Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I get to people watch and sit in a crowd I wouldn’t normally sit in
…it’s not my normal crowd and I love it.
There is something special about an escape from the norm. A place that can be spectacular but not because of any grandiose thing but because you find the grandiose there in everyday living. This is where more of your dreams incidentally come to fruition by simply doing life there. I love these spots.
I love it even more when I've met with God in those spots. Then its cemented as a significant spot.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I want to fall in love with the way she carries herself in beauty, modesty, and grace.I want her to be someone who would give her life completely to God at all costs.
I want her to be able to hold her own in a crowd without me having to always be by her side.
NEW: I want to say “thank you” to her and for her to say “thank you” to me for things that come so naturally in the way that we love others, that it almost feels absurd to be thanked for them. That we laugh and are warmed inside when thanked by each other for doing the things we already love and naturally want to do for others.
I want for even hers and my spiritual and life preferences to align in a way that is supernatural.
I want her to be someone who invests in others already and voluntarily.
I want to love her fully for who she is at the present, not waiting for anything to change in her character, but being astounded and awestruck by the idea that it’s possible for her to become even more loving and Christlike than she already is as she grows in God.I want her to be someone who is naturally well-respected and stands out because of God’s love and joy in her.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Learning how to see and turn every life event into a positive opportunity to meet with God.
"What is my opportunity to get the very most out of this bad event?"
This was the separating response that a study said "made successful people successful"... It wasn't just luck and being at the right place at the right time...
Luck wasn't the determinate but rather people's approach to bad and good opportunities.
There's an art to using tough events as a defining moment while making the most of good events.
The Greatest Danger is not failure but being successful w/out knowing why OR letting failure win.
The Bible puts it this way:
(No matter what the circumstance)
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray continually,
18 give thanks in all circumstances;
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Let me be honest.
I forgot this approach today in a conflict with a friend.
The conversation needs to continue but i also realized that God has something He wants to teach me through this no matter what the outcome instead of life just handing me what seems like an unfixable problem. There's something good to come out of this if I keep pursuing God and looking for it.
And the Bible reinforces this idea in another spot! (Phil 4)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
THE RESULT: PEACE
And the God of peace will be with you. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Joyful, Praying, Giving Thanks...
One secret to finding success and peace is Learning how to see and turn every life event into a positive opportunity to meet with God.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Could you imagine not being wanted? Being attractive to absolutely no one? Feeling absolutely uninvited and unwanted every single place you set foot? Not being wanted by any relative, friend, or person? We have all felt unwanted at times, but to be unwanted by everyone with no hope would be absolute hell. Literally.
Seeing that everyone wants to be wanted made me see God in such a beautiful new light today. His pursuit of us just isn’t a creative idea, it’s essential to the world feeling loved. Noone can be unwanted because God is in a pursuit of everyone human. Hell will be a place where you will be completely unwanted because the desire to be wanted and cherished is a direct reflection of God.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Today, I was reflecting on two ideas as I went for a run:
The verse that I was mulling over mid-jog was:
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9
One of my main goals this year is to be a pillar young adult who holds onto God's word because i know that those who cling to what God says, "Cannot be shaken." Plus, men and women of purity in the twenty somethings are a direct reflection of God's glorious light in my opinion.
Recently at the annual Leadership Summit, Patrick Lencioni (who is one of today's top leadership experts) blew my mind by defining an organization's core values as the top 3 values "your willing to be punished for". In this case, I want to love the Word and let it exude so much in my every day life that people might actually feel like I talk about it too much or that I get too excited about conversations where I see the Bible's wisdom jump out of the pages. To be punished for loving the message of the Bible at my core.
One interesting habit that I found in a recent book called Sticky Faith, was that those who went to their parents and the Bible first when a problem arose were more likely to stay firm in their faith through their twenties. Love this!
I grew up reading the wisdom of Proverbs and it has shaped me tremendously.
As i was skimming over Proverbs, I was so surprised at how unimpressed Solomon was with riches in comparison to living a wise and righteous life for God.
than great wealth with turmoil.
Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
I pray that as I continue to mature and take on more responsibilities in time management, relationships, and money...
...that I continue to become a solid man of God; a pillar of purity, that keeps in perspective the value of God speaking into my life through the Bible to be a man of purity, and how to keep in perspective the value I put on riches in relation to it chipping away at my integrity and heart focus on God's provision.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
The hard times bind us closer to God and He closer to us.
The word "wait" or "hope" used in Isaiah 40:31 comes from a word picture of twisting, binding, or intertwining something like a rope (qavah Strongs 6960).
It's as if clinging to God in the hard times threads His DNA even deeper into our inner core and being. We must cling to God in the unknown as Job did to arrive at a place beyond having to convince ourselves that God is in everything including the Hard to experiencing and seeing God in everything including the Hard.
The catch? If we push Him away in the hard times or falter, we are missing some of the most intense bonding times which can only take place under extreme heat or pressure. I will cling to God when i don't understand Him instead of push Him away. It's the only way that I will know Him deeper and closer.
Oh, to be intertwined with God.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It is so good to be reminded of the truth that the journey is worth it.
That the journey we're on is not only good enough but BLESSED (happy, fortunate, to be envied) as the Amplified Bible says.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage -Psalm 84:5-"Livin the dream"is what we say these days.
As we are strengthened by God to persevere, we aren't just surviving, we are BLESSED. We are being strengthened and storing up treasure in heaven.
We are livin the dream.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant —
5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will endure forever.
