God Is...

God Is...

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

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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

....forgiving.

"'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.

...holy.

"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







...accessible. 

"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

...dependable.

"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.

...good.

"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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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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If God Didn’t Intend For Women To Be Equals, Why Did She Make Us So Incredible?

Yeah, I said She.

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An article that absolutely infuriates me has gone viral. As a feminist, as a writer, and simply as a woman, it drives me up a wall to see another woman proclaiming that God's plan for women was to "submit to their husbands."

I don't know where to start with all the issues I found in reading the piece, so I'll start with what a feminist is. It's a subjective term and its connotation varies from person to person.

But to me, feminism is being empowered and expressive individuals with open minds and open hearts. They are activists for change and equality. They have concerns about the environment and global warming. They acknowledge issues within sexism and racism and then try to figure out how to solve them. They see that the world isn't perfect.

Feminists are the reason we can vote. They're the reason birth control is an option for us. They're why we're allowed to wear pants. They're why we have careers. The female pioneers paved the way for anything we're allowed to do, and they are why we celebrate the power of women every March.

But instead, the woman who wrote "I'm A Christian And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals," used our month of pride for clout. And took justification from The Bible to do it.

The Bible is not an instruction manual. It was written over many, many years by hordes of sexist men whose existence we have minimal proof of. And over the last thousand years, it's been translated and reinterpreted more times than anyone could ever keep track of. That's not to say it doesn't have some good lessons, but lessons are all they are.

Thinking your worth and capabilities were planned for you thousands of years in advance is ignorant. Religion and The Bible and God are as subjective as feminism. Everything is open-ended. One person's view of who or what God is not going to be the same as the last.

Commonly, God is seen as a man at the center of the universe who holds all existence in his hands. He is the reason why anyone does anything. He is the rule maker. And He is judging us and waiting for our every mistake.

But as a proud feminist, I've chosen to have my own idea of this holy being. I wasn't brought up in church, but I decided to believe in something much greater than myself or anything I've ever seen just because I wanted to. I want to believe that faith has to come from somewhere, and I didn't want a book making the rules for me.

Just by watching life move through time, I happen to believe God is the good in all of us. Not one being, but he beginning and the end of everything. The push and the pull. The conscious and subconscious. And considering that God is the creator, I've concluded God must be a woman because women are the creators.

And in my experience, women have proved themselves to be much stronger and more capable than any man.

As for what She creates, I think She makes no mistakes. I think She tests our patience and beliefs by giving us what we don't expect. There's intent and love in everything She gives us. I think every woman was made to be relentless, imperfect, fearless, and even a little rebellious.

And if we're saying Adam and Eve were the start of it all, then God proved that right off the bat. God saved the best for last, and then made her a badass. Yes, the first woman came into this world as a rule breaker. She questioned authority. And since the beginning of time, authority has been a snake. The world is our forbidden fruit to bite.

The sole purpose of a woman isn't to submit to anyone. A woman can do whatever she damn well pleases, just as any man. A woman's worth isn't tied to what kind of wife or mother she is and how closely she follows the rules. I was raised by the most incredible mom and wife. She did happen to stay at home with me and be the traditional woman. But while she was home, she taught me how great it is to be a woman. She made sure I knew I could be whoever I wanted and would pay no consequences for that.

My parents didn't raise me in a church. And I never saw that as a flaw or lack of judgment. My southern home was like a church; full of faith and love. But on Sundays, we would sleep in and have a big breakfast at noon because we had too much fun staying up late Saturday night dancing around our living room to music. Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, and Madonna led the choir — singing about independence and the power of being empowered as women.

As a feminist, I will not judge those who haven't accepted all the honors of being female. I can just tell everyone how wonderful it is to stand for something. I can set an example so that more women will go forward.

And despite what anyone thinks of feminism, there's nothing exclusive about it. Feminists don't think they're any better than men, they just want the chance to prove their capabilities. It's so much bigger than thinking men suck. The truth is, we should have men at our side, not in front of or behind us. And not for romantic partnerships, but as allies. The best men are feminists too. We can make this walk alone, but there's power in numbers and in diversity.

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