朗多

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[对于凯茜和朱迪,以及现在和过去的所有乌鸦]

朗多:[根据oxforddictionaries.com]:

  • “一种具有反复出现的主旋律的音乐形式,通常在奏鸣曲或协奏曲的最终乐章中找到”

  • 回旋曲’s form is comprised of a refrain 那 is repeated between other melodic material, called “episodes”

  • 它的形式通常是A B A C A

每年夏天,我的家人都会降落在北卡罗来纳州双色球在线模拟摇奖名为Emerald Isle的奇妙小屏障岛上。阿姨,叔叔,堂兄和祖父母成群结队,互相放松和娱乐’的公司。白天的绵延与沙滩的沙滩一样长。夜晚充满了美味的海鲜,竞技游戏(喜欢拼字游戏和扑克游戏)以及无休止的交谈,所有这些都伴随着奔波的冲浪声带。今年也没有例外。很高兴见到每个人,看看他们的孩子从蹒跚学步的孩子成长为富有品味的少年,似乎在一夜之间如何成长。

一天早上,当我坐在沙滩椅上与堂兄Tracy聊天时,我看到她看着她的小男孩在我十几岁的儿子(Shelby)和我的丈夫(Doug)旁边的沙子上忙着挖。“Look 在 them,”她笑着说。“你知道吗,我记得很小,道格为我们在沙子上挖了大洞。然后,当我长大时,我记得小时候跟谢尔比一起玩……”她停下来笑了。“现在,谢尔比正在和我的小孩子一起玩! Isn’t it amazing?”我同意。看着时间流逝,一步一步地改变着我们生活的海岸线,真是太神奇了。它’s a cycle 那 is still miraculous to me.

令我震惊的是我的侄女和侄子生孩子时的样子。这些孩子(所以他们’他们二十多岁’对我来说仍然及时冻结 孩子们)我的爱抚者和尿布者现在有自己的孩子。“The 儿童桌”所有侄女和侄子聚集在一起享受喧闹的用餐时间“第二成人桌。”我们将需要购买另双色球在线模拟摇奖“Kids Table” to accommodate the new little beach combers 那 keep appearing. Our hearts are as full as our beach house now!

The celebration of new little ones is tinged with a bit of sadness, too, because we remember 那 不 all of our family members are present each year. Some live too far away to come regularly; some have other commitments; 和 some are no longer with 我们。 It is this dichotomy we have come to take part in every year—the predictable “sameness”不断变化的新面孔和老面孔并存的位置和传统。缺席的面孔可能不在这里,但它们贯穿于我们每年重新讲述的故事中。

我已经在计算直到明年夏天的日子了……

珍贵的灵魂,不要拖延

踏上奇妙的旅程

走向意义之海!

记住,您已经经历了很多阶段

不要抗拒,投降的旅程。

从大地洗净翅膀’s clay

并遵循您之前的足迹。

不要徘徊在陶工里’s shop

打破水罐流淌的生命。

从山上冲向大海

对于山没有避难所。

不要在东方或西方徘徊

对准太阳!

从它的光,像月亮,

你有时会是新月

有时充满。 [p。 42]

鲁米’生命小书: 心灵的花园心与灵。由Maryam Mafi和Azima Melita Kolin翻译。弗吉尼亚州夏洛茨维尔(Charlottesville),弗吉尼亚:汉普顿路出版社(Hampton Roads Publishing),2012年。我最亲爱的朋友卡里·斯凯珀(Kari Skipper)给我。

 

 

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社区

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[给玛丽·琳恩]

  • 基督徒 社区 分享 共同 目标和 沟通 (with each other, 和 with 神) through 交流.

社区 实际上是双色球在线模拟摇奖老字眼。根据Merriam-Webster的说法,它自14世纪以来一直在使用,其字根是: 共同,已经存在了更长的时间–自十三世纪以来。所有这些词都源自拉丁语 公社, 要么“ordinary,”这是它的当代定义之一。其他同义词可能是 共享,相似, 要么 有关。

今天, 社区 是双色球在线模拟摇奖流行词,有些人可能会在社交环境中定义,例如“属于双色球在线模拟摇奖群体”或在地理意义上,例如“城镇或邻里的区域。”尽管这些定义是有效的,但它们实际上仅暗示着什么是社区以及它打算成为什么样的社区。

创世记35

After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, 神 appeared to him again 和 blessed him. 10 神 said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.

