Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Tale of Two Sisters

"As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord's feed listening to what He said." ~ Luke 10:38-39

...This will be the second time for me to read this book, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World". I identify with the write because she too claims to be a "Martha" which I definitly am. I admire Martha in many ways. She wanted her home to be a warm and welcoming place for our Lord but that's not what He wanted. He wanted her heart to be a warm and welcoming place for him to come into. Part of last week's bible study reading was about Paul's prayer requests in Ephesians 3:17. He asks Christ to dwell in his heart. I learned that dwell literally means "to settle down and feel at home"...something I need to practice more. I want my heart to be a welcoming place for my Lord to enter, I want to feel at peace when I sit at His feet.

Friday, February 6, 2009

OSC Champion!

Here are some fun pictures from last Friday at our Omni year-end party. Each year 10 associates are chose who have received the most ratified service recognition cards and I was one of them! We got a nifty plaque and $300 dollars!This has been one of the best years for me professionally. I have learned so much and am blessed with wonderful Christian co-workers to imitate. Every morning we read a bible verse and pray together before we start our days.
Having Christ as the central focus for the office has made such a difference in my daily life. I feel my co-workers' support as God leading me and caring for me through out stressful times. We all love each other and are becoming great friends. This is an area of my life where I know that I am exactly where God wants me to be. It also helps me not hang on too tightly to things in my life I think I "need". With Christ as the focus there is no mountain I cannot climb or a circumstance too frustrating.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Will Lift My Eyes...

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs You now
God, be near calm my fear and take my doubt
Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

I will lift my eyes to the Maker
of the mountains I can't climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, let mercy sing
her melody over me
and God, right here all I bring
is all of me
Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

'Cause You are and You were and You will be forever
the Lover I need to save me
'Cause You fashioned the earth and You hold it together, God
so hold me now

This song is a mirror image of my heart right now. As much as I want this hurt and pain to stop rearing it's head I know I am being refined. It feels awesome to cling to Christ in a way that I never have before. I am being shown that Christ is my maker, calmer, healer and my portion. I feel like a little girl in my mother's arms, letting her hold and protect me. I am so thankful for my parents consistent example of Christi's love. Of course waiting is the hardest part but good things are worth the wait. And I want to be faithful and obedient.