Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"We Encourage" - with Aly

hi friends! i have to thank Jami for letting me share with all of you, her devoted readers and "we encourage" linker-uppers. you guys, i got to meet Jami in real life last weekend. we spent the whole weekend together, and oh my goodness, she is the real deal. exactly how you'd imagine her to be. and most importantly, sooo encouraging. she just makes you feel right at home, like you're old friends... anyway, just thought you'd want to know! and now, on to our regularly scheduled post:


if you're like me, when trouble comes, you immediately scramble to find a solution. you try to solve problems using logical, earthly wisdom, gleaned from your vast pool of experience and knowledge. you want immediate answers and you want to take immediate action. especially when a friend comes to you seeking advice, you feel obligated to solve their problems quickly, or at least give them a morsel of wisdom or thoughtful advice.

in the "age of google", which i'm certain will be defined as an era in history books, we want instant information. we want reasons, explanations, diagnoses. we want answers and we want them now.

but that's not how God works, and it's not how we were meant to live our lives. we're not supposed to have everything figured out. we're not supposed to have all the answers, or always know the right thing to say.

we're supposed to lean in to the One who does. we're supposed to commune with and rest in and dialog with the One who knows past present and future, and Who has ordained every one of our days. 

our human knowledge and wisdom are only two-dimensional. we only know past and present, and fragmented ones at that. God knows all things about all people and all circumstances. because He desires relationship with us, He doesn't reveal everything at once. sometimes He never reveals certain things. 

but it's all about relationship with Him. if we could do life on our own, we'd have no need of a daily [sometimes hourly] pouring out, seeking, trusting, abiding relationship with Him.

we are finite, but He is infinite:

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

we have limited knowledge, but He knows all things:

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33

we have limited understanding, but His understanding, no one can fathom:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

God designed it this way, so that we'd have a need to rely on Him, so we'd have a need to seek wisdom in His word, and so we'd have a need to cry out to Him in prayer.

if you're scrambling for answers right now, i'd encourage you to stop and fix your eyes on Jesus. pray, cry out, simply be in His presence, read His word. i have many verses written out on notecards that i keep with me. sometimes they pertain to a specific situation that i'm dealing with, but most of the time i just need God's Truth to fill my mind instead of the lies that can often echo so much louder. even if you don't find answers, wisdom, clarity, you will most certainly find peace. and the peace that passes understanding is more precious than any definition or diagnosis or answer or understanding that He could ever give us.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3



carina@a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut said...

Thanks for this beautiful reminder that we don't need to know it all, we can't know it all, we just have to trust in the One who does...

hannah singer said...

thanks, aly! love that isaiah 40 passage. praise jesus for his listening ear to our cries, for his open arms to the collapse of our own strength. he is almighty, indeed. his peace is so beyond our dreams!

love you! and jami, thanks for having aly today!! Xo

katie said...

Such beautiful wisdom and encouragement!

Erin said...

Beautiful post once again! :) We need to TRUST God with our lives.. My post today is about exactly that. Thanks for sharing!

Angel Haynes said...

I'm feeling a bit discouraged for a variety of reasons right now. Thanks for the great post. I pinned the Isaiah 40 passage banner. I'm so looking forward to reading everyone's We Encourage posts today!

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Nessa said...

Love this... letting things be up to the one who can control everything.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

you two girls are too much goodness for one day! thanks for sharing aly. always love your words and heart. so much.

Courtney said...

This is such a great idea! Love it!

{cuppakim} said...

i know aly, isn't jami amazing? i'm kinda jealous of all the time you got to spend with her! we only talked for about 5 minutes but she was everything she is on this blog and more - SO awesome :)

thanks for your encouraging post!!!

and jami, the posts today are seriously super encouraging! thank you for serving the Lord and hosting this party!

Daryl said...

Thank you so much for these linkups. This prompt really pushed me this week to think and write about the things on my heart and the things I've learned. I am SO blessed!

<3 Daryl
Roots, Wings, and Other Things.

Kelli@MoreBangforYourBucks said...

What a beautiful blog post!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Amanda said...

Very well said! Thank you for sharing!

John said...

Thanks for the post. I am definitely in one of those times, and so are many around me. It's a good reminder to fix our eyes on Jesus.

Melissa M. said...

This was so encouraging, I really needed this right now... had to share!

Claire-Christine said...

I just came across your blog today and I wanted to say THANK YOU for this. I needed this advice/encouragement today and it came at just the right moment :-) I will be participating in "We Encourage Tuesdays" now. XOX