11 And 神 said to him, “I am 神 Almighty; be fruitful 和 increase in number. 双色球在线模拟摇奖民族和双色球在线模拟摇奖民族的社区将来自你,国王将在你的后代之中。 12 我还给了亚伯拉罕和以撒的土地,我也要把这块土地给你后代。 13 Then 神 went up from him 在 the place where he had talked with him.

看着 社区 in this context, we see 那 it is a creation resulting from a centuries-old covenant between 神 和 Abraham. 神 chose Abraham to be the father of a new nation of people who would no longer worship a multitude of fickle gods. This nation, named after Jacob/Israel, Abraham’s grandson, would be unique. They would have a direct relationship with the One 神, later revealed to Moses as “I AM.” This nation would see 神’火云中的表现;他们会在雷声中听到他的声音。他们会看到他在石碑上的文字;他们会学到祂的律法,当时的律法与任何人类律法都不一样。

This nation would also struggle, rebel, 和 disobey every law placed before them. They would, as they had years before, lose the intimate relationship they had with 神, yet, He would always return to them. 神 eventually came back to them in the most profound way possible—by becoming one of them. 通过成为one of 我们。 通过成为“common” 和 “ordinary.”也许这就是为什么这个词 交流 似乎直接与 社区共同. After the Last Supper, every-day sustenance was transformed into a holy ritual—a reminder of the fulfillment of 那 covenant made long ago between 神 和 His chosen, wandering people.

No matter how far we roam from 神, no matter how our sins transport us away into the Valley of Sheol, He will always be there pursuing us, even unto death. When we share 交流, we 通信 our thanks to 神 for promises kept. We 通信 with each other 通过 acknowledging openly how far from perfection we truly are, 和 通过 recognizing the unfathomable value of every person eating 那 bread 和 drinking 那 cup.

 

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脚步

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{海伦}

诗篇37 [大卫]

23 

主使步伐坚定

    喜爱他的人中的双色球在线模拟摇奖;

24 

虽然他可能会跌倒,但他不会跌倒,

    因为耶和华用手扶持他。

我清楚地记得我两个孩子第一次学走路时都看过。

有一天,你的孩子站着不动,她的眼睛闪闪发光……然后她走了。你屏住呼吸,不想像你那样大声欢呼’不想吓她一跳。她会再做一次吗?等待期间,您几乎无法控制自己。您看着她停下来思考了一会儿,她的脸突然变得严肃起来。然后,她费劲地抬起另一只脚和脚步。当她不确定地摆动时,她的手臂向外张开,不可避免地,她俯卧。她大吃一惊,沮丧地哭了。你伸出手说“Ssshhhh,来吧,让’s try again”这次帮助她,握住她胖乎乎的小拳头。你用左脚踩,她就和你匹配。你用右脚踩,她就和你匹配。

神 确实 不 promise 那 we won’t stumble 要么 fall down; in fact, the verse above guarantees 那 we will indeed do so. 神 确实 不 say, “I’确保您在生活的每一天都感到被爱和充实。一世’我将防止这场风暴淹没您的房屋。一世’我要预防这种疾病占领您的身体。一世’我将使您所爱的人免于死亡。 ”

What 神 确实 说的是“I’在您讨厌生活的日子里会安慰您。一世’我将从教堂派遣工人来帮助您修复洪水泛滥的房屋。一世’当这种疾病蔓延到您的身体时,我会抓住您的手。一世’当你所爱的人去世时,我会拥抱你。相信我,所有这些以及更糟的事情都会过去,但是无论是在祷告中还是在别人的关心下,您都会感受到我的爱。最重要的是,请记住这一点:我看着耶稣跌跌撞撞地走下那条尘土飞扬的道路。我没有’防止我自己的儿子去世,所以我知道苦难到底是什么。现在,我们开始。我的手紧紧抓住我的现在向左移动…现在向右移动…that’是的。只要匹配我的步骤。”

箴言20:24

双色球在线模拟摇奖人的脚步是由主指示的。

谁能理解自己的方式呢?

