no greater love
More often than I’d like to, I find myself complaining about how “flat” “irritating” and my personal favorite, “humid” Florida is. I mean yes, once a New Yorker is ALWAYS a New Yorker. However, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t feel like I’ll end up raising a family in Florida, or New York for that matter. (Unless God has complete other plans because well we know sometimes he laughs at the plans we make). If you know me, you know I am constantly protesting about the heat, the reckless drivers, and the totally authentic, down-to-earth, and non materialistic people in Miami (NOT). I’ve gotta tell you, sometimes I find it a tad difficult to find people to connect with, mostly because I’m so incredibly different. In the best way. I’ve learned to embrace the fact that I wasn’t really meant to fit in. I fought it like heck growing up, wanting to desperately fit into a group of people. But today, it’s one of the things that I love the most about myself. I don’t belong to people or people’s perception of me. Frankly, I could care less. I belong to Jesus Christ. I am accepted, loved beyond measure, saved without question.
Today, I went to the Thrift Store and I spent about twenty minutes sorting through the Vinyl Records section, and I squealed for joy when I found an old ‘Johnny Mathis Greatest hits’ record that was dedicated to someone special on the back. My friend April brought me a ‘Star Wars Vol: 1’ original comic book and I was over the moon! I laughed because well, I really don’t need much to be happy. (That, and I’m also a major nerd).
Can I be honest with you? Today I find joy in simple things, mostly because I am free. Those days where depression had a grip on my soul, are long gone.
I was sitting in the back seat of my car while my mom was driving, and I laid my head on the windowsill. I looked up at the clouds, cotton candy skies; my favorite. I smiled, as ‘Coldplay’ played on the stereo and I looked up at the sky.
F r e e d o m .
‘Show me your way, my love, my Lord
Draw me to grace, so strong, so sure
I run to your mercy, where I am free
Help me find my all, in thee.’
Walking in bondage became tirelessly hazardous. A couple of years ago, I was dragging my feet through this thing called life. Friend, life is valuable. You are valuable. You don’t have to keep living with sadness, or guilt. in Jeremiah 29:11 our Heavenly Father promises to give you hope and a future. He did it with me. Every day I am reminded of his faithfulness. It’s the beautiful canvas in the sky, it’s the old lady crossing the street, it’s the flock of birds that fly in the air, it’s the daisies growing in your backyard. This life is beautiful and you’re not meant to live in bondage. Our God came to set the captive free, to meet you where you are. He’s madly in love with you. I promise you, there is no greater love.
As I sat watching the sunset today (one of my favorite past times) I thought, ‘Lord, let nothing ever separate me from this love. No high’s, no lows, no depths or height, Valley or mountain top.’
Friend, there is no greater love.
“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sunset., Pembroke Pines, 5/19/19.
Sunset., Pembroke Pines, 5/19/19.
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