Archive for May, 2011

OK, so it’s been more than a week. But here I am, and with much to be thankful for!

Today I’m praising God for a new job – yes, a new job! I start on Monday. I’ve had a great part-time job for a few months now, but it was really only meant to be temporary and I’m getting excited about what God will bring with new opportunities. I’m also thankful for my current job. My colleagues and supervisor have been truly awesome. I’m thankful that the saddest part of leaving every job I’ve had has been leaving the people. If you’ve ever worked with me you can know that you are missed…*group hug*…okay…moving on…

As I type this I am oh so thankful for the sound of the rain pouring down on the roof. It makes a pinging sound as it hits the coverings for the vents in the bathrooms. It’s sort of coming and going, but we’ve definitely been getting more of it during the past month which is a welcome change.

I’m not sure how tangible this might seem to others but I’m also feeling really blessed by God’s presence with me in the last week or so. Provision and answers to prayer – even for the little things – and really good time spent reading the Bible alone and with friends. I’m still making my way through Genesis, but I’m relishing every moment. This morning it was Chapter 26 leaping off the page. I love, love, love the way the Bible lives and breathes and takes shape before my eyes. Perhaps I’ll get around to sharing more of this with you soon. 😉

I would also like to say a special praise to God for friends who pray. Praying friends, you are awesome! I’m so thankful for you. Truly God has not made us to walk this earth alone.

If this is all just a little too enthusiastic for you please forgive my exuberance. It’s getting late and I’m sleepy and that’s just where my head is.

So how about you!? What are you thankful for today? How has God shown His greatness to you over the past couple of weeks? Are you reading anything exciting in your quiet time alone with Him?

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Last Friday night I had a great conversation with a friend about love. I’ve been pondering it on and off since then. I think it’s the sort of thing that somehow gets filed away in my mind as a known entity: Love – most important thing, check, now on to other priorities…I hope I’m not really so casual with my dismissal but I think, as a principle, I often unintentionally relegate it to the back burner.

But it is the most important thing, so I love taking time out to meditate on that fact.

A few favorite verses on love:

Jesus replied: “‘LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘LOVE your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  ~ Matthew 22:37-40

And now these three remain: faith, hope and LOVE. But the greatest of these is LOVE.  ~ I Corinthians 13:13

Dear children, let us not LOVE with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  ~ I John 3:18

Above all, LOVE each other deeply, because LOVE covers over a multitude of sins.  ~ I Peter 4:8

Do everything in LOVE.  ~ I Corinthians 16:14

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through LOVE.  ~ Galatians 5:6b

Love God and love others – everything hangs on this. Above all, love each other deeply. It’s the only thing that counts. If I don’t have love I am nothing, and all my actions are in vain (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Sometimes I like to read slowly through the famous love passage in I Corinthians 13. It’s thrown around so often it’s almost clichéd, but if you consider it carefully it’s mind-blowing:

Love…is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, never fails.

Pick any one of those attributes and you can mull over it for hours. Put it in your pocket and carry it with you throughout the day and see if it doesn’t take your interactions with others to a whole new level.

After Friday’s conversation I dug up a quote from a book by Heidi and Rolland Baker. It’s called Expecting Miracles (and it does share a bit of the supernatural), but the overwhelming message it impressed upon me was the importance of love.

“…God is saying, ‘See!’ He wants to impart His heart to you in such a way that you become full of His passion. He wants you to be so full of His love that nobody can stop you from being compassionate to every person who crosses your path every day of your life.”

How are we demonstrating love? Are we loving lavishly or only where it’s comfortable? Are we loving only with our words or also with our actions? Are we loving others deeply? In the dust and grind of our daily lives are we pouring out love to the people whose paths cross ours…at work, at the grocery store, on the street, at home? Are we making love our top priority?

Above all…everything hangs on this…the only thing that counts…LOVE.

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Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

I’ve decided to set some new goals for this little blog. I plan to hold to my original purpose of sharing glimpses into my walk with God, but the truth is I don’t wake up each day filled with inspiration for what I’m going to share with you, the world, about what He has been speaking to me. For those who’ve noted the absence of recent posts this should come as no surprise.

One of my routines when I write in my journal is to start by listing “praises” – things that have occurred for which I want to offer praise and gratitude to God. Usually I write it “PRAISES!” because I strive for enthusiastic optimism, and I believe such things should always be exciting. Those who know me well are not surprised by this either.

In the interest of giving you more insight into my life and faith, I’m going to carry this practice over into my blogging. Except I’m going to spare you the excessive use of caps and exclamation points and call it “Counting blessings.” I’ll try to post this once a week.

Best of all (are you excited yet!?), I invite you to respond with your own personal expressions of thanksgiving for the awesome things – great or small – that God has been up to in your life. Practicing thankfulness keeps God’s goodness fresh in my mind, and I’m always encouraged to hear of His faithfulness to others.

So let’s get started, shall we?

This week I’m especially thankful for my husband and daughter, who blessed me with their thoughtfulness on Mother’s Day. I’m thankful to be a wife and a mom.

I’m also thankful for quality time spent with God and for insight and encouragement for moving forward in the things He’s called me to. Little steps but tangible ones.

What are you thankful for?

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