跨步……走出舒适区

跨过障碍

步入宽恕

一步…度过痛苦

迈向安全之翼

跨步……在恐惧之间

一步…克服弱点

一步……在保护者后面

步骤...在您的朋友旁边

踏步……心地裂开,倾泻出感激之情

 

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呼吸

我开始撰写此博客的内容是评论,以庆祝和研究生活中平凡的每一天(平凡)的快乐。一世’ve decided I’d like to write using themes 那 you, Dear Reader, can suggest. So, here’s the first:

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呼吸。

  • 生活的真essence……

  • 不仅吸入空气,而且将其呼出……

  • 英语基础之一’最令人振奋的词-”inspire,”及其所有派生词(来自拉丁语动词“启发,” 含义“to breathe”).

    According to Genesis 2:7, 神 literally breathes Adam to life, suggesting 那 breath is the source of humankind’s creation. References to the breath of 神 appear numerous times later in the Bible, too. 神’s breath can be something 那 creates abundance of life, fills followers with faith, 和 symbolizes a holy presence; its power can also wreak havoc, terror, 和 confusion. All of these aspects were revealed 在 the first Christian Pentecost, 要么 “The Fiftieth Day”(表示逾越节后的第五十天)。

    昨天是五旬节星期日,这是礼拜日中我最喜欢的日子之一。关于圣灵赐予门徒的惊人记载是圣经中最丰富多彩的故事之一(使徒行传2)。有些基督徒对任何被描绘成“magical”在圣经中,但我可以’t imagine you could call this occurrence anything but miraculous. Along with several other believers, the disciples were gathered in a room, praying, talking, 和 waiting for the next step 神 would reveal in the new plan, now 那 Jesus was no longer on earth to guide them.

    神’s plan comes with the primitive elemental forces of air 和 fire. A rush of violent wind, the breath of 神, fills every space 和 corner in the room.  This is no wafting breeze, no gentle zephyr wind you might feel on a morning in June; no, this was like experiencing a raging tornado 在 close range. Fire in the form of tongues of flame—one of the oldest signs of the presence of the Holy of Holies—appears above the heads of the disciples. It was miraculous, but it was more than likely terrifying as well to all who witnessed it. It seems 那 神 decided to “走戏剧路线” to shake the disciples from out of their current posture of waiting into a more dynamic posture of acting. 神’的气息转变为圣灵,在房间里咆哮,燃烧着门徒和早期的基督徒,开始传播耶稣’关于地球尽头的故事。

    It is also in this way 那 breath 和 flame inspire language, in 那 the disciples are suddenly able to speak languages 那 had previously been unknown to them. Language is a give 和 take of breath, an inhalation 和 exhalation. It is also 倾听 (taking in), 和 it is speaking (giving out). Language ignites communication 和 kindles understanding.

    Language is 不 just spoken, however; language is also written, 和 was to be vitally present in scripture 和 in the future teachings of early Christians like the apostle Paul. Paul himself even states 那 “All scripture is 神-breathed 和 is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting 和 training in righteousness, so 那 the servant of 神 may be thoroughly equipped for every 好 work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

    也许有人会读圣经并质疑保罗’s belief 那 all of it is inspired 通过 神. If it were truly inspired 通过 神, wouldn’t everything 那 happens in the Bible be fair?  Wouldn’福音的所有记载都完美地匹配而没有差异吗?不会’t all of 神’先知,门徒,统治者和国王是好的,正直的公民吗?那所有的“smiting” 神 seemed to enjoy doing in the Old Testament?

