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User Image riggersloftwineco Posted: Feb 23, 2018 12:01 PM (UTC)

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This is a view we wouldn't mind waking up to!
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User Image mypixeledlife Posted: Feb 23, 2018 9:31 AM (UTC)
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Most of us know the end of the story. Adam and Eve believed the lie that they could not fully trust God. If we allow God’s statements to us to change into questions about us, we will lack confidence. Our curiosity will lead to confusion, and eventually our enemy will corrupt what God said. God will always see past our lack, past our pain, and speak to the person we are becoming. He is calling us to develop our spiritual lives. You may have lost in the world, but you’re not a loser to God. You may have failed, but you’re not a failure. God doesn’t talk down to you. He isn’t grading you. You are not disqualified. He will always speak to you from the viewpoint of your potential, from the highest place.
User Image mypixeledlife Posted: Feb 23, 2018 9:03 AM (UTC)
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I was upset at God for allowing such heartbreak to happen to me. “I do not deserve this,” my first thought. In her inspiring and challenging book, Without Rival, Lisa Bevere writes, “Trials have the power to transform us from who we are into who we long to be. But along the way we picked up the lie that we could be heroes without ever engaging in a battle.” If we don’t sometimes feel like we’re “in over our heads,” it may be that we’re not following Jesus where he calls us.
Paul names it the “sentence of death” — that’s how he felt about the sufferings and complexities of his ministry. It was true affliction, a burden so heavy that he admits he lacked the strength to carry it. He was sinking, despairing even of life itself. The apostle Paul — to the extreme — was “in over his head.” And God did this in order to, as Paul says, “make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). The situations that stretch us come in varying degrees. Some are intense like Paul’s, others are scattered along the spectrum of the great unknown, where fear runs rampant and our faith feels small. But whatever they are, however hard they feel, we know why they come. It’s just what Paul says.
God brings trials into our lives to give us more of himself. Their purpose is that we might not rely on ourselves — not look to ourselves for salvation or hope or joy — but that we might rely on him. The purpose is that we would lean on God, that we’d fix our eyes on his glory, clinging to the truth that in Jesus he is always enough for us. Always.
This is the truth that resounds in the depths to which God calls us. He invites us to step out and follow him. To dream. To plan. To build. He invites us to put our hands to work for his name’s sake, not based upon our expertise or know-how or giftedness. He invites us here based upon who he is himself.

And so, let us go. Let us step out, following him farther than our feet could ever wander. Let us walk upon those waters, in over our heads, not relying on ourselves, but holding fast to him, trusting in him, casting all our hope on him. Your opponents are there for a reason, to keep you strong.
One of my favorite photos of the much respected O.G., Treach! Always repping Jersey to the fullest!! I shot this in Hong Kong...
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Personal note; When life challenges me and things feel like there's no way out, I look at these photos, the actual moments, what I went thru to travel, survive, and make it to wherever I shot it, and I find strength in that. I also draw a lot of strength and focus from the people I have captured, most of which have had similar or even more difficult challenges, and like myself, continue to preserver... For anyone that's reading this and is going thru it, I wish you much strength & love to get thru the turbulence...
Peace! .. ----------------------------------------------
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