Although eunuchs in the bible couldn't typically have kids, the Bible states that even without children, eunuchs as God's beloved can experience, "a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever."
God makes promises all over the Bible for those whose families don't consist of mother/father/brother/sister/children/etc.
Although the Bible is clear that marriage and family is one of the greatest physical and spiritual blessings we can experience here on earth, it also seems to state very clearly that since Jesus came a spiritual family can be just as if not more important (Gal 3:28/Matt 12:49-50/1 Cor 12:22-25).
We Can Experience God's GREATEST BLESSINGS BY FAR single, married, or with kids. All are a gift. Live in your current life circumstance and relationships as a GIFT from God because that is exactly what you are living in.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
God is a God of Works in Progress
God desires Growth. Otherwise God would’ve had us all coming out of the womb at forty years old! You have hopefully been taught by now to be a lifelong learner. Well I propose that you should be a lifelong grower and preparer. Each day, each situation is preparation for something bigger God wants to do through your life (Ephesians 2:10). Whether it’s training for the next time a bigger challenge presents itself or the day you worship God in heaven, life is definitely preparation.
One of the best parts of a relationship is living the journey together. It is not enjoyable traveling with somebody who’s always telling you what you’re doing wrong, but it is fun being around the people who stretch you to go places you would’ve never gone by yourself. This is God. He knows we are works in progress on a journey of preparation. Jesus was once a five, fifteen, and twenty-five years old Himself. He understands growth and knows how to walk the journey with us. He is the one that makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:7). He is the one that will carry us to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6; 3:12-14).
Don’t let embarrassment keep you from trying. Ask God to help or send you a helping hand. Be open to how God asks you to stretch yourself. Allow God to help you grow. Prepare. He actually enjoys me learning along the way. Enjoy the hard moment you are learning of fighting through right now as an opportunity.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I definitely have my days or moments where life seems too much. I love the fact that the Bible portrays this as a rather common experience. Sometimes I wonder if I'm crazy for the hard moments. But then I remember I'm following in the footsteps of saints who have experienced similar struggles and it keeps me going. God's plan is to pull me through those times:
God, Just Make it all Stop!!! You were not the first to pray this prayer. Did you know that there were at least five Bible characters who told God it would be better for Him to just end their lives now if their current situations weren’t changing anytime soon!
Elijah has just called down fire from heaven and made one of those legendary stands for the Lord. Afterwards, in the loneliness of being overwhelmed and attacked he says, “I have had enough, LORD… Take my life”(1 Kings 19:4). Jonah gets so frustrated in the aftereffects of saving a whole nation that he says not once but twice, “O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” (Jonah 4:3,8). Moses is carrying the burden of the Israelites grumbling and says to God, “If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now” (Numbers 11:15). Job. Good ol’ Job. Talk about being alone. Everything is going wrong and even his best friends and wife are giving him bad advice. You know he’s not happy when he says, “…I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. I despise my life” (Job 7:15-16). Last but not least, Jeremiah preaches God’s message for twenty-three years, twenty-three years, with no visible results (Jeremiah 25:3)!!! In the midst of this trial he said, “Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed! …Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?” (Jeremiah 20:14,18). If you have ever felt this way, then you are in good company.
Elijah, Jonah, Moses, Job, Jeremiah… these are not obscure characters! These are God’s faithful men feeling alone and ready to quit. Yet God answered and was faithful to each one of them until the end, “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…” (Proverbs 24:16a). “…we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” (Hebrews 10:39). You are not alone and God will answer and pull you through. God won’t give up. That is why we are thankful that He is the God of us those who want to give up.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
- There are going to be multiple moments that I’m scared witless and severely questioning myself and everything that I am doing, even while I’m on the right path.
- There will be multiple moments, even on the right path, that it’s so hard I will feel like quitting it all. Just be done.
- When I pursue my dreams, I’m going to continually hear hurtful jokes and comments, even from people who love and support me but just don’t understand.
- To achieve dream success, there will be temporary heart shattering setbacks that I’ll have to overcome in the middle of an otherwise great life.
The craziest part is that these things can happen whether you are living life the right way or not. These happenings are not the best way for you to determine whether you are choosing the right or wrong path. They can be typical of both. Don’t get caught up in letting these typical situations cause extra discouragement or fear in your life. Instead we must look to God for guidance in whatever situation no matter how good, bad, or why it is happening.
In ALL your ways acknowledge Him
and He will direct your paths
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Genesis 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
This is so interesting to me as I started to ask the question of whether the Bible almost infers that age 21 is the start of adult accountability and 30 years old being a significant and symbolic instating year of now pouring out of that preparation as Jesus started his ministry at that point.
Joseph was another reaffirming cool random connection. Maybe there is something to preparing our choices wisely in our young adults preparation years before the age of 30.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
One of the life lessons I solidified and learned in this process of turning the book was that:
I will never have enough money, time, or life experience to do things as perfectly as I could. All i can do is give my best for now.It is a very vulnerable thing to own a book as ready while admitting in the back of my head that this book and answers feels very incomplete and isn't my best, but my best for now. I so long for me and everything I do to be complete, but God very clearly states that i am still a work in progress in Philippians 1:6 and the He also infers that if i am born again as a Christian, that means i still have a lot of learning and growing to mature into he desires for me.
God calls us to do things beyond our capabilities in faith and there is never full completion but only deadlines until heaven is finally set in place.
I must be willing to own my incomplete attempts at love and help as necessary to risk in order to love others well in this season. You must do the same. It's about becoming someone who accepts God's redeeming power as the perfect completer of our less than perfect sacrifices for Him.