationship with a significant other, they think of flowers and butterflies. Others think of LOVE and they think of their children, maybe family etc…

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But it all boils down to one answer.

love is PATIENT, love is KIND. it DOES NOT envy, it DOES NOT boast, it is NOT proud. it is NOT rude, it is NOT self-seeking. it is NOT easily angered, it keeps NO RECORD OF WRONGS. love DOES NOT delight in evil BUT rejoices in truth. It always PROTECTS, always TRUSTS, always HOPES, always PERSEVERES. love NEVER FAILS.

As I read these verses I ask myself “Have I truly followed this part of the Bible showing this kind of LOVE
I think of the times I might have judged someone through their past forgetting who they were in Christ now… Or about the time I was not patient with a family member… Or about a time when I was rude… I now realize I have been doing it wrong all along.

We ask ourselves why are people not following Jesus, why are less and less people following him. The first century Christians were known for their behavior towards one another… Historians noted that Christians were set apart in the beginning because of their behavior and “unbinding love” towards one another. Is our love towards one another unbinding? Do people know you’re church is a Christian church because of the behavior of its members?

Little by little I am learning that just as Christ died for me I must die for others as well. Don’t misunderstand the death I am striving for to one that is physical … But understand that the death God wants us to live is a death that will benefit others. It may mean dying to my emotions, or my frustrations in order to love like 1Corinthians 13 states, all in all it is because of love that we are here and because of love that we must live or die… I challenge you to truly walk in love, and check your actions against these few verses.

Learning to love – the right way,
Abby Rea

Wedding Invitations

It’s wedding season! I have about four weddings these next few months, I’ve seen about 8 engagements in this year two which were on the same day, and I have found myself planning a perfect wedding on Pinterest! All this making my status as a single kind of depressing – or so I thought!

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You see this culture (especially among Hispanics) says that I must be in a relationship to be happy. Let me give you a bit of information that will come useful later on – if you’re unhappy as a single you will be unhappy as a couple. Bad example: it takes two complete eggs to make an omelette not half of an egg. You need to be a whole person in order to function correctly with another person!

I came to the realization a few weeks ago that if I wasn’t single I would have not graduated from an amazing Bible school, gone to Africa, or be preparing for a six week trip to a Central Asian country! You see it is true what it says in the Bible – there is a time and a season for everything under the sun, (Eccl. 3) and that includes marriage. Be content in this time and season God has you in! The apostle Paul tells us, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.” (Phil. 4:10-12)

Enjoy it – go on a cruise – finish school – save money – serve your community – do something. Learn to be content in your status.To all my sisters who are committed, your season isn’t that bad either but don’t make us single sisters feel left out and don’t try to get us a date with your man’s friend, cousin, brother, nephew etc.

So in conclusion, it’s ok to not date. It’s ok to not want to date. It’s ok to do things alone (ex., movies, dinner etc…) It’s ok to show up at weddings without a date (you don’t have to worry about matching or someone being tacky). It’s ok to take your mom or dad as a date (mine love to attend weddings maybe that’s why I say that) and it’s ok to not be at home waiting for Prince Charming to come and sweep you off your feet!!

Learning to be a full egg,

Abby Rea

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