Archive for August, 2010

August 18, 2010

Nothing

Allowing ourselves to be overcome by God means allowing him to take precedence in our hearts above all other things. I can think of no better way to live my life, than to indulge in his scriptures and learn a life that is holy, a life that is lovely.

I’ve tried what this world has to offer me, and I’ve been disappointed time after time. What I have found in Jesus, is true love, that is hopeful and perseveres. Tangible in every way and never failing my heart.

In moments of desperation, when uncertainty creeps in, I have to stop and remind myself of what lives within me. I stop and remind myself that Jesus lives within me, through his Holy Spirit, I am full of life, overflowing life.

I desire to remain in the vine, the vine that is Christ and live my life according to his will.

I want nothing but Jesus, the Messiah.

August 15, 2010

Center City Church

As I await for service to start, I am sitting in the seats at Center City Church, and I feel the anticipation of something exciting about to happen. God is moving through the people of this church in loving ways. The commandment “love your neighbor as yourself” is being displayed boldly. It’s an extraordinary sight to see.

Today is also a day Will and I celebrate our time spent at Center City as prepare for the next step. It’s a day to rejoice and reminisce, to enjoy the fellowship one last time with those we have grown to love as deeply as we love our own family.

To be accepted and loved instantly upon my arrival to this place was beautiful. Center City has marked me forever. I’ll always wake up on Sunday mornings, thinking of this place and how it all started.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Will and I in our time here. He always talked about you guys and mentioned how amazing it was to serve alongside people like you. And now I have tasted and I have seen, what God has brewed together. I love you all and am forever changed by your love.

God is here in Center City. The souls that are being reached in this place and those that are waiting to be reached, have no idea what they are getting into. (Something along the lines of bold coffee and Jesus ;D)

Love of God, continue to overflow here and continue to make your presence known. Bless the leadership of Center City and carry out the promises you’ve given them. Knit them closer together and keep being the only reason why they exist.

Amen.

I love you, Center City Church. Always and forever.

August 11, 2010

“Act like it”

Today friends were talking about living up to what we talk about, to really be “do-ers” and not “talkers.” I couldn’t agree with her more.

To say that we live for Christ is one thing, but to actually live for him is another. I, by no means, believe that I have this thing down. I am learning every day, I have only but a glimpse of who God is and cannot wait to discover more.

But I couldn’t help but feel convicted by her statement. And as I read the book of Colossians tonight, the beginning sentences were just that.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”  Msg 3:1&2

I believe I have spent more time focusing on my present obstacles, on what is material and seems to be all that my life is about…but that is where I’m wrong. When did my life become all about earthly things and not about heavenly ones?

I say this not to sound legalistic, but to remind myself that life is always about Jesus and my purpose in life is to love him and follow his ways.

When I focus on my surroundings more than I focus on him, I go crazy. Irritable, annoyed, boring. When I allow for his peace to take over me, I’m me again.

So this is a public thank you to our God above, for refocusing my thoughts and allowing me to see life through his lenses yet again. I pray the same for those of you who are reading this tonight too.

August 10, 2010

Keeping it under wraps.

Internship is over and I’m getting ready for the next turn of events that life seems to be taking.

I’ve been awake for hours and I’m so antsy, I’m driving myself nuts. I cannot sit still and do something, my mind is ticking, ticking away.

Whatever God is doing, He’s letting us know piece by piece.

Things may seem vague to some – but we’re waiting just like you seem to be. This process of waiting, develops trust, trust develops a deeper devotion on my part and I feel my heart in sync with His.

I have a millions ideas of what could happen. There are tons of fears but there is a holy anticipation.

I want what’s under wraps.

Having a dream and hoping it’s God’s dream too is what I’m praying for.