Saturday, August 28, 2010

PSALM 16:11

You have made known to me the path of life, You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (NLT)
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJV)
You will teach me how to live a holy life.Being with you will fill me with joy;at your right hand I will find pleasure forever. (NCV)
You lead me in the path of life;I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight. (NET)
You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy;in Your right hand are eternal pleasures. (HCSB)
You make the path of life known to me.Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever (GWT)
You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side, I will always be joyful. (CEV)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Forks and knives and spoons, oh my!

Since the Lord is always speaking, and we just need to tune in, he decided to give me an analogy about silverware.  As I was putting them away, he said "You are like this"..."My children are as silverware" He said we are his utensils, and that he uses us.  Useless without their creators hands at work.  He began to relate the five-fold ministry to each kind of utensil. He also spoke to me about our shininess and what he does to make us that way..he puts us in his washer...I love when the Lords speaks like makes it so easy to understand.  He is the same Jesus who told parables then, and I know he still likes to share new ones with us this day!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Oh disappointment, shmisappointment

The cross outshines all.
Disappointments are funny. Not in the "let me go laugh because this situation cracks me up", but more in the "this sucks" kinda funny. whatever.  I have come to the conclusion that life has its disappointments and events that don't go as planned. I know I'm late in the game in figuring this out.  Life is not perfect. BUT....Amongst all of the chagrin in my life, I have this amazing, deep, constant, delight... When things don't go the way I want them to go, or the way society would want them to go; for about ten minutes I wallow in my mishap and maybe numb the pain a little bit with some good ole facebook, but after that is when the Lord speaks to me.  (Those ten minutes of self pity have been dwindling down, and I know Jesus is jealous of those minutes I choose to ignore him.) But when he does speak, he reminds me of the bigger picture and ensures that he keeps his promises.  It just sucks sometimes, ya know? This battle of flesh and spirit is so apparent at these times and really shows which one is at work... I don't know...I just want to see through the eyes of my savior.....I want to see the big picture always....I want to set my mind on things above... As much as I care about what happens to me...At the same time I really could care less...These little fender-bender's of annoyance can't set me back for more than ten minutes...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

deep cries out to deep

 This summer I have been on an exploration.  I have gone far and utterly deep, searching for answers I have never asked before.  I have asked the hard questions concerning the motives behind everything I do.  I have begun to realize the importance of my thoughts that turn into words and how they affect everyday life and most importantly my relationship with Jesus.  Things like: " Why did I just say that?" or "Why am I jealous of that?" or "Why do I care what they think?"... and then going deeper...and get to the root... I really believe that this part of the pruning/purifying process that will draw us even closer to Jesus himself.
  HEBREWS 4.12: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.   
 -What if we had so much of the word of God in us that the Spirit of God that inhabits us can discern the thoughts and intentions of our hearts?  I understand that God discerns our thoughts and intentions utterly but God says he will reveal. 
 1CORINTHIANS 2:10-12.. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. (This has to be one of my favorite passages)  So yeah, thats that..