Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My heart is green.

I'm not too great at this posting daily thing so forgive me. At Clearwater, we are journeying through each of the books in the Old Testament. It's incredible. We do this on Sunday nights (every other Sunday night) and the amount of people is smaller than usual Sundays usually rounding up to about 45-50 people. So, it's very personal and intense. Taylor-- the pastor who leads us in this, desires for us to see what is going on chapter to chapter in summary form so that we can go back, listen to podcasts, rewrite notes, meditate, and reread for ourselves. THIS IS AMAZING. This journey is showing me how to understand the Old Testament, but not only that, it is teaching me how to teach others in story form. This is huge, because I honestly could not sit down and tell someone what happens in all of the Old Testament if they asked me to explain the whole thing to them-- I want to be able to. So, that's sort of what's going on right now. I am seeing more and more God's mercy and judgement working together in the lives of those in the Old Testament. Also, I am still wrapping my mind around God's main purpose from start to finish of the Bible and start to finish of my life story is for him to receive glory. It's a beautiful thing that he has called us to be his slaves (Titus 2:14).. Because he is a good master. Man, I pray that the Lord would continue to grow me in that.. and that I would believe it with all my heart (Mark 9:24).

So, I know that the Longshore's visited the Crash folk pretty recently. I must say I'm a bit jealous that they have gotten to experience this Eugene, OR place first hand, while I drive my little car around that holds a sticker on it in the shape of Oregon containing a green heart inside of it. That sticker represents me, my heart is green. Not really though, it's probably really purple and red, maybe blue too. My point is, I still feel called to be ministering alongside the Crash wherever you are. Whether that is Eugene, Albertville, or outer space.. I don't really care. It is so cool though to see my growth here, learning that physical places do not matter as much as Spiritual places. I pray that we are constantly moving Spritually, it is impossible to be idle in our relationship with Christ because of how real Satan is. After watching the people in my life and examining my own life I know, I KNOW I am not exempt from falling into temptation.. Sin leads to more sin. Thank the LORD there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1) Amen? So let us keep moving from one degree of glory to the next.

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and fourth generation." And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said "If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance." Exodus 34:6-9

I've been meditating on this passage a lot. Whoa! God is just, he KNOWS what he is doing and he is preparing us for that inheritance (1 Peter 1).However, we know notta.. At all. His presence is key.. let us go with him. 

1 comment:

  1. I like this post and I'm proud of you for making where you are your mission field... honestly we didn't have to move to Oregon to show God's love to people but He did call us to be here and I'm thankful. I'm also SO thankful for people like you who understand it's not about "leaving" but are also so willing to "go". I hope one day we are crashing with you...like not so far away kind of crashing. :)