Posted by: Psal121 | December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Psal121 | December 25, 2012

Lesson 152: Let’s Make It Count For Christ

Sometimes we do things and do not understand the significance of them. But through time God reveals to us the value of the action.

When I was in college, a man and his wife, who was legally blind, used to take a group of us to lunch on Sundays after church. It was always a wonderful time.

When college was over and I moved on, the only connection was a Christmas card every year.

I believe it was this process that began my prayer wall.  I began taping up all of the Christmas cards I received. It was awesome to see the families and how they grew and changed. Over time I began to pray over the people on my wall.  See, I will never get to spend time over a meal with John R like we did 30 years ago.  That season has passed, but we are still connected through my prayer life.

There are people whose lives I am currently intertwined with and pray over particular circumstances, like Jean. But we have been good friends over the last 10 years; so the privilege of praying for specific circumstances and seeing how God answers them is a blessing.

And there are those who are on the outer rims of my life, who I don’t know much of what is happening, but like John R, we have had some significant moments in life. Those times have passed and it is time for us to keep moving forward in different directions.

As I was collecting Christmas cards each year and putting them on my wall, I was just enjoying hearing from everyone. Yet as the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for those people through the year, I thought wow, I think I might be on to something.

The Christmas cards are something to remember the moments of the past and pray for the future. I remember BSF leadership with some, work, school and karate classes. I love to see what God does every year. I love to see the people He gives me to pray over for the year. It is always a mixture of new and old people.  I don’t know what God is doing in their life, but I know it is working toward His purpose.

So look again at that thing you think is insignificant, can God get some glory out of it? In 2013, let’s make it count for Christ.

Posted by: Psal121 | December 11, 2012

The Supreme Judge

Yesterday, I sat in the highest Court in the land.  I saw seven of nine justices. As thrilling as it was to see them in person, it was more daunting to see how they were aging.  As I looked at judges who are appointed for their lifetime, I was reminded of the Supreme Judge who was not appointed. And unlike our Justices who will whither and fade, the Supreme Judge is the same yesterday, today and the future. He won’t get ill. He won’t go against His Word. Along with justice, He always dispenses mercy.

Posted by: Psal121 | November 11, 2012

Lesson 107

This year is almost over and it has been a tough one. So what have I learned through everything that has happened this year. God is good.

Really, when things are so tough you can’t see straight, God is good.

When things are so good you can’t believe it, God is good.

When you are confused and lost and wondering what will happen next, God is good.

God is always more concerned with our character than with our comfort.

God is always bigger than our circumstance.

As 2012 ends, look for His goodness.

Posted by: Psal121 | October 30, 2012

Published

I wrote an article that was published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

 

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/27/4368570/obama-has-delivered-results-to.html

Posted by: Psal121 | October 30, 2012

Lesson 96

God has a great sense of humor. If you trust Him, He will take you places.

Posted by: Psal121 | October 25, 2012

Lesson 91

Lessons I learned in 2012…

The election season is coming to an end and I am praising God.  I have heard so much rhetoric by people who are passionate about what they believe in.

I am over saturated with it. Just because I feel a certain way about something, I don’t presume that I am right. So as I was praying over this whole thing, one evening, I asked the Lord who is right.

The answer: What if we both are.

God, in His infinite wisdom. has made us so unique in every way and gifted us with individual passions. He has made some of us hands to help one another. He has given riches to those who are supposed to take care of others. He has given the gift of encouraging others to those who are supposed to make us laugh and forget about our troubles.  Many of us take our passion seriously, and want others to do the same.

We get so caught up in wanting to make someone do what we want them to do, we lose sight of our purpose.  God created each of us with a distinct purpose. We need to shut up trying to tell others what to do, and do what we were meant to do. If God has given you a great deal of riches, He meant for you to take care of others with it. If He has taken it away from you, maybe you weren’t doing what He wanted you to do with it.  You can blame the current administration, but God is in control of it all.

