Monday, May 31, 2010

Path of the Wicked

Pro 4:14-19  Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.  For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble.  For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.   But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

Again, it is telling us to not enter the path of the wicked.  What is this path of the wicked?  It must be their way of life, how they carry out their day to day business.  We are surrounded by this path if we just look around.  Profit overrides moral responsibility.  Politics are more important than doing the right thing.  These are the wrong paths.

Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. 

Don't even go near it, as it is a trap.


Sir 21:10  The way of sinners is smoothly paved with stones, but at its end is the pit of Hades.

For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 


The literal meaning is that the food they gain is from their wickedness, but it made me think about how often immoral people seem to take their energy from their immoral behavior.  It feeds them and drives them and compels them to further evil action.

Pro 1:22  "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 

Scoffers delight in their scoffing and evil feeds on its own evil.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

The path toward God is well lit!  We are able to see obstacles in our path and prevent falling with God's wisdom.

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. 

They don't even know why it is going poorly for them.  They can't see, because they lack the wisdom of God.

Rom 1:20-21  Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.



Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trinity Sunday Links

Today's Readings

Why Does Trinity Sunday follow Pentecost - Sacred Page


The Most Holy Trinity - Praise and Bless

Trinity Sunday - What Does the Prayer Really Say.  Of interest was this regarding the origin of Trinity Sunday.

Sex!

So I'm reading Song of Solomon (aka Songs, Song of Songs).  It is about sex.  I'm serious!  It can be about two lovers.  Or it can be about the relationship between God and His beloved: us.  It is both!

"Right in the middle of Holy Scripture comes this disconcerting and paradoxical book," my commentary says.  Later, "Only two things come across clearly - that it has to do with love between man and woman, and that it is full of allusions to the spousal Covenant between God and Israel.  Everything else (literary genre, theme, argument, etc) is a matter of guess work."

It is somewhat uncomfortable to think about those things together, isn't it?  But God did create man and woman in His image, and it would therefore man and woman together would have something to do with God.  The Bible is constantly talking about God and His people in a relationship like this.  When His people were unfaithful, He called them harlots.  They were adulterers.

Jer 3:6  The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: "Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there played the harlot?
Jer 3:7  And I thought, 'After she has done all this she will return to me'; but she did not return, and her false sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8  She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the harlot.
Jer 3:9  Because harlotry was so light to her, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree.

This should be a very interesting read!

Quote

"A psalm is a song, but it is not any sort of song, it is a song that forms part of the Psalter.  Does divine praise come to an end when the song is sung?  No.  Your tongue gives praise for awhile; your life should give praise to God all the time." 

St. Augustine, Exposition on Psalm 146

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why us?

Psa 144:3  O LORD, what is man that thou dost regard him, or the son of man that thou dost think of him?

There's only one answer here - love.  God could have abandoned us after the Fall.  Or God could have simply not created us.  He could let us meander about on Earth, sinning against Him and earning eternal damnation with Satan.  He could wipe the planet out of the universe, like it never existed.  Instead, He he loves us.  He loves us so much he sent Jesus to save us.  Isn't that awesome?

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sin

Psa 51:1  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Psa 51:2  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Psa 51:3  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psa 51:4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment. Psa 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 

In addition to thinking the only difference between Protestants and Catholics was the Pope, I'd never once imagined that not all agreed on the concept of original sin.  Of course, it occurred to me shortly thereafter that I can't explain our concept of it very well, so this is not a post attempting to do that.  Reading the Psalms with commentary, I was able to find out that this particular verse is one of the reasons we think as we do.  I never knew so many interesting things were in the Pslams!

I also discovered it is one of the "seven penitential Psalms."  Just in case you were wanting to pray and be sorry (which we probably all should more frequently than we'd admit), you can find the whole list here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I AM A HAPPY PERSON!

Say the title of this entry as loudly and as angrily as you can, possibly to someone who doesn't know it is coming.  It is quite comical.

