When is it time?

When we are small, we don’t think of time much. And often lose track of it. Submerging ourselves in such tasks as examining small flowers or ladybugs. Yet as time passes (as it must) and we grow and mature; we take closer notice of time. It becomes a nuisance and a task master. We either want it to speed up or wish it would slow down. It increasingly disobeys our wants while simultaneously becoming more and more precious and confusing.

We want to hold it in our hands so that our children stay as small as we once were. We question how right it is, or if we missed noticing it’s subtle nudges. How do we know when we are to stay or go? How do we know if it’s time to act or time to wait? I would wager that mostly we don’t.

That’s why its important to pray, and important to read. Not just educational reading, (though that certainly doesn’t hurt) but specifically reading God’s word. And more than on occasion.   That is how we prepare, how we can know our Father’s will. God does in fact speak. However, I think we misinterpret how these days. A prophet as is known in the bible, is literally one who speaks God’s word. So when we read the Bible this is what we are doing. Prophesying. When our pastors preach, (in sound doctrine) they prophesy. If we want to know when, we need only ask. But ask in the safety of God’s word. And pray that He sends His servants to speak His will to you.

 

 

symbiosis

n. pl. sym·bi·o·ses (-sēz)

1. Biology A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member.

2. relationship of mutual benefit or dependence. 

As a self professed introvert relationships sometimes seem to be a lot of hard work. I mean, do you know how emotional people can get!? Its exhausting, almost nobody just says:

‘Hey, You take a nap while I bring you some wine and dark chocolate.’

I suppose that would fall under number one of the symbiosis definition, and that wouldn’t be very fair. Definition number two, the one that says a relationship is of mutual benefit, is probably the better deal though. 

While everyone has great capacity to be selfish, and lazy; absolutely no one was put on this earth solely to be served. Not even me. God’s own son (think about that) came not be served but to serve. Therefore, I can hardly expect someone else to leave me in introvert paradise, with only the occasional appearance of a loyal maid or butler. People, like it or not, need other people. We are designed that way.

Genisis 2:18  The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  

Side Note Ladies: By ‘man’ I’m including the meaning ‘man-kind’.

Sure it’s work to have and be in relationships, but that’s because we’re a fallen people in a flawed world. If everything were the way God first intended us to be, then the best part of our relationships today could be considered but a glimpse, a shadow of the reality it could have been. What I believe we can expect in heaven.

In the mean time, we just need to continue to drown our old selves in our baptismal waters and allow our Christ renewed selves to fill the relationships we have.

Amen.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Church

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

My Via de Cristo Experience

Wow, how to tell you about an experience that is life-changing. I first walked with Christ in the Via de Cristo movement last year in April. It came at a time in my life where there were serious trails going on. That experience taught me one major thing – God loves me as I am and that I am perfect in His eyes. Not that I shouldn’t work to be better, but that He loves me in spite of myself.

This past weekend, I served – I will not go into the particulars because is anyone is interested I do not wish to spoil it for them – but what I will say is this – My weekend gave me the heart and eyes of Jesus, this past weekend gave me the hands of Jesus. I gained more satisfaction serving on a weekend, then I did from my going on my weekend.

I got little sleep, was on my feet for 18 hours a day and barely had time to take a shower, but know what, it was worth it. I have already signed up to serve again next year and am looking forward to whatever role I can play.

These weekends give you the important tools you need to enhance your walk with Christ. There is food, fellowship, study and prayer for 72 hours (there is sleep, if you aren’t serving) There are women or men (Men’s weekend only – except the pastors, of course) that will make sure that you want for nothing so that you can concentrate on the experience of your walk and not worry about the little things that tend to distract us for our learning.

If anyone is interested, please let us know and we will put you in touch with someone who can help you experience that face of Jesus as we have.

Always remember God Loves You And So Do I

Michele Edgel