Go now, a child of God. Choose well the road you take,
And the decisions you make. Keep in mind always that The God you serve continues to call to you, making you more and more every day into the faithful one God wants you to be.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

God's Will week Fourteen

The Crazy Love chapter 2 is about being prepared for death.
Not in a – do you have a will, or a life insurance policy, but in a
Do you know the Lord? Kind of way.

Women are usually better at relationships than men. Women know the who, what, when, where about a person within a few minutes. Men usually know the right there and then instances. Men associate their friends with activities. Women associate their friends with emotional bonds.
We usually end friendships for the same reasons. Women loose an emotional bond and no longer continue a relationship. Men loose interest in an activity and form new friendships with new activities.
That’s just the way men and women work. It’s a wonder that we ever have male/ female relationships at all.

Where does God fit in? How do we form a relationship with Him?

In previous months I did the study of God’s Will and know that there is no part of my life that God shouldn’t be a part of. This past week, our group leader told us to read our bible. There is no other way to know God, except by reading the bible. He suggested we set aside a designated time each day to spend with God.

I had said that we all belong to God, and when He knows we are straying, something happens that brings us back to Him. For myself, I realize the value of life in every breath I take. I have asthma. I am able to control it, but there are times it controls me. I have been sick this week and congestion in my lungs makes my asthma evident and I am at the mercy of the medications working. My lungs tighten when I’m having an asthma attack and sometimes I have to choose between talking and breathing. I know to calm down and concentrate only on breathing until the medications kick in. I know to travel with my medication. If ever I am without my medication or medical attention, there is the possibility that I could die.

Some of us are not comfortable talking about death or dying. We do not get to know the moment we die ahead of time, to make preparations or to prevent it from happening. There is an urgency to know God, and reading the bible can be a chore, but that makes it no less important. Establishing a relationship with God takes time and effort. Without God, like being without my medication during an asthma attack, there is death.

I choose life. I choose God.

Hebrews 6:18-19
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

God's Will week Thirteen

Like this egg, With a little work God can shape your heart. 

Tomorrow I am beginning a bible study focused on the book Crazy Love  by Francis Chan.  I've been reading chapter one preparing for tomorrow's group session.  I like the format for the book and I know it is about me and my relationship with God.  I just finished the God's Will bible study and a lot of the same aspects seem to be reflected in the new study.  I am whole heartedly committed to the study and will see how my relationship with God becomes more.  I know there are times in my life where things are only possible because of the will of God.  I truly want to feel His presence in my life on a daily basis. 

Collossians 2:6-7
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 

Your friend,
trusting in God knowing He will touch the hearts of those who belong to Him and they will continually seek God and His will.
- Daily Panic

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

God's will week Twelve

"Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while so that we can see life with a clearer view again."
- Alex Tan

In all honesty, this quote made me angry today. I have done so much crying, I should have a clear view by now, but I don’t. This month my brother and I would have a birthday to celebrate. Six months ago, he was gone. In my thoughts, he is not gone. In my heart he is not gone. I’m still sad. I have a Guns & Roses song in my head, “Patience.” The lyrics, “Shed a tear 'cause I'm missing you. I'm still alright to smile,” that about sums it up. I miss my brother a lot.

Some days missing him gets me in a funk. Today it got to me a little more, a friend of mine, lost her husband to suicide over the weekend. I know how she might feel, because all the hope and plans for the future are just erased. As a country, a plane went down and 30 Navy Seals lost their lives in a helicopter crash. I pray for those families loss also.

Death makes us pull our loved ones closer. I don’t let my daughter out of my sight until I tell her I love her. I pray about her every day, as well as my other family members. I want to give my daughter 100 plus warnings about how she needs to be safe. I try not to stress her out, and I tell her she is the most important thing to me and I want her to not let anything happen to her. She always tells me she will be safe, and I still hold my breath. I can’t prevent anything bad from happening to her. I trust that God is with her. 

Today’s verse “Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God… Pray that I can speak in a way that will make it clear.”
Colossians 4:2, 4

I hope my words travel with her where she goes. I’m sure as God’s children He wants the same for us. Learn this verse today, and others as often as you can, so that His word will travel with you were you go also.

May grace and mercy be with you today, from God the Father.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rachel Sauls "Ocean"

God's Will week Eleven

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."

-- Muhammad Ali

Today I was reading Parabloa magazine and the theme of the magazine this issue is “Seeing.” I like reading the magazine because of the different spirituality perspectives of the topic.

In Bolivia people celebrate the traditional Alasitas fair, where everything you could possibly wish for is sold in miniature. The belief in Bolivia is that any miniatures you pin on the Ekkekko's poncho will be conceded to you during the coming year.

The Ekkekko is the god of abundance. At Alasitas you can find miniature handmade cars, houses, tools, food items, clothing, university degrees, jewelry, babies, money, suitcases and airline tickets, and even passports and visas. People purchase miniatures of what they wish for this year, pin them on his cloak, and pray for wishes to come true. I do not worship or believe in the power of Ekkekko.

I wish for a symbol I could use to see “God’s will” I know God’s will is not a tangible thing. I cant touch it, feel it or place it in front of me everyday like a knick nack that I can look at. All I can do is surrender to what God has for me and have patience about His timing.

Mark 14: 35-36
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Surrender was hard, even for Jesus.  Ultimately he could not escape his fate.  He placed his trust in the Lord. God's plan is greater than our immediate situation.  I need to trust in God in all areas of my life, even now when I have financial trials and struggles emotionally and physically.  I admit sometimes I have no idea what I'm doing.  Some days I feel like I don't do anything right. 
It is a daily walk with God that will get me through this valley before I make it to the summit of this large mountain that is blocking the sunshine from my life right now, but my trust in God will carry me through this time. 

"the will must be stronger than the skill."

Be in prayer for surrender.  May God bless you today.