Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
the happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. it is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. it is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. the happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. that kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.
loved reading that the other day. an old sunday school teacher from college has been encouraging me on, in my journey w/brooke (life...for that matter). one thing i've learned from her is this...my baggage bag can now be used as a tool bag. even though life is difficult and hard and...we could go on and on...turn it around. it is so common for us to take the ugly and bad and curse God; however, it is the one who knows the Lord that accepts struggles as gain and as a way of knowing Him and making Him known to others. (philippians 1). This is the life i desire!
Monday, May 26, 2008
There was one thing that stood out all weekend.
Last night i was home alone w/brooke...we were just nestled in the bed watching "Dora." I looked over and her eyes were getting heavy. Leaning over, I pushed her hair back from her eyes and caressed her cheek as she closed her eyes. Just looking into her face, i imagined Jesus doing the same w/me. Him seeing the heaviness in my eyes He reaches towards me, pulling my hair back from my eyes and touching my cheek...to consul, embrace me, or to just be near me, knowing His peace--i just close my eyes and rest. It was a sweet moment...one that will linger for days to come.
Thank you Jesus for touching my life, healing my heart, and being near me.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face
this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are
upon you." 15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: `Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. 16Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' 18 Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.
30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.
God gave them rest (peace) on every side. What a wonderful picture. I read this recently and it was comforting:
"The safest sailor is certainly not one who has never weathered a storm. Wouldn't you want an experienced sailor at the critical post? Oh, how everything gives way when affliction first comes upon us. The clinging stems of our hopes are quickly snapped, and our heart lies overwhelmed and prostrate, like a vine the windstorm has torn from its trellis. But once the initial shock is over an we are able to look up and say, "it is the Lord" (John 21.7), faith begins to lift our shattered hopes once more and securely binds them to the feet of God. The final result is confidence, safety, and peace." Yes, peace ON EVERY SIDE!
Even though the pain, loss, grief is there....there is a peace on every side that i cannot and will not deny. For, "it is the LORD."
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Walking With God On The Road You Never Wanted To Travel/Atteberry
Calm My Anxious Heart/Dillow
Recovering From The Losses Of Life/Wright
The Valley Of Vision
Streams In The Desert
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
"my situation is urgent, and i cannot see how i will ever be delivered. Yet this is not my concern, for He who made the promise will find a way to keep it. My part is simply obey His commands, not to direct His ways. I am His servant, not His advisor. I call upon Him and He will deliver me." (streams in the desert)