Ariel. 19. ENFJ. Southern California.
Barista, coffee shop art director, practicing adventurer, part-time caffeine addict, full-time sass master. Worship is an all the time kind of thing.

I have a passion for coffee and tea, if that's even possible...

I have a heart for the lost and I wish for them to be found.
Yahweh Shammah.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6
Hosea 6:6

“Life’s too short to drink crappy coffee and cry over boys who don’t care.”

Watching someone go from depressed and suicidal to entirely in love with Jesus is one of the most powerful, faith-inspiring moments in one’s life. Watching a sinner be saved leaves no doubt in my mind of the all consuming love of God. Christ is in the business of restoring broken hearts and lives, and while it’s one thing to have that knowledge, it’s unexplainably better to watch it play out. God is powerful, but hearing that said means only so much. Watching Him tear down the walls of sin and shame that hold one back from Him not only radically changes the life of the new believer, but also transforms the faith of all who see. By Excerpts from my mind #28

Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death that we deserve.

He didn’t come just to make the blind see.  He came to make the dead live.  You cannot deny God’s sovereignty over all things and still have the Gospel.  The very essence of the Gospel proves it.

We need to be set free.  Sin convinces us that we don’t.  You will always be a slave to something, but this sin, this slavery was not what you were created for.  You are so much more than what you have chosen to become.  But the mindset of the flesh is hostile to God.

We were slaves shackled to our sin.  But God did not leave us there.  Jesus was sent to proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed.  We have to come to terms with the fact that we have a need for God before we can embrace His truth.

It is not just slave to free; it’s slave to son.  God doesn’t just break the chains, He brings us in as heirs to the Kingdom of God.  A slave, once he is free, does not keep going on as a slave.  Stop going back to your sin like it’s going to satisfy this time.  We have been set free from sin and can now dwell with Christ.  We can now choose to obey Him.  We are dead to sin and alive in God.

Live in this truth.

So far, growing up has just been a pretty huge disappointment. The curtain has been drawn and the wizard is just a man, but more than that, he’s a fat old man who’s spent his entire life living in routine and trying to make money so that he’s forgotten what living really is. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or a generational thing, but the people my age aren’t content with living 9-5 lives. I think there’s so much that God can do with an adventurous heart because it’s so willing to commit to miraculous things. But we are a generation of Peter’s, and just as much as Peter was the man who walked on water with Jesus and was quick to say he would go to the ends of the earth with Christ, he was also the man who denied Christ three times when things got rocky; when things got real. God doesn’t give up on us when we give up on Him. He’s not intimidated by our moments of weakness. When we respond with repentance the way Peter did, there will always be redemption and restoration. Peter preached at pentecost after he returned to God. No matter how many times we turn away, God restores us when we come back. It’s time we learn the difference between remorse for the consequences of our sin and repentance in response to God’s heartbreak due to our sin. By Excerpts from my mind [at 4am] #26

In the end, God was still there. In all my running and all my self pity, I had not tired Him out for even a moment. Every wall I tried to build was broken down by that much more grace and no matter how many times I made excuses, His love tore through every single one. Now I’m standing here, all my excuses dissolved by the weight of His glory, and a bleeding heart to show for it. Everything else has been stripped away, yet He still remains. He is literally the cornerstone; the only stone. But I feel like a repelling magnet. I am filthy and unworthy and what kind of daughter am I who can’t even clean myself up before my Father? And you know what He says to me? ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ By Excerpts from my mind #23

I think one of the biggest problems with the modern church today is that they are so obsessed with the ninety-nine that they’ve stopped caring about the one. And that’s not what Jesus was about. He told stories about how important the single lost one was compared to the vast number of “found” ones. People are valuable individually as well as communally and when churches make numerical growth their sole priority, they overlook all the time Jesus looked straight at the overlooked and loved on the hard to love. It makes it easy for people to say, “Oh, well we just lost one person, but we got ten more!” It eliminates the possibility of spiritual depth in community because people start to just feel like a number in a crowd and not a person that Jesus specifically called by name and saved by grace with every ounce of love in His heart. That’s how He feels about you. He cares for you as one just as He cares for the Church as many. By Excerpts from my mind #21

But in the end, the best I can do did not set me free. All my striving did not dissolve the cage I had stepped into. My efforts to find the key I had somehow shoved to deeply into my pocket had fallen short of all His perfection and I knew that I alone would never be enough to set me free.
Then He told me that He set me free Himself. And I was free indeed and I didn’t have to change for Him to love me. I didn’t have to work for His salvation and there was nothing I could do to change His mind about me. He said His grace was sufficient and so it was. By Excerpts from my mind #19