Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Tonight I humbly asked for prayer from the elders of our church. This has been a rough road over the last few months, I hope one day to share the details. As we called on God and cried out to Him I felt so humbled. I felt like a little child clinging to hope. After our time of prayer someone said you should feel "flattered" that God has chosen you to go through this experience. Honestly I never thought of it like that....."chosen". He knew I was going to experience this, He planned it perfectly, not to say that He wants us to suffer, but in suffering we are made stronger.
I love this verse.

Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Wow.....I'm still working on the "joy" part.

May you too, find a deep joy in all your trials.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our pastor has a daily blog that walks through the Bible.
This mornings passage really spoke to me so I thought I'd post it.


Why does God love us so much? Why does our Lord put up with all of our shenanigans? Why? Why? Why? God is merciful and full of grace—praise His name!
Joel 2:12-13 (MSG)
12 But there's also this, it's not too late— God's personal Message!— "Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!"
13 Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here's why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.
It is not too late. Here we are in the bottom of the ninth, two outs and a full count, but God says come on home. Come back to your maker and savior. The noose is around our necks and the trap door is about to open and God says just change and turn to me and I will catch you. Maybe someone is reading this today and they need to believe that God is still full of mercy and grace. Maybe, just maybe, you need to stop trusting yourself and put your faith and trust in the God who really loves you with an extravagant love. What is your soul craving? It is God who has made you and it is He who can fill you, and it is only Him who can fill you!! Come on home.

Paul was placed in the barracks for his own safety, Just as the Jewish leaders had killed Jesus, they wanted to kill the apostle Paul.
Acts 23:11 (MSG)
11 That night the Master appeared to Paul: "It's going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You've been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you're going to be my witness in Rome!"
Jesus was not through with His servant Paul. There was a day that Paul was done, but today was not that day. God used Paul’s nephew to help Paul get out safely. Sometimes God uses angels and sometimes he uses our sister’s son who happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you are alive and I assume you are since you are reading this, then God is not finished with you either. Let God speak to your heart. Let God use you in your remaining time on this earth.