Friday, June 26, 2009

06/26/09 - It's always right...

...to do the right thing!

I heard this often: It's always right to do the right thing.

No matter what others do, you do the right thing. No matter how someone hurts you, it's up to you to do the right thing.

This has always been a motto of my life...it's not always easy, but when you can have a clear conscience before God and man...that my friend is pure peace!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

06/24/09 - Waiting

We all have to wait! Wait to graduate high school, wait to get married, wait for babies, wait...wait...wait!

We sang "Everlasting God" on Sunday and it's been on my mind all week!

Enjoy this video as you wait upon the Lord!

Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin

Monday, June 22, 2009

06/22/09 - Leaglism

I was reading a friends' blog about the freedom's we experience in Christ. Christ came so we'd be free.

After reading her blog I posted this comment:"Being free in Christ can look sinful to those looking with legalistic glasses on!"

I don't believe that we flaunt our freedom, but have you ever looked at something someone was doing and been judgemental. I have! It's easy to think our way is the right way, but how do we know that God not granted that person freedom in that area.

I firmly believe that we are not to give the appearance of evil in anything we do or say. However there are those areas that we can each be called to a different levels. We are called to extend grace to each other.

A couple can be out one on one and totally maintaining emotional purity with each other (although I would not suggest you spend tons of one on one time because it can be easy to cross lines that don't need to be crossed).

Then there can be another couple out in a big group of people who are not guarding their hearts.

It's not the form of what someone is doing, but it's the spirit. If someone has the spirit of purity, their lives will follow what their heart believes.

I don't believe in a list of rules for people when it comes to courtship or dating, yet when people have a desire to remain pure their actions will follow. It happens with any area of our life.

Monday, June 15, 2009

06/15/09 - Psalms

Yesterday, in my cover to cover reading of the bible, I started the Psalms.

Psalms 1 has to be one of my favorite Psalms. It's just a great way to start this wonderful book of the bible.

Psalms 1:1-2:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and nights.

Do you see the progression of sin here?

First, he doesn't walk in the advice of the wicked.
Second. he doesn't stand in the way of sinners.
Finally, he doesn't sit with scoffers.

Walk, stand, and sit!

With sin you may just walk past, see what's going on. But then it may peak your interest enough to stand and watch. Finally, it can grab your attention enough to sit down.

We have to be on guard of sins trap and how do we do that? We take pure joy in knowing, reading, and meditating on God's Word!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

06/09/09 - Your Kids

If you're in your late teens, yearly twenties, you may not be thinking about your kids but, chances are most of you reading this will become a parent some day.

My dad always used to say, "If, down the road, you want a good relationship with your own kids, make sure you only do things you're willing to share with them." In other words, if I decided to make poor choices, then I should be willing to tell my own kids my mistakes.

I thought of this often in my late teens and early twenties. I'd think, "Do I, someday, want to sit my own children down and look them in the eyes and tell them some of the things I did?"

I am so thankful that my own parents weren't afraid of sharing their mistakes with me. It made them human, it made them real, it made them accessible. It also made me very aware of how their transparency devolved a deep, meaningful relationship with them, the kind I want with my own kids.

So if you desire to have a good relationship with your own kids some day, make sure the things you do now, you'd be willing to share with them someday.

Monday, June 8, 2009

06/08/09 - College Bound

Many of you are starting a new season of your life! You've just graduated high school and now you're looking forward to this new time of your life.

What an amazing time of life! It all goes by so fast! (I realized this weekend that I've been out of high school for 17 years and it has flown by!)

Yesterday at our church all the high school grads were called forward to receive special recognition. When they stood up there I began to think of all the worldly pulls they are going to feel if they go to college.

The winds of the world are so strong. They want to pull you off the path, away from God. Satan can be subtle, he can use seemly innocent things to begin to shift your focus.

Just a small shift in focus will, down the road, lead to a large gap between you and God.

If you are one of the many who have just graduated high school and are looking forward to college, my only piece of advice is be very aware of who your friends are. Find a group (Campus Crusade, Intervarsity) of companions that will help you stay focused as the winds pull you away from the Lord.

There are 100's of choices you will make in the next few years that will radically alter your life path. Keep your future in mind and not look to satisfy just the here and now.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

06/04/09 - Married Women

Okay married women this one is for you!

My heart is growing weary hearing story after story of married women who have found themselves emotionally attached to a man on the Internet. These are Christian moms and wives, who find themselves in emotional distant marriages looking for support on line and they turn to the wrong place!

Ladies, when we vow to our husbands to remain faithful, it doesn't just mean physically. Our whole heart and our whole bodies belong to him all the days of our life. This is the commitment we enter into when we marry!

When we start looking for emotional support outside of our husbands (I don't mean the type of support you receive from girlfriends, but emotional support for another man) we are cheating on our husbands.

Am I saying that all marriages are the perfect place to foster emotional closeness, of course not. I know some of you are struggling with husbands who don't talk, they bury themselves with work, the TV or Wii is their nightly companion, and he seems to do nothing to keep your emotional tank full. None of his behaviors are an excuse to look outside of him for emotional support.

Do I have all the answers on how to repair years of emotional distance in your marriage? Not really, but what I do know is that looking outside of marriage or the vows you spoke to be emotional satisfied is against God's perfect plan for marriage.

Monday, June 1, 2009

06/01/09 - Cutting Corners

Are you a "corner cutter"? Always looking for the easiest path, the short cut, the way that would require the least amount of energy?

How do you think reflects to a watching world?

I believe when we go the extra mile, finish what we start, complete a task to the best of our ability, it reflects God's grace, love, and joy in our life.