2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Real Machine Gun Preacher

I know that I have posted about this before.  But I have become completely  fascinated with this man and his mission. His name, in case you don't know is Sam Childers.  His mission, to save the children in the war savaged Sudan region of Africa.  He founded the Angels of East Africa, which is an organization dedicated to rescuing and helping the children caught in the crossfire of Sudan and Uganda.  One of the only organizations that doesn't leave when war breaks out. He also heads an orphanage there that houses these young victims. This man and his crew are hard core!!!

A little history behind Mr. Childers.  He was once a drug using biker, who found God.  He went on a mission trip to Africa and that changed his life forever.  I believe that was over 14 years ago. He is nonstop and doesn't miss a beat. He even injured his leg a few weeks back, but that didn't keep him down.


Currently there is a movie about his life in production staring none other than Gerard Butler to play him as well as a reality series in full swing.  This man manages to maintain a church in Pennsylvania and he  travels all over the country.  He is a published author of his own book entitled "Another Man's War."

So where is Mr. Childers now?  Well according to his Twitter and Facebook (yes I follow him on both) he just returned from a trip to Africa, doing what he does best.  This man is amazing to say the least.  He has all of this going on and he is in Africa risking his life once again to do God's work.  

Mr. Childers, you are definitely a man after God's own heart!!
God bless you and your crew!!!   You guys are my new Heroes!!!!

John 15:13 (NIV) 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Before I Knew

I Don't Know GodImage by gmcmullen via Flickr
I went to a birthday party this past weekend and got into a very unexpected conversation.  Another mother there started to talk to me about church and beliefs.   She was saying why she didn't go to church anymore and that there were just some things that she just didn't want to give up.

The funny thing is I knew exactly the way she felt.  I was in the exact situation before I knew.  We have a lot in common, we were both raised in a somewhat strict Christian homes, she also went to christian school.  It's hard when you are raised in a strict Christan home.  You feel like you know whats right and whats wrong and you have a sense of guilt when you do something that you feel isn't right by those standards.  Not to say that it is exactly wrong, but its the values that you are raised with so in your mind it is wrong.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what we think we are supposed to do in order to be "saved."  We see serving God as a chore or something that we have to give up so much for.  I used to think like that too.  It took me a long time to give my heart to God, because I was hesitant on giving up certain things.  I know different now. 

God wants our hearts.  He will take them any way we give them to Him.  Bruised and battered, scarred and broken, drunk or sober.  Once we give our hearts to God, the rest suddenly falls into place.  The things that we didn't think we could give up or didn't want to give up, now don't seem so appealing.  Once we give him our hearts, we no longer want to do things half way.  Our love for him and His love for us is what changes us.  If we wait to change before giving our hearts to Him we may never get the chance.  But once we give our hearts to Him, he will take care of the rest. And before we know it, we will be able to do what we once thought was impossible.
Before I knew, I thought that I had it all figured out.  Before I knew, I thought that I had to be perfect.  Before I knew, I lived in shame.  But that was all before I knew my Savior.

Jeremiah 24:7 (KJV)7And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Reflection

analyzing mirror self-recognitionImage by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ via Flickr
What you see when you look in the mirror, isn't exactly what other people see when they look at you. 

I was reminded that today when I was taking my evening power walk.  One of my neighbors down the street told me that if I keep walking I might just melt.  I thought to myself maybe because its so hot.  I do live in South Louisiana.  Then I got to thinking that maybe he was paying me a compliment.  Weird but anyway.

So it go me to wondering,  what do people see when they look at me?  When I see my reflection I see someone who needs to lose a few pounds, tone up, get rid of the baby fat (yes, she is two).  I also see scars and stretch marks, thinning hair.  But is that what other people see when they look at me?  My neighbor got me to thinking.  (It's still weird, but anyway)

What do people see when they look at me?  Not just from a physical standpoint.  What do people think of me?  What am I reflecting?  Does it really matter what I see in the mirror? 

I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter what I see when I look in the mirror.  The only thing that matters is what I reflect to others.  My warped view of myself  makes me my own worst enemy, so therefore my opinion of myself has no bearing.  I am not talking about what people see physically when they look at me, I can't change that.  Most of us see things that other people don't even notice, anyway.  But I can control what reflection they see.  I can reflect kindness and humility.  I can be a reflection of God, or at least try to be.  If only I could see that when I look in the mirror, maybe I wouldn't worry about the rest so much.

All that I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen. ~Author Unknown

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Pitch Black

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I am 33 years old and I will admit that sometimes I am afraid of the dark.  I always have been.  I don't have a little night light or anything. I deal with it, except when I am home alone then I have to sleep with the light or the TV on.  Most nights I literally turn off the light and fly into my bed, pull the covers up over me as if I am safe on base. 

