Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Thoughts

So it's Easter morning and while I'm in thought I'd figure I'd share them with the fine readers of this here blog.

I've been thinking this week about the Easter season and a little... saddened that my attitude going to into Easter this year seemed to be the complete opposite of what it was last year. And there are a handful of reasons why but mostly I've come to mindset that my life this year is in such a different place then it was last year that to have the same response would have meant no growth. Last year at this time I sat on my bed listening to Amazing Grace, reading Isaiah 53 with tears streaming down my face. Last year was probably the first time in my life I fully realized what it was God had done for me and what that meant for me.

This year I've just come of a lent fast that really challenged me as a person. I spent a lot of time in praying and a lot of time learning things about myself that I had managed to ignore. I come to this Easter still grateful for the Salvation I have through Christ's resurrection (I'll still tear up when I hear Amazing Grace). I feel blessed for the friends I've made since last year and for the places I am. This year at Easter I look forward to the things God is doing and going to be doing in my life, to the changes he's bringing, and I take this moment to thank him for his Love.

"The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures."

Isaiah 52:13- 53:12

"See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. But many were amazed when they saw him.His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about. Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This video blew me away.

I won't say I've been sick the last 2 days but I certainly don't feel right. Something is off. That's about as good an explanation as I can give.

I've been writing a lot since I've gotten back from Florida. It's a good release and even if I'm writing utter crap at least I'm writing.

And now to the point of this blog. I'm a big fan of people being creative and it doesn't really get more creative then this. This is a video of DJ Ramsey using tape decks.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I'm back from Disney

I meant to post last night but getting to bed was more important then speaking mainly nonsense. My trip to Florida was exciting. I've come to the conclusion that the idea of going to Disney is more exciting then being at Disney. Maybe I need an older, less family crowd to go with for it to be as exciting as the idea of going. But that did not upset my trip (well, not for long anyway). It was, for the most part, relaxing. It took going to Disney to meet someone at church (it's weird when you recognize someone you've never actually meet and they happen to live near you and go to you church). I met and talked to Emery at the Magic Kingdom (again a random experience). I read a book on the trip down and a book on the trip back. I felt accomplished. All in all it was a good vacation (except the sunburn on my ears).

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Simple Idea

I have a handful of friends that I could talk to for days on end without ceasing, on any topic and enjoy every moment of it. It's not that I forget about these people because I notice it when I haven't talked to them in a while. But man... when you get to talk to them again and it's like no time has passed and you're talking for hours about nothing important at all and deep meaningful real life things. It's awesome. This is how I like to think of God.