Archive for March, 2010

Let’s start with the lyrics to this song: “In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when striving cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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I love my neighborhood

Imagine a schoolyard playground with children of all sizes, colors, and ages. Now add to that the teachers, just as diverse playing with the children. That’s what the tennis court that sits in the middle of our neighborhood looks like right now. It’s filled with parents and children all playing, laughing, and having a merry time!

I love seeing that tennis court filled, and the best part is the laughter streaming into my house through the open windows.

Yay, Spring!

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I do four bible studies a week (on a good week). I had a good friend ask me, “Is all that bible study really necessary?” The answer: yes! God’s word is to be studied, meditated on, and hidden in our hearts so that we can recall it as the need arise. Scripture says, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

Tonight’s bible study was on Romans 3-4. Here is an expert from Roman4:16-25 (The Message) Consider meditating on this during your quiet time in the AM, and burying this truth in your heart!

16This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.

17-18We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

19-25Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

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What’s up?!

It’s been a minute since I stopped to write, and I should really be in bed now rather than writing, but I have a few things to catch you up on!

1) The St. Patrick’s Day 8K Run: Well it rain, and my friend Angela was not going to run in the rain. I should add for clarity, it didn’t just rain, we had flash flood warnings all around town. So, we didn’t go to the race. I must admit, I wasn’t prepared. I procrastinated to the point that I talked myself out of being able to do it. Then it rained, and I thanked God. Seriously, I did. Shame on me. But Angela is a good friend. She hasn’t given up on me, and is even encouraging me to do a 5K April 24. I’m actually in training for it; so, I’m gonna break in my running shoes after all! 🙂

2) I just celebrated my 44th birthday! I had a great day, weekend, week actually! I got Teavana in the mail from SonjaEdible Arrangements was delivered to my door from a client. Angela got me a copy of Pride and Prejudice Annotated, along with delicious margaritas, and my favorite Ledo’s pizza. Then I got beautiful cards from friends and family. But the best part of my birthday is on that day having every single member of my family call to wish me happy happy. Among my sisters and their families we compete to see who can call the birthday person first. This year my brother-in-law, Calvin, called first (8:30am),  but my niece, Brittani, posted a birthday love note in FaceBook a little after midnight. So, I think Brittani is the winner! It’s great to be remembered on your birthday, and I think that’s what I loved the most. The calls are great, and the various rendition of “Happy Birthday” are just too much! 🙂

3)  Every quarter, Angela and I have a business retreat, and we usually go to the Wilderness Presidential Resort because it is cheap! So, we did that this weekend past (my birthday weekend). We got so much work done on our individual businesses, and inspired by all the 30 days of this and 31 days of that going on in FaceBook we came up with our own. We will be posting/blogging in April: 30 days of permissions; in May: 31 days of God’s promises; and in June: 30 days of prayers. We are both excited about how God has used this little made up spontaneous project after only two to three hours of sleeps to draw us nearer to him! He’s amazing!

So, I think that’s enough for now. Plus, I really need to get to bed – working on getting up to 7.5 hours of sleep. And, tomorrow morning, I’m walking two miles! Good night!

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