what in the WORLD. THIS IS MY NEIGHBORHOOD. what are kids doing these days…
Three hundred twenty one
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever."
"To come home from another home is a weird feeling, because people expect you to be the person you were when you left, and that’s impossible. You expect things to be exactly the same as when you left, and that’s impossible. Maybe it’s impossible to even truly come home once you’ve gone away because of those changes. Coming home is strange, because now that place is just a tiny bit less of a home."
I love you, 할머니.
Thank you for praying over me. Thank you for reminding me of what’s important in life. And, most of all, thank you for loving our God.
Lord, I understand your sovereignty in my life. It took me awhile, but I can confidently testify that You are the only one in my life who will be there until the end. You’re the only one who will stay past the blood. You’ll care for me even though I can walk again. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when things fall apart again. I found comfort in things that weren’t You. I forgot my way again, I lost sight of what’s important. I forgot You.
I’m not blaming You for things falling apart the way that they are, but Lord, I want to lean on You. You know, sometimes it hurts to do so. It tests my faith. It makes me blind again, blind to the world. You know what’s best for me. You know my heart. You know how things will end. You know paradise.
Lord, I love my family. I love them beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. If this is what needs to happen to bring them closer to You, then Lord I pray that You’ll drag this out until they understand. I pray that You put my family through this mess until we all can clearly see that the pain is only to wake us up from the apathy and sin that we’ve fallen comatose in. Lord, rid us of this carelessness. Rid us of this pride. Rid us of this sin.
Lord, remind us that You give strength to the blameless; that it’s only through the blameless life of Your Son that we can get the easy way out. You promised strength and courage in times of persecution. You promised eternal joy. You promised to fill us with Your love so that we may love our neighbors, our enemies, our family.
One day, I want to stand firmly and confidently at Your feet, holding the hands of my family, my cousins, my aunts and uncles, praising Your name, giving glory and honor to Your great name. I know that this is what You want, so Lord, please, if it is in Your will, save us from the sin that we’ve enraptured ourselves in and remind us that it is by Your stripes that we are healed. Teach us forgiveness. Teach us humbleness. Teach us about Your love, about Your patient and kind love. One that does not envy or boast, that isn’t arrogant or rude or one that insists on it’s own way. Teach us not to be irritable or resentful or to rejoice at wrongdoing — we want to rejoice in the truth. We want to bear all things, believe in all things, hope for all things, and endure all things. Lord, remind us that our love will never end; that this, this perfect love, is the greatest of all things.
"Because we have a God who chose us in eternity past and looks at a day as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day, we will not be infatuated with the latest fads and trends."
Kevin DeYoung in Crazy Busy
Every year gets better. Cheers to 23!