”For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
When we place our treasure in something other than God, we are left empty. It may fill us for a while, and yet, in the long run, it eats us up, for our hearts aren’t not resting in God (where there is fullness of peace, joy, satisfaction and fulfillment), but with a cheap cop-out of a god, which leave us feeling unrested, deeply sad, unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
So how could we forfeit the One that can satisfy the deepest longings of our soul and settle for anything less? Much easier said than done, but yet, the truth remains: that Christ is the only true, perfect and fulfilling treasure that we could ever possess.
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This week, one of the art pieces we shared was Hannah Alger's poem "Choose Today". One stanza in particular stuck out to me: "You’re afraid to take that step,
That will forever change your life.
To reach out to the only One,
Who has power to calm the strife." So often, we are afraid to begin trusting God. We know God can and will radically change us, but we're afraid to trust Him. Trusting implies letting go of control and choosing to rely on something or someone else. It's hard and goes against our rebellious nature to trust God with something as significant as our lives.
That was me. Before I was a Christian, I was afraid trust God with my life. I didn't know what God had planned for me, and frankly, I didn't want Him planning my life without my permission. However, God showed me that, without Him, life is meaningless and full of heartache. He truly is the only One who gives our lives purpose and joy.
Maybe you're in a similar spot, or maybe you struggle to trust God with other things. Either way, choose today to begin trusting Him with all of you, and over time, you will be blown away by His goodness and grace. He is faithful and will not abandon. You are safe to surrender and give yourself over to this perfect God.
You can read the full poem at http://www.story516.com (link in bio) under May's theme "Begin". Also, if you have any sort of art for June's theme "Name", we would love to share it!
Thank you Hannah for sharing your poem! - Mandie Pitre, Social Media and Networking Manager for Story516
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There have been many times where I just wanted to quit. “God it’s not going to work. God what am I going to do? God what good can come from this? Lord you said you would help me. Lord I can’t do it without you.”
That is right you can’t do it without God. You can do nothing without the Lord. God will help us in all our trials. Sometimes I think to myself, why did you allow this to happen God? Then, I find out why and feel stupid. Don’t trust in your situation and don’t look to what is seen. All the trials you go through in life are making you stronger. You will see God working in your life if you’re a Christian. You won’t remain in those trials. Don’t give up. You will go through trials and get out and then go back in them, but always remember the mighty hand of God is at work.
Don’t waste your trials go into that prayer closet and cry out to God. Glorify God in your suffering, not my will God, but your will. God will help you have faith. Yes it is important to read His Word, but you must call on the Lord daily. You must build your prayer life. God will not leave His children. Don’t take my word for it believe in His promises. When everything is going good in life you will probably boast in yourself. When things are going bad that’s when you will glorify God and trust in Him more because you know it’s only the Almighty God that can help you and He gets all the credit when you get through it. Pray and fast, sometimes God doesn’t answer in our way or our time, but He answers in the best way and at the best time. Have a blessed #memorialdayweekend
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Harvest is a church where we seek the manifest presence of God. We want to know and experience God Himself and not just what He can do for us. Although God can and will heal human hearts and relationships, our primary focus is on our relationship with God. When we look up, when we are consumed with our vertical relationship with God, all of our horizontal relationships fall into place.
We would love to have you join us every Sunday as we seek to glorify God through worship, prayer, and learning for His Word.
Childcare is provided. Sundays, 5pm @ The Zoe Center
44675 Cape Ct, Ashburn, VA 20147
🌿 “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm 115:1 🌿 Soli Deo Gloria - to the glory of God alone
🌿 I am super excited to share what I did today. Y’all I got a tattoo!! I have wanted this beautiful reminder to glorify God in all I do for several years now, and finally took the plunge. #myfirsttattoo #solideogloria #armtattoo
A season of waiting is never fun, but always necessary. It gives us time to reflect on the past, create a better future, heal, learn, and appreciate every moment. It has given Her Blank Canvas the freedom to evolve, discover our true identity, and remember why HBC was created.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’re not going to sugar coat it, the waiting season was D I F F I C U L T. We struggled with doubt, rejection and fear, but we knew that when it was our time, we would be stronger than ever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That time has finally come and we are returning to serve you in greater capacities, with clearer direction, and fire in our hearts standing on Truth and Truth alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We hope you are happy to have us back, because we are sure glad to be back. 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our focus is not on a quantity of disciples but on a quality of discipleship. We believe that a quality disciple of Jesus Christ will passionately pursue these three commitments:
Worship Christ - In every setting, our church is seeking to make disciples who worship Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth with their entire lives.
Walk with Christ - We believe that our growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ accelerates when we actively and humbly walk with the body of Christ through small groups.
Work for Christ - Taking our lead from Jesus who gave his life for us, we seek to make disciples who give their time, treasures, and talents to build up the body of Christ through service.
J U M P I N G | F O R | G R A D U A T I O N | J O Y // As I mentioned in my last post, the process of graduating has certainly been a time of great reflection and overwhelming gratitude for all that the Lord has done during my time @southernseminary.
I graduated with a doctorate in education (EdD) in which I studied education, leadership, and spiritual formation (among other topics). I am excited to see how the Lord continues to use my studies to enrich how I think, serve, teach, write, and live.
