I’ve been MIA. I’ve been working on getting several areas of life in order and spending time with family. I’ve come up with a plan that will hopefully help me be a little more faithful here at the blog. I am still stateside on furlough and that means very little routine in my daily life, but I will do my best. Thank you for your patience with me! In the meantime, here are some articles around the web that are worth your time to read.
Faith Not Broken: Kim Rackley-“And Kim says, “So many people prayed for a miracle in our son’s life, and even now I have people ask me, why didn’t God do that miracle? And I tell them, He did. He did do a miracle. He did one in our hearts.”
Prayerful Inner-Searching-“We should more frequently allow our minds to meditate on these great, massive truths of God.”
Transformed by Beholding-“The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others.”
Missionaries and Mission-Trippers-“It’s not the missionaries telling us to go, but the mission-trippers.”
Does Missions Separate Families?-“Does missions separate families? Yes. For a time. But it also expands them.”
This is the theme for the year of my church. I missed last Sunday due to holiday travel, so I downloaded and listened to the message that I missed. Here are some of my take aways from it.
“Walking in the light is a willingness to know and be known.” ~Spurgeon
My only hope of walking in the light is to know the Light.
To be known means to be open to conviction, willing to know the whole truth about ourselves. Whatever God shows as sins, we will deal with as sin.
In my own life I will excuse nothing, hide nothing, justify nothing, and minimize nothing.
With every exposure to the Word of God, the Light ought to be exposing some things.
My one word this year is change. This goes along perfectly with that. I am committed to change.
O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it…
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” ~Isaiah 7:14
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~Isaiah 9:6
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” ~Micah 5:2