Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside

YAY!!! Eric and I finished putting up our Christmas tree. This is our first Christmas season as a married couple and it has been so fun so far. Not only is this our first Christmas together, but we are also celebrating our 6 month anniversary. Both of us are amazed at how quckly the time has gone. We have learned so much about each other over the past months and we are so excited to see what we will be doing these next 6 months.

God has been so good to us. I know many of you know that I was working at a license bureau. Well, that is past tense. The owners of the bureau are not running it anymore so all of the employees lost their jobs, me included. So now here I am again looking for a job. It is very easy when times are like this to doubt and wonder where and how God is going to provide. As I was reading in my Bible I was reminded of God's faithfulness...'keep your lives from the love of money and be content with what you have because God said, 'Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' JESUS CHRIST is the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, and FOREVER!'
That reminded me that even though I don't have a job right now. God will remain faithful to His Word and to us, His children.

Eric and I continue to enjoy many firsts, our first Christmas, our first snow, and learning to keep God first in all that we do.

Devoted Prayer

So much has been going on in our lives over the past few weeks. God has definitely been teaching us how to love each other better and how to better serve Him. It is amazing how God uses His Word to teach us about Himself and to show us how to better live for Him...'for the Word of God is living and active'... How true this is. Through any situation God will use His Word to bring truths about Himself to the forefront of our minds.

It seems as though a quality prayer time has been the challenge for me. When I was reading the other day I came across the verse, 'DEVOTE yourselves to prayer.' I have read that verse before, but when I read it this time, the word 'devote' really stood out to me.

One major way that God has taught me what this devotion looks like is through my discipleship study on Wednesday nights. Every Wednesday night at my church we have youth group and some of us from the college class help, by spending some time with groups to help them apply what has been taught that week. I have a group of 4 to 5 girls. We have been talking about what a true relationship with God looks like. It is awesome to see how excited they are to learn and how much they desire to know God. Through my teaching them I have learned so much. We talked one week about prayer being a way to communicate with God. Just like one would talk to a best friend as often as possible, so we should talk with God to learn more about Him, so we can know our God.

Another way that God teaches us about Himself is through His children. Through the example of so many people I am learning about prayer and just how important it really is. Through Eric, his family, my family, and our church family I am understanding more of what true communication with God looks like. It is real. It isn't just a '5 minute, quick say a prayer'.

It is being diligent and devoted to speaking with my best friend. Learning more about Him as I grow in the knowledge that he wants that personal relationship with me.