Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sun Stand Still: Favorite Quotes

The snow days afforded me time to finish reading Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick. Here are a few of the things I highlighted as I read the book:

"If you're not daring to believe God for the impossible, you're sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life. And further still: if the size of your vision for your life isn't intimidating to you, there's a good chance it's insulting to God."

"Seize God's vision. Activate your faith. Make your move"

"When you ask God to do the impossible, he usually instructs you to do something uncomfortable. And inconvenient. Salvation is free. Obedience can be very costly."

"-your vision should never be limited to who you are or what you think you can do.....
Instead, the scope and impact of your vision will be determined by who you believe God is - and whether you have the faith to respond accordingly"

"Authentic faith doesn't end in a positive mental state. It plays out in total obedience based on the sure Word of God."

These are just a few of the things I've highlighted. I may share more later.

I am amazed at how God is speaking to me lately. My Pastor's message on Sunday sounded so much like the things I've been reading in this book (and I know for a fact that my pastor hasn't read the book or even heard of the author until I told him about it later!)

2011 Snow

I wish you could see the bird sitting on the bird feeder in this pic. Unfortunately my good camera died a few months ago so I could only get pics with my phone which means no zoom.

I'm so glad I invested in these adorable boots earlier this year. They were great for hiking through the snow and ice.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tales from the 1st Grade: Yes I is!

After a 2 1/2 weeks off it was back to school this week. It was a 3 day week for the students. I assure you that the short weeks always feel like the longest weeks! Here's my favorite quote of the week:

Student 1: "Ms. Harrison you're the best teacher ever!" ....yea, I bribe them to say that ;)

Me: "Awwwww, thanks"

Student 2: "You sure is! You is the bestest teacher ever!"

Guess what we'll be working on next week...GRAMMAR! LOL!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 - I'm ready to pray some Sun Stand Still "audacious faith" prayers

Happy New Year blog readers! I have great expectations for 2011! Over the past few months I've listened to several podcasts and video sermons from Pastor Steven Furtick. He wrote a book called "Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For the Impossible". The book is based on the scripture Joshua 10:12 when Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still. I haven't read the book yet. I've started started reading it and it's so inspiring!

Why am I telling you sharing this with you? This is not a book review. I've been reflecting on the dreams I have for my life. Some of them I'm sure are God dreams because I wouldn't wish them for myself. Dreams that I've let lay dormant because I didn't see how they were going to happen. They don't make sense for me financially. I've thought "when I meet my future husband we can do this together" or "I'm waiting for that divine appointment". You know the one where some great person in ministry walks up to me and tells me they see this great call on my life and they have an opportunity for me to walk in that call. The point is, I've been waiting and not preparing.

So, I'm focusing on what it is I feel called to do. Teaching, yes. Teaching 1st graders - not so much. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching and I love my students. However, the gift of teaching is a deeper calling for me. I love teaching on worship. I love singing, worshiping, and leadership. My dreams are big. But my God is bigger. The bible says to be ready in season and out of season. It doesn't say wait until your divine appointment comes along. So, 2011 is the year that I pray sun stand still prayers. It's the year that I believe God for things that aren't "logical" to my American mind. It's the year that I begin to prepare for the vision God has given me even though I don't see how it's going to happen in the natural. It's time to write teachings that are stirring in my spirit even though I don't have anyone to teach them too right now. To move toward the God sized vision inside me (teaching others about worship is only a very small part of the dream).

I've been wrecked by the thought of all I could be doing for the Kingdom and yet I'm not. I'm convinced that there is so much more than "American Christianity" which is sometimes limited on faith. We want to know how everything is going to work out. Am I going to be able to keep my comfortable lifestyle and 401 K. Am I preparing for retirement. I'm ready to walk out a God vision that is more concerned on setting captives free, providing a home for orphans, and seeing the miracles in the bible become a reality today than making my life comfortable before I start doing the work of the Lord.

Check out the website:
http://www.sunstandstill.org/
I'd offer to loan you my book but I'm still reading it. I expect to have lots of notes and highlights in it by the time I'm done.