Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The end of 2008

This will be my last blog entry for 2008!  As usual I am thinking of New Year's resolutions, so to speak, ways to improve my life.  I know I want to get to know my Savior better in 2009.  I have a passion to have such a relationship with Him that I can fully trust Him in all things, all the time.  That is what my journey is all about.  I am learning almost daily what it means to trust Him and for that I am grateful even when it hurts or it is hard.  I am so thankful that He has brought me through another year.  I see where I have failed and not been all that He has wanted me to be.  I am so thankful that He does not want me to go around living in shame and quilt, but that He has given me the way to know and experience forgiveness and freedom.  I love the Lord with all my heart and am so incredibly in awe of all He continues to do for me.  So as I end this year, I look forward to serving Him with my whole being, growing, and learning to trust Him more each day in this new year.

Learning to trust Him . . . . More and More. . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Friday, December 19, 2008

Serious Reflection

This week our Women's Bible study had our annual Christmas lunch at the Olive Garden.  Part of or conversation was about prayer.  We were discussing prayer and how humbling it is to go to prayer on one's knees.  I have been reflecting this morning on Philippians 2:5-11: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." This verse brought me back to our conversation on kneeling, and it it a sobering truth that some day all will bow their knee.  I think I need more time to truly reflect on the reality of this verse and the seriousness of it!

Learning to trust God . . .  Seriously Reflecting  . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Directing Our Steps

We serve an awesome God!  Recently Steve and I were out together and it was so evident that God had directed our steps in order for us to meet two people. Through a series of small seemingly insignificant events our paths crossed with these people and it was so obvious from the conversations we had that it was God who had already planned the perfect place and timing for us to meet.  He knew our needs and He knew who would help meet our needs. I don't believe in coincidences. Some may say it was by mere coincidence that these circumstances of events happened, but I know it was God.  He was again showing us His loving hand and His personal intimate touch on our lives.  When we say that Christ dwells within or hearts by faith, we must understand that He is there all the time.  He does not pick and choose when He will be there.  Thus, in times when we see Him working like this, we should not be surprised. We need to give Him our days, our hours, our minutes and let Him do His work in our lives.  So today I am grateful that He loves me so much that He directs me and brings people into my life when I would least expect it to bless me and encourage me.  I pray that there are those times in the lives of others that He will reciprocate and do the same and use me in ways that I am not expecting to help build up another fellow believer or to witness to someone in His name.

Learning to Trust God . . . As He directs My Steps . . . One Day at a Time


Carla

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sanctification

One thing that I really am blessed by is when I see others growing in Christ.  It is an encouragement to me to keep growing in Him as well.  On this journey I am on where I am learning to trust Him, I am seeing more and more the need to grow in holiness.  I pray for visible and recognizable  sanctification in my own life, so that I will bring honor and glory to Him. I have been told that a good way to pray is to ask God to change me into a person who looks like Christ. Wow! I am so far from that goal.  I know that God is the One who is doing the changing, but I have to have a part in it! God, through the Holy Spirit does give us the power to do what He is asking us to do.  He wants to see us doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Lord, help me to be obedient to what you are calling me to do. Please convict me in the areas where I need to grow and change.  Thank you for working in my life and never giving up on me!

Learning to Trust God . . . in Sanctification . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fun!

I have not blogged much in the last couple of weeks.  I attribute that to being new on Facebook and spending a lot of time over there.  
I had such a wonderful time with my husband this evening.  We went to historic Ellicott City and walked around. We had an amazing time together looking at all of the Christmas lights and at the shop windows decorated for Christmas.  There were so many unique things to look at.  Many were antiques.   Steve took some pictures and I can't wait to see how they turned out. I have become somewhat of a minimalist by choice when it comes to decorating for Christmas, so I truly enjoyed seeing someone else's decorations.  We also stopped in a great little coffee shop and got some hot roasted vegetable soup and hot chai tea and coffee. It was just a fun evening to be out together and I cherish all the times we spend doing something special together and how we are making memories together as a couple.

Learning to trust God . . . and having fun. . . . one day at a time.

Carla