Saturday, March 31, 2012

Poverty and riches

"Poverty is not primarily about money. It is about having no idea what to do and/or having no one with whom to do it."
-Sam Wells

Most of my younger siblings and I on Hoodoo Mountain a couple weeks ago. (Me, Naomi, Seth, Lydia, Abbi, Abel, Silas, Elsi, Becki) This is after several hours and much cold and wet happened, after monster cookies and target shooting, after reeses peanut butter cups and movie quoting and piggy back rides and using binoculars and cameras a lot.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book of Prayer

It took so long. I should have done this years ago, so many years ago. All my sporadic journaling and occasional prayer poems and (often unkept) promises to pray for various friends of mine. All my lazy days of not reading my Bible. All those days I pray sort of generically because I end up forgetting half of the things I meant to pray about. All of them... are maybe gone, at least on the way to being solved.

I decided to keep a prayer journal. Sounds weird, I know. But it's going to be more than just a list of prayer requests I have, or dearly-desired dreams that I beg God to fulfill.

This is a place to keep track of when I read Scripture, maybe how much I read, definitely a place to jot down important things from the reading. It's a place for me to craft my own words, in imitation of Scripture, into prayers that are not just spur-of-the-moment. A prayer is a speech to a King, and we should sometimes use care and effort, time and beauty, to make that speech as fitting as possible for its audience. And this journal is a place to keep a log of items prayed for, the thanks and the petitions, side by side and day by day.

This is, I hope, going to be instrumental in getting and keeping me on track with an actual prayer life and Bible study. I need that. I need to get that rhythm into my soul, into my life, into my daily routine. A few minutes of time, a book, a pen, the Word of God and the words He has given me are my tools. Let them work well and faithfully through me.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wonderful Works

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalm 107:8

Thankful for:

Legs to walk with
Blue sky afternoons

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Romans 8:31-34

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.