Monday, May 30, 2011

Psalm 62

I have been really bad with doing  my Bible study lately. I have started letting other things become more important.  which is really quite silly.  You would think after the many, many times of falling behind, become anxious, realizing I just need some God time, and getting back on track that I would do better. False. Woot for human nature.  It's a grand thing that Jesus loves us.  And is gracious. And forgiving. And extends His love unconditionally.

So, I cracked my Bible today. (I really miss being in the Word...silly me)  Whenever I do this, I always tend to start with Psalm 63... because it is my favorite ever.  So I read it... and then Psalm 62 caught my eye:

My soul finds rest in God alone
      My salvation comes from Him
He alone is my rock and my salvation
He is my fortress
     I will never be shaken
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone
    My hope comes from Him
He alone is my rock and my salvation
He is my fortress
    I will not be shaken
My salvation and my honor depend on God
He is my mighty rock, my refuge

Trust in Him at all times
Pour out your hearts to Him
     For God is our refuge

It is so interesting to me how many times it is stated in this Psalm that GOD ALONE provides rest, salvation, protection, refuge, honor.... How often do we think we can handle things on our own?  How often do we get caught up in daily living and forget about our Savior?  How often do we try to satisfy these needs on our own?  It seems silly as we think about it, but we all are guilty.
After he lists all of these things that God is and does, he makes a simple statement:
Trust in God. Pour out your heart to Him.
I mean, look at all He has done.  Look at who He is.  Why would we withhold any part of our lives or our selves from him?  He already accepts us.  He already saves us.  All we have to do is Trust Him.  Let Him love us.  Share with him our fears, failures, joys...

He is my fortress... I will not be shaken

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Grand Adventure

I left my sleepy town on Wednesday afternoon, stayed with Magen in Indiana that night, and drove with Kathleen all the way to Garner, NC on Thursday.  I got all unpacked and settled in, and was surprisingly at ease. I was half expecting myself to freak out! I practiced my driving-in-the-big-city skills on Friday in a monsoon and didn't even get lost.  I got to visit a 4th grade classroom, which was so fun! It amazes me how much I can learn just by observing awesome teachers at work.  I also met my boss and some other people that I will be slaving away with.  I can't start for about 2 weeks after I finish all the paperwork on Tuesday, so that is a bummer money-wise.  However, it does mean I get a break! Which is rather awesome.  I am hoping to get some things accomplished, explore the area, and HOPEFULLY get to the beach! 
Kathleen and Keith are graciously letting me stay with them this summer, and are spoiling me so far! :) I plan on cleaning a lot for them to help out.  They are so sweet. As is Kathleen's baby bump... so cute! 
All in far, so good! I am very glad I decided to come down here. I know that God had a hand in it, and I know that I will learn and grow! So excited for this adventure!!!

Church today was fabulous.  Colonial is a really awesome church, and the pastor is really interesting.  I learned a lot today... He has been preaching on James for the past year, and I am catching the tail end.  Today was chapter 5, verse 12 - about honesty.  "Let your yes be yes, and your no be no." Let your character speak for itself ... avoid adding empty oaths and promises you know you can't keep. 

.... and soon it will be lunch time... and maybe a nap. ;)