Monday, September 15, 2014

Be Filled with the Spirit, Addressing One Another in Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Singing and Making Melody to the Lord with Your Heart

Yesterday, I jumped a hurdle. It may have looked small but for me it appeared towering. (I am speaking figuratively, of course.) I am certain I have mentioned before (a few times), I struggle terribly with anxiety. It causes an array of various issues from a cold sweat, to nausea, to my mind going completely blank, etc. Anyway, I really enjoy singing, I do. Just ask my kiddos. They hear me pretty much non-stop. I give concerts in the car, at home…my neighbors have maybe heard too since lately I have had the windows open during the day. When I am comfortable, I will sing to my heart’s content. But, in public…or even in front of a single person (other than my children…they are so supportive and say my singing sounds great!) I shut down. My throat tightens up and I choke (pun intended). As I have also mentioned before, it was suggested I go to a karaoke bar (because A. there is “liquid confidence” available and B. the people there are supportive).

Instead, though, I asked if I may join our “praise team” at church. So, where does the hurdle come in? Well (thank you for asking), yesterday, I attended my first practice with them. So, how did it go? (Again, how kind of you to inquire.) It went okay. I did FAR better than I thought I would…no dizziness, no puking. (That’s always a good thing, right?) I was not brave enough to sing with the microphone (Are you kidding me?! Amplify my anxiety so you can hear every flip of my voice and wrong note so boldly belted out?! No way!) But, I did stand with the backup singers and sang. (I wasn’t able to pace, of course. I am a “pacer” when anxiety is bugging me. Or if I am sitting I bounce, tap, wiggle, (in short I can’t sit still)…you get the idea.) Anyway, so I did much better than I envisioned I would. Further, I am ready for the next rehearsal. I am still not prepared to join them during an actual worship service, but I’ll get there…eventually…hopefully.
18 …but be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... (Ephesians 5:18-20. ESV.)
I am thankful for a voice to lift up in “spiritual songs”. Which brings me to a story.

Growing up I was immersed in the field of dance (with a focus on ballet). My life was training every day for hours, doing performances, competitions, and conventions. I generally would meet up with the same “usual suspects” at most events. Also, sometimes we had “guest teachers” and “guest students” at the studio. One girl, who was an AMAZING dancer, BEAUTIFUL person, and gentle soul, is Jill. Admittedly, I have lost track of her over the years but one visit back to my hometown I learned some terrible news. I was told Jill had been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver and was paralyzed. My heart cried! I mourned the loss of her “true love”. I knew (as everyone else did who ever saw her dance) she adored it! She was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) to be a dancer. She was so graceful and talented. She was the girl I wanted to beat (at competition) but she was (and probably still is) such a nice person! Sometimes I do not understand how God can allow such things to happen but I do have faith (as Joseph said)
20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.(Genesis 50:20. ESV.)
The drunk driver most likely did not even realize what he/she did and took away from Jill!
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.
(Psalm 23. ESV.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Eye Cannot Say to the Hand, “I Have No Need of You”

Today, I attended my first ballet class in years…four years (give or take). My body was screaming at me, “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!” And, I about hit muscle failure in my legs, toward the end. I have a very bad habit of “over doing it” my first time back after a break. I have, honestly, taken time off before however never for this long. But, a ballerina never forgets. There were two ladies in the class who had stopped doing ballet for 30 years! It was amazing to watch them in class! I swear, (and say again) a ballerina never forgets! The body and muscles are programed…like riding a bike, I guess. I hear it is the same for gymnasts. The human body astonishes me, greatly!
13For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14. ESV.)
It is a fine oiled machine that depends on every working part…especially the ones we don’t see or think about regularly. It makes me think of the body of Christ,
12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-26. ESV.)

Ballet is my true love. I was asked if I wanted to be a “Party Guest” for this dance school’s production of “The Nutcracker”. I really do, however I also want to be fair to my family. Performing is a LOT of work…the schedule can be intense. There are rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and of course the show times themselves. Not to mention, “The Nutcracker” is generally performed around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. The rehearsal schedule sounds okay (from what I know of it) but I need to find out show times and for how long this production is running. If it is just a weekend, it most likely is doable. But, when I was a child, “The Nutcracker” productions in which I used to participate ran for WEEKS! So, we’ll see. Okay, time is up for now. Must run off to the next item of business, today.

