Friday, December 2, 2011
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect . . . —Philippians 3:12
It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could never be God’s will for me to be sick”? If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son (Isaiah 53:10
), why shouldn’t He bruise you? What shines forth and reveals God in your life is not your relative consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your genuine, living relationship with Jesus Christ, and your unrestrained devotion to Him whether you are well or sick.
Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows itself to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that hits you is the pointlessness of the things you have to do. The next thought that strikes you is that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives. Such lives may leave you with the idea that God is unnecessary— that through your own human effort and devotion you can attain God’s standard for your life. In a fallen world this can never be done. I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Why do I live here?
Don't get me wrong, I love my life. I really do. I love California, all the golden goodness it has to offer. Yosemite right in my back yard. My church family is something I could never replace.
My jobs are wondeful, I love Starbucks, my co-workers warm my heart. And the families I nanny for, priceless. I've made such fantastic.memories with the family I've been with for over two years, they're family. It will break my heart the day I say goodbye.
My loving situation, although isn't perfect, its fitting well at this current life stage.
Those are the reasons I live here. But I ache for more. I feel as if I'm aimlessly wondering this planet. Sprinkling Christ love about, wherever I go. But what more does this world offer? Lots. I just feel it in my bones. I'm called to something greater.
Journey with me in finding out what that is.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
"Get it girl!" has been my motto these last few weeks...so lame, I know. Don't judge too harshly. I need something to get me going!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Is There Good in Temptation?
The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we have refused to allow God to lift us to a higher level where we would face temptations of another kind.
A person’s inner nature, what he possesses in the inner, spiritual part of his being, determines what he is tempted by on the outside. The temptation fits the true nature of the person being tempted and reveals the possibilities of his nature. Every person actually determines or sets the level of his own temptation, because temptation will come to him in accordance with the level of his controlling, inner nature.
Temptation comes to me, suggesting a possible shortcut to the realization of my highest goal— it does not direct me toward what I understand to be evil, but toward what I understand to be good. Temptation is something that confuses me for a while, and I don’t know whether something is right or wrong. When I yield to it, I have made lust a god, and the temptation itself becomes the proof that it was only my own fear that prevented me from falling into the sin earlier.
Temptation is not something we can escape; in fact, it is essential to the well-rounded life of a person. Beware of thinking that you are tempted as no one else–what you go through is the common inheritance of the human race, not something that no one has ever before endured. God does not save us from temptations–He sustains us in the midst of them (see Hebrews 2:18 and Hebrews 4:15-16).
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation continually say,
“Let God be exalted!”
But I am poor and needy.
Come to me quickly, God.
You are my help and my deliverer.
Yahweh, don’t delay."
My soul cries out to God. He is the only one who can satisfy my deepest longings....
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
How beautiful a Father in heaven we have!! "At just the right time..." He knows our needs....HE sees our hearts deepest longings. He hears the cries of our souls. What a great and glorious Savior! How undeserving I am, yet He chose me. Wow. What a good God we serve.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I baked this afternoon. Like I used to days prior.
When I bit into a warm soft little buttered bundle of muffin, tears almost came. Sounds silly, but a home made muffin means home, it reminds me of my sister, reminds me of my home making days.... :(
I hope, by God's grace, and in His perfect timing, i'll someday have a husband to bake for
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
<p>I got rid of my Facebook Thursday night. </p>
<p>God really broke me @ my young adults bible study. He made it very clear to me, that I am taking by force, through fb, that which he wants to give me, by His loving grace, in His perfect timing. <br>
It really, for me, in my Christian walk, comes down to trust. <br>
Through fb I sought comfort from others, adoration, approval, love, a sense of control...the list goes on.</p>
<p>So did I trust God enough to let go of that, and say, "You supply my hearts deepest needs. You only can satisfy my longings. I can no longer look for that in Facebook. I trust you."
I do. I know my Lord. He is a good good God. He is faithful when I am not. He that is in me is greater than I ever hope to be. He is my great provider. My healer, my help in times of need. My beauty. My love.
I will trust only in you Lord Jesus.
For your ultimate glory.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Here are some photos of a simple tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil mix. Perfect summer combo.
Step one: Cut slit @ top of fresh washed, small tomatoes, & empty insides. Discard. Cut off stem
Step two: chop washed, fresh basil, and garlic.
Step three: combine all, throw in a bit of salt and evoo. Smash & mix a bit. lightly toast your favorite bread, top & enjoy!