Thursday, December 31, 2009


It has been way too long since I have posted. I know all 7 of you who read this have been holding your breath wondering where I am. :) We have had a great Christmas season and now ringing in the new year. As I think back over the year of 2009, many things come to mind. It has been one of the hardest and one of the best years at the same time. God is at work all around us. This was a main truth I remember learning as a senior in high school doing an Experiencing God Bible study. ("Hee-who belongs to God"... sorry, just a joke for a couple of old friends) But this truth I learned in my head is more true in my heart today. He is at work, if only we open our eyes to it. He is at work when things seem to be going great. He is at work in the hard times, even in the death of a beloved student. We have had a great year in youth group, record number of kids, and kids that are truly seeking Christ. I am looking forward to what is to come. "Greater things are still to come, greater things are still to be done in this city!" I got a new Beth Moore Bible study for Christmas that I started this week and am really excited about it. I'll give updates as I get farther in.
To God be the glory.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The conclusion of the matter

Five Truths:
1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
5. God's Word is alive and active.

This is taken from a Beth Moore study/book I read awhile back. (hopefully I didn't butcher them) Truths we need to take to heart, to believe with every part of our beings. I have no trouble believing the first two truths. Where the devil tries to get me is on number three. I often think I am not really enough in areas of my life.
God does hear my prayers. He has shown me that twice in the last 24 hours. He is at work all around me. I want to be an active part of that, not the one who misses the BIG picture focusing on my small part in the story. I want so much to live a life that matters. To be one that brings glory to the One. Honestly, what else matters?

Ecclesiates 12:13 "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I want to fall in love with You.

Ouch. My toes are hurting. This verse was laid out before me...

Luke 14:26 (New Living Translation)
26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

This verse does not say that we have to hate our families, God shows us likewise by showing what a father/son relationship should truly be. BUT in comparison to how much we love God our love for our families should look like hate. I am not there. I have made my family 'idols' in the eyes of God. I have put them ahead of God in many ways. I need some things to change.

Psalm 119 is so full of what a truly loving God looks like.
37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. 38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. 40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.
and I really like this one,
45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

God, hear my heart's cry.