Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What's right...

     It's really easy to get discouraged. To feel like as hard as we try and do what's right, follow God's leading...to feel like sometimes it's not doing anything.
     Maybe it's finding continual contentment where you are in life.
     Maybe it's continually praying for a friend, when you don't see you prayers making a difference.
     Maybe it's remembering to be kind to those who don't return the kindness.
     Maybe it's giving of yourself without expecting anything in return.
     Maybe it's all of the above.

     Never ever ever tire of following Christ.
     Yes, it's easy to get discouraged and want to give up.
      But the Christian life isn't easy.
      It's a battle, a struggle.

    Today has been an odd day for me, and I've felt discouraged. I opened my Bible to 2 Thessalonians. And boy is it what I needed to hear. Isn't it so awesome how God does that?
But the verse that stuck out to me the most was this: "And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right." (2 Thess 3:13) (And go read the whole passage, it's important to get the verse in context!!!)

    It's easy to get discouraged.
    I don't want to be discouraged, to be weak. I want to stand FIRM in the Lord. To NEVER TIRE of doing what is right.

    It's a battle though. A continual battle. And only by the grace of God will I be able to do it.
    I want to try harder. To be praying more faithfully then I have been, to be in the word, learning more about God, to be seeking Christ EVERY SECOND.
    Will you join me?

Monday, April 29, 2013

I will.

I will not pretend to have life figured out.
I will not try and mask the pain that comes.
I will not lie and say that with God life is without struggle.
I will not say the Christian life is easy.

But I will proclaim the truth of God's love.
I will shout for joy because of the undeserving grace I have been given.
I will strive to seek Christ with the struggles come.
I will smile in the midst of pain, because my God is greater then anything trial I may face.
And I will, I will fail.
For I am a sinner.
But I know that I have been forgiven.
And each time I fail...
I will be forgiven again.
And I will praise the very God who gave His son so that I, a wretched sinner, might be saved from the punishment of death which I so deserve.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Time


    In light of the grace & mercy He has so abundantly poured out on us, shouldn't we be giving God more of our time? We feel loved when a friend gives us their time...but then we forget to give time to the God who gave us life. How can we give Him anything but EVERYTHING?

     (I'll be posting more on this later, but that is just a summary of what God has been convicting me of the last few days)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What would you say?

     A few years ago I first heard the song, What Would You Say by Trailor Choir.
     That song got me thinking-a lot. What would I say if I only had a few minutes and a piece of paper to write a few thoughts?
     (Maybe I've written a post about this song before, I honestly can't remember.)
     I have spent the years since trying to figure out what I would write. It just seems impossible to try to think of a few that I would I want to be my last.
     I thought of different ways I'd tell people I cared about them, who I cared about. I thought of different ways I would try to leave a note of encouragement, to encourage people to keep focused on Christ...but nothing seemed to satisfy that thought that I still really hadn't found what I would actually write.
     I was listening to this song again today, and it hit. I know what I would write.
     I wouldn't write to tell people how much they meant to me. If the first time they heard it came from a piece of paper, then I didn't live a life loving of Christ would. I should be living that out day to day.
     I wouldn't write an encouraging not to tell others to follow Christ, my life should be shining that out day to day. If the only way they knew how much I loved God and wanted them follow Him was from me writing it down, well I definitely hadn't been living life shining my light as a Christian in a dark world.
     I would want to write something to this effect, and mean it with all my heart: "I am ready. I have no regrets. Do not cry for me, rejoice! For I was a wretched sinner, but by the precious blood of Christ I have been saved. Rejoice. For God is faithful."


     "What would you say?"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blink

Blink.
You just lost a second of your life.
      
     A second may not seem like much. But have you ever stopped to think how much can happen in a second?
     In a second, a life can be over.

    I was looking through some photos from a few years ago. I was thinking about how it seemed like those photos had been taken yesterday but how much had changed since then. Then a thought struck me; I could never how those moments back.
     Life 2 years ago for me was hard, as life always is...but some of my greatest memories were from 2 years ago. Moments I took for granted. Even the hard days. I took them all for granted, and now they are gone.
     A few days ago I was driving past the retirement home of some adopted grandparents of ours, the passing thought of stopping by and visiting them crossed my mind. It wasn't tell I got home that I remembered my adopted grandpa had died and they didn't live there anymore. It had become such a habit to go there and visit them, when I passed their home it looked as if nothing had changed. But it had all changed.
     You are in this moment right now. A moment you will never get back. 
     Don't take this moment for granted.
     Even if you're going through struggles in life and you 'just want to get through it'. Don't. Stop trying to get past the moment, and live in the moment.
     Don't be in a hurry to reach a point in life. God placed you in this moment for a reason.


     Take this moment to fix your eyes on Christ, to follow His leading.
     Take this moment to show the ones around you that you love them.
     Take this moment to shine the light of Christ to someone who might not otherwise see that light.
     Live this moment so that in the next moment you can look back and think, 'wow, I lived that moment to the fullest.'
     Because you can't have this moment back and you don't know how much you may miss it later. 
 
Each second
A gift.
Each breath.
A blessing.
Each blink of an eye.
Will pass.
     Only memories will be left.
You're in this moment.
Live it.

    Blink

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A favorite passage

"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
 (Colossians 3:12-17)
....wow.