Sunday, June 24, 2007

In expectation...

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

As i sang these words on one of my first days of camp i remember my heart earnestly desiring to give up everything to God: my dreams, my worries, my fears, my uncertanties. I remember praying that God would take these things from me, but i wondered, what is surrender?

sur·ren·der- verb - to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of

I have prayed that prayer so many times. so many times i have begged God to take it all from me, but that's not what He was asking from me. He was asking me to surrender to Him. to give up. in battle, it is not considered surrender when one army is taken over by the other, it's surrender when one army says they have nothing left, that they can fight no longer because they will surely fail so they give up. they place themselves in the hands of the other. willingly.

It's Him demanding my trust.

I'm waiting expectantly for a summer full of opportunities to surreneder. opportunities that I won't let pass by.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

And that is the power of love...

2 Timothy 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

this verse was pointed out to me a few days ago. i read this knowing this is how our world lives now, knowing this is how i live. i wanted to cry. it seemed overwhelming, like a problem that was just too large for me or anyone to handle. what could be the answer?


1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

love is just the opposite of all those things. not to quote the Beatles but all we need is love. God gave us the tool we need to overcome these things. love.

People have been excited about Love for a while now. i guess you could say it's been our theme for the past year at school and while i've always agreed that it was a great thing and a very important thing it wasnt until i read this that i have finally realized how necessary and important love truly is.

God's love is powerful. for that i am thankful.