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Death is Not Dying

Our life is fragile and easily blown away. But death is not dying.

Today I finally sat down to watch the video of Rachel Barkey speaking to a group of women about the terminal cancer that fills her body and the faith in God that fills her soul. It’s a beautiful address that everyone should hear. It’s just under an hour long but it’s well worth the time out of your day. She is a beautiful inspiration and I believe that through her upcoming death God will work wonders and be glorified. I can not wait to meet her in heaven some day and while it is so sad that she is only 37 and leaving behind a husband, two young children, and other family and friends, she will be in heaven and God will use her life and death for His good and glorious purposes. Now go and watch the video and let her words speak for themselves!

(Picture courtesy Keara Jaelyn.)

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A New Year

 It will soon be 2009 and I feel as if it snuck up on me. A new year always seems strange to me and it often takes me a few weeks to get used to calling it the new year.  Something about it seems so mysterious and far off, yet so familiar and like we’ve done it a million times. There seems to be something about a new start, a chance to do things differently, a chance to improve, a chance for change that is inspiring, though sometimes frustrating when thinking of the past.

 Past years and mistakes can often seem to “haunt” us with memories of resolutions broken and all the times we fail. I have usually made resolution for as long as I can remember, but I can not remember ever keeping them totally. Thinking about it now, I think a reason for that is lack of prayer about it.

 Resolutions always seem to be something that “we” do. It’s about our will and our determination, and that’s why I think that God hasn’t let me succeed in my attempts at resolutions. I am just learning now the balance between what we do and what God does when it comes to holiness and righteousness. We obviously can not do anything on our own and it’s only through God’s grace and strength we are able to do what’s right, but we also have a responsibility to do what’s right. It’s confusing to figure out, but something that’s important. Either end of the spectrum can be very dangerous.

 This year I came to the New Year with many goals ahead of me before I even thought about making resolutions. There are things that I know God is speaking to me that I need to change. Things I need to do to make better use of my time. I guess if I was to make a resolution, I would say that I want to work harder at glorifying God with my whole heart, soul, mind, and life. I don’t want to leave ANY part that Jesus is not in total control of it and I have not surrendered to Him. That is my dream and my goal, but it’s not really something that is solved in a year, it takes a lifetime.

 God bless you in 2009 and may you live more and more to serve and glorify the God of the universe! Soli Deo Gloria!

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Glorifying God

 

Lately God has been seeming to point me to something he wants me to truly learn and grasp. It’s been popping up in so many places and the timing of them makes me convinced God is the one behind it all (but isn’t he behind everything anyway?).

A little more than a week ago I was talking to my good friend Josh on Gmail chat. We were on a random topic and were saying something about plans (it’s a long story). He asked me if I had a plan and I said my plan was to live my life in a way that will bring glory to God. “Good plan” was his reply. Then he did something very typical for him, or as I say, “Joshish“, “How are you going to do that in the next 5 minutes?”. I was not sure and I asked him how he was going to do it and he didn’t know either.

Well that night I read Colossians 3 for my devotions (I follow a scheduled plan so it wasn’t like I planned this). My mind dwelled for a long time that night on “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him” (verse 17) and that brought to mind I Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God”.

So as I lay in bed I was thinking on just what that means. We often say, “do everything for God’s glory” but what do we really mean by it, and what does that look like in an everyday life? How do we do everyday things like school, work, chores, friendships, Facebook, in a way that will bring glory to God? How do you take the simple things and make them glorify God? How do you even, as my mom says, “pee your pants for Jesus”?

Well the basis is a simple statement that I came to a conclusion on, “Find ways to make everything bring glory to God and if there is not a way to do that, do not do that thing.” It’s a simple concept, but a hard one to follow. There are so many pointless things out there. So many things that are truly a waste of time and energy. We need to use prudence and wisdom on what things our worth our time and glorify God.

I started making some resolutions for different areas of my life on how to use them to glorify God. I call them my “Soli Deo Gloria Resolutions” which means “For God’s glory” in Latin. I will be sharing some of them (I am doing it slowly to conquer one area at a time before adding the next) in future posts. I think my next posts will be expanding on this tjcxmnmxn,and I hope that this will be helpful to you and glorifying to God.

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Servant’s Heart

“You say you have a plan for me
And that you want the best for my life
Told me the world had yet to see
What you can do with one
That’s committed to Your call
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” ___ Surrender, Barlowgirl

 God has shown me what he can do if someone is willing to serve him. On Thursday night I was lying on my bed praising God for just using me. I was blown away by the opportunities that God has placed in my life to serve him. My dad had just got back from the deacons meeting and said that my project to raise money for LC2LC was approved and I had just heard that I would be writing for Seekers Of Truth. I was amazed that he was using me. My prayer for years has been that God would use me even more so these last few months. And I am amazed at what he can do with a young girl that loves him. It boggles my mind.

 What I want to ask you guys is: Do you have a servant’s heart? Are you willing to serve Jesus with your life? Are you willing to step out of the boring and easy and simple and to use your life to bring glory to your creator and savior? Just think about this. And never say that you are too young. For when the prophet Jeremiah said that God rebuked him. Let’s not miss out on the blessing of serving God and being able to do great and awesome things with the power that he is willing to give us.

~~~Nobody~~~

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