Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Just Some Thoughts

While D. is catching a few extra zzzz's I will jot down some thoughts from this morning.

I'm burdened. There are three friends who I am praying HARD for because the weight on their back is way too heavy to carry alone. The only comfort I can give is to share it with them, pray for them, and go to the Truth for them. "Carry each others burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal. 6:2) These friends are people I treasure, so I'm honored to hurt for them.

I called my dad this morning to ask for some wisdom regarding a certain situation. After getting off the phone I was struck with the immense burden of being a parent - being a godly parent, at that. Will I ever be able to parent my child the way my parents did? The fact that I can call my dad at his work on a busy morning, ask him for guidance, prayer, scripture - and receive all that and's such a blessing. I have some seriously big shoes to fill. I'm incapable - do You hear that God?!

One more random thought: I've been thinking about the whole Health & Wealth/Prosperity movement. With the state of the economy right now, I can only imagine that this type of theology will become very attractive to folks who are hurting, struggling, feeling hopeless, and in need of comfort. I believe they will be drawn to the "sell" of this theology that states that good Christians will receive wealth, success, status, good health, power, etc. And there couldn't be a bigger lie for people to fall for right now. I saw this today:

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, "Blessed are they that mourn." - C.S. Lewis

And I think of this:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28-30, NIV)

I think part of the problem is that most of us, me included, want health & wealth more than we (I) want to rest in Him. And the scramble for health & wealth (worldly happiness) is anything but rest.

God, teach me to rest.


life with the wisners said...

first of all, what is WITH everyone getting new blog designs??? i am in LOVE with this. so cute. and fun. love it.

and here here to the godly parenting. i get so anxious about being able to provide wisdom and encouragement to big h and the goo about tough issues. right at the perfect moment.

but i've found out (all these years later) that my parents were never sure they were telling me the right thing. just trusting God with their words.


love you, friend.

lindsay said...

girl we'll all just hang in there and do the best we can

dianeroutson said...

I'm sad that you're troubled. I know, though, that with your strong faith, you will overcome any present obstacles.
As for parenting, your parents provided you with wonderful role models. Your close relationship with them today is evidence of that. I regret that my own mother was distant, and I never really knew her.
Becky, you have strong values, faith, and supportive parents who will always be there for you when you have questions. Enjoy the journey. You have a wonderful family.
Lots of love!

Mike and Jess said...

I love the last line, and needed to hear it tonight....."God teach me to rest". I am so guilty of looking to other things to give me life, and in the end just feeling more disconnected and disjointed than ever. Thanks, Beck, for your wisdom and heart to share - even on a blog!

The Mitchells said...

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Thank goodness we are supposed to have peace in Him and not the world...this world give me NO peace.