Thursday, September 20, 2012

Actions speak

I am reminded today of a very important principle:  Everywhere we go, everything we do, someone is watching us.  Watching us, observing us, seeing our reaction, what we are doing, etc.  What I mean is like what Hebrews 13 says, "Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."  We never know who our actions are speaking to.

One of the things that really is the worst, is hearing a friend who is not a believer say to me, "Do you know what so-and-so did? I can't believe they did this or that, especially since they are supposed to be Christian and all." Or, "They are such a hypocrite. I bet they don't act like this when they are at church on Sunday morning."  Hearing that gives me a sinking feeling.  Things like that make Christianity seem pointless to the people who aren't sure about it.

I know I can be that person sometimes.  It's hard to remember that my actions are speaking to someone.  It is so easy to become self-absorbed.  A friend recently told me she is praying a prayer that she can have God's eyes to see people the way he sees them.  What a good prayer to pray.  Maybe seeing people through God's eyes rather than our own human eyes helps us keep the focus and remember that our actions really do speak loudly.

Just some ramblings on some thoughts that have been going through my mind lately.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Little Things

Stumbled upon a photo that took me back in time, and it made me smile. A while back Daniel & I decided to give each other fake tattoos, and I drew a meaningless "I love sushi" drawing on his arm. He wouldn't let me see what he was drawing for my tattoo until he was done. And when I looked at what it was, it just melted my heart. His tattoo for me simply stated that I was the queen of his heart. :) (I know, silly silly, but it's the little things that mean the most).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kodak Moment

My sister is getting married! (I know, old news now...)
Mom and I went to go see the venue and Mom put down a deposit for it, and I captured this photo of them signing the papers to book the place. Thought this was funny! Love my sis's sunglasses too!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

By Grace and Grace Alone

This morning I visited a church I hadn't been to before, and this was one of the songs that was sung during worship. I completely fell in love with these lyrics, so I had to look it up when I got home. Here are the lyrics:

“Grace Alone”
I was an orphan lost at the fall
Running away when I’d hear you call
But Father, you worked your will
I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near your throne
But Father, you loved me still

And in love before you laid the world’s foundation
You predestined to adopt me as your own
You have raised me up so high above my station
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone

You left your home to seek out the lost
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, your face was set
I worked my fingers down to the bone
Nothing I did could ever atone
But Jesus, you paid my debt

By your blood I have redemption and salvation
Lord, you died that I might reap what you have sown
And you rose that I might be a new creation
I am born again by grace and grace alone

I was in darkness all of my life
I never knew the day from the night
But Spirit, you made me see
I swore I knew the way on my own
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone
But Spirit, you moved in me

At your touch my sleeping spirit was awakened
On my darkened heart, the light of Christ has shone
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone

So I stand in faith by grace and grace alone
I will run the race by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone

I will reach the end by grace and grace alone

I was an orphan lost at the fall
Running away when I’d hear you call
But Father, you worked your will