A Major Call to Pray (and Wait)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer… ~Romans 12:9-12
I could write a million songs about the way you say my name
I could live a lifetime with you and then do it all again
and like I can’t force the sun to rise or hasten summer’s start,
neither should I rush my way into your heart. ~Brooke Fraser, Love is Waiting

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L’abri

Francis Schaeffer and his wife Edith have a place named “L’abri,” which means ‘shelter’ in French. People come, they stay and ask questions about God.

Something to think about as my room mate and I seek true purpose for our place here in Flemo. We have been sensing that the Lord is taking things in a direction that’s similar and we’re excited! Would love to receive thoughts and prayers regarding this.

Merci!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -Matthew 6:33

http://www.labri.org/

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Late Have I Loved You

Augustine:

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”

Gungor:

Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient
So new
Late have I loved You
You were within me, but I was outside You
It was there that I searched for You
It was there that I searched for You
Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient, so new
Late have I loved You
You were here with me
But I was not with You
It was there that You found me
It was there that You found me
You called and You shouted
You broke through my deafness
You flashed and you shone
Dispelled all my blindness
You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me
Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You
I drew in Your breath
And I keep on breathing
I’ve tasted I’ve seen
And now I want more
You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me
Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You.”

Another year faces me with yet another opportunity to reflect upon and tell of His beauty. I have often left His side – following the seemingly incomparable things of this world. May it be so that I never, ever take for granted everything that He has shown me and the sweet aroma of His love, made perfect in Jesus. His undeniable splendor is all around me, and I find myself compelled to dance in His presence and declare His love, now more than ever.

It’s going to be a grand new year.

Like Incense

I’m a big believer in music being able to express what the “literary- challenged” (that would be me) cannot. So, as I have been praying and mulling over what has been happening in my life for the past few weeks, God led me to this song. Not just to sing and play it (badly) on the guitar, but to dissect each line and find that it encompasses the lessons I’ve learned and the response that I am prepared to live out (by His grace and Spirit) quite beautifully.  Make sense? Read on for the lyrics and hopefully it will.

Like Incense/Step by Step by Hillsong United (Original unknown at the moment)

[Verse 1]
May my prayer like incense rise before You
I’m lifting up my hands as sacrifice
Oh Lord Jesus turn Your eyes upon me
For I know there is mercy in Your sight

[Chorus]
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

[Verse 2]
To all creation I can see a limit
But Your commands are boundless and have none
So Your Word is my joy and meditation
From the rising to the setting of the sun

All Your ways are loving and are faithful
The road is narrow but Your burden light
Because You gladly lean to lead the humble
I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I will seek You in the morning
I will look to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Good night, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Inspired?

Today, I came across 2 online posts from: two guys, ages apart, but trying to convey the very same thing. How wonderful! 🙂

Here’s the first, by Oswald Chambers:

The Place of Exaltation – Oct. 01,2010
. . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2

We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with God, but a person only gets there so that he may later go down and lift up the demon-possessed people in the valley (see Mark 9:14-18). We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life— those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength. Yet our spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mountain. We feel that we could talk and live like perfect angels, if we could only stay on the mountaintop. Those times of exaltation are exceptional and they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware to prevent our spiritual selfishness from wanting to make them the only time.

We are inclined to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching. In actual fact, it is to be turned into something even better than teaching, namely, character. The mountaintop is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a terrible trap in always asking, “What’s the use of this experience?” We can never measure spiritual matters in that way. The moments on the mountaintop are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.

And the second, by Jack Mooring:

Seasons of Peace and Battle – Sept. 30, 2010

We’re entering such a beautiful fall season. I’m out on my porch enjoying a 68 degree morning with my coffee and Bible and everything is so peaceful. God gifts us with these quite moments to help us handle the noise of life.

But, are we to live for these moments? Should they be considered more holy than a chaotic battle? I think not.

I heard an awesome word the other night from a friend. After a hard day of conflict she asked God, “When does it get easy? When does the battle stop?”

Some of you might be asking God the same question today. It seems like most of your life has been a struggle and you just want a season of peace.

If that’s you, I have really good news for you…

Peace isn’t a season. It’s a person.

His name is Jesus.

We live on a hectic and fallen planet. Bad things happen, not because God is bad, but because sin is bad… and the Earth is broken because of it. But we know that there is a hope, even in the most hideous and dark times. Jesus stands as a pure and radiant light for all to run to.

So don’t stress and fret or worship the particular season you are in (peaceful or chaotic). What matters is whose hands you’re in! And if you are clinging to the hem of His garment like the woman with the issue of blood. And if you’re at His feet, breaking open the costly fragrance of true worship; then you are in the perfect place. The perfect season.

So the question today shouldn’t be “When will the battle end, Lord?” but “How can I worship and serve you in this battle? How can I become more like you?”

Wherever you are right now. I pray that you would walk in the peace and victory of Jesus!

love,
jack

This truth was much needed today, God – thank you.

A Colombian Kind of Excitement

With Colombia (Compassion Advocacy Trip) being 4 days away, something inside me is being stirred up. For the trip, the people, the experience. You know, that feeling that God has something great in store for you? I feel that with great intensity right now. 🙂

If you’re reading this, please pray with me.