First of all, when I was writing this post I was wondering if I'd already talked about this verse.  I was wondering how I'd look for it, when I realized I had a search bar over there to the right!  You should check it out sometime.

Psa 4:4  Be angry, but sin not; commune with your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.

This is said again in the New Testament by St Paul:

Eph 4:26-27  Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.


Be angry, but don't sin.  Some anger, then, is not sinful.  Anger can be productive, if put to good use.  It should always be something God would be angry about though, and I rarely find the things that God would be angry about making me angry.  Usually, I pick things that God probably would not care about, and then I stay angry and become my own little anger factory.  That's sinful!

Psa 37:8  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 

Anger is closely tied to anxiety, or as my sister said, from fear.  We know we're not to fear.  I have read that the command to not be afraid is the most common command in the Bible.   More common than any other!  So anger and anxiety are linked, and we're not to be afraid.

Two of the above verses show the consequence for anger and anxiety - we tend to evil and give opportunity to the devil.  Good reason indeed to stay away! 

Unfortunately, our little anger factories can get going so quickly and so efficiently and stay going even when we're not paying attention that it becomes difficult to stop them.  We have fear factories, too, I think.  We can make ourselves miserable being afraid and angry! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Video

The Hills are Alive...

Sorry for the slow down.  I had to go on a hike on Monday.  It was very hilly (+400 feet, up and down and up and down and up and down and one very big UP).  We went 9.5 miles in ~5.5 hours.   It was an adventure!  But I was somewhat exhausted upon my return.  :)


This is what we got to see at 400 feet above where the car was though!  The company made the whole thing worth it.

And yes, we did sing some songs while hiking.  Not many.  And not for too long.  And I wasn't involved in anything more complicated than the alphabet!

Psa 148 
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Call no Man Father

I was going to dabble in apologetics today and started an entry on this subject, but why reinvent the wheel?  There is an outstanding article at Catholic Answers regarding this particular issue.

Over time, I have heard many arguments against Catholicism that, at least initially, sound very persuasive.  Upon further research though, none have panned out.  For instance, many people think we worship Mary.  That would be very, very wrong.  One could accuse us of not worshiping the one true God if that were the case.  The confusion lies in the fact we think after people are dead, they can pray for us.  We're asking Mary to pray for us when we say the Hail Mary.  Further, most of the words in the prayer are from the Bible itself.

Another one would be against the physical presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  How can that be?  How would God be more physically present in one place than in another?  That's no possible.  Except it is, as we see in the Old Testament when God had a special place He met with Moses upon the Ark.  And let's not forget the bush.  God can make Himself more physically present anywhere He wants to - because He is God.

I don't plan on spending a lot of time on apologetics on my blog, but will probably offer links or other items of interest as they come up.  Diane - I haven't forgotten your entry on the Eucharist!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Heart (2)

Psa 141:3-5  Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD, keep watch over the door of my lips! Incline not my heart to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties! Let a good man strike or rebuke me in kindness, but let the oil of the wicked never anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.

The Bible often talks about the heart, but it does not mean the physical muscle that resides in our chest in these instances.  It represents our life, our will, our intellect, our desires, etc.  Everything that should be pure for God comes from our heart.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Some Quotes

Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ -- St. Jerome

Not 100 in the United States hate the Roman Catholic Church, but millions hate what they mistakenly think the Roman Catholic Church is. -- Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness. -- Mother Teresa

Friday, May 21, 2010

Excited

Well, even though I've slowed down on my goal to get through the Bible and Commentary by September for budgetary purposes, I am still making progress.  The Catholic bookstore here in town just got in Chronicles to Maccabees so I'm starting that up soon.

My friend had suggested reading a book verse by verse while writing the verse down, writing down the verse in Julie speak, and then writing down what I thought it meant.  This sounded like a huge time waster until I actually did it.  Proverbs is amazing!  I should have more from Chapter 4 soon!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Unsettled

I've been feeling rather unsettled lately.  Nothing terrible - just a faint hint of anxiety that follows me around.  I have been trying to determine the cause, with limited success.  I do have quite a bit going on, but no single event brings me too much anxiety.  I actually have less going on in some ways than I did a month ago.  So I don't think it is workload.

