Showing posts from July, 2012

After a Night of Baking

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, 
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 12:18

Anxiety weighs down the heart, 
but a kind word cheers it up. 12:25

These seemingly random verses and others from Proverbs 12 have been on my mind in varying fashions over the last month. As I've gotten older and more "independent", the need for counsel and wisdom from adults has become increasingly apparent. 

I love my mom and dad and was upset to recently learn that only my mom would be coming down in a week to visit. Life happens and my dad has to work. But I'd been looking forward to having time with them both, talking in person. With them so far away, our communication is limited to emails and texts with an occasional skype call. I'm thankful for modern technology that allows this, but sure have been desiring time to talk with them face to face without time constraints. One of the beauties of the relationship I have with them however, is the blessing and encouragement …

Whatever is...

true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8

This isn't easy. Without a doubt, there are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy things in my life. But all too often I am blinded by the doubtful, unsure, belittled, hesitant, impatient thoughts that creep into these should-be-joyful recesses of my mind. 
Our dreams fail us, other people will fail us. I am not saying this to be the downer- but to point to the reality that our broken world faces. It's a hard lesson, one that I'm being reminded of quite a bit recently. The only certainty in this world is in the God that so desires my whole life, not just the fragments I'm comfortable sacrificing. Days like these make my thoughts wander to the Psalms.
Psalms 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfu…

What are We Doing?

Are you showing up on Sunday mornings, listening, taking part in communion, singing praises and engaging in  fellowship with the rest of the believers? And Sunday nights, are you meeting with a small group, studying, praying and engaging in fellowship some more? Maybe Wednesdays too?

Yeah, I am too. 

I think we're missing something. 

We are so "busy" going tochurchthat our lives have not transformed to be the Church.

There is something more to, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will"(Romans 12:2).

Something a friend mentioned a while back has had me thinking for quite some time. He asked, "why do we bring non-believers to church services"? 

My thoughts probably echoed the common response, "well, so they can learn about Jesus"!
But should that really be the case? What we attend on Sunday mornings an…