Silly I know, but I have a crazy imagination.  I see things, shadows and I become afraid.  As if in the darkness something will be unleashed and get me.  I know I am talking like my 7 year old, but that's ok. 

The other night the electricity went out around midnight.  It wouldn't have been a big deal since I am usually sleeping at that time.  Of course this night in particular my 2 year old wakes up screaming.  She wasn't feeling very good.  So I got up with her , the room, the house, was pitch black.  I am walking around the dark house holding her singing.  I began to get a little claustrophobic in the dark as I had succumb to my fear. I couldn't turn on the light, I couldn't find a light. There was nothing but me and the darkness. But why was I so afraid, there was nothing there?

On the darkest of nights at the depths of my fear, I forgot. I forgot about my Light.  My Light that shines in the darkest of nights.  A Light that will drive all evil away from me.  I forgot my Light. The great Light of the world.

Psalm 27:1-3 (KJV) 1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Doubt or Disbelief??

DoubtImage by Shahram Sharif via Flickr
I went for a walk with my dad this evening.  We usually talk about a number of things on our walks, which happen about once a week.  Tonight we talked a lot about his results from his second opinion. It's funny because the same things that were going through my mind were going though his mind as well.  So many questions with no answers?

How does one test show one thing and another test show something else?  Was the test done correctly?  What if the test is wrong?  What if? What if? What if?  We both had the same questions or  doubts or maybe I should say disbelief.  But who are we questioning or doubting or disbelieving?

I have been struggling with this for the past week or so.  I prayed for a miracle, on my knees through my tears prayed and prayed and prayed.  Praying till exhaustion for an impossible miracle. Through the worst possible scenario my miracle happened and now I am questioning that miracle.  Now I am questioning God.  Why am I questioning this power of God?

When did we stop believing in miracles?  Are we so wrapped up in this world that we think that they are no longer possible.  Has our faith been so tainted that we can no longer believe in the impossible.  We pray, we have faith and when the impossible happens we question it.  Why? Because we mere mortals cannot explain it.

We serve the God of the impossible, there is NOTHING, nothing that is impossible to him.  He placed the very stars in the sky and He knows them by name.  A presence that is so Holy that the very angels have to cover their eyes.  His mere words spoke the world into existence.  His finger could write words into stone.  He formed me out of nothing and here I am questioning this one small miracle in a world where He has done an unimaginable amount miracles.

How is it that I wouldn't have doubted the bad news, but here I am doubting the good?  What is it with this world that if it can't be explained then something is wrong? 

I have to walk by faith, I have to breathe by faith, especially when I cannot see.  For I serve the God of the IMPOSSIBLE and there is NOTHING that He cannot do!!

Mark 11:23 (KJV)  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Purpose

Got Purpose? - Sermon TitleImage by godserv via Flickr
I have always believed that God has me where I am for a reason.  A lot of the time the reason is obvious.  Here lately, I wonder if there is a reason at all.  I don't believe that anything God does is in vain, everything serves a purpose.   So my question is: What is my purpose now?  Have I already served my purpose and am now just taking up space.  What does He have planned for me?  Does he have something planned for me?

Here lately things have been trying to say the least.  I just can understand what is going on and why it is happening.  Has God forgotten about me?  Why do I feel like where I am at right now is punishment?  Do I have to go through this day after day? Why do I have to go through this?

Sometimes we may spend awhile in transition, and that while may seem like an eternity.  But we have to look beyond our current situation in order to see the bigger picture.  There is a purpose and there is a reason for everything and every situation.  Sometimes it is merely to build our character, to see how we react to a situation.  To humble us.  To teach us empathy.  To build our faith.  To teach us.  Sometimes it is just for the people around us to see something in us, to teach them, to show them.  Sometimes our purpose isn't obvious to us, but it doesn't need to be.  We have to have faith that God's knows what is best and he has plans for us.  We all have a purpose and one day that purpose will be revealed!!!

Romans 9:17- For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Something Beautiful


I had a procedure done on my face a few days ago.  Trying to improve my complexion because I have always has moderate to severe acne.  Anyway, the procedure caused me to have the appearance of  a massive sunburn.  To make matters worse a few days later it started some massive peeling.  While I got a few stares and a few laughs, it really wasn't such a big deal.  But then I realized something, my two year wasn't fazed a bit.  As if she didn't even notice my appearance.  She still gave me big hugs and kisses.  She never even stared.  To her it didn't matter, if she even noticed.

