Sunday, February 27, 2011

Faith...


Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Faith During Interrupted Expectations

Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes

Also from Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes is a quote about faith. 

Faith says, "God, I don't understand, but I know You are sovereign, loving, and just.  I may never understand in this life, but I will not accuse You, slander You, nor alter a single one of Your words to fit my poor, limited perspective."
Wow...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

God is Sovereign Even in Interrupted Expectations?

Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes

For my devo time, I have been studying the Beatitudes using Kay Arthur's study Lord, Only You Can Change Me: A Devotional Study on Growing in Character from the Beatitudes.  Currently, I am learning about meekness.  What I have uncovered is that meekness is understand that God is sovereign (surpreme ruler or ruler over all) and it is His will not my own.  Ms. Arthur brings up the age-old question about God being sovereign but yet bad things happening in the world.  Here are a few points that she makes:

We are so focused on the future that we can't understand the things happening to us now.  Our circumstances seem confusing and don't appear to be taking us in the direction we want to go. ...We struggle and strain to see more clearly. 
This is why some people have problems with the sovereignty of God.  They look at the future, imagining they see it clearly.  Because of their cherished goals and high expectations, they have difficulty accepting and handling hurts, setbacks, and adversities in daily life.  Life seems out of control.  How could these bumps and bruises possibly be coming from God?
...What they need is a proper perspective on the present in light of the eternal.  ...He views our whole earthly pilgrimage through the eyes of eternity.  He knows where we are going.  He knows how it all fits together.  He knows how to extract maximum good and maximum glory out of every situation, no matter what!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Come Home...


I actually wrote this blog a few months ago but for some reason never posted it.  I guess the timing wasn't right until today.  I sit here grieving for a friend.  Actually a year older in school, a girl (who I will call Hannah) who I respected and enjoyed being in choir and show choir with.  Hannah was never anything but kind and encouraging to me. 

Life has taken us in different directions after graduations but God continues to cross our paths in different ways.  After Hannah announced her 4th pregnancy, everyone was excited to hear about the birth of their precious daughter (who I will call Grace).  Just a few days after her birth, they realized that Grace's heart wasn't quite formed correctly.  Immediately I was drawn to this baby and family in prayer.  Suddenly, Hannah and I were no longer just girls from the same hometown.  Now we were both moms to heart babies.  

On October 7th, Grace had open heart surgery.  Although it didn't go as well as they hoped, the surgeon was optimistic about the outcome.  The next day, things took a turn for the worse and Grace was placed in the arms of Jesus.  In an instant, Hannah joined a club that she never asked to be in.  The same club that I was forced into almost eleven years ago.  It's the group of people who place a child or young person in the arms of Jesus.

As my heart aches for this family, I find myself asking that forever question, "Why?".  I am surrounded by yet another family grieving because of the lose of a child.  In this case, a child who was only a few weeks old.  As I wrestle with this through prayer, God reminds me that none of this world is mine or under my control.  God can at any moment call one of us home. 

So, why did Grace only have a few short months?  Why did my sister only have 18 1/2 years?  Well, because their time on earth was done.  God said, "You have done what I have asked you to do.  Come home."

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