Just What “I Feel”

Sentences that begin with “I feel that…” are not based on anything other that that pronoun “I” This is basic english grammar that we can all agree on.

In the “religious” community these same sentences occur. Typically in what are known as “religious controversies” In the early church issues arose that caused such controversy and division. Paul wrote to these churches emphasising the importance to not cause division in the church, but to keep unity and the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4) While culture has changed since the early church, God does not change. The church that Christ died for was intended to be the same then, now, and forever. God is consistent and his ways are not our ways.

“God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.” -1 Corinthians 14:33

Sentences that begin with “God feels that…” are not based on anything other than that noun “God” This is also basic english grammar that we can all agree on.

In the bible we read the contrasts between what “God feels” and what “Mankind feels”      It is not shocking that mankind continuously falls short of what is right in the eyes of God. From the very beginning mankind was lead to self sabotage by sin. This broke the bond of unity between God and man. Jesus has made unity between God and man possible and prayed for this unity. When we are divided it breaks the heart of Jesus. Jesus died so that we could all be unified as one body of believers.

“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” -John 17:20-23

God is brilliant and he is our very creator. He is all powerful, so who are we to say that our thoughts and feelings are better than God’s.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9

God created us with the free will to choose to love him and keep his commandments or to choose our own selfish ambitions.

It is truly amazing how God created us and instructed us from the beginning. God always knows best and he has designed everything in a particular way. There is an order, a role, and a specific purpose for all that God created. When we do things God’s way we find unity and peace.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself…” -Matthew 22:37-39

Does what we feel really matter in comparison to how God feels. We are only human. We are the created, not the creator. Let us reevaluate what we believe in and why we believe it. Let’s go back to what the very words of God say about each matter. Let’s read through the lense of God, not the lense of self. God always knows best.

May God bless you richly.

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Perfection

per·fec·tion

pərˈfekSH(ə)n/

noun

1. the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

2. a person or thing perceived as the embodiment of perfection.

3. the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.

What is your definition of perfect? We use the word perfect in very loose terms. The perfect hair, the perfect outfit, the perfect house, the perfect lifestyle, the perfect (insert here something you adore). Can these things we call perfect really be of true perfection? What does true perfection mean anyways? What does true perfection look like?

I always think of the color white when I think of perfection. There is something pure, innocent, lovely, and beautiful about the color white. It’s a color that screams perfection. It’s the color dress a bride wears on her wedding day. It’s the color of cleanliness and purity.

It’s always such a shame to get a nasty stain on a white garment. I’m always extra careful when I wear a white piece of clothing. White is something to take tender care of. While it seems silly and a little absurd to take this much effort to wear white, let’s look at it from a spiritual perspective.

That white garment is us in our purest form. The freshly bought garment is a new Christian as they have been raised up out of the watery grave of baptism to be made a new creature. We are made in the image of God to be pure and blameless before Him. We were crafted by God who is perfect. We were made to be in the image of Him. However, just as a white garment is such until stained it is the same in our lives when sin attacks us. Sin is the stain. A stain that ruins the perfect garment which is us, the Christian.

There is a problem here. A stained white garment is not what our Creator made us to be. We are to be spotless garments, or we are useless in our Creator’s intended purpose. The great thing about this analogy is the stain remover. We have a perfect stain remover in the form of forgiveness. This perfect stain remover is Jesus Christ who intercedes for us through prayer. It’s his sacrifice that has paid the price to make us, the white garments, pure and clean once again. Jesus Christ is the brand name of this wonderful stain remover, and it is free because Jesus Christ has bought it for everyone and freely gives it to us all. We are the ones who must accept this free gift and love Him and learn from His perfection.

So, what is perfection? Is it even humanly possible to be perfect?

The one great example of perfection is Jesus Christ. Without Him we would be nothing, but filthy rags stained with sin. With Him we are made perfect or complete. With Him we lack nothing and it is in Him we find perfection.

Actions Impact Feelings

I’ve found that my emotions constantly change and I believe this is true for most all human beings. Even the smallest things in each day can make us react with a variety of emotions. One thing that I’ve been trying to put into practice is incorporating habits of happiness in my daily lifestyle. A statement from one of my favorite podcasts called, “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin stated, “Actions impact feelings.” When I first heard this so much clicked in my brain. It’s that connection between feelings, actions, and then behaviors that make us who we are.

Actions do impact feelings.

Self-care is so important when dealing with emotions. I know when I routinely practice self-care I gain so much peace and clarity in all aspects of my life. The actions of simply reading a book I love, taking a warm bubble bath, or going out to a favorite shop or cafe keep me grounded in who I am and how I am growing as an individual. I recently took myself to the movies on what I like to call a little “solo date.” I promise you it wasn’t sad to be a single college girl out by myself. In fact, it was quite liberating and gave me the space I needed away from my busy schedule. It also gave me a break from some hard feelings I’ve been struggling with on a personal level. I am not saying that taking yourself out on a “solo date” is going to change everything all at once, but for me it gave me the perfect amount of time to block everything else out and focus on myself. Take some time to think about who you are, what you like to do, and what your dreams are. Find something that will inspire you daily and help you grow as an individual.

