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Building a Firm Foundation

You see those ruins in the picture? They’re still standing. Why? Because they have a firm foundation. They were built to last. They were built to withstand rain and wind and time in general. Obviously the whole building hasn’t survived, but a large section of it is still there, and it’s because of that foundation.

Nearly everything in the Bible is a foundation for something. The fall was the foundation for sin and the need of a savior. If Passover hadn’t happened, Jesus wouldn’t have had the last supper with his disciples. If God hadn’t orchestrated everything exactly the way He did, things wouldn’t have turned out how they did. Under all that happened to bring a need for Jesus, and Jesus himself, God was controlling it. God was the foundation for all of it. Biblical history – and all of history, really – is like a pyramid. You have to have the layer before for the next one to be exactly right. And God is that foundation and that cornerstone. Isaiah 28:16 says, “Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.”” He was talking about Jesus. Everything, everything, points back to God and to Jesus. Because they’re the foundation. If they didn’t exist, nothing would. Everything would crumble, like a pyramid without a firm foundation.

We need a firm foundation, too. We need to be able to withstand life’s problems, we need to be able to last through whatever comes. God is that foundation. He’s the only foundation that will actually keep us rooted in place. Matthew 7:24-27 says, ““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”” We want to be the wise man, not the foolish man. We want to stand firm, not be washed away in the storms.

To be honest, I haven’t been very good at standing on that foundation, but I’m working on it and I’m getting better at trusting God, even though it’s a lot harder than you might think it should be. It’s worth the struggle. I used to think I’d never have God’s peace. I used to think He was just ignoring me in that area. But then I realized I wasn’t really worshiping Him, trusting Him, following Him, and once I started praying more regularly and making a more concerted effort to follow Him, I did get some of that peace. It was my fault, not His. And sometimes that’s hard to accept, but it’s something that needs to be realized so that it can be fixed.

I hope you’ll join me in working to hold to this foundation.

Book of the Month Review: Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

This book… Oh my gosh… I’m half convinced that Rachel Coker wrote Chasing Jupiter on psychic paper. I relate to this book so much in so many areas. My feelings about this book can be summed up as follows:

I can’t believe that when I got this book I started reading and thought it was awful! WHY, Younger Self?! WHY?! This book is now in my top five favorite books. It made me FEEL, okay?! Very few books can do that! The only two other books that have done that (I think) are The Giver by Lois Lowry and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. But anyway…

This book was beautifully written, the main characters were well-developed, the MC (Scarlett)’s struggles and feelings were super relatable (her relationship with her best guy friend, okay? I relate so much!), and Cliff was just the most adorable kiddo ever! He and Cor would get along so well. ^-^

So I guess I’ll start with Scarlett’s overall life. Her brother is considered odd by everyone around, as is her grandfather, her parents aren’t the wealthiest people in the world, and she has a hippie older sister who’s quite independent. She has a lot on her shoulders, and she doesn’t understand why things are so hard and won’t get better. (ME, PEOPLE! I totally relate to that hopelessness!) She also has no friends, because her brother is weird and she sticks up for him.

She becomes friends early on with a boy, Frank, who sees past hers and her brothers’ peculiarities, and Frank is seriously the sweetest guy ever. ^-^ Her relationship with him is so relatable, though… Seriously, this relationship is the part of the book that makes me feel like Coker was writing about me. She and Frank ask each other random questions all the time, they joke around… There are some exact quotes that I’ll mention, because I was just like “O-O MEEEEEE.”

…A smile broke out on his face, slowly at first but then blossoming into a full-out grin. He had a wonderfully handsome face when he smiled, like the difference between a small flame and a blazing fire.

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Maybe that’s what our friendship was. It was the feeling that we didn’t have to think or explain. We could just sit in the darkness and watch the tadpoles just as easily as we could lie out in the heat and breathe in the smell of peaches and gravel, all without saying a word.

There was another one, but now I can’t find it. Oh well.

The emotions were beautifully written all around. Anger, love, frustration… Her relationship with Cliff (her brother) was amazing. I wish I were that gracious with my siblings. She gets frustrated with him, too, but for the most part she’s gracious with him and is able to effortlessly show him that she loves him.

The book does have its flaws. The biggest one was that I felt like Scarlett’s sister, Juli, didn’t really have much of a purpose in the book and was really underdeveloped.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Another was that when she develops a crush on Frank, the pastor’s wife suggests that she tell Frank. That’s mostly just a minor annoyance, but it kind of precedes my next comment…

I was reading over the reviews on Goodreads and someone said it was unrealistic for her to be thinking of marrying Frank after just a few months and a crush on him. While I do understand that, to an extend, I also know that my brain works exactly that way. When I have a crush on someone, I tend to think forward to how they’d be as a husband. My brain totally skips over the whole dating/courting aspect of it, because I don’t see the point of having a crush on someone if that relationship won’t go somewhere in the long run. But that was basically a tangent.

***SPOILERS COMPLETE. PROCEED.***

The foreshadowing in the book was also really good. She follows the Checkov’s Gun rule quite well, and the Checkov’s Gun rule is that if there’s a gun on the table in act one it needs to go off in act two. Obviously it doesn’t only apply to guns, but that’s the basic theory. Rachel Coker did that very well.

Overall I thought this was an excellent book, it made me feel a lot, I read it all in one sitting (it’s only 221 pages), and it’s a new favorite. Definitely giving it five stars.

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What To Do When You Can’t

What do you do when the person you’re trying to help won’t listen? When the person won’t open their eyes to the truth? When you’ve tried every possible thing you can think of and you just. Can’t. Get through to them. When they’re making things worse on themselves and you can’t make them stop. When they’re refusing to do the things they need to just because it’s hard. When they seem to be doing everything in their power to hurt themselves and cause themselves more pain.

When it seems like it’s an uphill climb. When you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. When you feel like your stuck in one spot on the river fighting against the current and not making any progress. When you don’t have all the answers to all their questions. When you don’t have the foggiest idea what to say. When you feel such weight upon your shoulders to take care of them and you just can’t because you’re not capable of doing that right now. When you feel like you’ll be crushed under the pressure. When there’s such a burden upon your heart and you just. Can’t. Lift it on your own.

I don’t know. I don’t know what you do in these circumstances and situations. I don’t know. I hate that I don’t know. If I knew then maybe I’d be a better friend to those who need me. If I knew then maybe I wouldn’t get so frustrated. If I knew… But I don’t. I don’t know. I just. Don’t. Know. The best that I can tell you is to ask God for strength, ask Him to open the eyes of your friend, encourage your friend to read the scripture even if you have to remind them over. And over. And over. And over. And over. Remind them to pray, even if they don’t and even if you have to repeat it a billion times. Encourage them to talk to someone with more experience than you, even if you have to drag them to that person to get them help.

You can’t always do it on your own. You can’t even always do it with a whole group of friends. Maybe you can’t do it at all and God has to be the one to do the actual work, while you’re just the one opening the door or something. I don’t know. I don’t know everything, no matter how much I wish I did. But if you can do even a little bit to keep their heart beating, to keep them going, to just be there for them when no one else is, do it. No matter how hard it is. No matter how much it seems like you’re just going over the same three things over and over and over and over again. You have to keep going. Because you may be the only person they have. You may be the only person who’s willing to build them up when they and everyone else around them is trying to tear them down. They may need you. You may be their only defense against others and themselves.

And maybe what you think your purpose is in helping them and what God’s purpose for you helping them is are two different things and you won’t see that right away. You may not see it until even years later. But there is a purpose to it. I know that much.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

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