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30 April 2008

forever and ever...

(Christopher Robin) a very long time Pooh.
(Pooh): Forever isn't long at all when I'm with you!  

The few talks I heard at Hope for Eternity were amazing.  And I heard they just got better and better.  There was one in particular that a few people shared a bit on yesterday with me.  They were from Mr. Donnelly's (i believe) final sermon.  As I talked to said people, they were talking about heaven and what we would think of each other there and what Mr. Donnelly was saying about it.  Talking about this caused me to think this thought (which even though I've totally thought along this exact thought before, I was completely overjoyed to think about it again and in a deeper way):  
My friendships with my fellow Christians now will never end.  Even when one of us dies, it's not over.  We won't see each other for a bit, but soon enough we shall all be in heaven and then we'll never leave again and just be friends, forever.  We shall be worshipping God, forever.  We will be in this perfect and utter happiness that I'm pretty sure we won't have known before.  And it will last, forever.  

This seriously makes my heart ache with happy thoughts.    

Oh yes, it shall be grand.   

23 April 2008

I can just see me saying this to the driving instructor...

"The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention." 

20 April 2008

deep waters: you can either sink or swim.

“I am come into deep waters” took on new meaning this morning. It started with perplexing matters concerning the future. Then it dawned that shallow waters were a place where you can neither sink nor swim, but in deep waters it is one or the other: “Waters to swim in”—not to float in. Swimming is the intense, most strenuous form of motion—all of you is involved in it—and every inch of you is in abandonment of rest upon the water that bears you up. [an excerpt from the Desiring God blog which had this excerpt from A Blossom in the Desert by Lilias Trotter]

After reading this post, the concept of when in deep water you must either sink or swim, the whole bit on shallow waters, how swimming is so strenuous, and how this analogy applies to so many things has been in my thoughts a lot.  I won't give you the whole spheal about what I've been thinking, I'd just be paraphrasing what you've already read. ;^) And I think Lilias Trotter says it too well for me to say it any different.  

13 April 2008

Matthew 10:42

check it out:

1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s 1 in 6 people alive today.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation causes 80% of all sickness and disease, and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. (source)
Jesus said, “Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matt. 10:42). These folks don’t have clean water, much less cold water.
What can we do? Going overseas and personally handing out cups of clean water is not practical for most of us. It’s also not very efficient compared with digging wells and teaching sanitation and ecological techniques. But one thing we can all do is give a $20 bottle of charity:
Charity:water is a non-profit initiative bringing clean water and basic sanitation into impoverished communities. Since [Charity:water] was founded and began activity in August 2006, we have funded the construction of more than 250 wells that, when completed, will provide clean drinking water to 150,000 people.
A $20 bottle of charity water can give a person in Africa clean, safe drinking water for 20 years. 100% goes to direct project costs.
That’s certainly worth $20 to me.

-Desiring God Blog Post by Josh Sowin on March 24, 2008

08 April 2008

"just a day, just an ordinary day..."

  • singing loudly all day (don't ask the neighbor's opinion!)...
  • standing in the sun hanging clothes on the line...
  • dancing madly around the house...
  • vacuuming the house (maybe the neighbors didn't hear me over the contraption :^D)...
  • talking to several dear friends...
  • eating day-old pizza...
  • washing a very muddy dog...
  • apologizing and being forgiven...
  • catching up on FB...
  • listening to "Gone" about 18 times...
  • trying to "keep the green button on continuously"...
  • making my bed at 1:19 AM with sun-dried and wind-blown sheets...
  • a complete change of heart...

I think my Monday was a success.

Quote of the Day
The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.
—John Piper

05 April 2008

Sons of Korah Psalm 117

"Praise the LORD, all nations;

Laud Him, all peoples!

For His lovingkindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the LORD is everlasting.

Praise the LORD! "


04 April 2008

Joy happened...

...and it was glorious.
i seriously cannot even explain.
but, there was a witness to this spectacular event,
one who sang with me all of Psalm 136 at the top of our lungs tho i was out of breath and shaking so.
who let me run crazily and laugh and cry and joined in with me.
who gave some pretty fierce hugs and who knew exactly what i meant.
who prayed earnestly in front of a heater and behind a projector.  
Joy inexpressible so happened.
oh man, i don't even know what to say...

but RYa, i guess you at least shall understand what went on rather wonderfully in the sanctuary so all is well.  :^)

1 Peter 1:8&9, "and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and thought you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls."  

01 April 2008

finding joy

Abby and I have been talking about finding more joy in the Lord more throughout our day recently while we've been working through 1st Peter. Here is something she brought to ponder:

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit." Psalm 51:12

True, pure joy. Isn't it grand?