Sunday, November 22, 2009

Daily Bread - Sunday 22 Nov 09

Heaven on Earth

15 Then I thought in my heart,
"The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?"
I said in my heart,
"This too is meaningless."

16 For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
in days to come both will be forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise man too must die!

Toil Is Meaningless
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Until the writeup from Our Daily Bread, I didn't know this was written by Solomon. I've read Ecclesiastes quite a few times (not a ton, as I'm still a rather young believer) & it's always something I seem to struggle with. I know that I should focus on God & not the things of this world, but how? It's definitely a good reminder for me that no matter how hard I work at anything here that I'll just end up giving it off to someone else eventually.

I have so much stuff in my home, and I still seem to acquire more. I want to go through it, to either trash it or pass it along to someone else that will get good use out of it, but why can't I just buckle down & start doing it? I also want to work just for the sake of providing; I don't want to make work an idol. I want to glorify God while I dance, not get lost in the music as much. I want to pour into peoples' lives, but not take on so much I get burnt out and do nothing.

God, please work with my heart; change my priorities such that I will make time for what You want me to do first, before anything else. I am so thankful yet overwhelmed with how much You love me. Thank You for all You have trusted me with. Please remind me that I'm here for You & You alone, not any of the stuff of this world. Show me who I should pour my life that's developed due to Your Love into. I love You so much. Amen.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Top 5 - Monday 09 Nov 09

  1. CN being so excited & appreciative of sharing my pumpkin butter & pumpkin seeds with her.
  2. Many people at dance last night mentioning how noticeable it is that I've lost a lot of weight.
  3. Last dance rehearsal before the competition this weekend. DS is pretty impressed with how well we're doing!
  4. EC asking me to do strictly with him this weekend at the competition. Sooo cool how God answers prayer even when it has to do with insignificant stuff!
  5. Random txts from B that just made me smile.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Top 5 - Sunday 08 Nov 09

  1. Being very open/honest/raw with B & him responding by being loving & consoling.
  2. Going for a walk with B.
  3. A very different church experience than what I'm used to.
  4. An hour of cardio at the gym with B.
  5. Eating breakfast at home instead of on the run.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Sermon Notes 6/28: "The Benefit of Suffering" 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5

  • sermon "the benefit of suffering" 2thess1:1-5
  • how do i understand the problems i face if i am not in tribulation? when will the day of the Lord begin? what should i do while waiting?
  • pain in my life doesnt have to steal the song from my heart.
  • how is my faith & how is my love? the world can test both.
  • why must i suffer? what causes it? 1. DIRECTLY because of my faith. just cause i believe in Jesus & nothing else.
  • by & large our world system is not friendly to God - therefore it will hate me too...
  • believing in Jesus puts me at odds with the world.
  • 2. INDIRECTLY because of my faith. ex: not given a job due to being a Christian.
  • 3. because of my SIN. i do it to myself. bad attitude, behavior. i jeopardize my blessings from God. way to suffer consequences...
  • 4. because of someone elses SIN. no guarantee of protection from others' sins.
  • 5. because the world is full of SIN. God doesnt always save people from natural disasters or sickness - even the saved.
  • 6. because of SATAN. he likes to make my life miserable just cause im human. moreso cause i live for God.
  • BUT the good news is that in each case god has a PLAN! find comfort in that. rom8:28 God brings about good from every circumstance for us.
  • through suffering we... 1. can GROW in FAITH & trusting Him. He is more concerned with my spiritual wellbeing than my physical.
  • what do you do in your hurts & pains? you grow in God. get closer to Him.
  • 2. are ADMITTED for the KINGDOM. the harder my life is here the sweeter heaven will be.
  • 2cor4:17!! my pain isnt the end of the story. trouble WILL come my way; listen to Gods voice.
  • never waste a good crisis. let God grow me through it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sermon Notes 6/21: "Duct Tape for Dads" Deuteronomy 6:4-13

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sermon Notes 6/14: "Following the Spirit" 1 Thessalonians 5:19-28

  • "following the Spirit" sermon 1thess5:19-28
  • God is committed to me & i have to be committed to joining Him & letting Him change me.
  • i should not be content with staying the same. i want Him to change me to be more like Him!
  • the Holy Spirit is Gods main tool to mold me. i need to learn to let the Holy Spirit in.
  • the Holy Spirit is fully God,not just a part of God. combo with Father & Son to make the Trinity. Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of God.
  • Gods redemptive work began when i accepted my Savior. i have to continue it.
  • Holy Spirit resides in me & is with me always. God accomplishes things in this world through me with the power of the Holy Spirit!
  • human effort doesnt accomplish the will of God without the Holy Spirit.
  • i am responsible to be receptive & responding to God via the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus. not religion with a list of dos & donts.
  • the Holy Spirit light the spark within me. i can fan the flame or extinguish it.
  • what do i want most? more of me or more of Jesus? ...duh!
  • i have to give Jesus all or nothing! partial just doesnt cut it...
  • i cant accept the Holy Spirit if i am self seeking. i have to desire God & His fruits. bad attitudes & actions are crap & push God away.
  • when i am empty, i can be filled.
  • receive Gods truth. listen, believe & accept Gods truth. dont forget to apply it!!
  • if a bro/sis in Christ corrects me based in His Word, do it! respond listen follow His direction. do i have that heart for God to surrender?
  • the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on my life!
  • i pray that Gods desire will become my hearts desire...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sermon Notes 6/7: "Respecting Your Lord" 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22