New Site!

To my followers, I am officially inviting you all to join me on my personal website, solomonbound.com, where I will be continuing my blogging from here on. Through my website builder I don’t have a “subscribe” capability (yet) but on my site you’ll find links to my twitter and facebook pages which you can follow/like for regular updates. Thanks everyone! I hope you all come take a look!

Writing Fast.

Well I’ve come to a point where I’ve decided through prayer that I need to take a short writing fast, for a couple of reasons, but primarily in order to refocus why I’m writing and what my writing needs to be about. I can’t imagine I’ll be gone long and I’ll be continuing with the four other aspects of my 30 days of productivity, so keep an eye out for my next post.

Thanks everyone,
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

Courageous.

This morning while I was driving and thinking about needing to work out, I turned on the rock music station and blasted the volume. I thought about making a new rock mix to pump me up before a work out while aggressive music poured against my face. I thought for a while about it and eventually switched back to the local Christian station where “Courageous,” by Casting Crowns was playing. So I quickly found that a song about how strong I am and how powerful I am going to become can pump me up until I’m ready to go pummel tree trunks, the line in the song, “The only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands,” can bring me to tears. We rely so heavily on our own strength and what we can do that it’s so easy to forget that the strongest stance we can ever take is being prostrated before Christ.

” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” 1 Peter 5:6

I am in no way saying not to work out, I highly encourage it, but I was reminded that exercising the Spirit is much more important. Why? Because we’re still warriors and we’re still on a battlefield. The Devil is very real and his Demons are very real and the souls they are claiming are really going to Hell. How do I know? The Bible says so.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

The song talks about rekindling passion, and here is where passion usually fails. New Christians usually go around telling everyone they see about how sinners should repent lest they go to Hell but soon they hit a block where constant rejection of the Word has discouraged them, or maybe a family member or friend is truly hurt to be called, “a bad person,” and it’s easy to want to step away in order to keep friendships alive. Where’s the middle ground?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

Sometimes it’s so easy when we’re talking about God to use that verse more in a, “You have sinned and You fall short,” kind of way and that’s why it’s so easy for the world to hate Christians. Things to remember: We are ALL born into sins. All sins. For some people lying is prominent and murder is dormant and probably won’t ever show itself, but the liar still has the capacity to murder and a murderer still has the capacity to lie. So next time we condemn someone for struggling with homosexuality we should try to remember that we struggle too.

Who is the enemy? Sin, temptation, the Devil and his Demons. Be passionate about that. As far as an unsaved soul goes, your job is to love them, lead them by example, and share the Word with them. If they want to keep sinning after you’ve done that, that’s between them and God. Don’t worry about it because it’s likely you have your own sins to ask forgiveness for.

From one of  my favorite video games of all time, there is a cut-scene that I’ve always loved watching because it was just so powerful to me. Loki (god of mischief – Norse Mythology) has amassed an army of giants and is attacking Asgard. You see two sentries at the gate, one of whom sacrifices himself to save the other from the gate as it falls. Once the gate is open, Loki and his army charge the wall. The sentry runs out to meet them with his war hammer trailing behind him, all very epic, and slams through the front-lines of the giants, taking more than a few down with him before they overwhelm him.

This is the courage and the passion I want. In the morning when my daughter isn’t awake yet, do I sleep an extra twenty minutes, or do I get up and study God’s Word? When I’m stuck in traffic do I groan about getting home fifteen minutes later or do I use that time to see why God wanted fifteen extra minutes of my attention today? It’s the little things, where we can choose to sharpen the Spirit, that we need to be aware of. Those small victories that can make the difference in our spiritual war.

I hope you guys liked the post, I feel like I may have digressed a little in the middle, but I feel like it all needed to be said. Thanks for reading, let me know what your thoughts are.

God Bless

Moving On.

Well first of all, let me apologize for such a large gap between posts… hopefully it won’t happen again. Next, I’d like to thank everyone that has followed this blog. It means a lot to have you guys with me.

 

“But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses.” Exodus 9:12

When I started studying the Bible again, this verse gave me a lot of trouble because I had never imagined, or heard of, God manipulating someone’s heart for any reason. I thought free will was absolute and that was that. I brought the question to my pastor and he pointed these verses out to me.

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

So what does this mean? It means that when God created you, the End was already in His mind so He knew where you’d be standing. “Foreknew”
So He lines up your life, from the family your born into (I’m sure something we all question now and again) to the people you’ll interact with.
“Predestined”
Now with your life experiences there is a job for you to do. Someone else could do it, but He wants you.
“Called”

Put simply, God knows if someone is going to choose to follow Him. It’s your choice, but He knows and He can plan accordingly. The Pharaoh was just someone who wouldn’t ever choose to follow God so God used Him for His glory. How does this apply? No matter where you are in life, God is working on you and through you. Try not to let yourself get caught up in the little things and always remember that the long-term goal is knowing you played your part in God’s kingdom.

(there are two other keywords that went beyond the point I was trying to make, but I didn’t want to leave them out as they are also infinitely important.)

This calling plays a part in the kingdom of God, so who’s to say you’re worthy of it? God did, when he sent Jesus to die for you.
“Justified”
And finally, through this process you’ve become a new creation, a child of God.
“Glorified”

Where are you going to go from here? Wherever it is, do it in prayer and with the hand of God leading the way. Thanks for reading, let me know what you guys thought.

God Bless