Then I began to wonder if it is how I am prioritizing my workload.  I don't really have a plan for it.  I have things I do on different days, but no schedule for the time I am not busy.  So I've started looking into what God might have to say about a schedule.  I found the following links helpful:

Are You Too Busy for God?

Admitting that I can't do it all...or even half of it

Unfortunately, none gave me really specific, hard and fast rules to follow.  I am certain though that this is part of the problem after reading the first link, as he quotes from Haggai about the effect of being too busy for God:

Hag 1:6  You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages earns wages to put them into a bag with holes. 

Well, not exactly, but that would produce the same anxiety.

Is anxiety a problem?  Yes.  We are told not to be anxious.

If anyone has any good Godly scheduling suggestions, please let me know.  :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Evil thoughts

Pro 3:29  Do not plan evil against your neighbor who dwells trustingly beside you.

The obvious meaning would apply to true evil we are intentionally plotting against others.  Like setting my neighbor's house on fire, for instance.  That would be bad.

In line with my arguing comments from yesterday, I think we can also plot evil against our neighbor when we pre-plan arguments and ponder how best to let them know they have failed or wronged us.  Is that not evil?  Is it likely they are doing the same thing if they are trusting of us?

I heard a sermon from a friend's church the other day.  He called it becoming an "Anger Factory."  What an accurate term!  We can sit around and create anger out of practically nothing, if we do not stop ourselves.

Psa 37:8  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

It tends only to evil!  Our internal anger factory is not a good thing.  It is an evil thing. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Contention

Pro 3:30  Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

Though it isn't the same exact word, the meaning here reminds me of contentiousness, quarreling, etc.

Pro 15:18  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Pro 19:13  A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
Pro 21:9  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 


Pro 21:19  It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful woman. 
Pro 25:24  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious woman.  (repeated!!)
Pro 26:20-21   For lack of wood the fire goes out; and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.  As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
Pro 27:15-16  A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand. 
 Pro 29:22  A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression.

The Bible has much to say about contention, quarreling, arguing, creating strife.  None of it is positive.  This is a particular problem for me - as some of you know, we have a strong ability to argue in my family!  But my arguing can often unproductive, wasteful of time, and hurtful to others.  Those who are slow to anger quiet contention, while those given to anger cause much transgression (sin).  Doesn't get much more clear cut than that!

Pro 10:12  Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

An email conversation

I was emailing back and forth with a young lady about the Preparing To Be a Help Meet book and she wanted some examples of differences between worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom.  Below is an except of my response, with some edits.  These were just the first things I could think of; I am sure there are more.  Plenty more.

Here's an example:  The world tells me as a single woman I can and should be completely independent.  This should be my desire.  I should crush all those who oppose me, because it is fine for me to loudly proclaim my rights and how right I am to anyone who crosses me or just my path.  You can see it on TV, in the magazines, etc.  Yet that is not the way God has designed me.  Sure I can make sure my rights are not completely trampled upon, but I shouldn't accomplish that by acting like a man and conquering my foes through confrontation, violence, or yelling louder.

The world will tell us we need to vent our feelings in order to make ourselves feel better.  If Mrs. Example is annoyed with Mr. Example, she should feel free to rant all about it to her friends so she does not needlessly suffer the buildup of hatred and anxiety toward her undoubtedly stupid male spouse.  All would nod their heads in understanding if she would tell her woes of how he dragged in mud when he came home late; too late for dinner and too late to spend any time with her or the children.  God would tell us that Mrs. Example needs to be thankful Mr. Example cares enough about his wife and children to work hard enough to ensure they have dinner when he's not there.  As for the mud, that's easy enough to fix.  She shouldn't harbor those feelings in her heart and let them build.  She should not dishonor her husband to all the other women.

