"I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." proverbs 4:11

Category: "Wonder"

grasping

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Published on March 7th, 2014 @ 11:19:00 am , using 126 words, 957 views

wonderstruck without words
         at who You are
look up,  You beckon
        look up at the vastness
              and remember the sky
                     and the way it reminds you of the vastness
of My love for you.
a knowing....that surpasses knowledge. 
(what does that even mean??) 

And i pray that you, being rooted and established

in love,

may have power.... to grasp

how wide and long and high and deep is

the love of Christ

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge

that you may be filled to the measure of all

the fullness of God.

Now,

to Him who is able

to do immeasurably more

than all we ask or imagine,

according to His power that is at work within us,

to Him

be glory for ever and ever!

Amen.  ephesians 3:17-21

more

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Published on February 28th, 2014 @ 05:17:00 pm , using 53 words, 1904 views

For this is God, our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide even to death.
O LORD, You are my God.  I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
for You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
psalm 48:14, isaiah 25:1 

May this weekend bring you more and more of God Himself!

the Wondering. "Who do You say that i am?"

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Published on February 1st, 2014 @ 12:25:00 pm , using 237 words, 1255 views

 

pay attention to your tears. emily freeman. 

Behold His glory. Theaomai His glory. Theaomai from thaomai - "to wonder."  Not a glancing - but a gazing.... -Ann Voskamp

 

 

he sits bent over with tears over the "D".  i tell him; "that D doesn?t define you."

i stare at the official box checked on the very official form delivered by the very official officer; "public nuisance".  and i look down at the four paws in the air with the big belly waiting to be petted.  and i tell her; "they say you are a nuisance, if only they could see you for who you really are."

identity.

Matthew 16 and 17

Jesus; "Who do the people say that I am?"

Disciples; "John the Baptist, Elijah, a prophet."

Jesus; "Who do you say that I am?"

They head up a mountain, Peter, Jesus, and the brothers James and John.  Moses and Elijah join them. 

This is my Son, Whom I love, with Him I am well pleased, Listen to Him!

identity.

this morning the Lord turned the question around.....

because i've spent enough time thinking on who the people say that i am

 God, who do You say that i am?

identity

tho i can?t actually head up a mountain today...i can lock myself in my room.  i can shut the door. and....

Listen to Him.....
      behold His glory.....
          gaze.....
                and be struck

identity

oh the Wonder of it all

oh the Wonder

the wonder of both grace and peace in abundance

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Published on January 27th, 2014 @ 10:14:00 pm , using 539 words, 925 views

Man's love of truth is such that when he loves something that is not the truth, he pretends to himself that what he loves is the truth, and because he hates to be proved wrong, he will not allow himself to be convinced he is deceiving himself.  So he hates the real truth for the sake of what he takes to his heart in its place.  -Augustine as quoted by Os Guinness in Time for Truth p.117

 "pay attention to your tears"  -emily freeman found in her book a million little ways.

if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. -Jesus Matthew 16:24

the pain of rejection stings.  and of being found out. 

it stings because this is still my life.  my identity.  i am still taking cues from outside assessments of me.

this is my cross.  that i must daily take up.  it's dying to the getting of my identity from this world. 

but Jesus has said; "whoever wants to save his self will lose his self, but whomever loses his self will find his self."  self.  psyche.  identity. 

it comes in all sorts of pretty packages.  like bible study, or social justice, or 'works God has prepared beforehand.'  these were never meant to be my identity.  never. 

and my heart is deceitful above all things, who can fathom it?  it self-protects.  when threatened, it fights back.  hard.

but Jesus has said; "and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

the truth is, i am selfish.  materialistic.  idolatrous. etc. etc. etc.  in its mechanism to self-protect my heart will reject this and fight with every argument and reason that these things are not true.  but they are.  i am more sinful than i dared to imagine .....

and more loved than i dared to hope for. 

when i know this love.  really know it.  it melts me.  and it does set me free.... 

to be found out.  to be rejected.
          to die.

so that i can be resurrected to real life.  real self.  real identity. 
       taking the Gospel into the corners.
            daily. 

maybe this is the 'mid-life crisis'. (those aren't really the right words, but i don't know what else to call it) the realizing the name i've not made for myself and the wondering what i now want to do about that.  the investing of years of unknown little deaths...and just wanting them to be known and valued.  the being worn down by all the messages of what truly makes up a life well lived.

now that i ponder these things, what i want more than anything is to live

hating the real lie for the sake of what i take to my heart in its place.....

and in its place...

 could it be joy? .....overwhelming joy?

 in an identity found and dependant on

 the amazing grace
          and greatness of my God.

is this what it means to have grace and peace in abundance?  -2 peter 1:2;  i mean when i am aware of the abundance of grace needed, it's usually because of the abundance of screw-ups, and so typically an abundance of peace isn't what goes with that....

here's my heart Lord.  speak what is true.

the wonder of a life hid

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Published on January 26th, 2014 @ 05:51:00 pm , using 235 words, 810 views

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin.
            Because the sinless Savior died,
           My sinful soul is counted free;
           For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Praise the One,
Risen Son of God!

Behold Him there, the Risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am,
The King of glory and of grace!
            One with Himself I cannot die
            My soul is purchased by His blood

My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God



Before the Throne original words by Chartie L. Bancroft.  I happen to like this rendition musically.  Photos taken in Uganda in 2010.  in that last photo if you look closely you can see the lions in the bottom left hidden behind the grass.  we almost didn't see them and stop because we were watching the elephants.

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