Monday, June 12, 2006

My Way, My Truth, My Light

Jude 2-3; 20:25 (The Message)
Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.

But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.

Right in the midst of a huge time of reflection, I came upon these verses in Jude. I don't know why I go through times which I reflect in a huge way, but I's how I'm made! I come out of these times with a lot of clarity and stronger than what I went in.

These verses spoke to me in terms of telling me what I already know. Things have been so busy and going in all directions. I was kind of taken off guard today, as I talked with someone, and they said that they were worried about me. I told them things will be okay and even though they seem out-of-control busy, that things will slow down. I guess it's because of the busyness that I've been reflecting so much...making sure that things are all in God's plans and that I'm not putting extra stuff on my plate, which He doesn't want there. I've learned the hard way throughout the years that you don't hurt anyone but yourself by piling your plate to overflowing...and you also take away opportunities for others, as those jobs you pile on, very well might have been intended as an opportunity for someone else to be able to serve.

The other thing I've figured out throughout the last little while, is that no matter what comes down my path, where life takes me, that my faith is the foundation of eyes need to be set on Him no matter what happens. My faith is the cornerstone of my life and it's definitely worth fighting for and cherishing as the truest blessing which it is. Sometimes when those waves come, and they definitely come in the weirdest of forms sometimes, I know my eyes may momentarily slip away at times, but it's that cornerstone which brings them back and helps to glue them stronger than ever.

I was listening to a song today and it tied in with the verses from Jude. This song speaks about what my faith is and who God is in my life. I know there may be times when you read my blog and wonder where my faith really is or how strong my belief in Christ is, but believe it's strong. I couldn't imagine my life without the reassurance and peace of knowing He's there no matter what and I can call out to Him, fall on my knees in worship and love to Him and He'll be there. He brings people around me when I need their support, love, encouragement, etc. and in the same way, when I can be that to someone else, He brings me to them in a variety of ways. This song tells of the God I serve and love...I know my faith will only get stronger from here and that things can never get to a point where I'd even think of abandoning it. He's my way, my truth, my light and the greatest roadmap that a person could ever have!

A Place Called Grace
Phillips, Craig and Dean, Restoration
So many years I heard it told
The story of compassion
A prodigal son who left the fold
And found no satisfaction
On my knees, Lord, I cried out to You
“I’m so alone
But if there’s room in Your house for one more
I’m ready to come back home?

I know there is a place
Where arms of compassion welcome me home
Sweet mercy falls like rain
I know there’s a place called grace

So many days I’ve trusted grace
Yet I have to wonder
How many times my human strength
Has kept me from surrender
The more I learn just to lean on the cross
The more I see
When I fall, I will fall to the place
Where mercy reaches me

If it seems that my courage is strong
There’s just one reason
He’s my rock when my faith is all gone
He holds me in His arms
Gives me strength to carry on


Jayleigh said...

What a moving song. I don't think I know it, but I sure do identify with the words.

"read my blog and wonder where my faith really is"

btw, I NEVER have to wonder where your faith really is... you proclaim it in almost every single post. You are an inspiration to me-in being a Godly woman, having faith through EVERYTHING, and living to tell about it.


Pia said...

i like what you said about the roadmap. thanks for sharing your faith with us. i've been encouraged by this, just what i needed now.

God bless.

audrey` said...

I agree with you, Cinder :)
Jesus is our rock whom we can depend on all the time.

Nunzia said...

so beautiful!

SocietyVs said...

Wow, you added me as a link, what can I say, I am grateful.
As for the message of reflection and grace, I concur. I notice that I live a crazy, busy life at times and reflection suffers. I notice that I will struggle in times but I keep my focus on what I have read, the kingdom ethics and try to live by that foundation Jesus set. I may be critical but I am also a realistic fellow. Big-ups to your blog!

Cinder said...

Jayleigh ~ Phillips, Craig and Dean are three pastors...they write some really awesome music and I identify with a lot it.

Thanks so much for your comment about the portrayal of my faith on my blog. I'm glad that I have been able to inspire inspire me through your writing every time I visit your blog! God bless you sister, ;D !

Pia ~ I'm glad some of my words were able to be an encouragement to you. You are a huge encouragement to me through all you've went through and how strong your faith is despite it! Blessings to you sister, ;D !

Audrey ~ He definitely is our rock and we can truly depend on Him all the time...praising Him for that!!

God bless you sister, ;D !

Nunzia ~ Thanks so much for dropping by...hope to see you again soon!

Society ~ Yes, you have had a spot on my links for a while...I may not comment a lot lately, but I visit your blog, just like jb, tend to pick my brain with your posts. Thanks for stopping by!

I'm trying hard to keep my focus and live by His foundations. Lately it's been a time where momentarily my focus got blurry for just a minute. Mostly just life got busy and it's taken it's toll a bit.

"I may be critical but I am also a realistic fellow."

You speak your mind and are true to who you are...that's not a bad thing! Blessings to you.