the words & thoughts of Rachael Marie

Live to Love || Love to Live.

Rest (by Cody Johnson)

//sounds like explosions in the sky & hammock. So good

My babe is awesome!! Check this out! :) Mayones/Seymour Duncan Solo Contest-Cody Johnson #MayonesDuncan (by Cody Johnson)

Kye Kye Cover //Knowing this. by my babe, Cody Johnson!

Cody Johnson “Glasgow Kiss” (John Petrucci) guitar cover (by EternalGuitarist)

Mumford And Sons - Gentleman Of The Road Stopover - Mixtape

indie-rock-jukebox:

Stream the mixtape in the player above.

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Oh, How He Loves.

Satan Wants to Control Your:

Mood

Method

Mission

…If he can control these things, he will take away your ability to be used by God.

We are Christians because of God’s love for us- not by anything we have done or could do. God’s whole desire in life is for us. Love is not something God does, it is what He is.

The Son Prevails.

[A part of my newest poem!… Video to come!]

Death, I cannot cheat.

My flesh fails,

But from the parting of the storm,

the SON prevails.

"Oh death, where is your victory?"

"Oh death, where is your sting?"

The wind of salvation gives new life to my sails.

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Romans 8:39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:55O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Psalm 16:2I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

Psalm 51:10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

2 Corinthians 12:9My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Love, Jesus

Come to me, my child

Come to me.

Come to me, I see your heart

I see what you’ve started

I see the plan in you 

that I’ve imparted.

My child,

the dreams in your heart

that once were wild

but now feel stifled

I will never part them from you.

For they are still in my will.

{The cloud of doubt that shadows the road ahead is a drought}

//Do not follow in it.

There is power in my plans!

And my child,

because there is power in me-

there is power in you.

For I dwell and move and live in

and through you.

Love, your Daddy in Heaven

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Beauty In The Broken

I wrote this one beginning with the idea that people are not perfect, although we try and fail.. But what started as a poem about perfection turned into a poem about God’s love for broken people and the beauty that is found in that. Hope you like it and are blessed!

Love, Rachael

fotojournalismus:

A rainbow is seen in space as a result of a star cluster millions of miles away, in Castelluccio Plateau, Sibillini Mountains National Park, Sibillini, Italy, Feb. 20, 2012.
[Credit : Maurizio Pignotti/Caters News/Zuma Press]

God is Beautiful!

fotojournalismus:

A rainbow is seen in space as a result of a star cluster millions of miles away, in Castelluccio Plateau, Sibillini Mountains National Park, Sibillini, Italy, Feb. 20, 2012.

[Credit : Maurizio Pignotti/Caters News/Zuma Press]

God is Beautiful!

Love.

Last weekend, I was driving home and pleading with God to show me his will. I asked him over and over and over what it was that He wanted- and out of complete amazement he responded in a quiet voice, “Rachael, what do you want?”. I could not believe that the God of the universe asked me what it was that I wanted. And it was then in that moment I realized that the Creator and maker of all things cares so deeply about his creation that he desires to know what it is that we desire. [He cares for us] Being caught so off-guard, I could not immediately respond. It took me a little while to come to the conclusion of my hearts desire. And when I did, it was this: I want to love people greater than I ever have before. In my relationships, family, and complete strangers…

Fast forward a little less than a week and I find out that my grandpa is in the hospital and slowly dying of his life-long battle of heart disease. Even as the strong man he has always been, his human strength is no match for death. This man is the same man that couldn’t live a day without telling a polish joke, the man who let me have his old, beloved flannels, the man that I’ve never imagined my life without.
With the words he once told me, I will never forget, “Rachael, your smile will get you far in life”. And with those words, I will continue on, living a love greater than I ever have before. Living love in tears and with a smile on my face- being all that Christ has called me to be.. Being love to a world of loss.

It’s amazing to me that the more we suffer, the more we know deep compassion and love.

What gives me peace is knowing that my sweet grandpa Lyle will be in Heaven, but what if that wasn’t the case? I cannot help but wonder the vast pain that would cause God. And not just my grandpa, but for all unbelievers- to know that the very people he created, choose to live eternally in Hell, separated from Him. It blows my mind to think that at the level I am able to love is only a fraction of how much He Loves.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us [Romans 5:8]

//Great Love requires great sacrifice.

fotojournalismus:

A Myanmar refugee looks around after a fire ravaged the Umpiem Mai camp in Tak province on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed about 1,000 bamboo shacks at a camp for Myanmar refugees Thursday across the border in western Thailand.
[Credit : Chiravut Roogjumrus / AP]

fotojournalismus:

A Myanmar refugee looks around after a fire ravaged the Umpiem Mai camp in Tak province on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. A fire destroyed about 1,000 bamboo shacks at a camp for Myanmar refugees Thursday across the border in western Thailand.

[Credit : Chiravut Roogjumrus / AP]