lessons from nature

Recently I had the opportunity to climb a mountain. Being [somewhat] out of shape, it was hard. My legs got tired, I got altitude sick, my feet hurt, I was thirsty, and sometimes I just wanted to turn back. However, I was determined to reach the top, and finally, I did!

As I was able to look down on all the world beneath me, all the pain of the climb faded away. Seeing the majesty of the view surrounding, I knew that I would climb those miles again, experience everything – all just to have the reward of that view, and having the satisfaction of reaching my goal.

That night as I lay in my sleeping bag trying to sleep, I was struck with the thought that my climb that day was very similar to what our walk with God is. It’s hard. People will make fun of us, things will be painful, and sometimes we might wonder why we’re doing it…maybe it would be easier to just quit. When we finally reach heaven to spend eternity with Jesus though, we will realize that it was all worth it. The pain, the struggles, the heartache – everything – will fade away, and we would repeat it all again to reach heaven.

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It made me even more thankful for the outdoors, how God reveals Himself and His character to us in subtle, yet beautiful ways.

Thoughts on Matthew 19:24-26

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I’ve heard and read verse 24 for a very long time, and I’ve always just been slightly perplexed by it. I knew that it was impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but I also knew that it isn’t possible for a loving God to keep someone out of heaven just because they have a certain amount of something. There are examples of wealthy people in the Bible that God calls His people. Take David for example: In Acts 13:22 God calls him, “a man after mine own heart,” and we know that David was wealthy.

 My understanding was with that of the disciples when they said, “Who then can be saved?” If it was easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet it is impossible for that to happen and I knew that God loves everyone because 2 Peter 3:9 says that the Lord, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” how did this all work together?

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Recently, it all finally came together. Every morning my Bible app gives me a verse for the day, and I either study that select passage or read the entire chapter the verse is found in. One morning, Matthew 19:26 was my verse to study. I quickly realized that the camel through the eye of a needle verse was there in direct correlation with verse 26, and that’s when it all hit me with crystal clear clarity. Just like it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it’s impossible for a rich man, or anyone in fact, to get into the Kingdom of God.

BUT, you have to read the entire verse! “With man this is impossible,” and here we see that it is impossible, “But with God all things are possible.” All things! Just as we see that fitting a camel through the eye of a needle is impossible, so is getting into heaven of ourselves, by our own works. When you add God to the equation, nothing is impossible anymore. By His grace, and through our faith, we can enter into heaven.

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As I sat there, my mind was blown. God had come through again. His Word is perfect, as we see in Psalm 19:7-8. Everything is in perfect harmony, because God can make no mistakes. Not only did I discover more Bible truth that morning, but I saw more evidence that God and His Word are true and to be trusted.


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(Oh, and if anything design-wise seems a bit off…I’m still working on ironing out glitches. Thanks for the understanding!)

something different || q+a collab

 Today I have something kinda different for you all!
My blogging friend Victoria and I have worked together on a blog collab, and she is guest posting today!
We both thought of several fun, deep, or interesting questions, and we’re both answering them.
If you want to read my answers, head over to The Homeschooler’s Hangout and you’ll find them there!
So, without any further ado, let’s meet Victoria!

Wassup peeps, I’m Victoria from The Homeschooler’s Hangout! *winning smile* My blog can be summed up in three words: mental teenage girl. I don’t really hold back on the weirdness, so, yeah. I try to be funny and write witty posts on all kinds o’ stuff. Thanks, Sunshine, for doing this collab Q&A! Onto the questions.

1. If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be?

Well, I’ll get to see all the Bible characters in Heaven, so…huh. I guess one of my favorite Youtubers xP

2. If you could have an exotic animal as a pet, which one? 

Probably a lion.

3. Would you rather go to space or down into a deep-sea trench?

I guess a deep-sea trench…

4. Would you rather live in a treehouse or someplace underground?

Treehouse.

5. If you could jump into any video/computer game, which one?

The computer game Super Mario 64 o.o It was so fun…*sighs*

6. If you could only save three things form your burning house, what would they be?

My bedroom, kitchen, and garage. JK. My tablet, laptop, and wallet.

7. Would you rather have no one attend your wedding or your funeral?

Funeral. I mean, I’ll be dead, so I won’t care. I would just hope people were at home mourning, not fighting over my stuff.

8. Would you rather have the ability to be invisible for a day or the ability to read minds for a day?

I’d want to read minds.

9. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

If a person had never heard of God or the Bible in their entire life and died, how would they be judged?

10. What is your first memory as a child?

I have no idea what the first one is…I literally have the worst memory. Sorry.

11. What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

Lounging in the spare room of my parents’ house. Nah, I kind of see myself married, maybe with a kid.