Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he set out from Haran. Genesis 12:1-4
What tremendous faith! God told Abram to leave all he had ever known...what he was comfortable with, pick up, and go to a new place. Abram obeyed God. He stepped into the unknown. What about me and you? Will we obey God and follow Him into unchartered territory? If we do step out, our faith in God will be increased and our dependence on self will lessen. God speaks to each of us in different ways. He has a specific design, a special purpose for each of us. Will we trust Him?
216. watching Savannah-Jane search scripture
217. hearing Griff sing praise songs
218. my husband, a true help-mate
Thursday, July 17, 2008
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don't know
And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust
God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture Hes painting
God is God and I am man
So Ill never understand it all
For only God is God
And the sky begins to thunder
And I'm filled with awe and wonder
Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I
Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass
Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through Him and from Him are all things
So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone
-Steven Curtis Chapman
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
When we suffer for Jesus,
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
When I hear my newborn granddaughter cry out, I don't ignore her. I immediately spring into action to attend to her needs. Her messes need to be cleaned up, she needs nourishment, she needs to hear my voice, and she needs to be held and comforted.
I desire to provide all these things for her. I love her and I care for her.
In my quiet time this morning I thought about how my relationship with Malli is similar to the relationship God desires with me. He loves me and He cares for me.
He cares about my hurt, my discouragement, my insecurities, my anxiety, my fears.
God provided His son, Jesus Christ to be my High Priest. Jesus goes in to the presence of God and represents me. Because of Jesus, I have access to the Father and can approach the throne of grace boldly. He sits at the right hand of God the Father interceding on my behalf. While on earth, Jesus experienced everything I have experienced but never sinned.
The catch in this relationship is that I must boldly draw near (see v.16). Just like baby Malli, I must cry out for help! It is only then that I can find the mercy and grace I need.
Psalm 73.28 says, But it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord God.
James 4:8 says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
My husband is compassionate, great listener, and a wonderful support for me. My family and friends can offer help and advice, too. But there is none like Jesus. He provides all the grace and mercy I need.
There Is None Like You
There is none like You
Your mercy flows like a river wide
There is none like You
Your mercy flows like a river wide
Monday, July 14, 2008
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence
to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way opened for us
through the curtain, that is, His body,
and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us draw near to God
with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled
to cleanse us from a guilty conscience
and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for He who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:19-23 (NIV)
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is. - Oswald Chambers
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
196. worshiping with Lutheran brothers and sisters
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. Psalm 145:8
God has poured out his love into our hearts... Romans 5:5
We gather in God's presence from our homes, our labors, our struggles, and our joys. We are gathered as God's people in worship. The promise of Jesus is: Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20) We gather to be refreshed by Christ's invitation: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying burdens."
God's word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. The mystery of God's ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent, Jesus associates with the lowly and those often excluded from the religious community.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty;
let me have all things, let me have nothing;
I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven