Sunday, the 3rd
Starting out amazing and ending on the same high note, today was a definite improvement from one week ago. Hardly any of the emotional nonsense, and an overflowing amount of enjoyment with friends, church and art.I haven't had the opportunity to play my bass in quite a bit (though IMPACT is on the horizon ;)), so playing in the worship band helped to set my mind right a bit more. A verse that stood out to me today while I was playing:
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.The message that Lyle Bundy shared had so many relevant words; it was about "silence" and how we easily we can miss what God is saying/where he is leading because of the noise we fill our lives with. Here are a few points/phrases from that:
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him ...
Psalms 37: 4-7
- In Matthew 1:23, we learn that the name given to Jesus, "Immanuel" means "God with us".
- Noise is the equivalent of "spiritual suffocation".
- "If noise fills the air, we don't have to think."
- Often we attempt to fill the void we feel with people and friendships ... because we fear being alone.
- It isn't from inside the thunder or the raging wind that we hear God ... it is out of the silence that comes the "still small whisper of God." (1 Kings 19). Lyle compared the whisper heard by Elijah to the proclamation given to Mary ... "God is with us".
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, speaking about the devastation in his country, once said "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this is happening."
- C.S. Lewis, in Surprised by Joy, said: "You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."
- I lay in the silence and the dark, wishing I could hold you, near and close to my heart. I think upon what it is I will dream, hoping you are found there, led by dimming moonbeam. As night falls and spills into my eyes, I breathe thoughts of you, still-ing mind's fretful ties. Before morning breaks and I see day's reveal, I embrace sweet ...
- Ignite Tonight
- Finally! This morning was one of the first in a long while that I didn't absolutely despise as soon as I woke up. I stayed up late last night, seeing to some website updates for Mark Atteberry and a few other projects, and even with the minimal 2-3 hours of sleep, I really felt so ...
- Old Guy
- Here is just an old guy's face that I did last night to fill up some space in my sketchbook. Graphite pencil (#2) and India Ink applied with paintbrush. ...
- Pink Gaah!
- Pink Gaah! – Closeup (uploaded by DRA Studio)It was a nice laid-back Sunday today, so I was able to finish up a piece I had started on Thursday. I really didn’t have anything specific in mind for this one … just wanted to fill an empty canvas that had been sitting on my studio floor ...
- Notable Notes
- Here are my notes from Justin Miller's excellent sermon during Family Worship Hour today: Leadership Principles of Faith Introduction (relating holiness to faith): "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14)." "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who ...