    There is certainly much to ponder in these age-old questions, 和 the answer may be 那 there is no answer—none 那 will entirely satisfy us anyway. In his sermon entitled “圣经的灵感吗?,”詹姆士·C·豪威尔博士牧师是这样说的:

Yes, this is All the Scripture 那 is inspired.  Messy, human, broken, miserably lacking in potential 和 lackluster in performance.  Why would 神 use such a book?  Because 神 wanted the book to  make sense to people like 我们。  Because 神 wanted to redeem the broken, lackluster 和 messy.  神’s very project to save us was to become one of us, 和 a poor, no account guy from out in the middle of nowhere who recruited few followers, 和 those failed him.  He was accused of partying too heartily, carousing with the wrong types, then he died a brutal, criminal death, a shameful showing for a sad human being, much less 神 almighty. This is 神’的故事,这就是我和你的故事。这确实是双色球在线模拟摇奖惊人的美丽故事。

So let us breathe in the story. Let us feel the mighty wind swirl around 我们。 Let us feel the heat of a holy flame alight above 我们。 Let us even be afraid for a moment 要么 two. Then, let us be divinely inspired 通过 神’一口气说出我们知道的希望是我们的希望。

[请花点时间为下双色球在线模拟摇奖博客提出双色球在线模拟摇奖建议。快来,救救我吧!]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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匆忙

 

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匆忙

通过 玛丽·霍伊

我们停在干洗店和杂货店   

还有加油站和绿色市场   

快点,亲爱的,快点,   

当她沿着我身后的两三步走时   

她的蓝夹克解压缩,袜子滑落。   

 

我要她快到哪里去?她的坟墓?   

要我的?有一天她会站在那里成长?   

今天,当所有事情都完成了之后,我对她说:    

亲爱的,我’对不起,我一直说快点   

你走在我前面。你是妈妈   

 

And, 赶快, she says, over her shoulder, looking   

回到我,笑。她说,快点亲爱的,   

快点,快点,从我手中拿走房门钥匙。

 

诗的版权©2008,作者:玛丽·豪(Marie Howe),并转载自“When She Named Fire,”编者,安德里亚·霍兰德·布迪(Andrea Hollander Budy),秋天之家出版社,2009年。“普通王国”W.W. Marie Howe着诺顿,2008年。

 

当作者玛丽·豪(Marie Howe)在NPR上大声朗读时,我第一次听到这首诗’s 关于存在 //onbeing.org/programs/marie-howe-the-poetry-of-ordinary-time/.

[我不’不知道为什么这个链接是’没有用,但是如果您进行搜索“Marie Howe 关于存在,”访谈的整个笔录弹出。]

I can relate to the mother in this poem so well; my guess is 那 most mothers can. We spend our lives running (quite literally) from one task, job, chore, errand, children’s activity, meeting, class, rehearsal, party, event… to the next. What often happens is 那 one 要么 more of your children get dragged with you as you decisively mark off each item on your “to-do”清单。您在一整天都处于训练中士模式,说:“Come on honey, we’我得走了……三月,三月,三月!”当然,所有这些敦促都没有使孩子们动起来。不论年龄,要求孩子“Hurry!”就像南方人所说的那样,就像要求不要倒牛奶一样,这是徒劳的。

我正在减慢我的生活,不是我的选择,而是癌症’的选择。癌症已成为我的“parent” in a way, dictating what my next few months are going to be, overturning my schedule-encompassed, productive days. The surprise has been 那 Cancer 确实n’t say “Hurry up,” as the 父母 确实 in the poem above. Cancer steps in, fairly suddenly, always quietly, 和 says, “请问一下,但是我有一些事情需要您考虑。我有奇迹要告诉你。我有故事要讲。我有耳语的秘密,有经验的愿景。坐下。放松休息。等着瞧。”

就我而言,这是完全提交的行为。从手术中恢复时,您的身体没有选择的余地。您 必须 休息,放开你忙碌的生活。您 必须 lie down in your bed 要么 on your couch. Your job, laundry, vacuuming, the grocery store, errands, exercising, cooking dinner…all the things 那 grasp you until you feel you might be pulled apart, limb from limb, all fall away.

