Monday, January 24, 2011
james 1:22-27 says
"Don't fool yourselves into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and 2 minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God-the free life!-even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain, but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation to the action.
Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot are and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world." (the message)
i don't really think i'm a distracted scatterbrain.... at least the kind that is referred to in this passage. i do listen to God and do what he says, but sometimes i do forget. it's human nature. at least it's my human nature. so, i must remind myself regularly of this fact.... i can take things to heart... and do them, but if i don't continually go back to the Word for more... or write them down, it will be kind of worthless because i will have forgotten why i am doing the good that God called me to. so, i encourage you... stay in the Word... continually surround yourself with reasons, things that remind you why you are doing the good.
on a completely unrelated note... to those of you that know of my struggles with my stupid lap top and the cursor moving and randomly erasing things... i took the advice of the wise caleb borke and covered the mousepad up and hooked up an optical mouse and haven't had any further issues :) (other than continually putting my thumb where the mousepad is to move the cursor instead of reaching my arm over to the optical mouse)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Let me tell you a bit about what I think about book reviews. First of all, I don't even read the back cover of a book because I feel like it gives too much away. So, in my reviews I will tell you some of the good premises of a book (or not so good, depending), but I will never give too much away. Read the book for yourself if it's that good :)
The book I am reviewing today is another book by Rene Gutteridge, Skid. It is also in the Occupational Hazards series. This book took longer for me to get into, but once I was about 50 pages I didn't want to put it down. The ending was especially good.
Gutteridge has a nack for bringing humor into nearly every situation. She's a good writer. Some of the things in her books are farfetched, but it's a book for crying out loud. It's for entertainment purposes. I definitely like how she draws you in though.
I was a bit disappointed in the beginning of the book that there were SO many characters that Gutteridge seemed to be developing. I really wanted to just hear the main characters story, but in the end it all came together. I just wish that it wouldn't have taken so long to get there.
I still give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good read.
Rate my review at Multnomah here....
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Scoop by Rene Gutteridge
This is not only my first book review for Multnomah, but the book "Scoop" is also the first in a series of books by Rene Gutteridge in the Occupational Hazards series.
Gutteridge was the author of the book "The Ultimate Gift" which was an excellent movie and the reason that I chose to read more books by her.
Scoop had an excellent story line. I was captivated by the first page. Gutteridge began the story by posting the obits of 2 people, Mom and Dad Hazard.
I not only thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I actually grew spiritually from the book. I love it when that happens, especially when I'm not expecting it.
The Hazards (last name of a family if you haven't figured that f you out yet) are great at mixing faith and every day life. It challenged me to live the same way.
This book specifically targetted a few different "big topics", but I really benefited from the plot that encompassed getting older and worrying about the way we age. Not a only is that a reason to, be anxious, but there are other themes in the book that are coming from an anxiety driven standpoint, which I also found very enlightening to read about.
I would give this book 5 stars, and I suggest it to anyone!
Friday, January 21, 2011
God, help me to never again forget who YOU are.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I’m reading a book by Rene Gutteridge. She’s the one that wrote the story that the movie, “the ultimate gift” was based on. Anyway, the story is irrelevant, but I am learning a ton. There is this character in this book that is awesome. It’s like she really does have it all together, but not because of what she has, what she looks like, or who she is. It’s all because of her identity in Christ. She has said things like, “trusting God won’t definitely make your life easier. But you will know that there is something to hope for.” And, she’s telling an older lady who people are pressuring into botox (namely her bosses at the tv station she works for) that God designed us to age and that beauty is on the inside and allow God to age us as he sees fit. And, most recently she says to her boss, Hugo, while referring to anxiety… “With all due respect, do you know where anxiety comes from?” Hugo paused. Was this a trick question? From not trusting God. We’re all going to be anxious if we think we’re in control of our lives, because we’re contantly making mistakes. Do you know what I mean? We’ve got to trust our Father in heaven to take care of us, even when we mess up. Or when others mess things up for us.”
Anyway, this book is just really speaking to me, and I really wanted to share it J
Another super amazing awesome thing happened today, and it’s about my kid. Yep. There it is. My kid Mazerick. He’s been talking about death lately, and how he doesn’t want to die. He doesn’t want to go to heaven because in order to go to heaven you have to die. Anyway, tonight I read him the story out of Revelation about the new heaven and new earth… from his kids bible, so it was easy for him to understand. At the end again he was like, “I don’t want to die.” And I explained to him that if he prayed to Jesus and asked Jesus to live with him forever and tried to live for him he didn’t have to worry about dying because even when his body here dies he would come back to life in Heaven and live forever. He was like, “Can I do it right now?” So, we prayed. First he said, “Mom, I want you to do it for me.” And, I said… Mazerick. I can’t do that for you. You have to make that decision. So, he repeated after me.
“Dear Jesus---Dear Jesus…”
“I want you to live with me forever---I want you to live with me forever…”
“I love you---I love you…”
“And I will try to always make you happy---And I will try to always make you happy…”
“Thank you Jesus---Thank you Jesus…”
It’s definitely a theologians prayer J It’s the prayer of a little kid. And, I believe, with my whole heart that my little Maz meant it. He giggled and giggled afterwards. He said… “If the streets are gold can we drive cars on them? I wonder if there will be cars in Heaven. I hope there are cars in Heaven, because cars are cool.”
Friday, January 14, 2011
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.