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Something to Dwell On May 27, 2012
Lucky me has been at the beach all week. Taking in the sounds. Watching the waves roll in. Soaking up the sun (not too much though considering this fair skin of mine). I loved every minute of it. The beach is one of my favorite places in the world to be. I’m not sure how to explain it. It sets up the perfect setting for peace for me. It’s like as soon as I step on the sand and hear that sound of the waves crashing, I am immediately calmed.
Well I’ve been reading this book called Lady in Waiting (which I highly reccommend to any unmarried woman) and at the end there are devotions so that even when you’ve finished the book, you can still apply it to your life. I found it no coincidence that when I returned from vacation the next devotional was titled “The Lord Our Dwelling Place”, an exert from a book by Hannah Smith. With this she talks about how The comfort of our outer body depends highly on where we are dwelling or where we are at but the comfort of our inner self is based on where our soul is dwelling. As humans we are designed for God but even more than that, as Christians we are PART of God. We ARE God’s. He is in us. We are in Him. So naturally our soul longs to dwell in Him. To rest in Him. To abide in Him. But our flesh just has to get in the way. Our culture consistently teaches us to be busy, get things done, take care of business, don’t be patient, take action. None of which are in of themselves bad. However when this lifestyle takes over and we forget to dwell in our Creator, it ends up being poisonous to peace and joy and the comfort of our souls.
As Christians we have already committed our souls to Christ and have a place to dwell in Him where there is peace and comfort and joy regardless of our circumstances and conditions of our outward body. Imagine you had this beautiful home. A place you felt safe, in a nice neighborhood, with good shelter, air conditioning, a pool, hottub, with a beautiful view. I mean the most amazing house you could ever imagine. But every couple weeks you decide to go spend a week at a shelter downtown where it’s hot and you have to sleep with your important things close, a place where you constantly have to worry about being hurt. Seems kind of rediculous huh? Well I don’t know about you but when it comes to the dwelling place of my soul, I often find myself neglecting my beautiful home and spending time at the downtown shelter.
Psalm 65.4: Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfiew with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!
For me, it has to be a constant reminder, a daily choice, a routine committment. I am not going to worry. I choose to live in the peace of Christ instead of the worry and uneasiness of the world.
Psalm 45.10: Be still and know that I am God
Phil. 4.6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
So if your like me and you often vacate to that downtown shelter or maybe you’ve made it your personal home, don’t forget to dwell in the presence of the Lord by dwelling upon His Word, His Promises, and His Plan.
Hannah Smith finishes up with this quote, “The truth is, our souls are made for God. He is our natural home, and we can never be at rest anywhere else.” Join me in daily making the choice to dwell in the presence of the Lord and enjoy His peace, joy, and ultimate comfort!
Getting married?… Thinking about it?? May 14, 2012
So I’m getting ready to start a new sermon/reading notebook and decided to look back through the old one before I put it on the shelf. I come across a section titled “Are you ready for forever?” from the book Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris. (Which I totally recommend for those in relationships and I Kissed Dating Goodbye for singles). Anyways, I have several friends getting married/engaged and thinking about marriage during this time so I thought I would share these questions from this book. Thought they were great for Christians seeking the Lord’s Will in marriage 🙂
1. Is your relationship centered on God and His glory?
2. Are you growing in frienship, communication, fellowship, & romance?
3. Are you clear on you Bibical roles as man and woman?
4. Are other people supportive of your relationship?
5. Is sexual desire playing too big (or too small) of a part in your decision?
6. Do you have a track record of solving problems Bibically?
7. Are you heading in the same direction in life?
8. Have you taken into account any cultural differences you have?
9. Do either of you have complicating entaglements from past marriages or relationships?
10. Do you want to marry this person?
Just thought these were good to share! God Bless 🙂
“Did I do that? Again?” February 24, 2012
So this week I bought the new Kari Jobe CD (which is incredible by the way) and all week I’ve had it on repeat. There is this one song that I love but there was a line in it that I couldn’t quite figure out what she was saying. So like any normal person does… I made up my own lyrics to plug in there. After all week of singing the same words, I finally got sick of it today and went with option 2… pulling out the sheet and actually looking at the lyrics. When it came on again on my drive home I still sang the lyrics wrong all three times the chorus played. I thought to myself, “How dumb! Why am I singing the wrong words when I know the right ones?” …. How often in life do we find ourselves committing the same sin over and over even when we know it’s wrong. Often times in our lives (at least in mine anyways) we find ourselves making certain sins a habit. We do them all the time and then one day we read some passage or hear some message and become convicted by the Holy Spirit. We realize we are wrong and decide that day not to commit that sin any longer, yet the next day out of habit we find ourselves doing that same sin again. Like learning the right lyrics to a song, it takes several times of consciously doing it right before the habit of wrong is gone. Romans 12.2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. This passage always makes me think of a word that my youth pastor uses often, SANCTIFICATION. Sanctification: to be separated, to be made holy, the act of carrying on to the work of perfection, being made more like Jesus. From the time we are saved to the time we die, we are being sanctified. We are going through process by process to be made more like Jesus. But thank God for GRACE! We are not saved by our own works but by grace. Ephesians 2.8-10: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. … We are not saved by good works but FOR good works!!!! So don’t be discouraged but be sanctified!!!