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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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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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Past Musings – The Point of Marriage

Whilst in Mexico, some friends and I had lovely conversations. One brought up (or made me think of) something I had written about four years ago and had penned in my journal. Thought I would share it here. Side note: I tend to ramble and it is most apparent that it wasn’t edited……also it is interesting for me to read years later and see what points I still hold to, things I would tweak and things I smile at and think, “Precious.”

 

“For some time now I have been wanting to write down my thoughts of marriage. Just for myself since my Comp Two teacher spiked my interest as to what is the point of marriage. He challenged us to think (ponder) on it. However we could not base any of our convictions or ideas that we brought before the class on the Bible or any ‘religious’ reasons. Although it is possible to come up with or find to the point quotes about what marriage is, the more we discussed it and I contemplated it, there is absolutely no point to getting married unless God is the center point. It is possible to come up with arguments against any statement that is made. When entering into marriage we have so many expectations not only of the one we are marrying but also of the whole institution. We imagine (or at least some do) how it will be, how we will re-act in not only ‘happy days/times’ but also the tempests that come. And of course we always act just like a model wife/husband. I believe it is therefore necessary to take a step back, see realistically how we already handle situations, realizing that if there is something flawed in our character, this must be acknowledged now and worked on as marriage will not solve these problems. Expectations arise from how we view people and how we think they should be. This should not be and I believe they are detrimental as we should not be looking at the person first, but our eyes should be concentrated first and foremost on God. He is our True Love and without Him in the center, the marriage will not flourish. In German the word ‘marriage’ is ‘Ehe.’ There is a short diagram that some Christians use with this word:

Einer (masc. one)    Herr (Lord)    Eine (fem. one)

The Lord is in the middle.

I definitely do not claim to be an expert by any means on this obviously, but it is good to really understand what this topic is about. It doesn’t end with flowers, bridesmaids and cake. It is just the beginning.

Marriage was created by God as a union between a man and a woman, therefore how can we think of leaving Him out of it? Man is the head of the family. This doesn’t mean he is a tyrannical ruler and the woman the quiet servant. God created the woman as a ‘helpmeet’ to the man and ladies even if that may be contrary to the idea of an independent womanhood, this is one of our main tasks. And a very honourable one. I believe marriage is a team effort. The wife should be able to state her opinion, warn if needed and yes, even disagree with her husband. However an end decision is left with the man. Granted the woman makes decisions too, that should be elementary, but the point is that the man is the head of the household. It is not degrading to the woman. It is not anything that puts women on a lower status than men. It is a matter of order. (This is all very easy for me to say, I am still single, but this is how I ‘expect it to be and how I hope I would be.)

Marriage is more than just two people loving each other but also about liking each other and witnessing and sharing someone’s life with them. So the point of marriage? Life isn’t about marriage and family. Life is about a person, you and me, and their relationship with God. Marriage is a gift from God, a mile point in our lives, if God wills it. It is sharing the path of life with a special person towards our ultimate goal, everlasting life with God, our true Husband. That is the point.”

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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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More Changes……

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”

Bruce Barton

I have had a marvelous past few days……I feel like myself again after what seems to have been a long time of……not.

With this new realization of myself comes new thoughts and actions. Things that were hazy or I was unwilling to acknowledge have, in what seems to be a moment, become clearer and given me decisive measures that I need to take. Not to take for granted, but all this joy and peace I am feeling I know is due to the Lord. Nothing of my own producing. Goodness knows, He has brought me through many learning experiences of late and even through my humanness has taught me and upheld me through it all.

Isn’t it grand to know that no matter what He is always there? That he waits patiently for us as the father that waited for his prodigal son and welcomes us with open arms and love…….everlasting love.

Change may not always be pleasant and definitely not always easy, but it is essential in some instances. And I do believe my heart and mind have finally realized what actions I must take. (Yes, I will be back saying the same thing in a few months…..it can’t be helped. I am ever learning and at times, sadly, re-learning the lessons that God wants me to learn.)

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Marilyn Monroe

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“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Ever find yourself in a quandary where you were positive that your choices in life were taking you where you were suppose to go, only to be jilted in one or multiple fell swoops? No matter my best efforts it seems that I am going in circles.

The last four years I have been of the mind that I knew God’s will for my life. That my ‘dreams’ and ‘desires’ were coming true.  They haven’t changed, and yet it almost looks as if they may need to be put on hold. I struggle with this as the flesh in me wants to view it as failure, but maybe God has something better in store for me…..His plan is, after all, perfect.

“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.” G.K. Chesterton. (I have a thing for his tidbits of wisdom.)

I am in that valley. Life is amazing to me, but at the same time bits of it are rather ominous. Though G.K. says, “you see small things from the peak,” you also see the entire picture. I am curious as to what the masterpiece of what I am going through at the moment looks like. However right now I must focus on making it up the mountain out of the valley. Keeping my eyes ever towards Him who is the Author of my life.

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Time to Change

It was a fanciful dream. These last couple months have been Van Gogh distractions. Up close I was lost in the swirls of joy and excitement that encased me. Now, stepping back, I can see the picture more clearly and can identify the objects that are well distinguished.

I have allowed my priorities to get mixed up.  Those most important to me were placed below the momentarily more attractive ones. To be more specific, God and my social life.

  • Regular Priority list:  God, School, Social life
  • Muddled Priority list: Social life, School, God
I do not regret my choices these past weeks. God has shown me many times His overwhelming mercy, grace and love. Along with this, He has taught me and chastened me in ways that I needed to learn and grow in Him.
My desire is to grow closer and closer to Him.
“But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                               1 Corinthians 11:32

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