Sunday, January 31, 2010

The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. ~ Tozer
You can't hurt me. [we] are joined by the bonds of love. And ... you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords.

God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us; now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him. ~ Chambers
We'll never survive.
Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has.

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. ~ Mueller
Hear this now: I will always come for you.
But how can you be sure?
This is true love.

The thing that taxes almightiness is the very thing which we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. ~ Chambers
I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
Well... you were dead.
Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"When a man fails in personal Christian experience, it is nearly always because he has never received anything. The only sign that a man is saved is that he has received something from Jesus Christ. Our part as workers for God is to open men's eyes that they may turn themselves from darkness to light; but that is not salvation, that is conversion - the effort of a roused human being. I do not think it is too sweeping to say that the majority of nominal Christians are of this order; their eyes are opened, but they have received nothing. Conversion is not regeneration. This is one of the neglected factors in our preaching today. When a man is born again, he knows that it is because he has received something as a gift from Almighty God and not because of his own decision... Salvation means that we are able to receive something from God on the authority of Jesus Christ... remission of sins."
- Chambers again. I love how he puts things! We turn to God - but God saves us! No, we can't save ourselves - but we can ask God to save us or reject His mercy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

As the tree falls, so must it lie.
As a man lives, so will he die.
As a man dies, so will he be
Through all the years of eternity.

How are you living?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I got to skiing on Friday, at the ski hill my mom always skied at, now run by her high school friends! It was really fun. I got to spend some time with some home school families up here and go skiing for the first time since last season!
Maybe it was that (my first time skiing), or maybe it really was my goggles (what I blamed it on), :) but I had some trouble seeing the snow. I felt like I was skiing blind most of the day, with no depth perception - wait a sec, I think that was a jump I just skied off!

No, it actually wasn't nearly that bad, but I did check to see if yellow tinted goggles worked better than my regular orange tinted ones. Nope, yellow just looked so odd I didn't even take that pair outside. After skiing with orange-tinted goggles for so long, it just feels weird to look at a yellow world. (Or a pink one, which I tried when I really wanted pink-tinted goggles. But it didn't look right!)

The world looks very different through different colored glasses. I got curious and checked to see how many different tints there were. Just a minute's search gave me:

I had no idea there were black or green tinted ski goggles! Each one is for a different amount of light - cloudy, sunny, dark, bright, night skiing, etc. And orange is supposed to be the best all-around... Hmmm. :D

We all see the world through our own pair of goggles. Some of us always see things with a rosy light; some of us see permanent shades of blue; some of us see the golden sunny side; others see life in brown, or even black. Sometimes we see through different goggles on different days.

But none of us can see the whole world as God sees it, without any goggles at all. He sees the truth - the whole truth, un-tinted by any bias or sin or personality or anything. We can't see it like that.

But do you know what we can do? We can ask God for clear goggles.

We won't see the entire picture spread out before us. But what we see, we can see through His eyes. We can see what is happening to us as He sees it, knowing everything He allows is for our good. We can see the opportunities around us as He sees them. We can look at the world and see people the way He sees them. We can see His presence in our lives, see Him at work in and around us.

I want clear goggles.

a LIVING sacrifice

"And Abraham built an altar... and bound Isaac his son." Genesis 22:9
"This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives. Not - I am willing to go to death with Thee, but - I am willing to be identified with Thy death so that I may sacrifice my life to God. We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this blunder, and the same disicipline goes on in our lives. God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having -viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bands that hinder the life, and immediately those bands are loosened by identification with the death of Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God whereby we can sacrifice our lives to Him. It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a "living sacrifice," to let Him have all your powers that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus. This is the thing that is acceptable to God."
~Oswald Chambers

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I read Rilla of Ingleside again last week...
and cried again.
Few books can make me cry - even fewer can make me cry twice.

But thinking of all those who have died for what they believe in... Those who have given their all that others might live... Those who are fighting overseas now, in a crazy kind of war where you never know when a random person might turn out to be a suicide bomber... I cried.

Then I wondered, why do I love this book and what makes me re-read it?
Besides Rilla's "Yeth", I think it is Walter.

The reason we love the stories of those who die for others, who sacrifice themselves that those they love might have peace, is because they are a picture of that Other, who died that we might have eternal peace.

