Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A New Outlook

I am rereading Max Lucado's "In the Grip of Grace",(very good book) and I think I have come to a new realization. I was having a thought about how I have been learning about God and growing consistently in my walk for about 3 years now, and that I will be able to tell new Christians many things I have learned or experienced..and then I thought, you know, three years isn't very long..but I'll bet in twenty years I'll be really wise..and then I realized that I am never going to be wise. I'm never going to know it all. I am going to have to go to the Lord each and every day and lean on him all over again. And it's enough. I can be obedient and I can be thankful, and I will certainly tell people about God and who he is, and how much he loves them. I want to make a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise and trust. I have to learn to forgive, daily, hourly when people hurt me or are rude, and I am reminded that they don't have the peace that when this is all over, it's going to be okay. I get that. I would be cranky too. God forgives as we forgive. So, I have just had a thankful, kind of introspective day. It's been sweet. I prayed Psalm 61 and 62 this morning..verse 5 stuck out to me.

Psalm 61:5
For you have heard my vows, O God;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

P.S. One of my closest friends called me this morning and told me she got married in a private ceremony to her boyfriend (whom I haven't even met yet). He is in the Navy and is shipping out for six months in August. I cried. He is a nice guy, but not a strong Christian. Not exactly the best choice, considering that she's not strong in her walk, either. I wish she would have given it more time. I think people rush because they don't want to give it time to go wrong..but if that's the case, then why would you want it? I pray that God would take over in both of their lives and that they would have a solid, loving relationship. Also, we held our first Bible study. It was great, just four of us, and all Christians. We didn't all know each other well, so it was a good time for us to share our testimonies and just get some good God talk going, which was a blessing because we will be having unbelievers join us and they probably wouldn't have been able to relate yet.

One more:
Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Any thoughts on Young's Literal Translation? I want to get as close to the actual text as possible.


Penn Tomassetti said...

Those verses from those Psalms are very cool. About Young's Literal translation: That just reminded me, I have Young's Analytical Concordance on my shelf, but that's because I haven't grown up enough yet to use Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.

When I read about your friend, I prayed for them. If God shows kindness to them, their marriage could be a very wonderful thing, especially in the difficulty of it. So I prayed.

And I think that is really great how you are doing a Bible study to reach out to unbelievers. I think that is very courageous and hope you stay strong by His grace in it. God bless.

Angela said...

I guess Srong's is the way to go? I LOVE Psalms. Isn't it crazy that God was God in peoples' lives back then, too? That's kind of what my post was about..who can fully know all there is to know about our infinite(without end) God? We will be learning what he chooses to reveal to us up until we die and meet him face to face.. Thank you very much, I know I send a lot of prayer material your way, if you ever need me to return the favor,all you have to do is ask (or post, I guess). I am so happy to do this Bible study. I know this is one of the reasons God moved me to Richmond. By the way, how do you get your computer to do Spanish letters like the enye? You know, the "n" with the assentague? over it.

Penn Tomassetti said...

I love Psalms too, but you got to admit they are pretty bloody sometimes... you know... "Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies... that your foot may shatter them in blood" (Psalm 68:21,23 NASB) and etc.
That's one of the reasons I try to get my Teen Bible study group to read some Psalms. I tell them it is better than going to a movie and paying $10, when it is right here in the Bible! This is an area I really need prayer in. Some of these people know very little about the Bible. I publish our studies on my other blog, "As it is written."

I wish I knew how to do Spanish accent marks myself. That is what every graphic designer here at my job would like to know. I did a search for one of those free translate programs on the web and had it make the accents for me when it translated :) So that's all I know about that.

Pinkshoelady said...

Hi Angela,
I tagged you today.
Come to my blog to see what you need to do.

It is fun and hopefully you will be blessed by it.

I picked you because of your passion for God and walking in His ways. I am praying daily for you.

In faith and Prayer,
Pamela R.

On Purpose said...

Hello Angela

I am visiting your site today from Pam at PinkShoeLady.

Great blog! You have such a deep passion for getting to know your God and that is very encouraging and uplifting.

I am praying for you and your new Bible Study!


Anna said...

Thank you for sharing your faith. Something as simple as knowing that others are trying gives me the courage to do the same.

Edie said...

Hey Angela - I love this post. It sounds like you are going deeper and deeper in your walk with the Lord. That is just sooo Awesome. The Bible Study sounds great. God is really using you.

I don't know about Youngs Literal but I have learned that a more literal translation isn't necessarily better because it may not convey the intent or thought of the writer. Some translations are more literal and some translate word for thought. I have found that I get much more out of scripture when I refer to several different translations. Check out if you want to do that. It's a very cool tool.

Prayed for your friends too. God still has their situation under control. If they are both Christians then God will grow them together. He promises to complete His work. :)

I'm reading a Max Lucado book too! "Cure for the Common Life". It so fits the way I have been feeling. I know that God put this one in my hands.

Sorry for being so long-winded! :) I've been busy this week and just catching up on blogging. Now that I've been prompted (tag) I better get to it. :D

Oh - the enna(sp?) - I think I ran across that this week. I'll get back to you on that.

jeleasure said...

Hi Angela,
Here is a link to a new blogger here in Richmond. Her name is Kait . Her blog is more about fasion than anything. But, I think you are an evangelist. You may even know her. So, if you would, give her a visit. Russ, Jeff and myself have no business being the only people leaving comments on her 'fasion' blog. You do understand, don't you? We are altruistic and want to help. But, we are guys and we are older and this sets us up for false appearances.

Also, did I send this video link to you? Baby Got Book . It is very funny. I would not have sent it if it were not funny.