So it never ceases to amaze me that God in his infinte glory chose to bless us in such a way that He would show us His glory by forgiving His depraved children! We so do not deserve His grace and never could! I am in awe of His beauty, His glory, His majesty! Just a quick note to share with you. 😀 I am joining a few friends in a quest to get back to basics. It was my friend’s challenge to all he knew to take the next month and schedule in 30 minutes as soon as you get up to read scripture. Well…(you say)…shouldn’t you be doing this everyday? And my answer is a definite and resounding: Yes! However, life happens, and it seems like its more about trying to fit it in somewhere… NO MORE! I just recently committed to spend the next 8 weeks on the Zone Diet sans sugar and all that bad junk I love to eat with my fellow Crossfitters! Why not commit the next month to trying to pick up one more habit as well…A habit much more pertinent than any other…Hopefully one that could stick so that I no longer try to “squeeze” God in. After we spend those 30 minutes at least in reading then the next 5 should be spent in prayer. Ok…so no… 5 minutes is not a long period of time, so sure! I am looking forward…tomorrow Sept 1 begins day 1! Here’s to an improved me in the next 4-8 weeks! 😀
Amena Brown– “Your Words” April 22, 2009
God has used these words to minister to me. I praise my God that He is so amazing that He is so merciful that has changed my heart and changed my desires so that I can stop wanting the things of this world but so that I can yearn for Him. I praise Him for giving me these desires. So that I can yearn to give Him all of me. I know without Him I cannot surrender anything. I bring but ashes; He holds the key! This amazes me. However, at the same time I must confess and chastise myself in seeing how often I tend to “love Him from a distance.” God is so amazing! I used to be afraid of “losing the person I used to be”, but I am not anymore. Praise God that He changed that fear in me and called me to be His daughter even though I am nothing so that I can yearn for Him like was never possible before He took control!
You know…I really do hate being sick, but now that I have been sick in some form or another for about a week now, I have come to value and cherish those beautiful people that God has surrounded me with that are there for me to pat me on the back, give me a hug, let me cry my feverish, germ infested tears on their shoulder, etc. You know something funny. My dear and loving husband is quite the opposite of me. When sick, he wants to be left alone to wallow in his sickness all by himself. However, I am a different breed. I am that eternally needy one who loves to be surrounded with people that lift me up and remind me that God truly blesses us even though we do not deserve His blessings. I mean come on hasn’t He already done enough in the revealing of His Divine truth to those of us who were once blind, but that He enabled to see? Throughout this week, God has been more than gracious and giving in bestowing on me the best husband,family, friends, sweet and compassionate students, co-workers, and above all Himself that I might know that in the midst of this yuckiness He is truly an amazing God! I hate being sick, but I appreciate the blessings in disguise that He has revealed to me as blessings that otherwise I would have never seen. Praise you Lord!
Sand Art: “You’ve Got a Friend” April 16, 2009
This is a beautiful depiction of friendship. I love this. Everyone comes to a point in life when they feel like they are all alone. Man will fail you, but God never will. This is a reminder to me of the fact that God will always be there. 🙂
Finding a Church March 21, 2009
So I have been praying that God would help me to find a church since moving to the big city. I say that I have been praying, but in all honesty for a while I was not looking as intently as I could have been. A couple of weeks ago though, I felt like God was saying that it was time. It was a Wednesday night. I didn’t really know where to begin searching. I had heard of some churches in the area, but they all sounded extremely large and overwhelming. As well as the fact that none of them really appealed to my Reformed belief system. I felt like the ones I was looking at were more seeker sensitive. I wanted to do this right. It is so critical for your spiritual walk to find a church that you feel God ministering to you in. I needed that; I wanted that. I had found a church back home as most of you know, but with teaching in the mix, driving back and forth on the weekends is too overwhelming. I had been looking toward the Presbyterian churches. I had found during my studies that the Presbyterian faith followed more of the Reformed beliefs that I have come to hold so dear than other churches that I have been to in the past. So, while sitting in the parking lot of The Learning Circle, I typed in Reformed churches of the area into the google search engine. Immediately, I found a link to a group from campus called Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and found that this particular group’s home church is Trinity Presbyterian. I had seen this church before and had actually told my husband that I would probably try it when I tried somewhere. So there it was, 6:15 and I was not