Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Calming the storm

~Tuesday Thoughts~



"That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”" Mark 4:35-41 (NIV)



Our God can calm physical storms. He can also calm the ones in our hearts. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

You are

~Monday Movies and Music~


Montell Jordan has a great song, "You Are." Here are the lyrics.

"11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”" 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV)



Our God is so amazing! Let that truth wash over you tonight! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

You know that pain

~Saturday Stories~


1. You know that pain
That you don't let yourself feel
You know that ache
When you try to make yourself numb
You know that hurt
That you don't remind yourself of
You know...

Chorus:
So you box if up
In a neat, neat box
And send it far away
I don't want to deal with this now
So you block it off
And you build a wall
No one can see and you're all alone
No, I don't need any help right now


2. You know that pain
That invades you when you're all alone
You know that ache
When you can't take it anymore
You know that hurt
That haunts you in your dreams
You know...

Chorus:
Still, you box if up
In a neat, neat box
And send it far away
I don't want to deal with this now
So you block it off
And you build a wall
No one can see and you're all alone
No, I don't need any help right now

3. That pain, that ache
You know how much it hurts
Those screams, those tears
When you think no one else will know
Those cries for help
Uttered in the darkness
So,

Chorus:
Please don't box it up
In any box
Open it up
You need to deal with this now
Please don't block it off
Or build a wall
God sees you when you're all alone
We all need help right now

Bridge:
What if you said
I can open up now
What if you said
God, help me with my healing x2

Chorus:
I won't box it up
In any box
I'll open up
'Cause I need to deal with thiis now
I won't block it off
I'll tear down that wall
God sees me when I'm all alone
I need help right now

Friday, August 19, 2016

BFFs?

~Friday for Friends~


Remember those days in elementary school when you declared that someone was going to be your best friend forever and ever? And maybe that's still working for you. But for a lot of us, it's not. 

I had an amazing friend in first and second grade. But, then, you know, life happened. I moved. That slow fade of our friendship hurt so much. Fewer and fewer emails got to my inbox, and fewer were sent by me. I tried to make yourself think that when we got together everything would be fine again. 

And then it wasn't. 


We both had changed. And not necessarily for the worst. Just not for each other. And it hurts. Oh, my, it hurts. And it's really nobody's fault. And it's kind of both of our faults. 

But you know what? It happens. It turns out to be okay. Even if we rarely see each other. 

  "God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

It might hurt for a very long time, but God's amazing love can always help us through the hard times. Through family, friends, and especially through His Word, He can bring us peace we never thought we could have.  

How about you? Have you had some friendships fail? How has God helped you through the tough times? 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scheduled chaos

~Tuesday Thoughts~


A lot of us have either started or are about to start school or college. And that's a huge change from the somewhat-slower usually-more-fun three months of summer. There are earlier wake-ups, more scheduled days, and homework-filled evenings. While on paper it might all look neat and organized, we all know how chaotic it'll feel for the two weeks that it takes us to readjust to the new normal.

I want to encourage you - and myself - that amid this chaos and confusion we can also often find laughter and hearty congratulations on a job well done. We can look at our grades and sometimes be happy with them. We can look at something we've been training in and realize just how much better we are getting to be in them. We can spend incredulous amounts of time laughing with friends we wouldn't get to see if it wasn't for school.


So, let us enjoy this reunion of schedules and chaos. And let us do all we're supposed to. And let us do it for God's glory.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Through Your eyes

~Monday Movies & Music~



Britt Nicole has a new and great song, "Through Your Eyes." Here are the lyrics.


"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:1-7 (NIV)

God is so good!

How about you? With whom can you share this amazing truth? 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Fight by Luke Wordley

~Saturday Stories~


Typical Sam: "Yep, these boys were going to be trouble. Sam had seen them across the street, talking and staring when he and his mum were moving into their flat. The next day the oldest one had knocked on the door and asked if Sam wanted to play football. Sam had refused. He knew what they were trying to do  — lure him out. A fight was just a matter of time."

Typical Jerry: "Jerry didn’t fret. His passion was to see young lives turned around, as his own had been many years earlier. In his mind, success in the ring was of only secondary importance."




Sam use to have a pretty good life with his dad and mum. But now that his dad is dead and his mum is quickly becoming an alcoholic, Sam gets angry at the world. He starts fights, most of the time when the odds are stacked against him.

Jerry could have made it big in boxing... He tries to squelch the memories and puts his all into training other boxers. God has turned him around, and he wants to see others turned around too. But when Sam comes across his path and Jerry sees the future the boy could have, who will win - Jerry's pride or God?

The Fight is an amazing story, full of the truths we often don't hear represented. Here is the story about the bad side of town, about fights, drinking, and threats of rape. Yet this is a story overwhelmingly full of God's love and forgiveness. Sam learns more about Christ, and Jerry's faith strengthens, and then fails, and then strengthens again. The battle rages in both hearts, reminding the reader that God's forgiveness will never stop. (The book does include a bit of swearing.)

For more on Luke Wordley, visit his Facebook page.