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queen-hearts1I ain’t no queen of hearts,
I go through stages..
I fall in love
then complicate it
I’m just trying to be creative
but everyone’s so opinionated
they wanna tell me what i’m feeling
cos one man’s junk’s another’s treasure
when it’s done It’s hard to measure
I’ll keep from believing

I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds
And suppose I never met you
Suppose we never fell in love
Suppose I never ever let you kiss me so sweet and so soft
Suppose I never ever saw you
Suppose we never ever called
Suppose I kept on singing love songs just to break my own fall
Just to break my fall
Break my fall
All my friends say that of course its gonna get better
Gonna get better

Better better better better better better better

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elijahI just read 1 Kings 18 & 19 for quiet time. Two of my favourite passages in the bible.

What struck me this time was how the prophets of Baal were trying so hard to get the attention of their god. They cut themselves, screamed, cried out and there were hundreds of them. Yet Elijah, the only prophet of Israel left, just prayed to the Living God and the fire from heaven consumed the, what seemed humanly impossible, sacrifice and alter.

Here there were hundreds of people blindly praying to a god that obviously didn’t answer them and they had no peace about it. They felt compelled to gain his favour and attract his attention. Cutting and hurting themselves? If their god really cared about them then why did they have to hurt themselves? All Elijah had to do was pray & believe. No cutting, no hurt, no blood, no cries, just pure trust and a desire to see God work. [This is taking into context that he was a man who walked uprightly in the way of the Lord]

And if you want to retort with christian martyrs who were slain for the faith, well, that’s another topic I could discuss but a long and touchy one.

Another thing that stood out for me was the response of the people after the burning of the sacrifice. Here they were all puffed up ready to prove Elijah wrong. I can just picture them with a smug look on their faces. Of course they wanted proof that the God of Israel was real. That’s the reason why they came to Mount Carmel to begin with. And the reason why they moved over to Elijah’s alter when he beckoned to them in verse 30. After the big hoo-ha and show of the Baal prophets which had evidently failed miserably, the people wanted to see something. We notice that Elijah had to rebuild the ruined alter. That itself would have taken a fair amount of time. If Elijah had not believed God would stretch out his mighty hand, do you think he would have wasted all that time in rebuilding the alter? Finally, when the alter was built, the sacrifice laid out, the trench dug and the entire alter sodden, Elijah prayed and God intervened. And when God showed himself? “…they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!””.

Sometimes we Christians act like these non-believing, perverse people. We try to gain God’s favour, do big mighty things in the mere hope of him turning his face toward us. All God requires of us is a “broken spirit and a contrite heart“. Believe, trust and put those two elements into action. When I say we “put them into action”, I mean to say that as a result of that trust and belief, action would come naturally. It’s like a child who believes and trust his mother would naturally run to her with arms outstretched. Does the child stop and ask “do I trust her”? No! [taking into this context that the mother is perfect like God and has never disappointed or failed the child] Actions resulting from trust and belief come naturally and even to a point of desire. We desire to show forth this fruit in our lives that reflects our faith in Christ.

Faith like that child and Elijah does not come easily for some especially when life has had more disappointments that we can count. But if we ask God, believing that he will answer, a faith in our spirits, he will provide. We must be bold in our request like the man in Mark 9 and cry out “I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief!”, believing that God has said that he will give us all good things according to his purpose and will. Psalm 84:11, Matthew 7:11 and Romans 8:32 are a few of the many passages that clearly show us this truth.

I too pray that this faith and child-like trust in God will grow stronger in me day by day and will show fruit in my life. If we cannot ask our God in heaven for such a request who else can we ask?! After all, all good things come from our Father in heaven.

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page“An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7: 34-35

I really want to do this, Lord.

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tlp704789I have nothing else to say.

Say the word and I will sing for You
Over oceans deep, I will follow
If each star was a song
And every breath of wind, praise
It would still fail by far to say
All my heart contains
I simply live, I simply live for You
As the glory of Your presence
Now fills this place
In worship, we will meet You face to face
There is nothing in this world
To which You can be compared
Glory on glory, praise upon praise
You bind the broken hearted
And save all my tears
By Your word, You set the captives free
There is nothing in this world
That You cannot do
I simply live, I simply live for You

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