Friday, March 18, 2011

Rejoice Always...

Wondering what God's will for your life is?
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Quarterly Website Maintenance" = An excuse to NOT work on coursework and catch up on blogging instead! :)

I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything, so this post MAY be a little longer! Please read through! :)

The last 2 weeks have been FULL...and unfortunately, not full of "good" things. I won't elaborate here, but suffice it to say that God is working in some lives in painful ways, and I have been witness. As hard as it is, it will be that much more GLORIOUS when God brings these situations to completion! I will rejoice with those who are rejoicing!!!

This reminds me of a hymn that has come up twice in the past week: The Servant Song. We sang it in church last week and then a friend brought it up at a meeting, too. I'm so excited about this song because it represents the attitude that we should come with in regards to each other. It's kind of an extension of the command to "Love your neighbor."
To see the lyrics and hear a version, click here.

Also this week, my coursework through Liberty Seminary online has been GREAT! But also really busy! The reading we have to do is immense...but I'm learning SO much. I'm doing my research paper on Biblical Inerrancy, which is just a fancy way of saying the Bible is TRUE! (Well, of course it's more complicated than that, which is why I'm doing a research paper on it.) Maybe I'll post some excerpts as I work through the research - for all of you fellow theologians! HAHA.


My heart broke Friday morning upon learning of the disaster in Japan. As I watched the footage on the news and online, I was simply broken for those people. The devastation was horrendous and now, the loss of life is immense. Who can comfort those people, except the One True God?

On that note...
I just want to have a little soapbox moment. If you do not KNOW (know that you know, etc.) what lies beyond this life for you, PLEASE talk to me - or someone closer to you. God's grace is available right now and it is necessary for eternal life. Best part...wait for's FREE!
This soapbox moment is brought to you by the reminder this week that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. (see Proverbs 27:1 and James 4:14)

Thanks for letting me go there. In other news...

Here's my Siesta Scripture Memory Verse for March 15
"I love you, my Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
~Psalm 18:1-2

And just to catch up all the way...

Wednesday Wonder (yes, I know it's Friday!):
I wonder...How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? (Or did you?)


  1. Oh, I so want to read your paper on Biblical Inerrancy! It would be a great read to share with my Christian friends and family! Any chance we can see it when it's done?

    As for the Wondering...I really don't celebrate it. Unless you count purposely not wearing green just to see who gets mad and tries to pinch me.

  2. When we talked on the phone, I thought your paper sounded very interesting too! Maybe reading it would keep my brain from completely turning into the mush that comes with teaching middle schoolers. For kicks, I pulled out a 700-page novel from the time period of my master's thesis, and it's giving me a headache...but I'm determined to make it through! :)

    My family actually has a very fun St. Patrick's Day tradition. Up until this year, we had run the McGuire's 5K all together for five years. (This year a cruise and a wedding got in the way, so that part didn't happen.) But we also get together and have an Irish dinner. This year it was lamb stew, soda bread, cabbage, and cupcakes with green sprinkles for desert (that part was a stretch). We also spend all our time leading up to the holiday educating the friends around us that we are "orange" (Protestant Irish), so we usually DON'T wear green on St. Patrick's Day, or, if we do, it's as part of the colors of the Irish flag (orange, white, and green).

  3. We only celebrate St. Patrick's day because it is my mother-in-law's birthday... so, my new baby girl got a special green outfit from her grandmother and a big green bow that I made her and we took a few snapshots.

    Thanks for the reminder of God's love and comfort. As you might be able to see (I'm not sure) I am posting in the middle of the night. Hard decision's are brewing and I was letting the stress get to me and no sleep. So, thank you! I needed that!! Off to bed... whew!


  4. As per usual, I didn't leave the house on St. Patrick's Day and I doubt I have a drop of Irish in me but that wasn't enough of an excuse to not have some Guinness. I also put a 4-leaf clover tattoo on my tongue. It's temporary. I got it at the gas station.



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