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earth and heaven

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O Lord, I live here as a fish in a vessel of water,
only enough to keep me alive, but in heaven I shall swim in the ocean.

Here I have a little air in me to keep me breathing, but there I shall have sweet and fresh gales;
Here I have a beam of sun to lighten my darkness, a warm ray to keep me from freezing;
yonder shall I live in light and warmth forever,

My natural desires are corrupt and misguided, and it is Thy mercy to destroy them;
My spiritual longings are of Thy planting, and Thou will water and increase them;

Quicken my hunger and thirst after the Realm Above.

Here I can have the world, There I shall have Thee in Christ;

Here is a life of longing and prayer, There is assurance without suspicion, asking without refusal;

Here are gross comforts, more burden than benefit,
There is joy without sorrow, comfort without suffering, love with inconstancy, rest without weariness.

Give me to know that Heaven is all love, where the eye affects the heart,
and the continual viewing of Thy beauty keeps the soul in continual transports of delight.

Give me to know that Heaven is all peace, where error, pride, rebellion, passion raise no head.

Give me to know that Heaven is all joy, the end of believing, fasting, praying, mourning, humbling, watching, fearing, repining;
And lead me to it soon.

— Valley of Vision

 


 

Alexander S. Kunz

Apps I Use Daily

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I am passionate about not being a complete and total screen starer 24/7, but I also have come to realize how useful the mini computer in my purse wrapped in a cell phone can be!

Below are apps I find particularly useful in my daily life…

Evernote

Being a journaler, thinker, compiler of recipes and articles and lists… Evernote is a dream come true. My notebooks include: Home Details, Book Quotes, Recipes, Blog Notes, etc. I’ve been using it pretty religiously since early 2016 and it is a great help for keeping my creative, all over the place interests in one place.

8fit

This is a new one for me, and it does require a monthly subscription, but it is doing wonders for my get up and go movement motivation at home. 5 to 15 minute sessions, with workouts tailored specifically for your activity level, interests, and goals. I set it up to so the app sends me a notification in the mornings “You know you’ll feel better after this workout.” The quick, high intensity, easy-to-do-at-home exercises jumpstart my neighborhood walks and jogs and it’s really fun.

Echo

This is relatively new for me also, and I’m still learning it and seeing if I actually like it. “Echo helps integrate prayer into your daily routine, allowing you to stay in conversation with God in the midst of your busy life.” (via) With Echo, you create a list of your prayers. You can add as many as you want, organize them into groups, and even mark prayers as answered so you can see how God is working! You can also set up notifications or emails to remind you to pray for individual prayers, or even groups of prayers. Along with my prayer index cards, I am starting to groove with this a little bit.

Filmborn

My new favorite photo editing app. Cool filters and numerous possibilities for editing photos.

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What I’m Listening To | No. 5

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Listen, Love, Repeat via Audible

“As we scatter kindness, we help to create a safe space where we can openly share the gospel with others. We get to see a life change right before our eyes. Not only the life of another. But our lives as well.” Karen Ehman

P.S. She’s coming to our church for an event in August! Super psyched.

Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

Favorites: Growing Roots and Melissa’s Story

Interview with Rebekah Gregory, victim of Boston Marathon Bombing – Feathers Podcast

Umm. Wow. Incredibly inspiring and eye-opening testimony of that day. God is good! And He is the best thing, even better than two healthy legs.

Real Talk Reflections – Running On Om

This is a new one I’ve found, about yoga and running and living healthfully.

“Really be clear about the boundary where something stops being supportive and starts being limiting and isolating. I think that is different for every person and different for every habit within every person.” –Nicole Antoinette

a spiritual challenge I encountered while watching Wonder Woman

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This post might seem random, but Holy Spirit has been teaching me about strength. And we recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie. So there’s that.

Besides her tear through “No Man’s Land” in the film (definitely my favorite part), her battles throughout the movie feel extra realistic – her inner wrestle with good and evil, belief in humanity and in herself, confidence and uncertainty.

On the car ride home, God prompted me to take a look at my “stance,” if you will. What I saw was insecurity, fear and shame, shrinking back and letting discouragement rule.

Not a strong battle stance for a child of Almighty God, right?

I read in Romans 13, The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.… put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Do you hear confidence dripping from those phrases? I do.

John Piper’s encouragement on these verses lights a serious fire in my soul,

“Put on Jesus Christ” means put him on as the parachute because you are skydiving behind enemy lines. It means put him on as the high-impact, protective, anti-explosive suit when you disarm the bombs of the devil. It means put him on as the fire-proof suit when you rescue sinners from the flames of hell. It means put him on as a bullet-proof vest when you confront the pistols of sin and unbelief. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” means put him on as a badge that admits you to all the resources of heaven that you need to do his will. It means put him on as the best intercom system that ever was so that there can be constant communication with the one whom you love above all others and who is himself everything you need.

Then I experienced Wonder Woman in all her sword-yielding, armor-wearing, stick-it-to-them glory.

Her lasso of truth, her powerful sword, armor on her wrist that treat bullets as if they were candy. In the scene I referred to earlier, her storming “No Man’s Land” to save a village from a German stronghold was ignited by kindness for the people, and an attitude of power and confidence in who she was.

Quite inspiring.

Even then, I began preaching to myself, 

You are a child of God! Put on His armor, wear Jesus as your protection and provision, and fight the good fight of faith

And I encourage you with the same message! Let’s fight dishonesty, gossip, negativity, insecurity and shame. Let’s battle unbelief and doubt. Let’s fight for Truth, strong and confident, for holiness and for God’s glory!

When you put on the armor of light—daily (or hourly!) fresh faith in Christ, hope in Christ, love for Christ—it is hard for the works of darkness to cling to you. They are pushed out by the light. If your eye is good (if you see Christ as your treasure) your whole body will be full of light. John Piper

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a great Christmas gift idea

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Do you have any candle lovers in your life?

I do. And I am one.

Mercy Candle Co, my friends.

50 cents from the sale of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking. I love the idea of shopping with purpose, shopping with beautiful intention. And for a person who always has a candle burning, this is a cool one!

Just an idea :)