Monday, May 23, 2011

Dressing for the Weather

When you live in Seattle, it is nearly impossible to dress for the weather. The day starts cold, cloudy and perhaps a bit rainy. The sun later decides to show up and the temperature rises a bit. You realize that you are super sweaty because you are wearing a turtle neck, your eyes hurt because you are not used to the sun and you find no motivation to get anything done because you desperately want to enjoy the few hours (or minutes) of sunshine.

The above scenario has occurred a couple of time this month of May.

Hopefully, summer (or spring) will decide to come and stay for a while! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Refreshments on the Journey

I have mentioned at least 10 times in the past six months that I have been wanting to get a good devotional to help me become more disciplined in reading the Word daily.

Well, it turns out I had a great devotional on my bookshelf all along!
I am currently reading "Readings for the Year" - the daily readings are experts taken out of different books written by C.S Lewis. I wanted to share one that really spoke to me this past week:

The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature is the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our own return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.

After reading these words, I realized that I often mistake the inns for home - or better yet, I want to make the inns become home...but the attempts are never successful. 

Why not?

Because this life is temporary and home is yet to come.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Steadfast Spirit

My heart has been heavy, so heavy I can hardly breathe at times.

I have been struggling with loneliness, confusion, sadness…My heart is full of worries and all of me is exhausted. I often wish I could just pack a suitcase and go somewhere where I can rest my body, mind, heart and soul.

I know these feelings do not come from the Lord, but I am having such a hard time overcoming my brokenness.

I feel like I am fighting myself – this is a spiritual battle that is consuming all my energy. In my weariness I want to give up, but I know that the Lord has a plan for me (a plan I do not understand).

I want to live, knowing that my hope is in Him – and Him alone.

So, this is my prayer today:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12

May he grant me a steadfast spirit. May my heart be filled with joy, and may I be sustained by Him alone!
Related Posts with Thumbnails