Monthly Archives: July 2007

“Rise Up”

The other day, between all the stresses of life, I was starting to feel down. Not really bad…but it could’ve gotten there easily. I was listening to a CD of mine, and the last track was this:

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“Rise Up”
by Third Day

Well, I was there when you were torn apart
Now a piece of you is gone
Somehow you wish that you could only find
A little strength to carry on

You’ve tried so hard to make it on your own
That your heart has come undone
So I am here to prove that I alone
Have the power to overcome

Don’t let your heart be troubled
This world will never keep you down
It will never keep you down

So rise up, my friend
No, this will never be the end
So rise up, my friend
And live again

I didn’t want you to feel this way
It’s not what life was meant to be
And so for you, my friend, I’ll take your shame
You can give it all to me

‘Cause you’ve wrestled demons every day
And they’ve dragged you to your knees
But in your weakness you will learn to find
That I will always be your strength

In life or in death
Through joy or regret
And all of the secret things you have done
No matter what comes, my friend
Nothing can keep you from the love of God

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I find it very comforting that He is always there, always watching. The “Don’t let your heart be troubled / This world will never keep you down / It will never keep you down” line reminds me John 16:33 (NIV)…” ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ ”

And I found this passage as well, from I John 5:1-5 (NIV)…”Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Since I just now found this…I’ve no thoughts on it. But maybe y’all can ponder on it as I do. Would like input.

Expect a longer post/update form me sometime this weekend. Sunday most likely. Why? Cause Melody is going to be home this weekend! YAY! Ain’t seen her in over 5 weeks, I’m so excited. Miss her terribly. :(

God Bless,
Pilgrim.

P.S. This post was written while carrying on a good conversation with someone…so if it’s not as good quality, I apologize, lol. But I needed to get it up here.


The Medium Is The Message

Read this article on MySpace addiction. Makes one think.
-P.D.


MORNING FROM HADES!

Holy Crap! Not only did I get up when I was to be clocking in…but then the microwave wouldn’t work right for me. If the turntable don’t spin, the heat don’t go. A minute and a half to heat up icing? I DON’T THINK SO! And then the recalcitrant cinnamon roll dough. THEY WOULDN’T RISE! I got so mad at them, I chucked the little devils into the trash. I didn’t even want to eat them myself. I ain’t gonna give them that pleasure…And speaking of devils, the only thing missing from this morning on life’s vendetta against me is the little forktailed demon himself standing behind me laughing. And don’t get me started on the goram bread! YOU WERE THAWED! WHY’D YOU TAKE 4 HOURS TO RISE! Holy Crap! Or, as Lindsay told me that crap isn’t holy…UNHOLY CRAP! And then icing wouldn’t pour…and then I spilled coffee…and then stuff fell on the floor…and then I went over my time…and then my morning just sucked. Ugh! I meant to make this a very well articulated and nicely don’t blog post, and not just a rambling rant…but all them plans got chucked out the window when I started. VENT CITY. Why’s the Corliss-Curse have to hit me now? Why not when I can take it. WHY NOT WHEN I’M AWAKE! When I’m not trying to earn extra money for a very important item I need to purchase. Sigh…Lord, please don’t let the rest of the day be so bad. Please?

God Bless,
Pilgrim.

P.S. Comment please and make my day better. :(


On Emotions

I wish this was something I wrote, but it’s not. :( But it’s really good and I wanted to share it.
God Bless,
Pilgrim.

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We’re Alive
by Dave Fischer

Emotions run wild, don’t they?

I have a friend who is enduring some hard times these days. I’ll hang out with her, and it’s obvious that, in her mind, everything in the world is stacked up against her. She’ll make these statements about how she feels, and it’s clear that her feelings are in charge of everything. You’ll invite her to do something fun later in the week, and her answer will be, “Well, we’ll see how I feel.” And there’s this awful weight with every word and expression that exudes from her. It’s like all she knows and experiences is emotion. And nothing can challenge or dethrone it. Her feelings are her reality.

But is that true?

There are these times when we’re trying to feel the nearness of God—but we don’t. In these moments we feel nothing. We stare out the window. We’re frozen, and the mind anxiously wanders. And at these junctures, there is seemingly very little connection between us and God—very little connecting us to the life of the world or the people surrounding us. It’s an island of emotional isolation. We need to be near to God in these moments, but it feels like we can’t. And so we heap guilt upon ourselves. We hear things like, “If you feel far away from God, guess who moved.” Or someone asks us, “Are you doing your quiet times?” And we quickly deconstruct that there must be some problem with our level of personal devotion.

In the midst of all of this, rarely do we question the validity of our emotions. Rarely do we call to question the authority of our feelings. When our experience with God feels lifeless, we decide there is no life there. We believe that the connection has been cut and that therefore it must be our fault.

But maybe this is a lie. Maybe we’ve forgotten something. What if our emotions are misleading us? What if they do not directly correspond to our standing? What if emotion, like us, is human too and therefore flawed in its ability to inform us of our fate?
So things like cynicism, loneliness, apathy or discouragement creep into the forefront of our experience and overshadow the reality; the reality of an eternal hope. The reality that we are justified and, even in our imperfections, called perfect by a God who says we belong to Him.

We have peace between ourselves and God, but we must choose it and truly know it, above our emotions.

I was listening to the words of a song recently that repeatedly, over and over was proclaiming, “I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive” and eventually I too joined in. At first it was difficult to sing. I didn’t want to because it didn’t feel real or genuine. But the more I did, the more that feeling diminished. And on some internal level, the feeling was replaced by a realization: It’s true. I am alive.

And it was so refreshing. Like something I’d forgotten had all at once been rediscovered.

Maybe you need to repeatedly tell yourself from time to time, “I am alive, so very alive” and experience it—in spite of the emotions.

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Here’s the link for those who want to read the original: *clicky*”We’re Alive” by Dave Fischer*clicky*


Why Me?

It’s interesting how things work. I was talking to my g/f earlier and she told me she was waiting for me to call. Between that and getting to talk to her for over 20 minutes, I was happy. but also, she’s been gone for like 4 weeks. She HOPES to be back in 2, but no promises. And, since this is the sorta job her career is going to be, she’ll be out of touch and reach a lot of the time. Not a happy thought for a man who is contemplating things like I am…But also not a deterent. Cause I know that, with God in the mix, two people can work things like that out…but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a conflict at times. Sigh…I wish I weren’t so analytical and able to see things like this in advance. It an be depressing. But probably also good thing…Means I won’t be caught so off guard when it happens.

Lord, help me be the man she needs.


What Then?

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!…For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God…I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 6:15, 8:6-8, 12:1-2, NKJV

[Something we all would be well off to consider in our own lives…]


Thoughts.

Not really much of a post…or an update. Just a few passages in the Word that have jumped out at me the last few days (and all without any as of yet known reason).

“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” (Prov. 1:10, NKJV)
[Is it possible for you to entice yourself? Justification and other such “well, it’s only once…” arguments?]

“Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” (Prov. 4:27, NKJV)
[Remove your foot from the place of evil…as in: don’t dwell where it exists.]

“If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner.” (Prov. 11:31, NKJV)
[Quit complaining bout your (ultimately) petty problems! (Speaking to myself too, lol)]

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:15, NKJV)
[As Chris spoke about in his blog, liberalism is not a good thing…]

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:6-8, NKJV)
[Ditto.]

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)
[As I was reading these passages in bed the other night, before going to sleep, I linked the three from Romans. I read them in conjunction with one another. I’ll put that in it’s own blog.]

And, for good measure, a link to Chris’ blog on legalism.

Hope y’all didn’t mind my blathering…lol…