Sunday, October 14, 2007

disturb us...

Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

~Prayer of Sir Francis Drake
[thanks susz]

Thursday, September 27, 2007

wait

psalm 62:5
"my soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him."

waiting. that's a big one. this verse really grabbed me and threw me down on the ground. first of all, there's the waiting part. what does that really mean? do we pray and ask God for some higher-than-us thing and then EXPECT His answer right away? in all probability, that's exactly what happens. we are perfectly content to wait, as long as the waiting doesn't extent past the number of alloted days we have marked off on our calendar. now for the "only" part. we humans are notorious for always wanting something we don't have. i have discovered that when we look to something other than God, we always come up empty handed. always. sure, we might be happy and content for awhile, but our hearts soon turn to the next desire and then the next. it's hard to imagine truly being happy with God only, yet that's exactly what He calls us to strive for. He knows that He is enough for us, but we just can't seem to grasp it. ok, let's go back to the silence thing. yeah, you knew it was coming. why is it that we cannot seem to be silent when God is trying desperately to speak to us? waiting in silence means waiting with a trusting heart, not constantly questioning why He hasn't answered us. waiting in silence means waiting for His revelation and truth. in this "gotta have it now" world, we have really lost sight of the sweetness that accompanies the journey of waiting. it's in the silence of waiting that our Father often reveals His beautiful heart most clearly.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

wow

My life is like a canvas
And on most days I do my best
To fill it in with my mess
Til' Your image can't be seen
How I love self-centered sketches
Painting my ways to the edges
But I think what I like best is
How it looks so much like me
No more now
I'm laying my colors down
Til my picture fades away

I am coming clean
I am offering
Every space in me for You to fill
And I am coming clean
I am promising
If You'll write on me Your perfect will
Then I'll be a blank page

maybe my life's like a story
That was written for Your glory
But I guess I found that boring
So I took Your pen in hand
And I scribbled You a bit part
And I made myself the big star
But replacing You proves too hard
Guess I don't know how it ends
No more now
I'm laying my best plans down
My story fades away

Make Your masterpiece
Out of each day in me
I beg You, beg you
Where my plans have laid
Come while Your better ways
I beg You, beg You
Lord I need You

[shaun groves- blank page]

Thursday, July 19, 2007

think about it

i once was lost, but now i'm found.

Friday, June 22, 2007

the wall

last night i watched a documentary about the myth of the separation of church and state. i am going to explore this subject further, but here are some things that stuck out to me. first of all, this establishment clause which has been so widely misinterpreted- those who would purport that the government should not establish a religion are contradicting themselves, for in that very moment they themselves are establishing a religion- the religion of secularism! there can be no neutrality in this issue. you are either on God's side or not. God is either truth or He's not. bottom line. so many people have conveniently forgotten the original intent of the framers of the Constitution. they were coming from an oppressive British king who wanted to force them to attend his government's church. this is what they were trying to escape by coming to America. this is NOT the same thing as keeping the government and religion separate. the establishment clause simply states that Congress should make no law concerning the ESTABLISHMENT of religion.

1930-1941, Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948) the Court's Chief Justice for eleven years said "We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is."
how true...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

well, we got back from FL sunday night. it was a good little trip, but we both wish it had been longer. i posted a few pictures on the photoblog-- more to come. :)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Psalm 139:13
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.


Your God is SO in love with YOU!
be blessed -k

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