Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From His Lips

When the soldier came to Jesus and begged Him to heal his servant He was amazed by the soldiers confidence in His words. "... You only need to command it, and my servant will be healed." And He healed the man's servant.

When the waves came up on the lake and the followers cried out to the Lord to save them, interrupted by their unfaithfulness, he spoke to the wind and "... it became completely calm." 

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

   O Lord my God, how great you are!
      You are robed with honor and majesty.
    2 You are dressed in a robe of light.
   You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
    3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
   You make the clouds your chariot;
      you ride upon the wings of the wind.
 4 The winds are your messengers;
      flames of fire are your servants.

May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
      The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
 32 The earth trembles at his glance;
      the mountains smoke at his touch.

 33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
      I will praise my God to my last breath!

(parts of Psalm 104)

When Jesus prayed for His followers He called on the power of God's very name to keep them safe and asks, "Make them ready for your service through your truth; your teaching is truth." The words of God hold all power and authority.

The psalmist says that the authority of God is found in the sky, the clouds, the wind, the stars, fire and light. The soldier found the authority in the words of Jesus, literally that He could speak healing. The followers on the boat watched the authority of God when Jesus spoke to the wind and the water became calm. They saw the power of the words of Jesus.

How is Jesus revealing his authority to you?

Is His authority as real to you as it was to the soldier?

Don't give the bible class answer, that we have His authority in the Bible. While that is true, I don't believe that it is the only way God shows Himself to us. ~ One of the greatest mistakes we make is thinking that God is not active in our world because the Bible has a back cover. 

Monday, July 7, 2008

Busy, An Understatement

You could say that life has been busy lately. This is one of the busy parts of the year which is punctuated by a couple of events that I didn't anticipate a month ago and so my attention can only be spent on the things that matter. - Luckily I've been able to find time to tend some of the roses on campus which I thoroughly enjoyed doing with my mom last week when they came to visit. (I love my mom and dad!) - There has been one fun trip to the swimming pool so far with one planned for Friday. - Singing with eP is always a pleasurable experience and I get to do it three evenings next week! - Spending time with my friend Suzy. - A trip to Mount Saint Helens. What a day! - PSP. - My Miss Nona. - And my best friend, Logan. - Sparklers with the boys. - Kung Fu Panda (Hilarious!). - Working out (this is week 14). 

Then there's life: work, packing to move across campus, work, cleaning and work.

For a brief moment I forgot that it is an election year. That was  a truly blissful moment.

Right now, I'm blogging when I should be folding laundry. There are two loads in the dryers, one in the washer, two on my couch and I have to get it done tonight because they tomorrow are taking out the units we have downstairs so they can be replaced. 6am is going to come very soon. My friend Kristi and Logan both posted on the choices people make. I am busy. This is true. So I make the choice to be un-busy at some point in each day, to give my undivided attention to each of my three boys for a while. That is the second most important thing of the day. The first is checkin' in with God; in prayer, in scripture and believe it or not in my work outs. - The rest are details... that keep me busy for the rest of the 18 waking hours a day.