Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;

A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

Therefore God, Your God,

has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,

Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.

Kings' daughters are among Your honorable women;

At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear;

Forget your own people also, and your father's house;

So the King will greatly desire your beauty;

Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;

The rich among the people will seek your favor.

The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;

Her clothing is woven with gold.

She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;

The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.

With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;

They shall enter the King's palace.

-Psalm 45:6-15

Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Tonight, Louie talked about the theme of 7:22, "But we preach Christ crucified" (1 Cor. 1:23). He told of a young man in a small British village named Will whom they had known for awhile and were continually witnessing to. Will just could not accept it. He couldn't believe that God would save him. Sin was just too much. Louie said they tried everything they could think of, and were praying fervently to get through to him. Finally, Will said, "I need to be honest with you. There is a reason I always wear long-sleeved shirts." Louie said that for the first time he realized Will did always wear long-sleeved shirts. Will pushed back his sleeves to reveal maybe hundreds of cuts and wounds. Will looked at them and said, "I cannot bear what I have done. I know that there has to be pain." Louie said he was astounded and prayed silently, and then looked at Will and said, "But God Himself allowed His Son to be pierced for you." For the first time Will understood. Jesus bore the pain, shame, and suffering for us, so that we didn't have to. That was His mission, and it was out of God's love for us. "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved." (Eph. 2:4-5)

"Joy and effectiveness may seem to pause for awhile as grief takes its course, but those who allow their broken hearts to be bound by Christ will experience them again." - Beth Moore

Monday, September 18, 2000

"Towers are popular in Japan: You ride to the top, look down at the city far below you, wonder if the tower is constructed according to sound engineering principles, then ride the elevator back down as soon as possible. That's what I do, anyway." -- Dave Barry

It's amazing to me that for once I really think I can keep a journal going. This is totally me!

I praise You with all my heart, Lord, because You are my Jehovah-Shalom, the God of peace who will soon crush satan under my feet. (Romans 16:20)

Psalm 29:10-12 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 34:13-15 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 85:7-9 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints-- but let them not return to folly.

Psalm 85:9-11 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalm 119:164-166 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Proverbs 29:16-18 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

Isaiah 26:2-4 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:11-13 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Isaiah 32:16-18 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

Isaiah 48:17-19 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Isaiah 54:9-11 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 55:11-13 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 60:16-18 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler.

Jeremiah 33:5-7 "`Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

John 14:26-28 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:32-34 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 8:5-7 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace

Romans 12:17-19 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 14:16-18 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

Romans 14:18-20 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:12-14 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:10-12 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Galatians 5:21-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

Ephesians 2:13-15 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility

Ephesians 2:16-18 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 4:2-4 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 6:14-16 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Philippians 4:6-8 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:8-10 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 1:19-21 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

1 Thessalonians 5:22-24 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.

2 Thessalonians 3:15-17 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Hebrews 12:10-12 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

James 3:16-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere

I'm sleepy.

Sunday, September 17, 2000

I wish I had as much wisdom as my kids. They put me to shame. They are so on fire for Christ, and I feel like I struggle so much.

We talked about prayer tonight, and about "See You at the Pole". Every single one of them is going. I think it's amazing. And it's amazing to have youth stuff that is sharp, and in your face, and outright awesome. There's so much fluff that gets taught in youth groups nowadays.

It reminds me of 7:22. I've been to lots of college/singles Bible studies where thye have a happy little lesson, and there's no real challenge. Most churches are like that, when I coem to think of it. Louie really gets in your face at 7:22. Makes you want to start a revival every Tuesday. I ddn't go this past Tuesday, and it hurt deep down inside. I missed it. Almost feel like I missed God. Normally, I know that God is always there, but I know He is doing something special through 7:22, and I don't want to miss a week. I can't wait to see what is in store for this year.

Oh, and the free chicken wasn't too bad.....

I hurt ALL over. Six Flags did me in. It was cool though, riding the Georgia Scorcher stand-up coaster at 5am, in the dark. We sat and watched Geoff Moore's set. He kept laughing at me. I don't know why. I must have had a funny look on my face or something. I was sitting right in front, which probably had a lot to do with it.

Today I left my hair down for the first time in a few months, instead of tucking it behind my ear. It actually looks like I have a bob now, covering my ears. I'd like to get it all one length before I got ot Japan, tough I think it might look better if I had bangs. I have a big forehead. I don't really mind too much, but I wonder if bangs might be better. I also dyed it again. I was trying to dye it back to my normal reddish-brown color, but it came out a dark cherry color. So much for "Brilliant Bordeaux".

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."

--Isaiah 58:6-12

Friday, September 15, 2000

..I like ellipses...

How come I'm always more eloquent in my head than in text? Sometimes the most beautiful words flow through my mind like caramel-colored leaves on a stream. Sometimes I think, "Wow! I'm, S-A-M. *sigh* S-M-A-R-T" Well, you get the picture.....

No matter how long I wait, or how hard I try, I ALWAYS mess up my nails after I get them done!

..and they're having free chicken at Six Flags!

..And Dad didn't even freak about it!

I'm going to Six Flags tonight!! Woohoo!!

BTW, I can see why so many people are addicted to this.

I've been messing with the HTML. I got an idea for when I move it to, but I think I'm going to leave it like this for now. This will be perfect for my Japan journal. I'm trying to decide if I should make another one for that starting now, or just combine the two. I look ahead to Japan, and it doesn't really seem like I'm going. I did get my passport last week. The first real tangible proof that I will be on the other side of the world for three months. Sometime I've got to start working on my paper. I'd like to talk to Dr. Balmer sometime, too. See what he's like, mostly. Oh! That reminds me...I need to send in for my AP credit. I'll schedule that now.................

OK. This is my very first post. Well, on here, at least. I'm an obsessive message boarder. I guess this is sorta like a message board to myself. So the arguments I have with myself in my head I can have on here... What fun!

I'm at work, waiting on something to do. I already finished my daily stuff. Dana is gone, so I'll probably have to think of something to do on my own. Hm.

Nuthin'. Guess I'll have to work on this blogging thing. I'm all blogged out already. Blog that!