I have made the surprising discovery 那 the earth 确实 indeed keep revolving, even if I have to stop 和 rest in the day. To be honest, it has been a relief. It has been an excuse to re-learn how to relish the 要么dinary things in my life 那 I’d forgotten were there. This summer, I will be receiving six weeks of radiation treatments five times a week. That means 那, every day, I will have to pause 和 do 不hing for 在 least fifteen minutes while the treatment is happening. I need to determine what I will think about during those minutes, because time to be still—with purpose—is a precious commodity 不 to be wasted.

因此,我没有为孩子们安排大量的夏季活动,而是’m going to find things we can do 那 are close to home. Even though they are teenagers, I want to proactively be near my 孩子们. We are going to go on more picnics in our backyard. We are going to watch more movies on Netflix. We are going to pick our favorite board games 和 have a marathon. I am 不 going to worry if the 孩子们 和 I have been productive 要么 不; but we will, I am certain, “produce”价值不一定要权衡或说明的事物。我期待着它。

 

 

 

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打开

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张开你的眼睛。

        你看到了什么?

        头顶上方的屋顶。阳光穿过百叶窗。

你听到了什么

        鸟叫。打dog的狗。

你感觉怎么样?

        一张柔软的床。毯子拥抱你。

你闻到什么?

        春风轻拂卷须。 g在厨房里的咖啡。

你尝什么

        煎饼的承诺。希望每天吃面包。

其中,哪个是最珍贵,最有价值的?

        简单而神奇的事实

首先,你的眼睛睁开了。

 

“基督徒生活的真正问题在于人们通常不会寻找它。这是您每天早晨醒来的那一刻。您一天的所有希望和希望都像野生动物一样冲向您。每天早晨的第一项工作就是将他们全部推回去。听另一种声音,采取另一种观点,让另一种更大,更强,更安静的生活进入其中。等等,整天。站在您所有自然的烦恼和烦恼中退缩;随风而来起初,我们只能暂时这样做。但是从那一刻起,新的生活将在我们的系统中传播:因为现在我们让他在我们的正确部分工作。仅仅是涂在表面上的油漆和直接浸透的染料或污渍之间是有区别的。” (C.S.刘易斯, 纯粹的基督教(第8章) 198)

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陌生人的善良

终于到了-我的乳房切除手术的一天。它’如果你有一种奇怪的感觉’我曾经面对过这个。它’强烈的恐惧和令人不快的期望混合在一起。悬念将过去;不再想知道“tortures” 那 will be inflicted upon you on 那 day.

当我丈夫帮助我穿上医院的袍子时,我感到坚强和准备就绪。他离开我带孩子去上学,向我保证他 ’d be back. I sat twiddling my thumbs, looking around the cubicle 那 had been assigned to me for the day. I checked my e-mail. I adjusted my super-sexy hospital socks. I sent my sister a funny text. I tried 不 to be irritated 通过 the inevitable waiting. And waiting. And waiting. I sighed 和 changed positions in the bed 和 decided to sit in a chair instead. Maybe if I read a book, the speed of time would transform from 那 of a glacier to a kangaroo.

作为一部分“You can do it”好东西,我的姐妹们给了我马克斯·卢卡多(Max Lucado)的一本书,书名是“God Came Near”(W出版集团,2004年)。我没有’还没有真正开始,所以我把它弄出来了。当护士在我的小卧室里忙碌时,我什至没有读过第一句话。“Hello there, I’m琳达(抱歉抱歉)’已经是双色球在线模拟摇奖疯狂的早晨,’s 不 even 8:00!”然后,她在我腿上看了这本书。“Are you a Christian?”她立即​​问。我说过她说,“Well then, 神 sent me here today to take care of you. You know 那, don’t you?”我一时无语。这使我完全措手不及。我没有’我没有意识到自己有多害怕,我感到眼泪模糊了我的眼睛,嘴唇颤抖。

琳达走过来,坐在我旁边的另一把椅子上,握住我的手。“你知道他今天和你在一起。他’s万物的作者。” I nodded, still 不 able to speak yet. She proceeded to share with me how she had received a difficult diagnosis 和 how 神 had walked with her through it, healing her body 和 spirit. “我对自己了解很多。您能否与我分享您在此过程中对自己的了解?”

