well folks, it really has been quite some time since i last posted. and let me just tell you, life has been a whirl wind. weddings, giant inflatable squids, date nights, exams, ridiculous best friend stories, mild panic attacks from being overwhelmed….. to name a few. along the way, my focus was thwarted slightly. it’s time to put priorities back where they need to be. and that starts with Jesus at the center.

i finished the book of Job yesterday; what an insane story. when the Lord speaks to Job at the end of the book, he uses a slight bit of sarcasm and some wit… and i absolutely love it. you go God. but now that i finished that book, i’m off to psalms.. all 150 chapters! i read all of the psalms last summer (…or was it the summer before that?) and thoroughly enjoyed it, so i’m glad to reread all of these passages. there’s just so much to take in from it all. so as i read the very first chapter in this book, i was immediately drawn to writing about it.

blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…. his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on the law he meditates day and night… whatever he does prospers… the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1 (paraphrased)

there’s been more than a handful of times in my life when all i simply wanted was to be accepted by the “cool” crowd. the enticing people that did all the mysterious things that i was never allowed to do, all the things i wanted to try but was to afraid to do because i didn’t want to get caught. how thwarted my thinking was. it says right here: blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. sometimes wickedness can look so appealing, so dazzling. but in light of eternity, is it truly all that it’s cracked up to be? the answer is easy: no. verse 4 says that the “wicked are like chaff that the wind blows away.” aka… they’re there one second and gone the next leaving no impact on the world. that goes for the enticing, implicit wicked ways that are so alluring. they’re meaningless, yet we often devote so much time dwelling on these things! what we need to dwell upon is the law of the Lord…. aka, the Bible. this is our lifeline. without it, we are at such a loss when it comes to knowing our God on an intimate level. without the Bible, how are we supposed to learn about our God? it’s nearly impossible. those who delight in the Lord will bear much fruit and will be watched over by the Lord. what a promise that is! just knowing that the God of Gods, the creator of the universe, the giver of life is watching over me. and you. and all of his children. what hope we have in the Lord. he will never fail us, and he is always watching over us. give thanks to the Lord today.