“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting - any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, I can truly say to every group of Christian friends. You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another. The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” — C.S. Lewis
“Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.” - 1 Samuel 20:17
I have no doubt in my mind that God specifically chose and blessed me with the group of friends that I have. Just as he chose the unlikely friendship between Saul’s son Jonathan and King David. kb.
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way.
HA. I was really very happy to read this verse last night before falling asleep. You see, I have been looking for a job (as you may know .. I don’t really keep it a secret) for the past rather long while, and nothing seems to be coming up. I have literally come to the point where I print off about 20 resumes, walk out the door and go drop them off at every possible job location that I pass. I know that the Lord has a plan for me, but up until I read this verse I was limiting myself to believing that His plan was just bringing along a well-paid job really soon. Now, I’m opening my palette to His ideas rather than my own.
I cannot direct my own way. My steps are directed by the Lord. So maybe His plan involves nothing to do with a job.. He knows what I need. I don’t. I mean, I think I need money… but did God create us as beings just to rack in the dough? .. Maybe the Lord is trying to teach me a lesson in this area, and I don’t think as a piece of clay, I can direct the potter. kb.
A fry-scooping-grease-covered girl who scooped fries all afternoon for kids and adults alike who came to the virgil stampede looking for a good time. And a good time we had!! Dani dee, HJames, and I were trickingly roped into helping at this event by our dearly amazing friend Jeremy Enns. We did not even realize the funtimes to be had though as we drove down the (very-filled) highway to beautiful niagara-on-the-lake. Entering the fry-shack was a bit of a shock. We were told to cover ourselves up with some sweet valu-mart apparel. Dani and I weren’t loving the idea of hats, but as you can see in the photo posted a bit below.. she rocked it pretty darn well. Of course, a fry-shack as busy as this one could not be manned by three giggly girls who just like to have fun, with their bff jer. So we were joined by Jer’s best buds Willms, Charles and Ryan. Really cool solid guys who made the afternoon a lot more exciting and crazy fun! (Check out Jer’s other blog HERE to see their really sweet summer plans too!)
Turns out fry-shacks are a lot more fun than one woulda thunk. kb.
humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
In our day, we are taught to be proud; to promote ourselves; to reward and be pleased with ourselves. But as followers of Jesus we are told to do the exact opposite. God calls us to humility. After Pharaoh said “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?” devastation was brought to the land of Egypt. After king Nebuchadnezzar boasted of his own accomplishments, he was brought down to all fours to eat grass like an animal. & after Herod failed to give glory to God, he was eaten up with worms.
Humility is an acknowledgement of unworthiness. Humility is submission to God. Humility recognizes the need for grace.
I know I am in no way clothed with this humility. But I want to begin to acknowledge that I’m unworthy, and really fully grasp the idea of grace. But most importantly, I want to search my heart with HIS help, because my pride needs to be rooted out. kb.
"Many Christians have grown up in Christian homes, gone to Christian churches, heard Christian sermons, and maybe even attended Christian schools. As a result, our familiarity with the subject of Christ can easily lead us to old-hat, absent-minded, parrot-like expressions of worship and prayer. This simply will not do. We are commanded to bring to the Lord "a new song". This new song may be an old hymn newly discovered, or familiar words freshly considered, or new meditations leading to new exaltations. But we must come to worship with a sincere, searching deeply felt song of praise.”
Um. Yup. Sometimes I feel like I’m just DOING Christianity. I hate when I find myself falling into this. When words become foreign. Thoughts become clouded. Colours become dull. And my Bible becomes a book of stories. When I get to this point, I stop it all. & I remember who made me. Who was in charge of putting my brain together, and forming little tiny pieces of mesh that all fits in order to make the things that I see become clear again. & most importantly, when I remember that the Bible was real life experiences, brought together and alive for thousands of years. Came into being by the Creator Himself, giving the words to His people on earth. And it is signed with Love from Him.. to us. I often feeling foolish for falling into the devil’s own schemes, but of course, we all do it every now and again in different areas of our lives. I often find that when I have come out of this short time of unfeeling, let’s call it. I can sing a new song to the Lord. One that means something again to me, and can be spoken to HIM rather than just to the air. even though I may have heard or spoken it in my past, without even realizing what I’m saying; now it’s full of meaning, and understanding. and love.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God.
The end of matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
God very clearly showed me this verse this morning. I think I will take it to be my motto at the present time! I really need to work on my patience with this job hunt. And most importantly remember that HE knows the end of it all, which is better than the beginning. So I need to let Him take control and stop worrying, because with worrying comes distrust.
seriously. i hate that word more than I thought I ever could.
it has probably been oh… a good 3 months now of praying and looking like crazy for a *insert horrid word*. I am stuck. Stumped. & completely frustrated. I don’t know what God’s plan is - or if the fact that I haven’t found a job yet IS His plan. But some prayer right now would be greatly appreciated.
I just keep saying this to myself over and over.
Trust in Him at ALL times, you people (Psalm 62:8)
I know He has a plan. I just wish it was maybe a plan that involved a phone call ASAP saying “You got the job!” …then maybe I wouldn’t hate that darn word so much. kb.