The world will tell young people that it is alright to argue with parents, as they are old and out of touch with reality.  When they are bothersome, youth should complain to everyone about them because they understand.  After all, who hasn't had old and out of touch parents?  God would tell youth to be thankful for what their parents provide, to understand that to obey them is to obey Him, and to keep their laws like one would keep His.  Honor and respect them like one would honor and respect Him, and help others to do the same.

The world tells us that we are to keep our faith private, that it should not affect our political or business decisions, and we should certainly not suggest others agree with us.  But this is not what God calls us to do.  In Acts 4, the leaders tell Peter and John to stop talking about Jesus.  Good thing they did not!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Faith

2Pe 1:5-8  For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I certainly do not want to be ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  You can see the order in which Peter discusses things here - faith first.  Without faith, virtue and knowledge are going to go off track from the beginning.  All things begin with faith.

I've been talking a lot about wisdom the past several days and I wanted to point out again it is all useless and in vain without faith.  When studying the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism, it was easy to note one thing we had in common for sure - faith.  Nothing can be done that is pleasing to God without faith.  Without faith in God, we end up with worldly wisdom.  This is truly ineffectual.

Friday, May 14, 2010

It doesn't say without understanding

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please God.

At the conference a few weekends ago, the priest pointed out this.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.  It doesn't say without understanding.  His point was that contrary to worldly wisdom, we don't need to understand everything before we believe it or do it, especially when it comes to God.  In fact, understanding is said to come after faith and obedience.

He referenced John 8:31-32:  Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  If we continue in His word (belief in Him and continuance in His word, which includes the right and proper way of behavior, or obedience to God), then we are truly His disciples and then we will know the truth which will set us free.

Pro 2:6-11  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;  for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you; 

So we know we have to seek wisdom like hidden treasure.  We also know we should ask God for it, but we must ask with faith:
Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 


Wisdom does not come at random to people who do not fear the Lord or obey His commandments. 
Pro 1:24-31  Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, and you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.  Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.

We must ask for wisdom and seek wisdom and obey the Lord, lest we be no more than fools.
Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 
Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

There are two types of wisdom - worldly and Godly.  The first time we see wisdom in the Bible it is the worldly wisdom that is so attractive to Eve.  We can see Godly wisdom in Proverbs and elsewhere, discussing how those who follow it and search for it and find it find true happiness.  Worldly wisdom leads to death; Godly wisdom leads to life.

It is only the Lord's wisdom that can create the universe:
Pro 3:19  The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I just can't get enough!

I'm just fascinated by all this stuff I've been learning about wisdom.  It is truly incredible!  Just in the first three chapters of Proverbs we can learn so much.

First, we see why the book was written to begin with - to provide instruction in wisdom:
Pro 1:1-6  The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:  That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-- the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.

We can see that wisdom is made available and known to us, and further, those who reject wisdom do so willfully and with pleasure:
Pro 1:20-22  Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice; on the top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

We're told to seek wisdom like treasure and we will find it:
Pro 2:1-5  My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

We're told some of the benefits of wisdom:

Pro 2:6-22  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his saints.  Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you; delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,   who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil;  men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. You will be saved from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God*; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the shades; none who go to her come back nor do they regain the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it;  but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

*Adultery, in addition to its normal meaning, was frequently used to describe the unfaithfulness of God's children to God in the covenant relationship.

Pro 3:13-18  Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.

Pro 3:21-26  My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes;  for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. 

Pro 3:35  The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. 


We can also see the differences between the two types of wisdom - Godly wisdom and worldly wisdom:
Pro 3:5-8  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Link

I wanted to link to this post at Conversion Diary: Where there's Help.  It really highlights some of the differences in secular wisdom versus Godly wisdom.

I have found true wisdom to be contrary in most respects to what I was holding in my heart in my early 20s.  I was nice to people, but as she mentions there that was just another bullet point on my list of things to do.  If nothing else, being nice to people usually got them to be  nice to me, and it made people happy and think better of me.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

1Pe 5:7  Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

The title of the conference I went to last weekend was Be Not Afraid - There is Truth.  We are told to not be afraid, to give all of our anxieties to God.

