Not sure I could say it any better…

•March 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The idea that life is difficult because we are doing something wrong has always bothered me.  Sometimes people get sick, tragedy strikes a family, or the money we think we need isn’t there, and, well, that’s just life.  Life in this world is not easy, the Bible is honest about that.  Why do we expect God to hand over the keys to the BMW or the mansion or give us perfect health?  If we have those things thank God for them and move on.  And if we don’t? The answer is the same, Be Thankful and Praise God.


God is our refuge and strength…

•March 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46

I find this a great encouragement.  God is with us even as the earth, which seems so solid, crumbles and breaks down.

In regard to this, Matthew Henry writes, “This psalm [Psalm 46] encourages us to hope and trust in God and His power, providence, and gracious presence with His church in the worst of times, and directs us to give Him the glory of what He has done for us and what He will do…”  Not only is the Lord in control of the present, but also of the future!

And, you know what, if He is in control of all that, why worry about the things that we have no control over?  We can’t stop the next earthquake or volcanic eruption, and we have no control over the rage of the nations.   We can quit stomping our feet and shouting, “It’s not FAIR!” like petulant children.  And we can run to the safety of our God; the one who is in control.  The one who can melt the earth with His voice and bring true peace among all Peoples.



So I decided…

•March 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…to start something new.

I have all these thoughts that sometimes spin into mini-devotionals.  I decided that they needed to get together.

I named this new blog after a post in my old one:

5.27.2010 “Weakness and Strength”

I am freakishly strong.  A friend calls it my “Monica Strength”.  (For those of you who never watched Friends in the ’90s, Monica was a character and she was… well… freakishly strong.)  I have also been described as emotionally “stable” and “strong”.  This has, at times, been a source of pride for me.  But, you know what?  I’m not as strong as I think I am.  Or as other people might think I am.  None of us are.

But we are so stinkin’ afraid to admit our weaknesses.

Weakness is so negative.  So shameful.  Merriam-Webster gives a number of definitions of “weak”, none of them positive: lacking strength –  deficient in physical vigor, not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain, not able to resist external force or withstand attack, easily upset; not able to function properly.”  Who among us can “resist external force or withstand attack”?  Who among us is truly able to “function properly”?  Our singular, solitary selves are extremely weak.  Without help, we are really able to accomplish very little.  A double-paned window is much better suited to withstand the assault of a storm than a single-paned one.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 – 10, 12 states that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor, for if they fall, one will lift up his companion… Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”  How blessed is it to have friends who can come along side us and provide support!  On our own, we are all lonely, and we are all weak.  As we refuse to admit our need for others, we are displaying a sort of selfishness, and most certainly a great deal of misplaced pride.  When we are unwilling to admit our weaknesses and request help, we begin to live only for ourselves.  The life of a Christian should be quite different.  Along with the admission of our weaknesses and the resultant reliance on Christ, a natural outpouring of a life lived for Christ should be a life lived in the service of others.

What we should be proud of then, is not our strength, but our weakness.  As Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthians, “…He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong” (12:9-10).  The further we lean into the arms of our Savior, the greater the opportunity for His grace to be displayed.

So here goes.  Some mini-devotionals (once a week or so – that’s my goal) and maybe a comment or two on things that sometimes might be a little controversial.