LOL

LOL = Laugh out Loud

I’m not sure the origin of LOL, but it came to be during the “revolution” of texting.

Other popular acronyms (that you may not know) include:

AFK – away from keyboard
BRB – Be right back
BTK/B2K – back to keyboard
C-P – Sleepy
IMO/IMHO – In my (humble) opinion
KPC – Keeping parents clueless
MMW – Mark my words
OATUS – On a totally unrelated subject
OTP – On the phone
PAL/PAW – Parents are listening/watching
PIR/POS – Parent in Room / Over shoulder
SCNR – Sorry, could not resist
SITD – Still in the dark
TMI – Too much information
TTYL – Talk to you later

Today when I got B2K, I realized I hadn’t finished my blog for today, so I decided I better get right to it, even though I’m C-P. I know it’s only 2:00, but IMO, it should already be time to go home.

SCNR the opportunity to use these texts to send a message of hope. I hope UR not SITD, or that this wasn’t TMI in one blog.

LOL (by Jason Gray) – is not my favorite song of all time – but MMW, it sends a good message.

Listen to it <HERE>. I hope your PAL too.

AFK…

To boast or not to boast, that is the ?

1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it…. (2 Cor 12:1)

That’s right! . . . right there in the Bible, Paul is boasting, and says he will continue!

Of course, as you probably have imagined, this is taken out of context, let’s see what else he said:

I know a man in Christ who . . . .

On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast (2 Cor 12:2, 5a)

So, we see that Paul was not boasting of self, but of others.

In fact, let’s continue to see what else he said: 

but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:5b-10)

So….

What should all these teach us?  To boast or not to boast?  The Bible clearly tells us not to be proud. However, I think when it comes to telling others about the glory of God in our lives, there may be a small exception.  🙂

A special request

I think the lyrics to this song (a prayer to God) say it better than I can:

My Heart is Yours by Kristian Stanfill <click link @ left to listen>

I give You my life
I give You my trust
Jesus
You are my God
You are enough
Jesus

My heart is Yours
My heart is Yours
Take it all
Take it all
My life in Your hands

I lay down my life
And take up my cross
Jesus
For You are my God
Whatever the cost
Jesus
For You, Jesus

All to Jesus I surrender
All to You I freely give
I will ever love and trust You
In Your presence I will live

Thanks go to Gary for the recommendation – great song!

Tired? or thriving

Do you feel it’s hard to praise God when you’re tired? Sometimes I do. Today, I’m tired. In fact, I’m exhausted. I was awake half the night for no good reason other than sinuses. And now, half-way through the day, I can’t think straight, and my day still has 4 hours left.

The bible says:

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m giving over my temptation to take a nap and instead, writing this blog. And when I’m down and tired, I find the best thing to motivate me is music.

One song that is in the Top 10 Christian Music right now is by Casting Crowns, it’s called “Thrive.” <click link to left>

Are you thriving, or are you just plain tired like me today?

Where do you look (part 3 – of course!)

“….I gotta take time,
To hear that little voice inside,
Saying I came to give you life…”

Where do you look for help?  Listen to that little voice inside that came to give you life and Do Life Big!

Listen to song at link highlighted.

Lyrcis above from Jamie Grace’s song: Do Life BigIdea from my “buddy” – Wesley’s new favorite song

Praise Him and be filled with Joy

If there was ever anything to be thankful for, it has to be God and the promises He has given us. From a new life to eternal life, God delivers all we truly need. Many times throughout our lives, we struggle thinking and wondering, worrying and being dismayed when things don’t go our way.

But it seems that every time when we pass a trouble, that’s when we stop and realize that God is there for us and has been all along.

Psalm 9:2 says

“I will be filled with joy because of [God]. I will sing praises to [His] name, O Most High.”

Why not stop today and be filled with God’s joy?!

Broken Beautiful

A good friend once told me “that song will preach.” I translate that to mean that the words are so powerful in the song that it brings the Word of the Lord without any further need of explanation.

And if you’re a music lover, that’s how a lot of Christian music is today. Ellie Holcomb recently released Broken Beautiful which I would have to say “that song will preach.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J62qayrMcHw

Don’t believe me? Well, it would just happen that since I’m in the mood, I created a draft Sermon Outline for the song. Ok, it’s not a fancy alliterated outline, but it still preaches.

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* Lyrics from Ellie Holcomb: Broken Beautiful

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Rain, Rain, Go Away, come again another day. It seems that I was saying that about every day last year when it seemed to rain non-stop. Now, it’s starting again; we are seeing rain almost every day now for the past couple weeks. Is it a bad thing?

Surely not, since God did bring it to us. So why then do we get so discouraged when it comes? You know, this is true for many things in life. Some people grumble, complain, whine, or criticize almost everything in life. But did you ever stop to think that what you are going through was provided by God?

Now, let me clarify a few things: God did provide the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, just because He provided it, doesn’t mean it’s His “fault.” I would venture to say that we brought on the bad ourselves. Sure, God delivered it, but we were the ones responsible for it being bad.

No one is good except God alone – Mark 10:18

This implies that there is one type of people in the world: bad people. Now, the rest of the Bible does go on to directly clarify that bad people can be redeemed (Thank God!). Only Jesus who came to earth truly paid for His own redeemed life. We are totally undeserving alone. However, God loves us so much, that He provided a means to remedy us from our fallen state of sin (John 3:16).

The Psalmist tells us that our God and His ways “are perfect” (Psalm 18:30); therefore, we can’t blame Him for our bad circumstances, events, or outcomes. Unless of course, you give him “credit” for those things, and see them in a good light – a manner in which to allow you to grow. When we think of it that way, God is growing us. He has allowed us to walk freely, but also rewarded us with the consequences (some positive, some negative).

Next time you find yourself moaning, try to Thank God instead. Thank Him for everything around you, even what you see as bad and ugly.

Thank you for the rain today God!

Short and Sweet

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Whoever the author and whatever the cause, this Psalm is a simple plea to God and us for 2 things:

1)      For God to bless and be gracious to us

We need to remember, however, that God owes us nothing, and it is only because of His love that can receive His blessings and forgiveness

2)      For us to praise and fear God

We also need to remember that we owe EVERYTHING to God. We should praise Him for all things. And when it comes to “fearing” God, it doesn’t mean to be afraid in a bad way, but to revere God and hold Him up with honor and indebtedness for what He has done for us.

Another Manic Monday

OK, not the song, but just a crazy, manic Monday. I’m sure that’s how many of us feel every Monday as we try to catch up from weekend “fires” and bosses that are all rev’d up from the weekend.

But for many of us, we really do “wish it were Sunday” as the 80’s song narrates.

Why Sunday? “That’s my fun day!” is what the Bangles song portrays.

For many, Sunday is the day people come together to do “church.”

For others, Sunday is the day people come together to celebrate the joy and hope we have in Christ our Lord!

Which group do you belong to? The Psalms are full of praises and worship events from the life of David, where he fully understood the power and awesomeness of God Almighty. Other Psalms depict the struggles David faced in life. Despite those struggles however, he seemed to always come around and realize that God is, was, and will be in control.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid? –  Psalm 27:1 (HCSB)

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin. – Psalm 1:6 (HCSB)

Solomon did the same in the book of Ecclesiastes, as he pondered life’s mysteries only to find out that if/when we have faith in Jesus, our life can then be filled with an eternal joy, hope, and peace.

If you aren’t experiencing peace in your life, maybe it’s time to reflect on where your relationship with God is. Are you truly trusting Him as your Savior AND Lord?

  • Savior = one who saves someone from danger
  • Lord = someone having power and authority over you