Friday, November 26, 2010

A random assortments of ramblings...

It's hard to believe that just a week and a half ago I was playing volleyball barefoot in North Carolina. The bright colors of the trees were beyond their peak, but still very much gave the impression of Fall. It was with mixed feelings I looked out the airplane window on my way back home the next evening to a land covered in snow.  Back in WI, winter has begun, and this very white Thanksgiving gives a good promise for a white Christmas.  I'm not exactly relishing the fact that I must go out now at 4:00am to scrap my car and turn it on for several minutes before leaving for the bakery where I work, but hey, I guess that's part of living in the North. :-)

It just hit me the other day that this will be my first winter home, as in the north, for three years. The last two have largely been spent in southern climates, maintaining my summer tan. It's hard to believe that it was already a year ago that I was starting to pack for my time spent in the Sierra Madres hiking the mountains of the Copper Canyon. Time has gone so quickly, but I guess this year has been quite full.

So, I'm settling in for a nice, long, cozy winter. Life's pace is slowing down, and I'm starting to find myself with evening to cozy up in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot tea and a good book. Some of Michael Phillip's books have found their way back into my remembrance, and I'm enjoying my newfound discovery of Henry T. Blackaby. Good stuff. Nancy Leigh DeMoss's three book series, 'Brokenness, Surrender, and Holiness' is waiting for the right time to be picked up. I can't wait! I recently ordered Debi Pearl's new book "Preparing to be a Help Meet," and have been challenged by what she has to offer. Admittedly a bit skeptical at first due to various "hear-says," I've walked away challenged with her emphasis on prayer, and purposeful, godly living. I believe I could safely recommend this to any girl.

MemVerse and my homemade flash cards are seeing lots of use these days. I have really enjoyed using this online tool for keeping track of memory work, and systematic review. I'm trying to memorize the book of 1 Timothy this winter, and well as become well reviewed on the book of James and Phillipians which I previously memorized. This is a helpful site that you should check out if you already haven't!

I've run across some neat tidbits lately on blogs that were recommended to me. Just a few quotes...

A Sweet Fragrance 

Measure thy life by loss, and not by gain.
Not by wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth. 
For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice. 
And He who suffers most has most to give 

Where lies the hindrance to this self emptying? Are we ready for the last surrender?

Read the whole post here!

Resolved2worship had some very good thoughts on forgiveness

For me, when the past comes to mind, when the hurt comes back again, it's all about punting the law back to the Supreme Court. Again and again and again, if need be. 70x7 plus some if I have to.

What I mean by that is taking the sin that has been done towards me and instead of being the judge, the condemner, the court. . . it's allowing and releasing God to be the judge. It's going to God on my face and allowing Him to wash me of my pride in thinking that I should be the judge of the wrongs done me. It's believing that vengeance is His, not mine.

It's seeing clearly how much I have been forgiven of my own sin and extending that same amount of forgiveness to the one who has sinned against me. How much do I want Jesus to forgive me? There is a verse that speaks clearly to this - saying that Jesus forgives us in the SAME WAY that we forgive others who have sinned against us.

God forgives me even when I don't ask. So, even if they never ask, I must take that which they have done to me and "punt it back" into the court of God - not holding them accountable in my own court of law, but allowing God to be judge over them. He does a much better job, because it's His to do, not mine.

What if the person who has sinned against you believes they are sinless? There are many times I am unaware of how I have sinned against God, yet, He forgives me.

What if they ask for forgiveness and I know it's not sincere and I've seen no evidence of a changed heart? What about the times I ask God to forgive me for my sin and then go and do the same thing again?

And yet, He has forgiven me.

Forgive as I have been forgiven. How I extend forgiveness, in that SAME WAY, will I be forgiven by God.

Again, the whole post here

Well, I am going to close this rather large, rambling post, and wish all my American friends a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! And to all you others, a day of blessings and gratefulness in your hearts as well! We have much to rejoice in!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Finding God's Will

Finding God's will is not a method, formula, or set of steps. We do not find God's will, He reveals it to us.

When you have a love relationship with Jesus Christ, God reveals Himself, His purposes, and His ways; and He invites you to join Him where He is already at work.

When you obey, God accomplishes through you something only He can do. Then you come to know God in a more intimate way by experiencing God at work through you. 

-Claude V. King. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fully Known

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Psalm 139:2-6

I am fully known by one person, Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, I always have someone to go to for help in knowing who I am. Jesus Christ.

There is always one person who knows me perfectly. Knows it better than I do. Jesus Christ.

Therefore, I always have a person who is willing to love me, knowing absolutely everything about me. 

Jesus Christ. 

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know, even as also I am known." 
1 Corinthians 13:12