God Is...

God Is...

...Honestly, so much greater and mightier than my measly string of words can describe.


This article began as a list in my journal, a list I made as I found myself in a cloud of stagnancy and doubt. I am so quick to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency.

I wrote out this list, and the traits started to flow out as I thought of more and more, a lot that I did not have time and space to list here.

As always, I'm not here as an expert, just simply sharing just a few things I see in the incredible God I get to serve and have a relationship with, so here goes.

God is...

...in control.

"For from him and through him and to him are all things."
Romans 11:36

...like really. God is really, actually, truly, completely in control.

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it,"
Isaiah 55:10-11

I find so much comfort in this. I am nothing. I have so little power and control and God has so much. This is itself is such a beautiful and incredible thing I could probably write another article completely about it.

...loving, a love that is steadfast and unwavering.

Again, I could write another article in itself simply about the love of God. I did not know how to simply pick one verse about the love of God when in a way, the story of the bible itself, the story of the gospel, is one of a love unlike any other.

*insert Reckless Love here*

...a judge.

"When the Son of Man comes in is glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separeate people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on his left.
Matthew 25:31-33


"'Return faithless Israel, declares the Lord.
I will not look on you with anger, for I am merciful, declares the Lord;
I will not be angry forever.
Only acknowledge your guilt,
that you rebelled against the Lord your God.'"
Jeremiah 3:12-13a

...wanting more for you than what you settle for.

"Then she shall say,
'I will go and return to my first husband, for it is better for me then than now.'
And she did not know that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on her silver and gold,
which they used for Baal."
Hosea 2:7-8

The Lord knows He is enough, and He wants so desperately for you to see and believe that too.

...without limits.

"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything."Acts 17:24-25

...relentless. He never gives up.

"Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to the heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of hte morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me."
Psalm 139:7-10

...a rescuer.

"If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night;
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you."
Psalm 139:11-12

God has been saving the day literally since the day we turned away from Him. He never stops pursuing, and He desires to rescue His people from emptiness and brokenness. I included the remainder of a passage from Psalm 139 because they are words that are easy to read and hard to truly believe. God is faithful to never give up or turn His back.


"Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke becasue the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. The Lord came down from Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up."
Exodus 19:18-20

I share this because this is the reality of God. Yes, he is near and loving and all the other things, but He is also holy. He is sacred and special. Yet we are so arrogant and selfish in the midst of the God described here in Exodus.

...a creator.

"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements -- surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Job 38:4-7


"You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me."
Psalm 139:3-5

God is not far off. He is, if you draw near to Him, so near to you. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to walk so closely with you. He meets you where you're at.

...a listener.

"I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God"
Psalm 17:6


"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people"
Psalm 125:1-2

It can be easy to take this one out of context. Because one verse saying that God will save and rescue does not mean that He will come swooping in every time you need Him. But we can depend on God to be present and to be moving at all times.


"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 136:1

Sometimes this is so hard to believe, but God is good, even when nothing else is.

...honestly, so much greater and mightier than my measly string of words can describe.

"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!"
Romans 11:33

I literally can and have gone on and on. God is so many things. I think a lot of me needed to write this article because it's so easy to forget and to go about our days without giving a thought to the very one who gives us breath. A song I really love says this, "I can't exist on my own, yet I still run away/from you my God, who's carried me, and asked for me to stay."

I challenge you and myself to sit and really think on the nature of God. Pick one trait that sticks out to you and praise God for it, because there's one more thing God is.

He is so worthy of our praise.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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I Could Brag, But Why Should I?

Being humble instead of a handful.


When it comes to the opportunities that have been presented to me, I have always been someone who prefers to remain levelheaded and grateful. I have never been the type of person to take things for granted, because I always knew that nothing is guaranteed to me, or to anyone, and nothing is permanent. This can, in part, be attributed to growing up part of a family that had been affected by cancer.

I have been able to remain humble, and I am, quite frankly, really proud of myself for that.

I have crossed paths with many people throughout my life who grew up in a manner that one might refer to as privileged or spoiled. Some of these people really showed it. I cannot speak for all of them, and it would be wrong to do so, because this generalization is one that feeds into negativity. However, I can fairly say that I have spent time with people who grew up in a world where all they knew was getting what they wanted, and honestly, I don't envy this.

When I was young, I dreamed of having a life where everything goes right. I think all of us have dreams like this at some point.

But as time went on, I began to realize, just like anyone, that life just simply doesn't work this way. Or at least, not for most of us. And you know what? That's okay. Actually, that's great. I think it's better that way.

The struggles and strife are what keep us appreciative of the other end of the spectrum. Without the bad, how do we learn to appreciate the good?

I could sit here and tell you I've been through a lot.

I could sit here and write all of the sob stories, the heartbreaks, the grief, the losses, the undeserved backstabs. I could ask for your pity, or your sympathy. But I won't, because that's not the point.

All of us have been through some sh*t, when it comes down to it. But what is telling is how we come out on the other side. Whether we allow those experiences to harden us and turn us into stone, or whether we take those experiences, let them shape our outlook, and use them as tools to grow into softer, wiser, more humble human beings, especially when we find ourselves in a time where things begin to go right for us.

I like to think I am the latter.

Right now, I find myself living the best life that I have thus far, and to be painfully honest here, I could brag. If I wanted to, I could brag about my wonderful friends and the incredible people I have in my life, whether they have been around for a while or only just joined the crew. I could brag about being able to follow my heart in New York City, which is home to my college campus and my dream summer internship. I could go on about the people I get to meet, the things I do, the places I go.

But what's the point? Why should I brag? To establish some bizarre feeling of superiority? To put myself on a pedestal? To use what the universe has brought me as a means of making others feel worse or inferior?

Why the hell would I want to do that? Why would anyone?

In times where we find our hearts happy and our lives fulfilled, sure, it can be easy to fall into a mindset that leads you to believe you are "better than". The real test is fighting this.

I can't say I have never given in and allowed myself to adopt that feeling. I don't really think any of us can sit here and pretend we have never ever acted superior, or felt it. We are human, after all.

But I don't think it is right to allow that feeling to take over, and I don't ever want to let that happen.

When that feeling takes over, we lose our graciousness. Our gratefulness. Our humbleness and humanity. We lose the things that make us, down to our cores, human.

I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound so good to me.

So, I will continue my daily commute thanking the universe for allowing me to have that. Even when the train is delayed, or the PATH train is crowded, or the tour groups take over the city sidewalks. I will continue to sit at my desk on days when work is slow and I will thank the universe for even giving me that desk, or that work.

I will continue to thank the universe for everything it brings me, because why shouldn't I?

Why shouldn't we all?

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