new page: books + resources

the best kind of morning

I have added a new page: Books + Resources.

There I have listed some resources I use in my Bible Study times, that help me in my studies and in my understanding of the Bible. There is also many books — books to help you and encourage you, under “Spiritual Growth & Inspiration” and books to read in your free time, under “Fiction”. Many of these books I have read twice or more, and every single one of them has impressed my heart and changed my soul or my walk with the Lord somehow.

The list will be updated and links added as time goes by. I might even add a list of blogs I read at some point.

I pray that you will find resources and books to inspire you from this list. If you have any recommendations yourself, please write them in the comments! I am always looking for books to read.

God's love for you

the view from Giudecca

“When I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” (Micah 7:8)

Dear friend, I wanted to write you about something.

But then I saw your heart — on the verge of breaking under the pressure of this world, fragile and crumbling down silently. If only I could tell you just how much my heart is hurting for you, this heart of mine with broken corners and cracked edges. I saw your soul, so lost and trying to grasp hold of anything you can, screaming help with those hidden tears of yours. If only I could tell you just how much I am hurting with you, that dull ache of my soul still loud in my ears.

I saw you — and my world stopped for a moment, holding my breath to stop myself from breaking apart when I noticed that you are about to do the same. And I wanted to tell you what the Lord had told me just that morning, those words that left me with tears in my eyes and grace in my heart.

It is going to be alright. We are going to be alright.

“[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

I read these words often — wanting to be more like Jesus in the way I love people, to become more like Him. More often than not, I fall way short, this heart of mine too small and too stubborn to be able to love people like they should be loved.

But what I often forget, is that this is also the way that Jesus loves, both you and me.

If today you have fallen short and failed — maybe miserably so — just turn to Jesus. See His love for you, how He walked that broken road to Calvary and how His scarred hands now carry you and your sin. His love bears all things. His love covers all things, your sins included — it does not proclaim your errors or mistakes. So turn to Jesus, beloved. Confess where you went wrong, and see how it is all left at the foot of the cross. It is going to be alright.

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7)

If today you have turned back to Jesus after wandering in the darkness for a long time — just keep coming to Him. Maybe you are filled with shame and guilt; maybe you are hurting or still lost in the confusion. See God’s love for you, how He chooses to believe the best of your heart even when you are not sure of your motives. He has confidence in your future, He hopes for the best and believes in that hope.

Most of all, dear one — Jesus’ love for you endures all things. All things. I know, beloved, how it hurts to have failed once again and just how much you hate your shortcomings and weakness. But Jesus’ love for you endures all. All that you have been, all that you are. All that you have done, all that you will do. He will keep bearing and believing and hoping and enduring — all because He loves you.

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our wounds can turn into strength

When we fight those battles that seem to never be ending, He sees opportunities for us to grow into grace. When we let in His scarred hands and their healing touch, He can turn what we see as our marred marks into strength and beauty. When we want to shield ourselves from further hurts, God’s gentle grace comes and tells us we can trust Him to walk with us through every hurt and healing.

10 Scriptures for finding rest for your soul

in Venice Summer, to me, is a season for finding rest for my soul. It comes with these years of studying, I am sure, where study life tends to be hectic and semesters push me to my limits. So when school — or now, University — breaks for summer, it is the perfect season to “reset” my soul and be serious about finding rest.

That is the difficulty, I believe. To find rest for our souls, we need to be serious about seeking it — about seeking the Lord, because only in Him do we find peace and rest. It is too easy to get trapped in this world and its enticements that swift in like a waft of wind. It is too easy to let our minds muddle and our souls get unfocused, loosing our grip on what truly matters in eternal perspective. The good news for those of us restless and prone to wander — is that rest can be found, given to us by our good and gracious heavenly Father.

Matthew 11:28-30 — “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Hebrews 4:9-11 — “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

Numbers 6:24-26 — “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Psalm 28:6 — “Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!”

Psalm 29:11 — “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Philippians 4:8-9 — “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things arejust, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Psalm 37:5-7a (NLT) — “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.”

Mark 6:30-31a — “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.

Exodus 33:13-14 — “Now therefore, I [Moses] pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.””

Isaiah 30:15 — “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

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