Friday, September 12, 2014

Sitting In His Majesty...The Heart


Do you ever discover something and just ponder it? Do you sit in awe of God's creation?

I think we need to.  Somewhere down the line we, the human race, have lost some of our awe of our Heavenly Father. 

 It's time to sit, dwell with God...in His MAJESTY.

While reading "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, I keep coming back to this one thought.

“Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. What a stunted, insignificant god that would be! If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives."

Sitting in His Majesty...


The Human Heart

The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during an average lifespan.

Seriously...

Usually no bigger than your fist, your heart keeps blood pumping through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels. They would stretch around the WORLD more than TWICE.

Mind blowing...

A heart on average pumps 20,000 gallons a day through the MILES of blood vessels.

A faucet would need to be turned on consistently for 45 years to equal the same amount of blood the heart pumps during a lifetime.

The human heart pumps blood to almost 75 TRILLION cells in the average human body.

I can't even fathom that number.

The human heart begins beating at four weeks after conception and doesn't stop beating until death.

Beauty...

Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.

Laughter can send 20% more blood flowing through the body. Laughter being the best medicine may actually be true.

Isn't God cool?!!!

I don't know how to get my mind wrapped around God's goodness. I'm so thankful I can't.  My "soda can" can only hold so much.  I've come to a point where I've realized we don't need to understand everything. If we could, our God wouldn't be the awe inspiring, blow me away, God that HE is!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Cracked Door ~ "I'm so Stupid!"

(Look for "Our life in pictures" below this blog post.)

The Cracked Door~"I'm so Stupid!"

I now get it.
I do.

This taking your thoughts captive thing has just become a little clearer.

Whew

 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5

It’s on a different level than I have ever thought though.  I discovered something, I talk to myself pretty badly at times.

It’s not low self-esteem, crazily enough, it’s a crack that I’ve left in the door of my mind.  I gave myself permission to beat myself to a bloody pulp.  I did.  I felt saying, “I’m so stupid” was permissible.

(shaking head sadly)

I left that door cracked.  That cracked door let things in that I don’t want there.

Words speak life or death into your spirit.

Do we act REALLY NOT smart at times? Yes

Do we have a right to call the temple of the Holy Spirit “idiot” or “stupid”?  Do we REALLY have that right? NO

I’ve heard since I was a teen, “If you tell a child they’re stupid often enough they will believe it.”

I want to challenge you with these thoughts.
“If you tell yourself you are stupid often enough, you will believe it.”
“If you tell yourself you are an idiot often enough, you will believe it.”
“If you tell yourself you are not worthy (though God has made you worthy through His Son’s death), you will believe it.”

Let me remind you of a few truths.

*We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:22-23)
God knows this.  We did not take Him by surprise.

*We cannot earn salvation.  We are saved by grace.
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20
 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

*Words can be destructive.
“The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
What comes out of the mouth? Words.  How much more destructive can they be in our own minds where often no one is combating them?!

*God loves us.
“ God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“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” Ephesians 2:4-5
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11
If we pattern ourselves after the words of Christ,  then it stands to reason that we need to face our sin with a conquering spirit and with God's grace.... and learn (oh this one is hard) to love ourselves...the reality of our lovely flawed selves.  I can personally say that this is not always easy.  

This is not to say look at ourselves in arrogance....
 For I say to every man that is among you, through the grace given unto me, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
 ...but in acceptance that God created each of us unique and special.

I really pray that you’d consider today, that door you’ve left cracked….and push hard…pray hard…and slam it shut…and lock it…and deadbolt it.

Calling yourselves names solves nothing.

Recognizing our sin, taking it to task, repentance, and accepting the grace of our Heavenly Father does.

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Through the sabbatical from the blog, life has gone on.  We had some blessed and fun things take place in the last few weeks.  Here's just a glimpse....

Our son...precious...such a gift...giving his life to God in baptism.
 Yes, it's blurry.  Truthfully, tears were coming at this point.

Earlier in the month we were privileged to witness more joy...more blessing.  Taylor and Farrah...our hearts rejoicing!!!



This guy, ohhhh....this guy is such a beautiful story of redemption, but that's his story to tell.

Our goofy Max turned twelve!!!


 I love this kid!

Have NO clue what we were doing here, but the picture is cute!

Sarah's first day of college! (I made her take the pic! Smile..)

Ok, this is just plain cute!

Can you believe Rachel and Gabe turned FIVE?!!!!






PRAYERS
Please continue to keep some very special people in your prayers.  Much loss has been suffered and Heaven gained some wonderful souls.  Please pray for comfort and peace that passes understanding.  Please pray for a "normal" to be found, when life is anything but....

Please pray for...
.... the Loux family (see last blog post).  Sweet Mattie is running with Jesus.
....the Musser family.  Precious Tommy left this earth to worship at his Heavenly Father's feet.
....the Burman family.  Benjamin...oh Benjamin...is dancing in Heaven right now.
....the Groothius family and the Neubaurer family....two sweet moms in Christ's arms.

Thank you friends!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Plans Changed~Mattie

I planned on much longer of a sabbatical.  This morning God shared with me different.

Though I'm scaling back with electronics, I did glance at the status of life for those I cherish.  My heart broke.... again.

It's the way it's supposed to be.  Our ultimate goal that our children end in Jesus' arms...but the timing is God's.

A sweet blog friend's son Mattie went to be with Jesus on the 21st of this month.  Little Mattie lit up this world.

Please pray for the Loux family.

http://tracieloux.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/celebrating-the-life-of-matthias-samuel-loux/#comment-8180

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sabbatical

I'm sitting on the couch, fighting off bronchitis, but I wanted to drop in here really quick.  I normally don't warn anyone, but I'm taking a break from most of the Internet for a few weeks.  I know some that worry, but this time it's on purpose. (Smile)

If you have a prayer need, or need to talk with me, please email me at everlasting_momentum(at)verizon(dot)net so that I can get back to you.  It's an HONOR to pray for you, so please don't hesitate.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ben's Celebration (Prayers Continue)

Though we had a weird weekend with Ben and a little bit of a health scare (still working through doctors), we also had a mellow celebration of Benjamin's 11th birthday.

We keep it low key for his enjoyment.

He enjoys routine and keeping it calm more than a party.

We decided to eat out and just bring his presents and cake.  So here it is...

CELEBRATE BEN :-)

















Please continue to keep the Musser family in your prayers.  My heart is burdened for this precious family.
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