Status Update

Book Study at work:  Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (Joanna Weaver); up to Chapter 9 in 12 wk study. Inspired by Chp 8, Lessons from Lazarus in which she alludes to God as the great Storyteller:

     Thank God this isn’t the end –

There’s a greater glory

Waiting to begin,

To make itself known

To God’s chosen

When the time is right,

Turning evil to good,

Darkness to light

     Thank God there’s another page

To be turned

In this saga of life;

There’s redemption left to see,

His concluding remarks.

     Thank God for a compassionate Author

A Storyteller who loves beyond reason,

Who lifts His pen and writes

“I love you, ______, tremendously –

That’s why I gave you life.”

Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer – new book I’m reading in response to this statement in Chp 8, ““We only trust people we know. If you’re struggling to trust God, it may be because you don’t really know God.”  –Martha Tennison, women’s conference speaker

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Contrition

Please help me Jesus

I don’t know what to do

I’m all alone and desperate

I’m crying out to You.

Please help me Jesus

I don’t know what to say

Words escape my lips,

My thoughts in disarray.

Please help me Jesus

I don’t know where to go

Choices sit before me –

But still I don’t know…

Please help me Jesus

I can’t feel You near

I can’t make my heart change

I’m lost I fear!

Please help me Jesus

I want to do what’s right

I want to follow your ways,

For they preserve my life. 

Please help me Jesus

I’m crying out to You

Don’t abandon your beloved

To your Word hold true.

Please help me Jesus

Shake me to the core

If this the measure You must use –

Continue, I implore!

Please help me Jesus

I know my cries are heard

You, who can redeem,

Despite what I deserve.

Please help me Jesus

In the throes of the night

Wash me clean with hyssop

Make my heart contrite.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart O God, You will not despise.  Psalm 51:17

Careful, Girls

Recently became aware of a situation that smells like not disaster written all over it but destruction. I don’t know what I may be asked to do, whether to speak to someone concerning what’s going on or to remain silent and pray. It just seems as if this is a downhill spiral for them and the wheels have already been set in motion and turned toward destruction. But don’t discount God! No never, ever give up!

Also, as women and young ladies (some of us anyway), we need to be aware of what we put out in cyberspace – because in a lot of instances, once it’s out there, it’s out there – unretrievable. I’m sure I’ve said some untoward things in emails, blog posts, etc. So I’m certainly speaking to myself as well.

It seems like we are speaking in isolation sometimes, but we’re not. The walls of the web are just that, web-like. They have holes through which the smaller things get out, are filtered  as waste.

As Christian women we need to be aware of our influence on younger ladies and that men are “listening”. To talk face-to-face in the company of others is one thing, to talk one-on-one in cyberspace, esp to the opposite sex, is another.

That’s my take anyway….

Debra

Revolving Resolution (Deeper Still)

I resolve to know You I resolve to know You
Deeper still Each and every day
Not out of feelings To not cower from imperfection
Or spiritual duty – Or count life off as fate.
Out of a predetermined will.  
  I resolve to know You
I resolve to know You The only life that redeems
To let anger melt away Saves and restores,
Allow You to heal Finally a new hope brings.
To bathe in grace.  
  I resolve to know You
I resolve to know You And your salvation
Though my present state Beyond lofty experiences
Be hapless and alone Beyond pleasure, beyond pain.
Be fortunate, great.  
  Now and year after year
I resolve to know You Make my resolve,
Through the “ins” and “outs” of faith Challenge my will
To carry on through the unknown That I may know You
To learn by mistake.  
  Deeper still.
 

 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever!” 2 Peter 3:18