Friday, September 23, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
Psalm 3:3

Not only is it a comfort to know that God is a shield about us, but I especially like the part of this verse that says the Lord is "the lifter up of my head."

It doesn't say what the situation is that God lifts up our head when it is bowed...perhaps it is when we bow our head in shame for sins committed, or perhaps when we bow our heads when our eyes are filled with tears. In either situation we can find solace in the fact that God will lift up our head...

In the situation where we are bowing our head in shame for sins committed, if we are believers, we have no reason for shame, because the Lord has saved us! So He will lift our heads to behold Him face to face...and see the Love in His eyes.

In situations where we are bowing our head because our eyes are filled with tears, He is our comforter. He will lift our heads to behold Him, and He will put His arms around us, and comfort us in our pain.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Still My Soul Be Still

Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow


God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone


Still my soul be still
Do not be moved
By lesser lights and fleeting shadows
Hold onto His ways
With shield of faith
Against temptations flaming arrows

God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone


Still my soul be still
Do not forsake
The Truth you learned in the beginning
Wait upon the Lord
And hope will rise
As stars appear when day is dimming


God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone

Sunday, September 11, 2011

George W. Bush: "Remarks at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance," September 14, 2001

It is said that adversity introduces us to ourselves.  This is true of a nation as well.  In this trial, we have been reminded and the world has seen that our fellow Americans are generous and kind, resourceful and brave.  We see our national character in rescuers working past exhaustion, in long lines of blood donors, in thousands of citizens who have asked to work and serve in any way possible.  And we have seen our national character in eloquent acts of sacrifice:  Inside the World Trade Center, one many who could have saved himself stayed until the end and at the side of his quadriplegic friend.  A beloved priest died giving the last rites to a firefighter.  Two office workers, finding a disabled stranger, carried her down 68 floors to safety.  A group of men drove through the night from Dallas to Washington to bring skin grafts for burned victims.  In these acts and many others, Americans showed a deep commitment to one another and and abiding love for our country.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wrestling with my flesh...

Since I came to Northland things have been going much better between me and God. As you can see from a post of mine a few days ago, God has been doing a lot in my life since I got here. As I've said in previous posts, I'm so glad I'm here!

There is a downside to doing as well as I am in my walk with the Lord...and I often get this way when I'm doing well...I start to get kind of a big head. I start finding myself, in my head, judging other people. Looking at them and thinking things like: "I'm more spiritual than them!" Of course, this is really bad!

It's like the verse says: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

If I let my pride rule in my life, I'm sure to fall. Lord please help me with this! Humble me before you...break me, and keep me in subjection to your purpose for my life.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Deep

by: Stephen Altrogge

You were broken that I might be healed
You were cast off that I might draw near
You were thirsty that I might come drink
Cried out in anguish that I might sing

How deep is Your love
How high and how wide is Your mercy
How deep is Your grace
Our hearts overflow with praise
To You

You knew darkness that I might know light
Wept great tears that mine might be dried
Stripped of glory that I might be clothed
Crushed by Your Father to call me Your own



How deep is Your love
How high and how wide is Your mercy
How deep is Your grace
Our hearts overflow with praise
To You

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Learning to be "Complete in Thee..."

Since I came to Northland, God has already been teaching me a lot of things.  But one thing He's been teaching me, just within the last, probably 16 hours, is the need for me to feel Complete in Christ.  I often struggle with a feeling of loneliness...often even when I'm surrounded by people, and people are being nice, and introducing themselves, I find myself feeling lonely.  This often leads to me walking up to girls and talking to them, hoping, that if it goes well, there could end up being something there between us.  I'm sure my readers know what I mean when I say that...

When I do this, then if it does go well, I start to get excited, and begin to have that feeling of "completeness."  After realizing that I do this, I realized something...why can I not feel this same "completeness" in Christ?  After all, He does love me more than anyone in this world.  He died for me, and all of us on the cross.  Why can I not rest in His love, and find that "completeness"?  I've often been told by people who are married, or in a happy dating relationship, that God brought along the right person for them, when they learned to rest in Christ love, and find that completeness in Christ.  This of course is harder than it sounds when the believer tries to apply it to their lives.

