Saturday, April 08, 2006

standing amazed Last night a friend re-introduced to me worship leader Dennis Jernigan (who has an awesome testimony). So, I went through my own cd collection looking to see if I had one of his CDs. And I found three . So, I put one in and started listening to it. Familiar songs of worship from my college years washed over me. One in particular grab my attention because it is the same concept that Beth Moore touches on in the Living Beyond Yourself study I am doing. Here are the beginning lyrics for the song "I Stand Amazed": I see the stars that you have made I know you call them each by name To think father God in heaven displays Is thinking of me in intimate ways and I stand amazed in all of Your glory That You would die for me; I stand amazed, I stand amazed in all of your glory, True love's sweetest story; I stand amazed. At the beginning of this week's study, she touches on the trinity of God. Explaining through Scripture how each part of the Godhead works--that through the Father's will, the Son's Word, and the Spirit's way all of creation was formed. Then she comments: The same God who willed, spoke, and energized the universe into being directs all His care and distinctive direction to your precious life. He continues to direct you through these same methods: the Father wills, the Son speaks, the Father's will, to you through His Word, and the Holy Spirit supplies the power for you to obey. Have you been feeling a little insignificant lately? unimportant? How's this for a change in perspective? The entire Godhead is intimately involved in your daily life using the same power and glory with which He commanded creation into being. He must find your rather significant! (pg. 31) AMEN!! and OH YES!! First, it was such a blessing to hear her (and Dennis Jernigan) confirm the truth that the God of all creation is intimately involved in my daily life. Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! (Matthew 5:26-30, New Living) Second, the revelation of this pattern of Father willing, Son speaking, and Spirit empowering helped me to understand better how He has worked in my own life. And, it has given me a better perspective to look for His future work in my life. Yea!!! Addie Heather* Carol...
what!?! 29 already?? I glanced at my doctor's computer screen as he was talking. Lots of yellow and green Chinese characters on a black screen--a list of patients for today, I surmised. One column had ages--again, surmising. I scanned the column quickly . . . 45, 70, 67, 29, 80, 19, 22, 54, 31 . . . I didn't see 28. Hmm, maybe I surmised wrong. Maybe they are numbers of something else. So, I went back to paying attention to the doctor and our conversation. He goes to write out the prescription on the computer and clicks the line with 29. I glance to the left of the 29--sure enough! There is MY Chinese name!! 29? What!?! How can that be!?! My 28th birthday was only yesterday! But, the form for the medical records was "gotten" from my official government health insurance card so 29 is my "official age." Then I remember . . . "oh! that's right, many Asian cultures count the time that we are spent being woven together in the workshop of the womb as a year of life." Now I am in a state of shock. Thursday I was 27. Today I found I am 29. I thought I had another whole year before I had to contemplate turning 30. Guess not. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139: 13-16, New Living)

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