我吞了“I’我学会了耐心...或者无论如何都要保持耐心。我需要学会放慢脚步,停止尝试像疯子一样控制生活中的一切。我需要多听他的话。”我耸了耸肩。

琳达笑了,抹去了自己的一些同情的眼泪。“I promise I’今天让您度过难关。一世’跟你说话,握住你的手,无论你需要我做什么。一见到您,我便知道今天可以为您提供帮助。我现在可以和你一起祈祷吗?”

我深吸了一口气,无语地点了点头。我不知道’t remember any of her words; all I know is 那 I felt calm 和 cared for.

Later on, I marveled 在 how I got the reassurance I needed 在 exactly the right time. I appreciated 那 Linda was able to reach out to me, seeing 那 I was distressed, even though I didn’t even know it myself. I was humbled 通过 her ability to unabashedly share an intimate story with me, to ask me questions about my own personal story, 和 to pray for 和 with me. Later on in the evening when I had returned home from surgery, I read a phrase in the Lucado book 那 resonated deep within me:

“My prayer for this book—without apologies—is 那 the Divine Surgeon will use it as a delicate surgical tool to restore sight. That blurriness will be focused 和 darkness dispersed. That the Christ will emerge from a wavy figure walking out of a desert mirage to become the touchable face of a best friend. That we will lay our faces 在 the pierced feet 和 join Thomas in proclaiming, “My Lord 和 my 神.” And, most supremely, 那 we will whisper the secret of the universe, ‘我们是他ma下的目击者。””(引言,第XX页)。

Sometimes, 神’在迫切需要的时候,威严就像双色球在线模拟摇奖陌生人的关心和祈祷一样简单。

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拥抱:我为何爱我的教会

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随访医生又是双色球在线模拟摇奖忙碌的一周’的就诊,MRI和另一次活检,更不用说生活的规律性忙碌了。我来了我们的圣经研究小组,与人们放松和欢笑-哦,也去研究圣经(我们当然是说话者!)。之后,一位成员走到我身边,紧紧抓住她怀里的毛茸茸的东西。“Here you go—it’s a prayer shawl. It’祈祷时要放在肩膀上。梅里为你做了这个。”这份礼物的慷慨大度使我感到不知所措,无论是花在制作上的时间,还是制作时所表现出的深思熟虑的精神。

 

It is one of the most lovely things I have ever touched—light as a whisper, yet warm 和 snuggly. The colors are earth tones 和 muted grays; colors of earth, sand, stone. On the ends are silky tassles 那 twirl lightly around my fingers. It is a perfect size, as it can be a lap blanket, 要么 it can drape across my shoulders, as it was 要么iginally intended. Even when I am 不 wearing it, I like to sit beside it 和 rest my hand on it, rubbing its softly between my fingers, 要么 stroking it with my hand. I am unable to put into coherent words the comfort this beautiful shawl represents for me.

 

当我将它包裹在我周围时,它虽然很重,但并不沉重,好像有人轻轻地将手臂放在我的肩膀上一样。许多教会成员已经为我做到了。每个星期,他们对我微笑,他们伸出手臂紧紧地扣住我。我认识但并非特别亲密的几个女人都在寻找我来鼓励我。他们握住我的手,直视我,说:“我患有乳腺癌,而且还不错。您也会。” I receive cards in the mail 那 are humorous to make me laugh, 要么 are sentimental 和 make me teary. I receive e-mails 和 phone calls from church members, volunteering to help me 和 my family in whatever way we need.

 

相信我,我已经知道我的教会家庭多么慷慨。当我的丈夫在2010年患上结肠癌时,他们以各种可能的方式为我们服务。我曾经有几天想过“晚餐我一无所有,筋疲力尽,”突然有人吃饭来敲我的门。这些人可以和您一起走过Sheol,让我告诉您-他们并不害怕,他们在危机中提振人民的事业蒸蒸日上。

 

也许在遇到个人困难时,’t go to church are able to find support 和 社区 in other ways. All I know is 那 I have two families: the one 那 I am physically related to, 和 the one 那 I am spiritually related to. Every morning when I breathe my first breath, I say a prayer of thanks for both of my families, 和 the fact 那 they continue to wrap me in their sweet embrace.

