Friday, April 28, 2006

The Songs in My Head

Most of you know I love a good pop song, but I've found myself listening to Christian music more and more lately. I have also found it so refreshing that the song going through my head during the long days at work is often one which I can use to praise God. When I find myself getting a bad attitude at work I often just need to listen to the song in my head and it gives me such a complete peace. Today the song is Kutless "Strong Tower." I hope you have heard the song. If you haven't, I suggest you find it somewhere and listen. Such power in knowing that God is our shelter and we only have to turn to Him and he will provide shelter for us. I pray God will be your strong tower and your shelter from the storms life throws your way.

When I wander through the desert
And I'm longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray
When I'm stranded in the valley
And I'm tired and all aloneIt seems like
I've lost my way

I go running to Your mountain
Where Your mercy sets me free

You are my strong tower
Shelter over me
Beautiful and mighty
Everlasting King
You are my strong tower
Fortress when I'm weak
Your name is true and holy
And Your face is all

I seekIn the middle of my darkness
In the midst of all my fear
You're my refuge and my hope
When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder's all I hear
You speak softly to my soul

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Blog Stalker?

Are you a blog stalker? I am. I read the blogs of people I don't know. People link to other people's blogs on their webpage and I read them. I once met a person whose blog I read on a regular basis. I told her I agreed with something she had written. She got a good laugh out of the fact that I knew the story and could relate to her take on it. My friend J and I had the discussion the other night on whether we think this is bad or not because we will often say "did you read person X's blog yesterday?" We decided it isn't wrong because if they didn't want anyone to be able to read what they were writing they should not be posting on public space. Would I be offended if someone I didn't know was reading my blog? No. I hope they find humor in the things I find humor in, are inspired by things that inspire me, and can learn from situations I have learned from. So stalk my blog. I hope you enjoy.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Men Step Up, Women Step Down

I just read an interesting article on Dr. Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote an article in defense of a message he delivered at the 2004 New Attitude conference. In the address, he spoke of the immaturity of adults these days, mainly men, who want to act like they are in their early 20s well into their 30s. I agree with what Dr. Mohler is saying in this article. Society has made both men and women so career driven that the desire for marriage is taught to be "minimized" while in these years so the free time you do have can be acted upon as if you were still in the early years of college. Is this Biblical? Paul speaks of the call to celibacy as special for those who could only perform the ministry that one is called to do as a single person. But in order for us to see the opportunities that God places in our lives, men need to step it up a notch in pursuing these Biblical relationships and women need to back down on their quest to be the most successful woman in their career before deciding to settle down with one person. Many of you have heard my "Whatever happened to June Cleaver" speech on several occasions, but was life really so bad back then? I know there are you Rosie the Rivetor types who will argue we have it so much better these days, but is that really true?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What Bible lesson would you want to hear?

Our Bible Fellowship teacher (that's Sunday School teacher to all of you old-school people) is giving us the opportunity to submit ideas for lessons once we have finished Romans. (Yes, he has also told us we will eventually finish studying through Romans.) Now, I know that numerous times throughout my life I've thought to myself "I wish I could hear a lesson on this topic or that topic," but I can't think of them now. I shall start writing them down from now on though so if I am ever posed with this question again I will have my list to fall back on. But for now, I must move forward. I think I am going to suggest he teach on the twelve disciples. Who were these men before they were disciples? What are their backgrounds? What happened to them after Jesus was crucified and resurrected? How did they continue their ministry? How did they die? Some of these questions are very obvious and touched on in various other lessons, but I still think to hear it all at one time would be very educational. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for lessons that you have always wanted to hear?

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Humor of Being Single

I was surfing the internet today and stumbled across Christian comedian Kerri Pomarolli. What caught my eye was a humerous cartoon on her webpage. As I read more about her, I learned she had recently released the following book: If I'm Waiting on God, Then What Am I Doing in a Christian Chatroom?: Confessions of a Do-It Yourself Single. I think that so many of us feel that way so often. My friends and I have had numerous conversations on this topic. One of their moms said to me yesterday it seems the girl has turned into the pursuer in the relationship these days. It is so hard to know exactly what we should do, but we need to make sure we are seeking God every step of the way. I pray that God will not allow me to be a Do-it Yourselfer, but that He will guide my steps to be completely and totally in His perfect will when the correct person is ready to seek out a relationship with me. That doesn't mean I won't be reading this book though!

Click here for some humerous comic strips.