Monthly Archives: June 2011

From Dan G.

Thanks Dan!

This is an excerpt I took from my reading of the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. Really challenging yet at the same time encouraging stuff.

Rejoice in the lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Phil. 4:4

“You’ll notice that it doesn’t end with “…unless you’re doing something extremely important.” No, it’s a command for all of us, and it follows with the charge, “do not be anxious about anything.” (v. 6)

That came a pretty staggering realization. But what I realized next was even more staggering.
When I am consumed by my problems–stressed out about my life, my family, and my job–I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a “right” to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities
Worry implies that we dont quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of whats happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that its ok to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare out tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we wont be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.”

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All the Single Ladies

From one of my favorites:

If you are single today, the portion assigned to you for today is singleness.
It is God’s gift. Singleness ought not to be viewed as a problem, nor
marriage as a right. God in His wisdom and love grants either as a gift.
An unmarried person has the gift of singleness, not to be confused with
the gift of celibacy. When we speak of the “gift of celibacy,” we usually
refer to one who is bound by vows not to marry. If you are not so bound,
what may be your portion tomorrow is not your business today. Today’s
business is trust in the living God who precisely measures out, day by
day, each one’s portion.

Elizabeth Eliot.

Am I called to be single? I am today. And God uses singles in ways He will not use married people. Besides, most people do get married in their lives. Day at a time, all!

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All the Single Ladies

From one of my favorites:

If you are single today, the portion assigned to you for today is singleness.
It is God’s gift. Singleness ought not to be viewed as a problem, nor
marriage as a right. God in His wisdom and love grants either as a gift.
An unmarried person has the gift of singleness, not to be confused with
the gift of celibacy. When we speak of the “gift of celibacy,” we usually
refer to one who is bound by vows not to marry. If you are not so bound,
what may be your portion tomorrow is not your business today. Today’s
business is trust in the living God who precisely measures out, day by
day, each one’s portion.

Elizabeth Eliot.

Am I called to be single? I am today. And God uses singles in ways He will not use married people. Besides, most people do get married in their lives. Day at a time, all!

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Littleness

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalm 103:13 NIV

His compassion is so great for His children. He never despises us or is impatient with us.

“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18:17

If we do not act or think like little children, he will not treat us like children.–I want to be treated as a daughter!

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Mark 6:34.

“On the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.” Malachi 3:17.

I always want to be like a little child with Him so he will always think of me as a child even when I am 95. The other options are horrific. I don’t want to be a successful, strong young woman who doesn’t need her Father to help her eat, breathe and have faith that saves—I want to run and fall on Him and ask Him to give me everything I need. Much more simple. Much more where I belong.

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The Moon

AHOP (Allston House of Prayer) unofficially launched Saturday night in Juan’s apartment.

It was beautiful. We listened, prayed, praised, sang Scripture, encouraged one another, told Jesus how awesome He is, and learned new things. Makes me long for His presence more just thinking of it.

Brennan, my 18 year old roommate told us that God had a a word for all of us. And she also said that listening to God is like tuning into the right radio frequency. Once you get the right frequency, just wait and He can keep talking.

“We’re like a full moon that reflects HIM to light up the night. We do not shine on our own, but we reflect Him in the darkness to bring light. We do not always shine brightly, and in different seasons, it may look like we’ve disappeared completely, but He is still shining and in a new season we will come back around to being a full moon again—just keep in mind that everything happens for a season and that He will shine when we don’t and will bring us back to fully lighting the night again.”

It was amazing. Especially as God is showing me more about seasons—and Kelsey read a verse that summed it all up: Isaiah 66:23: “And it will be, that from new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh will come to give worship before me, says the Lord.” .

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