Chalkboard Print – Lamentations 3:22-24

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I made this earlier. I hope you like it! Have an awesome week.
~ Blessings, Sarah

It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Yahweh is my portion, says my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (WEB)

Does God Exist?

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I love the way this video gets you thinking. It is up to each individual to choose to believe in God or NOT to believe in God. I believe God gave us that sacred and indelible choice. ~ Sarah

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”
– Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason

The greatest act of faith takes place when a man finally decides that he is not God.
– Johann Wolfgang Goethe

If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., Materialism and Astronomy – are mere accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.
– C.S. Lewis

“What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind.”
– Ravi Zacharias

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.
– C.S. Lewis

For when we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything.
– G. K. Chesterton

The real attitude of sin in the heart towards God is that of being without God; it is pride, the worship of myself, that is the great atheistic fact in human life.
– Oswald Chambers

“It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.”
― G.K. Chesterton

The theory that thought is merely a movement in the brain is, in my opinion, nonsense; for if so, that theory itself would be merely a movement, an event among atoms, which may have speed and direction but of which it would be meaningless to use the words ‘true’ or ‘false’.
– C.S. Lewis

If there is no God, then all that exists is time and chance acting on matter. If this is true then the difference between your thoughts and mine correspond to the difference between shaking up a bottle of Mountain Dew and a bottle of Dr. Pepper. You simply fizz atheistically and I fizz theistically. This means that you do not hold to atheism because it is true , but rather because of a series of chemical reactionsÂ… Â… Morality, tragedy, and sorrow are equally evanescent. They are all empty sensations created by the chemical reactions of the brain, in turn created by too much pizza the night before. If there is no God, then all abstractions are chemical epiphenomena, like swamp gas over fetid water. This means that we have no reason for assigning truth and falsity to the chemical fizz we call reasoning or right and wrong to the irrational reaction we call morality. If no God, mankind is a set of bi-pedal carbon units of mostly water. And nothing else.
– Douglas Wilson

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such a violent reaction against it?… Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too–for the argument depended on saying the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist – in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless – I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality – namely my idea of justice – was full of sense. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never have known it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
– C.S.Lewis

The atheist can appeal to nothing absolute, nothing objectively true for all people, it is just mere opinion enforced by might. The Christian appeals to a standard outside himself/herself in which truth and qualitative values can be made sense of.
– Peter Huff

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LOVE IS …

Love IS

Love is… a lot of things! Jesus loved us perfectly even while we were still sinners He died for our sins so we could have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and be with Him in eternity. For us mere mortals where we are not perfected yet, love can be tricky. Love is not about getting everything perfect or being perfect or expecting others to be perfect! Love the ones your with! And if they are, or if you are… ever unlovely, give or ask for forgiveness and move on. Life is too short to hold onto un-forgiveness or bitterness.

I have been crazy busy with another international move and our family has become extremely close. I think giving each other grace for our unlovely moments helps. There has been a lot to do and there still is a lot to do but God has really held us close as we transitioned into new communities and ministries. I am learning to understand that God hasn’t called me to watch life pass by in a safe and easy way being able to live in one place. He has called our family to participate and live life to the full in Him. Often we have to move to where ever He leads us in the world. God calls each one of us differently and some He calls to live in one place all their lives and be of great value and service to their community. (I hope one day He will call us to live in one place!) For our family for the time being we have been asked to move around the world. I don’t find change easy I find it stressful and my autoimmune diseases flare up and I have all that drama to deal with. I guess when you move there are a lot of challenges but there is also joy. There is the delight of seeing how God stretches our faith to solely rely on Him. It is exciting and fun getting to know new people. There are a million other things to be grateful for. Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly write something since I have been M.I.A. for so long. I will pop by Living in Grace now and again. To all those who have written beautiful notes to me I want to say how thankful I am that you would be so kind as to think of me and my family. I will reply to you all individually (now that we have the internet up and running). Hope you are having a great day where ever you may be in the world! ~ Sarah

He has Risen

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It is a wonderful time of year here in New Zealand it is starting to get cold and crisp. We are still packing and busy getting ready for our overseas move. So I won’t be here on Living In Grace often. In the mean time here is a chalk board print I made. Feel free to print it for your personal use. Or if you wish you may PIN it or also use it in your blog as long it is not altered in anyway and you kindly link back here. Thanks :)

I love Matthew 28:5-7. Imagine if an Angel appeared to you. How would you feel? I love that the Angel tells the woman to not be afraid. Believing by faith, and seeing someone or experiencing an event, face to face is different. The woman was seeking Jesus. She may have heard the stories about Jesus or perhaps may have even listened to Jesus preaching and was told of His death and resurrection. I am sure it would have been a difficult concept to grasp. Imagine seeking Jesus but meeting an Angel instead. Not only that, the Angel told her the good news, of Christ’s death and resurrection and that she would see Jesus in Galilee. Passover is not just about Jesus’ death and resurrection it is also about remembering redeeming of what was once lost, forgiveness of sin, grace, mercy, blessings, love that He pours out upon us daily. We are called to die to sin and we have been given new life through Christ. Life on earth is fleeting in comparison to our eternal life with Christ. For Christians we have hope and we have a future beyond this world. At this time of year I like to personally make an effort to take stock and let go of any thing that hinders my heart, mind and life. I like to think on how much Christ has already redeemed and restored my heart, life and my past. I am always amazed at how He shows up for me just when I need Him most, He gives me joy and hope for a wonderful future for me and all His children.

I hope you have a great week and a lovely Passover/Easter.
~ Sarah xxx

The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying. Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”
Matthew 28:5-7 (WEB)