Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I resolve to ask God for wisdom to speak out of a single-minded devotion to Him. 1:5
I resolve to boast only in the exaltation I receive in Jesus Christ and the humility I receive from Jesus Christ. 1:9,10
I resolve to set a watch over my mouth. 1:13
I resolve to be constantly quick to hear and slow to speak. 1:19
I resolve to learn the Gospel way of speaking to both rich and poor. 2:1-4
I resolve to speak in the present consciousness of my final judgment. 2:12
I resolve never to stand on anyone’s face with the words I employ. 2:16
I resolve never to claim as reality in my life what I never truly experience. 3:14
I resolve never to speak decided evil of another out of a heart of antagonism 4:11
I resolve never to boast in anything that I will accomplish 4:13
I resolve always to speak as one who is subject to the providences of God. 4:15
I resolve never to grumble, because I know the Judge is listening at the door. 5:9
I resolve never to allow anything but total integrity in everything I say. 5:12
I resolve to speak to God in prayer when I suffer. 5:13
I resolve to sing praises to God whenever I am cheerful. 5:14
I resolve to ask for the prayers of others when I am in need. 5:14
I resolve to confess it whenever I fail. 5:15
I resolve to pray with others for one another when I am with them. 5:15
I resolve to speak words of restoration when I see another wander. 5:19
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The boys watching Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
For those that don't know: James cut his back last Monday out in the backyard. We have no certain idea of how he did it, but the cut was 2 inches long, went down to the muscle and required 7 stitches to close. On top of all of that the urgent care doctor put that horrible tape on his back to hold the gauze on and now wont come off!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I was reading Psalm 63 this morning and specifically meditating on verse 1 which states "O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; My soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You; in a dry and weary land where there is no water." As I mused on this verse I pictured the hills around me the past few days and the "fall" that we have been experiencing here in Santa Clarita. Most of October was dominated by temperatures of the upper 90s and into the 100s. November has cooled off ot the upper 80s and into the 90s. "Is this fall?" I've been asking myslef for the last two months. Along with such temperatures have come extreme winds whipping through our valley, drying everything up even further and wreaking havoc on our yards. Here is a vivid picture of a dry and weary land. I am so tired of heat and dry and wind; I long for the cool relief of gray clouds in the sky, rain falling and refreshing this dry ground and cleaning the air of the dust and debris.
On the hills surrounding our home for the past three days fires have been burning. We are able to see smoke billowing out over the valley, patches of earth smoldering as we drive by, helicopters flying over dropping water in order to put out the flames. Thankfully, we have been spared any damage and the winds have proven helpful to us in blowing the smoke away from us, although damaging to others as it blew both smoke and embers the other direction. Can there be a more vivid object lesson for understanding Psalm 63:1? David too was in the wilderness when he wrote this Psalm. He was hiding. He, the king of Israel, was hiding in the wilderness from his own son, Absolom, when he penned this song of desperate need for the LORD. All around him he was able to see a dry and weary land, where there was no water and here was a picture of his soul. I sat this morning reading this and thinking on this and realized that Santa Clarita is a picture of my soul: dry, weary, thirsty, tired, scorched by the flames of trials.
And then I read it again and learned about how David refreshed his dry, weary and scorched soul. He didn't complain, he didn't even ask God to take it away. No, instead he turned to God, his God and earnestly sought Him until He was found! He knew that refreshment was only found in seeking God. He longed for God as I have longed for rain. He knew that by seeking God he would find a downpour of grace to wash over his soul and soak him so thoroughly that he would become saturated in the Spirit of God; and then he would find relief. That is my prayer. Today I will seek God earnestly. And this leads me back to a verse I was memorizing some weeks ago - "Be still and know that I am God". Today, I want to be still and let the Spirit of God pour down upon me, and saturate me with His grace, to soak into my heart and refresh my dry, weary and thirsty soul. It is that thirst for Jesus that is felt but not realized until you meditate on a verse like this one. Suddenly, this morning, I realized my thirst and that it wasn't necessarily for the baby to sleep or Isabel's work load to lessen or life to simply be easier, for for Jesus - for Him to carry my burdens, for Him to fill me with Himself and wash over me with the comfort of His Spirit.
And I pray for Santa Clarita too, for the clouds of relief to roll over our valley and pour out cool rain upon the scorched hills and the dry and weary land of our town.