Monday, May 28, 2012

To Rejoice Is a Choice

Phillipians 4 (ESV)
 4  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
 Rejoice in the presence of the Lord.  He is always there. Find joy in Jesus, not in circumstances.

  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  

Rely on the power of the Lord.

 Don't worry.   Thankful people are happy people.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It is not the absence of problems but the presence of God's power that gives us peace.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things

Think about Godly things, about holy things.  Reading the Bible instead of watching tv or reading magazines will give us peace and joy.  It's a radical idea, but to rejoice is a choice.

Strong, Intellingent, Not Fuzzy

I've always loved the strong intelligent women in my life, starting with Mother, Grannie, and Aunt Cleo.  Then came Viola Teacher, who taught me more than music. Next was a microbiology undergrad prof.

In grad school I chose a man for my microbiology research advisor.  He was fine until he fell out of political favor at the uni, leaving me in limbo. Finally, a new genetics prof, whose adopted son was my high school student, pushed me and the school to move on my degree.  She and another woman got me my M.S.  I had worked for the  Dean of grad studies and been so in awe of her power that I messed up EVERY phone msg I took for her.  She signed my diploma anyway.

One of my  pastors is a fine Bible teacher, pianist, and knitter.  She keeps challenging me to do better, like every other strong intelligent woman in my life has done.

These are not warm fuzzy relationships, but extremely important and I thank God for every one.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's Pentecost

Hallelujah!Holy Spirit fill us!  Happy Birthday Church!