Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Martins - Wait On The Lord

I love this little chorus about waiting on the Lord.  I mentioned it to my pastor to maybe be able to use in our missions conference as the theme is "Wait on the Lord."

Had two great services today. I wasn't feeling well tonight as I took some Advil on an empty stomach, but my stomach is settling down now.  I am still sore from my rock climbing adventure yesterday :) but I'll make it.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Resolution for Women - Surpringly Satisfied

I had started this book awhile back, but got distracted with the holidays. Now that things have calmed down, I have decided to begin this journey again. Chapter 1 is titled "Surprisingly Satisfied" which really goes along with the waiting theme of 2012. Priscilla quotes from Philippians 4:11-13 "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content -- whether we'll fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Himi who strengthens me." She later says "Your God can be trusted to grant you the supply you need to excel at His purposes. So if you don't need it -- whatever it is -- it's because you don't need it. You may want it, but it's not necessary in order to accomplish what He knows is most important for your life today. Otherwise He'd have given it to you. He loves you too much to "withhold the good from those who live with integrity". (Ps. 84:11) As I read this paragraph my thoughts went to my want of a husband. I recently signed up on a Christian dating site, and so far it has not been the best of experiences. I think from this study I know why...I don't need a husband to do what I am doing for the Lord. I may want one, but that doesn't mean I need one now. So I think I am see if I can get my money back and just enjoy this time in my life of being single and not worrying about looking for someone to spend my life with...God will provide in His timing if it's His will.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Think on these things...Phil 4:8

Okay...I was in Bible study tonight thinking about a conversation that was had earlier in the day.  God lead me to a verse ... one of my favorites - Phil. 4:8.
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." (NASB)
Life Application Bible has this application in the notes:
"What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.  Paul tells us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and praise worthy.  Do you have problems with impure thoughts day daydreams? Examine what you are putting into your mind, through television, books, conversations, movies, and magazines.  Replace harmful input with wholesome material.  Above all read God's word and pray.  Ask God to help you focus your mind on what is good and pure.  It takes practice, but it can be done. a life of purity is not the easiest way to live, but I'm thankful for this verse.  Basically this is what I'm to think if this is the stuff I'm to allow myself to dwell on...then anyone who doesn't speak words like this, I just need to run away from them.

Later in the application bible, I saw this question - HOW EASY IT IS TO READ THE BIBLE AND NOT THINK ABOUT HOW TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY?

We can read the words from the Bible, even think about it, but if it doesn't change our lifestyle, then what good is it?  Each time we read something we should think about how we can live it out.  It's tough ... it's not an easy thing to do, but to become more like Christ, we need to change our way of living.

The standard is HOLY.  It's high...but that's the standard that God has set.  Our job is to strive.  Do we stumble?  Yes. Do we fall?  Yes.  Does that mean we just live the way we want to?  No!  It means that we need to continue to strive for that holy lifestyle.  How do we do that??? Think of those things.  Dwell of them.  Get them into our minds...replace that crap that life throws at it.

My song of the moment now is "Where I Belong" by Building 429.  The first verse says, "Sometimes it feels like I'm watching from the outside, Sometimes it feels like I'm breathing, but am I alive? I will keep searching for answers, that aren't here to find."  They aren't here in the world...they are in the Word though.  God gave us the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit lets us know things are not right, we are to run toward God.  If we don't things can get hairy...tough...crazy.

I'm thankful for Christian friends who are true Christians...people that I can confide in and ask about situations that come to life.  They guide me with the help of the Holy Spirit to continue on my journey of waiting.  I'm thankful for people like that.


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Waiting - Smash book

So my sister Leah and I are really into scrap booking.  She introduced me to a new thing the last couple years.  It was a calendar/scrapbook.  I now know what to call this...A SMASH BOOK!  She recently showed me a link about "smash books" and I bought one.  I was praying about what to do with the smash book I bought. I didn't want to just put anything in it, but wanted something with substance for my first smash book. My calendar/scrapbook smash book is for just everyday things, but this smash book I wanted something important.

So here goes.

I believe that 2012 is a year that God is teaching me via the word Wait (and trust).  It's been a stressful year already.  I spent the last two weeks of January driving back and forth to the hospital to be with my dad.  He had a prostate and kidney issue.  I'm thankful he is doing better now.  I am amazed the lessons God has shown me lessons in waiting during this time.

First - waiting is a progression.  I used to think of "waiting" as an inactive/passive thing.  Like sitting in one place for a long time.  But God showed me that waiting is active.  It's a progression...looking at it like waiting in line for that exciting ride at the best amusement park.  You can be in line for hours, going through the serpentine thing, but getting closer to THAT ride.  Even the serpentine was interesting to me, because life is about turns and twists on this road we travel.  There may be a road block that makes us turn to go almost the same way we came, but still a little closer to the goal.  I love how I discovered that waiting is not just sitting in one place, but it's a progression.

Second - waiting involves trust.  When you don't know what to do, you have to trust that the waiting process is where God wants you.  I read a quote from a friends' Facebook that said "Trusting God means looking beyond what you can see, to what God sees."

Third - waiting helps us see the bigger picture.  I had been talking to a guy for the past few months.  At first the conversations were great.  He was saying all the right things, but as we began to get comfortable with each other, I began seeing red flags and began praying that God would intervene.  He did.  I haven't heard from the guy in a few weeks. I don't know why, but I'm thankful for the answered prayer.  I wanted to find a special guy and apparently that was not the one. I believe that God can still bring the guy I have been praying for ... the guy that He is creating for me.

My book is beginning to get filled with really great quotes and message outlines.  Also with poems, songs, thoughts about waiting/trusting.  I am thankful that God is working with me through this journey.  It's not a fun thing to wait, but what really helps is that God will strength my heart in these days. "Psalm 27:14 - Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart, wait, I say on the Lord."

I am thankful that I am doing better with the waiting aspect of things.  I know it's not something in the past that I have been good at...mainly because I didn't understand how waiting works.