Monday, August 13, 2012

when God proves His point and the Soli Deo Gloria party

It's time to pull up your chair.  Do you know you have one here in this space we call Soli Deo Gloria?  You do.  It's reserved every week only for you.  This place would be different if you weren't here and we miss you when you are gone.  This is a place filled with women who seek to honor your words, you heart, your tears, and your laughter.  Scooch in close.  You won't want to miss a word.
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Sometimes I look through my posts and I realize that I bounce all over the place.  I leave loose ends untied.  I get one idea, say, about writing down my daily agenda every day and submitting to God, and then, well, I suppose I get sidetracked by the agenda and forget about the surrendering.  Oh, I had grand plans for seeing how God changed my outlook, my daily activities, my expectations, and yet, I didn't follow through like I wanted so desperately to do.

Good thing there is grace.  And the ability to try again tomorrow.

But one thing that God has not let me put down is what I learned through Louis Giglio's book, i am not but i know I AM.  I learned that I am very, very small and that God is very, very big.  I think I knew both of these things prior to the book, but I knew them as individual ideas.  I didn't realize how they must be viewed in sync.

Because God is so big, I don't have to try to be.  
 He is an endless source of creativity.  
He is creativity itself.
 It is His signature scrawled across this world,
evident in the lines of the rocks
and the swirls of the ocean. 
He paints with a multitude of colors, shades of gray
to bright greens and oranges. 
 He is in control of all things
and He invites me to be a part of His story.
 I do not have to depend on myself to do things for God,
for He orchestrates His works through me
so that I may magnify Him
and not myself.
He lets me catch glimpses of His majesty,
those things normally covered
too deep or too far.
(Can you see the whale's tail?)
 I marvel at the strange sea creatures that have such
fine intricacies, details I cannot fathom.
 And I realize that He is in all details,
those I see and those I cannot.
And in some ways, it makes me grateful
for my own limited perspective
because such freedom comes
with the release of the pressure
to predict,
to know,
to plan.
So though i may not see,
He does.
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  1. Beautiful pictures and reminders. :-)


  2. Amen and beautiful! I love his talk on the way stars sing to God, have you heard that? Visiting from

  3. So beautiful...and such a powerful reminder He is so much more. He is creativity... He is big. He is all. Thanks for the reminder. <3

  4. He is big, so I don't have to be. That's what I need to hear today!!

    A beautiful reminder, Jen.

  5. Wow, I really enjoyed reading your post.My heart was on the amazing art work of our Lord's hands this week as well. I absolutely loved the last part. It does bring freedom to let go and trust Him. He has got this, so to speak. :) Thank you for sharing your heart.

  6. The pictures and your words together make the point evidently clear: I am small and God is big and I am glad! Thanks, Jen.

  7. Jen - your post says it all... It is such a privilege to know the Great I AM.

    The photos are beautiful.


  8. Such a beautiful post, Jen. Praise God that He allows us to be used by Him for His perfect plan, and that He indwells every believer. Thanks for the awesome post & photos & for hosting the linkup, & God bless,

  9. There is grandeur in this post...both words and pictures painting the grandeur of the Great I Am...thanks

  10. Oh, I love how you think, Jen. Great writing. Love to you.

  11. Beautiful photos - beautiful poetry - beautiful message! I especially loved this line: "He orchestrates His works through me
    so that I may magnify Him
    and not myself" - that line clarified so much for me about why it is so important for Him to be in me:)

  12. Utterly vivid and beautiful reminder of "How Great is our GOD!"

  13. Great post, Jen! I am always amazed at how creative God is, how He was soo enthusiastic in making all the beautiful, interesting, strange and awesome creatures that populate the earth, mountains, seas, outerspace, etc.Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  14. I think that's why I always encouraged my children's creativity. I knew it was the Great Creator who placed that in their hearts. It's there in everyone, we just need to accept and use it. Have you been to the Creation Museum? It's amazing and I just stood in awe of God's work and creativity.

  15. Mmm. God is big so I don't have to be. Yes, indeedy, I can feel the load slip right off my shoulders! That goes hand in hand with your quote on my desk: Why don't you just believe that I AM going to do something amazing?

    All good!

  16. Amen Sister ... I am reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and feeling pretty much the same way! Thanks for sharing your heart x

  17. Beautiful reminder of a wonderfully creative and detail oriented God! I'm amazed at how He holds all things together!

    Thanks for hosting!

  18. Remembering this--that He is in all the details--seen and unseen. These photos are incredible!

  19. Such beautiful words, and also photos! Thanks for this linkup - it's been awhile since I've linked up here!

  20. "such release of the pressure
    to predict,
    to know,
    to plan."
    Thank you, Jen!

  21. Oh, you are singin' my song, girl.
    Yes. These truths are never independent, but a fuller understanding of Who He is must lead me to a greater comprehension of who I am.
    And, as you said, a sweeter peace with myself and a more ravenous hunger for Him.

    Beautiful job -- both words and pics, Jen.

  22. Beautiful post. just love the verses and the photos. I told me spiritual direction group the other day that I felt very small, lost in a loved grandeur. sounds like we feel the same way

  23. I get sidetracked ALL THE TIME! I have dozens of Post-It notes of To Do Lists of things so that I won't forget them.

    And absolutely, thank God He gives us Grace :)

  24. I am thankful that He is the God who Sees. Thanks for this reminder.

  25. there is freedom in the surrender...this seems to be a theme that I keep reading about...thanks for contributing to words I need to hear...beautiful pictures, words & post.

  26. His handiwork always humbles me and inspires my own work! You remind me how desperately I need to make time to be out in His creation with Him more often. With school being such a big focus for me right now, I haven't been out taking pictures and I can feel the negative impact that has on my sense of closeness to Him. Thanks for the reminder, Jen!

  27. Jen, your stunning photos of His creation and the reassurance that He has all these things -- and me -- in His hands, that I can rest in Him, brings me peace. I so needed this reminder right now. You gather me up with Him. Thank you.


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