>> Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(3) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
In the mornings here, we have a routine of gathering in groups of 2 or 3 and praying for each other and ATI families. I asked the young lady I prayed with today that she would pray for God to bless me with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Although these are virtues I hope I grow in my entire life, I saw God acknowledge that prayer later in the morning, as He gave me the opportunity to put into practice things He's been teaching me by crossing my paths with a woman who had a lot of questions about salvation, Heaven, and the sin nature. I am so grateful for the Bible during conversations like that, because God almost always brings to mind verses and precepts from Scripture that directly apply to the topic at hand. I thank the Lord that His strength is made perfect in my weakness, and that He has promised His Word will not return unto Him void, but will accomplish what He pleases and prosper where He sends it. [See Isaiah 55:11]
>> Friday, November 6, 2009
Some of you may be aware of the growing excitement over what's going on in Washington D.C. this week: a great gathering of people from all over the nation coming together to participate in the Bible Bee Nationals! I am so inspired by the diligence and perseverance shown in their memorizing, and look forward to watching some of the live webcast here! Let's keep the contestants in prayer, especially that God would bless them in their love for the Word of God!
Congratulations, Daniel Staddon, for winning 1st place!!
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee."
>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Prayer is really a beautiful thing. I am so grateful that I can come to the Lord about anything, at any time, anywhere. I cherish the time alone I get to truly commune with God, and have quickly learned that I need that time daily! I know instantly whenever I become troubled about something, that I just need to go to God about it, and I will find a peace and rest in that place that nothing else can provide.
Last night I came across a prayer in I Chronicles 29 that was so eloquent and so beautiful, and quickly pulled out from my heart a deep gratitude and admiration for God! It was prayed by David in front of a whole congregation before making his son, Solomon, the king:
Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory,
and the victory, and the majesty:
for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O LORD,
and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honor come of thee,
and thou reignest over all;
and in thine hand is power and might;
and in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee,
and praise thy glorious name.
14But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
16O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
17I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
18O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
19And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.
20And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.
Trust in him at all times;
ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.
>> Monday, November 2, 2009
A couple weeks ago, Dad, Mom, and Jewel were able to visit me in Chicago. Our time together was short, but it was so good to be able to see each other again! During their stay, we took the opportunity to visit Sears Tower, which is located downtown Chicago. From the sky deck, which is 1,353 feet high, you can see 40-50 miles around on a clear day, and on the 103rd floor, there are 4 glass boxes you can walk into that extend almost 4 feet out from the wall and over the street! It was an amazing experience to go there, and the Lord really blessed our time together. We had no trouble getting to the tower (even though all we knew is it was "somewhere downtown"!) and it was the absolute perfect time of day to go: right when the sun was displaying a beautiful array of colors as it was setting, and the many, many lights of the city were shining bright.
2. having supreme rank, power, or authority.
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4. greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
5. being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
6. efficacious; potent: a sovereign remedy.