Thursday, 27 October 2011

God's Will


Countless people spend many years of their lives wondering what God's will for their life is. Little do they know that God's will is just one verse away. Here it is: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."   
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I never really realized how much of a blessing prayer is. It's our constant, unbroken communication with God. We can consistently talk with him about everything. I do believe that God loves to hear us, when we are joyful, in terrible pain, and when we have questions. We can turn to him.

           ~Grace~

Your Passion




"Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion" -George Hegel
Playing piano, giving someone encouragement, writing; there's nothing more satisfying than the feeling I get when I do the things God created me to do. I feel alive, all the fears that previously held me captive are concealed and I am free to be who God intended me to be. This what it feels like to belong, but it's finding purpose to our passion that keeps the fire lit. The key is realizing that it's not about us, It's about Him. It shouldn't be about what we wish to do with our passions but be willing and open to submit under his will above all. Even when it requires going against everything that we yearn and desire for. He is the one who will stand beside us and say "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9
                   

                                             ~Grace~

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Daydreaming


 Often I will find my thoughts gliding far away from God and prayer. This can be frustrating and discouraging. When my thoughts used to wander I would say "Oh, forgive me Lord, I wish my mind wouldn't wander like that. Please help me not to........" and then off I would go into another daydream. The causes of this are many, fatigue being the most common. I have no way of avoiding them except praying on your knees.....It could be possible that this keeps your mind more alert. Face it, lying in bed is the perfect place to daydream, not so much on your knees. Nevertheless, it is important to react rightly when you realize what you are doing. What is it, do you think, that brings you back to the point of prayer? Or better, who is it? When I discover myself daydreaming my response now is, "Thank you Lord. Thank you for rescuing me again. I would spend countless times daydreaming if it weren't for you." I no longer wast time in self condemnation or discouragement. But I rejoice in the forever patience of God who never gives up and who calls me constantly back to himself.  

                                                ~Grace~ 

Brotherly Love


Being just friends with the opposite gender does not happen on accident. We have to fight for our friendships and guard them. We are all aware that like magnets men and women are attracted to each other. My belief is that we were designed that way. However, until we are ready to be "Friends for Life" (If you know what I mean) we should at all costs avoid premature intimacy. But how do we do this? Be accepting the limits of guy-girl friendships.
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Romans 12:10-11
What is our relationship to each other? We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We should treat each other with honor and respect. Whats the secret to our Zeal and devotion? Service - side by side for God's glory. Being guided by this choice of attitude, being just friends can be just plain awesome!  

                                              ~Grace~

                   

The Right Thing at the Wrong Time



As people of today's culture, we don't exactly accept the idea of delayed gratification. Our world teaches us that if we want something we should look to enjoy it immediately. So we microwave our food, e-mail our letters, and express mail our packages. We do our best to say goodbye to the restrictions of time by hurrying our schedules and doing whatever it takes to beat the clock. You most likely know how I feel. How do you respond when you have to wait in line? Do you patiently wait your turn, or do you tap your toe and try to rush the experience? This "Do it right NOW" mentality has greatly affected the timing of today's relationships. May it be dating, friendship or what have you, It is being changed by this. Why do we all insist on living this way? I think we receive the immediate gratification idea because we have forgotten the biblical principle of seasons. 
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace" Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  
Josh Harris has said: "Just as springs roll is different from that of fall, so each of the seasons of our lives has a different emphasis, focus, and beauty. One is not better that the other; each season yields it's own unique treasures. We cannot skip ahead to experience the riches of another life season any more than a farmer can rush the spring. Each season builds on the one before it."
Thus I can firmly state: The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong time and meant for another life season. 

                                               ~Grace~ 

A Teenagers Prayer

                  God, here I am in a "chaotic state"
                  seeking some way to do "something great"...
                  I want to be someone who contributes to 
                  make a less violent world for everyone's sake...
                  but who can I go to and who can I trust,
                 who'll show me the difference between love and lust?
                 I'm willing to listen, I'm will to do,
                 whatever it takes to make this world "new"...
                 but in the confusion and the noise all around
                 where can the answer to my question be found?
                 Dear God in heaven, hear a teenagers plea-
                 show me somewhere what you want me to be!
                     By Helen Steiner Rice 

                                          ~Grace~

What Matters at Fifty


I was reading something of Josh Harris the other day and at first it quite freaked me out, however, after thinking on it, I believe it could be rather profound. Here's what he said:
"How many times have I made a complete fool of myself by falling head over heels for someone simply because of her charm and beauty? Too many times. To cure this tendency, I've created a little game. When I meet a beautiful girl and I'm tempted to be overly impressed by her external features, I try to imagine what this girl will look like when she is fifty years old. (If this girls mother is with her it doesn't take too much imagination.) This girl may be young and pretty now, but what happens when the beauty fades? Does anything within her beauty beckon me? Is it her character that radiates and draws me toward her, or is it just the fact that her summer dress shows off a little too much of her tan? So what if her feminine out line captures my eye today? When pregnancies add stretch marks and the years add extra pounds, will something in this girls soul attract me?" - Josh Harris

~Grace~

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Guarding Your Heart

 Proverbs 4:20-27
"My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; say on the safe path. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil." (N.I.V)
-There's not much, if anything one can add to God's word. Especially in such a clear straight forward passage. However, I did realize one very specific point: Guard your heart! In conclusion to this I'll just say this- A girls heart should be so wrapped up in the Lord that a guy should have to seek Him to find her. 
                                                ~Grace~

Jesus = True son of God


 C.S Lewis famously said that Jesus is either the true Son of God, a demon, or else a man man. The everything or nothing essence of that statement always gives me chills. Jesus is either who he claims to be- the God-man who came and redeemed humanity- or he's a complete nutcase, even mentally sick. You can't have it somewhere in the middle. He could not be a wise teacher and a great moral example while at the same time a deceitful liar. He can't be a trusted source of spiritual guidance and at the same time be wrong about his identity. This seems to be a sealed argument to me, but numerous people find some sort of way to wiggle out of it. They still grasp on to Jesus in some form, but they deny that he is the Son of God who should be obeyed and praised. Frances Chan has greatly quoted:"The intellectual gymnastics required for this reminds me of pictures of people doing yoga who are able to wrap both feet around their heads and tie them in a knot. I don't know why they would want to do that, and it looks painful." 
                                                                    ~Grace~

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

True Love

By my own admission, I am, a hopeless romantic. If such a thing could be possible, I am in love with love. There's nothing quite like it, and if you've ever experienced it you know what I'm talking about. Being in love is patchwork of one thousand indescribable moments. You spend every waking moment thinking of that special person, you lose interest in the dull chores of eating, sleeping and thinking with any rational motive. It's as though someone has removed blinders from your eyes and you now see the world full of mystery, wonder and hope. Oh, I can tell you all about the warm fuzzy side of love, however, that's only a small part of "True Love". I can plunge myself into romance with all the passion of Romeo and Juliet but as Josh Harris once quoted: "In God's school of true love I'm still in kindergarten. We've been playing in the sandbox but God want's to take us to the beach." This statement is so true, because there is so much more to love than just romance (although, I think
we'd all agree that love notes and roses are still a contributor). God seeks to give us a larger view of what love really is, he wants to give depth to our understanding.

~Grace~