Sure, we are literally completed in Christ when we become a believer, and a follower of Christ, but overtime, we forget that.  We slip back into our flesh, and begin to lose sight of that completeness we once had in Christ.  The reason I say "we" is I'm sure I'm not the only one who is struggling with this.  I think this feeling of needing to feel complete, often leads to people rushing into relationships that God doesn't want them to be in, because that person who they love makes them feel complete.  We must be careful about this...I believe that God did ordain marriage to be a "completing" for us human beings.  After all the Bible says that when we marry we become "one flesh..."  I've often heard from Christians who are married, that they don't feel complete without their husband, or wife.

But, I think we as Christians can rely too heavily on that feeling of completeness we get from a relationship, and we lose sight of the One who can make us feel even more completed.  After all, the Christian is supposed to put Christ first, above all else.  "In Christ alone, my hope is found..."

So, the Lord just impressed upon my heart, to work on this.  Pray, read my bible, and seek the Lord...seek Him for that feeling of "completeness" that He can give me.  I, in turn felt the need to share it with my followers.  Have I arrived at a feeling of completeness in Christ?  No, but it's a work in progress, and I don't think it will ever be a "once, done" thing.  It will be a continual life process...

So, I would just encourage my followers, to seek to find completeness in Christ.  He is all we need...won't you join me in working on this?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

College life...

Well, the day has finally come...I'm at Northland.  I arrived yesterday morning, bright and early.  The drive up here was long, and exhausting.  I think the worst part was driving through Chicago.  It wasn't even rush hour, but I'm really not used to having people around me driving sooo fast, and cutting me off left and right.  Trying to get over in the turning lane and there's someone there, and I can't get over, and my exit is coming up!  My dad even called while I was just entering the Chicago area, and I just picked up the phone and said "Sorry, I can't talk right now, trafic is crazy.  I'll call you back later!"  I'm used to country driving, and small city driving...but I do not like driving in a big city!  I talked to my room leader last night, and he said if I drive up through Michigan, the drive is much more relaxed.  So I think next semester I'll be taking that way.

Anyways...once I got through that, trafic got much better as I went North.

So, yesterday when I got here, the first thing I did was get my Northland ID, then I went to my dorm room and got unpacked.  No one was in the room, but thankfully I was able to get some help carrying my stuff into my dorm room.  Then durring the day, I mostly just walked around campus and worked on my registration.  I signed up for my Concert Choir interview.  The only thing I'm worried about, is I'll be graded on how well I sight read...which I'm not good at, at all!  We'll see though...it's in God's hands!

In the evening we had a opening service with Dr. Ollila.  He let people stand up and talk about things God has been doing in their life.  I really wanted to get up and talk about what God had done in my life to lead me to Northland, but I was worried I would talk too long, because I know my story is a long one!  So, I chose to just sit and listen to everyone else.  The things I heard about what God did to get people to Northland, or how God provided money that was needed to come back to Northland...wow...we serve a great God!  He can do anything He wants...

After that Dr. Ollila gave a brief devotional from Joshua, and after that, we broke up into small groups to pray.  Then I went back to the dorm, and went to Walmart in Iron Mountain to get some extra stuff I needed.

The when I got back, we had a hall meeting where we sang, ate cookies, and they gave out some announcements.  Then we broke up into groups again to pray.  After that I went to bed.

Today we've got some orientation classes, and I'm taking, basically what is the equivalent of a "CLEP" exam for Basic Computers.  Hopefully I pass, and can take some extra classes this semester!

So, overall my assessment at this point about Northland, is I really like it.  The students are really nice, and really friendly.  I've met so many people, and honestly forgot most of their names.  But it's been good, yesterday I was really struggling with nervousness, but today I'm much more relaxed.  I like the focus of prayer that there is here...Dr. Olsen said that night "the greatest work we do as a Christian, is on our knees."  I like that, and I know if I keep prayer at the center of everything I do, then God will be at the center of everything I do.

Classes don't start until Monday, and both nervous and excited.

I trust everything is going well with all my followers!