when the Bible talks about meditating on Scripture, we often are unsure what that really means. today, I learned that it’s not emptying your mind of thoughts, but rather filling it with truth. so when we meditate on Jesus - we’re listening to what he has to say, rather than responding first. maybe we need a faith that is content to sit with Jesus, because he has all the answers. we’re guaranteed blessing, satisfaction, and joy when we’re walking with him. . thoughts taken from Psalm 1. super super thankful for @idcraleigh + @imagodeicollege and how they speak truth to me every week.
God’s creativity and care is so evident in all of nature, and it brings me so much joy to know that he cares for me in this same way. how much more does he love his daughters than the cacti on the rocks? let me tell you - it’s SO much more. so why do we hold on tight to our fears and doubts about him? he is so good and so faithful, all we have to do is look outside to be reminded of it.
I read SO SO MANY incredible books this month (mostly on race, justice, and feminism!) so I don’t even know which ones to recommend the most. but if you haven’t read Americanah or Just Mercy - you MUST. #audreyreads
SEEK JUSTICE - as Christians, we’re called to do justice and live righteously. that means disadvantaging yourself so that others can have the advantage. it means laying down your power. it means fighting against systems that perpetuate injustice. the God of Justice calls us to this life. . LOVE MERCY - to me, this means that we don’t begrudge God’s mercy to others. we don’t try to do God’s job and pass judgment on others. we don’t get to think that God is unjust when he sends mercy to people we think are the worst of the worst. instead, we strive for joy when God shows mercy to people we don’t think deserve it, because guess what? we didn’t deserve it either. God is God and we are not. . WALK HUMBLY - I think this means that we walk in humble obedience to God’s word. we strive to interpret his scripture faithfully, we listen and learn from the experience and wisdom of other believers, and we seek to live like Jesus. he did all 3 of these things perfectly. . Micah 6:8
I was having a conversation yesterday with my smart & passionate friend @kayla_nan about how to engage in civil rights without being a “white savior.” I wanted to share some of her wisdom for those who may be wondering the same thing we were. . “We’re civically and morally responsible to utilize our positions of privilege in the world to lift others up. Not so that we can own the field and not so that we can enter the field knowing all we can know, but so that we can contribute to justice in a meaningful way while learning and lifting up others as we go.” . I’ve got a lot more to learn, but I’m ever thankful for the people in my life who are willing to have these discussions. Please share your insights if this is something you’ve thought about!
#hurricaneflorence is coming our way so you better believe I’ve got a long list of books to get me through the weekend! Currently, I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it’s just incredible. #audreyreads
September’s got a lot to live up to, because each book I read in August was AMAZING in its own way. (also I hit my goal of 52 books in 2018 🎉🎉) #audreyreads
A friend and I were discussing this week - why is it so hard to live in the freedom that’s already been purchased for us? I know I’m free, but knowing and experiencing are 2 totally different things. Sometimes it’s easier and more comfortable to act like I’m still enslaved. I’ve grown to love the chains that keep me from liberty and I want to save the very things that crush my soul. . But Jesus both allows and enables me to walk in freedom. It’s in his strength that I fight to claim my inheritance as a daughter of God. Freedom from sin, from my past, from circumstances are things that I already have - now I just have to choose to walk in them.