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It’s been a long time, good old blog.

It’s been a time of learning and growing. A time of discovery and reflection. There have been times of laughter and times of sadness. There have been times when I wanted to shout for joy and yet there have been times when life didn’t seem so easy.

But still I know this:

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord – for we walk by faith and not by sight – we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”

II Corinthians 5:6-9

As Christians we are sojourners, guests in this world – we are not of it. We are already citizens of another kingdom, we already have been given the most vital, valuable gift of all – salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. And yet we are still here on this earth, struggling with sin, running the race, longing for the time when we will finally be with our Savior. That time will come and it’s fast approaching. Each day, each hour, each minute brings us closer to that day. What a comfort.

Let us then live „in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10)

 

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Prayer.


Life has been so hectic lately. I have been running from place to place, studying all day, stacks of homework on my desk. One day it came to the point that I sat doing homework until half past midnight! That’s what I call crazy.

And it’s been hard to really take time to be still, read my Bible, get on my knees and pray. It is difficult. But when you think of it, many of the people in the Bible too, were extremely busy!  EVEN JESUS! There was a day when he taught in the synagouge, cast out a demon, healed Peter’s mother-in-law and then until he walked among people, cured their diseases and cast out demons! He must have been extremely tired! And yet we see that „very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” 

Jesus was a man. But He still made time to pray. He must have been exhausted after such a day. But He still got up early in the morning WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, went off to a quiet place and prayed. He made time.

We can too.

And it doesn’t have to be an hour when we sit down and pray. It can just be short prayers whispered heavenward. Pleas for help, cries of longing and graditude. This way we will be walking through our day with God.

Prayers means staying in communion with God. Prayer means kneeling before the throne of grace. Prayer means worship. Prayer means getting to know our Savior more!

And He knows our lives and schedules  – nothing is impossible for HIM! He knows our hearts and he wants us to come to him with everything that we encounter, everything that happens to us!

He is indeed near.

Let us then make time for prayer. Let us make time for spending time with the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE THAT SENT HIS ONLY SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR US!

He is listening. He is on the throne. He is our „Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend”. May we then not hesitate about coming to Him daily.

He will receive us.

Priorities


Priorities… I’d like to start out by saying that this area in my life is one desperately needing work. I am so prone to get consumed by all the books I read, leave my Bible aside and reduce to the minimum my prayer time. And even though I finish up the book I’m reading, I laugh, I cry a little, I long for the joy in the Lord that the book characters have, but my heart is empty. I only read about those things. I long to have such joy, such fullness, such fulfillment. And in my heart I know very well the key to that, the missing ingredient. But, at  what I am always later suprised, I deliberately choose NOT to go, to where I know I will find comfort! I stubbornly stay on MY path, reading more and more books, making that longing in my heart grow even more, making my soul more hungry, more thirsty – like dry soil desperate for rain. When I later think about all that I ask myself „HOW can I do that!?” , but then the whole circle repeats again… and again… and again…

And this inner struggle affects all the other parts of my life. I find myself often annoyed, impatient, angry. I find myself critisizing others, being jealous and proud. I wonder why? But the answers keeps ringing in my head… I know it… I feel it. My heart longs to be reconciled with the Lord, but I miss the real issue! I miss the reason why all this is happening.

But it’s there.

And I know what it is

It’s the lack of the Word.

 

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Candle in the Dark


Living in the world means that every day we encounter people who do not know Christ. Who reject Christ. Who are in bongade of a false religion. We see sin and darkness. We hear lies proclaimed as truth. We  see people deceived.

And it hurts. It hurts to see people so far from God.

So what do we do?

We pray

We take comfort in Christ.

And we do what we can to proclaim God’s message of salvation.

Candle

I attend a public school. Most kids there are Catholic, thinking they’re heading to heaven. So they believe they can do whatever they want on earth and God will still accept them. It really pains me to see things like that taught in school! I want for my friends to be saved. And I hurt when I see them straying even farther from God.

And I have to remind myself it is God who saves, not me. God is still on the throne, He is doing a work in our days. He is moving the hearts of those whom He chose. He sees the darkness of false religions and He is in control.

We just have to trust Him and rest in the fact that he is executing His plan, that He completely understands us and loves us. And, most importantly, that He is WITH us.

He is with us when we witness to people. He is with us, even when we feel like we are all alone in the world. He is with us when we hurt because of what is going on around us. He holds us by the hand and leads us onward. He gives us stregth. He knows us. And we are in His divine plan.

And His mission for us is to go into the world and tell others about Him. To represent Him in our acts, behavior and speech. To be different. To be a light shining in the darkness. To be a candle in the dark.

He knows our pain. He collects our tears in a bottle. He loves us. And He also loves the world. He knows our desire, because it is also His desire for people to be saved.

So remember that HE IS WORKING.

He is with us.

His will is being done.

Let us be the candles in the dark.

And as a lighthouse by the roaring, dark sea.

„You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

Bądźmy gotowi


Patrzę na cudowne słońce za oknem. Pełne. Święcące. Nie mogę na nie spojrzeć, bo blask mnie oślepia. I myślę o tym, jak to będzie kiedyś w niebie. W miejscu, gdzie Pan będzie światłem i będziemy obok niego, patrząc w jego twarz.

Trudno mi uwierzyć, że kiedyś tam będę! I, że będę tam na całą wieczność. Ostatnio bardzo tęsknię za tym miejsce. Marzę o nim.

I jestem pewna, że to marzenie się spełni.

 
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Biegnijmy wytrwale


Przeto i my, mając około siebie tak wielki obłok świadków, złożywszy z siebie wszelki ciężar i grzech, który nas usidla, biegnijmy wytrwale w wyścigu, który jest przed nami, patrząc na Jezusa, sprawcę i dokończyciela  wiary, który zamiast doznać należytej mu radości, wycierpiał krzyż, nie bacząc na jego hańbę i usiadł na prawicy tronu Bożego. Przeto pomyślcie o tym, który od grzeszników zniósł tak wielkie sprzeciwy wobec siebie, abyście nie upadli na duchu utrudzeni”

Hebrajczyków 12:1-3

List do Hebrajczyków to jeden z moich ulubionych. A zwłaszcza lubię 11 rozdział, kocham czytać o tych wszystkich co także, jak my, przez wiarę uwierzyli Bogu i wraz z nim, w ufności jemu przechodzili przez swoje życia. W pierwszych trzech wersetach rozdziału 12 następuje rozwiązanie, zakończenie tego fragmentu.

Jest to polecenie.

Biegnijcie wytrwale w wyścigu, który jest przed wami.

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Unconditional Love


Just recently, through the study of the book of Jeremiah, I’ve been learning about God’s unconditional love. Before, it has been hard for me to understand it and it is even now! I’ve been dealing lately with doubts and had a lot of inner struggles. And I sometimes felt so hopelessly afraid and was desperately seeking for something to hold on to. And then it finally came to me.

God’s love.

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