Jesus Christ died so that we could still have goodness, beauty, and right. That evil would not triumph over them.
He loves us. He did not want us to be separated from Him, and He is Goodness, Beauty, and Righteousness.
Because of His sacrifice, we can have those things.
He died so that we might live - with Him.
Evil cannot triumph.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying, “Who will go for us?” The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition., “Many are call but few are chosen,” that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time, “Who will go for us?” It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, “Now, you go.” God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overhead the call and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom, “Here am I, send me.” Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings. When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside. The quiet passionate insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men with ever power wide awake. If we let the Spirit of God bring us face-to-face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, “Here am I; send me.” ~Oswald Chambers.
Wow. Before I say "That's not my calling" again, I guess I'd better stop and make sure I was listening!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Life is Good.

Everyone has seen those shirts, cups, hats, etc, with the words Life Is Good on them, right?

I used to say, no, life stinks, God is Good. Bad things happen, stuff goes wrong, our lives all have problems.

But then I realized...

Christ, who is our life.
The LORD is the strength of my life.
That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life.
And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

The Word Made Flesh is Life Manifest. He said, "I am the Life... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

When HE is our life, those other things don't matter.

Know what?

Sunday, January 10, 2010




Anybody want to argue? :)

I saw my horse, Rio, yesterday, and was reminded of this rather indisputable fact. It's not a fatal disease, you don't need the vet, it's easily treatable. But it is necesary to put medicine underneath the scabs. Not fun. It hurts. But you can't just leave it, because it's unhealthy. And, unfortunately, my horse disliked having the rain rot taken off so much that she became quite kick-y. If I rub my hands along her back, she kicks. The strange thing is, she usally kicks her other leg. She's never kicked me, but gotten herself several times. The rain rot itself doesn't seem to bother her - but getting it cured does.

Which made me think of Job. I don't think he really realized that he was sinful - until God peeled off some scabs. It hurt. And he started kicking himself, justifying himself rather than God. He had no consolation, because he did not trust God. He didn't ask God for comfort; he asked for the justification for the pain he was being caused. The more he justified himself, the more convinced he became that God was not being nice to him.

Sometimes life is painful. We can make it that way ourselves (like Rio cutting her leg last year by kicking through a fence), or simply because it's life (like her getting rain rot because it was wet and rainy and I was gone for 2 months). And sometimes those things that happen through no fault of our own, even when they are not major disastors, are the most annoying. The more we kick against them, though, the more it hurts and the longer it takes for God to cure us, teach us, and get us through.

Because, just like the only reason I would go do something as fun as take rain rot off the back of a shaggy little mare is because I care about her, God does not allow pain into our lives except because He loves us.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

For nearly half a century, I have anxiously and critically studied the Bible and I still scarcely ever take it up that I do not find something new. Were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive both to the wise and the ignorant. Were you to ask me for one book affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the enquiring mind, I would still say the Bible. And should you ask again about the best philosophy, or the most interesting history, I would still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the alpha and omega of knowledge.
~ U.S. Congressman from New Jersey Elias Boudinot

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Last week I got to see a very close friend whom I had not seen for months and months. We had been e-mailing back and forth a lot - I have like 132 e-mails from her in my inbox right now... but we hadn't talked on the phone or seen each other in ages. Yet when I got to her house, it was back like when we had seen each other every week! We talked the entire afternoon until I had to leave. And it was so much fun to actually see her in person, talk about a million different subjects, and open the long-waiting presents we had gotten to give each other! :)

Afterwards I was thinking over how much I had enjoyed it - and suddenly I thought how much more! If it is this wonderful to see a friend after a few months of only e-mail... What will it be like to see Christ Himself?! After years of only prayer and His Word, to see Him face to face will be so incredible I can't imagine it. Can you picture the joy of that meeting? How quickly eternity will pass when we see Him as He is!
How wonderful to think that "When we've been there ten thousand years... bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise... then when we've first begun." And to picture: "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them! Revelations 7:15

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12

Drawing Comparisons

I've been thinking. (dangerous words, I know) But-
You know how Jesus taught through everyday objects?

etc. etc. etc.

And I want to be able to point people to God with what we see or hear around us, what we are talking about, what is relevant to them. Not
Um... Hey. So, like, I was wondering. When was last time you went to church?

Not going to work.

And it's not like I would say that anyway. But I usually can't think of what I should say. Which usually means I say nothing.

Not going to work either.

My thoughts have led me (along with the help of my school consultant) :) to this:

I am going to start practicing drawing comparisons between the natural world and the spiritual world. And I'm posting this because I never seem to actually try it. I forget. So please, if I do not post one (for lack of a better word I'm calling them similes) a week, feel free to scold me! They'll probably be different all the time, but they will be labeled simile below. =) Hopefully they will improve as I practice them! And comments will be very welcome! ;)


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