Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.

Top Ten Tuesday

There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed.  Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.

Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed

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Top Ten Tuesday: A is for Anxious

Top Ten Tuesday: A is for Anxious

It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.

Top Ten Tuesday

The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel.  Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment.  The Bible does not condemn emotions.  Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.

For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings.  I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.

10 Verses for when you feel anxious.

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Finding Whose We Are: Trusting His Wisdom

Finding Whose We Are: Trusting His Wisdom

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I like formulas.  Daily, I manipulate and interpret data to determine the effectiveness of the university.  It’s consistent.  The sum divided by the count equals the average.  Multiply a number by .01 to find the percentage. Formulas never change; they give me what I want.

But there is no formula for life, at least, I haven’t found one.  For me, life is a step-by-step experiment.  Sometimes, All the time, I would like some wisdom in this trial and error attempt.  Where can I find wisdom?

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

His love endures forever.

 He is greater than the gods of wood.

His love endures forever.

 The earthly lords are under His throne.

His love endures forever.

 Miraculous works are His alone.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the skies.

His love endures forever.

He parted the water so earth could rise.

His love endures forever.

Thank Him who made the greatest lights—

His love endures forever.

the sun for day, the moon for night.

His love endures forever.

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,

His love endures forever.

 He saved His people from certain harm.

His love endures forever.

 Threw their enemies below the sea,

His love endures forever.

 Though they were slaves, He set them free.

His love endures forever.

He remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

Our faith is small; His grace is great.

His love endures forever.

He provides for those who call Him friend.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God whose love will not end.

His love endures forever.

What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

What I’ve Learned About Living in Community

I originally penned this post back in August when my spirit was high off the joy of camp life. The words fermented in my drafts folder, forgotten, until yesterday. For my current stage of life, I am back living with my parents, which, as a 22-year-old, proposes a relational confusion (am I child or an adult?). As I read the words that I wrote just months ago, the Holy Spirit comforted me. God’s will is that I will be sanctified wherever I am, and I am called to minister to whomever is near me. So for now, I am being sanctified and ministering in my hometown. And when I move to my next dwelling, I will be sanctified there. I hope this post encourages you like it encouraged me.

The last three years of college spoiled me a little.  After freshman year, I never had a roommate.  Although my dorm rooms always had two closets, two dressers, two desks, and two beds, I was the only person living in the room.  It was nice.

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“For this is the will of God…”

“For this is the will of God…”

Most of us have thought it before, “I just wish I  knew God’s will.”  Our underlying assumption is that God has a specific desire, and we have to discover it.  If we just pray enough, beg enough, and search enough, we will discover the esoteric plan that God has devised.

Simply put, our assumption is wrong.

I have touched on this topic before in theseposts, but today, I have a specific passage in mind:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God does have a specific desire for His children, but it is not a hidden plan for which we must search.  He wants us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.”

For me, those three tasks are easier said than done.  Although Joye is my middle name, I don’t rejoice when I face a difficult decision.  Instead, I selfishly take matters into my own hands (rather than pray).  I should sing thanks, but I murmur complaints to the Lord instead.  And as I wrestle with the decision, I beg the Lord to show me His will.

In those moments, I deserve a slap.  Open your eyes, Kat!  You are simultaneously begging for God’s will and ignoring it!

*Sigh*

Now, in hindsight, I wonder if prayer, rejoicing, and thanksgiving would help me with those decisions.  You know, a moment to refocus before I take control and enter “problem-solving mode.”

My prayer is that as God sanctifies me, I will learn to do His will.

Rejoice

        Pray

             Give thanks

                      For this is the will of God.

Pray Without Ceasing – Revisited

Pray Without Ceasing – Revisited

This is never a fun thing to say, but I have to say it.

I was wrong.

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In February 2015, I wrote a post called Pray without Ceasing?  in which I questioned necessity of praying over and over for the exact same thing.  In this post, I said that after hours of searching, “I found only one valid example [in the Bible] of a person praying multiple times for the exact same thing.”

And I left it at that.  For two years, the content of this post was in the back of my mind, but I never found an example (other than Paul) of someone who repeatedly came to God about the same issue.

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A few days ago, I read Luke 18 which tells the story of a begging widow and an evil judge.  The judge had no concern for the widow’s wellbeing; he “neither feared God nor cared what people thought” (verse 2).  Because the widow was desperate for justice, she came to the judge regularly to plead her case.

She came regularly.  The exact translation says, “she kept coming to him.”  She didn’t make one earnest plea.  She didn’t hang her head and walk away.  She came, and when he denied her, she came again.  She kept coming.

After some time, the judge thought to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,  I will see that the widow gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!”

Jesus explained the parable this way in verses 6b-8a:

Listen to what the unfair judge said. God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them.  I tell you, God will help his people quickly.

If an evil judge is willing to help a poor widow, surely our compassionate Father will help His children.  This parable shows we can keep coming before the throne of God.  We can keep asking over and over again.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

-Hebrews 4:16

 

P.S. – Pine Cove just posted an article that I wrote on their blog!  Go check it out 🙂