Archive for March, 2010
This Sunday with my 5th and 6th graders I’d like to teach them about the battle that happened during the 3 days while Jesus was dead. I need to do some research, but I’d like to explore why Jesus was dead for 3 days. I know it was prophesied in the old testament and Jesus mentioned the destruction of the temple and it’s rebuilding in 3 days… but why 3 days? The number of perfection? Is there a tie there to the Trinity? What are your thoughts?
I often find myself crying when I watch a movie where people are hurting or happy. I used to wonder why I could feel so much, but I don’t worry about that much anymore. When I see a story where a mother has lost a child on tv, I know that it’s just a movie, but I cry for those mother’s who have actually lost a child, or a daughter that was raped, or a for a boy who’s parents divorced. My heart swells up inside my chest like a balloon and I’m transported to a moment of clarity, or reality so intense that I cannot hold back the boiling flood of emotions that is always simmering just below the surface.
I get emotional when I see some great act of kindness or integrity or honor. I find myself weeping with joy when I see a soldier reunited with his family or a father reunited with his son.
I’m no longer ashamed of my emotion or my capacity to feel or love or understand. It may appear a weakness to some, but I believe it is my greatest strength. We love Christ because he first loved us and so when we emulate Christ we love others and then in return we are loved.
Lately I’ve been shown love in such great capacity that I cannot help but see that people love me because of Christ and hopefully because I showed them how much I love and care about them. To me, each person in my life is special and I hope to somehow touch their lives by just loving them for who they are and letting them know that they are special to me.
There was a time in my life when I found myself chasing despair and I literally cried out to God asking him to send me some friends. I was desperate and God heard my cry and now my cup runneth over with friends – and not just shallow friends, but true friends who I can count on in a pinch and who don’t just tell me that they love me, but show me.
I’m humbled every day by how great my life is and how good God has been to me. For so long I found myself whining on this very website feeling sorry for myself or being upset about something in my life, but what I’ve learned over the past 34 years is that God truly is in control and he knows what is best for me.
I don’t know who all reads Posted Note anymore. I don’t write here as much because when I’m happy it seems I have so much less to say. But if you are lonely, or tired, or if life has got you down… asking Jesus into your heart won’t immediately make all your problems go away. You may have heard that, but it is a lie. What is true though, what is a sweet reality is that with Jesus on your side you always win. There is a sweet peace that comes from knowing that God works all things out for good for those that love him and although it might not seem like it at the time when times are tough – he really is working behind the scenes making awesome things happen.
So if you don’t know Jesus. If you don’t have a personal relationship with him. If you have not encountered the love of God, then what are you waiting for? God wants to be part of your life. He created you to glorify him and Christ came that we might have life and have it to the full.
I love you and hope you are blessed.
I like to read blogs. I like to spend hours on Facebook and I love reading Design Sponge.
Each of these mediums provide me a small peak into the lives of people that you might not otherwise see. How often do we get to look into the homes of perfects strangers? (If you watch HGTV then yeah, you see it all the time) But… what I love about Design Sponge is that you see real people who designed their homes in these crafty and beautiful ways.
Sure, I see most of these homes and the style is rarely similar to my own, but that’s what makes them so cool. It allows me to expand my imagination and creativity and I love doing that. I think creativity is like a muscle and you have to exercise it and rest it like any other muscle.
So have you been to Design Sponge lately? Have you exercised your creativity? Well then what are you waiting for! Go check it out!
After working with Route 56 for the past 7 weeks I realize that the age of 11 and 12 is the end of that sweet and innocent era and the first buds of adolescent complexity. I’ve also come to find that there is a limited amount of information that is targeted toward this age group when it comes to Bible Studies and Bible Teaching in general.
So I’m asking you this question seriously, what exactly is targeted toward 5th and 6th grade boys and girls? Hannah Montana? High School Musical? Or are they already over that? It seems that these students are in that age where they are still wholly kids and at the same time smart enough that you can’t be too silly with them. So I’m learning the ropes and it can be quite frightening.
Every Sunday when I prepare my talk I’m humbled by how little I know. I have these great ideas and the more I dig for answers the more questions I find myself asking. Like who are the “Nephilim” mentioned in Genesis 6? And why are we teased with this supernatural nugget and then denied the dipping sauce? Can I get some more info please?
So what are my current needs? Prayer. Wisdom. Leaders. In that order.
I know God has me in this role for a reason and I’m almost always terrified for the first 6 months after starting a new job because I like to be supremely confident in my abilities, but thankfully I know the verse:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)
9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
So yeah, I’m weak, and God is going to rock it out.
I’m still oscillating between moments of elation followed by intense moments of self-doubt and intestine rumbling apprehension.
I just left Elevate, which is the name of the high school Wednesday night ministry, and it was a blast. Chris did a really amazing job teaching on sin and I was actually inspired to do better in my walk. He brought up this amazing point about how Christ went through so much for us and he never asked us to earn what he did, but we should earn it. Every day we should wake up being thankful that we didn’t have to go through being whipped, beaten, persecuted and then crucified on a cross. I thank God that he sent his son to die on the cross for my sins. God is awesome. Jesus Rocks. And I’m loving being part of such a great ministry.