腓立比书1:3-6 [NIV]

3 I thank my 神 every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, 那 he who began a 好 work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

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回忆奥黛丽

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细读我们的教会’在图书馆,我发现了路易斯的日常奉献汇编。称为 与刘易斯的一年 (纽约:HarperCollins,2003年),该书摘录了一些Lewis的片段’最著名的作品,包括 纯粹的基督教, 螺丝带字母, 奇迹 和别的。在某些条目的底部还包括有关刘易斯的事实’一生。例如,在p的底部。在3月19日的奉献上,出现了87个字样:“1956: 最后一战 (最后一卷 纳尼亚传奇)由伦敦The Bodley Head出版。”读一些刘易斯是一种有趣的方式’s most famous “quotable quotes”同时也看到了他一生的时间表。

我很欣赏路易斯’s work so much, 和 felt I could use a healthy dose of his no-nonsense approach to 神. With every paragraph I read, I have to pause, re-read it, 和 shake my head in astonishment. I cannot imagine having a mind like C. S. Lewis. He can break down intangible Christian theological concepts into simple, relatable ideas like no one else. Take the “mystical limpet” analogy (I know, I know, bear with me here). This is the idea 那 a limpet (a type of marine snail 要么 mollusk) could never hope to understand 要么 describe to another limpet what a man looks like. A limpet relates only to what a limpet can see 和 understand; so, to describe a man, a limpet 必须 describe what a man is 。刘易斯’s point is 那 we often run into the same problem as humans. We try to determine who, what, 和 how 神 is 和 are usually led astray 通过 our limited viewpoint (a brilliant analogy to my “limpet-like” brain).

当我继续阅读这些书信时,我发现到处乱涂了一些下划线,文字和复选标记。有人读过这本书,想强调一些令人难忘的想法。这是某人捐赠的书’的个人图书馆。我很感兴趣,我看了看封面,发现用粗体字写的名字: 奥黛丽·斯普拉格(Audrey Sprenger),七月’06. I froze. I did 不 know Audrey 那 well, but I did know 那 she had had cancer, too. I decided to take it home take 不e of some of the other passages 那 had appealed to her. Two were particularly compelling.

第双色球在线模拟摇奖在标题下“Blurry Visions of 神” from 纯粹的基督教 (第16页)。底线是奥黛丽’s.

“When you come to knowing 神, the initiative lies on His side. If He 确实 不 show Himself, 不hing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favorites, but 因为他不可能向双色球在线模拟摇奖头脑和性格都处于错误状态的人展示自己。就像阳光一样,尽管它没有任何收藏夹,但它在尘土飞扬的镜子中无法像在干净的镜子中一样清晰地反射。”

这里的想法是开放和接受,并为 倾听. This requires raising our antennae 和 waiting. It requires sitting down 和 quieting the voices, activities, 和 thoughts 那 are always vying for our 在tention. It is a “condition,” as Lewis says—a state of being. 神 won’如果我们不向我们扔球’t ready to catch it.

第二段也来自 纯粹的基督教,并出现在p。在奉献书中第29节。同样,下划线是奥黛丽’s:

“A live body is 不 one 那 never gets hurt, but one 那 can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is 不 a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent 和 pick himself up 和 begin over again after each stumble—because the 基督生活 is inside him,一直在修理他,使他能够(在某种程度上)重复基督本人所进行的那种自愿死亡。”

对我来说,这是双色球在线模拟摇奖深刻的,令人不寒而栗的真理。这是双色球在线模拟摇奖微小的火花的想法“Christ-life” burning inside me 那 gives me strength to persevere. And, yes, sometimes, getting through a difficult time in life feels like a “voluntary death,” but one 那 we do because we 必须, 和 because we trust our source of energy will be further strengthened—and encouraged—by adversity.

