If I were to ask you what your necessities are, what would you say? This being the 21st century, you might say something along the lines of the internet, your mobile phone, and your tablet. Or maybe you are a little more old school and think about power and indoor plumbing, like me! (I can’t imagine not having heat in the winter or having to go outside to an outhouse to use the bathroom in any kind of weather, but definitely not in the heat of summer, but I digress.)
So, let’s get down to brass tacks here, let’s talk about the basic necessities for life. What is it we all need to live? Food, water, shelter, and clothing. Those are the four basic things that are integral to our survival. I would also like to add in love to this equation as well.
Now, let me twist things up a little here. I have been thinking a lot lately about how maybe the most essential thing in life is God. Would you not agree? I think if you are a Christ-follower, you certainly will agree. In this post, I would like to share with you how God is our food, water, shelter, and clothing.
John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Bread is considered a basic dietary item. It is a staple food. Bread is such a basic food item that it has become synonymous for food in general. We even use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing of a meal with others.
While food is important, we all know that man cannot live on bread alone. Water is vital to our existence—even more imperative than food. In the above verse from John, Jesus says that we shall not hunger or thirst. In John 7:38 he drives the point home, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Also, in the book of John, Jesus cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” As a Christian, Jesus should be the well we drink from daily. He is our living water.
Let’s move on to shelter. The dictionary tells us that there are many words that are a synonym for shelter. Well, in the Bible you will find many instances where learn that the Lord is our “shelter”. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Then, Deuteronomy 33:27 tells us, “The eternal God is a dwelling place…”. And, Isaiah 25:4 tells us, “For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat, for the breath of the ruthless is like a rain storm against a wall.” In this case, “You” is referring to God. So, as you can see from just these three verses, the Lord is our shelter.
Finally, let’s look at clothing. If you are a Christian you are “clothed in Chris”. The clothing imagery used in the Bible reflects the transformation that takes place within us when we form a true relationship with Jesus Christ. In our union with God, we “put on Christ”, like we put on our clothing. The apostle Paul tells us that “in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Therefore, Christ is our clothing.
Now, I want to circle back around to something I mentioned above—love. While looking at love in the “essential” sense, it doesn’t actually fit the requirements. However, I believe that if you truly want to not only live your life, but grow strong and bloom, you need love. And, there is no one who loves us more than God. God loved us so much He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. (See John 3:16) And, not only does God love us, but God is love. Love is the fundamental essence of His nature and character—it is simply what He is.
I pray that you will allow God to be the food, water, shelter and clothing in your life. He really is all you need.
I would like to share something very special with all of you—at least it is something very special to me. If you have been following along with my blog, you may remember me talking about “moving towards something” in one of my posts from September. Well, I am so excited to share with you exactly what that is. (Drum roll, please!)
I am opening my own online company called CAPtiv8 Gear. It is a Christian-themed company that specializes in baseball caps, t-shirts, tote bags, and iPhone cases. (Or as I call them, “Thinking Caps”, “Shirt Tells”, “Tote Allies”, and “Makur Case”.) I created this little company with the intention of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in a fun way. The mission is to get people to think about God. Our goal is for people to learn more about God, form a true relationship with Him, and ultimately be saved. We want people to become captivated with God; hence, “CAPtiv8”. And, as a by-product, we would like a portion of our profits to go to local charities to help those in need.
The idea for CAPtiv8 Gear came upon me in April 2017. One Friday night as I was in bed trying to sleep, the idea of starting a company called CAPtiv8 popped into my head. I got up the next morning, took a notebook and pencil outside to our front porch and started writing down my ideas. Initially, I just wanted it to be a cap and t-shirt line with cutesy images and text. Over the course of a week or so, I realized that I wanted the focus of the caps and t-shirts to be God-centered. That is when I decided to take verses from the Bible and use those as the inspiration for my cute images and text.
From there, I spent a good amount of time designing my logo and brand. Next, I searched out Bible verses that spoke to me and got to work creating designs. (These two aspects were the really fun parts! I am a graphic designer by day and coming up with all the graphic aspects was exciting.) From there, I figured out how to create a website via WordPress and found a company to partner with that allows me to sell my items online. (This was by far the hardest part for me. Trying to figure out the best company to use to host the website and how to setup the online store was especially tough for me, as my brain in not wired to understand this kind of thing!) But, finally, after many months, and lots of trial and error, here we are. I hope these designs and products speak to your heart and encourage you in your spiritual journey.
Having a relationship with God is the most important thing you can do for yourself. You are His child and He loves you and wants to be a part of your life each and every day. I hope that CAPtiv8 Gear can play a small role in your relationship with God. Remember to always Keep God in Your Heart!
I am having my “Grand Opening” this coming Sunday, January 7. It would mean a great deal to me if you would visit the site, look around, and let me know your thoughts. And, if you like what you see, please share it out with your friends and family.
I don’t want you to think that this blog will now be a sounding board for everything CAPtiv8 Gear. It won’t. This will be the one and only time where the focus of a post will be on my new company. If you would like to get news and updates on CAPtiv8 Gear, you can sign up for that newsletter on the CAPtiv8 Gear website. But, as a way of saying thank you for following me here, I would like to give you, my FOGG7 followers, a discount for your first purchase. If you enter FOGG715 into the coupon section at the checkout, that will give you 15 percent off. Thank you again and remember, Keep God in Your Heart.
I am a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light and any good thing that I come across.