Gavin DeGraw – Where You Are (Sweeter)

“I wanna be where You are…” Even though this is a Gavin DeGraw song, I feel like it is a pretty accurate description of where I want to be at the moment (and from now on).
I need to figure out what I’m going to wear to class today… But that doesn’t matter right now. 🙂 I started off my day with my usual cup of coffee and bowl of oatmeal, and I am feeling surprisingly good this morning! Yesterday was amazing. I was able to draw so near to the Lord; I actually spent a lot of time studying the Word and soaking in God’s presence. It was amazing how I was able to focus on things other than food for once.
My theme verse for the day was Psalm 46:10, which says “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Such powerful words! Be STILL. That is something that I never do. My mind is constantly racing with some kind of anxious thought(s); I get so easily distracted from the true meaning of life. I put so many things above leading a life that exemplifies and glorifies God, and reading and studying that verse yesterday was like a slap in the face. I was sitting in Panera Bread, sipping my coffee, and for some reason felt overwhelmingly led to this passage of scripture. It started off as a mental repetition of the lyrics from Hillsong Live’s “Still,” which say “I will be still and know that You are God.” I came across some commentary on the verse, and something that stood out to me was this: We surrender “in order to objectively know the saving power of God in our lives.” There is so much truth in that statement. I must surrender. I can’t allow myself to remain trapped by the bounds of this eating disorder. My food rules, my obsessive calorie counting, my fixation on eating healthily, the list goes on… I was putting all of these things above the Lord in my life. They had become my idols. But I know that the only way to be truly content in life is to place God as our one and ONLY idol. I received a verse from FINDINGbalance in an email this morning: “Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired… is the [one] who lives in the Fear of God.” (Prov. 31:30 MSG) This challenged me to find my beauty in God. To fixate my thoughts on being a reflection of Him, rather than making a better reflection of myself. I will find beauty in Him, because I was made in His image. And he is PERFECT.

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2 thoughts on “Gavin DeGraw – Where You Are (Sweeter)

  1. I was up praying in the middle of the night, asking God for help and refreshment. Your follow on my blog came up. These words have been my answer for the day too. Be still and know that I am God. I tell myself that daily, but the part of the verse that I usually don’t think of is the last part. I will be exalted among the heathen and to the end of the earth. That is just the reminder I needed. I feel reminded that God will be exalted through our efforts and pray for peace over you, that you feel the warm embrace of your Father every day and know how beautiful you are as his personal work of art. Thank you for the encouragement today! Keep writing!

    • Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much that means to me! This is the very reason I started this blog – so that I would have a way to communicate the ways God is speaking to me and to reach out to people in the process. You have been a blessing to me, and I thank you for your kind words and encouragement! I will be praying for you!

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