Archive for February, 2013

Busy week ahead

February 26, 2013

I think church is one of my favorite places to be. I have always loved to learn about anything. I love to sing, well make a joyful noise to the Lord. And I have always loved being with friends. I am a people person, and I always enjoy hanging out with friends.

 

And this Sunday when we went to church, it became obvious that we were going to be spending most of our evenings at church this week. First, there is a ballet tomorrow night at church. The ballet is on the story of the Hiding Place. For those that do not know, Hiding Place is the story of Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie has always been a hero of mine. So I was thrilled to learn that my group is attending that instead of meeting.

 

I’m actually not sure what Thursday night is going to be. But there is an event supporting someone with ALC. I’m pretty sure at least Mom and I are going to that.

 

And then Friday night and all day Saturday there is this healing conference that I hope to attend. I am going mostly because I am curious to hear the teaching.. I’ve been to lots of healing meetings. And people have prayed for my healing more times than I can count. I have no idea what the Lord has in store for my future. But I know His ways are best.

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Warning : lame post

February 21, 2013

some of my family and I were gone this past weekend. We got home Monday, and then we took off again on Tuesday afternoon. The good news is that we’ll be home sometime on Saturday and should be staying there a while after this. I should be going to a friend’s this afternoon where I will have internet, so I am going to try to work up a post.

 

I’m really having a hard time coming up with a topic tonight. Maybe part of that is because we’re on vacation, and I’m not working like usual. It may be partly because it’s late, and I’m not a night person.

 

I think it is time to ask you guys some questions… Okay, what do you like about my blog? What don’t you like? What would you like to see me write more about? And yes, I would really like to hear your thoughts.

 

This feels like a lame post. And I’m sorry. But posting something is better than posting nothing, right?

God’s love

February 14, 2013

I have no choice but to do this today. We’re heading out by the middle of the morning tomorrow. And this weekend I will not have internet access. Next week we are going to be out of town again, but I should have some internet access.

 

I am going to let everyone in on a little secret. Everyone should know by now that I love read fiction. I’m likely to do a lot of reading over this weekend. But I haven’t been good about reading nonfiction. I’m starting to try to read some more of the genre but find myself taking notes on whatever nonfiction I read. I take notes on my bible reading, have done that for years. I also take notes on sermons or anything else I want to remember. I learn better that way.

 

Anyway. To the book… Interestingly enough, because I am writing this on Valentine’s Day, Alcorn is starting to talk about God’s love for us. Does God love us? The bible states most emphatically that He certainly does love us. But sometimes we question that love when things don’t go our way. Again let’s think about our parents. Most of us grew up in loving homes. Did our parents allow us to do anything that we wanted? Of course not. They had to do what they thought was best for us. God is like that. Except He always knows what is best for us… We can trust that even when life gets rough.

Curious about Lent

February 12, 2013

This week is kind of crazy. We are going somewhere over the weekend. And on the way to our weekend, I am going to a luncheon for the online missionary work that I do. I answer e-mail for a group called Global Media Outreach. I may share more about that next week. My parents and I started a class, kind of like an introduction to apologetics this past Sunday night. And since we are going to be gone this Sunday evening, Mom and I went ahead and did second class this morning. And this afternoon the nurse from my aide agency came out to check on me. But I know I need to get a post out today and Thursday.

 

Also in the back of my mind is the fact that tomorrow we begin our spring Forty Days for Life campaign. Spring campaigns always begin on Ash Wednesday. But to be honest, I’ve never known what Ash Wednesday, or for that matter I’m not sure what the season of Lent is. We are going to figure that today.

 

Ash Wednesday occurs forty six days before Easter Sunday. It is a day where many people go to mass, or other church gatherings, and have a priest put ashes on each person’s forehead. This is time for fasting and confessing sin.

 

That’s Ash Wednesday, so now let’s see what Lent is. This is a season, usually around six weeks, where people choose to give up food or other luxuries in order to focus on the Lord that takes place right before the Easter celebration.

 

Many of you may already know this, but sometimes I use this blog to research things I get curious about. I have never done much with the Lent season, and don’t think that I will. I think mostly I was just curious to understand what this was about.

God sees everything

February 7, 2013

Somehow I always feel like rainy days are the perfect days for writing. I think I find listening to rain pretty relaxing, and being relaxed helps me write. And I figure I might as write my second blog post of the week before the weekend.

 

Our God knows everything. He knows everything that has happened, even before earth was created. And He knows everything that will happen in the future, even what’s to happen after this world ends. The scripture is very clear on this. And since He knows everything, that include knowing what satan will do. And as He knows all, is it any wonder that He works all things together for the good for those who love Him?

 

So we know that God is all knowing and all powerful, but is He always good? The bible says over and over again that, yes, God is good. Everything He does is good. However, our minds are finite, and often our little minds can not perceive what the good in a situation truly is. I guess it’s like why parents don’t simply feed their children dessert all the time. Adults are more able to see the big picture. God sees so much more than we do. And aren’t we glad that He does?

Continuing on in the book

February 5, 2013

I am starting to get into this book more, finding it more intriguing the more I read. I’m also getting good feedback on this blog which is exciting. So let’s get back into the book.

 

Alcorn is going back to the different viewpoints when it comes to God. Some people are convinced that since God is good, He can not be all powerful. Surely a good God would not allow suffering if He could help it. Why would He? Maybe people are more comfortable with the thought of a god who is more like them, not powerful. But really, what would be the point of a god like that? However, the bible clearly states that our God is indeed all powerful. He does exactly as He pleases.

 

Another group of people think that God had no idea what would happen after He created earth. He had no idea of all the problems that would happen. Had He known He never would have made earth or us. But God knows everything that has happened, and He knows everything that will happens. One of my favorite sayings is, God knows the end from the beginning…

 

I am going to stop there for now..

Why we like seeing what is good

February 2, 2013

It’s Saturday, and once again I need to do my second post of the week. And with no other bright ideas, I am going back to Alcorn’s book.

 

Maybe we are asking the totally opposite question than the one that we need to be asking. I mean, we’re asking why the earth is so filled with evil? Instead of asking that, we should be asking why is there is so much good in the world? Think about this. If everyone was just put here by chance, if this earth is simply one huge accident of the cosmos, why do we care for anyone except ourselves?

 

I mean, almost everyone thinks it’s right and good to help children, especially those that are less fortunate. I know from personal experience that people like to help the disabled. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten something special at different places along the way. People feel good when they give to organizations that help the disabled. But why do we feel good when we help others, or admire other people that do?

 

Personally I believe that this is because God created us in His own image. And God is perfect. He rejoices when He sees good. And since we are made in His image, we too rejoice when we see good done. Does anyone else have other thoughts on this? rx