Friday, July 23, 2010

Birthday Musings...

So today is my 23rd Birthday...not sure how I feel about this. Sorry to anyone who is my friend on facebook...you've already heard most of what I'm going so say.

Anyways...I'm turning 23, and it's the 23rd...kind of cool huh? It is also my first, and last birthday that I'll spend underway in the Navy. For my 24th, I'll be home waiting to start college.

So what else is new besides my birthday? Well, we're underway right now. Going to be hitting a few good ports. I'll be posting the pics when we get back, so stand by for that.

Also, can't wait till September because I'm probably going to be going home on leave for 30 days! I can't wait. My sister is getting married while I'm home, so that should be fun...but kind of scary at the same time. My big sister is getting married...it's even weird to hear myself say it. But oh well, we all have to grow up sometime huh?

Anyways...thanking the Lord for another year on this earth trying my best to humbly serve the Lord!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'll Pray Again

by: Benjamin J. Everson

It was late Sunday night, the Car doors closed softly,
Footsteps came up the stairs.
Young Pastor Tony, met his wife at the entrance,
His face lined with a thousand cares.
"We've been here two years and nothing's changed,
These people won't listen at all.
I'm out of answers, and I'm feeling small."
But as he read in the Bible, page after page,
His heart was convinced to stay in the Race.
He knelt by his desk, then lay on the floor.
"Tho' I don't understand what it's for,
I'll trust one day more."

"I'll pray again, I'll kneel again.
I'll knock on the door, askin' for more.
Strength for the fight, peace in the night.
Trusting by faith, the answer He'll send.
I'll pray again..."

At a quarter past two, again in the morning,
A mother wakes up again.
Her youngest daughter has a special condition,
They say that she wont pass ten.
Tho' worries so great, and nothings changed,
"Does God understand us at all?"
We're out of answers and we're feeling small.
But as she read in the Bible page after page,
The comfort came in right along with grace.
Her hand held her daughter and they knelt on the floor.
"Tho' we don't understand what it's for,
We'll trust one day more."

"We'll pray again, we'll kneel again.
We'll knock on the door, askin' for more.
Strength for the fight, peace in the night.
Trusting by faith, the answer he'll send.
We'll pray again..."

When the darkness surrounds you,
And God seems so silent,
Your back's against the wall.
You may be tempted to doubt Gods goodness,
It feels like, He won't hear your call.
The questions take shape and cloud your mind.
"Is God in control after all?
My life's out of balance and I'm going to fall."
But as you read in the Bible page after page,
You'll see that He's there, and he'll never forsake.
Surrender your life is all you must do.
You begin to see God's point of view,
He's there to change you.

You'll pray again, go kneel again.
Go knock on the door, askin' for more.
Strength for the fight, peace in the night.
Trusting by faith, the answer He'll send.
You'll pray again...

Go pray again...I'll pray again.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"...I turn my gaze away from You and soon forget to pray..."

The title to this blog state my current struggle at this time. Some of you may know where the words come from...they're from an old Ron Hamilton song...if you want to see all the lyrics, I postem them a while back. The song is called "Lord I need you."

Like I said this part of the song expresses my struggles lately. God has given me victory as of late in an area of my life where I have been struggling for years...and as a result I have turned my eyes away from God. No conscious decision was made to do this, but it has happened. It's like I think..."Well...I've been given victory over this...I don't need God anymore." This is the attitude that begins to corrupt my thoughts. Contrary to what I'm allowing myself to believe, it is at times like this that I need to depend on the Lord even more, because this is the time when the devil is going to fight his hardest to get me to fall back into sin.

I do not want to have to fall back into sin before I turn my gaze fully back on God.

"Lord please help me to turn my gaze back to you. Help me to live for you, moment my moment...I do not want to allow myself to fall back into sin once more. Only you can help me Lord...help me to depend on you to give me victory."

Friday, July 9, 2010

Gentle Voice

Far above the noise of life,
There's a voice that is gently calling:
"Leave behind your cares and strife,
Come to me, I will give you rest.
Bring your fear, and bring your pain.
Bring anger and bring your worry."
Do you hear the voice of Jesus,
Gently calling "Come unto me?"

Gentle voice so meek and mild.
Gentle words of understanding.
"You are my beloved child,
Come to me I will give you rest.
Bring your grief and bring your cares.
Bring your heartaches and bring your sorrow."
Do you hear the voice of Jesus,
Gently calling "Come unto me?"

Gentle voice so full of love.
Gentle words so rich in mercy.
"You are my beloved child,
Come to me I will give you rest."

Monday, July 5, 2010

Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Japan

So, I woke up this morning, and I felt like I needed to go out to do some exploring...so this is what took place...

The MEIJI SHRINE is one of Tokyo's biggest and best-known Shinto shrines. The memorial was established November 1, 1920 to honor the Emperor Meiji, who, with Empress Shoken, ruled Japan from 1886 - 1912.








Saturday, July 3, 2010

In The Valley

By: Bob Kauflin

When You lead me to the valley of vision
I can see You in the heights
And though my humbling wouldn’t be my decision
It’s here Your glory shines so bright
So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown
To be low is to be high
That the valley’s where You make me more like Christ

Let me find Your grace in the valley
Let me find Your life in my death
Let me find Your joy in my sorrow
Your wealth in my need
That You’re near with every breath
In the valley

In the daytime there are stars in the heavens
But they only shine at night
And the deeper that I go into darkness
The more I see their radiant light
So let me learn that my losses are my gain
To be broken is to heal
That the valley’s where Your power is revealed

Let me find Your grace in the valley
Let me find Your life in my death
Let me find Your joy in my sorrow
Your wealth in my need
That You’re near with every breath
In the valley

Friday, July 2, 2010

Isaac carried the wood...

"And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together."
Genesis 22:6

"So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha."
John 19:16 & 17

You can probably tell what this is going to be about based on the two verses I quoted above. I'm reading a book called "First Light" by Bodie and Brock Thoene right now, and this is one point that the book brought out that I never caught before. I was always told that God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son was a picture of God the Father sending his only son Jesus Christ to die for us, but I never noticed this small detail in the story. Just as Jesus had to bear his cross to Calvary...Isaac bore the load of the wood as he made the journey to Mt. Moriah. Such a small little detail...isn't that interesting?

Sorry I don't have more to write about...I just found that fact interesting, and thought I would share it with you all. Hopefully I'll be on again soon with something more to write.