Friday, March 18, 2011

A Time for Everything

I just wanted to write a short note today, about change. I was just thinking (yes at 1:30 in the morning!) how blessed we are that times change. For a while I wanted things to stay the same - I didn't want to face or deal with change. But in many ways I have learned that it is a blessing. Not only is it a time when we can come closer to God and learn to lean on Him (Jeremiah 29:11), but it also adds a lot to our lives. If things were to stay the same, then I think that life would almost become 'normal'. While it seems obvious, what I think I mean by this is that we would almost become 'desensitized' to the beauty and amazing opportunities we are given in every day life. Therefore, I really think that change can add so much to our lives - allowing us to have new experiences and appreciate life in new ways. They can help us to truly appreciate God and His creation and how much He loves us.

The idea reminds me of a verse I read recently during 'Team Devos' I sat in on. The verse in Ecclesiastes reads, "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). While this often requires patience and can get frustrating - God knows best. What a blessing it truly is.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

'About' vs. 'With'

So I just want to write a short note on this topic. While its a rather simple and self-explanatory topic, its something thats been on my mind for a while now, so I thought it was about time to blog about it. And what's been on my mind is the notion of 'talking about God' vs. 'spending time with God'. I feel very often, although perhaps this is just me, that it is very easy to get these two muddled up and perhaps substitute one for the other.
Now I am absolutely not saying that we should not talk about God - no! It is absolutely wonderful that we do talk about God. He made us too. If I didn't believe that I wouldn't write this blog! In fact God made churches with fellow Christians with whom we can discuss such things and gave us pastors who can teach us about Him and His word. It is very important, in fact, that we do talk about God.
However, it is key that talking about God, doesn't define our spiritual life by itself. What do I mean by this? I mean, as I pointed out in an earlier post, that Christianity is about a relationship. We need to spend time with God, not just talking about Him. Time praying, and reading His word. It can be easy to get caught up in the hype of it all - talking about God or singing about Him. However, it's important that our hearts are in the right place too, and that we constantly are spending time with Him. He wants us to know Him deeply and to be so close to Him because He loves us so very much.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1 Peter 5:7

As midterms are aproaching (tomorrow!) I know that I personally, have been feeling a little nervous. Not overly so, but just hoping that everything will go well, as can be expected. However, it is so nice to know that God is in control and that He cares for me...for all of us! And ultimately that His will will be done. We can give up all worries - no matter how big or small - to Him. :)

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you"
- 1 Peter 5:7

Monday, January 17, 2011

Psalm 23

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be
in want.
He makes me lie down in green
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my sould.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the
-Psalm 23

Wherever you are, no matter what you're going through, God's there. He loves you and cares for you so much :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

'Bad' day?

"For this is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24)
I guess it may appear kind of quirky, but for as long as I can remember I've always tried to avoid using the term 'bad day'. It may seem kind of trivial, and you may be wondering why I'm addressing it on here as it appears to have very little to do with my faith. However, the truth is that, it has everything to do with my faith - everything to do with God.

So let me explain it to you;

I know, I for one am often tempted to use the term in two specific circumstances - the first when things don't go my way (especially when my plans get changed or I have to do something I don't want to do). Yet while I am tempted to take the stance that the day is therefore frustrating and wasted, I am constantly reminded that God may have other plans for my day. (Jeremiah 29:11!)That perhaps my plans aren't His, and He may use these new scenarios for His good.
The other instance which often makes me think of a day as 'bad' is when I get in an argument, or disagreement with someone. While this clearly isn't a 'God' planned event (as those referred to above may be), I am frequently reminded that God can also use the bad and use it for His good. That He is so powerful that He can turn around what once was bad, and bring good out of it.

So I guess really what I want to say is that with God, every day has a purpose.

That everyday is special.

And that we have no right nor need to call one of the days that God has created a 'bad day'.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Body of Christ

I suppose I tend to be one of those people who always likes to try and deal with any 'problem' or 'issue' by themselves. And honestly, this has been particularly apparent to me recently as I find myself bottling up certain things (even though small), and not even sharing them with my family.

It is for this very reason that I have found myself particularly blessed over these past couple weeks. Just when I've needed it - God has shown me (in the most amazing ways) that we as Christians, are not meant to be alone.

In fact, recently I had a dream in which I was being prayed over, (and I can only explain it by saying that it must have been from God). In the dream, one of the older college age girls, prayed over me saying "Just know that you're not alone. That there are others around you who can help you". I'm sure it is no coincidence that I was being prayed over in the church gathering hall amidst all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

And as if this dream wasn't enough, I had even further confirmation when this morning my youth pastor spoke briefly about fellowship saying that "We're not meant to do this alone".

I can hardly call these two events which happened within a week of each other (and just when I needed them too!) a coincidence.

So, I guess what I want to say in summary is that we really aren't meant to do this by ourselves. That yes God is always with us and we can depend on Him, but He has also provided us with the Body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:27 he reminds us, "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." Each of us (as 1 Corinthians 12 explains) has a role to play in the church, and in commiting to our role, we can build each other up. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).

God makes it so clear. He doesn't want us to do this alone. That's why He's here, and that's why the Body of Christ is here.