P.S. Just for fun and giggles, an old dance competition of mine is below. The dancer I once was:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself

This morning was the second time I heard the saying, “Happy wife. Happy life.” ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME?! I am going to be honest, it infuriates me!
19Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19. ESV.)
Why does God’s word have to tell husbands to “not be harsh” with their wife? Allow me to show you the rest of that scripture for a minute:
20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (Colossians 3:20-22. ESV.)
Do your children obey you? Is it most of the time or part of the time? Do slaves take joy in serving their “master”? Do you see where I am going with this? Why is it necessary for scripture to tell husbands to “not be harsh” with their wife? Perhaps because there are husbands who are.

A husband is the head of his household just as Jesus is head of the body of Christ (the church). To me, the saying above, “Happy wife, happy life,” would be like saying, “A happy church, a happy Jesus.”
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body.31“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:25-33. ESV.)
Can you not see the romance and beauty in that?! For a husband to be so in love with his wife that he gives himself up for her? “As Christ loved the church”… those words are HUGE!!! Look at what Christ Jesus did for the church! I think some get caught up on the “wives submit to your husband” part but really when you love someone, do you not do that anyway? Who in love does not feel compelled to spend every waking moment thinking about and spending time with the other person? What about taking that person out to dinner or buying him/her something? “He who nourishes and cherishes [his wife like his own body], just as Christ does the church” A husband who loves his wife like his own body. Is that not beautiful? And the wife respects her husband.

If a husband loves his wife like he loves his own body and is not harsh with her, I do believe it would be quite easy for a wife to respect her man and not mind giving into him…giving him her all…doing everything for him. (And vice versa.) So, no more of this “a happy wife makes a happy life” bunk! "He who loves his wife loves himself," how's that for a catch phrase?

The defense rests, your honor.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sing to Him a New Song

There has got to be something to be said about anxiety. My sibling and I have the same ones! How bazaar is that? We have compared notes and flying on small planes and performing (mainly singing was discussed) in front of people causes us to start climbing the walls (stress). Is that not weird? Some would say, “Well, everyone experiences those same feelings.” But when I am on a little plane (anything below a 737… and prop planes are the worst!) I feel like I cannot breathe. I cannot sit still and I get nauseous. It’s like my head is going to explode or something. I just want to claw the seats in front of me and run off of thing screaming! Is that the norm? With performing I feel dizzy, light headed, like I cannot breathe, my throat closes up, and I feel like I am going to lose control of bodily functions (i.e. puke, etc.). Is that the average response for everyone?

So, why do it? Well, the whole flying bit… I stick with Southwest and their big planes! I have been completely dedicated to them for 18 years! I personally feel that company and their employees are that wonderful. Regarding performances, well, I figure if I do not force myself out of my comfort zone I will never get over it. I am a trained ballerina (and overall dancer also in jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, and acrobatics). I have been cast in multiple shows, numbers, and participated in numerous competitions. I was fine once I was on stage but I struggled terribly backstage leading up to setting foot out there. November 2013, I did an acting project (24 hour theater) and did okay. No uneasiness at all! However, now I am trying singing and boy oh boy is it causing me grief! So, I have decided to train for it and attempt performances.

I am certain it is easy to say, “Oh you’ll be fine. It’s no big deal.” And on a grand scale, you would be right! I am not fighting in a war or trying to protect my life and those of the ones I love. THAT would be cause for great distress. I love reading the Psalms where David cries out to God for help and also gives Him praise! There are so many from which to choose.

1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
2Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

4For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.

8Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

10The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
14from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.

18Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,

19that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
22Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33. ESV.)

Monday, September 08, 2014

She Works with Willing Hands

I feel tired, today, and after a morning of Macroeconomics my brain feels fried. There are days when I do not want to do my school work. The end will justify the means. I feel I am not being a Proverbs 31 wife and mother. By that I mean, I no longer homeschool my children (though I still do stay home with them by doing all of my university classes online instead of sitting in the classroom and by not working outside the home unless I am substitute teaching at the school where my children attend), I am always behind on the laundry and housekeeping, I do not make dinner every night (I only have it ready for my family three nights a week. Someone else picks up three nights and then the seventh is a “free for all”), etc.
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
(Proverbs 31:10-31. ESV.)

