Thursday, October 20, 2011
1. Watched Nightmare on Elm Street.
2. Eaten sushi.
3. Watched Friday the 13th.
4. Been to Vegas.
5. Flown longer than 2 hours in an airplane.
6. Played Basketball.
7. Been pregnant.
8. Gone 72 hour without caffeine/carbonated beverage.
9. Not fallen asleep while in a moving vehicle for more than 1 hour.
10. Had a tattoo.
11. Traveled past the Atlantic Ocean.
12. Skinny dipped.
13. Comprehended the game Clue.
14. Kept nail polish on my nails for longer than 23 hours.
15. Kept a plant alive.
16. Been arrested.
17. Read or seen Harry Potter(s).
18. Used what I learned in Graduate level Statistics.
19. Learned a foreign language.
20. Gone to the movies alone.
21. Ran. You know. Like really RAN.
22. Not owned a cat.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Indeed, we live in troubled & difficult times. As Christians, we're tested every. single. day. Lord knows I am (He really does!). As what I consider a 'novice' Christian, I always have questions. Always.
But even during the darkest times, the times when we think there is nothing else that could go wrong, be wrong, or hurt us... God is there to protect us. He is there to protect us today, tomorrow, and always. For eternity. If you allow yourself to think about that word, the magnitude of it... it can be a little overwhelming. But that is what our faith is all about. It's about the unfathomable. It's about the things we can't see. It's about believing in something so much bigger than ourselves. It's about understanding that God has a plan for us, even if we can't comprehend what plan that may be.
As I read a daily devotional my husband bought me many years ago, this is the scripture for day one. It asks if I am a woman of faith. It asks if I'm the kind of woman who embraces God's love even when I can't understand His plan. Am I? Do I? It asks if I've allowed God's only begotten Son to reign over my heart and life. And then it simply reminds me that the Creator of the universe stands ready, willing, and able to solve EVERY. SINGLE. one of my problems.... wow. Maybe I can rest a little easier tonight? I kid, but seriously, it's something that you must truly believe and remind yourself of every day. And then, only then can it start to seep into every aspect of your life & turn into active belief. It not so subtly reminds me that my job in all of this is to let Him.... just let Him.
Beth Moore (one of my favorite ladies of all time) is quoted on this same page and it says:
"Faith in faith is pointless. Faith in a living, active God moves mountains"
Oh so true.