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Archive for October, 2008
“For everything you gain, you lose something.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
What truth this is… I have gained so much in the past couple of months! To be honest with you thought I limited the amount of insight, love, and experience I could have gained, because I was drowning in the sorrows of what I lost. I lost something from this summer that I thought the Lord had put in my life to stretch my heart and to teach me dependency on Him. Just when I thought it was a cool unique thing that the Lord put in my life for a “lifetime” I found out it was for only but a short season. Now I have regrets for sitting around wondering about this loss instead of making the most of those things, people, and memories I could have been embracing.Thankfully, the Lord allowed me to gain something even greater than what I lost. :)
Thanks Mr. Emerson for stating something so simple, but so profound!
Tags: CSU, Homecoming, Volleyball
Come out to the FALL FEST ’08 on October 30th at 8 p.m. by the Field House…Then come to the Volleyball Game on Friday night. Prizes for the Best Buccaneer and Blue/Gold ensemble costumes. See event flyers below:
Volleyball needs your support. We need to beat High Point this Friday. We need you there to support and taunt their players. Plus, we have prizes for BUC or Blue/Gold Ensemble. AND we will give out BUC CUP Points to the teams with the most players dressed in costumes. Join me in supporting the LADY BUCS!
Loving Him for Opportunities!
Tags: boldness, lessons on life, silence
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Boldness is an opposite of being shy. A bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Silence in social interaction is the absence of speech. According to cultural norms, silence can be interpreted as positive or negative. For example, in a Christian Methodist faith organization silence and reflection during the sermons might be appreciated by the congregation, while in a Southern Baptist church, silence might mean disagreement with what is being taught, or perhaps disconnectedness from the congregated community.
A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is both a goal and an important step in spiritual development. Inner silence is understood to bring one in contact with the divine or the ultimate reality of this moment.
So I am not so sure why those two words came to mind today but I had decided I was going to write a blog today and that is what I sat down and typed. Interesting enough, those two words are relative to one another, yet so uniquely distinct.
I want to be BOLD and not silent many days, but some times the Lord brings me to a position where I have no words to say and therefore I remain SILENT.
What does the bible tell us to be?
Proverbs 28:1 says, “The righteous are bold as a lion.”
“in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” Paul writes in Ephesians 3:12.
….come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16
The KJV in Hebrews 13:6 says, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
It seems to me that it is important for us as Christians to come boldly to the throne of God in our prayer, in our lifestyle, and in our words. Prayer to the Lord should be intently seeking an answer from the sovereign One. Boldness is having the guts to ask Him for things and to tell Him your expectancy. How about in your lifestyle…Do you wear things the rep’ Christ? Do you surround yourself with people who rep’ Christ? Last, what about those words that come out your mouth? Are the words of TRUTH or are they just simple conformity? I am going to be completely honest… I am often a wimpy Christian and I coward behind someone, something, or a bid SILENCE.
Hmmmm.. SILENCE! Now what does the Bible say about this?
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” says King David in Psalm 46:10.
1 Peter 2:12 – “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”
The Prophet Habakkuk said, “The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him” (Hab. 2:20).
As we have seen, “wait on the Lord” often means “be silent before the Lord.” It is necessary that we collect our thoughts and quiet our hearts for worship and adoration before we can truly pray. “My soul, wait thou only upon God” (Ps. 62:5) is the equivalent of saying, “My soul, be thou silent unto the Lord; remain still in the presence of the Lord; stop what you are doing, and seek the Lord.”
I have to admit I do not slow down and sit still to even be SILENT, but yet when I am intimidated and shy and wimpy about bringing forth TRUTH and EXPECTANCY I will sit in silence. Does this mean I am defeated? Probably not, but I should yield to this lesson from the Lord. When I need to be SILENT I want to be BOLD and pretend I know everything I need to gain awareness, likeness, etc.
Here is a cool article I found about Waiting on the Lord and being silent and still.
Now here is the challenge.
Will you be silent OR bold!? Or will you be BOTH!? I believe that we’re called to be both. I want to be both.
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Counting down until graduation seemed like a fun idea…and I am sure come day 1 I will be super thrilled..but those days in between are what suck for us. Right?
No – actually those days are the crucial days that make the outcome reality. What I do with my time working on this project and what I do with my time spent with people will determine my character and my love for the people I am around.
I once heard the story about the tombstone and the birth date, death date and the DASH in the middle. Its the middle dash that makes the beginning and end significant. How challenging to view it that way, huh?
I’ve come to realize that God is only going to tell me the next step when I get to it. He does not usually allow me to “preview” what’s to come. So I am just chillin’ out, all the while trying to make the most of my “here and now” so that my DASH will mean something…so that when I walk across that stage it means something and when someone reads my eulogy I will have left a legacy of service.
Live your life today with confidence that your impact will be great. Tomorrow will have its on worries and needs.
So, I’ve been interested in finding new blogs to follow…I’ve also been talking to other people to find out who they follow and what they feed themselves. In other words, what are you reading or being influenced by? This is important to acknowledge so that you’re not bringing corrupt mind and heart to the forefront for Jesus.
Some blogs I’ve found to be insightful…
If you know of more please share!