Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Holy Spirit amazes me.
About a week ago, I rearranged my house. Many times I have done this and many, many times the result has been unsatisfactory, which means it either didn't look right or it wasn't actually functional for my life. I have neither a fancy house nor fancy belongings, and as much as I've wished that I were more talented an interior decorator, I question how "fancy" my skills are as well. I can definitely tell the difference between a Holy Spirit-led project and a Jade-led project.
I see in my home a reflection of the changes Jesus is writing within me, rearranging my feelings about him and my understanding of who I am in him as well as giving me a fresh vision of his heart's desire towards me. As in my home, I recognize that there is a distinct difference between his ways and my own.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
I just thought this was beautiful.
Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project, 1936 or 1940
-attributed to John Wagner-
I love this photograph taken around 1975 and from the U.S. National Archives. It speaks sweetly to me of the safety which I am wrapped in and of those who have served our country to give that blessing to me.
Immeasurably blessed of the Lord am I to live in such a great country.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Recently, I received good news. The opposite could have very well (and deservedly) taken place, effecting me detrimentally in several ways. The only reason this did not happen, the only reason this news is happy and not sad is because God spared me, has shown mercy to me, has surrounded me with His "songs of deliverance" ( See Psalm 32:7). My good news should have been bad news. That would be the natural consequence of my choices. I praise God in the light of his blessing to me, surely his most wayward and transgressive child, for not giving me what I deserve.
To be at peace mentally and emotionally is natural for humans to want. I think that kind of peace must come from being grateful and content with life the way it is. A longing for true and deep, abiding spiritual peace is a more insistent desire which can only be met by knowing Jesus Christ as one's personal savior - the lover of one's soul.