Friday, October 28, 2011

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints
Ps. 116:15


It seems the Lord is taking many of his precious home to be with Him these days. The pricelessness of life has recently become more real to me in the last few weeks.

Last night I was in a very challenging and inspiring Lecture with FSU Coach, Bobby Bowden. I’m not much of a football girl (cjime008 can attest to that). However, I am a fan of those who are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.


Some of the things he said were so simple, yet… so powerful.


For example:


If you knew the cure for cancer, would you tell someone?


If you knew the secret for eternal life, would you share it?


Someone who is living their
life unashamed of the gospel
wouldn’t be able
 to keep it in.


Why is it so hard to share our faith?

Coach went on to challenge the young people in the room with a basic question, one that is on the mind of many.


“What does God expect?”


Does God expect our ability?
                           He is God, he can do it on his own…

If it’s in HIS will, it will be... right?


God doesn’t need our ability, he expects our AVAILability.



Are you making yourself available to God?

Are you making yourself
available to be used of God
in a mighty way?



Proverbs 4:23

Guard your heart above all else,

for it determines the course of your life.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wisdom.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 NASB

Status Update:
"Would like to find a corner to cry a few tears in". ...

The reason for this status update was to vent the fact that I am feeling a little overwhelmed with school, work, and wifely-ness these days. ...

However, the update caused quite a stir in the facebook community so I removed the post.

I did recieve this from a co-worker though!
It makes me feel so loved to get a Princess corner of my very own. ... too bad it's on the internet.

Anyway, as I take my midterm tomorrow ... I pray that the Holy one will bring what I have learned to my memory.




Sunday, October 23, 2011

A spoonful of blogging helps procrastinate studying.

October 23, 2011
Dear Diary,
I am writing in you to avoid studying for my midterm.
Yours truly,
Erin

Anyway!

Today in Sunday school we were studying about Noah and his obedience to God.
We started in Hebrews Chapter 11 and discussed what we know about Noah, and why he was put in the Hall of Faith.

As usual, I get the traditional answers.
1) He had faith
2) He trusted God
3) He was obedient to God's will. ...


After a breif discussion, we proceeded to read Genesis 6-9.
Since I had middle school girls, it isn't easy to keep thier attention to go verse by verse and study God's word. So therefore, we study in concepts, main points etc. Today however, we drew a big ark on the board, and filled it with all of the things we learned about Noah.

The study was very intesting and I really think the girls picked up some stuff. However, it wasn't until I was sitting at lunch with husband that I realized just how special Noah's wife and family truly were.

Follow my thoughts. ...
1) We all know that it had never actually RAINED before.
2) We all know that building an Ark and bringing in animals from all over was a little crazy (in theory)...
3) To be honest, if it were me. ... I'd think my husband were CRAZY!

"You want me to do what?"

"Live in a boat with our kids and a bunch of animals?"

"Honey, you are 600 years old, do you really think this whole ark thing is a good idea" . ...

Noah and his family (or household) were obedient to the Lord.

Here is where the Lord spoke to me (during my crazy thought process) 

What if God asked Christopher to do something out of the ordinary?

How would I react?


Hebrews 11:6

6 A man cannot please God unless he has faith. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. That one must also know that God gives what is promised to the one who keeps on looking for Him.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Turkish Delight? - Heavenly Delight!

I delight to do Your will, O My God;
Your Law is within my heart
Psalm 40:8

Warning:
I have been thinking a LOT lately, and these are a few of my thoughts.

Over the last few weeks, months, maybe a year or so I have had a burden on my heart. This is a burden that has only been shared with my amazing husband and the Lord (of course). However, lately it has started to drain on me.

I was doing great feeling sorry for myself and the situation until about 10 minutes ago when I opened Biblegateway.

In big bold letters "I delight to do YOUR will" ...

Sometimes its easy to feel a burden for something, to feel passionate about something and even though it is a GOOD thing (no, I am not going to blog the burden, sorry) it is important to realize that it might not be what the Lord wants to do be, or do or become right now.


My encouragement, if you are struggling with something, I pray that you will give it ALL to the Lord and find your delight in the Lord's will.

Looking for DELIGHT in the LORD!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Reflections

Isn't it interesting when you see someone (or a pet) notice their reflection for the first time? Over the weekend, I took the opportunity to completely CLEAN our bedroom. This included moving ALL of our furniture, sweeping & mopping. While I was moving the furniture, I decided to keep it differently arranged. :) This created an opportunity for my Romeo (poochie) to see himself in the mirror for the first time. 

The Story:
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, after an interesting morning I decided to take a nap. Around 3 p.m. I was awoken to a faint growl. ... As I woke from my slumber I see my dear Romeo growling at his reflection while Juliet continues to sleep at the foot of my bed. 

Okay, where are you going with this?!?!

I got to thinking about our own reflection, how our life is a reflection of SOMETHING. 

 If you were to see your true reflection for the first time, would you growl, would it scare you (like Romeo) or would you remain calm, cool and collected (like Juliet). 



May our lives reflect Christ only.

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