Archive for October, 2008

Excited to Meet Jesus


2008
10.22

Ok, so I was sitting in Journey class tonight thinking about how excited I should feel to meet Jesus someday.  I know that day is coming.  I know that Jesus is with me every single second of everyday even though I can’t physically see Him.  Why am I not more excited than I am to finally meet Him face to face?  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m excited, but I’m nowhere near as excited as I should be.

Think of it this way.  We all have someone we love to pieces that loves us back right? Well take that person.  Pretend you have never laid eyes on that person but all of your life you have had a relationship with them.  This person has done things for you all along the path of life.  Even little things like getting you your favorite junk food snack on the worst day you’ve had in awhile.  This person felt your pain when you were upset or angry and embraced happiness with you.  They know everything about you…even the stuff you tell no one else.  Still…picture this real person in your life.  For me, I picture Justin.  If I had never met him yet still had the relationship I do with him and I knew there would be a day that I could actually see him and hold him and look him in the eyes, I would be totally completely out of control excited.  I think I would be hoping to hit every telephone pole wherever I went just so I wouldn’t have to prolong the time before we could meet.

Well the Bible is God’s…Jesus’ too…love letter to us.  We know He is with us when we study God’s word.  We get to know Him and then we can “see” Him in new ways everyday in our life.  I know I don’t yet know God completely but I want to be completely excited to meet Him.  Boy has He been there with me even in the most awkward and awful times.  He even giggles with me when I do silly things.  No one on this earth can know me better than Him.  It’s impossible.  He knows every single hair I have on my head.  He loves me that much.  So just thinking about all this…I’m excited! He has given me glimpses of Himself everyday. In giving me Justin I know He loves me and wants the best for me.  He knows me so well that He knows Justin is the perfect one for me.  He gave me my awesome parents and sisters because He knows exactly the best people for my life.

Aren’t you excited to get to know God better and to be able to notice Him more everyday and to one day put an end to some of the mystery and see Him?  Just a thought…

Squelching the Awesomeness of God


2008
10.19

I got to thinking today…how often do we squelch the awesomeness of God?  We take so much for granted that we don’t even see it at special, cool, amazing, etc.  Take the seasons for example.  How incredible is it that the entire earth knows just what to do at the right time to change the seasons every year? How do all the trees know just when to begin to start the leaf color changing process?  How does the wind know how to blow just the right way to make the scent of Fall rush in?  How does the sky know how to look amazingly pink at sunset (different from any other time of year)? We didn’t do that, we can’t do that.  If left to us we’d for sure screw something up.  It amazes me that in the Spring that one Bradford Pear tree can bloom at exactly the same time as another Bradford Pear tree miles down the road.  How do they know? How do they know to bloom exactly then?  It’s because God is amazing! How are we so strangely content to know that there is a blazing ball of fire in the “sky” we call the sun and a strange cheese-like ball in the “sky” at night?  When the moon disappears each cycle, we just assume it will be back.  Hello!!! That is awesome…That is the awesomeness of God.  He thought of everything.

He has given us this world to do things “our way” and yet at every corner we mess it up.  We destroy, we hurt, we kill. Isn’t it amazing to know that one day…if WE choose it (because God gives us that choice) we can live in Heaven, the place He has made for us and we cannot screw up? Sadly more people than not think they will get there just by being a “good person.”  When that day comes, when we all die (because we will) we are going somewhere and not based on our character but based on whether or not we believe that God sent Jesus (His ONLY Son) to die on a cross for our salvation.

For it is stated…in John 3:14-16 4Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.[a]16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[b] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So next time you see a tree with pretty Fall leaves or a Fall sunset don’t forget to acknowledge where it came from and think about where you are headed one day…which could even be today.

When do you choose to follow God?


2008
10.15

Don’t ask me how or why but things just seem to pop in my head from time to time.  Most of the time I forget them before I get to a computer or I’m just too lazy.  Tonight while sitting in Jason Miller’s Journey class I began thinking about the times when I choose to follow God the most. I guess I just automatically assume that I follow Him all day everyday…but when do I actually stop and take the time to listen to Him, worship Him, give thanks to Him, ask Him for direction?  I’m sure my answer is very similar to yours…it’s when I’m at the extremes of my emotions and life.  When I’m sad, afraid, worried, confused, angry, and happy.  But what about in the norm of everyday life?

Before I moved to Indiana I really felt like I had really began to grasp what true trust and worship and communication with God was.  I thought I would have no problems once I moved 11 hours away and left my comfort zone.  Silly me…I guess I forgot about Mr. Satan (who is always around).  I realize now and thought I realized then that I CONTINUALLY need God.

I have been failing lately to study God’s word like I should…to even take enough time out of my day to just be with Him.  It’s not like I’m busy at work yet.  It’s the world inside of me that is fighting me.  I walk by my Bible everyday and somehow manage to talk myself out of it (“oh I’ll read it later” or “my head hurts” or “I’m too tired”).  Sometimes I will read the Bible but my mind seems to wander or I don’t feel like I’m getting anything out of it.  I realize that I NEED God, He doesn’t need me so I need to pay Him that attention and if I’m going to live the Godly life He wants for me I need to listen more and learn more and spread more.  It’s hard because the world is ever present and Satan loves to knock us down but we all need to spend more time than we do studying God’s word.

I love my Jesus,  I hate this rut that I have been in and I ask that you pray for me and that you too will look at your life and the time you do or do not spend with God.  He is your Heavenly Father and one day you will come face to face with Him…we all will…don’t you want to know who He is?

So take this challenge like I am giving myself.  Don’t just go to Him in fear when something is going badly or wrong.  Don’t go to Him only in anger when something doesn’t go right.  Don’t just say a quick thank you for the happy things.  Do it all the time! Take the time.  What would we do if God was too busy for us?

And…the world gets smaller


2008
10.01

I’ve realized that I need to update this blog more often with my thoughts and with things that happen around me.

More and more I am amazed at how the world is connected.  Justin and I started attending a small group called Starting Point at GCC for married individuals.  We are the youngest in the group but it is really neat to see the different stages of life and marriage represented in this group.  This past Monday was our second meeting.  We met at Martin’s Deli and just chatted about ourselves to get to know each other better.

When they got to me and asked for me to tell a little bit about myself I didn’t even know where to begin.  I spoke about going to Gardner-Webb University and meeting Justin and working there.  I figured there was no way that anyone had heard of my tiny Baptist University in tiny Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  When I finished, one of the ladies, Karen, spoke up.  She said “Do you know Philip Swicegood?” I could not believe my ears.  She knew one of my undergraduate professors! Wow! How can that be?  I’ll tell you how that can be.  It was a God wink assuring me that my story is important too and that God was making my heart smile that day.  Isn’t is awesome how God has ALL the details worked out in life? Even down to the tiny details of knowing people? Oh how silly I feel when I think about those things and realize that, as God has said to me many times over the years, “Bonnie, I’ve got this.” So I’m working constantly to fight against what comes so easy in this world, worry and doubt.  I know God has a plan for me.  I just have to realize that it is not all about me and if I want Him to use me in this life I have to be patient and listen.