A Somber Day!

Yesterday, I heard the news of two icons that had passed away…Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was one of my favorite artist growing up. Listening to the ongoing reports of MJ’s death and hearing about his legacy…There is not a shadow of a doubt that he was an amazing artist and I only wished to have gone to see his concert in his heyday. But, despite all of his musical accalades, his legacy of course has been shrowded with controversy of accusations of child molestation and his eccentricities.

It made me think of the legacy that I would like to leave when I go and be with my Father in heaven. I probably won’t have a 24 hour marathon streaming about me but I would want to remembered for my character and my love for God! A friend had sent me this article…detailing the death of a man who was sold out for Jesus! His death of course was not in the headlines but his life was no less significant than anyone elses and in my eyes definitely news worthy. Here is a story of a man named Erwin who died but was not in the headlines.

Here is a The link to the story: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529034,00.html as well as the excerpt from the email that was sent to me.

“But what does the near total neglect of this major story, and the non-stop coverage of Michael Jackson’s death tell us about our media, our nation, and ourselves? What does this coverage contrast tell us about who our models and heroes are, and what our values are? These are almost rhetorical questions and painful to contemplate.

Erwin lived a life of love in light of eternity. Today he was shot dead and died alone in a gutter by the very people he was serving in love. But today he also was welcomed into glory by the great cloud of witnesses and received his reward. He was known by heaven far more than he was known on earth. His legacy will last deep into the stretches of eternity and long after the consumer pop culture mourns today and moves on tomorrow. “

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The Secret of the Lord!

Tonight, I was greatly encouraged by our last night at Discovery Group for the summer. God is doing something very special in the hearts of our church and it is so amazing to see God move! I can’t help but be in awe of His faithfulness. I find myself wanting and hungering for more of His presence and His voice to speak me. It is challenging when life takes over but God calls us to continue “to not conform to this world but continue to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2).

I began reading a devotional and it started with Psalm 25:14 “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” It is my desire to know the secrets of my Lord, to always be in tune with His thoughts and will for my life. The sign of a true friend is not when they tell us their secret sorrows but it is when they share with you their secret joys. It brought to mind the question, “have I let God tell me His secret joys for me? Or am I continually telling Him my sorrows and struggles, leaving Him no time to speak to me?” We are always full of request to God and that is not always wrong but our relationship with God is not supposed to be about us but about Him!! God wants us to get into an intimate relationship with Him – to get us in touch with His purposes! We need to be so intimate with God that our response is the response of Jesus in Matt. 6:10 before He was sent to the cross “Your will be done.” What makes God so dear to me is not so much His big blessings to me, but it is the tiny things, because it is in those tiny things that God shows His amazing intimacy with me. He knows every detail of my life and of everyone’s life!

God has great things in store for us to do and I want to allow God to instruct and to share the secrets of Him so that I may display them to others so that they can experience an amazing relationship with Jesus!