Nothing seems to faze children.  They aren't afraid of much, they play in the mud, play with bugs.  Some don't even understand the concept of fear.  They see people for their real, true beauty.  And they know when someone is not.  They don't see color.  They don't see ugly. They only see the good.  They are fascinated by the little things.  They are humble and kind. They love with their whole heart.  They love without measure and without reservation.  They can brighten up just about any dreary circumstance. Bring a smile to your face when you didn't think it was possible.  They can melt the coldest of hearts.  They appreciate the little things.  If only we could see the world through their eyes.

It was a humbling experience, observing my two year old.  Watching the way she sees the world.  Even I was a little thrown back when I saw myself in the mirror.  But to her it didn't matter, she didn't care, I'm her mommy no matter what.  Oh, the heart of a child!  How can someone so small make such a big difference?

Maybe if we could humble ourselves as children, see things, see people the way they are truly meant to be seen, then maybe in everything we could see something beautiful.

Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV) 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Greatest Superhero

The Passion of the ChristImage by six steps  via Flickr
I am a superhero fanatic.  I love superhero movies, I can watch them all day long.  Luckily my son enjoys them too so I have someone to watch them with.  My husband doesn't really care for them much.  But that's ok, I will watch them all by myself, in box, with a fox, just kidding.

So, anyway, all superhero stories usually begin and end somewhat the same, there is always the good guy versus the bad guy and in the end the good guy wins.  Superheros always have their special power, whether they are from another planet, bitten by a spider, exposed to radioactive matter, maybe a genius, or whatever the case may be.  No matter how they became a superhero, the point it they are a superhero and their objective is the help everyone in need.  If only they really existed.

But there was a superhero that really existed and he walked this earth for about 33 years.  His name wasn't anything fancy or catching, he wasn't called Superman or Batman.  His name was Jesus of Nazareth, and superpowers he had many.  He walked on water; He rose the dead; He healed the sick, the blind, the crippled; He forgave sins; the very storms obeyed his command.  He can fly, He can read your mind, He can see your dreams.  He bore your pain, He wore your shame.  He died and He rose again.  He knows you by name, for he made you.  He knows the very number of hairs on your head.   He knows everything and he can be everywhere all at once.  He gives strength to the weak and power to the powerless. He saved the world!!! And the best part is, He still lives. There isn't a real or make believe superhero that can even come close.  For He is the greatest superhero and the only one for that matter, and I am one of his biggest fans, better yet a fanatic.

Matthew 8:27 (KJV) But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!


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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Unexpected

gracie at the beachImage by john curley via Flickr
His appointment was at 9:30 this morning at MD Anderson.  It was there that his oncologist would reveal the results of his PET scan.  He had been in almost unbearable pain for the past couple of weeks, so he had prepared himself for the worst news possible.  It seemed as though time was passing so slow, as if in slow motion waiting for the appointment and the results. He had the scan done and now it was the waiting game.

I got the phone call about 10:00am, his voice was trembling.  I could tell something was not right.  I was at an appointment myself and was waiting (but my appointment was nothing to worry about).  He asked if I would like for him to call me back when I was finished.  Of course I said, "No, I want to know now.  Is it bad?"  That is when I could hear his voice break down, "No", he said, "It's not bad, not bad at all".   It was actually the best results that he could possibly get.  He had been preparing himself for such bad news that he didn't know what to do when the news was good.  His scan showed no cancer.  Most of his pain is caused by an infection in his mouth and he was given medication to treat it. 

Last night was rough, waiting, knowing that it is what it is. But not knowing what it is.  I was overwhelmed with anxiety and couldn't sleep.  I went to the upper room (I will post about that later) and fell to my knees.  I prayed that God would heal my dad, and then I asked that if the news was bad that he would just give us all the strength to endure it.  Not just to give us strength but to be our strength.  After that I was calm enough to eventually fall asleep.

I was ready for the news, good or bad.  Hoping for the best, expecting the worst. I had put it in God's hands and knew that whatever the results, I knew that God's will would be done.

I was ready to write a post of the worst case scenario and how I would have faith that God would provide and take care of us.  This news was the most unexpected, and I couldn't be happier.

Life is full of the unexpected, we never know when it is our time, and it could end at any moment. We have to embrace the good and accept the bad.  We have to make the best of every situation.  It is all a walk in faith.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Throw Me Back In The Fire

Refiner's FireImage by KellyB. via Flickr
On my way to work this morning, I was preparing myself. Preparing myself for what I was going to do, what I was going to say, because yesterday wasn't the best of days. But I had attitude, I was ready for a challenge, but not in a good way.  I was ready to say something and that something was not very nice.

