A New Home for This Blog

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As of March 9, 2015, I will be closing this blog and moving things to my new site, http://adailyrhythm.com. I hope you’ll join me there! Thank you!

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The Butterfly

A friend of mine posted this to our shared online group, today, and I thought it was so powerful! I had to share it here:

A man found a cocoon (chrysalis) of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. It would thereby be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need to make us grow stronger. If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what could have been. And we could never fly.

Your own metamorphosis takes time… Give yourself the time YOU need to change.

(Source: Unknown)

The Fern and the Bamboo

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality….
I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me.

“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes”, I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the
bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.

“Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo.. I will never quit on you.

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.

“Your time will come”, God said to me. “You will rise high”

“How high should I rise?” I asked.

“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned

“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

Author Unknown

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((found this on my friend, Deena’s, blog today ~ thank you, Deena!))

How to Get the Most from Bible Reading

In reading Shannon Ethridge’s book, “Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits“, I read a passage from Haddon Robinson’s book, “Biblical Preaching“, which talked about how to make the most of your Bible reading time — how to get the most out of what you read. And, I’d like to share that passage here:

“God reveals Himself in the Scriptures. The Bible, therefore, isn’t a textbook about ethics or a manual on how to solve personal problems. The Bible is a book about God. When you study a biblical text, therefore, you should ask, “What is the vision of God in this passage?” God is always there. Look for Him. At different times He is the Creator, a good Father, the Redeemer, a rejected Lover, a Husband, a King, a Savior, a Warrior, a Judge, a Reaper, a vineyard Keeper, a banquet Host, a Fire, a Hen protecting her chicks, and so on…

“Not only is it important to look for the vision of God in a passage, but you will also want to look at the human factor. How should people in the biblical text have responded to this vision of God? How did they respond? Should this vision of God have made any practical difference in their lives? This human factor is the condition that men and women today have in common with the characters in the Bible. The human factor may show up in sins such as rebellion, unbelief, adultery, greed, laziness, selfishness, or gossip. It may also show up in people puzzling about the human condition as a result of sickness, grief, anxiety, doubt, trials, or the sense that God has misplaced their names and addresses. It is this human factor that usually prompted the prophets and apostles to speak or write what they did.” [Haddon Robinson, “Biblical Preaching“, p.94-95]

 
I really liked this. I needed a new way to make my Bible reading come alive, and be more meaningful, so I’m going to try Mr. Robinson’s suggestions. 🙂

Give God the Glory!

Beth Moore had this written on her blog recently (here), and I really thought it was cute!

“Girls, listen. GIVE GOD HIS GLORY! When He does something for you, don’t sit there and wonder if that may have been Him. GIVE HIM SOME GLORY!! Jump up and down about it. Get excited about it! I don’t know about you, but I want God to ENJOY doing some things for me. I want Him to think I’m fun to get a reaction out of. I want to dang well NOTICE. Can you imagine when we thank Him for something that He’s up there on His Throne shrugging His shoulders and saying, “I’m not sure what you’re talking about. I didn’t have anything to do with that”? Does Phil. 2:13 not say that God works in us to will and to act according to His good purpose? Ain’t no doubt, Girlfriend. It is GOD.”

I think Beth is so funny! But I love her style! I loved the part where she said “I want Him to think I’m fun to get a reaction out of.” LOL. 😛

Lacking Discipline

Last year I read through the entire Bible for the first time. This year, though, I’m struggling to do the same — struggling to even get my Bible open on any given day. Part of me wants to do something different. I’ve thought of just opening the Bible randomly, and reading wherever I open it to … I figure God will speak to me through His word in a special way if I do this.

But, another part of me worries that, if I just leave it up to random reading, I won’t keep myself disciplined; I almost NEED those dates at the tops of the pages to keep me accountable! 😕

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I have felt, recently, that I should be learning more about God’s character. I can’t seem to attain the closeness I seek with Him, and I think I’m hindered by my lack of knowledge of who He is. Okay, I have some knowledge… but it’s mostly HEAD knowledge. I have a hard time getting that knowledge into my heart.

So, to gain more knowledge, I’ve gathered together a pile of books on the subject of God’s character, and I’m reading like crazy. I’m also praying that God will open my heart to soak up the knowledge of who He is, and enable me to grow closer to Him.

from “Jesus In the Margins” by Rick McKinley

I absolutely LOVED this word-picture from page 145 of Rick McKinley’s book, “Jesus in the Margins“:

“Jesus wants you to feel secure, to be fully at home in God. You belong with Him. You don’t have to leave your suitcase packed. You can put on your pajamas and climb up next to Him and relax in His presence.”

What a great picture of God as our Comforter… we can put on our jammies, and cuddle up next to Him. 🙂

Intro

This is a blog for me to ramble about all things spiritual, and occasionally about life stuff, as my life revolves around the spiritual (or, it’s supposed to, any way!). The title of this blog is a quote from Beth Moore in her “Breaking Free” study. I just LOVED that! (both the study and the quote!)

 So, stay tuned! More to come shortly! 😉