Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seeing is believing right?

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Wrong!

First of all, simply seeing something does not make it real. For example, if I were to show you a 'slide of hand' trick right now, doesn't mean that I actually made anything disappear.

Secondly, one can believe in things unseen. Faith being the best example I know of. The author of Hebrews tells us that: (reference 11:1)

 'Now Faith is being sure of things Hoped for and certain of what we do not see.'

I have never looked upon God's face, but I know in every fiber of my being that He is with out a doubt the most real anything in my life.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Auto Focus

      Sometimes we (ourselves and non-believers) think that we (Christians) have God on auto focus. We assume that since we are believers that we automatically focus on God or see where and how God fits into any given situation(s).

      Well we don't have an auto focus button, that is not something we were equipped with. In reality God is a little more like one of those 'Magic Eye' pictures. The ones that while merely glancing at the 'big picture' it does not really look to have a purpose. Not saying that God doesn't have a purpose, but if we are not truly focusing on God then we can't really see Him.

     The more focus you have looking at a 'Magic Eye' picture the more of an actual picture you can see. Same with God, the more focus you have on God, and God's Kingdom the more we can see God in each and every facet of our lives. When we fix our eye upon God with enough focus you can see just how much God truly loves each and every single one of us!

Hebrews 12:2
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our Faith, who for the Joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


(http://www.magiceye.com/) (btw if you click on the picture it will open up bigger.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

'I WILL RISE'

"I Will Rise"



There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise


There's a day that's drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise


And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of
every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

By: Chris Tomlin

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Okay... Bye!

By reading my past posts you may have noticed that I have faced some disagreeable moments. Those moments were due to the actions of one. I will not go into details or name anyone. That sort of callousness does not suit me.

Although I have no problem in saying the following
1.) I no longer wish to witness a deplorable 'sense of humor'.

2.) Nor do I want to witness miserable excuses about how everyone but yourself is to blame for your hatred.

We all have control of our own actions. I in control of mine, and you in control of yours.

Annie Dillard is quoted by Francis Chan as saying "How we live our days is ... how we live our lives."

I am not proud of all of my days, but that is how we learn and grow. I can honestly say (though I am not perfect by any means of the word) that I am not wholly dissatisfied with my life thus far.

With all of that said, good bye. Good bye to those who feed anger and hate but starve love and kindness.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Go suck on a lemon!

It is no mystery that there are mean spirited people who thrive on spewing unkind words. They direct their vile poison specifically or they are coy enough to hide behind sarcasm. Which is intended to hurt, not to be funny.

My response would be:

Go suck on a lemon!

That way you have a reason to spit out something so sour.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I can do anything you can do better...

It is a sad moment when you realize just how many people thrive on hate.

The sadder moment is when you realize how much hate you yourself are willing to show.

Picture taken from http://poietes.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/whatever-you-are-be-a-good-one-abraham-lincoln/the-road-less-traveled/

We all can often times think of new and pettier things to do to those who we feel have hurt us. Some choose to act on those thoughts. Some choose not to. I also find myself in moments such as these. From time to time I choose to take the easier road, and act just as ugly and petty as others. When faced with such times a question we can ask ourselves is this, 'Would I by,     (insert action here)        glorify God?' If the answer is, 'No.' why waste our time and efforts on said action? Better option would be to take the road less traveled and use our time and efforts for God's glory! Not only would we be glorifying to God, but in turn we will be enhancing our relationship with God. Then we can enhance our relationship with others. I think this time I will be choosing God's road. It may be narrow and less traveled but at least I will not be traveling alone.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Unknown

At the beginning of each year most people find themselves wondering what the new year will bring. Will they find success. Will something tragic happen. Will they keep their new years resolutions. Or could it be just another year.

I find myself wanting to say so much, but not really sure what it is I want to say. I want to make this year profound. I want 'it' to mean something. Not just to me, but to all I share my days with. I wish I could blog everyday with something new and amazing to give to those who may or may not read this. I want to leave some kind of significant mark.

In the past 40 days or so I have said goodbye to three people. The first was someone I hadn't really spoken to in about 15 years, and at that I don't think I could say that Trevor was more than someone I knew from gradeschool. Still yet, I find myself thinking about him and what kinda of signigicant mark he left. For a fairly small community to loose someone so young, leaves a lasting impression. His mark, whatever that may look like has been left. The second would be my dad's Aunt Betty. I remember her being sweet at all times. She was older, and lived a long and full life. Family and friends will remember her for her kind and loving heart. She left her mark. The third and most recent being (another of my dad's aunts) Edith. I type this section with a heavy heart. She was a wonderful lady. Always ready to accept anyone into the family. When my own grandmother (her sister) passed in 1998, her and another Aunt did all they could to take the place of their sister. Plenty of laughs and memories to look back on. She too left her mark.

I can not say with certainty what all my future has in store. Or what kind of mark I will make for myself. However, I do know that the best way to predict the future is to create it, and that we live our lives the way we live our days.

John M. Richardson Jr is quoted as saying, "When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: Those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened."

I know which type I want to be. Do you?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Settling in.

Well I took the previously mentioned step. Although it has been slow going, I feel like I might be starting to settle in. I am now a loan coordinator, instead of a teller. There already has been some challenges. Going from something one knows fairly well to something unknown can be and often times is quite overwhelming. This is only the start though and there is much to be learned. Which means a lot more obstacles to overcome. So, I am far from really being settled into this new job. But I feel very confidant in my Lord carrying me through it all! God works in some pretty amazing ways, as I am not the only one in my life going through this type of transition. Which means we get to share in the stress and joys together.



 Along with changes at work (with this being the new year and all) I want to make some other change in my life.

One; becoming free of debt.  I don't want to waste one second of my life worrying about money. I understand things in life happen from time to time, but why choose to sit back and not plan for the future?

The second; is to be  better about sending
birthday cards. This one might seem kinda silly, but I want to make sure the people in my life know that they are important to me.


The third being; more healthy. I'm not going to say I will loose weight or diet. However, I would like to be able to say I do what I can to stay healthy.


 All of that being said, most importantly I want God to be at the center of my life at all times. Its always good to have goals, and to achieve those goals; but what's the use in attaining anything if God is not your ultimate focus? Thus far I can not think of one single moment in my life or anything I have ever done that was worth doing when God wasn't at the fore front.