Then, I stopped for moment from my preparation. I took a step back and realized what I was doing. I realized that my heart was not in the right place. I was focusing on what I wanted to do, not what I needed to do.  I shouted to God "throw me back in the fire, because I am not reflecting you."  After making this observation it instantly melted my pride.  For it was then that I realized that it is not worth it.  It is not worth it to get back at someone, it is not worth it to hurt someone because you can.  It is not worth it to lose ones soul in order to gain a foothold on this earth.  It is not worth it.  I don't always get it right, but I try.

Sometimes it drives me nuts when God stops me in my tracks, but then I realize that he is only saving me from me.  Another lesson learned in my daily walk in faith.

The Refiner's Fire is what it is called, there are dozens of songs and stories that talk about this fire.  It compares the way God is with us to a refiner with his silver. The only way the silver can be purified is though fire and the refiner knows when it is done when he can see his reflection in the silver.  That is how God will know when we are done, when he can see his reflection in us.

Zechariah 13:9 (NIV) 9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them;        I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' "

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Alternate Universe

Human being asking Universe...Image by CLUC via Flickr
There is no team effort anymore.  This place is consumed with insanity and everyone is only out for themselves.  That is how I felt today.  On the edge of breaking down.  On the cliff, losing my balance about to fall.  Feeling as if I would explode at any moment, and as if God were somehow protecting me from myself.  I wanted to scream, but couldn't.

Respect does not exist anymore.  People will do anything to get ahead and will literally sell their soul to do so.  They actively participate in other peoples demise and feel no guilt or shame in doing so.  What is going on here??? What alternate universe am I in?

I REFUSE to live up to these standards, or down to these standards, should I say.  Why?  because I was raised better than that.  My parents taught me how to be kind and how to be respectful if for no other reason then the fact that you are a human being.  Not, well I am above you so therefore you can do everything.

Let it be said of us that this is not acceptable. Let it be said of us that this will not stand.  Let it be said of us that our children will not stoop to this level, to believe that they are better than another for whatever reason.
Respect is what is given to show appreciation,  respect is what is learned from parents.  Children are not taught these things anymore and seems that adults don't know it either. When did we stop caring?  When did we become so consumed with number 1? Let us show compassion and mercy. Let us be more than we can be. Let us be the example to our children and other peoples children, that they may become better adults.


I was raised to show kindness and humility, to show patience and worth.  To appreciate the little things and to love beyond measure.

What will be said of you??

Matthew 7:12 (NIV) So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


2 Corinthians 10:12-16 (NIV) 12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you. 14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. 15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in another man's territory.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Not Knowing Part

Utterly AloneImage by Michelle Brea- back!- via Flickr
It's the not knowing part that gets me.  Not knowing what is going to happen, or what is.  It's that horrible weight in the pit of your stomach waiting for the news.  I hate waiting, I hate not knowing.

My dad is going to MD Anderson this week for a second opinion.  He has been having  a lot of pain in his head and neck and his oncologist believes that it is related to his cancer.  For the past five years he has been able to keep it at bay, but now we just don't know.

It's hard for me to talk about, in fact I have been keeping it to myself so much that I have been riddled with anxiety.  Which, I am sure you can probably tell from a few of my last posts.  It's just really hard watching someone you love suffer.  It's hard when you don't know what is going to happen.  It is hard to even imagine what you would do without them. It's not just my dad that I worry about, its my mom, my brother, my sister.

I know what I am supposed to do and I know what I tell people they should do.  But what do you do when you are in that situation?   How does your faith not fail when you just don't know?

I guess I am looking for a miracle, but what if the miracle has already happened and I missed it because I was too worried about the not knowing part.

My heart goes out to everyone who has been touched, tortured or maimed by cancer.
But this is what I do know. This is what God has promised!!


John 14:18 (KJV) 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Psalm 40:1-3 (NKJV)1 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock,And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. 


LORD,  I WILL PRAISE YOU THROUGH THIS STORM!!!!!!!  I AM IN YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

The Anchor Holds

'Fisherman' AnchorImage by Horrgakx via Flickr
Ray Boltz has to be my most favorite Christian artist.  His songs are classic.  My dad used to sing them in church a lot before he had his bouts with cancer.  My favorite song is "The Anchor Holds" why because it sings about God's love for us in our darkest moments.  How in lifes storms God is our anchor, and how the anchor holds in spite of the storm.

I couldn't really think of anything to blog about tonight, so I thought I would just post the lyrics to this powerful song.