Yes, the heart of my husband can definitely trust in me. I never mean him harm (intentionally try to hurt him). Like I said above, I only make dinner three nights each week. The only time I “rise while it is yet night” is if I cannot sleep or suddenly awake around 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. With the “fruit of my hands” I am studying to have a career once we have an “empty nest”…does that count? I work out so I should be moderately strong. I perceive once I have my law degree my “merchandise” (services) will be profitable. I do need about seven or eight hours of sleep so my lamp does go out at night unless someone needs me (like if one of my children is sick). I do prefer to give to the poor and needy. I do make sure my kids are fed, clothed, have water, and shelter…no matter what! I strive to be wise and teach with kindness…though, admittedly, some days I fall short and become impatient. I most certainly do NOT “eat the bread of idleness”. My calendar is packed…never a dull moment…even with only two young ones left in the home. (The other two have established their own households.) It is my desire to always be all that my children require…even when they are young adults. I love them each dearly and I hope they know that without a single doubt in their minds. Will my works “praise [me] in the gates”? What if I have, in my best efforts at training up my kiddos diligently and being consistent, exasperated one or all of them? What if I am missing the mark while I dedicate time to my studies? Why do I worry so much?!

I guess I have to tell myself what I tell my kids… I can only do my best, because it is the best I can do. And, God only calls me to have faith while He (in all His splendor, majesty, mercy, and grace) takes care of all the rest! How wonderful is that?
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
    and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
2Attend to me, and answer me;
    I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
3because of the noise of the enemy,
    because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
    and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

4My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling come upon me,
    and horror overwhelms me.
6And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest;
7 yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
8I would hurry to find a shelter
    from the raging wind and tempest.”

9Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go around it
    on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
    11ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
    do not depart from its marketplace.

12For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
    then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
    then I could hide from him.
13 But it is you, a man, my equal,
    my companion, my familiar friend.
14We used to take sweet counsel together;
    within God’s house we walked in the throng.
15Let death steal over them;
    let them go down to Sheol alive;
    for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

16But I call to God,
    and the Lord will save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
    I utter my complaint and moan,
    and he hears my voice.
18He redeems my soul in safety
    from the battle that I wage,
    for many are arrayed against me.
19God will give ear and humble them,
    he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
    and do not fear God.

    20My companion stretched out his hand against his
friends;
    he violated his covenant.
21His speech was smooth as butter,
    yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
    yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

23But you, O God, will cast them down
    into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
    shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
(Psalm 55. ESV.)

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

With Power Comes Great Responsibility

I wonder how many parents realize this…the power that we have over our children. How many people acknowledge how they influence their spouse? God’s word says for women to be respectful and men to not be harsh with their wives. How many individuals rely on their spouse in one way or another…whether it is to bring home the bacon or raise the children, etc.? Malachi 4:5-6 says,
5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 6And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

But, whenever I read the bible I always ask, “Is this literally or figuratively speaking? Do I understand the translation and meaning of the phrases?” There are a few pastors I trust when researching scripture. The one at the church I attend (of course…otherwise why would I go there?), John MacArthur, the late Jonathan Edwards, and John Piper. Regarding these verses, John Piper explains the following,
His aim is to spare people from being cursed. That's the mercy we saw in verse 5. But to spare people from being cursed, people must be changed. Specifically, it it says their hearts must be changed. And even more specifically it says that the disposition of the heart toward fathers and children must be changed….

>          Fathers, you can have your heart turned away from your children simply by ignoring them. By being so swallowed up in your work that all they get are the dregs of your life.

>          You can have your heart turned away from your children by being abusive. It may be that without even hearing yourself your communication with them is a litany of disapproval and put-downs. Why? Because your heart is not toward them. You don't feel what they feel. Your heart is frozen in a posture of habitual unkindness. Or worse in our day is the increase (or increasingly revealed) sexual abuse of children. And where, then, is the father's heart? It is curled around like a snake in love with its own tail and consuming itself on its own filthy passions.

>          Or you can have your heart turned away from your children through an embittered spirit of disappointment: that you are forgotten by them, or that they have let you down in the way they live, or that they have taken you for granted and never said thanks for all you did. Where is the heart then? In the poisoned puddle of self-pity that threatens to grow into an ocean of resentment.
(By John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org. http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/he-will-turn-the-hearts-of-the-fathers-to-the-children.)

As spouses and parents we have HUGE responsibilities and great power when it comes to our family. The hearts of our spouse and children are in our hands. We can encourage them or crush them, every minute of the day, with our words and/or actions. I feel each of us makes a conscious decision to behave in a loving or hateful manner.

Friday, September 05, 2014

My First (and Possibly Last) Vlog

In my "Introduction to Instructional Technology" class I was assigned to watch a video called "An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube". Being I have no idea what to say in a vlog, I just recorded something I was already doing...helping to put together a "Lego Ninjago Kai Fighter". Wish me luck.

