Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So I haven't really gone "public" with the blog yet, lol! I'm still sorting out my thoughts, and what I have posted is a just a rough draft of my thoughts. Think "stream of consciousness" writing.

Anyway, if you're stopping by, please leave a comment and let me know ;-)

Tonight, as I was reading my daughter's bible (we use the God's Little Princess Devotional Bible by Shelia Walsh) to her before bed, I stumbled upon this Pslam:

Psalm 119:1-2, 9-12

Happy are the people who live pure lives.
They follow the Lord's teachings.

Happy are the people who keep his rules. They ask him for help with their whole heart...

How can a young person live a pure life?
He can do it by obeying your word.

With all my heart I try to obey you, God.
Don't let me break your commands.

I have taken your words to heart
so I would not sin against you.

Lord, you should be praised.
Teach me your demands.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Crazy Love: Chapter Two

Crazy Love-Chapter 2
My Thoughts:

It is hard to stop and think that this life I am living, that God gave to me, could end at any moment. I certainly do not live my life thinking that He could take me at any given moment. It is a hard thought to process. I have so much going on throughout the day that I don’t really sit to stop and think about the live I have. A life that I was gifted. And thinking of it like that, as a gift, is a new thought. I should cherish I it more because it could be gone tomorrow. Not only should I cherish it more, I should use it to praise God more. I should use every moment of my life to glorify God, no matter what I’m doing. It is also hard for me to surrender all of my stress and worries to God. The biggest issue I have with this is my kids. How can I NOT worry about my children? I pray for them, and ask God’s protection for them almost daily, but I still worry about them. I worry for them. I’m not sure that I can just let go of that. I get why I should though. And that is a bit of arrogance on my part. I should trust Him enough to just let it go. It is something that I am working on and struggling with daily. But that is part of learning and growing as a Christian. I think that realizing that is good.
I can really appreciate the movie metaphor. It puts it in perspective. I am not the lead role in my life. I should not live it that way. God is in the lead and I should live it that way. I don’t, and I’m not sure I know many people that actually do live that way. It is hard. How hard is it to say, “Well I had a hard day today, but it’s not about that, it’s not about me. I’m going to thank God for this day, no matter how difficult it was.” I certainly don’t thank anyone for my hard days, but I should be thanking Him for each and every day.
Level of humanity……human’s feel emotions and then we should offer that to God. Grace.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything.” (Phil. 4:4-6) pg. 41
Chan: “Certainly no one will care what job you had, what care you drove, what school you attended, or what clothes you wore. This can be terrifying or reassuring or maybe a mix of both.” Pg. 46
Stories of Stan Gerlach & Brooke Bronkowski pgs. 46-49
His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Cor. 3:13-15

Practical Application:

Scripture on blog
Be aware of thoughts that are holding me captive


Lyrics on the Bloom Blog

Crazy Love: Chapter One


Crazy Love-Chapter 1

My Thoughts:

Wow, just wow. But I am still a bit lost. How can I show my gratefulness, love, joy, awe to a God so big? As I read this book I seem to get it, but I can’t help but question how. How do I do it? I think that’s a big issue in me not totally committing. I believe and I feel that I’m sincere in that belief, but I’m just not following through. I pray, but is it selfishly asking for things? I need to praise more often. That too is important, even more important I’m sure. I also think how do we know, but that is just from my lack of knowledge. I know that I will know more about how I should act/worship by reading the Bible. I need to do that more often. I also need to attend church. And I want to. I’m just mostly lazy and worried. I don’t want to be judged for not attending regularly. This fear is probably mostly in vain, as I know that I won’t be judged, just welcomed with open arms. I enjoy church every time I go and learn from whatever message it is that I hear. I usually feel that I am being spoken to. That my life is what the Pastor is basing his sermon on. And really, that is not that far off. And I’m sure that most people feel that way during a church service. How can you not? How can you not take the words of God and apply them to your life? You most certainly can, and you are most definitely SUPPOSED to. I need to work on that. I’m not perfect and I don’t know anyone who is. But I should try harder.

Notes from Jess & Angie's Video:


R.C. Sproul: “Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.” Pg. 26

Chan: “…In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him.” Pg. 29

Chan: “He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving. As much as we want God to explain himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.” Pg. 33

Practical Application:

Clipboard next to sink with prayer requests/scripture/friends to pray for

Journaling: separate with tabs- scripture, journal, prayer request, what I love, books to read

Scripture Memory

Other Sites:

A Holy Experience