Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
'My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God'?
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength."

Isaiah 40:27-29
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Feeling Fragile?

What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile - Desiring God
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Calmer of The Storm

This was the best version I could find on YouTube. :-)
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Monday, December 19, 2011


"No one likes me" "I'm rejected" "I'm better than him/her"

Do I lie to myself? Do I learn to adopt and nourish lies about myself or my situation? Yes. And then I languish in the feelings of frustration which follow. There is a chapter in the Psalms which begins by asking who can abide in God's presence. It talks about a person of integrity, who loves God with his whole heart, and because of this, the nature of God Himself flows out through this man's life. There is one sentence which has particularly grabbed me: "[he] speaks the truth in his heart...". I have always taken this to mean that I must be honest with myself and with God - excuses for sin or denial that I am in sin (if I am and don't want to face it), or dishonesty of that nature. I have recently begun to consider another way of having dishonesty in my heart. This happens when I indulge in self-pity. It happens when I feel rejected, or sometimes when I feel envious. The lie is that others don't find me likeable. Further, the lie may say that I am better than someone. These two lies often approach me hand in hand, even though they sound like opposites. I begin to wonder why others should be accepted and liked where I feel shut out, even though I consider myself superior to them in some way. The truth is that I am neither better than any person on this planet, nor am I disliked by everyone. I am not alone, I am not superior and certainly not worthless. These are lies. And the very knowledge of that helps me to begin the battle of crushing them.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011


I began to realize how fundamentally attached I am to this world. The thing that made me realize just how much value I place on this passing life was that I thought about some goals that I hold very dear to my heart. These goals are wholesome and I believe are pleasing to God as part of His plan - but their completion requires that I be here on this earth. I began to fear that the turbulence in the world as part of the end times would interfere with my cherished hopes. And then I thought, "If my hopes and affections were placed first in Christ, I would rest in His plan for my future. I wouldn't need to fear or be anxious that things won't turn out as I had hoped - whatever my Father wills would bring my deepest peace and truest satisfaction." I am so far from this love of my heavenly Father and His ways! I desire it, but I haven't fully acquired it yet. Please Lord, "create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me..."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Little by Little

"Little by little, Every day
Little by little, In every way
Jesus is changing me
He's changing me

Since I've made this turn-about face
I've been growing In His grace
Jesus is changing me

Sometimes it's slow going
But there's a knowing
That one day perfect I shall be!"

Have you ever heard this song? I hadn't until my pastor mentioned it in a sermon. Now we sing it frequently during worship service. It is such an encouragement!

Who is Our God?

"That was it! It wasn't that I needed the security of a certain amount of money; it was that I needed the security of a relationship. I walked up the crunchy pebblewalk feeling more and more certain that I was on the verge of something exciting....If I were going to give my life as a servant of the King, I had to know that King. What was He like? In what way could I trust Him? In the same way I trusted a set of impersonal laws? Or could I trust Him as a living leader, as a very present commander in battle? The question was central. Because, if He were a King in name only....I would remain a Christian, but I would know that my religion was only a set of principles, excellent and to be followed, but hardly demanding devotion. Suppose on the other hand that I were to discover God to be a Person, in the sense that He communicated and cared and loved and led. That was something quite different. That was the kind of King I would follow into any battle." -Brother Andrew, God's Smuggler

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

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