 The Anchor Holds
Words and music by Lawrence Chewning and Ray Boltz

I have journeyed
Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone
Sight unknown
And yet His eyes were watching me

CHORUS:
The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm

Ive had visions
Ive had dreams
Ive even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand

CHORUS

I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
That these eyes have seen
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, thats where God proved
His love to me

CHORUS (repeat)

1994 Word MusicASCAP (a div. of Word, Inc.) and Shepherd Boy MusicASCAP (adm. by Word, Inc.).


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stand in the Rain

Superchick "Stand in the Rain"
So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it's all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won't drown
And one day what's lost can be found
You stand in the rain

running in the rainImage by otomatuah via Flickr

Today I went for a run in the rain.  Why?  Because I really needed to run.  I have been really stressed out and full of anxiety lately.  I have a lot of emotional rainstorms to overcome.  I had to run.  Lots of tension in my neck, tightness in my chest and aching all over.  The only way to release all of this stress and anxiety was to run, and today it was in the rain.

Why do we always associate rain with bad things?  Why do we use it to compare to the bad things in our lives?   In the Bible, rain was seen as a blessing upon the crops so they might grow. Rain is what purifies the earth and today I needed to purify me.

The rain started out light but as I kept running it started to pour, I was drenched.  But it felt good, especially on such a hot day as today.  I could feel the tension in my neck releasing and the tightness in my chest going away as I would breathe in the pure air.  I never knew that running in the rain could be such a cleansing experience, but that is what the rain is for, to cleanse. 

So what do you do when the storm is coming down on you and the rain is pouring? You stand, you stand in the rain.

Wouldn't you know I outlasted the rainstorm, all I had to do was stand.  Had I waited another hour I wouldn't have had to run it the rain in the first place, but then I wouldn't have much to post about either.

Hebrews 6:7 (KJV)For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ocean Floor

McMurdo Sound sea lifeImage via Wikipedia
Any idea just how deep the deepest part of the ocean floor is? I read that the average ocean depth is 2.65 miles down, over 14,000 feet. The deepest part of the ocean is said to be about 10,924 meters (35,840 feet) below sea level, approximately 6.8 miles.  No man has ever reached that depth.  It takes special equipment to even measure that far.

I never really understood exactly what it meant to be forgiven.  I always thought that you doing something bad, you ask forgiveness and you are forgiven.  Easy right?? You know the saying "I forgive but I can't forget",  well that is the human form of forgiveness.  But God's forgiveness is unimaginable.  When you truly ask God for forgiveness of a sin, it is literally blotted out as if the sin never existed, your slate is wiped clean.  If only man could forgive that way.

So often we are the ones that can't forgive ourselves, if only we could forget also.  I can't tell you how may times I ask for forgiveness and I keep reliving the sin, I keep beating myself up, I keep thinking that I am unforgivable.  Why can't I just accept the fact that I am forgiven and move forward? God has, He has toss them to the ocean floor, a place where no one can reach them. A place where they will never again see the light of day.  A place where they are forgotten. What a God that will literally erase our wrongdoings if we ask him.  If only man could be so kind.

"Your sins are forgotten they're on the bottom of the ocean floor" (Audio Adrenaline- Ocean Floor)

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Isaiah 43:25-26 I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Book of Eli

The Book of EliImage via Wikipedia
I will rarely recommend any movies on this blog, unless it really hits home for me, and this one did just that.

This movie is currently out on video. My husband and I watched it a few weekends ago.  Normally, I am not they type to watch a movie that has so much gore.  But this movie has a point and a wonderful point that is.  I would recommend this movie to anyone over the age of 18.  For the journey was violent and sometimes grotesque but the ending was uplifting and heroic.

To sum it up this movie takes place in a repulsive wasteland of the future. The story is based around a man named Eli who has been walking, quite a number of years on a journey to deliver a book. A voice led him to the book and a voice told him to go on this journey. On his journey, he encounters many obstacles.  But he will stop at nothing to protect this book,  even kill.  What is this book?  It is the last of its kind.  A book that people would kill to get their hands on.  A book with words so powerful that it will change hearts and minds.

Why does this movie hit home for me?  Why would I recommend such a movie?  Because Eli's whole journey was a walk in faith.  So I will stop here in order not to ruin the ending.

Sometimes a movie has to be a certain way to prove a point.  Anyone who has seen "The Passion of the Christ"  would agree.  It could have been less bloody and gruesome, but it still is a fantastic story.

The ending is phenomenal, uplifting and literally gave me goose bumps. It will make you realize just how powerful the whole movie is.

"For We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" - 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) - This is a verse out of Eli's book.
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