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Weekly Favorite Links (April 17-22, 2015)

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On my way back during an early evening run, I was surprised to see dark orange-pink clouds rising from what seemed like the back of my neighborhood. It only took me a few seconds to realize that it wasn’t clouds that I saw, but actually smoke, and that there was a fire burning from beyond my point of view. At the time, I didn’t know where the fire originated, but it seemed really close to my home.

Thankfully the fire was farther away than my observations, and my family and I were safe. We weren’t close enough to the fire for any necessary evacuation (praise God), but our entire house did smell like a barbecue pit for two days afterwards.

In unexpected, unforeseeable situations like these, how would you respond? What if the fire was really close? Would you try to run back into your house and save your most prized possessions? Would you run back to warn your loved ones?  It’s hard to say how I’d respond. I’d probably only have seconds to make some important decisions in that situation.

There were still some lessons to be learned. That fire was a good reminder for me that this life is short. In seconds, everything that our family worked for up to that point could have gone up in flames; our house could have turned into ashes. The reality is, something like being caught in a fire or an earthquake or a shooting could happen to me at anytime, anywhere. It’s totally out of my control.

On the other hand, I do have greater control over my responses. Yes, in that scenario, I would’ve probably had an immediate, natural human reaction. If we did have to evacuate from our home and if the fire did end up burning everything that we had, I would be upset. But I pray that if something like that did happen to me, I would still have joy and peace. I pray that I would still have faith in God’s sovereignty and choose to dwell on his grace. What are houses and other material possessions in this life when we have something better and eternal in store for us?

I hope that I’d respond with joy because of a greater truth that I believe in, which is this: my salvation can’t be taken away from me and my citizenship is in heaven. This life is temporary, this life isn’t my home. I’m a foreigner here on this earth until the day that I’m reunited with Christ. How comforting is that truth. If I’m ever tested one day, I pray that I wouldn’t just know it but believe it with all my heart.

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Weekly Favorite Links (February 26-March 4, 2015)

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I am currently in that stage of life where many of my friends are settling down and getting married. This means a lot of engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding shenanigans, becoming poorer but all in good fun. Just this past weekend, I got to witness the marriage of two good friends. I met them only a year ago, but this couple truly shines because of how much they care and serve others. In fact, I value both friendships dearly and respect them as older and wiser siblings in Christ.

I was quite honored to be a part of their special moment and, up to that point, had been counting down the days until the wedding for months. While I looked forward to the public exchanging of rings and declaration of vows, I think what I appreciated most was that that the wedding was centered on Christ. My favorite part in the entire ceremony was when everyone in attendance worshiped God with their voices as we sang a couple songs.

One song we sang, “Before the Throne of God Above,” is one of my favorite modern hymns, and I remember closing my eyes and just basking in the joy of praising God together. It was also a great reminder that we were all attending this wedding because of God — it was Christ that brought these two individuals together and Christ who will sustain their marriage until death do them part. In my opinion, each walk down the altar is a miracle and a testament of God’s provision and grace.

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This past week was like a treasure field full of awesome links. Check out my favorite stuff on the web now and share yours!

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