Archive for September, 2011

Hide And Seek

Posted: September 27, 2011 in QT's
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Hide and Seek

“Ready or not, here I come!” How many times have you heard that phrase in your lifetime? If you’re like me then it’s many more than you can count. When you hear those words you know you better hide because somebody’s looking for you and if they find you then you’re i t and nobody wants to be it. Hide and seek is one of those games that children from every generation enjoy playing. I played many times with my sisters and friends (and even my dogs) when I was growing up and I’ve watched my children play over the years (I still get in on a game every now and then). It’s fun to hide, it’s fun to look for someone who’s hiding (even when you know where they are) and it’s fun to find them. It’s just fun.

This morning I got up really early to have a little quality time with God. I’ve been a Christian for about 18 years now and this is something I’ve tried to do regularly for most of that time. When I was first saved I knew I needed to read the Bible and I wanted to but to be honest, it was just hard. I didn’t have a plan, I had no idea where to start, and I didn’t understand most of what I was reading. But I still wanted to, and I knew I needed to so I just started with Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning…” The beginning seemed like a good place to start and so I read from there to the end. It only took me four years. Yeah I know, I didn’t break any records, like I said, it was hard. I would read a few passages or even chapters, sometimes I would fall asleep, and sometimes I wouldn’t pick my Bible up for days, but I then I would pick it up again and I would read some more. I would always come back to it because there was something fascinating about it, there were things in there (and still are) that I didn’t understand but I knew were important and I knew they were written for me.

Since that time I have learned to have a plan. I will sometimes use a written devotion or reading plan as a guide. Sometimes I will just choose a book of the Bible or section to go through. I try to have a regular place (back porch, kitchen table, easy chair…) and set aside a regular time (mornings are best for me) to spend some time with God, praying and reading my Bible. I have read through the Bible several times over the years and I understand more now than I did then but more importantly, I’ve drawn closer to God and have experienced His presence and power in my life because I spend that time with Him. You see it’s more than simply reading a text book. It’s like a game of hide and seek except God’s not really hiding. I know where to find him.

I still get so busy that sometimes I miss having that time with God and when I do, it shows. It shows in my attitude and if I miss it consistently it shows in my actions. Sometimes I get the feeling I’m the one hiding and He’s the one seeking. Yeah, when I miss it I really miss it.

Here are a couple of passages and one of my favorite songs that may encourage you if you’re struggling with having a regular quality time with God.

Isaiah 26:9 (ESV)
9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Psalm 63:1-11 (ESV)
1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Sometimes By Step – Rich Mullins

Sometimes the night was beautiful
Sometimes the sky was so far away
Sometimes it seemed to stoop so close
You could touch it but your heart would break
Sometimes the morning came too soon
Sometimes the day could be so hot
There was so much work left to do
But so much You’d already done

CHORUS:
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach

CHORUS

And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

 

And It Came To Pass

Posted: September 14, 2011 in QT's
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One thing that never changes is the fact that everything is always changing. Life is always in motion. We’re constantly moving towards something and/or away from something. It could be a physical location like from point A to point B, a point in time like a birthday or an anniversary, a goal, a dream, a job, a relationship, etc. We’re always on the move.

This is all fresh on my mind because everything here in my little world is a little hectic right now. I won’t bore you with all the details because the same is probably true in your life as well. If your life is like mine then it’s a cycle of routine and chaos. I definitely like the routine part better. The chaos part can vary from an annoying inconvenience to something devastating and life changing but one thing is sure, they come and go and in between we can settle in to some kind of familiar routine.  The King James Bible contains the phrase “and it came to pass” 120 times. Those times of chaos will pass. Whatever is happening in your life will pass, it won’t stay. The thing we need to remember in these times of chaos is that there is another constant besides change and that’s God. Whatever you’re going through, He’s still God and He doesn’t change (Mal. 3:6). It’s more than important, it’s vital, that during the times of chaos in our lives that we remember to keep our eyes focused on the One who doesn’t change, otherwise we will be overwhelmed by the current circumstance. Over and over again in the Bible we read about God being a shelter and a refuge for His people. In the middle of the craziness of life be sure to pause and spend some time with the One who can calm the storm.

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said to His disciples…” (Matt. 26:1)

What is He saying to you today?

Move – Mercy Me

I’m not about to give up
Because I heard you say
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I wont stop, Ill keep my head up
No, I’m not here to stay
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway

I’m gonna move (move)
I’m gonna move (move)
I’m gonna move (I’m gonna move)

Ive got to hold ‘er steady
Keep my head in the game
Everything is about to change
Everything is about to change

This hurt is getting heavy
But I’m not about to cave
Everything is about to change
There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but won’t break
As long as I can see your face

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway

No matter what may come
Gotta move to a different drum
No matter what life brings
Gotta move gotta move to a different beat

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway