Sunday, May 15, 2011

WHEN GOD MOVES...WOW!

          When God is ready to move and you have been praying, don't be surprised when it happens! God has been moving in our life rapidly in the last few days. Last Wednesday, we had our regular bible study class. We did something a little different. We got in a circle and each person took a few moments to pray about whatever was on their heart. When my wife, Joni, prayed, it was concerning her employment. As we prepare to move to DFW, we are diving in with both feet because as of last week Joni didn't have a job or even a good prospect.  When we arrived home, Joni checked the job postings for the DFW area and lo and behold, there was a new posting in Coppell ISD. Like she usually does, she applied for the job and emailed the principal to following morning with her resume and cover letter. Within two hours, she received an email from the principal asking her to come for an interview the next day, Friday. We went up and Joni interviewed. Two hours after her interview, the principal called her to request a second interview!!! She has that interview this Friday, so prayers are greatly appreciated! 
         
          The thing that gets me about all of this is that God is ALWAYS THAT FAITHFUL and we are so blind to his faithfulness! I began to look back over the past few months and have been astonished at how God has continually worked throughout our lives. I was thinking, 'How could anyone be so blind to not see God alive, well, and working in our lives every day?' The answer is it's easy to be blind the the work of God. We live such busy lives and our day planners are so full that we often don't "stop and smell the roses." And quite frankly, Satan likes it that way! The busier we are, the less we pay attention to God's work, the more of a foothold Satan has to pull us away from the work to which God has called each of us. I think it's important to work diligently to resist our schedules being so overrun with stuff that we neglect our relationship with God. Daily prayer, study of scripture, and just being with God is important to balance our lives. We are still going to be busy, but we will also be rooted in the Word of God and will be more likely able to handle our problems. What is even more is that we will stay connected to God and will begin to appreciate the work of God in our lives, the lives of our loved ones and friends, and the world.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Reflections on OBL seem natural, but I'm not ready.

     Most of my friends who blog have been blogging about the death of Osama bin Laden or OBL. It is such a big subject to think about that I have decided I really need to temper my reaction and think more about what my reaction is. I have seen too many of my friends flying off the handle and saying many derogatory things toward President Obama and who should get the credit and whether or not we should rejoice in the death of OBL. I have initial reactions about all of this and I did react, but in haste. Now I am choosing to wait and pray about how God would have me react. I think that many of us need to spend some time thinking and praying about how God would have us react to a situation. I wonder how different the world would be if Christians, just Christians, would stop and consider how God would have us to act in situations?
     I am reminded of a passage in Colossians 3 that helps us know how to conduct ourselves in a Christian manner. I am definitely far from perfect. I am challenged by this passage quite a bit. It says to clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Even more than this, clothe yourself in LOVE. LOVE is what holds you all together in perfect unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body to have peace. Always be thankful!
     Let us pray for our Nation and our World! I think that is the only appropriate response to what is going on in the world today. It is far from over, but God is in control.

Monday, April 25, 2011

So that's my problem!

     I realized the other day that my issue is I start things and never finish them. I was gung-ho about this blog and have posted once. I hope to get better as time goes on. Life has been busy and crazy since February and I won't try to catch you up on all the details, but instead will make a commitment to work toward a blog a week.
     Last week was an  AMAZING week, but busy as ever. It was Holy Week and for the first time in my tenure at SUMC we had Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. It was so amazing to see God moving through the people of the church as we commemorated the last supper and foot washing as contained in the Gospel of John on Maundy Thursday. Following that service, we went to First Baptist Church to do a baptism by immersion. It was an eye-opening experience. Good Friday service seemed mediocre until we participated in Christ's Lament. Our fallibility was made clear through those sobering words. On Easter Sunday, we had a baptism, a confirmation, and holy communion. It was a great celebration of the Risen Christ! We had over 70 in worship and enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the members of the Church following worship!
     This week we really get busy on packing as we only have 6 weeks until the big move! We are excited and nervous all at the same time! Hopefully, I will be true to my commitment and post in a week, if not sooner!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Trying Something New

So, I have decided to give in to the whole blogging thing. I have rolled my eyes many times when people go on and on about their blog. The more I think about it, the more it seems like the thing to do. I think I will use it as my accountability blog to help me with my weight loss and my spiritual journey or just to get my thoughts out of my head. Lord knows I need some help getting my act together in the weight loss arena! Who knows where it will go? I am excited to try something new. If you think about it, it's kind of like a public journal! Something new I am starting is praying the hours. I am currently using a set of books by Phyllis Tickle called The Divine Hours: A Manual for Prayer. It hasn't really taken off yet, but I am still reading the introduction and deciding how I will use it. I will keep you posted on how that goes! At any rate, here goes!


In the grip of God's love and grace,


J