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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Food for thought

Two posts in one week... I know, crazy! =) Just had a word strike me this morning that I thought I would share. It is from a sermon by Francis Chan "living with urgency."

2 Corinthians 5:1-5
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by humanly hands. meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The tent that we live in is our bodies and his whole point was that why are we trying or becoming so satisfied with our earthly tents? Why do we seek after trying to satisfy ourselves or make ourselves comfortable in this place, when the scriptures say that we are not to be comfortable. We are not to be satisfied, that we are supposed to be uncomfortable like one who is walking around naked. I seriously had to think about that how uncomfortable you would feel if you were walking around naked. It says that while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we wish to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling. I think because I have spent these past few months back home, and in america this really moved me. I am getting very comfortable. I don't think it was bad to be home, it was quite a blessing, but our mindsets here in america and our desires circulate around being satisfied, while all the advertisements we are faced with tell us that we aren't happy yet, until we have this...fill in the blank.
So while I have been oblivious to needing to stand against this lie, I have become sucked back into this lie that I can be satisfied here on earth. That it is my right, thats dangerous, to be comfortable here on earth. When Francis started reading this scripture this morning it was like I melted thinking about my pride that has risen up in me over these past few weeks. Then it made me sad that I was so easily deceived. Why is it so hard for us to believe God when He tells us that things will be better than we could imagine when we are reconnected with Him. When we make it to our heavenly dwelling. Why are we so afraid to believe that it could be better than now. What if its not? Is that the doubt we have. Then we doubt God's word, then we doubt who God is. I doubted. My prayer this morning is a cry from Mark 9:24 "I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief."
We have something amazing waiting for us. It won't even be that long of a wait. For life is but a breath. So when you can't seemed to get satisfied or comfortable in this world. REJOICE! Don't be annoyed, discouraged, or angry that you feel like you have been shafted. You aren't made for this world, and we are just waiting out life in this tent, before we return to our heavenly dwellings with Jesus himself!

You are blessed to be a blessing.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The journey through the summer...

Well time is flying by! I have been spending the summer with my family and making it around to all my friends! I have had a blast spending time back in San Angelo, and living with my mom and brothers. I have to say that I have a new respect and awe for moms. After babysitting my little brother all summer long, I have decided it was not a babysitting job but that I essentially became a mom in training.

Typically day:
wake up, take mom to work, go run, Bible/Jesus time, stephens up, get breakfast Stephen - "don't want to eat"... Me -" you have too", get ourselves ready for the day, chores, games or a puzzle (monopoly usually), stephen ever 5 minutes or right after we would finish an event, " what are we going to do now?" "Can we go to joy-land, main event, movies, water rampage?" Me - "No" make lunch, after lunch run errands, or mow the lawn, or laundry, or grocery shopping... stephen "can we go to pet store?" me- "maybe" then we pick up mom from work, dinner, then whew... sleep.

I mean I am tired from all these responsibilities! =) I have really had fun, but am definitely not ready for that full time!

I also spent the last two weeks  getting ready for a garage sale. Since I am leaving for another two years, mom said I had to go through all the stuff that I had and get rid of it! What a task. I had three closets full of stuff and three or four huge boxes in the garage to go through, sort out, and get ready to sell. We did all this work and had the garage sale last weekend and had about ten people show up! Oh what a disappointment! It turns out that we had our garage sale on the same day as some big flea market in town. Go figure! So now we are gearing up to have another garage sale next weekend! =) We will pray this one goes better! Please pay me to hall all my crap off!

I keep trying to post the video I made that recaps my last year but it won't load. I guess the file is too big. I will keep trying.

I really have had a blast seeing so many people since I have been back! Seeing babies that were in there moms when I left, meeting the new mr. and mrs. that have happened since I left, and just being able to be apart of all the family functions agains; the dinners, games, ect. God has really blessed my time! So now I am gearing up and getting ready to go back! I don't leave until the 9th of september but it is coming quicker than expected! I am still making one more trip to San Angelo, so if I didn't see you the first time, I would love to see you this time!

Until next time...

You are blessed to be a blessing