Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jesus, the LOVER of MY soul!

This past week or so, Christ has really been tugging at my heart stings. He has been speaking to me a lot lately. At church, we have been studying a series entitled "Breathe," which has been awesome! All of the sermons have been center around Psalm 23. I have always overlooked the power in this verse because it has always just seemed to be the verse everyone "just memorized." But the power in this verse is unbelievable! The truth of who God is for us in this verse leaves me in awe and brings me to tears of joy. The promises God brings to each of us in this verse gives me a peace in my heart that I know is Him filling me with His spirit.

The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Wow. The Lord is MY shepherd. Do you know how much a shepherd loves, cares for a protects his sheep? God is this for us, and therefore we will want for nothing! He will provide all we need. Verses 2-3 show us the joys and blessing He gives to each of us in life. He wants us to stop and rest and just soak in the gifts He gives us! In verse 4, he promises us that even when we walk through dark times, HE IS WITH US! I love His promises in verse 5. There are three of them

1) We can trust Him to provide and protect even in the face of what we fear. (You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies)

2) We can trust Him to refresh and renew us through His holy spirit. (You have anointed my head with oil)

3) We can trust Him to give us blessing upon blessing more than we deserve. ( My cup overflows).

And lastly, in verse six He promises us that we will be pursued by His steadfast love for life, and that after this life, we will be with HIM and at HOME forever!

WOW! These are PROMISES! Not just maybes! This is the TRUTH from God! This gives me an overwhelming peace, and I hope it gives the same to you...

Sorry it's been so long!

So I know I have not "blogged" in a while! Kyle and I have been pretty busy these last few weeks, which is a good thing!

We have been going to a community group at church together every Tuesday at Fellowship Bible Church. It's been great to connect with other believers. The class is great. Right now, we are studying Eclesiastes. We have been talking about the world and how there is nothing in it that can satisfy us. "The Teacher" in Eclesiastes comes to the conclusion that only something outside of ourselves (GOD) can truly satisfy our longings for real joy, contentment, and meaning. This man had it all.... rich, many wives, wiser than the most wise, beautiful... you name it he had it or experienced it. And even He, a man with the whole world at His fingertips, came to the conclusion that ONLY GOD CAN SATISFY! How reassuring to know that He is all we need! I wish we could all understand this all of the time! Why do we all sooooo often turn to what is in ourselves or of the world for peace, joy and satisfaction? God tells us clearly that this longing can only be satisfied in Jesus. Period.

Also, I am going to an all women bible study called "After the Boxes are Unpacked!" How perfect for me! It's a study designed specifically for women who are new to Little Rock! It will be nice to spend time with girls who are experiencing the same things I am!

Three weeks in, my job is going well! There is lots to learn, but it's all pretty easy! The people are all nice and the atmosphere is very laid back! I LOVE being able to wear jeans to work!!!

Kyle went out of town for his job last week, but made it back safely! He is still really liking what he is doing!

We can't wait to come home for a visit! We are coming in March for our good friends' wedding. Since we are both in it, there will be a lot going on, but hopefully we will get a chance to stop by and see everyone!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Job!!!

I started my job today at Washington Products and Services! So far, so good! I am doing lots of administrative work including filing and organizing paperwork. Sounds silly... but I really like doing that kind of stuff so it's right up my alley! The people I am working with all seem really nice, and I am excited to get to know them better!

God really has blessed me, and I thank Him for knowing my gifts and my heart and putting me in a job I will like doing and not be stressed out about! He really does look out for each one of our needs!

I am looking forward to getting settled in to the job more!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in ANOTHER New Year! 2010 already?!?

I cannot believe another year has already come and gone so quickly! 2009 was a big year for me: graduating, getting married, moving to Little Rock! Whew! While 2010 may not be filled with quite as many milestones, I am hoping that it will be a great one filled with God's blessings.

Beginning a new year is a great time to think about the things that we want to leave behind and the things we want to pursue. I have been thinking, "What bad habits and sinful way of mine need to be shed?? What are some things I want to challenge myself to be better at?" Like Jesus says "Behold, the old is gone and the new has come." This year, I want to pursue knowing God more. I want to get connected with a community of believers that will push me toward Him. I want to be more active; Kyle and I are running a 5K in a few weeks and are hoping to maybe do one every month. They tend to get a little costly so well see how that goes!

Kyle and I had a great Christmas! We were so thankful to be able to get to visit both our families for a whole week! It was a really fun Christmas filled with lots of great memories!

It's a NEW YEAR! Before we know it, it will be 2011, so let make the most of this one and start and finish it off right!