Becoming - The Journey of God's Princess

This blog was created for women on the journey of becoming what God created them to be. It is meant to be an encouragement to those who visit. It is filled with the thoughts pondered by a Pastor's wife who is captivated by the love of God and rests daily in His infinate grace. It is filled with devotionals, short stories, poetry and other creative writing and thoughts about my journey to God.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hopelessy Lost Our Way

Our praise team sang a song by the group Selah called Wonderful, Merciful, Savior on Sunday. This has long been one of my favorites from this group. The words have always struck a cord in my heart causing me to stop and reflect on our Lord.

However, this week it hit me different. At one point they sing: You offer hope when we've hopelessly lost our way, Oh we've hopelessly lost our way.

Before upon hearing this portion of the song I have reflected on my own sinful nature and the propencity to stray from God's word. But on this day with a crushing weight in my heart I looked up and out and over our congregation and I began to wonder as a Christian people have we, like Isreal, hopelessly lost our way? Have we forgotten the one True God? Have we allowed social and religious decorum and personal pride to stifle the movement of the spirit? Have we become terrified of what the spirit might do if unleashed in our lives and in our church so much so that we have relegated Him to a hidden corner of our lives. Restricting him to just being a quiet voice of conscience, a small still voice of God's prodding us to the more abundant life? Have we become satisfied with our religion, our church attendance, our service within the church to such a point that we have justified this limitation?

This is not a unique problem but is of widespread epidemic proportions. The alters across America have long been dry of the tears of the people. The rebellion of religion has pacified and lulled the modern Christian into a dangerous state of feeling close to God without a true submission to His will. We have broken the church into denominations, and religious institutions - each clinging staunchly to a few verses and claiming to be the true religion. Yet Christ belonged to no denomination, no religious organization. In fact the first church was that of believers each seeking God's will and all working together toward a common goal and resting on the solid promises and layed out by a Redeeming Savior.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Kings Food

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the King's food, or with the wine that he drank. Daniel 1:8 (v. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better..)

So what does the "king's food" look like today? Have we fallen into a complacent Christianity that allows for the "king's food" - or are we driven as the early Christian - driven to our knees to seek the face of the Lord, impelled by the spirit to live out a life like Christ, inspired by our faith the walk the road of Jesus - unimpressed with the world, not worried about what others think, but living only to bring glory and honor to God. What "king's food" have you allowed into your life (language, conversation, television shows, secular music, entertainment, drink, etc) under the guise that "it's not really that bad", or "I don't want to be judgmental"?

Daniel and his friends resolved to refuse the King's food - an active decision. They then depended on the strength of the Lord to preserve them. They were driven to their knees in worship and they sought His face. They did not preach their resolve to others, they did not boycot, they did not take a political office or demand attention. But their actions turned the King's world upside down, their actions turned into the testimony of God's work for they were found ten times better.

I will resolve this day to quietly seek the Lord by refusing the King's food. I will not be conformed to this world but will be transformed by the renewing of the spirit.