If Life Was a Movie

If Life Was a Movie

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I know that I have uttered the phrase. Most likely, you have said it too.

If my life was a movie…

  • The prince on his white horse would come rescue me from the tower.
  • I would tap my heels together and return to Kansas.
  • We would whistle a tune to pass the time.
  • (Insert the plot of any movie here.)
  • And, of course, we would all live happily ever after.

There are quizzes and songs with these sentiments because we believe that

in Hollywood, things always end up like they should,

and we wish that our lives could have the same tidy resolution.

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So let’s imagine for a moment that the entirety of history was one long movie.

Every human who has ever lived is an actor in this blockbuster, making the excessive cast a motley mix of professionals and amateurs. It is a situation comedy, if you will, and the Director always has the final say.

Take a moment to imagine. Who has the lead? Who are the supporting actors? What is the plot? Who is the protagonist? The antagonist? What is your role?

Do you have your answers? Good. Here is what I think:

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Simple Joy Saturday #13

Simple Joy Saturday #13

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

November 25 – December 1

1. Un-seasonal weather

63 degrees Fahrenheit on December 1?! Sign me up!

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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.

Simple Pleasures Saturday #1

Simple Pleasures Saturday #1

I met Hunter Beless at the beginning of the summer, sort of.

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Finding Whose We Are: Judged

Finding Whose We Are: Judged

My middle name is Joye.  It’s pronounced “Joy,”  like “Joy to the World” or “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart”  or “joy unspeakable that won’t go away.”  There’s just an E on the end because I am unique.

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I guess everyone wants to be happy, buy I’ve always had a particular desire to live up to my middle name.   I want to overflow with joy.  I want everyone around me to know that the joy of the Lord is my strength.  But I often fall short of this goal.

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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 🙂