Showing posts from February, 2012

In the Hands of the Timeless One

Elizabeth Elliot quotes her friend in a newsletter, remarking at the profoundness of a statement she makes: "Our lives are held in the hands of the Timeless One." A day to us is a thousand years to Him, and what seems like eternity for us, are but a day in His Time. This is hard to grasp, but I just wanted to share a set of verses that has meant a lot to me recently. There is a time for all things, and like Psalm 1 says, fruit will come in due time. This isn't to suggest we should not make an effort, but rather know that our efforts are producing a work that exceeds our understanding, our time.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and…

February Book Recommendations

I think it is just going to become custom to recommend two books, of different genres for the monthly suggestions. I simply cannot decide again.

This first book, has been read on and off since August when my best-friend since kindergarten dance class, Megan, gave it to me to read on my way to Portugal. I loaned it to someone recently and have found several times I have wanted to reference it- very profound insight is provided through the life of missionary Jim Elliot. I have since completed reading through another source because of how good it is.

In the Shadow of the Almighty written by his widow, Elisabeth Elliot, is by far the most compelling biography I have ever read. While no one has lived a perfect life, except Christ alone, the humility with which Ms. Elliot pieces together Jim's extensive journals and the countless letters they sent back and forth, we can get a glimps into what might a modern life look life if truly searching after God.

For those who don't know who Ji…

As 6 Lost Files

I've been wanting to write another post regarding what I've been learning about helping others via Christ-centered principles, drawing on my experiences from the Clinic. However, that is going to have to wait as I'm still figuring it out myself. The Clinic set-up has provided an environment to think about various things differently.

Because many of y'all don't hear from me often, I wanted to post something anyways.

Today at the Clinic I realized something that was worth sharing.

We (mainly speaking of the amazing retiree volunteer staff) maintain an extensive file collection, consisting of over 68,000 patient files. Typical hospitals probably serve more; but when each one is a physical, paper file color coded, numbered and charted on "the wall" and pulled by actual human hands for each use, that's pretty incredible. It took me a few days to get the filing system down to where I can fairly compete with my elder, superiors in finding a chart. Oh we are…

Insight From A Friend

Although thousands of miles apart, one of my childhood best friends shared this with me recently. It's pretty profound. Hopefully you take something away from these words.

"Just a night ago I was crying to God (literally) with questions and fears and he answered tonight with the simple truth. Stop asking for God's will for my future to be shown to me and spend more time reading, no soaking in, the part of his will that he has already revealed...the precious verses of His Word. Simple but profound. God doesn't claim to be a floodlight but rather a lamp..not showing far ahead, but guiding each next step." -JM