Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dark but Lovely

The Shulamite:
Draw me away!

I am dark, but lovely....
Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon...

We often have a hard time believing that we can be dark and lovely at the same time. We feel that if we are 'dark,' we must be disqualified or on probation from God's acceptance, love and attention. It seems absurd to us that God could look upon our weakness and still find us desirable.

Oh but He does! I am beginning to live in this revelation of how God never changes His gentle love towards us in our immaturity and darkness of sin. We are His favorites and He calls us fair beloved!

Rest and "Relax" in this truth today....(funny...I wonder if this inventor of this hair product "Dark and Lovely" had this revelation when concocting this 'relaxer' product)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Food for thought

"Spiritual reading is reflective and prayerful. It is concerned not with speed or volume but with depth and receptivity. In a certain sense, when we are engaged in spiritual reading it is not so much we who read the Word as the Word who "reads" us. Perhaps when we read scripture, our task is not so much to master the text of scripture as to be mastered by the Source of that text."

Soul Feast- An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

-by Marjorie Thompson

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quote of the Day

"The conditional sources of our personal spiritual crises are not a sign of our sin, but an opportunity for spiritual growth. Persons in spiritual crisis need not take their situation as a sign of their poor standing with God."

- Crossroads in Christian Growth by W. Loyd Allen

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 silent


Silence is golden...according to AMC Theatres...and today I see where this may truly be the case.

Believe it or not silence can build relationships.  When we join with others in an activity that does not call for conversation we grow closer to each other.

As it relates to God:

"We do not move into silence with God only for the purpose of listening to the Holy One but also to recognize the gift of God's being silently present with us. When we fall quiet in prayer, we usually want an expect to hear something. If God is silent we may believe we are doing something wrong. Maybe we aren't listening hard enough or in the right way. Are we hearing nothing because the Holy one has decided not to answer or doesn't like our question or request? Maybe the silence means God has abandoned us! Our inner voices search for reasons to explain the lack of divine response. "

Could it be that when we fall silent in prayer, God falls silent with us?

It is very well possible that God is silent with us knowing that what we need more than affirmation or advice is simply the divine presence....and in silence God gives us exactly that.

-Paraphrase and direct quote from The Way of Prayer  by Vennard & Bryant

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

"The human spirit is characterized by an unrestricted drive toward the truth, which is ultimately boundless."

-Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth Johnson