Titus, oh my friend Titus

Oh How I love your word! It is my meditation all the day…Psalm 119.97

Yesterday in briefing we were talking about the apostolic prayer found in Romans 15, specifically verses 5-6, and 13. Now may the God of patience and comfort;

  • endurance and encouragement -NIV
  • perseverance and encouragement – NAS
  • dependably steady and warmly personal God – Message,
  • the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement -Amplified

grant you to be like-minded toward one another according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I LOVE this prayer! I love how the NIV says it, He is the God of endurance and encouragement! He is the God of hope who FILLS us with joy and peace and solid believing!  No more questions, no doubts, He gives to us peace when we believe in Him. The 15 minute briefing was the most encouraging 15 minutes of the entire week, hands down.

That might be due to the interesting week though. Even on days, sleep eludes me, and I look forward to the kingdom of God being on the earth. I’m not really sure if we will never sleep, I mean that would rock, but I think that if we do sleep, there wont be painful sleepless nights, watching the clock tick by. After one such night this week, I finally rolled out of bed around 7, tired of lying there. Jeremy was on his way to bed and had just txt me, we spoke for a moment and I told him about my pounding head, and his housemates all got together to pray for me. 20 minutes later I suddenly realized the migraine had lifted, hallelujah! Praise God for my brother! Though that was the longest day of my week it was also the most pain-free day I’ve had since the first er visit last month!

Anyway, the mediation from this week has been Titus 2.11-14

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

My heart has been so encouraged as I’ve prayed and sang this passage this week. This is our blessed hope, He is coming soon!

 

 

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wrapped in clouds

Spent several hours of last night in my room. This might sound lame  but let me paint for you a portrait of my favorite place. Stepping through the doorway you will stoop under a lace curtain gently drawn to the side to see the bedroom that is shared by my sister and I;  happy yellow walls, wooden floors, 2 windows (thoroughly covered in black due to our nocturnal lives). Behind the heavy black curtains the windows are also graced with lace.  Immediately to your left is a wall and corner that we will come back to. Covering most of the next wall, pressed in the corner and underneath the long window is our set of bunk-beds, next to it are some plastic shelves of katrina’s, her dresser the window and the other corner. The next wall finds the bathroom door followed by our big mirrored closet doors. (Wood floor+ big mirrors = great dancing room) and we are back to the door. Going back to corner on the left.

Shoved in the small space between the wall and the bunk-beds are a small makeshift dresser created by two  two-shelf nightstands stacked on top of each other. My old housemate Hannah and I found them on the side of the road, toted them home (totally misjudging the weight!) cleaned them off…..and they didn’t look too bad 🙂 The wood panels on the top were kind of gross but I covered it in a lace panel, and the dark wood and antiqued handles look awesome. With a couple of candles and a small painted white china lamp on top it looks great next to an old dark wood bookshelf. This leaves a space of about 2foot by 2foot, perfect for a floor cushion  and is  “My niche”.

I love to curl up in this little corner and read, with the curtains open in the daytime, and surrounded by candles at night. It also is my place to wait out the bad migraines. I’ve been spending a lot of time in this corner lately, with this recent bout light seems to be the worst enemy, so most nights have found me reading my Bible and praying by the light of a single candle. Interestingly enough I’ve had some real spiritual breakthrough the last few nights; the Holy Spirit has been my companion, reminding me of Jesus and leading me into truth, even as my frame rages against me.

But as for me I will always have hope….(Psalm 71.15)