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Faith

31 Oct

“Your earlier life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that had as much of sense of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew His conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to Him now than you were in your days of delight and thrilling testimony. Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsylabled isolation.” (Oswald Chambers, October 31st)

Encouragement for those finding themselves in spells of unsylabled isolation. Encouragement for me.

 

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Day 23 – feeling a bit defeated

14 Sep

I’m exhausted today and have been sitting here staring at the ‘add new post’ page on my computer screen for what feels like hours (but has probably more like ten minutes) and haven’t the slightest idea what to write about today. Seriously, I got nothing. It was bound to happen eventually in this 30-day challenge and even up to this point some of my posts have been a stretch to say the least. I’m not going to lie, I sit here feeling a little bit defeated.

But I feel guilty just leaving the post at that… it would almost be like cheating. So I’m going to share Max Lucado’s mini daily devo from today (I’m sure he won’t mind), called ‘Why Did He Do It?”.

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.”  Isaiah 53:4 NIV

Why did Jesus live on earth as long as he did? Why not step into our world just long enough to die for our sins and then leave? Why not a sinless year or week?  Why did He have to live a life? To take on our sins is one thing, but to take on our sunburns, our sore throats? To experience death, yes – but to put up with life? To put up with long roads, long days, and short tempers? Why did He do it?

Because he wants you to trust Him.

Day 20 – keep on keepin’ on

11 Sep

I don’t know about you, but today felt like the first official day of Fall. There was this coolness in the air that rather than disappearing into the clouds come mid-morning, lingered on throughout the day notifying everyone that those long summer days may just be gone for the season. And then it rained. Once the rain came all I wanted to do was cuddle up in my bed, the couch or any other cozy place I could find to read, write and watch tv (not all at once of course). And that’s exactly what I did bringing me to where I am at this moment – very sleepy. (I really need to start writing these blogs earlier in the day).

So tonight I’m simply going to post two pictures taken on a bridge over a river somewhere between Lynchburg, Virginia and Natural Bridge, Virginia. I like what they have to say.

sometimes, that's all we can do

truth

And a quote, because as we’ve established, I like quotes.

“Dear Child of God, in our world it is often hard to remember that God loves you just as you are. God loves you not because you are good. No, God loves you period. God loves us not because we are lovable. No, we are lovable precisely because God loves us. It is marvelous when you come to understand that you are accepted for who you are, apart from any achievement. It is so liberating.” – Desmond Tutu, 2004 (God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time)

PS: If you haven’t done so already, I’d really appreciate if you read my post from yesterday. It’s about a really wonderful non-profit organization that is quite dear to me.

Day 18 – a living house

9 Sep

This evening I walked off the edge of a 1 inch ‘curb’ and rolled my ankle. Not only did I roll my ankle, but I dropped to the ground in the most dramatic fashion not unlike if someone had yelled “fire – stop, drop and roll.” Who does that? Luckily the ligaments in my ankles are similar to loose rubber bands from years of playing basketball so I should recover quite quickly.

But that’s not what this post is about.

I must admit, coming up with original blog material for 30 days in a row is quite the challenge. I figure I’m on Day 18 now, so I may as well see this thing through to the end. And for the most part, I actually enjoy the test of sitting down to write something every day. In some ways, it has affirmed my desire to take this whole writing thing a bit more seriously. But today, I’m going to recycle if you will, a quote that I used awhile back because well, I love it and it’s 11:30pm and I’m quite sleepy.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you know that these jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominately and does not seem to make much sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Isn’t it fitting that Jesus was a carpenter. It’s so amazing to think that we are each made uniquely in His image, therefore the palace that Jesus is building us into, and intends to live in, is based on an original  blueprint – not one palace will look like another. This brings whole new meaning to the verse, “our body is a temple.”

Day 11 – consistency in change

2 Sep

What I’d really like to write about today is how grumpy I am and how my mood over the past three hours has deteriorated into something to be desired. I’ve allowed myself to become discouraged today by off the cuff comments alluding to my age and place in life and have tripped into a dip of self pity. So much so that I left the house just to go buy some chocolate. Ah emotional eating.

But rather than diving into that nonsense, I’m going to share a verse I read in my devotional this evening that hit home like a Barry Bonds steroid-loaded grand slam.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace…” ~ Hebrews 13: 8

Everything in this world is variable. Nothing remains constant forever. Nothing, except God. I’m someone who used to resist change with heels dug firmly into the ground. However, God had something else in store for me over this past year and a half as He’s walked me through the longest season of transition I’ve ever endured – a season that I continue to travel through. And it’s through Christ’s ever gracious consistency that I have become accustomed to change and actually learned to embrace it. It’s almost with giddy anticipation that I wait for what’s next. But with transformation comes peaks and valleys and it is so wonderfully reassuring to know that regardless of circumstances, Christ is the same today as He was yesterday and will be forever.