Thoughts for the Week

Archive for January, 2012

Wherever I Lodge

Hey, sorry I haven’t added a new blog in two weeks, as a few of you know, I’m staying in Ireland for a whole semester to study abroad.

By the first day, thoughts of home and loved ones floated through my mind. Even though I was surrounded by 24 American students in Greystones, (the friendliest seaside town you could imagine) I was feeling homesick.

Then I found an apt verse while reading though Psalm 119. It reads, “Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge” (vs. 54 NIV).

It’s a comforting thought knowing God is with me no matter where I go. I don’t have to worry about getting separated in a crowd, or if I get lost (He knows every street in every city), or if I’m frustrated, I know He’s there for me and not thousands of miles away.

Wherever you are, whether in America or Ireland, God is with you wherever you lodge.

Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.

A New Birthday

Just the other day, as my friend was telling me more about herself. She mentioned that she accepted Jesus when she was sixteen. She said it had been about five years ago.

She stopped the conversation and threw her hands in the air with a smile. “Hey! Guess what! I turned five yesterday!”

The light and excitement in her eyes inspired me.

I had forgotten a fundamental truth that our life in God truly begins when we accept Him. “For you have been born again…through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23 NIV).

I think we should start celebrating two birthdays in our lives. Our physical birthday, and the day we became part of God’s Heavenly family forever.

Because when you are a part of His Family, that’s when you truly live!

Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.

Don’t Miss the Blessing

How do you spend your Sundays? You can spend time with family, friends, or other fun things. Sometimes you need to catch up on work or projects. However you fill your time, God should be a major part of the schedule.

Does this mean you can’t have fun or do some work from time to time on a Sunday?

Of course not. In Isaiah, God says the Sabbath is a time to take a break to spend time with Him. “If you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable and if you honor it by not going your own way…then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land” (Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV).

If you fill your Sundays by “going your own way,” you’ll miss out on the wonderful blessings of being with your Savior. Reading the Bible, taking a walk while talking with God, and serving Him are all ways to make Sunday special.

I personally enjoy journaling my thoughts and taking an hour to sit and listen for God’s voice. I’ve had some “mountaintop experiences” where I’ve felt God draw close and speak. Those times are precious and exciting. They are what Isaiah must have meant in writing, “I will cause you to ride on heights of the land.”

Delight in getting to know God more; seek new ways to know Him. In doing this, you will find joy in the Lord.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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