I believe taking the action of self-care and loving yourself impact your feelings in an extreme way. Self-care also makes you responsible for how you feel. Loving yourself doesn’t mean you have to be selfish either. In fact self-care is so essential to loving others!  To love others, it’s so important to love yourself in confidence. Before you can truly take the action to love others, you have to put action towards loving yourself!

As christians we are called to be the light of the world, and I believe that taking care of your light is so important. So take some time for yourself. Meditate on God’s word alone and give yourself some space to pray and trust God with your everything. Your worries, your insecurities, your hopes and dreams, your fears? EVERYTHING. Make this a habit of happiness and incorporate it into your everyday lifestyle. I promise that daily prayer and bible reading will only be actions that will improve your feelings and behaviors.

I’ve found that keeping close ties with other christians is so essential in keeping your light shining bright. I get the majority of my inspiration from other christians that speak biblical truth in love. Taking the action to surround yourself with encouraging people can make a HUGE impact in how you feel which in turn creates positive and encouraging behaviors in yourself.

Also, let’s not forget that the world we live in is full of suffering people and chaos. It’s quite a huge mess, this world. It’s our job to make ourselves the light, but to also shine in this dark world. We are called my the Lord to be shining examples to others who do not know Him. I believe we spend too much time hiding our light from those that need it. It’s time to stop hiding and shine. I believe we also stay too comfortable and hide our light among other lights. Yes, gathering together with other christians for worship 3+ times a week is great, but let’s make sure we are taking that encouragement and true worship into the dark world that needs it. Let’s try to impact the feelings of those that need the Lord with our actions and with the power of prayer let’s reverse some worldly behaviors? It’s not an impossible task. Let’s make this world a little happier.

You Are Not That Powerful

I recently read a quote that said the following:

If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this: You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful.

Often times as humans, we forget that God is in control. It is He that created us and everything. He gives us the very breath in our lungs, yet we don’t adequately praise Him. We make plans for our futures and live expecting tomorrow, but it is God who holds the future in His very hands. We try to find happiness and forget God is the answer. We complicate our lives instead of living simply for Him. We create anxiety and worry from deadlines and to-do lists when we should give it over to our God.

It is so clear that God is powerful, and we are powerless in comparison to a God that is so big.

God is greater than our highs and lows.

Have An Abundant Life

As humans in this day of age we seek instant gratification and simply forget to practice patience in our daily lives. We want things when we want them. We look at the lives of others and often think the grass is greener on the other side. We tend to forget the big picture and what our minds and hearts should be fixed on.

In John 10:9-10 Jesus speaks saying,

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus wants us to have abundant lives and he came for that very reason. It should lift our spirits to know that Jesus came to give us an abundant life. It’s our choice to have faith in him and choose to accept this gift of abundant life that we are all so unworthy to receive.

Jesus made it possible for us to live abundant lives and to seek happiness and fill our hearts with true joy. If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness all this and more will be given to us.

I recently listened to a sermon entitled “Looking for Happiness” The main points included:

  • Give God full access to your life
  • Focus on the good in people
  • Do good to others
  • Give what you have

Romans 12:2 speaks about transforming and renewing your mind saying,

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

I challenge those reading this along with myself to study the bible daily to transform and renew our mind so that our eyes can be fixed on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Let the Word mold you, let God hear you, and let yourself be still in the chaos of life.

This year give it all to God. Be positive in all circumstances, better the lives of others, and have a giving heart.

 

Relaunching

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It’s official! I’m relaunching!

It’s been a busy semester and I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. My goal of 1-2 posts a month has been lacking and for that I’m truly sorry. It is Thanksgiving break and that gives me a week to refresh my mind and work on some new ideas for Magnificat Soul. I have started to create new social media platforms for Magnificat Soul. Keep up with notifications for more information in regards to new series and links to the new Facebook and Instagram pages. I’m really wanting this blog to take off and I’m really going to be pouring my heart into this blog. I see such potential for this blog to become a faith loving community full of inspiration and love. I’m excited to keep following my passion of writing and sharing my faith on this platform.

For any thoughts, comments, or suggestions email me at magnificatsoul@gmail.com

Also, email me articles or inspirational stories to be featured!

-Emily 💛

Love So Amazing


“Love so amazing, so divine: Demands my soul, my life, my all”
I’ve sung this hymn countless times, but have only recently begun to really search my soul and see the impact this song should have on our lives. Because of God’s love, God’s amazing love, and His divine love we are demanded to give our souls, our lives, and our all to Him. There is nothing we, as imperfect humans with messy lives, can give God that compares in equality to his amazing and divine love. So why not give our all to God? He has given us His all and we are created by his mighty hand with instructions to obey Him and serve Him. It should humble us greatly to see that the God of everything has given His all for us. We have nothing to be proud of in comparison to the greatness and all superiority of God. Not only that, but He wants a real and genuine relationship with us. He wants to be close to us. God is ruler of all things, loves us beyond measure, and wants to work in our lives in big ways. He is bigger than anything we can imagine, and greater than the best sights the world has ever seen. He is true, and mighty. He is strong and powerful. He is more than worthy of all our praises and at that deserves far more. He is our rock and our purpose of life. He is our Creator the only being that has authority and we were created by Him with purpose. If this is not true love, what can be? This love so amazing, so divine; it demands our souls, our lives, our all.