Giving Thanks

It is a cold, wet, and altogether dreary day today. I should feel depressed, and maybe I will soon, but right now I have a strange feeling of peace. Right now I don’t feel so crushed under the burden of living that I can’t find joy. Right now I can feel thankful for the gifts I have been given, for the good things in my life. I may not have a joyful home, but God has given me something big to be thankful for.

I have friends who challenge me to live out my faith. Friends who inspire me to love, forgive, and hope. Friends who pray for me, talk to me, and fellowship with me. If my life was perfect (or at least my home and family happier) would I appreciate these friendships? Would I even have these friendships?

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Forgiveness

“I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself… My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”  -Darcy

Unfortunately, Darcy and I have that much in common. I do not forgive easily and can hold onto hurt feelings for far too long. I nurse my grudges and dwell on the ways others have wronged me. Even thought I know it is wrong, I justify and excuse my unwillingness to forgive every time someone wrongs me a second time. Every once in a while I will be convicted and will resolve to be more forgiving. I determine to just grit my teeth and forgive anyone and everyone, and for a time, it seems to work. But since I am relying on my own strength, it never lasts and rarely is genuine. I don’t want to forgive these people, and I don’t want God to forgive them either. Read More

Fitting In

fashionable  
[fash-uh-nuh-buhl]
adjective 1. observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish

I keep seeing articles about how to be “modest but fashionable.” While I have no problem with dressing attractively, lately I’ve been wondering if “fashionable” is the look we should strive for. Do we really want to fit in?

Romans 12:1-2
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Read More

Beginnings

And so a chapter closes
and a new one is begun.
Though the future is uncertain
the same race must still be run.

So persevere, my friend,
for the Lord will guide your feet,
and the good work He began in you
He surely will complete.

Trials you have faced already,
yet more will the future hold.
They will test your faith
for it is much more precious than gold.

In this you greatly rejoice
(even though the trials grieve),
for your faith will be refined
as you are sifted in each sieve.

The One who can keep you from falling
(who holds you in the palm of His hand)
He will present you faultless
when you come to the Promised Land.

So wisdom, understanding,
and the Lord your God pursue,
for only He can show you
the path He has for you.

MEM, May 2, 2013