Saturday, October 30, 2010

I miss...


I mean, real blogging where I share thoughts and studies of Bible passages and various Biblical topics. And, well, to be quite honest, I just miss rambling on my page, even if no one ever reads it.
There's a verse that has been following me around lately...

In every thing {all things, whatsoever} give thanks: for this is the will {choice, desire, pleasure} of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

It's not easy walking through a busy season of college and trials of various kinds. But in standing in the strength of One who is all-sufficient, I'm learning what it means to rejoice deeply even when the load becomes heavy, or when things aren't as they ought to be and you're kept within a season of waiting upon God for His victory to shine through.
I read a quote this past week that reminded me of the kind of woman I long to be in Christ....

"Young women, may your beauty fade in the physical and increase in the spiritual as you sacrifice life and limb for Christ." ~Paul Washer

I can't honestly say I'm currently sacrificing life and limb for Christ. However, I pray that I'm obedient to Him now in the little that He has entrusted to me. It feels heavy some days, but that's only when I begin to allow self to speak instead of His living Word. I remember when Eric Ludy spoke about the "tensile strength" of soul while I was at Ellerslie this summer. He taught about the ways that the Lord builds us in the little things, in preparation for the work that He has set aside for us in the future. Will we be obedient in the "insignificant" aspects of our daily life (yes, even the frustrating parts)? Ah, Lord, only You can make me obedient.

God makes the saints' maladies their medicines. ~ Thomas Watson

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. ~ Psalm 37:23-24

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
~ Psalm 39:7

O for grace to love Him more!


alifeset-apart said...

Amen, Sister! Thank you for that post. What an encouragement. God is taking me through something very similar to some of the things you shared here. May we daily rejoice and praise and thank Him despite our circumstances. For He is worthy of all of our affection and so very much more! I love you and miss you.


Crista "Moriah" said...

You have a very lovely blog, Erkika! :)

Blessings in Christ,

Nolan said...

Yeah it's rough having to be busy with so many things, and have little time to look back and reflect on Him. Sometimes I leave work, and am still a bit stressed or drained from the day. But it makes breaks and those times that we have to rest and reflect all the more valuable time for prayer. Look forward to reading more of your blogs when you are able to find some more free time to reflect and share.