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Time Keeps On Ticking

“There is a special time for everything. There is a time for everything that happens under heaven. There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pick what is planted. There is a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up. There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh; a time to have sorrow, and a time to dance. There is a time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to kiss, and a time to turn from kissing. There is a time to try to find, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away. There is a time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; a time to be quiet, and a time to speak. There is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
It is time for a new year to begin. This year may have been a hard year for you or it may have been a beautiful one with many memories. So, as most of you, I am reflecting on the year that is ending and wondering what the new one holds. This month, my husband and I were surprised by news that his sister was having twins. So, we were blessed with twin nieces. I’ve also had several close friends have babies this year. In April, my grandmother passed away. She was one of the biggest influences in my life. I love and miss her greatly, especially at family gatherings and holidays. I miss her smiles and giggles. I miss her hugs and her advice. I miss her gentle spirit and big heart.
The first half of the year I thought our business wouldn’t make it to the end of the year, but it did and there is renewed hope that it will survive a little longer. Our church has grown; I’ve seen new faces come into the youth group. I’ve had teens graduate out and teens graduate into the group. Our format changed in the fall, we meet on Friday nights and it has grown our group some. I’m learning alongside the teens, God has new things for us to learn each day. Sometimes it’s a repeat lesson, but it’s always a needed one. My son transitioned from elementary school to middle school. He’s growing up quicker than I want him to.
Every year we make resolutions or promises of change. How often do we keep the resolution? Why do we usually not? Do we just slip back into the routineness of life? Do we have things happen to us that knock us off of our hopes of change? Regardless, of whether you keep the resolutions or not, life still happens. If you wake up, there is a day for you to live. Every day consists of time to be spent. There is time each day that is allotted for a specific purpose, time you have to use for only that purpose, such as work. But, each day also consists of free time. How do you spend your free time? I’ve wasted a lot of time. I’ve also made memories with others with my free time. God gives us all time on this earth to use, to learn from, to spend, to do, and to be. What does 2013 consist of? We shall see.

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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Peace, be still

This month in youth we have been exploring the topic of peace. There is so much busyness in our world today; as a whole we seem unsettled and always moving. So, the idea of inner peace seems nonexistant. The world is on edge in many nations. There are battling neighboring countries and battles within countries. Take for instance America after the last election, there is an even bigger division in politics and culture. So, the idea of peace in community seems rare. This is the season of Christmas, where we sing about Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. Last Friday, we were shocked to see the news report of a man going into an elementary school and killing twenty kids and six adults. How can anyone be so heartless? So evil? Heartlessness and evil exists and walks the earth, it looks for a willing participant to carry out its plan. Someone without inner peace or peace with others is a perfect recipient. Without peace we are at war with our emotions, thoughts, and each other.

Where does peace come from? Can you obtain it from within? I’ve tried to find peace within my own flesh and strength, but in my experience it is impossible. I’m too imperfect, broken, and weak to find any lasting peace within myself. The peace I have now comes from Jesus, he is the everlasting peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) says, “For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.” When Jesus walked the earth he brought peace to those he came in contact with. He delivered people from demons, he healed people, he spoke to people about loving one another and being at peace with one another. In the bible we read where the disciples begin panicking when storm arises while they are out on the water in a boat. Jesus is sleeping, he’s not concerned about the storm. (Mark 4:38) The disciples wake him, thinking they are about to drown. Jesus gets up and tells the storm “Peace, be still.” The storm ceases and everything becomes calm.

There are many times that I’m like the disciples on the boat. I’m running about the ship freaking out, thinking I’m about to die or everything is going to sink. Then I stop trying to figure it out on my own and go to Jesus. He settles the storm and gives peace.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Spiritual Reflections, Youth

 

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