Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Contentment in the Here and Now

I love this song. It's been playing in my head a lot lately! It's all about that perfect moment of contentedness that we all want to be at. So many of us (me included, see I said us!) fall into the trap of thinking that having that special person in our lives will make everything perfect. Little do we realize.... :) But, listening to the song all the time got me to thinking about the lyrics and about contentedness! We should all strive to be content in the "Here and Now", and not make it reliant on one person or thing. Wow! is that a hard one! It's one I struggle with daily, yes daily! Every morning I wake up to freezing temperatures I wish to be anywhere warmer! So anyways, back to where I was heading with this.... I got to thinking one day, if you just change a few words, capitalize a few pronouns, you have the answer right in front of you! We run all over the place searching for something to fill the void in our lives, relationships, possessions, experiences, money. And all the while God is patiently sitting right in front of us waiting for us to realize that He's what we're looking for! And honestly, looking back, who can say that they wouldn't go right back thru all that pain to get to where you are today? It makes you want to get back to that "first love" too. So enjoy the words, and if you know the song, I hope it is now stuck in your head.... :) he he he!

Philippians 4:11
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

There's a place I've been looking for
That took me in and out of buildings
Behind windows, walls and doors
And I thought I found it
Couple times, even settled down
And I'd hang around just long enough
To find my way back out
I know now the place that I was trying to reach
Was You, right here in front of me

And I wouldn't change a thing
I'd walk right back through the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin'
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to You and got me here, right here

It's amazing what I let my heart go through
To get me where it got me
In this moment here with You
And it passed me by
God knows how many times
I was so caught up in holding
What I never thought I'd find
I know now, there's a million roads
I had to take
To get me in Your arms today

In a love I never thought I'd get to get to-here
And if that's the road
God made me take to be with Him

Then I wouldn't change a thing
I'd walk right back thru the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin'
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for all the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to You and got me here, right here

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Just a Reminder

Psalm 138:8
"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands."

So I've been running across this same theme in my Bible reading all week, and it hit me that all of us could use this reminder! God doesn't just care if things in our lives work out okay, He's going to perfect our lives! How cool is that! So all this week when I've been tempted to be discouraged about how things are going in my life, or to worry about how things will work out, God has brought this verse to mind. He's going to perfect the things that concern me! Not just me, but things that affect me as well! So awesome! But then, we have an awesome God, don't we? :)
Enjoy your weekend!
*me* :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

God Answers Prayers! (but we knew that already didn't we?)

Even the small "insignificant" ones that you were almost not going to pray, because "God has better things to do than care about that..." I just love when He does that! :)
So why am I so happy??? I am officially, no way out, no refund, booked, for my vacation with Becci and Andrea in June! I have been looking for plane tickets for about a month, not just any tickets though! We have a very tight schedule between 2 working girls!
We have certain times we have to leave, and it wasn't looking good. I had found the *perfect* ones about 3 weeks ago for about $150, but I have commitment issues when it comes to booking non-refundable plane tickets. I just can't seem to make my finger hit that button... what if there's something better out there? What if the prices drop tomorrow?? I know, I worry too much.... :) But anyhoo, today I was doing my daily check, and for some reason I changed my approach. I searched one-ways instead of round trips, and changed the day we came back, and whaddaya know? I found tickets for $150 when all is said and done, and then, just to make sure I got over the commitment issues, God ('cause it's only Him who could do this) popped in a $12 per ticket discount upon purchase! Leaving me with a price of about $135! I am sooooo excited!
So, I just had to share my crazy answer to prayer, so when you see my grin from however far away you are (or the glow on the horizon from it) you know what it's about!
I promise I'm trying to reform and not count down the days as referenced in a previous post, but it's 122 days 'til departure! :) Ok, ok, I can't help it if the website where I manage the reservations has a countdown! Be thankful that I didn't list the hours, minutes, and seconds! :)