Archive for April, 2010

Thank You God For Discipline

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Education, Faith

This morning during the school’s morning message time we prayed for our Principal (as tomorrow is National Principal Day).  My daughter Abbie (6) has received more demerits and been to see our principal more time than just about every other student.  Our disciplinary procedures at the school are geared toward helping a student see why their behavior was wrong and lead them to repentance.

Abbie prayed, “Thank you God for Mrs. Meinhardt.  Thank you that when people get demerits she knows what to do.”

House Prayer

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Family, Life

A house.  The first house.  The original house we wanted in Holdrege.  It has just come back on the market.

We put an offer on it.  This one is within our price range.  We’re offering full asking price, asking in return that the seller pay closing costs.

Please ask our Father on our behalf if we might have this house.

Psalm 42:5-6

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Faith

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Slip Out the Back Jack

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’ve not been posting here as most of my notes and posts have gone to Facebook.  But recently I have become completely and thoroughly disenchanted with FB.  Not to say I won’t use it again someday, but for now, my use of said so-called social networking site is going to be fairly minimal.

I am on the lookout for a different solution.  Who knows, maybe I’ll start actually calling friends and writing real letters on real paper.

Certain Uncertainty

Posted: April 29, 2010 in Faith, Life

From today’s Utmost for His Highest:

THE GRACIOUSNESS OF UNCERTAINTY

“It doth not yet appear what we shall be.” 1 John 3:2

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says – “Well, supposing I were in that condition . . .” We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in. Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, “Except ye become as little children.” Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.

“Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not – “Believe certain things about Me.” Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.

The timing of this devotional is very apropos.

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

It’s snowing this day, April Twenty-Eighth, in the year of our lord Two Thousand and Ten.

True Peace and Freedom

Posted: April 26, 2010 in Faith, History

Though my country has the highest literacy rate in the world, education has not brought salvation. Peace and freedom — both national and personal — come only through an encounter with Jesus Christ.

— Mitsuo Fuchida, Leader of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

This warrior has a great story.