We underestimate the power of sin.  We Christians need to take the hate from our language and actions.  The hateful, racist language has been burned into my system.  It makes me ask, “is this what Anglo’s really think of African-Americans?”  Glad, I don’t worship their god. As a result of this and the last election, there are several national ministries I will never support again. Thank you God for revealing their true heart.

Which bring s the point that even though part of what you say may be true, and God’s will, do you have to be ugly about it? Is God proud of you acting that way? Have you asked yourself what if I am wrong?

We have only a reflection of what Christ wants us to be and we want to shove the distorted view down other people’s throats.  God has written on the hearts of believers what He is calling them to be in Christ.  He is teaching us through scripture how to conform to His will.

Both parties have sin but so do we all. Yet each reflects the face of Christ. This process should not tear us apart, but as Christians, we should be the ones bringing everyone together.  The rift between us should not be widening. God loves us and is calling us to love one another.  Love does not look like what I have experienced in the political arena this year.

Posted by: Psal121 | September 1, 2012

Journey 36

You cannot stop the providence of God. No matter what precautions you take, preparations you make, or short cuts you forsake. What God has planned will come to pass.

This week I ran into His providence and I was left speechless.

We were having a pool party to celebrate the end of Band Camp. It was our first one. We were excited about becoming part of the band family. A student drowned.  Our celebration turn to tragedy. Students, parents, teachers were left wondering, what was God doing? I pray that He will give everyone a measure of peace beyond their understanding.

When I don’t understand what I see happening around me, I go back to what I know to be true about God.

…that He loves me so much He sent His Son as a sacrifice for my sins so that we can have a relationship. (John 3:16)

…that unlike everything on this earth that will pass away, He is everlasting (Nehemiah 9:5)

…that He is trustworthy. (John 14:1)

The year 2012 has been full of events that have made me question what God was doing. And many times, I have not liked God’s choice, but there has been learning in it for me. Some bibles verses come alive as you live them.  (Even if they are one of the verses you thought, naw, that is not one I want to experience.)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) This verse tells me that there will be hard things, but they won’t get the best of me.

If we are still breathing, then there is still work to be done.  I pray that when you are hard pressed on every side, that you will know that you won’t be crushed if you are in Christ.

 

Posted by: Psal121 | August 21, 2012

Journey 25

This morning in my study of God’s word, I ran into a new concept. Kelly Minter talked about how complicated her joy was. I will have to agree that sometimes, I mess up joy with some of the same things that clog up her pipes.  She said:

I admit that I’ve complicated joy. I’ve tangled it up with health, financial security, a nice home, entertainment, pleasures, career advances, and relationships. We could all keep the list going. “If we have a vacation on the books, we have joy. If the promotion happens, the dress fits, the boy calls, well then…joy! We look for little pockets of happiness to sustain us like quarters being popped into our joy meters – which are always ticking, always gobbling up whatever we just fed them.” True joy is different. Unencumbered, uncomplicated joy needs nothing but the presence of Christ to light its wick in our hearts. Joy frees us from “having to constantly feed the meter with our next big plan, pleasure, or purchase.”*

Minter is a busy body, getting all in your business – conviction. I mean really, who told her about the trips or the dress fitting?

The concept that I loved, that made me stop and go “wow” was this. Minter said she had to “start planning her joy and putting myself in its path.”*

I had to ask myself, “what does that look like for me?”

I mean if I took away all of the things from my old way of thinking, and started planning for joy where would I be?

Nehemiah reminds me that the joy of the Lord is my strength (8:10)

As the Lord takes me on this journey, I look forward to finding the places where joy lives.

*(Kelly Minter, Nehemiah, a heart that can break, 2012, p.109)

Posted by: Psal121 | August 7, 2012

Journey 11

If I may be so intrusive as to offer this.

It is not for everyone.

It is only for those who are called to it.

And let me just say, “It is about to get crunk for those who are called.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK47InW6EhY&feature=g-vrec

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