Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Merrily, Merrily Through the Snow

Okay, Christmas bells aren't ringing and there's no snow to merrily glide across. However, imagine that you are living back in the midwest, it's winter and the sky is dark and dreary. No clouds are single, but all married to each other, forming one big family of gray. Blizzards are howling and clawing at your door, for three long days, until finally they're over and have left you a visual reminder of their presence with drifts of white, glistening snow, six feet deep. And, you've got to walk a mile to town... just like Laura Ingalls...

Sometimes, our problems and circumstances are so long and deep that walking through them is just like pushing through that soft, deep snow. Trudging, one step at a time. Will frostbite set in? Will your legs hold out? Will you ever reach your destination, where a warm fire awaits to relieve and revive you?

God has given us a safe assurance that the answer to all of the above is a resounding 'yes'! Isa 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."

And that's why we can go merrily, merrily through the snow - no matter how packed it is!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ooops, I alway do this

I will write a title and then tell a story that has nothing to do with it. LOLOLOL!!! Okay, here's the popcorn Christianity story --- When we live by faith and not by feelings, God's grace and the Spirit's power just pop us out of our downcast, doubting, double-minded mood and out pops joy in its place. ta da... the end. :)

Popcorn Christianity

I was just sitting here reading my last blog, and guess what???? I could've written the exact one, all over again! I guess being a slow learner is better than being a fool who refuses to ever learn, eh? And as long as I'm sharing my shortcomings, I think you might like to know that I have the hardest time dealing with disappointment. My girlfriend laughed at me when I mentioned that to her this morning because she has noticed this in me, too. Drats and double drats.

However, let's not stop with those, because it doesn't end there. Oh, no! The good news is that when we become aware of our sins and failings, we just march our little selves right up to our jumbo God and ask for mercy and help. Now, I hadn't thought of this till I was just now typing, because, well, I was living by my feelings! Yep, I was weighed down with feelings of failings. (Does that make any sense?) But... smile, smile, smile... not anymore.

Nope, the burden has been lifted by our strong God. The blood of Jesus washes all scarlet sins white as snow, His power is perfected in our weaknesses (the more we have, the more His power is on display), and He makes our feet like hinds' feet, causing us to finally be able to flit right past our feelings onto the Rock of our faith - Jesus!

So, as you can see - even our failings and feelings can give way to faith, when we remember the truth in our Bibles!