Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is." Oswald Chambers
"Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking." Oswald Chambers  
Colorado Springs - a good place to ponder these two quotes from Oswald.
Enough to chew on for a while...

added: some fun information...
Saint Frances de Sales is also someone that I have been thinking about lately. He is the patron saint of writers. I've never really wondered about patron saints. I have never been drawn to investigate them. But lately I have been devouring information about the steadfast of our Christian faith and to ignore the saints would be just plain stupid.
Early this morning I woke and opened the really good novel I fell asleep on last night. As I stumbled through the pages last night I was not drawn into the story line at all and then suddenly the hook caught me. I was a goner. After 3 pages this morning, I questioned to myself: I wonder who the patron saint of writer's is. I have heard of the Patron Saint of cooks, of animal lovers, of other various passions are. But I had never heard of a patron saints for writers. Is there one? 

I love google. Yep, there is a patron saint for writers. His name? Saint Frances de Sales. It is said that he did not want to be in ministry. He lived his life out for many years as a soldier. Then he believed that he was called into the priesthood. He ended up not being a very good priest from the perspective of many. He enjoyed life too much. Then he became a missionary to the Protestants during the Reformation. He would slide his sermons underneath the doors of these 'wayward' souls and many returned to Catholicism. He claimed that the Christian life was a romance. That when you were a believer your desire was to write about Him everywhere, so that others might know the fullness of Him, the love of Him, the Joy of Him.

I got a kick out of that. Sounds like that ole' Saint Francis de Sales and I had several things in common. I enjoy finding out what we believers have in common instead of dwelling on what we don't agree on.

Interesting to me. 

So, here's to St. Francis de Sales -

your Mutating Missionary
and Ebenezer

Friday, August 12, 2011

be prepared

Be prepared.
Be prepared.
Be prepared.
I have been thinking about this encouragement lately.

One of my sons is an Eagle Scout. Of course often we think of this two word command when we think of the Scouts. And then in our minds we see some greenish brown shorts and a matching shirt with a kerchief standing before us welding a red-multi-bladed-pocket-knife.

This morning I came up on these words:

"It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid."  Mark 15: 42-47

Being prepared for the Sabbath day. Being prepared for the Resurrection? Being prepared for His coming again?  It all boils down to being prepared for this day... this moment...this time we have set before us this day.

I am excited about today and the things that I prepare my heart for. I am excited about this day and the things that God has prepared for me. May He be glorified in this moment, in this day, in my preparing my heart for entering into His Rest.

your mutating missionary

and ebenezer