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A Memorization Schedule

These next 16 weeks of university are going to some of the most insane and wickedly busy weeks I shall live through. The final semester of nursing school and information and tests are swirling around your head. I find I can get lost and become tightly wound. To counteract all the hubbub I have determined to memorize Psalm 104, approximately 2 verses a week.

I have a desire to remember that no matter what I am learning, no matter where my life leads, I want to keep my focus on the Lord and keep Him as my center point. Without Him none of what I am undertaking means anything.

Last week I began with the first three verses of the Psalm:

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: Who maketh the clouds His chariot: Who walketh upon the wings of the wind.

Whilst memorizing these verses I find that the phrase, “Bless the Lord, O my soul. O God, thou art very great,” will go round my head at random times. What does it mean to bless the Lord? And that directed toward my soul. The Lord is MY God and He is very great. This lends to it a sensation of awe. He is all-powerful. He is incomprehensible. There are no words to measure the greatness He exudes. For me this gives me another way to comprehend how I bless the Lord with my soul. To “bless,” means to glorify…..to extol as holy. God is the embodiment of all that is holy and worthy of glory. When I bless Him, I am glorifying Him with my entire being – Mind……Soul……Body……Spirit……everything that makes up me. He is my Creator and He is the Lord of my life. Why would I not take time to worship and honour Him?

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An Unfinished Poem

I began this poem a few years back and recently discovered it stuck in an old school notebook. I am wary to finish it as at the time I was quite into the story I had imagined……it is tempting to leave it as is and let the reader’s own whimsies carry them away with what they think might come to pass and how the child’s story ends.

 

Smoke swelled from the stacks.

Motors ran quite loud.

The hands of the workers,

Deft and quick,

Separated fibres that were apt to stick.

Colours flew by in a whirl.

Greys, browns, and blacks;

First going forward, then retracing their tracks.

After ( note to self: look up how many minutes),

Released from their ties,

The finished product was ready to buy.

 

The shelf was decked for Christmas cheer

With little children gazing near.

One boy in particular longingly stared

At the mannequin head prepared with care.

To him the cap looked cozy and warm

And he fingered the place where his pocket was torn.

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A Letter to my Younger Self

Dear You. 

What you imagine for yourself and your life is grand. Keep up the dreams. You must learn to realize that even though you are told it isn’t possible and that they are pipe dreams, those are lies. Anything you desire to do you can fight for and work hard to achieve. You have to want it. You have to want it with all your soul, mind and body. Everything that makes you who you are must be geared toward this ‘impossible’ dream in order for you to attain it. Nobody can stop you but yourself. And at times the government. However, prejudices and stereotypes can be overcome. Be the exception to the rule. Do not give up. Do not stop learning. If you ever come to a point in your life where you think you have learned everything, ask more ‘why’ questions…….reach for learning experiences in as many areas as you can. Learn to do what the world may consider ‘minimal’ tasks……you will learn to respect those who take on those responsibilities and be a well-rounded person. Be kind……be generous……be gracious. We are on this earth to support each other as we all seek to attain our dreams. Your dreams are coming true. It may seem like a long time coming, but I promise you……….they are.

Keep your chin up………..and never forget how beautiful you are when you smile.

All my love and support,

Me 

 

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Fight Like a Girl – The First Chapters

A couple friends and I have challenged each other to read books that will focus on God and our relationship with Him. We share sporadically and read different books, but it has been a marvelous incentive and I am enjoying what I have been learning.

The book that I began last week is titled Fight Like a Girl by Lisa Bevere. It covers the reclaiming of womanhood. Feminism may have its place when it comes to certain aspects, however God designed us male and female and we are not meant to be exactly the same. In today’s world, women are so busy trying to fill the man’s role and in addition do what is expected of them. We may very well be able to do everything (after all multi-tasking is one of a woman’s blessings), but why should we? Why do we try and take away from the man what God has ordained for him? Throwing in some quotes from Lisa, “We all lose when we take from others what was not theirs to give.” God has given each of us a purpose and we should focus on what He wants us to do with that. We should not be going after His purpose for us and also the purpose of the person next to us. And vice versa, “The man’s position is not up for grabs, just as it is not his to give away. The woman’s place is not the man’s for the taking, nor is it hers to forfeit. The two must stand together in their respective roles. What we have been given to guard, we should never yield to another.” And the roles are side-by-side……..women are not doormats.

The phrase ‘You fight like a girl,’ has a negative connotation to us. We want to be as rough and tough as the boys. We should feel complimented when we are told we fight like a girl, because we are girls/women. God designed us to fight like girls. Let me list a few Biblical examples of women who ‘fought like girls’: Jael, Abigail, Rahab, Esther, Ruth, Mary, etc. Claim it.

One last point to this babbling of thoughts. Women are not a problem. Men and women both think this at times. No. We are an answer. We were created as an answer. “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him (Gen. 2:18).  Adam needed help. Eve was his answer. Answers or solutions don’t have to fight to make their presence known when they come on the scene.”

There is more I would like to think/write about whilst I read through this book, so this topic isn’t finished. Let me know your thoughts.

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An Oswald Chambers Moment

Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . . —1 Corinthians 1:17

“Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see John12:32). It is an injustice to say that Jesus Christ labored in redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God. The fact that we can experience redemption illustrates the power of its reality, but that experience is a byproduct and not the goal of redemption. If God were human, how sick and tired He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation and for our sanctification. We burden His energies from morning till night asking for things for ourselves or for something from which we want to be delivered! When we finally touch the underlying foundation of the reality of the gospel of God, we will never bother Him anymore with little personal complaints.

The one passion of Paul’s life was to proclaim the gospel of God. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment, and tribulation for only one reason— these things kept him unmovable in his devotion to the gospel of God.”

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I Do and Then I Didn’t……..and Then I Do Again?

Divorce and Remarriage

This has been a common topic for me in the last year, both with Non-Christians and Christians alike, divorced and married. Granted, there are many different view points and beliefs out there, but the above link is to a message given by a gentleman who has managed to take all the thoughts I have had mulling in my brain and help me to organize them. You should never take anything anyone says as the truth but always prove it against God’s Word.

Whilst there are some comments made by David Pawson that I don’t necessarily agree with, I do believe that his explanation of God’s view of divorce and remarriage has been one of the most spot on that I have heard of late……..and makes the most sense to me as well as being very convicting.

Watch it and let me know what you think 🙂

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For the Love of Shakespeare

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,

So do our minutes hasten to their end;

Each changing place with that which goes before,

In sequent toil all forwards do contend.

Nativity, once in the main of light,

Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crowned,

Crook-ed eclipses ‘gainst his glory fight,

And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.

Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,

And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,

Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,

And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow.

And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,

Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

Sonnet 60

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