Monday, September 01, 2014

More Disappointment: Proverbs 22:6 Is Not A Promise by God

6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6. ESV.)

What does this scripture mean to you? To me, I have always believed God’s word is breathed out by God, inspired by God, and truth. So when I read the following bit in a book, it caused a hint of discomfort in me.
The proverbs are not conditional promises; they are wise maxims. When we fail to understand this form of literature and build our lives on them as a guarantee, we end up with a philosophy akin to that of Job’s comforters.(Fitzpatrick, Elyse. Give Them Grace. Illinois. 2011. Pg. 61.)

I know and understand God alone saves souls. There is nothing I can do for myself or others. I get that. I believe, in part, what the author stated above in that “The proverbs are not CONDITIONAL promises...” Agreed. However, I still hold true that God keeps His promises and His word is truth. So what does this mean for me? If proverbs are just “maxims”, a “general rule of conduct” then is it wrong for my faith to be in the Lord and His promise…i.e. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” I never saw this as I have to do something and then God is obligated to reward me. I have always seen it as, God is incapable of lying. If He says, “Train your children up and they will not depart from it.” Then, I believe Him. No ifs, ands, or butts about it. My hope is in the Lord and Him alone. I never equated it to whether or not I parent well will decide the fate of the children God entrusted to me. I love God. Because I do, I follow His word and obey His commands. I do the best I can. I fall short at times but I feel that does not mean I will ruin my children. (Well, maybe not completely.) Gosh, how do I put my heart into words. I am so thankful I have the Holy Spirit to mediate for me, to God.

Maybe it’s like, “Look both ways before crossing the street so you do not get hit by a car.” Or, grace alone by faith alone. Or the Great Commission! God calls me, I have faith, and He saves me by grace. Then He tells me to go out and spread the word. Similarly, God saves me, I love God, I raise my children according to His word (Matthew 28:19-20 “making disciples”), and they never depart from it (or ultimately will be called by God, have faith (which they learned while being trained up), and receive God’s grace. So the problem in my head is, if proverbs 22:6 is (according to the author of this book) a “maxim” then what about Matthew 28:19-20? I personally feel proverbs 22:6 is an instruction from the Lord like Matthew 28:19-20. Do this. My response is, “Yes, Lord,” because I love Him not because I expect anything in return. I am “teaching them [my children] to observe all that [God has] commanded”. And ultimately I believe God will save them. That is my prayer. My faith (and hopefully that of my children) is in the Lord.

David Mathis from Desiring God Ministries wrote the following,
Now, we need to be clear here. The proverbs commend certain paths to family members because they reflect the ways God ordinarily distributes his blessings. But ordinarily does not mean necessarily….Parents who train their children in the fear of the Lord follow the path that frequently brings children to saving faith.

But excellent wives, faithful husbands, and conscientious parents often endure terrible hardship in their homes because proverbs are not promises. They are adages that direct us toward general principles that must be applied carefully in a fallen world where life is always somewhat out of kilter.

As the books of Job and Ecclesiastes illustrate so vividly, we misconstrue the Word of God when we treat proverbs as if they were divine promises.
(Mathis, David. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org. http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/a-spectacular-and-scary-promise-assurance-suffering-and-our-great-inheritance.)

Fabulous. I guess I have a lot of thinking to do. And praying. If proverbs 22:6 is not God’s promise then I need to sort that out in my mind.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The God of Disappointment

I'm just a little disappointed, but still. I worked on a writing assignment for Business Law and when I went to submit it, I had missed an important detail and so received a zero. Had it been one of the longer projects which spanned over the course of days, I think I would have been a tad more upset. As it is, though, the semester has just started and I already got a bad grade. It is frustrating. I have no one to blame but myself, though. I should have read and re-read EVERYTHING! I have a bad habit of skimming over things, not reading instructions thoroughly (or at all), not clarifying or asking for directions --- and then I get bummed out when I miss something…and there are consequences. Ba humbug!

Life is disappointing, at times. Even being a Christian is, too, periodically. But why? Is it because of circumstances, expectations, both, or something else entirely?
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10. ESV.)
Steve Fuller from the Desiring God website stated the following:


(By Steve Fuller. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org. http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/gods-promise-for-the-disappointed.)

27John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. (John 3:27. ESV.)

Missing the mark happens. But, I need to long for God most…above all else.

8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8. ESV.)

Amen!

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