Archive for September 11th, 2007

New Bed!

Posted on 2007-09-11. Filed under: Life |


I’m helping G put together his new bed this evening ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yep, I’m the assistant and he’s the foreman. This is a real cool bed. Wish I had one when I was young. It’s a futon bunk bed made of steel and wood…

My little boy is growing up! Too big for his toddler bed now… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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I’m happy!

Posted on 2007-09-11. Filed under: Thoughts |


YAY ME! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰
๐Ÿ˜†
:mrgreen:

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Amen

Posted on 2007-09-11. Filed under: Thoughts |


I read the following exegesis of Deut. 32:1 – 52 this morning:

…the covenant and its implementation is initiated by God from heaven and those on earth function in a secondary capacity in its consummation. Whatever is to develop according to Godโ€™s will on earth begins with action initiated in heaven. This concept emphasizes the importance of prayer as a powerful means of participating in the active momentum of the โ€œheavenly realmโ€ and its outworking on the earth. We open our ears to His Word given from heaven, and He inclines His ear to our prayers! All history is the revelation and expression of Godโ€™s creative love and care that are constantly at work by His Spirit in us and through us, His people.

Moses uses the striking metaphor of precipitation โ€“ different forms of rain and the dew โ€“ to effectively draw attention to the various aspects of Godโ€™s Word. The teachings of His Torah fall lightly but persistently like rain, softening and preparing the soil. Even the hardness of stubborn wills, of stony hearts and the inflexibility of stiff necks, can be softened by the water of the Word and prepared to receive seed and life.

The loving promises of God fall gently like the dew, refreshing and sustaining the soul, even through the dry seasons. The rainstorms and showers that descend on the fields of grass and growing herbs can be compared to the โ€œlatter rainโ€ outpourings of the Spirit that cleanse, soak and ultimately cause the bringing forth of much fruit.

Just as the Almighty controls the wind and the rain (Job 26:8,13), by His Spirit He is continually at work in the unfolding history of His elect nation, Israel, and in the lives of all His children throughout the earth.

This is a glorious outburst of praise in recognition of the character of God. Who could not worship Him? Every word He speaks and every decree He issues is perfect. At the heart of our faith and trust in Him is the belief that, in His infinite wisdom and perfectly righteous character, our Father God knows and does what is best for His children. Often in the face of natural disaster and the inexplicable tragedy of manโ€™s inhumanity to man, we are tempted to cry out, โ€œWhy?โ€ Even then we must trust our fully righteous and compassionate God to lift us up and enable us to stand on the Rock, who is immovable and cannot be shaken.

One observer has creatively described that during our brief journey through time we see only a limited view of the tapestry that the Lord is weaving; and what we see is only the disordered underside! On the day Messiah returns in His glory as King of the whole earth, all will be revealed in its beauty and glowing perfection. Till then we can persevere in the knowledge of His everlasting love and support, and we can joyfully proclaim as does King David: “The Lord lives; blessed be my Rockโ€ฆโ€ (2 Samuel 22:47).

 

Praise God who is in control of all things and wants the best for me! I will wait on Him!

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Playlist

Posted on 2007-09-11. Filed under: Life |


This morning, the playlist includes:

  • Alison Krauss
  • Jonny Lang
  • Daughtry
  • Ron Kenoly
  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Charity Von
  • Nickelback
  • Robin Thicke
  • James Morrison
  • Chris Isaak
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Echoing Angels
  • Fergie
  • Hillsong
  • Oasis
  • Rihanna
  • Jason Upton
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Mat Kearney

(more to come – will be updated later)

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Early morning

Posted on 2007-09-11. Filed under: Prayers, Thoughts |


Ahhh – it feels good!

I got some sleep last night and feel better. I don’t even remember falling asleep or honestly how I got into the chair in the first place.

This morning, I’m reminded of so many other mornings in my past that were filled with hope and expectation. The morning is a time to greet the day and the possibilities that exist for THAT day. It is a time to greet God and continue in relationship with Him. It’s a time to greet others and check on them to see how they are and to continue connections with them.

I start work early so I’m used to being the first person up, regardless of who else is in the house I’m in. So, I’m used to being the one making the coffee, turning on any lights, whatever. And I’m used to seeing other people get up after me to start their day – to receive them in fellowship and subdued, calm excitement and expectation.

I miss being able to look forward to starting the day together with someone. There’s a sense that you share the day – that the events of the day are communal and something shared together and will become a memory to look back upon later together (“Do you remember when…?”) These days, I have my day and other people have their day and there may be interactions but each person’s day is a separate day. That truly shows me how different things are now.

There’s just so much space in my life right now. I give space and I need space. I’m adjusting to that. I see God sometimes fills in those spaces with Himself. And for that I am thankful.

And even though there is space, there is still connection. But sometimes the connection is different – perhaps it is stretched or perhaps it is slack with disuse. And these differences can be temporary or permanent, depending on the connection.

I look forward to having a life with connections that are “just right” again – not slack and not overly taut and stretched. I look forward to being able to greet each day with hope and expectation – whether I share that experience with someone else or I am communing alone with God.

Today, I have peace. And it can only come from God. Right now, it’s a thin peace (like a thin sheet of ice on a pond’s surface) with sorrow being still underneath it but not gone at all. Whatever will be, will be. I trust God and know that He wants the best for all people and that includes me.

I cling to Him in the storm. Does clinging to Him show fear or faith? As with most things, that’s not an easy answer. It’s a question of the heart and the answer is dependent on intent. Why do I cling? Is it because of faith in Him or because there’s nothing else to cling to so I just reach out in a blind panic for the first thing I can find to hold onto? That’s a question every person has to answer on their own.

Now, on to start my day.

Father, I need your presence with me today. Allow me to feel your presence with me to remind me that I am not alone and to stave any feelings of despair, desperation or despondency. Please assist me in showing love to others today. Help me live the day so it ends with me having a clear conscience at the end. Thank you – thank you. Amen.

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