Thursday, April 24, 2008

Assorted musings.......

I have been thinking a lot about spiritual warfare because my church is currently in a series about it. It has done wonders for my thinking. It's a cool series because churches don't usually talk about the supernatural, but it's everywhere in the secular world. I love how my church will talk about things that most churches won't (for example, we had a PORN Sunday :)). Anyways, spiritual warfare is all over the Bible. It really changes your thinking when you start to think of it as war........being distracted in church, doubts, believing lies, losing focus are all tools Satan uses against us. It makes a big difference when you realize that it's not just chance when things like that happen. There is spiritual warfare going around all around us and we need to arm ourselves for the fight. Ephesians 6: 10-18: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. One point that my pastor made is that we fight from victory and not for victory. I know that I often forget this. Sometimes I feel so defeated and unable to fight. I know I need to remember that God has one and I too have victory.

God has done so much in my heart lately. I feel a true peace and joy deep within for the first time in a long time (possibly ever). It amazes me how God can heal things and give you strength to face things you never could face on your own. I never realized how having a healthy spiritual life would impact the health of the rest of my life. I see God's grace and goodness in everything including my relationships, willingness to connect and be real with others, and my desire to turn off the noise in my life. I have even been eating healthy and exercising and doing a really good job at keeping my apartment clean. It's amazing what keeping God at the center has done for my productivity!!!!!!! Hahaha.......I know that's not what it is all about, but spending time with God has given me the strength and energy I need to get things done. I am blessed to be on this journey and I pray that I will change everyday. I don't want to be the same today as I was yesterday.

Last week I felt under attack, and I lot of it had to do with the ladies' tea. This ladies' tea thing has been rather stressful and annoying. I know I gave some details about the tea but here are some more. First of all my church is the last one you would expect to have a fancy event like the tea. We are one of the most casual churches I have ever been too. We don't even have a building :). The tea is being held at a nice hotel and the guys are valet parking the cars. We are supposed to dress up in semi-formal to formal clothes (hence, Becca's bridesmaids dresses :)). Lynette and I got roped into it because our House Church leader asked us. He wasn't well informed about what it involved. It ended up being a lot more than we bargained for and we don't own a tea cup between the two of us. We wanted to do the cow theme but it seemed like it wasn't well received by the person in charge of the tea. I also told my HC leader something and told him not to say anything to anyone. He did and I was very mad and hurt. It has been just one little mess after another. It has made me feel doubts about church, HC, etc. Last week I dreaded going to HC. Like I said, I was really under attack in a bunch of areas. God worked it out though and I feel so much better. I am nervous now because the cow tea set I ordered 10 days ago got canceled and now I am waiting on a new one to come in at the last minute. I am trying to trust that everything will be please pray for our tea set to come in because we won't have anything on Sunday if it doesn't.

Hmmmmmmm, ?que' ma's? I bought my tickets for South Korea and China. I will be there from June 10th-June24th. I am really excited. It is just a big hassle to get into China. Not only do you need a visa to even enter the country, but you also need to go to the consolate in person to get it. You can't just mail it in. Luckily my consolate is NYC and not too far away. Still, what a pain.

Last musing that I have time for: I AM GOING TO BE AN AUNT AGAIN!!!!!!! Yep, Cindy is pregnant and we are all excited. Please pray for her because she had a difficult pregnancy the first time around.


At 5:54 AM, Blogger Beccalynn said...

You want to borrow some of my tea cups? I'll let you use my grandmothers. She has at least 12 of can snag them while you're here and I'll come get them when I visit you next which will be a few times in May....let me know. I"M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU!!!!!

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Ooh! I can do comments here like I do on Becca's!

1)I'd like to visit your church, if it weren't, um, a long way away. I think I'd feel at home there.

2)We did a series on questions we'd ask God, and one of them was about ghosts and demons and stuff. It was very interesting.

3)I don't suppose any of those sermons are recorded, are they? Sounds like something I'd definitely benefit from.

4)Preach it! I know how you struggle sometimes, and while I don't know what you've been going through lately, specifically, I'm so glad God has given you a peace about it. He's so good to carry our burdens and ease our minds when we remember to ask Him to do it.

5) When you said, "I don't want to be the same today as I was yesterday," I got chills. I think that all the time.

6)I'm glad things are better with your HC now. I know how you've been hurt by the church before and I'd hate to see you go through that again. It sounds like you have a great place. I'd love to know more about it.

7)HOW COOL IS THAT? You're going to China and Korea? I assume you'll be visiting Marcos, huh? Very cool. You MUST bring us back some servilletes.

8)Cindy's pregnant again? Awesome! How far along is she? Due date?


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