Monday, April 26, 2010

Technology Test!

Every now and then, the geek in me has to perform some technology tests on Married To The Pastor.  Unfortunately, today is that day!  Sorry for the junk post and please forgive me enough to come back and read my real post tomorrow.

For the purpose of this test, I need two paragraphs in my blog and so, here I am...typing a whole bunch of nothing that you really don't care about, just so I can have a second paragraph.  Check back tomorrow for some thoughts on getting rid of the garbage in our lives.

Blessings,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sold!

Thanks, everyone! My laptop has a new, happy owner. (Well, I hope she's happy!)

As I was reloading the laptop with Windows 7 and getting it all spiffed back up, I had to laugh at my human nature. I put all the whiz-bang multimedia software on and was playing with the remote control, when it dawned on me... Wow, this is a really cool computer. Too bad I'm getting rid of it!

Isn't that just like us? In matters big and small, I for one, have no idea what I really want in life. I was listening to Beth Moore speak last night about the heart, and she quoted St. Augustine, who described God as "interior intimo meo" which is latin and means, "Closer to me than I am to myself."

How cool is that? Isn't it awesome that we serve a God that knows us better than we know ourselves? I, for one, am so happy that not only am I not required to completely understand myself, but I can trust that God does and that he'll do what's best for me. In the meantime, I'm free to worship him and make the best choices I can.

That makes me feel so good, I think I'll start shopping for a new computer. I know exactly what I want...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Laptop For Sale



Hi, Friends,

I have an almost brand new, fantastic HP laptop for sale. If you know anyone who's interested, please let me know. You can check it out HERE.

Thanks!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ready For a Change?

When I first started my blog, Married To The Pastor, I had no idea what blogging was all about. In one of my very first posts, I even posed the question of whether or not I thought blogging was something I could even endorse. But I went ahead and started writing and did the only thing I knew how to do...write from my heart.

Now, I've been at this for awhile, and over time I've learned all the things I should and shouldn't do regarding blogging and I've been working at other forms of writing. I've taken an intensive writing course, I've read books and articles about blogging, and I've read other blogs that tell me how to be a better writer and blogger.

I don't regret any of these things, but I've noticed that rather than help my blogging, in some ways, my learning has hindered it. I no longer pop on my computer at 9:50pm and spew out my feelings on to the screen because I know that in order to do it "properly" I need more time than that. I'm more cautious about what and how I write. I don't post as often because I don't want to do it if I can't do it completely correctly. I'm guarded. I'm careful.

Well, tonight is different. For some reason, I have the urge to just blog. Not really about anything in particular, but to just share my feelings and hope someone out there can relate. Maybe it's because I've been thinking a lot this weekend about Hebrews 12:1-2 and "throwing off everything that hinders". There have been some things lately that I've decided I want to make an effort to "throw off". They are self-imposed standards that keep me shackled. They inhibit me and steal the joy out of life. They bring tension and anxiety where God intended pleasure and satisfaction.

Maybe you too, have something in your life that's hindering you. It could be a relationship or a habit; a fear or a worry. Maybe, like me, you over think things or put too much undue pressure on yourself. Either way, I invite you to join me in getting rid of that thing which is weighing you down and keeping you from running the race set before you! I'm ready. Are you?

Monday, April 05, 2010

Save Me From Myself




There have been times in my life when I desperately wanted something and didn't get it. Usually, whatever I wanted was not the best thing for me even though I was sure it was the undeniable answer to all my problems.

I seem to find myself in that same situation now. I irrationally want something that I know I can't have and wouldn't be a great idea, but the desire still stalks me. At times, I'm able to put aside the thought for awhile, but it lurks in the shadows and just when I think I've put the whole thing behind me, it jumps out to taunt me.

Luckily for me, God has a way of saving me from myself and from my selfish desires. Looking back on my circumstances, I am beyond thankful that I didn't get those things I was so sure I needed. He has rescued me from my own stupid desires time and time again.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that I can trust him. Some of the things I've wanted just took a long, long time to receive (like having kids), and some things were never right for me.

And so, for this decision, I will leave it in his hands, trusting that he will do what is best for me in his perfect love. He'll also do what's best for you. If you have a cry of your heart that seems to be going unanswered, know that there is always hope and also know that somehow, some way, God may be saving you...from yourself.

Blessings,

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