SUNDAY SONG

John 14:13-14
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Philipians 2:1-11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There are some things in life I cannot explain. Sometimes, those things include how the Lord has willed and worked in my life. If I went and listed everything, you’d see His hand on my life…The Lord’s faithfulness, love and provision. Even though I know I can’t begin to fathom His true power and love for me, I do know that Jesus does love me. I also know that when I call on Him, he is truly listening. But it is a hard thing for me to explain.

We’ve been told to call on His name. He has PROMISED to listen and provide according to His will.

He is our redeemer, healer, provider and everything else we think we can do for ourselves; however, if we give Him the chance and opportunity, He can do so much more than we could ever try to create for ourselves.

Call on His name…He hears us, even when in our impatience we think He hasn’t.

Hope that made sense.

SUNDAY SONG

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

We can have all of the blessings and gifts that God has to give us, but if we do not use them out of love and share them…along with just showing love in its many facets, period, then we are like the tone-deaf singer in a duet. We will be heard…and not in a good way.

Have a great Sunday! ūüôā

RUTH 4

Well, I’ve finally made it to the fourth chapter of Ruth. It has taken me a while, that’s for sure.

So, as I’ve said before in other posts on Ruth, I am looking at this book in a way that requires me to go beyond the obvious story of man meets woman.

So here it goes…the bringing together of two people, by the divine matchmaker, who in His more than infinite wisdom put them together to bless them and most importantly, to use their blessings to bless others, especially through their descendants. (We are not in relationships for ourselves; we are in them for what we can bring to the other person in blessings…and to jointly bless others, too. But, I digress.)

I think the best part of the commentary I read states. . .

“Boaz is ready to act in the capacity of kinsman-redeemer. Ruth is to wait and let him be the one to make all the arrangements. He is the one now who will step out into the open and claim her, actually jeopardizing everything he has and everything that he is. But he wants her; he loves her.This is the great message of this book: redemption is a romance; because God loves us He redeemed us” (McGee 78).

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much God loves me and that He only wants what is best for me. It honestly has made it less painful for me to be patient and wait for things…not waiting with angst, but in all honesty (even though I have a moment here and there–okay, a day) I finally believe some things while I wait, because of who God is, because of His power to do anything we ask and then some. It has taken me almost 20 years to get to this point. Better slow to arrive to the party than to never arrive at all.

Taking that thought and then combining it with McGee’s just proves to me how much love God has for me. He wants to redeem me. What a wonderful thought!

Additionally, we have to wait on God, as Ruth waited. We have to allow God the time and the space to work in situations or in people. We can’t force things. We have to allow God the respect He deserves. After all, when we do allow God room to work without our impatient disruptions-almost like an “Are we there yet?” kind of whine-then He will do things. And as I stated about blessings…when God is given the opportunity to bless us, so that He is glorified, then we can take those blessings and without reservation, share them with those that God places in our lives.

Hope you all have a blessed evening.

(The text referenced is J. Vernon McGee’s History of Israel: Ruth. I highly recommend his commentaries. They are written with some wit and are very informative.)

*Please note that I wrote this while nodding off and dealing with the tiredness of the day. Sorry. Hope everything makes sense.

Sunday Song: Remembering September 11, 2001


Psalm 57:1-3
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me.
Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

As we remember the sad and tragic events of 10 years ago, please remember to pray for those who are still affected by those horrific attacks, today. Many people lost loved ones, friends, colleagues, and many more still battle with the trauma of that day. Also, please keep our military in your prayers as they continue to do the job of keeping us safe.

The sadness, loss and destruction of that day will never be forgotten.  Many across the world felt the pain of that day and suffered loss.

As our country continues to navigate the pain and anger from that day, may it always be forefront in our minds that we need to turn all things over to God for His glorification, because He does truly care about every hurt…indeed every aspect of our lives.

May the frequent plea of “God Bless America” found at the end of so many speeches be heard and honored by God.

*While looking for a video for this song, I noticed that this one was created by someone who lost his/her mother in the towers. ¬†Praise God for that person’s reliance on Him.

*whimper*sigh*

I know I have been focusing on my faith on this blog, but I just have to take about two minutes to whine:

1. ¬†I’m one tired puppy.

My feet and legs have not ached like this in a very long time (think it is all of the rain we’ve had). ¬†I’ve come home everyday and have just fallen asleep. ¬†That about sums it up.

2. ¬†Whoever makes THESE for me will have my heart! ¬†Wow…imagine…being that special.

There’s more, but I am blessed, and I don’t want to complain. ¬†I have a job when so many don’t, and I am especially blessed to be employed where I am…truly.

RUTH 3

As I (slowly) read through the book of Ruth, I am trying very hard to not just read it as the “love story” I was raised to see it as. There is more to it. However, it is hard not to see how God provided Ruth, an outcast, with someone who was not only a blessing to her, but also set up a mighty lineage and legacy. It is also a reminder that when we reach a point where we (probably mean me) give up on God-ordained love here on Earth, that maybe He’ll provide someone. I say maybe, because as much as I want to believe, it is hard sometimes…for a lot of reasons that I’d rather not discuss here.

That said, I now move on to Chapter 3 (writing somewhat in a stream-of-consciousness manner…you’ve been warned).

In my scant research and study of the book of Ruth, Boaz, Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer, is said to be comparable to God in his attributes.

When Ruth was faithful to Naomi by obeying her advice, she found herself at Boaz’s feet.

She stated her desire and he responded by offering to have her in his life (after some cultural formalities), showed her kindness and not rejection, and provided a good amount of grain to take back to Naomi.

He said he saw her as noble and so did the townspeople. That is saying a lot, given she was a Moabite, an outcast…setting herself up for nothing but judgment and rejection, but instead, because of her obedience and faithfulness to her mother-in-law, Ruth was blessed.

All of this is much like when we lay our desires at God’s feet and seek to be obedient. His response? He provides. He shows favor. Most importantly, God will never reject us. He has always claimed us for himself, and for all of the benevolence Boaz showed Ruth, it can never compare to what God shows us.

It cannot be denied, though, that God was the true matchmaker between Ruth and Boaz, and God used what seemed like impossible circumstances in Ruth’s life to bless her with love and with a spot in Christ’s earthly family tree.

Now…where is my Boaz? (Been asking that for a good year or two, trust me.)