Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Not literally of course. (Ha)
And what if ‘holding loosely to people, places and possessions’ isn’t just the word for a season but wisdom for a lifetime?
Adventure has been on my mind recently.
When I look at life as an adventure it’s a lot easier to live with open hands.
I wake up in the morning and wonder, “What story will today tell? What will He teach?”
Do this, squeeze your hands together really tight.
Picture all those things that you’re holding onto as being within your grasp…
friends, family, children, jobs, positions, titles, possessions, etc.
And realize – You’re not in control. Simple as that.
You are not in control.
He is God. We are not.
Now release those things your holding onto.
Stretch open your hands and let peace in.
Such a simple truth and yet many of our fears, pains, disappointment and worry stem from that feeling of being “out of control”.
Get use to it!
This life is an adventure, things change, people come and people go - there is a time for everything.
When we embrace the fact that He is God, and He is in control, life becomes a thrilling adventure.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Open your hands and trust in Him.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Here's to you Robin, thanks for tagging me - and for the rest of you who would like to read, I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my heart...
1. What I was doing 10 years ago:
10 years ago I was eight… in third grade with a lovely teacher named Mrs. Kelly. She was a gem. One of those teachers that I looked forward to hugging everyday as we left out the door. Then I would come home to a house full of kids (Mary’s just like home daycare) and play! I loved it! You can’t get bored with all those kids around and two crazy older brothers :)
2. My Favorite Snacks:
3. 5 things on my to-do list today:
Go to the church and train Sherry!!! (she will be an amazing secretary!)
Burlington Coat Factory (need a raincoat for Switzerland or the Himalayans????)
Gardening - totally falling in love with it! :)
4. Things I would do if I was a millionaire:
Give, give, give until I have nothing left! – It’s His money anyways!
…and… make barren land beautiful!
Plant gardens – big, beautiful, vibrant, and alive!
There is something about creation that brings peace and healing to man’s heart… I totally want to create places for people to slow down and drink in the beauty…
5. Five Jobs I have had:
Filing medical papers at a Doctor’s office
Cleaning Houses (I really respect people who can do that for a living…)
6. Five bad habits of mine:
I’m sure someone else would know better than me…
Borderline Neat Freak???
That’s not bad though, right? Clean is good… aw, well I guess I could loosen up a bit. :)
7. Five Places I have lived:
Born and raised in this lovely place.
8. 5 random things people don't know about me:
a. observant… most of the time I have to force myself to engage
b. I love anything Beautiful… so mesmerizing – and love to create it!!!
c. I wish I was a mysterious Indian girl with a wild horse running through prairie grass (haha – I might be quiet, but I’m wild at heart!)
d. I want to live in a community where people sit on their front porch during the day, kids play in the dirt streets, and my neighbor feels welcome to knock on my wooden screen door asking if she can borrow an egg for cookies – of course I’ll give her the egg, quite a few in fact, that is after we sit out in the garden and drink some tea…
e.I want a puppy – a man’s best friend (just think: puppy kisses, chases in the grass, ride alongs, and endless fetch in the park…… and pee on the floor, and chewed up shoes, ya I know, but the cuteness factor totally overrides all the nuisance!) A friend that’s always happy and faithful, thanks God for dogs…
9. 5 CD's I would have on a desert island:
Just lie on my back and listen to the waves. Isn’t God’s music better than mans? Amazing…
10. People I want to get to know better:
The ones He has in mind. With all the wonderful people that have shared life with me so far, I have to believe He handpicked each and every one… makes me giddy for the future! Whose life will I be blessed to share in? How will we meet?
Ah, the beauty of this adventure.
If you would like to post answers to these questions, feel free and consider yourself tagged.
- Hannah Rose
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
"If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that."
Here's a snippet from a thought provoking post found here.
“God wants you to be in regular close fellowship with other believers so you can develop the skill of loving. Love cannot be learned in isolation.
You have to be around people --- irritating, imperfect, frustrating people.”
Maybe even wrong people. Not on the essentials, but perhaps not entirely right on doctrine as a whole. Could I love frustrating, arrogant, (possibly) wrong people? (And, anyways, haven’t I been all of that and more?) So we intentionally attended. Though worn out we reached out.
We (even us) learned grace.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
"For my grace is sufficient for you, because my strength is made perfect in your weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
I was then prompted to look up the definition of bitterness, which lead me to a few other words. For some reason God really speaks to me profoundly through the definition of words (interesting, seeing as He is the Word).
Bitterness: acrimonious, caustic, sardonic, scornful
Caustic: severely critical or sarcastic
Scorn: to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain
Contempt: The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn
Disdain: to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself
Looking at my own life it is clear to see that I don't have a physical disability, God has blessed me with health and perfectly and wonderfully made bones, ligaments, cells, etc. that all work together for the glory of God.
But I had to look deeper, into my heart. I had a funny picture flash through my mind of my heart sitting in a wheelchair using its little cartoon arms to push itself around. I still need His strength so desperately within my heart. From those places within me that seem disable - He will be glorified! We have to say no to bitterness. No to pessimism. No to gloom and despair.
He is our Hope.
He is our Strength.
He is a Big, Awesome God.
and He is Able.
See now, look for yourself, your cup is not just half full - It's overflowing!
Let us Joy in His Grace and Strength!
Thank you Lord!
I will not be Moved - Natalie Grant
Bitterness has plagued my heart
Many times before
My life has been like broken glass
And I have kept the score
Of all my shattered dreams and though it seemed
That I was far too gone
My brokenness helped me to see
It's grace I'm standing on
I will stumble
I will fall down
But I will not be moved
I will make mistakes
I will face heartache
But I will not be moved
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
I will not be moved
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 14