Seek, Wait and Repeat.

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

I don’t have a meditation today so much as a word of encouragement. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re in the middle of God’s works. You’re a part of His plan although sometimes it may be hard to see that. We live in an age where we can talk to someone on the other side of the planet in an instant so it’s only natural that waiting on a word from God can get frustrating.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

He works in His own time which is usually exactly what we need but the last thing we want. Hannah had to endure taunts for years because she couldn’t bear a child. Finally, when she poured her heart out to God, He reached out to her. It’s not that He was trying to make up His mind, He was waiting for her to seek Him more deeply.

“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” Psalm 119:10

I hope whatever you’re going through you have the peace that only Christ can give as you go through the process of finding direction. Thanks for reading,

God Bless

Leave the Dead.

“And Jesus said to him, “Follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”” Matthew 8:22

We’re all busy. I once worked for a man who worked seven days a week year round except for a grand total of two weeks. I’m sure this verse can mean a lot of things to each individual, but to me what it’s saying now is, what’s holding you back? If Jesus was at your door right now what would you ask Him to wait for? No I get it, let’s go save the world, but first I’d really like to finish mowing the yard, or could you wait until October maybe? That’s when I get my vacation time. Something we all need to remember is that we aren’t ever going to achieve “perfect” or “good enough” without God. If we could do that Jesus would not have had to die for us.

What’s stopping you today? Has God been calling you only to hear about all the things you need to do first? Maybe you need to make the choice to just do it. Step out in faith, let God handle what matters and what doesn’t matter will handle itself.

Hope you guys enjoyed the thought,
God Bless

 

Homosexuality.

I wasn’t going to post this or talk about this or go near this, but I saw a verse and so here I am.

“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7

Recently I’ve been seeing little red equal signs all over the internet and honestly I have no idea what’s been causing this rise in gay rights outcries. What does it mean as a Christian though? Once I was a Christian who very deeply detested homosexuality but that might have been because “gay” was a fairly regularly used term to describe me in fifth grade as I was the “new kid from Texas” and that just seemed fun I guess. Now one of my best friends in the world is a homosexual, not to mention a close family member, so my views are a little different.

It’s hard, as a Christian, to be objective about homosexuality. Why? Because we’re human and we get things wrong pretty much all the time. The Bible very clearly points to homosexuality as a sin. Period. We argue a lot about what the Bible says or how to interpret what it says, but there’s really no wiggle room for that one. But how do we approach it? The same way we handle every other sin in the world.

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1

Key words to watch for here are, “spirit of gentleness.” That means that if you need to confront someone about homosexuality, you need to remember that homosexuality is a sin, just like lying is a sin, or any other handful of things we all do on a regular basis, by nature. The usual argument is that homosexuality is unnatural, but only in the same way that lying is unnatural. We are born into sin. We are all born into all sin. I heard a pastor describe it once, saying that we all have specific sins that we struggle with most so you may go your whole life without once having a noticeable inclination toward homosexuality, but somewhere within you it’s there, the bottom line is that we are all born into all sins. Again, homosexuality is a sin. Period. That means that while I love my best friend and my family member to no end, I don’t support their lifestyle choice. That doesn’t mean I remind them every time I see them. That doesn’t mean I refuse to meet their partners. That means they know where I stand, I know where they stand and we respect each other.

I usually use Bible verses from the ESV but I really like NLT on this one.

“After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

The thing about sins is that we are called to turn from them. I know of one homosexual who has chosen to reject that side of himself in order to live fully for God. We need to see this as a more real option. As Jude 1:7 expresses, Sodom and Gomorrah was a very clear example of what happens when people as a nation turns to sexual immorality rather than away from it.

So the bottom line is this, while homosexuality should not be ignored or accepted by any means, it is not our job as Christians to “fix” people of any particular sin. It is our job to love them, to lead by example, and to be a beacon aimed at Christ.

I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this blog. Feel free to share any input in the comments.

God Bless

Where’s Your Paradise?

“Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” Matthew 19:21-22

Coming from someone who has never had an abundance of money, being poor stinks. Period. Money is safety, comfort, and status and what could be more important in this life? As children we all dream of the perfect home that we’ll make as adults, then as adults we strive to make that real. I personally want a cabin in the woods on a hill overlooking a lake. Why? To me that would be paradise. I’m living in a place I don’t like (geographically… it’s hot and humid and not at all my version of physically attractive.) and I always imagined I’d be gone the first chance I got, but why? Because I’m seeking my paradise on Earth.

The man mentioned in this verse had that problem too, except that he had achieved his paradise already. If I spend the rest of my life trying to get my cabin in the woods only to have God say, “Move back into your parents house in that hot, humid, ugly city.” Can you imagine? I’m not saying not to aim for that dream, definitely go for it, but remember that your paradise in Heaven will make your paradise on Earth look like the hot, humid, ugly city. Remember that God will put you where He needs you and if you’re too busy struggling to get to your version of perfection you might miss your mission along the way.

The bottom line here is to keep your eye on the true prize. Money is not security and you haven’t seen paradise until God has shown it to you. Where’s your paradise? Is reaching it getting in the way of where God actually wants you to be? Take a moment today to really think about where you are and pray about what you need to do while you’re there.

