Thursday, May 19, 2011

Days dewindling down...

So with the days becoming fewer and fewer until the BIG day, I find myself thinking about the strangest things:
  • We have to share a room? seriously?
  • We have to share a bathroom - GROSS
  • I have to sleep on what side of the bed?
  • Will I ever get another moment alone?
Of course, there are many advantages to all of these things as well. And I am very excited about everything! It just dawned on me that it's in 9 days! WOW!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Faith

In church on Sunday one of the readings was from 1 Peter 3 - 9.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Think about that - 'Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him..." That is faith - not seeing but still believing. It's that faith that has gotten me through a lot of tough times. Knowing that no matter what, God is there watching out for me. His love never fails. And even if things don't go as planned, they go according to God's plan. It's not our place to question, just to believe.

Faith is a HUGE! I'm not sure where I would be without faith. Faith in God, faith in my fiance, family and friends. Faith that one day will lead me to the Father. Faith is believing in things unseen, things that science can't even prove. Faith is something that one must hold on to.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Counting the days...

...it won't be long now until I'm married. It's a BIG but exciting step in my life. There was a point in my life where I wasn't sure if I would get married. I think every girl dreams about it to a degree and always hopes to find that someone special. I lucked out. I get to marry my best friend. So in 30 days, I'll become Mrs. Shanmugham....hope the world's as ready as I am! :)

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Who do you serve?

So here's the question of the week: who do you serve? Now you are probably thinking, what? Do you serve God? Well, if you say yes - then really think about it. Do you really serve God? Take a look at your behavior over the last week. Did you laugh when a co-worker was making fun of someone? Did you join in? Or if you see something that is wrong happening at work or anywhere, do you say something? Or are you so worry about what someone might say?

During our Runners4Christ board meeting, we discussed this very topic. And it got me to thinking, who do I really serve? I say I serve the Lord, but do I? Do my actions reflect that?

Here are the verses we studied:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6 : 24-34

Just something to think about it.