Blogging would be higher on my priority list if it wasn't for these.
- Stalkerish people scare me. and I'm one of them. ;)
- So much to say, too little time. Blogging can easily eat time.
- Its hard for me to write a thought exactly the way I thought it.
- Avid bloggers start to think in "posts" instead of "thoughts". This is annoying.
- If you make a blanket statement it can be hard to explain to someone who doesn't know you.
- Sometimes fingers on the keyboard misinterpret desire to be an encouragement into "my
- life is perfect and I'm happy all the time"
- No matter how sincere the writing, you will never know the real me without meeting me in
- person, hearing me laugh, and watching me get excited over something.
Maybe sometime I'll post on why I ever do blog. ;)
Below is a list of links for a video called "How Great is Our God" by Louie Giglio. You will not regret time spent watching. Can't express the impact they had on my attitude towards God. Not to mention my attitude towards myself. Nothing have I done, nothing can I do--to deserve such great love.
In many ways, it does me favors. I generally arrive places on time and I care very much whether or not I get a good grade. In other ways its a real detriment.
"Someday I want to be perfect, so I've got to do something about those flaws in my character. You know, like perfectionism." - Kaylene ;)
I am, in reality, finding that there is a crucial balance between conscientiousness and having "freedom" (living life without a care in the world). Jesus takes the burden out of trying, but trying is not a sin. Trying, in order to earn salvation or man's approval, is sin, but trying for with the right motivation is not. Just some thoughts. Curious to hear what you think. There's another aspect of this I didn't go into pertaining to the fact that its really when we "give up "that the Lord can accomplish His work through us. A part of the picture that is not to be forgotten, yet not taken to the extreme of, for example, quitting my job and expecting God to rain money on me. Anyways, thats another huge topic. Where do you see the balance being?
Hope you have a happy Monday and a good week. God's grace still amazes me, and I'm so thankful for a new day, a new week, and a living God!
photo caption: confessions of a self portrait
Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.
Once ’twas painful trying, Now ’tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the uttermost.
Once ’twas ceaseless holding, Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas constant drifting, Now my anchor’s cast.
Once ’twas busy planning, Now ’tis trustful prayer;
Once ’twas anxious caring, Now He has the care.
Once ’twas what I wanted, Now what Jesus says;
Once ’twas constant asking, Now ’tis ceaseless praise.
Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him, Now He uses me.
Once the power I wanted, Now the Mighty One;
Once for self I labored, Now for Him alone.
Once I hoped in Jesus, Now I know He’s mine;
Once my lamps were dying, Now they brightly shine.
Once for death I waited, Now His coming hail;
And my hopes are anchored, Safe within the veil.
Hymn, written by: A.B. Simpson
--My car got fixed last week and is still running strong!
-- The sunset over the mountains last night was beautiful.
-- The Lord’s given me a fresh perspective on the book of Psalms
-- I have friends all over the world whom I dearly, dearly love.
-- Care packages from friends mean the world. (THANKS girls!)
--I am never bored.
-- I have hopes for a future that is complete in Christ.
--All my needs are always met.
--Challenges provide new perspective on my life and other people.
“May God not find the whine in us any more, but may He find us full of spiritual pluck and athleticism, ready to face anything He brings.” Oswald Chambers