My dissertation was on human embodiment and spiritual formation. I am grateful for the opportunity to write on a topic that is so near and dear to my heart. Thank you to all of my family and friends that encouraged me in my writing. I couldn’t have done it without you!
I am thankful for the friendships that have developed through the program, the countless professors that cared for us so well, and the committee that oversaw my dissertation. They provided much needed insight, wisdom, correction, and encouragement along the way. I am looking forward to continuing in this good work as the Lord allows! Soli Deo gloria!
All because of Jesus, I am delivered from my sin. All because of Jesus, I have purpose. All because of Jesus, I can have true joy that doesn’t rely on my circumstances. All because of Jesus, I can truly love others. All because of Jesus, I can know and be close to God—the Creator and sovereign King.
All because of Jesus, I can be cleansed, satisfied and truly fulfilled.
Happy Thursday, friends 🌿
Mannnn I love food !!!! So I bought some bigger jeans this week and I honestly couldn’t be happier that my body is adjusting to its natural set point👏😁. No longer will altering my body ever be a goal or something that should be worshipped. Nourishing myself and healing from years of negative macro counting and overexercise which took me away from my souls purpose. Who am I to change and alter my body? I’m a creation of God and was made perfectly. ❤️ knowing this is what set me free allowing me to give up control 🕊
“I’m so tired of saying no and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie I consumed so I know exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese; I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do, I’m going to finish this pizza and then we’re going to go watch the soccer game and tomorrow we’re going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans”
So let’s make a revolution to be through with the guilt and not associate food with your body weight. To eat whatever you desire and not have negative thoughts. This does not mean restricting, or feeling shame. Our souls are forever, so do what makes them happy! I eat what I want untill I am satisfied and no food is forbidden 🍫🍕. When I was only eating 2000 calories a day I lost way too much weight and became very weak and unhappy 😢. I was silly to think this was enough at that time in my life. I was ignoring my body and trusting a calculator. So now after learning the hard way I Iisten to my body eating how God designed me to❤️.
#food #glorifygod #eatgodsway #nourish #noguilt #noshame #foodislove
Good luck at ANW @dannybergstrom
! You’ve worked hard for this and so much more this year. Its really been great seeing you grow! Kick some butt ! 💪🏻👊🏼👏🏻
Here’s the truth. I don’t always feel calm. Rather I’m mindful of my purpose—to glorify God in all I do.
And that gives me an anchor.
My deep desire is to extend to others just some of the grace constantly extended to me through Jesus Christ.
My faith gives me presence of mind in those moments, and my prayer life gives me strength.
When you have a direct line to the Creator of the universe, you don’t feel as intimidated by worldly things. I can talk to God about anything, and He answers.
Not always the way I want Him to or in the timeline I hope for, but He always answers.
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Welcome. A wonderful welcome!
On a walk today I saw these two pink flamingos and welcome mat near the sidewalk, yet they were at least 25 feet from any front door. Unusual yet quaint.
Realize: JESUS GRACIOUSLY WELCOMED ALL when He walked this earth and He welcomes all now!
Hear from the Holy Bible:
"Months later, the apostles returned from their ministry tour and told Jesus all the wonders and miracles they had witnessed. Jesus, wanting to be alone with the Twelve, quietly slipped away with them toward Bethsaida. But the crowds soon found out about it and took off after him. When they caught up with Jesus, he graciously welcomed them all, taught them more about God's kingdom realm, and healed all who were sick." Luke 9:10-11 (TPT)
God's Word says: WELCOME ONE ANOTHER AS CHRIST HAS WELCOMED YOU. "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:5-7 (ESV)
#welcome #Jesuswelcomesall #welcomeoneanother #Jesusheals #JesusisLord #liveinharmony #withonevoice #glorifyGod #wonders #miracles #thegloryofGod #onawalk #pinkflamingos #funyard #kingdomofGod #Godofendurance #Godofencouragement #Christian #Bibleverses #favoritecolorpink #quaint #unusual #realize #humorhopeandholiness #nofilter
P E R S E V E R A N C E // This is what we were told would be one of the most important things to consider when we started our doctoral program. We were told that perseverance (and the Lord, of course!) would see us through even though we may have believed it was all about intelligence. When the going gets tough, persevere. The Lord will increase your faith + endurance in such astounding ways, which you may never have thought possible.
Life doesn’t stop when embarking on a new venture. It was quite an unexpectedly challenging few years for us! My unique experience included my Mom passing suddenly, pregnancy sickness, pregnancy complications + an emergency c-section, a daughter who endured many confusing health challenges after her birth, a move from KY to TX for my husband’s role at our church, & other positive, as well as challenging life events. Whew! Fortunately, my professors were extremely gracious during those times. I was able to go to the Lord, admit my weakness, & rely on his strength. It was definitely difficult, but I am eternally grateful for how the Lord saw us through it all! Graduation has certainly been a time of great reflection + endless gratitude.
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The first 4 services = amazing
The next 2 services = amazing 😉
As we continue to build on from Pentecost Sunday we rejoice with those who moved closer to Jesus during this revival. Bro. Sheets & Kane Johnson both received the precious gift of the HolySpirit! •
You never know what Jesus has in store for the remainder of this revival. See you tonight at 7:00. •
#glorifyGod #makedisciples #seeyoutonight