In the valley on my knees?

Would it matter to you whether you were on the mountain top, or in the valley on your knees?  I wonder sometimes whether God would rather be praised when things are good or if things are bad.  I think maybe when God has us in a valley, He shows us that we need to praise Him above everything.  I forget that sometimes when i’m on the mountain close to Him.  I encourage you today that you would praise God wherever you are.  If you’re in the valley on your knees, you can only grow closer to God.

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What can i memorise?

I really enjoy memorising scripture.  It is such a blessing to me.  I tend to remember longer passages than just a verse.  I enjoy memorising whole chapters. 

I just finished memorising John 1-The Word became Flesh. (The first 18 verses).

What chapters would be chapters that you would say truly deserve memorisation?

Back Home Again!

I want to praise God for an awesome Summer.  A time where i could grow closer to Him.  I feel like a totally new person.  I can hardly remember what it was like to serve Him back then.  I am so grateful to my Father in Heaven that i can publicly write Him praises.  For always being so good no matter what.

My regular schedule is now back and i want to praise God for His promises.  To always be there.  To always want the best for me.  To speak to me.  To help me love others.  To never leave me.  To never forsake me.  To be my light.  To be my God.

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

A TRUE FAMILY~

Welcome To The Family – Psaltys kids praise

My cousins, my siblings and me sang this song at my Grandparents 50th Anniversary.  I finally found the song and am glad to share it with you.  It was such a huge blessing.

Welcome to the family
We’re glad that you have come
To share your life with us
As we grow in love and
May we always be to you
What God would have us be
A family always there
To be strong and to lean on.

(refrain)

May we learn to love each other
More with each new day, may words of love be on our lips
In everything we say
May the spirit melt our hearts
And teach us how to pray….
That we might be a true family.
(repeat)

Published in: on June 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm  Comments (3)  

I have decided to follow Jesus!

I was watching a video today and was reminded of the commitment i made to God when i gave my life to Him.  I had decided and now there is no turning back.  Even when no one goes with me.

I tend to rely on others.  Look to see how they are doing.  Call a friend when i need support.  Why?  Why, when i decided to follow Jesus??  I think the only reason there is no turning back is because He will never fail me.  Each day that comes, no matter how hard it may be, is just one day closer to seeing my Saviour face to face.  It gives me hope and strengthens me for what i do not see.

Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (1)  

Rooted in Christ

In youth the other night we had the topic “Rooted in Christ”.

By identifying winds of our christian walk, we could find ways to deal with them.  Winds such as worldly influences, doubts, temptations, peer pressure, seeing others blown over and not getting up, media, consumerism and other discouragements.

These winds can destroy our roots in Christ, namely our faith.  We need to be mindful of our doctrine. (“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”-Ephesians 4:14)  We are constantly bombarded with information, theories and ideas.  We need to sift through what is true.  (“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” – Colossians 2:6-8 )

What can i do to become more rooted and established in the faith??  I can excersize applying what i believe.  I can know my Bible, grow in knowledge of God’s word.  I can spend time with other christians.  I can be watchful, be careful who teaches me, what i read, and go back to the standard of God’s word.  I can learn from mistakes.  I can read and pray.

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. -James 1:6

Published in: on June 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm  Comments (2)  

i heard this song…

es kann nicht immer nur die Sonne scheinen,

es muss auch ab und zu der Himmel weinen…

It was a german song by a german folk singer Heintje.  It was all about how we can’t enjoy the sunshine if we never experience rain.  This gave me some answers to why i often wonder why i don’t ‘feel’ saved, and why sometimes i feel as though i could burst with love for my Saviour.

I came to the conclusion that the reason i have mountain top experiences is because i spend time in the valleys.  If i never had hard times, then i couldn’t truly feel so complete at other times.  I used to wonder why, but now i know.  Praise God!

my purpose.

We all look for purpose in our lives.  Yet, when we find it we easily can be distracted and become off track.  I need to constantly remind myself that my purpose is pleasing God and doing His will.  How do i remind myself?  I remind myself by spending time with God, whether by myself speaking with Him, or reading His Word.  Another blessing is spending time with God amongst others! 

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. – Eph 6:5-7

Published in: on June 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm  Comments (3)  

I will not waste time on anything that i can’t change anyway.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Worrying about things that i can’t change anyway, is one thing i need to change.  There always will be things i can’t change.  There always will be people i can’t change.  Not that they can’t change, but that they don’t want to.  Can i let them steal my inner peace?

Only God can change things.  And God can also help me to accept things that won’t be changed.  This seems like a hard task.  I need to pray for grace to understand.  I need to remember that i can always find something good about everyone.

More times than not, I am the one who needs to change.  It may be how i look at the situation or the situation is there to change me.  I need to accept what the Lord wants me too.  If i give everything to the Lord, i can watch as He takes care of everything.

Complaining while serving God?

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does. – Ephesians 6:7-8

This something that i need to be reminded of daily.  Whether it is cleaning up the dishes, or doing school work, it is so easy to complain.  But why complain, when what i do is all for God?  How can i complain to the God who sent his only Son to die so that i could live eternally with Him?

If we realized that absolutely everything we do is for the Lord, would we do it differently?  Would our attitude change?  Even while singing congregational hymns and when working with people we don’t like?

God will reward us.  God can’t reward us for more than we do.  Not only can we do good, but we can do it with all of our hearts only for God.