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I was doing some devotional Bible reading last night along with my Sunday school work because I couldn't sleep. The reason I couldn't sleep is because I took a 2 1/2 hour nap earlier in the afternoon. I came home from a long week at work, and just crashed. I woke up feeling rejuvenated, but I also felt like I could've slept all night.

While I was spending some alone time with God, which helps me get to sleep when I'm having a restless night, I came across some scriptures that I wanted to add to an entry here because they show me that God is in control of everything and He is there for me even now. He's showing me through the Bible that everything will turn out okay in my life as long as I call on Him first and foremost.

Scripture #1: "My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me." -Psalm 31:15, NIV

Scripture #2: "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." -Isaiah…
As a simple message from an eloquent psalm reminds us,

I will lift up my eyes to the hills--
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

(Psalm 121:1-2)

May the psalmist's patterns be ours as we follow the example of Mary and Martha and call on Jesus, the Ultimate Resource and Friend, when problems arise and crises come.
The previous quote came from page 248 of my Sunday school book. I felt like I needed this as a reminder of how great the Lord is. Sometimes I feel myself faltering, and I've been so busy lately with work that I haven't really made the time to be alone with God like I want to. It's my fault really because if I was disciplined enough than I would make the time no matter what. That is definitely something I need to work on changing. When I have my time with God, my daily, monotonous activities are much easier for me to handle.

I have been relying on God lately to help me cope with my uncle's death. I know it would …
My Sunday school class has been doing a book called The Remarkable Women of the Bible by Elizabeth George. Today we finished talking about the fourth chapter related to Mary, the mother of Jesus. There were a couple of things I felt a need to journal that seemed kind of significant to what I've been feeling lately.

"Dear one, consider two lessons from Mary's difficult life that we can take
with us along life's painful path.

"Lesson #1: Life's pain
should never allow us to neglect caring for our
loved ones.
Jesus
shows us that. Despite the agonizing pain He
felt as He hung dying on
the cross, He was thinking of Mary, and he called John
to provide for
her.

"Lesson #2: Life's pain should never cause us to doubt
God's care for
us.
The Almighty is with us always, even to
the of the age
(Matthew 28:20), and He will not fail to provide for us
(Psalm 23:1) or to love
us to the end.

"Thank God for His
unfailing love and care for you...and then follow His
example by…
Feeling a bit down right now. One of my uncle's was murdered, and the reality didn't sink in until now. I had a hard time loving my uncle, even liking him, but I never wanted him to go that way. His death made me wonder how many graves in any cemetery around the world is filled with murder victims. Morbid, I know, but true!

His memorial is this Saturday, but I won't be able to attend because it's in another state, and I don't have the money or transportation to get there. I will be praying for everyone who is in attendance, though.

His murderer was arraigned on Monday, and won't be sentenced until Dec. 11th. I know I should be angry and wanting to seek my revenge, but I don't feel that way. I don't really have sympathy for the killer, but I did find myself praying for his family tonight. I'm not sure how I want the sentencing to go. Part of me wants him to die, and another part of me would like him to be able to live with the guilt of takin…

Welcome!

Hello to all who may come here. My name is Mandy, and this is a site that I will be updating sporadically with anything spiritually that is happening in my life as I walk with God.

I have been doing an Experiencing God Bible study on Friday mornings, and wanted to use this entry as a spiritual journal of things going on in that, and other Bible studies I may be taking.

With the Experiencing God book came handouts. One such handout was on keeping a spiritual journal with a weekly review. We are on Unit 6 in the book, so the following questions will be the weekly review questions, and my answers to them.

1. What has God revealed to you about Himself? (His name, His character, His nature)

God has shown me a lot of mercy, and love since I've started the Bible study itself.

One such example of His mercy would be:

One night when I was going to bed there was a dark figure floating over my bed, and an angel at the foot of my bed. The angel commanded the dark figure to leave me alone…