tim be told

i love this song by tim be told.  they are performing a benefit concert at evergreen on april 16th 🙂

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starry night

i love this song 🙂

 

I’m giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun.
Every starry night, that was His design.
I’m giving my life to the only Son, who was and is and yet to come
Let the praises ring, ’cause He is everything
‘Cause He is everything

I’m giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun
On that starry night, He changed my life.
I’m giving it all to the only Son who gave me hope when I had none.
So let the praises ring,
Ohhhh Let the Praises Ring

 

risk

this is a poem we read today in a women’s discipleship group i’m facilitating at my church that i thought was pretty powerful.  it’s about the important of taking risks, so that we may truly live.

to laugh is to risk appearing the fool

to weep is to risk appearing sentimental

to reach out for another is to risk involvement

to expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self

to place your ideas, dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss

to love is to risk not being loved in return

to live is to risk dying

to hope is to risk despair

to try is to risk failure

but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing

the person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

they may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live

only a person who risks is free

~ author unknown

 

humility

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

– Philippians 1:1-8 (MSG)

 

you are special

i am taking a communications class at fuller, and we are giving an oral presentation next tuesday on a children’s book.  of course, she wants us to use different voices for different characters, but on top of that, she wants our narrator voice to be different from our own.  well as i’ve been revisiting children’s books to see the one i wanted to pick, i remembered this book i read long ago, titled “You Are Special” by Max Lucado.

I remembered it, because this book reminds us that in this world, we may be tempted to define ourselves by what others think of us.  and others may make their judgments on us based on our performance, or how good we are at somethings… yet we have a Maker who thinks we are special simply because of the fact that He made us and loves us.  It’s a simple and basic message that i’ve heard my whole life.. but the way this book tells it is truly touching..

reminded me that ultimately the more I spend soaking in the truth that God loves me exactly for who I am, not for what I can do.. then I won’t define myself based on what others think!  I hope you may be empowered by this truth as well.. that you are indeed special..because God makes you and He doesn’t make mistakes.

12 things

my pastor sent an article of a pastor who, on his 50th birthday, wrote  about 12things he wish he lived out owhen he was 25… it’s so true. I was encouraged!  read it too 🙂

1. First up: Stop worrying so much! It’s useless. (I.e. Jesus was right.)

2. Being a saint means being yourself. Stop trying to be someone else and just be your best self. Saves you heartache.

3. There’s no right way to pray, any more than there’s a right way to be a friend. What’s “best” is what works best for you.

4. Remember three things and save yourself lots of unneeded heartache: You’re not God. This ain’t heaven. Don’t act like a jerk.

5. Your deepest, most heartfelt desires are God’s desires for you. And vice versa. Listen. And follow them.

6. Within you is the idea of your best self. Act as if you were that person and you will become that person, with God’s grace.

7. Don’t worry too much about the worst that can happen. Even if it happens, God is with you, and you can handle it. Really.

8. You can’t force people to approve of you, agree with you, be impressed with you, love you or even like you. Stop trying.

9. When we compare, we are usually imagining someone else’s life falsely. So our real-life loses out. I.e. Compare and despair.

10. Even when you finally realized the right thing, or the Christian thing, to do, it can still be hard to do. Do it anyway.

11. Seven things to say frequently: I love you. Thank you. Thank you, God. Forgive me. I’m so happy for you! Why not? Yes.

12. Peace and joy come after asking God to free you — from anything that keeps you from being loving and compassionate.

 

2010 –> 2011

it’s so crazy how much happens in just one year.  As we near the beginning of 2011, I am able to look back and see how faithful God has been to me — He truly has blessed me with so much.  I started this year with the theme of “Growing Deeper Roots,” and I see how in planting my roots deep in God this past year, that my foundation in Him has grown so solid.  Just like a tree, when it is a seedling, it is easily uprooted… yet as it grows its roots even deeper, it can withstand so much more.  That’s the woman I want to be, firmly rooted in Christ… no matter what my circumstances or environment may want to do to uproot me..

now as I go into another year, I see so many transitions and positive life changes that will take place for me:  I will graduate from seminary, I will hopefully start a new career in full-time ministry (job search has now begun), and will get married !! and then hopefully get a new puppy 🙂  hehe.  I am so very excited about this upcoming year and feel so e x t r e m e l y blessed.   With so many new and exciting changes, it is all very surreal how I feel my life is now actually beginning.. as I transition into what feels like real adulthood..

I was able to go home to spend Christmas with my family, and I can just feel how different things are getting, as we all grow older and experience life’s new surprises/changes, I realize how precious time is… how quickly it passes and how much can change in a moment.  I was asked me the other day the question, “do you ever think about a moment in your life, where if you had made a different decision, how different your life would be now?” ..  and it’s really interesting to think about..how our decisions and commitments really define us..

yet in the midst of where my life is now and everything that has happened to me up to this moment, I am completely convinced that God orchestrated everything… so perfectly.. up to this moment.  I just know I’m exactly where God wants me and I see how my faith in Him has grown by reflecting back on God’s provisions, and trusting him even more for future provisions.. especially as I step into so many new territories this year.

so my prayer for you, is that you may also be able to use this new year’s.. to reflect on God’s faithfulness to you and allow that to secure and strengthen your trust in a God who never changes and is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.. For if He proved faithful to us before..He will prove faithful to us again 🙂 through the many blessings, and life changes 🙂

Pray that you have a most happy new year 🙂   May we trust that wherever we are in our own life, that God is faithful… our solid rock in which we stand 🙂