Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We saw these suits of armor in El Alcazar in Segovia a couple of weekends ago. For some reason, this image of a real coat of armor was extremely profound to me, and it was much more than just a historical artifact. I attribute this to 2 things. First, being here in Spain by myself really raised my awareness of my own vulnerability, specifically as a woman. The guys could walk all over Spain and never have to worry about getting back to their apartment safely. They can go out to a discoteca with friends and never have to worry about a twisted man going after them. They can walk through the streets without guys whistling at them, or saying "Guapa chica!" as though they were an object to look at and covet. This vulnerability was really scary to me, especially when we were traveling in so many different places. Now that we're "at home" in Salamanca, it's a bit less scary, but there are still moments I wish that I could crawl into this armor and hide from all of the "bad guys" (literally...and figuratively).
I want to climb in that suit of armor,
It offers me safety, shelter, peace
I want to get away from this evil world
That threatens to crush a part of me
But we cannot hide from what’s broken
For on the cross Christ set us free
That I may live my life in total surrender,
Knowing He has a plan for me.
So I lift up my eyes to the heavens,
For His face alone will I seek.
As I give of myself to others,
Who have not this hope and this peace.
I await the Knight in shining armor,
To gather us close to His breast.
Where we’ll cease our striving and trying,
And be ushered into eternal rest.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
But you don’t want to make God look bad. So you trust him. Then you make him look good–which he really is. And that is what we mean when we say, “Faith glorifies God” or “Faith gives God glory.” It makes him look as good as he really is. So trusting God is really important.
And the harder it seems for him to fulfill his promise, the better he looks when you trust him. Suppose that you are at the deep end of a pool by the diving board. You are four years old and can’t swim, and your daddy is at the other end of the pool. Suddenly a big, mean dog crawls under the fence and shows his teeth and growls at you and starts coming toward you to bite you. You crawl up on the diving board and walk toward the end to get away from him. The dog puts his front paws up on the diving board. Just then, your daddy sees what’s happening and calls out, “Johnny, jump in the water. I’ll get you.”
Now, you have never jumped from one meter high and you can’t swim and your daddy is not underneath you and this water is way over your head. How do you make your daddy look good in that moment? You jump. And almost as soon as you hit the water, you feel his hands under your arms and he treads water holding you safely while someone chases the dog away. Then he takes you to the side of the pool.
We give glory to God when we trust him to do what he has promised to do–especially when all human possibilities are exhausted. Faith glorifies God. That is why God planned for faith to be the way we are justified."
— John Piper
I'm going to call this post my Father's Day post.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
and(P) what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[b]
and to(Q) walk humbly with your God?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Time. Such an abstract concept. Yet one that we manage to weave into every aspect of our lives.
So, if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm living in Spain right now! The past week I've found myself falling into a little bit of a rhythm here. And anyone who has spent any time with me knows that I am a schedule girl. If I have a routine, then I can manage life. If everything's chaotic, let's just say that Molly gets a little crabby. :) Anyways, a really fascinating part about getting to know the area has been the opportunity to see cultural norms here. Analyze families, gender roles, lifestyles, marriage, relationships. I have always loved reading about other cultures or time periods and seeing what a typical "day in the life" was like.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
ho·ly[hoh-lee] Show IPAadjective, -li·er, -li·est, noun, plural -lies.
The faithful, they gather, to worship to pray
Share the hope of Christ Jesus returning someday
To come save this world from the hurt and the pain
To come and trade sunshine for the thunder and rain.
They sing of His holiness, sing of His grace,
They commune together and seek His face.
The tears fill my ears as their voices lift higher,
I imagine the Kingdom with an international choir.
When the jumble of voices with one tongue will sing,
Holy, Holy, Holy, is our Lord, God, and King.