Thanks for reading,
God Bless

30 Days of Productivity.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

Some people have a natural talent for always staying busy or at the very least, doing what needs to be done sooner rather than later. Sadly, I don’t. I’m sure this is a problem a lot of us suffer from, so I’ve decided to dedicate the next 30 days to productivity. I’m choosing five things that, if made a priority, can enhance my life and I’d like to invite all of you to join me. For example:

Priorities:

1. God – He created me, gives me (and the rest of the world) life every morning, and waits patiently while I fail to make time for Him. In these 30 days I want to set aside 30 minutes a day to pray and be in the Word. Maybe you want to do an hour, maybe you want to do 10 minutes. Whatever you do, just do it.

2. Family – Having a family is demanding so sometimes it’s easy to forget how important every moment is, how every action is significant. When I’m here I need to be better at being here, provide a bit more, and appreciate the little things better. Maybe your family needs you to set more time aside for them.

3. Writing – It’s my passion. My passion that I neglect almost too much to still call it a passion. These 30 days I will be posting every day. Anything from a couple of lines to a couple of paragraphs. I’ll also be working on my novel, trying to get a minimum of 3,000 words a week. Figure out what your passion is and do it. God made it your passion for a reason.

4. Health – My body is a temple, but I’m treating it more like a trash can. Every once in a while I’ll take out the bag and get it clean, but I’m just putting more in. I’ll make some changes in my diet and dedicate 30 minutes a day to exercise.

5. Learning – I have a desire to learn languages, people, and the Bible. With the chance of never making a living as a writer, I’ll be attending school in order to become a Christian Counselor. I’ve been in a rut, and that’s no place for a wisdom-seeker to be.

So why am I sharing this with you, why not just do it? Because I think it’s a challenge we can all benefit from. 30 days of choosing the to-do list over the recliner, the Bible over the T.V., or passion over past-time. If this sounds like something you want to do, take some time to decide what your five priorities are. Decide where you want to be in life and pinpoint the things holding you back, then start.

As always, thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoyed it and I hope you all join me on this 30 day journey. I’m excited to see what God will do when we put the insignificant things aside.

God Bless

Fearing God.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Proverbs 9:10

Have you ever feared the Lord? Truly felt a deep sense of fear and awe at who He is. The first time I remember feeling anything like that I had been reading the story of Moses and while I knew he parted the Red Sea, before that point I had never known that the Pharaoh’s army had followed them.

“The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained.” Exodus 14:28

It really just struck me in that moment who God was and I was genuinely fearful of Him. Now, I think that’s something we all need to experience. Not something we should cling to, but definitely experience. Sometimes we replace God with so many things, but when we see God as God, remembering that we are Not suddenly gets easier.

Maybe today you’re waiting on God to show up in a big way. You’re crying out for the sea to part and you’ve got an army coming up behind you. Wherever you are, I hope you take some time to step back and remember who God is and let yourself feel the power behind that truth. Thanks for reading, feel free to share any thoughts.

God Bless

Beautiful Blogger Award

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A great big thank you to Michelle, a fellow blogger and Christ follower, for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. She has an incredible blog about reflecting on the Word of God that I think anyone seeking after Him can benefit from, so check it out here. I’m honored to have this and I hope all of you continue to share in my walk.

Here are the rules for having such a reward bestowed upon me:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Seven Things About Me:

1. Well I’m a twenty year old aspiring Christian author with a two-year old daughter and I am engaged, in my opinion, to the greatest woman on Earth.

2. I love Italian food and if I could eat it for all three meals and never gain weight I most definitely would.

3. I’m not in school now but I’d like to go back, starting with a degree in Christian Counseling and seeing where life goes from there, although I’d like to get a Doctorate in Theology

4. As my blog says, I’m seeking wisdom from God.

5. I love the sound of songbirds in the morning. One day I hope my home is a place they flock to in the mornings.

6. My favorite shows are The Big Bang Theory, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother

7. I came to Christ after finding myself enthralled by Left Behind: The Kid’s Series, so for a long time my favorite book in the Bible was Revelation.

My Seven Nominations:

First of all, let me just say that this was hard. I haven’t been involved in blogging networks for very long, but already I’ve seen so many fantastic blogs so choosing seven is why I’m posting this in the afternoon instead of the morning.

1. http://sweetlittlesongbird.wordpress.com/ – This is my lovely bride-to-be. She inspires me, challenges me, and always supports me. Here you’ll find her photography coupled with some excellent insights into her mind. Even being as close to her as I am, every new post is a treat.

2. http://onceforalldelivered.blogspot.com/ – I’ll be honest, I just found this blog today. It was linked on another blog I was looking at today so I checked it out and was hooked. Great insights on God’s Word. A must read for fellow wisdom-seekers.

3. http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/ – If your goal is to write and serve God and feed your family, this blog should be pinned on your favorites bar. Why? Because those are all the things this blogger is doing.

4. http://jonlilley.com/ – Some very solid, biblical posts that can speak into anyone’s life. This is one of the first blogs I started following and it really is just great.

5. http://timothyshockleysr.com/ – This blog is like when the Assistant Pastor or the Youth Pastor has been doing a message series on Sunday mornings, then that first week when the Senior Pastor walks back up to the front. Just a great, powerful message.

6. http://davidtoft.wordpress.com/ – “messages of light and hope to encourage and inspire.” Very true. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to read just one of these posts.

7. http://www.thinkingchristian.net/  – I love his credo; Christians do not hold the truth, we are held by it. This is another really good blog for wisdom-seekers.

Thank you again to Michelle and all my readers, it means a lot to have you all with me.

God Bless