Php 4:6-7  Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

My sister and I noted this does not say He's going to fix all of our problems.  It just means that His peace will make it bearable and keep us focused on God.  He will take care of us, if we let Him!

Psa 55:22  Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Here we see again the two types of wisdom - the wisdom of man (our own insight) and the wisdom of God.  We are told not to rely on our own insight, or wisdom.  As logical and forward thinking as we may be, we cannot see all ends or all beginnings and do not have all the information we'd need to make completely accurate, wise, and rational choices based on our own knowledge and power.  We do not have the mental capacity to rival God in this endeavor. 

God is the creator of everything, so in everything we must lean on Him and look to Him as a guide.  In matters small and great He knows what to do and will guide us.  Father Corapi was quick to note we can't turn away from God and His wisdom simply due to an inconvenience on our part.  God's wisdom is always better than our wisdom, no matter how wise we think we are.  Even in small things.  And small things add up to big things; things we know we want God to take care of us for us.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Heart

Pro 3:1-4  My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you. Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. 

I love how it is always referencing the heart.  Let our hearts keep the commandments; let our hearts have the commandments written on them.

Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 



I have another exciting weekend planned, this time training for the summer camp I'm running.  I get to teach for around 9 hours!  It is exhausting, but also kind of fun, as what we say to them has an impact on their lives.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

seek it like silver

It has been an exciting few days!  I went to a conference last weekend, as mentioned, and then found out a very good friend had a baby.  So I had to go visit him!  He is beautiful and perfect and just wonderful.

God must have us women hardwired to like babies.  She told me some of the excitement involved in getting a baby from the inside to the outside and every logical part of my brain was thinking it sounded like the most ridiculous thing ever.  I would never, ever, ever want to do that.  How terrible!  But yet even louder was this little voice - "Babies are cool.  I want one someday..."

I'm still on Proverbs and Wisdom.  There is so much to cover (and I'm only on Chapter 2)! 

Pro 2:1-5  My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

That bolded part in the middle had never jumped out to me before.  Seek it like silver!  Imagine if we sought after wisdom like we seek after worldly treasures.  Well, we don't really have to imagine, it tells us what will happen pretty clearly!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

St Teresa of Avila Quote

You know that God is everywhere; and this is a great truth, for, of course, wherever the king is, or so they say, the court is too: that is to say, wherever God is, there is Heaven. No doubt you can believe that, in any place where His Majesty is, there is fullness of glory. Remember how Saint Augustine tells us about his seeking God in many places and eventually finding Him within himself. Do you suppose it is of little importance that a soul which is often distracted should come to understand this truth and to find that, in order to speak to its Eternal Father and to take its delight in Him, it has no need to go to Heaven or to speak in a loud voice? However quietly we speak, He is so near that He will hear us: we need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us. Nor need we feel strange in the presence of so kind a Guest; we must talk to Him very humbly, as we should to our father, ask Him for things as we should ask a father, tell Him our troubles, beg Him to put them right, and yet realize that we are not worthy to be called His children.  ~ St Teresa of Avila, Way of Perfection, 28, 2

Monday, May 3, 2010

What a weekend!

I had the chance to see Father Corapi speak on Saturday.  What a great weekend!  The title of the conference was "Be not afraid - there is truth!"  He's a great speaker, and the message was inspiring.  I also got to go with my sister, which was a lot of fun.  More Bible posts later in the week!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wisdom 3

Pro 1:20-22  Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice; on the top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 

In Proverbs, Wisdom is not shown as something hidden, far from human grasp.  Though only God has all wisdom, the existence of wisdom and God is not held out of sight.  She is depicted as calling from the streets and the markets and the walls and the gates - calling to those who are lost.



Pro 1:22  "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

The implication is that simple people, people without wisdom, are happy being simple.  Remember, this is the wisdom of God, not worldly wisdom.  People are content without the wisdom of God.  Those who mock God are happy to do so.  We see this with the militant atheists writing about the evils of religion now.  They mock God; they do not desire His knowledge.


Rom 1:20-23  Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.

More Augustine

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."