Green Eyed View

The Ramblings of a Green-Eyed Gal

Definitions March 26, 2007

Filed under: Ponderings — sarah j. @ 6:45 pm

Courage: Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering.

Encourage: To give courage to; to give or increase confidence of success; to inspire with courage, spirit, hope, or strength of mind; to embolden; to animate; to incite; to inspirit.

Discourage: To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits; to deject; to deprive of confidence. To deter from any thing; with from. To attempt to repress or prevent; to dissuade from; as, to discourage an effort.

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Thankfulness March 22, 2007

Filed under: Ponderings — sarah j. @ 11:35 am

I have been trying to develop a habit of naming a certain number of things for which I am thankful each morning, in order to always recognize how awesome God is and give Him all the credit for it. He blesses in so many ways that can often be overlooked when living life, if time is not taken to reflect on them. We are to always be thankful. I want my life to overflow with thankfulness to Him. So…here are some from today’s list: 🙂

I am thankful for waking up EARLY this morning, refreshed and ready to get out of bed, even before my alarm went off at 5.

I am thankful for the soreness and ache of my arm, leg, and stomach muscles. They are getting worked and will [hopefully] soon be trimmer!

I am thankful for God keeping me safe as I ran in the pre-morning darkness.

I am thankful for the worship music I listened to during my run, and for being able to praise Him even while exercising.

I am thankful for the full and deep breath of fresh morning air I took. Every breath is a gift from God [including the one I am taking now!!]

I am thankful for the head massage I got while having my hair shampooed at the salon yesterday.

I am thankful for the Word of God. I am thankful that He still speaks today through His Word, and how He uses His Word to renew my mind and transform me.

I am thankful for the encouragement God has given me over the last few days, and what a healing balm it has been.

I am thankful that He works in me to give me the desire and the ability to ‘work for His good purpose’ [do His will and what He wants me to do].

I am thankful that He is at work in every area of my life, and what He is doing is GOOD.

I am thankful for His provision, both now and in the future.

I am thankful for tomatoes. [they are oh so good!]

I am thankful for my roommate’s opportunity to serve God on the mission field. When we go in May to Oaxaca, Mexico, she will be staying on for 2 more months!

I am thankful for the strength God has given me daily as I wait upon and Hope in Him!!

So much to be thankful for!! And this is just a small snapshot of what I could remember from this morning, and what popped into my head while typing this [like the bit about tomatoes..they are in my lunch…]. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! 🙂

JOY!

 

Interceeding March 14, 2007

Filed under: Ponderings — sarah j. @ 9:22 pm

I have been thinking about intercessory prayer a lot today. I think it is incredible how we can pray for a fellow brother, sister, friend, family member, co-worker, etc. God is so amazing in how He uses others in our lives to bring His will and to change us through their prayers. I know I have experienced so much growth and change in my own life through the faithful prayers of some awesome prayer warriors in my life. I believe in prayer. It has POWER. God works in and through prayer. In continuing with my recent style of posting a bit of verse in my posts, I wanted to post this little poem about heavy interceeding. I hope you like it. 🙂

For Him I weep

For him I weep, nay, not for me
For him I toil down on my knees
For her I struggle, I grasp my hair
For her my sobs cut through the air

The ache is deep, the yearning is real
For Your grace to flow, I pray with zeal
Lord, break his heart! Lord, mend hers, too!
Your will be done, that much be true

I seek You Lord, on his behalf
For him, Oh Lord, please spare Your wrath
For her I plead before Your throne
The night is long as awake I groan

My heart is heavy with the burden inside
My spirit grows faint, but still I abide
In Your Word and presence, Lord I remain
Expecting You, I praise Your name

Strength will rise as I wait upon You
Steadfast in faith, I await what You will do
Your answer will come though slow now it seems
In Your perfect time, Lord, Your glory will be seen

But for now I pray; my burden I must keep
I will not give up
For him I weep

SJH 2007

From the heart,

 

Surrender March 11, 2007

Filed under: Ponderings — sarah j. @ 9:56 pm

This weekend I went with many women from my church, The Grove, on a women’s retreat to Castle Bluff, which is a camp/retreat center in the Buffalo River Valley. I had an INCREDIBLE TIME. There are really amazing women at the Grove! I was blessed to have the opportunity to get to know some of these women a little better, and began friendships with some I hadn’t yet known at all. And the location–WOW. We were in the middle of God’s glorious creation in nature. He is so creative! It was BEAUTIFUL.

And, most importantly, I got to spend time with God in His word and through our study, which was on becoming a woman of excellence [essentially…becoming Christ-like and our identity in Him]. The weekend simply was not long enough!! I realized that this morning [Sunday] as we were wrapping up and were to talk on our last topic, and only had 20 minutes to do so. The topic was Surrender. I for one thought that needed a whole day, haha! 🙂

I had a teeny tiny disappointment, because I was really hoping and praying and seeking for God to speak to me in a profound way. I really wanted and yearned for an “AHA!!” moment with Him from some divine revelation. That did not happen, but it is OK!!!! God gave me some solid nuggets and gems of His Truth, which are glorious and wonderful. I had little “ahas”. 🙂 I trust Him to expand on those however He chooses in the next few days as I process the weekend. I always need time to process and reflect on things…. 🙂

I learned a new worship song this weekend. Its called Surrender, and the words are really powerful to me. Songs and poetry so often speak to my heart. I know I just posted a song, but I wanted to share the words of this song. I don’t know who wrote the song or performed it, so I cannot give credit to the artist. 😦 It may be a familiar song to some, but I had never heard it before.

Surrender

I’m giving You my heart And all that is within
I lay it all down For the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride For the promise of new life

And I surrender All to You, All to You
And I surrender All to You, All to You

I’m singing You this song I’m waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You For the glory of Your name
To know the lasting Joy Even sharing in Your pain

That is a cry of my heart!! To surrender all to my Lord. And why shouldn’t I? The life that I live is not mine, but it is Christ’s, who lives in me. My dreams, rights, and pride are “rubbish” 🙂 compared to His glory. Much is to be made of Him, and Him alone.

 

My Heart :) March 9, 2007

Filed under: Ponderings — sarah j. @ 7:55 am

I was told to write from the heart. This song is on my heart this morning…

This Is Our God*

A refuge for the poor, a shelter from the storm
This is our God
He will wipe away your tears and return your
wasted years
This is our God
So call upon his name, he is mighty to save
This is our God

A father to the orphan, a healer to the broken
This is our God
And he brings peace to our madness and comfort
in our sadness
This is our God
So call upon his name, he is mighty to save
This is our God

This is the one we have waited for
This is the one we have waited for
This is the one we have waited for
Jesus Lord and Savior
Oh… this is our God

A fountain for the thirsty, a lover for the lonely
This is our God
He brings glory to the humble and crowns for the
faithful
This is our God

*Lyrics by Chris Tomlin-from the album |The Noise We Make|*

Oh Merciful God, You are the one I am waiting for. May this be true for me today as I wait on You. You, and You ALONE, satisfy my deepest needs and longings!

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8 [ESV]