Saturday, July 24, 2010

I thought today I might share with ya'll something I wrote in August of last year. I found it to be a neat reminder to myself, and hopefully it would bless ya'll too! :)

This was something I wrote a few days ago for a bible study type thing. Thought you guys might like it. The challenge was to thank God for something He provides everyday. We had to write about it, and this is the end result. Here goes:

Well, God provides food and water and shelter everyday. He provides comfort and refuge and the Holy Spirit. He gives us hope and a future and opportunities to change our lives and the lives of others for better or worse. Hopefully it’s always for the better. I was just thinking today, what have I done to help advance the kingdom of God? My answer was… nothing. I have “given” my life to God, and yet I held back the most important part. My time. I was giving God my burdens, my hopes, my dreams, my struggles, and yet I would not give Him my time. It’s seems so easy, but it’s not. It’s a hard thing to do. Your time is truly everything. How you spend your time determines who you are from a human point of view. If you are spending your time learning and reading, trying to educate yourself all the more, you will be viewed as smart. If you are always spending your time arguing with your siblings and watching T.V., you will be viewed as a lazy troublemaker. Someone who spends their time ministering to the needy, taking the few seconds to hold open a door, talking to the lonely, caring for the elderly, will be viewed as a kind person who is really something special.

People can see Jesus in someone. He is very evident in our lives, even if we aren’t doing everything we can do for Him. A minute wasted is a minute that you will NEVER see again. Imagine if you counted up all of the minutes you have wasted in your life. How many days would it equal? How many years? When I think about it that way it makes me want to get up and do something. It doesn’t have to be big. Even giving one of my brothers or sisters a cup of water, or rubbing their back. Maybe praying for my mom or dad. Anything. Less is sometimes more. We don’t have to overdue it, that will take away from our efforts. We just need to take the oppurtunities that God presents us. I was just watching the movie Robots and the catch phrase is “See a need, fill a need”. That is EXACTLY what we need to be doing. I remember once, there was an old man that was walking out of Publix at the same time as my mom and I were going in, and he was having trouble getting out the door. I went and held the door for him and he smiled and his face just lit up. He was probably living alone and all he needed to brighten his day was a little bit of caring from someone. These are the things that God would have us do. Some of us will go on to bigger things, though, and that’s good. Just make sure that you are following God, not asking Him to follow you. I guess my point is that God DOES provide for us everyday, my question is, what are we doing to show Him we’re thankful?


Monday, July 19, 2010

NEXT- Day 1

So day one was a pretty neat day! I flew out at 7:20 and landed 'round about 9:45-10 AM. Met up with Justin on the first day and we headed to the Hilton and dropped luggage off. It was awesome getting to stop and have friendly chats with the NEXT greeters and just peruse a bit while waiting for the rest of the group.
The other group drove in about 5:00 PM or so, and we all got checked in and made the introductions and all.

The first session was at 7:45 PM and it was done by Joshua Harris.

*runs to get notes*

This was really some good stuff. Josh spoke to us about our need as Christians to build a firm foundation on which we can build as Christians. He pointed out that while passion is good, and doctrine is good, neither one can stand alone as a firm foundation. You have to have both. You have to have a firm knowledge of good doctrine, but a passion for the Lord Jesus Christ, too.

He spoke of how the churched kids of today can do such a good job of "pushing the Jesus button". You press it, and voila! Instant perfect child who knows all the right answers and never fails to give them. How many of us are like that?

One of my favorite quotes by Harris from that session- "Jesus loves to save religious hypocrites."

*ahem* Just a note to my readers, I had all the below typed out and nicely done, had clicked "Publish Post" and promptly received an error message, and lost the rest. *gasp* (yes, you may *gasp* with me.) It was like someone or something didn't want me to post this. :P Too bad for them... I will persist!

"Doctrine isn't an end in itself- it helps us."

" Remember that there isn't a thing that Jesus takes from Himself. He gives us Himself. There is only Jesus Himself."

"Movements of men, methods, and I will fail, but Jesus will never fail!"

"A real, saving relationship with Jesus Christ necessarily involves doctrine."

"You can't know Jesus without the Bible shaping and teaching you about Him."

"Doctrine not only tells us what God has done, but explains what it is that God is doing."

"Doctrine is the setting forth of what's been done, but also the explaination of it."

"Doctrine is not separate, it's at the heart."

"Knowing right doctrine is not enough, we have to put it into practice."

"We shouldn't feel safe and secure if the truth and knowledge isn't applied."

Then Josh, Justin, and I went to Community Groups. Community Groups were amazing! They began with prayer, then fun, then we would be assigned our Bible reading, then break off into our small groups. In our small groups we read, discussed what we read, and asked each other 'getting to know you' questions. It was a great time of fellowship and learning!

So that is the first day... the second day will be coming soon as I can get it done! :D


Monday, July 12, 2010

When Life Gets Busy.

So... I haven't posted in waaaaay too long. *blushes* Sorry...

Life has gotten busy. I won't deny that I've pushed my poor, dear blog to the back burner. But lately the blessings around home have been so great, that I must admit it's been worth the time away. I hope to become a little more organized, making Monday or Tuesday nights my "blog night". I really am dreadfully, terribly sorry that I have not remained faithful in what I have said I was going to do. I keep coming with good intentions, but am not delivering. :(

Hopefully that will be fixed! I will attempt to finally finish my NEXT post on Day 1, then I shall try to recall the other 4 days. I will then attempt to finish my follow up post to "Just Simply Live". I will then post a couple other posts I've had on my mind! :D

If ya'll never even get to reading this due to the fact you've stopped stopping by due to the fact I haven't posted in so long, then so be it. It's my fault. I'm sorry. But for all ya'll that are faithful and will read this, and will forgive me and let me post my new posts (I'm warning ya, you may only get one or two a week) then I do so love ya'll! Ya'll are awesome! :D

I am so thankful for all the readers of this blog, and I do so hope that God blesses you all greatly today, tomorrow, and forever!