Devotionals

Monday Devo - Slump Guns

Monday, April 27, 2015

Finally getting these things going. I thought I'd have a series going, having a little bible talk per say on a quiet time that really spoke to me throughout the week. For those who don't know what a Quiet Time is, it's basically time I spend with God alone, reading his word and praying to him, building a relationship with him and growing in my spirituality.

Last week, I spent a lot of time reading this Quiet Time book called "Facing your Giants" - thanks madre for lending it to me - and to give a brief overview, the book is based on David and his life before and after he defeated Goliath with his trusty slingshot. The book relates the Goliath that David faced as one of his many "giants". Giants, meaning: that sin that keeps reoccurring, that person who just won't give up bullying you, or hurting you, or even a difficult time in your life, in your faith, in your friendships. All are considered the "giants" in our lives, and this book uses David as an example of how we can overcome our "giants" by using examples of his life.

The title of the little devotion I wish to share with you was called "Slump Guns".

It starts off with a scripture in Proverbs 14:12-13
"12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief."
Basically, we are in the part of the story of David where he has his group soldiers, all of whom are defending themselves from the King, Saul, who wants David dead. Not only does David have to avoid his own death, he also has over a thousand mouths to feed, while dealing with his two wives (lol).There were points in David's life where he had to live in caves, and hide behind trees, just to get away from Saul. Basically, David's life isn't going the way he had hoped, "the slump guns find their mark" (lucado 64). We can even see in 1 Samuel 27:1 where David accepts the fact that Saul will indeed kill him, and plans to run away.

Throughout David's story we see him consult men like Samuel and Jonathan who bring him back on the right path towards God, but here, when David is really in a rut, we see David consult himself.

The book talks about how we should constantly consult in wise men and women. David was not doing well, and while consulting in himself, he simply brought himself down. It's normal though, we usually turn to people with no answers when we're going through something in order to avoid correction (*cough* pride *cough*) and will hang with other people who are hurting.

Because David consulted in himself, it only lead him even further from God (basically, he kills a bunch of people). The book talked about the swimming athlete Florence Chadwick who attempted to swim a 22 mile canal. While all was going well, her muscles began to cramp and she asked to give up, but her mother (who was in the boat next to her) urged her to continue. And so she did, but it was foggy and she couldn't see how far the island was, and stopped.

Soon after, she discovered that the island was less than a mile away. She even admitted that she could have finished, but it was too foggy that she couldn't see her end goal.

While it's okay to have our "bad days" spiritually, we can't give up the swim. Even if our muscles are too tired to carry on, even when it may seem like our end result is way too far, we need to keep swimming. JUST IMAGINE: "God may be, at this moment, lifting his hand to signal Gabriel to grab the trumpet. Angels may be assembling, saints gathering, demons trembling". Just keep on going, you're almost there!

All in all, I learnt do NOT lean on myself, or even people who aren't doing well spiritually just to avoid correction, but to turn to God in prayer, turn to a sister or brother for guidance, or even to a leader! We want to move forward, not bring ourselves backwards. God is right next to us, saying "Come on (your name), you can do it. Just a bit more. Don't give up. I'm here waiting to hug you, to congratulate you! Keep it up!"

Anywho, thanks for reading guys. I hope you got something out of this. Maybe the guns are aimed at you, and now you know where to go when you think you've hit rock bottom.

Have a great week dudes and dudettes! :)

Right Now & Soon

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Lately, I've been making some ambitious decisions. At least, ambitious in my case. 

It all started with January 1st 2015.

Now, I don't usually make new years resolutions, but this year, I sort of made a personal resolution.It was a resolution that would force me to be out of myself. This is very difficult for me, because I'm the type of person who, if someone is walking towards me, I will hide behind a garbage can and wait for them to walk away. Talking to new people gets me way too nervous, and I never liked that, so I vowed to change it.

There were a few things this year that I made myself do, stuff I would never have done as the shy Lorena. One of the big things I decided was Hope Youth Corps. HYC is basically a chance for teenagers to volunteer at places that are in need of help, and pretty much helping with whatever is needed. The idea is quite huge for me, because it means I actually have to talk to people (ugh!). However, this is a big step. I thought it was time to completely get out of my comfort zone and do just what Jesus did, serve.

Along with HYC, I chose to cut my hair. I always worried about cutting my hair, afraid I would either look like Dora the Explorer, or the spitting image of my mom. Nonetheless, I did it, and although I looked like my mother - she is my mom - I like the look. I thought it worked perfectly for me! And, to add to my new cut, I chose to colour it green. Talk about random. But, green is my favourite colour, so I thought, what the hay! 

This blog was also a chance that I could get out of that insecurity of talking to people. I usually NEVER let people see what I write, and although this isn't one of my fantasy novels, it's still quite the step for me. Baby steps, baby steps, until I'm confident to let ya'll read a little snippet of my writing. 

The final "new" thing I ended up doing was playing guitar. Now, I have 5 years of guitar history, so it's not quite that new. However, since I became the bassist of UFO, I've since neglected my guitar. Thankfully, I was given the chance to hop back onto my guitar and play. The moment my fingers strummed the strings, I realized what I had been missing. And now, all I do is play it, learning new songs, and just having fun with it. Why did I abandon it?

NOW ON TO THE THINGS TO COME!
Holy moly am I excited for the things that are to come for me! Not only will I be going to Alaska for HYC, I will also have the chance to visit Montreal, Halifax, New England, JAPAN!! (The reason for my blog title). Man oh man, this year will be epic! 

And, to add on to the already awesomeness, HOPEFULLY the band is given a sick performance in New England this year. We're planning some crazy songs! These songs are so beautiful, and I'm just way too excited for them.

I'm going hiking for the first time. I've NEVER hiked before, and, if the weather is willing, I'll be given the chance to this month (super cool post to come!). 

FINALLY. God has given me many amazing opportunities to increase my faith, and my knowledge of him. Unfortunately, I can't say much as of yet, but the excitement is real (sorry for teasing you).

Do you guys have some awesome new stuff happening to you soon? I'd love to know!

Thanks for reading :)