too far away, but church started at 6:30. If anyone knows anything about cities, its that sometimes you could be right next door from your destination, but with traffic, it could take 20 minutes to reach it. It did; I was late. However, when I very timidly walked in, I did not feel late. I was greeted by very sweet people who were eager to help me know where to go. I immediately met a few of the ladies from the church. They were so welcoming. At the end of the night after the guest speaker that they had come in and speak was done, I sat there with three of the ladies and just talked about what led me to try their church and how God opened my eyes to Reformed theology. I left there that night so excited. One of the ladies had told me about the book that they were studying in Sunday school, and I called that night to have Barnes & Noble hold a copy back for me. I couldn’t wait until Sunday. Well, as situations would have it, the following Sunday I was unable to attend due to the death of my grandfather. He had fallen and hit his head which caused a hematoma. The damage was instant. They called in the family, we said our goodbyes, he was taken off the respirator, and he went on to be with the Lord. The following Wednesday night I was so drained from the day at the funeral that I just went home. I was eager though to seek God and try Trinity out on a Sunday…the weekend could not get here fast enough. 🙂
7 1/2 Month Hiatus March 15, 2009
So as you may know this is my first year of teaching. Things in the past few months got a little crazy between that and moving to a new town. I have not been posting since August and want dearly to start back. Its amazing to me how God works. Even when we may not be studying His word like we should or attending church faithfully, He never ceases to draw us to Him and remind us of His amazing, Sovereign grace. So here’s to anyone out there who will be reading, I am sorry for my abscence, and I pray that what God lays on my heart in the future and what I type in my posts concerning these things will do nothing less than glorify Him! May you be blessed! 🙂
Why are we here? August 31, 2008
Isaiah 43:6-7 (New King James Version)
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
1 Corinthians 10:31 (New King James Version)
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
From the above scriptures, you can see that God created us not for ourselves but for His glory! I was trying to come up with something to teach in Sunday school and I kept thinking about a book I had read a couple years ago. The book was Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. In it he asks…What does it mean to glorify? He notes: We can take it as to beautify, but that means to make something more beautiful and we cannot make God any more beautiful than He already is. So it is to magnify, but not like a microscope making something tiny seem bigger…but to magnify like a telescope: to make something unimaginably great look like what it really is. He notes that this is worship! “In the night sky of this world, God appears to most people, if at all, as a pinprick of light in a heaven of darkness.” He goes on to say that we are created to make Him look like what He really is. We are created in His image not for our glory but for His so the world can see Him. Go back to the scriptures above…they plainly state that we are to do nothing but glorify Him and that we were created for His glory. “We are meant to image forth in the world what He is really like.”
Psalm 19:1 (New King James Version)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Matthew 5:16 (New King James Version)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Luke 19:40 (New King James Version)
“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Piper goes on to say that for most people to be loved is to be made much of. If we say we love the world and all we do is make much of them it is like taking them to the Himilayas, the Grand Canyon, or the Alps and as Piper said: putting them in a room full of mirrors. In this way, they make much of themselves or how great they appear to be instead of seeing the true beauty of what you were there to show them.
We as a people tend to get it wrong as Piper pointed out when he posed this question: Why would God have bothered to create us…and then get involved with us?
It is about God’s greatness, not man’s significance. The universe is so big so that we can see His glory.
When we see His glory and find glorifying God as our greatest pleasure…that is when the world will see who He really is because we won’t be able to help but show the overflow of our love.
Psalm 16:11 (New King James Version)
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Colossians 1:16 (New King James Version)
John 17:1 (New King James Version)
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
Matthew 22:37 (New King James Version)
Isaiah 26:8 (New King James Version)
O LORD, we have waited for You;
The desire of our soul is for Your name
And for the remembrance of You.
We are here to glorify God Almighty in every area of our lives every moment of everyday!
Forgive me for my abscence…my new career as a teacher has put me with no extra time, but I pray that this helps you as it has me so many times and yet again today! God bless! Love you in Christ!