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Congo, Photo

October 8, 2009

If you’ve got a couple minutes, check out these mind blowing photos from the Congo, and while you’re at it, say a prayer for the people there and elsewhere around the world in rough situations…especially the Christians who are experiencing pretty intense persecution across the globe.

Photos from the Congo

Photos from the Congo

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Carry me, for I am weak.

July 25, 2009

How amazing it is that our world can change so drastically in the space of an hour, all thanks to a short conversation. Yea. I know, Matt Kearney has a new song that touches on that same idea, but that has nothing to do with this. Anyway, I just got off the phone with my good friend Justin Tyner, and thanks to our forty five minutes or so of conversation am in a completely different frame of mind than I was earlier.
It’s been a long and somewhat frustrating week, and I’ve been getting more and more tired, not to mention the stresses of planning for school, interning, and work this coming fall. My current job at a bike shop here in Brainerd, MN has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it’s not a bad job and I need the money desperately, but a curse because the management is rather backward and shortsighted, and after having studied leadership over the last year or so I can’t help but notice all the things that are being done so far short of what they could be. The store has so much potential, but is left to meander along as it has been for the last 20 years, which constantly irks me, and there’s not much I can do about it. Add to that the fact that I double booked my schedule for tomorrow, and that leaves me a bit on edge.
So that’s the day I come out of, coming home to a messy house and about 25 things to do in the two hours before I go to sleep, wake up in the morning, and work again. But thanks be to God for brothers and sisters in Christ! I was able to spend nearly an hour on the phone with Justin talking over a wide range of subjects and finally ending with a bit of prayer for each other, and oh how much it changed my view of things. I sit here now, at nearly 11PM, with a joyful and overflowing heart.
I would encourage you, Christians, to be quick to speak with your fellows. Do the cares of the day and week weigh heavy upon your heart? Have you no strength to continue on in the path before you? Turn to God and cast your prayers upon Him, first and absolutely. But do not fail to turn also to the Christians God has placed in your life. Often times we wonder why the Lord does not fill us with that “peace that surpasses understanding” (Phil. 4:7). Perhaps it is because we do not take advantage of those means of grace and peace through which He has required that we receive it.
Do not be too proud or self conscious to lay your troubles before your brothers and sisters, and do not scorn the power of praying with another person. There is much joy to be found in such fellowship!
Now, I am going to sleep. Pray for me tomorrow, as fellow workers in Christ. It could be a hectic day.

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Sin Of Man Excerpt

June 9, 2009

This is an excerpt from a novel I’m currently working on. I’d love to hear people’s thoughts, suggestions, critiques, and all that jazz. Where do you think the story should go? What do you think of what’s happened so far? Let’s hear the input!

Continue Reading…

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The Practice

May 10, 2009

This is a small excerpt from a book I have greatly appreciated these last few years. I would highly recommend it to all who would grow in knowledge and love of God. “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.

We cannot escape the dangers that about in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us, therefore, pray to Him for it continually. How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him except by thinking of Him often?

And how can we think of Him often except by making a holy habit of it? You will tell me that I am always saying the same thing. It is true, for this is the best and easiest method I know. And since I use no other, I advise all the world to do it. We must know God before we can love Him. To know God, we must think of Him often.

And when we come to love Him we will think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure. This is an argument that well deserves your consideration.

I am ever yours,

Brother Lawrence

How are we doing, my friends? Are we thinking of and praying to God often? One of the hardest things I’ve found to do in this racing culture full of so many distractions is to draw myself back, even for only a second or two, perhaps during a movie or as I sit at my computer and write, and lift my thoughts to God. It’s not a natural thing for we little humans…our tendency is much more to gaze up all things low and earthly and forget the heavenlies. Oh, I pray that God would lift us up far beyond the triviality of this world!

Strive for it. Send your mind out unto God often, in all circumstances. Come to know Him as you would your closest lover and most intimate friend. In that, as Brother Lawrence is an excellent example of, there is the greatest of peace and joy.

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To a friend

January 3, 2009

just a heads up for any of you interested. A friend of mine just recently started posting some of her writings on the net. Go ahead and check her out at Words of Sky. Be sure to leave some love behind 🙂