虽然我没有’t know Audrey 那 well, I do remember speaking to her daughter many times, especially when Audrey was in the last part of her illness. I feel 那 it was 不 happenstance 那 I found this book right when I needed it, 和 I want to believe 那 Audrey was re-reading it with me, pointing to the really 部分。

 

诗篇139 [NIV,来自圣经枢纽]

担任音乐总监。大卫诗篇

主,你已经搜寻过我

 and you know me.

你知道我什么时候坐下,什么时候起来;

 你从远处就知道我的想法。

你看出我出门在躺着;

您熟悉我的所有方式。

4

一言不发

阁下,您完全了解。

5

你让我陷入困境

然后你把手放在我身上

6

这些知识对我来说太奇妙了,

对我来说太崇高了

 

 

 

 

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杂草

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终于,外面充满痛苦的一天…天空,湛蓝的天空,白雪皑皑的云朵,微风轻拂,空气中有风信子的气味。我喜欢春天,特别是当日子越来越长,太阳照耀着天空,一直到傍晚。更多的阳光也意味着更多的植物–it’是时候准备花园了。我不是双色球在线模拟摇奖有天赋的园丁,尽管我很喜欢有一些花和双色球在线模拟摇奖小菜园。

 

也许你’ll think I’我很奇怪(如果你不’还没有),但是准备花园时我喜欢做的一件事就是除草。那里’s something so satisfying about grabbing a weed 和 hearing 那 little 流行! as it releases its hold on the earth. Reveling in the progress 在 the end of a long weed-pulling session is so wonderful—to finally see clear ground again 那 becomes a canvas for new plants.

 

虽然我承认我喜欢被杂草“puller”,我现在正在经历成为“pullee” as well. I am realizing more 和 more 那 being a B-Flat Christian can also be synonymous with being a Comfortable Christian. I was planted here in my garden 和, over the years, have pushed my roots gradually into the warm soil of safety. I have had the sunshine of 好 health 和 have been watered with blessings of family, personal success, 和 daily bread.

 

I am now 不icing as I have been luxuriating in my soil 那 some weeds are beginning to be pulled from around me, 和 frankly, it is a scary feeling. These weeds have surrounded me 和 have made me feel secure. They shield me from the elements 和 they encircle me in their leafy comfort. Nevertheless, 他们是杂草。我发现自己在说,“等一下,主啊,你带我来了!一世’m doing 好 things—the things I thought you wanted me to do! Why are you pulling up 那 weed? It was a nice weed! It was pretty! It was green 和 even had a sweet little flower!” That’s when I hear the 流行!和in an instant, 那 weed is gone, 和 I am left, staring 在 the newly-opened spaces around me, startled, bereft, 和 vulnerable.

 

Now 那 some of those weeds are gone, however, I am 不icing 那 I am able to stretch out the leaves of my spirit 和 grow into the spots 那 were once held 通过 those weeds. I am growing inward 和 outward in ways 那 I am only just beginning to comprehend. Maybe the weeds were protecting me, but they may have also been sheltering me from being more than B-Flat. They may have even been hindering me, even if they were pretty 和 green.

 

I am learning 那 I am becoming tired of being secure in my B-Flat garden. Every day, 神 is pulling away more 和 more of my security, but is surrounding me 通过 other plants—people—who are nurturing 和 feeding me. They are spurring me on, creating buds of inspiration I never could have imagined.

 

I have much to face in the next few weeks. Here is the truly worrisome thing: I think 那 though 神 is done with pulling for now, He may now be in the process of getting a shovel. Some of those weeds do 不 want to come out 和 a stronger tool might be used to force them to release their hold. I am ready.

 

耶利米书17:7-9

新国际版(NIV)

“但那信靠耶和华的人是有福的,

对他有信心

他们就像一棵树种在水边

那 sends out its roots 通过 the stream.

它不怕热来。

它的叶子总是绿色的。

一年干旱无后顾之忧

永不失败。”

 

 

 

 

 

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