Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Its amazing how thrown off we get when we encounter times of trouble. Christ did not trick us by saying that things would be all jolly all the time. In fact, he was quite clear that this life was full of trials and tribulations. The wonderful thing about our loving Savior is that He didn’t just stop there, all gloom and doom. He continues by telling us that these trials not only produce perseverance and character, but that they can often times be used for the furthering of His Kingdom. We are also told that, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of JOY” (Job 8:21). These difficult times are often a mirror, allowing us to see who we really are, for better or for worse. Do we instantly run to our old friends Worry, Doubt, Fear, and Disbelief? Or do we rest assured that our God is a good God and although cruddy things happen, we know that God is in control? The greatest example to me is a Christian who is covered with peace. Sometimes they trust in God so much that the peace within them is practically visible. These are the people who not only convict me about my restless mind, but also encourage me that the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).
My life will forever be the exciting journey of learning how to trust a God that has already proven Himself trustworthy.
Tonight I am savoring a few of the many names of our God:
Jehovah-rapha: The LORD who Heals
Jehovah-jireh: The LORD will Provide
El Shaddai: The All-Sufficient One
El Elyon: The God Most High
Jehovah-shalom: The LORD is Peace
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I’ve reached a time in my life where I am no longer getting invitations to themed birthday parties that begin with bowling and end with a sleepover. I open letters and receive invitations to Bridal and Baby Showers. I don’t feel 12 anymore but it does feel like just yesterday I was starting high school. But clearly that wasn’t yesterday (besides the fact that school doesn’t start in July and I am 21 years old). Things have changed since then. We’re making grown-up decisions… our parents as us for advice on things… And sleepovers cease to exist as your friends get husbands.
Time flies. I want to be in another time of life and then, sometimes in the same day, I want time to slow down so I can enjoy where I’m at right now.
“If we complain of time and take such joy in the seemingly timeless moment, what does that suggest? It suggests that we have not always been or will not always be purely temporal creatures. It suggests that we were created for eternity. Not only are we hurried by time; we seem unable, despite a thousand generations, even to get used to it. We are always amazed at it – how fast it goes, how slowly it goes, how much of it is gone. Where, we cry, has the time gone? We aren’t adapted to it, not at home in it. If that is so, it may appear as a proof, or at least a powerful suggestion, that eternity exists and is our home.”
I love this quote by C.S. Lewis because it captures something that all of us have felt before- the inability to feel completely at home in the temporal.
I’ll let my friends and family continue to grow up; I’ll be sleeping with my teddy bear and throwing themed birthday parties… and maybe I’ll accidentally grow up too.
“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old.” -Walt Disney