I Will

Written after reflecting on “Difficulties Concerning the Will” from Hannah Whitall Smith’s The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, particularly the following excerpts:

For the decisions of our will are often so directly opposed to the decisions of our emotions that if we are in the habit of considering our emotions as the test we shall be very apt to feel like hypocrites in declaring those things to be real which our will alone has decided. But the moment we see that the will is king we shall utterly disregard anything that clamors against it and shall claim as real its decisions let the emotions rebel as they may. (89)

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Into Something Beautiful

From the archives – Summer 2007

(Jars of Clay’s song “Something Beautiful” inspired this post. Enjoy.)

Recently, I spent some time at the Getty, and every time I go, I am reminded just how much I love it there. It’s in a beautiful location with wonderful architecture, gardens, and collections. As my friend and I hung out there, I felt so invigorated. My dusty, creative photography skills started to rev up and ideas of different shots and perspectives began to fill my mind. Reflections on 20th century European drawings reminded me how much I want to develop my sketching ability and learn more about line, value, and shading. Taking in a specially featured Manet led me to ponder perspective and the fluid nature of painting as it breaks the bounds of the expected and conveys feeling, challenges your notions of the possible, and pushes you to consider what isn’t always obvious. Continue reading

Overwhelmed by Grace

(reflections after “Waiting for Taquitos from Trader Joe’s“)

An excerpt from my journal, October 29…

img_2268For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. –Romans 5:10

Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because prior to all of that, Christ died. . .Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience. . . The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. . . ‘It is finished.'” –Oswald Chambers

Jesus, I never realized how much of a functionally, works-based mentality I have carried when it comes to my salvation and righteousness in You. Continue reading