Cute ad

18 12 2008

Sorry, sometimes budweiser has cute ads and this one is one of those…

My Heart

16 12 2008

This is my heart right now….

Romans 17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

This is how I am feeling today – beat up and discouraged…

The Year in Review and the Year ahead!

10 12 2008

Alot has been going on this year in my life.  I had a great mentor, a challenge to resolve a conflict, a debate of where I should be and where I should serve. First on the mentor, we did a study on love – try to put into practice these words – do good to those who hate you, serve one another in love.  We also did a book on discipleship Disciples Are Made Not Born and I would encourage anyone who has a heart for discipleship to read this book.  Secondly on the conflict,  I had to approach someone that I had conflict with – hard and very uncomfortable.  I wanted to grow chicken feathers, but an encouraging voice said go.  I said it was so long ago – an encouraging voice said that being  obedient to God is worth it.  I had to come to a point prior to approaching this person I was comfortable no matter what reaction this person gave – I was and God was obeyed.  I left the results and am leaving the results to God.

Thirdly I have written lately about community and change and yet I feel like God is guiding me once again to stay put – he is saying this is a community where I am at work.  Does this mean that I won’t pursue new avenues to serve – NO!  I will serve where he wants – I know my heart is to mentor young people and to be honest I don’t see an openness in my current community for me to join and it hurts.  So…I am looking at joining up with an organization that first led me to Christ and softened my heart to God’s Word my sophomore year of High School.  I know God has called me to disciple others and it isn’t just a call – it is a matter of obedience….Jesus said, “Go and make disciples”  I think we focus sometimes so much on the going that we forget about the disciples.  God is going to complete his work in me and I am confident in that.  God wants me to follow through on my commitments for the next year (some goals: Read through the Bible, complete Phillipians memorization, and become truly a prayer warrior ).  God wants me to know he is in control of every detail of my life.  He wants me to have the proper perspective when the storms hit in 2009 – Keep my eyes on things above (Colossians 3). 

Psalm 115:1 -Not to us, O LORD, not to us  but to your name be the glory,  because of your love and faithfulness.

New Funny…

6 12 2008


I got an e-mail from my Dad called who says religion can’t be funny.  I will periodically be post these.

Could it be…

4 12 2008

Could it be that in the midst of God doing something incredible in a community that he has different plans for me?

Could it be that my heart is “I thank my God every time I remember you” when I think of the community I am involved in?

Could it be that I am listening and trying to discern what God desires?

I have a thankful heart for the last five years and am letting Him guide me…

TO BE CONTINUED….don’t know when though

Initial thoughts about Colossians

1 12 2008

My life group during the month of December is going to be spending time in Colossians and as I was reading it I was struck by how Paul kept reminding them that they ARE forgiven.  A question came to my mind – if I am forgiven why do I live sometimes like I am not and feel guilty.  I need to believe God forgave me and walk in that freedom. 

He also said to not focus on  earthly things but heavenly things.   He told us to put off our sinful nature and put on the new self.  He lists characteristics that we will exhibit when we are walking in the Spirit such as compassion, forgiving, kindness, humility, peace, thankfulness, and most of all love.  Paul describes how Christ is fully God and how Christ lives in us so we have the characteristics of God in us – I just have to step out of the way to let him work through me if I yield myself to the spirit (which ishard).  Wow!  Colossians is rich – 4 weeks to unpack – I wish we had more time!  I will be diving into this book more throughout the month.

And lastly a question, why did Paul end the book with this “I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.  Remember my chains. Grace by with you.”  Why did Paul want to remember his chains?