Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Incredibly Blessed...

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 
(Psalm 8:3-8, ESV)

God of heaven...maker of everything...sustainer of everything...yet He is "mindful" of us.  This Holy God who cannot look on our sin, thinks of us, and is active in our lives.  Do you ever feel incredibly blessed and unworthy to even be regarded?

Recently God opened the door for a ministry opportunity at my church, and this past Sunday the church voted unanimously to take me on as a staff member.  This is all for the grace of my loving God...I feel so unworthy, and inadequate, yet I know that God chose me for this...and He can enable me to do the task ahead.

I deserve nothing more than the pit of hell...yet God chose to die for me, that I might have life...

And not only this...but He then chooses to use me for His purposes in this world...He doesn't have to...but He does.  He gives us opportunities and situations where we can glorify Him, and point people to Him.  He gives us powerful positions...and one can often feel overwhelmed...but I'm continuously reminded of the fact that God is sovereign in appointing us to these positions, and He's also sovereign to enable us to do the job.  I just need to continuously seek Him, and trust His power to work.

I'm also super thankful for people He puts into my life to help and encourage me...again, He doesn't have to do this either...but He made us to be relational people...He works in our lives through our friends and acquaintances.  I'm so thankful for the friends He's given me...and I look forward to continuing to develop these relationships...for HIS glory!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Musings on 2013

Many things can be said about this year.  It was the year of adventure (I went on a missions trip to N. Africa), it was the year of trials (my internship in Illinois), it was the year of great realizations (my internship in Illinois), it was the year of letting go of my anger at God (my internship in Illinois), it was the year of making new friendships and deepening previous relationships (this past semester at Northland), it was the year of new beginnings (new president at Northland) and I'm sure I could think of more things that could characterize this year, but I think I have written enough.

I really enjoy writing out prayers to God, so I think the best way to close out this post is to thank the Lord for what He did this year.  So, here's my prayer:

Father, I thank You so much for this year.  I thank You for the work You did in my life through all the circumstances You brought me through.  I know that I don't learn nearly as much when my life is going the way I want it.  So, thank You Lord for not giving me what I want, but giving me what You know I need.  I know that I can thank You for the trials because You are working Your great purposes in my life through them.  Help me Father in the coming year to keep my eyes fixed on You!  I know there will be times when I will take my eyes off of you, but help me when I fall to run right back to Your loving arms!  Help me Father to submit myself to You, and please work in my life to make me more like Yourself this year!  I give this year to You, O LORD!  Do with it what You will!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.