God never ceases to amaze me.  It may seem like such a cliche thing to say, that God is awesome and amazing.  But it’s completely true.  No matter how many times I am completely astounded by who He is, He does it on a consistent basis.  Sometimes I think it may have to do with the fact that I have an issue with my consistency in truly believing that God follows through with His promises.

Easter and the Resurrection are such wonderful reminders of God’s unfailing love.  He paid the ultimate price so I don’t have to.  I, an exceedingly wretched and prideful sinner, was shown unending mercy and grace poured out through the blood of Christ.  However, He did not stay dead, but rose again so there could be hope and fulfillment in His blood.  How incredible is that?!?!  Christ redeemed this dead life and breathed life and newness in.  That’s why I love spring.  It’s the life being breathed back into a dead earth.  Everything has so much potential for growth and for beauty.

God views me that way.  I have areas that have so much potential for growth.  He doesn’t give up on me even when I have areas that are lacking, but He prunes away the dead and breathes life into those areas when I recognize my need for Him to work.  He even begins the pruning process before I realize I need work in those areas.

As I have been preparing for Alaska this summer I didn’t realize how much I was trying to figure out how to work through the details on certain aspects of the trip.  Especially financially.  It’s hard to admit, but I honestly was struggling with that.  But God has provided in huge ways that I never expected and continues to.  I still have a ways to go on things, but God is pruning that area of my faith and breathing new life into it.  Sometimes the pruning is painful, but the results are beautiful.