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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All I Have Is Christ

by Jordan Kauflin
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave

I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross

And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me

Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

God Colored Glasses

I wonder what would happen if more Christians started wearing 'glasses' like these?
I was really challenged by this video and I hope that you will be too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


If I could fix my thoughts on You all throughout the day,
I would not have to worry for I could always pray.

I would renounce once and for all everything not come from You,
I'd b'lieve and embrace Your promises and seek Your face as I ought to do.

I'd recognize that you were with me, an ever present reality,
and constantly converse with You in freedom and simplicity.

I'd ask You for help in discerning your will, and in things I know You want me to do,
Offering them to You as worship and then thanking You when I am through

I wouldn't have to keep my mind on the small tasks my hands are a part of,
I'd thank You for giving me this work to do so I could give it as an act of love

I would not look ahead to the things I cannot change
but cling to You and wait and trust life's best when you arrange

If little things distract me from our sweet communion,
God You'd remind me of your presence and renew our union

If I could but abandon myself completely to You,
I'll find the path to heaven straight and light that is sure and true

If only I could discipline myself with faithfulness!
afterward would come the Joy of choosing to seek Your face.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tibits For Thoughts

"The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers,
not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
Titus 2:3-5
 I don't have a husband to love, but I can save my love for him by guarding my thoughts and only thinking what is:
" ...true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, ... Virtu(ous and),... Praiseworthy.." about any fella I meet. No, I don't have children to love unconditionally, but I can learn how to love by practicing it with * 'unlovable' siblings. Discreet? I can practice that! Chaste? Uh huh! Homemaker? (does scrubbing toilets count?) Even if I don't want to... I can. Good?... Isn't that what the Christian life is about? Serving God as He conforms us to the image of His Son? Obedient? I may not have a husband, but I sure can practice before I meet 'im! 
Another thought:
"curbing ones desires and impulses, self-controlled, moderate."
"exciting reverence, venerable, honorable, sacred, pure from carnality, modest." 

"useful, salutary, good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished, upright, honorable."

God has His own good time for your husband and my husband. How could He bless us with a husband to serve if we are not serving Him ? God says 'when a man finds a wife he finds a good thing.' How can God give a husband one of us, if we are not 'a good thing' ?

One last thought:
Is our focus in the right place? As women, we are created to be a helper for man, and we have an innate need and desire to do just that. The desire is a good thing. It is a gift from God. But when we put as the #1 our desire to be married (and to be loved as the idol of a man's heart? ... and to be served... and thought of first...and... ... ... to be worshiped? (adored?)) we pull our idea of marriage out of our pockets and shove it at God saying, "what you think is best really isn't." (That makes God a liar.) "I know you are holding out on me."
(That makes God malicious.) "This is the blessing I want. Give it to me." (That makes puts you in the place of the All Knowing God as god.)
 Do you see how we mock Him?
 Do you see the need for a little more trust and faith?
"James 1:5, "
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him."

"Romans 12:2, and do not be conformed to this world, ( we must beware of the lust of the flesh girls) but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
Whaaat is 'transforming' our minds?
simply put, it is putting into our minds God's thoughts, and kicking out our old-sin-nature thoughts.
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7
What we think
is the 'real us.' It dictates how we act and what comes out of our mouths. The dirt inside our minds cripples our faith.
So what should we think? 

True Things...
God is capable of doing anything.
God is working all things out for my ultimate good.
God's timing is perfect.

God has me here in this season of life for a reason.


*To be honest there is no such thing as an 'unlovable sibling.' we just use that as an excuse to let ourselves off the hook.