Friday, April 22, 2011

My Size, Not "One Size Fits All"

"One size fits all" is a phrase I've seen on tags at times while shopping. I've often looked at the pair of gloves that were supposed to fit everyone and at my hands and thought "I don't think they'll fit my hands or ___'s hand's!" To be honest, I thought those tags were quiet ridiculous.

Have you longed for some other human who could understand you, like really understand you? Who could empathize with you? Have you wondered why your trials seemed so huge? I believe these questions are real to all of us. We long for life to be easy, we long for our trials to be lighter. We look at some who seem so happy and perfect, and sometimes we long to be him/her instead of our self. And if we can't have a perfect ideal life or family, if we can't avoid the trials that seem to bombard us, we long for others to understand us. We long for empathiz-ers, and for sympathizers. Yet, the truth so often hits us and leaves us hurting - the truth that there is no one on earth who can truly, thoroughly, perfectly understand us. True, some may have gone through similar situations and can empathize with us to a degree, but there is no one who has walked in our shoes and walked our path. There is no one on earth who can honestly say "I've had your exact same trial, I understand you perfectly, I know what you are going through". Maybe sometimes we wish that could be so... But you know, there is something beautiful, something special in it - the fact that no one else has had your exact same trial and can honesty say they perfectly understand you or what you are going through.

We are each unique and special to God. We are all different and you know, God realizes that too. God considers each one of us as one of a kind and it is that reason he gives us our size trials. He allows us to go through only our size fire of refining, our size shaping and molding and chiseling. Our size - in other words, he only allows us to go through that which we need to, nothing more and nothing less. The beautiful thing about it? God gives us the strength and the grace to endure!

Remember, the trials we have are our size, custom fit trials. They will cut us and shape us only where we need it, to make us the beautiful master pieces of God. If we were to trade circumstances and trials with someone else, they would cut us in the wrong spots, they would shape us and mold us into something ugly and we wouldn't have the strength or the grace to endure. So lets be thankful for the individual work that God does on us; thankful when we find no earthly friend who understands perfectly the things we are going through because God considers us special and unique and custom fits and gives us our size trials, our size refining fire instead of "one size fits all".

I find that thought comforting, beautiful, special. The thought that God loves me and cares so much about me that he would only give me to wear my size burden, to go through only my size fire of refining.... My size, not "one size fits all"! And he gives me his strength and his grace to endure!

Let's also remember that Jesus is the truest friend you could ever have, who understands you perfectly. We can go to him for comfort, for strength, for encouragement, for love, and for all we need.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Focus - Our Attitude

When you feel it - depressed, lazy, selfish, lonely, unhappy or anything else....

"Turn your focus outward and upward."

"True Joy and productivity doesn't come from being self-oriented. It comes from being Christ-focused and, as an extension of that, others-focused."

And one of the main stealers of joy? Discontentment with the season of life God has placed us in, and with the roles and the duties God has called us to perform.

Sometimes contentment is a battle, but when we fight it with humility, with Christ as our focus and meet our battles with him as our strength, we will be victorious or rather, he will be victorious through us.

Our focus will become our attitude and what we become like.

Note: Quotes by Jasmine Baucham

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

God and Sentimentalism

Voice nor pen can describe the the awe nor the terror of the people when God's majesty, splendor, and glory, were revealed on Mount Sinai. They trembled in hearing the voice of God amidst the thunderings, lightnings, fire, smoke and the noise of the trumpet. Speaking to Moses, the people said: "Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die." (Ex 20:19)

We don't understand how "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psalms 33:6). The Majesty, the power, the glory, the splendor of God is incomprehensible to our finite minds, but we need to realize that God is more than human. We need to realize the majesty of God and the grandeur of His greatness! No man has ever seen the form of God, for if anyone were once to behold God they would cease to exist! Yes, men have seen Jesus for He is our mediator. From the time sin entered the world, all communication between God and man has been through Christ and Angels, yet "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" (John 1:18).

Even in all God's majesty and greatness, He still loves us and loves us so much that He was willing to send His Son to redeem us from sin. We are privileged to call Him 'Father', to commune with Him and talk to Him as a friend or parent. We are privileged to have a relationship with Him, but in all this, let us not forget that God is still the Majesty of all. Though God is love, He is still just, and because He is love, He has given us His law to abide by, just as any earthly parent who truly loves their child has 'laws' or 'rules' to abide by in the home. God is 100% love, yet He is 100% just and because of this, there is forgiveness and grace for the repentant sinner, but sin always has its consequences and those who will not repent and forsake their sins and be obedient to God's commands, will not enter the pearly gates of heaven.

Let us not lose sight of the love and grace of God for us individually, but let us also never forget that He is the Majesty - the only true Almighty God of the whole universe.

God's love for us is not sentimental, but it is true, noble, deep, just, perfect and beautiful. Our love for God must not be sentimental either. Our love must not be a mushy love or a 'teenage crush' type love.

True love is faith love - love that will go beyond what you can see and that does not doubt. It loves purity and holiness; it is noble and deep and obedient to all God's commands. True love for God will not bring God down to human level; on the contrary it will raise Him to His rightful place and will respect, honor and reverence God as the Majesty - the Almighty God of heaven and earth.

"Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him."
(Psalms 33:6-9)

"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
(Psalms 29:2)

"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth."
(Psalms 96:9)

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Own little Hannah*

Things have gotten real busy here.

A baby to settle and hold often,

goats to milk,

little boys to feed and watch,

music to make,

the house to clean,

little bottoms to wipe... and life.

As I write I have darling Hannah asleep in my arms.

She is so perfect.



When I look down into her face I can't help but think how only God could've "knitted her together in her mother's womb."

She's precious. "Children" truly "are a gift from the Lord, babies are His reward."

*descended from my precious big sister.

P.S. My sister's family have come to visit for a little while... and I'm loving it!

P.P.S. Credits go to Cherith for some of the pictures.
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