Saturday, December 29, 2012

The LORD came to me saying, "...what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree", Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am ready to perform My word". 

In the Old Testament, the almond tree was a symbol of watchfulness, and the word itself means "watchful, wake". It's like He was saying to Jeremiah, Hey, be aware, lean in and listen carefully - because in the next several verses, God yet again says, what do you see? Jeremiah was the forever student, he was perpetually pitched forward into the arena of learning, and very little of it had to do with choice. From the womb, the boy had been designated to be a mouth piece, but also initiated into a tumultuous yet intimate conversation with his Creator - the clay talking back to the hand.

I am a perpetual student, and I was just taught about being watchful via an almond tree branch. Weird. Amen. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

I don't normally put up media on this blog, but after watching this short film on the Great Controversy, I was impressed, and impressed to post it here: 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sometimes tackling life is all in the approach. Tackling for me is in the role of a student, and I am perpetually tied to a desk since it's the only way I can get into the study zone. Being at a desk has always been my approach to studying, to studiously reading, and even diving into the Word. So, moving a desk into my current room only makes sense. As a teacher, I need that space to grade on, but I also need that desk to get into my student zone. Thank You, Jesus, for opening my eyes to that space in me. Amen. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Urgency is needed at times. The matter of urgency hasn't been felt for a long time until last night after a rather sobering conversation with the boyfriend. I know where I once was in my relationship with Christ, and even though I am seriously stumbling at the moment, I know what once was. I knew the perimeters of our relationship, and I am reacquainting myself with His thoughts towards me. He, on the other hand, doesn't have experience. He as a man will have an entirely different interaction with Jesus than I would, but the question is how does he get there? I can't give any advice, and I can't rely on my own experience to share with him, because as a guy, he will have an entirely different take on his interactions with Jesus.

So this morning, I woke up determined. Urgency was definitely vibrating throughout my being. I know I can't do anything, can't say anything, BUT, I can pray. I know prayer works, I know the Holy Spirit can do some mighty revelation, I know that the enveloping presence of my Jesus can definitely step out of time and space and right into his mind. So this morning I immersed myself in Psalms 51:7-13, because man alive, I need some serious cleaning before I can do some serious intercession:

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You

Monday, December 17, 2012

Today, I learned about grace. Today, I learned about giving grace till the last possible moment. Today, I learned about being graced...daily. Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessingsJesus, you are gracious with me always - yesterday, today, and tomorrow.