Archive for December, 2007

Yesterday

I’ve enjoyed some time off from work and posting, but during that time God has opened the flood gates and I can’t wait to share all that He is showing me. 

Today, I read in that faithful friend, “My Utmost for His Highest” the last post of the year.  I want to share a few excerpts with you and pray that it brings you the peace it brought me. 

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Yesterday

Security from yesterday: At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays.  Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders.

But God is the God of our yesterdays and he allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. 

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 I know for me, there were some “blunders” of 07 I’d like to forget.  But this reminds me what God says is true, that He works ALL things for His glory… even the mess ups… into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future.

What are some of the blunders you’d like to see turn into “ministries of spiritual growth” that God is developing in you for 08? 

Christmas Eve

After our two afternoon experiences at Lifechurch I will spend time with the extended family on my mom’s side.

My aunt, uncle, two cousins, grandma (who we call Nanny) step grandpa, 6 brothers and sisters,parents, 6 nieces and nephews and 2 close friends, (wow, that’s a lot of people!) will gather together to eat, open gifts, play games, laugh, talk and enjoy each other.

I think the one reason I enjoy this time so much is because we’re guided by one thing. One thing rules every conversation, every embrace, every joke. Its what makes our family who we are. That one thing is love.

I pray you enjoy your family and friends this Christmas. I pray you let love guide you.

Merry Christmas!

Friday Quotes…

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes! 

“It is only when we learn to love fearlessly that we will find ourselves loved perfectly.”–Unkown

God has been teaching me a lot about love in the last 6 months.  Stay tuned for an upcoming series on the four letter word. 

Transmissions and Procrastination…

About a week ago I noticed my car was shifting hard.  Sometimes when I started it in the morning it wouldn’t shift at all.  I’d have to wait for it to warm up before it would even move forward.  I waited for days, arguing with myself that I didn’t have time to get it in the shop, and just hoped the problem would go away.  It didn’t. 

I finally put it in the shop yesterday and got a call this morning saying my car was leaking transmission fluid.  The loss of fluid was so bad that it burned up my transmission.  Now I’m facing a possible bill of $2,000 to get it replaced, all because I didn’t take the time to take care of the problem when I should. 

It reminds me of life.  And without getting too preachy, or cliche I just want to ask a question.  Are there things in our lives that we need to take care of NOW before the problems get worse? 

Please pray for me as I figure out how to pay for a new transmission.  Pray also, that God will cure me of the evil sickness called procrastination.  Anyone else struggle with this horrible disease? 

Earl is cleaning his dentures…

Facebook for old people

I found this hilarious post on Seth Godin’s Blog.  You’ve got to check this out and then let me know if you’re on Facebook… we can be friends!

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To live is Christ…

I have a tattoo behind my right ear of a skull and cross bones.  Why, you might ask would I tattoo my body with such a questionable symbol.  Let me tell you…

To me, the skull and cross bone represent the symbol of death.  As a Christ follower I am to daily die to myself, my flesh, my desires and pick up the cross of Christ and follow His will for my life.  The tattoo is inspired by this scripture.  “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21 

I can’t see the tattoo, unless I position a mirror in just the right position, but I know it’s there.  What’s even cooler is that when others see it I can share the reason behind it. 

Any tattoos out there, with stories behind them?  What are your thoughts on tattoos? 

With Many Advisers…

I’m 21 years old and there’s still a LOT I don’t know.  I never want to think I have it all figured out

When you were 21, what one thing do you wish someone would’ve told you?  

Final Boarding Call (5 of 5)

“The Tower of London”

The massive stone bridge stands in authority over the Thames River in London.  While there we learned a very valuable principle that has continually impacted me since.

“Don’t Peak too Soon”

What do you think this means? 

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Final Boarding Call (4 of 5)

In Rome, we toured the Colosseum, the most famous monument of Ancient Rome.  When I walked through the entrance passing thick stone walls into the amphitheatre, chill bumps rose on my skin.  There was something eerie about the place.  Like the screams of the crowds still hung in the air, caught there in a time force unbreakable by the years of neglect. 

 

If you’ve seen Gladiator, or Ben-Hur then you are familiar with the Roman Colosseum and the deadly games that took place there.  What you might not be familiar with is a man named Telemachus.

 

Telemachus was a monk who spent most of his life shut up in a room immersed in his disciplines.  After years of study God called him to enter back into society and minister to the people of Rome.  He arrived in Rome as the holiday festivals were going on.  Deciding to follow the crowd and observe, Telemaches found himself in the midst of the Colosseum and watched as the gladiators battled to their deaths. 

 

Enraged with a righteous anger, he finally climbed down into the arena shouting, “In the name of Christ, forbear!” Upsetting the crowd, they shouted for Telemachus to be killed. 

 

With his last breath, Telemachus proclaimed in his loudest voice, “In the name of Christ, forbear!” and then his lifeless body fell to the ground. 

 

Then, a strange thing happened—an odd silence fell across the Colosseum, the crowd became still.  One by one, the eyes of the mob opened.  Somewhere in the crowd a father walked out with his sons, then another family, then a couple individuals.  One at a time people continued to leave the theater until the Colosseum was deserted, finally grasping the horror of the sport they once celebrated. 

 

That was the last gladiatorial battle ever to be fought in the Roman Colosseum. 

 

Sometimes it’s easy to think we can’t make a difference.  We argue, “I’m one person, no one special, what can I do to make an impact?”  But the lesson stands in Telemachus, a man who held strongly to his convictions and was able to be used by God. 

 

Do you struggle with the lie you can’t be used?  Have you made excuses like the ones above?  What do you believe God might be calling you to do for HIM? 

colosseum.JPGPhotograph taken by Anna Meadows Copyright 2004

Final Boarding Call (3 of 5)

Sorry for the delay of post… I’m without electricity and staying with a great freind of mine! 

“Leaning Tower of Pisa

On one of my adventures we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in Pisa, Italy.

 

Many people don’t know, but the tower was never intended to lean.  When it was built (from 1173to 1350) the foundation was less than excellent, but the builders and the architect, Bonanno Pisano didn’t think it would make a huge difference.  They argued that the 8 foot thick walls at the base of the tower were more than enough to keep the tower strong.  What they didn’t realize is that strength is meaningless without a firm foundation. 

 

The Tower began to lean, a ¼ of an inch a year and little by little the integrity of the structure became obviously vulnerable. 

 

It makes me think about my own life.  Am I building on a foundation that is less than excellent?  Do I need to get back to the basics, tighten my boundaries and make sure my foundation is firm, before I continue building and risk weakening my structural integrity? 

 

The question also begs of my character, when is a ¼ of an inch too much?  A little slide here, a small slip up there and before I know it I’ve caused a breach in the vessel God is building.   

 

 Ask yourself those questions above and tell me what you think. 

tower1.JPGPhotograph taken by Anna Meadows Copyright 2004

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