Let the earth be shaken!

He trembles the heavens!!!! Psalm 99:1 is a good reference ūüôā

I struggle to understand how people can not just burst with amazement and joy when they experience thunderstorms.

Can you not see the power of God?

Can you not rejoice in the beauty of it all?

Can you not feel how small you are and see how perfect that is?

The fair Pacific Northwest is experiencing rare thunderstorms this week. ¬†And I’m in heaven!!!! I have missed my Midwest thunderstorms keenly. ¬†But OH! the joy I have felt today ūüôā ¬†Thank you Lord!

Not your typical Jesus song.

“I just don’t buy it anymore.” “I tried and tried to know everything for sure” ¬†“But I find I know less as I come to know you more.” “Fear is no good reason to believe in anything.”

Sean McConnell is perhaps one of the best lyricist I’ve heard.

 

Colossians 2:2-3

2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Yes, I got milk.

I’ve been craving milk lately. ¬†No lie. ¬†I’m sure this means some sort of nutritional deficit that my body is responding to, but I haven’t taken the effort to look it up. ¬†Instead I just follow the craving. ¬†And Yuummmmy!

At my friends the other day a commercial comes on for milk. ¬†“Umm…do you have any milk?” ¬†She willingly obliges. ¬†Yesterday and today i’ve almost finished off the half gallon I bought.

Now all you nutrition geeks can tell me what my body is wanting. ¬†I’m guessing potassium. ¬†Is potassium in milk? I don’t even know. ¬†Image

My First Aircraft Carrier

I was so stinking excited when Tim invited me to tour the John C. Stennis last weekend. ¬†You gotta understand, the carriers are such a huge part of the life around here. ¬†And it’s such a different world. ¬†One that I as a civilian have always felt is rather untouchable. ¬†I hear about the boats all the time, my friends live half their lives on them, but yet I never fully ‘get it.’ ¬†It will probably always be this way to a certain extent. ¬†For it is most certain that I will never join the Navy and live on one.

But for now, I am one step closer to understanding them. ¬†I was so excited that before we boarded I even called my dad and left a message saying “Hey, guess what I’m about to do…” and was rather please when we were talking later and he was laughing and saying “I’m rather jealous.”

So here’s my photographic evidence. ¬†Hair whipping in my face. It was both Robin and I’s first time. ¬†And at the end of it I say…Thank you my dear friends and all Naval¬†personnel¬†who work and live on our Navy vessels. ¬†It is a hard life you lead, but I thank you for it.

And to Tim…fair winds and following seas! ¬†Image

I want intimacy.

What is the problem here? ¬†Not sure this is a problem that can be ‘solved’ with a magic bullet answer. ¬†But I know a few of you out there who like to solve things *cough*-especially male gender-*cough* will probably try to give me a ‘solution’

I have this friend….haha! No this isn’t one of those stories… I, Amy, really do have this friend that I love SO deeply. ¬†Our friendship has grown to be a life-line for me. ¬†But over the past couple months I’ve been in this “funk”. ¬†We’ve become a little distant. ¬†No animosity, not a lot has changed…just…not all that it once was. ¬†We still talk everyday. But that intimacy I’ve felt in the past just isn’t there. The all-consuming, heart-on-heart that used to be there is less than striking these days. The embers are there, but they need to be fanned once more to flame. This bums me out. ¬†Because this friendship fills me up inside. ¬†I mentally say “I want that back. I gotta figure out how to get this back.” ¬†But my ‘funk’ is leaving me with little motivation to move beyond this new normal.

So just throwing it out there. ¬†Jesus...I’ve told You this already. ¬†But I’m gonna throw it out there into blog-land so that others can relate, encourage, and pray. ¬†You’re the one I want to regain that intimacy with. ¬†Help me figure out what’s going on inside me, what’s holding me back. ¬†Overwhelm me with a desire to know You.

Give me one pure and holy passion.

Give me one magnificent obsession.  

Give me one glorious ambition for my life.

To know and follow hard after you

I really know nothing about poetry.

But if you make me choose a favorite poet I would have to say John Donne. ¬†Can you name a poem? ¬†You probably know a few and don’t even realize it.

No Man Is An Island- http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/no-man-is-an-island/

Death Be Not Proud- http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/death-be-not-proud/

And my personal favorite which I have posted before for the love of my life…and now that I think of it, is especially good for all you Navy/Military folks who have to go through deployments…

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning- http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-valediction-forbidding-mourning/

ūüôā ¬†Now that I’ve brought my smarter side to the surface for a moment. ¬†I will go to bed.

It is a merciful God who doesn’t…

tell us everything we want to know.

If I had known that I would not be an American Sign Language interpreter when I was 16 I would have been so angry at God. ¬†Even if he had told me it was because it wasn’t a good fit for me, or that I would love International and Biblical Studies. ¬†I don’t think I would have believed Him. ¬†I wouldn’t have been able to see past my own plans or past the bubble that I existed in at the moment.

But God is sovereign.  God is faithful.  And God is a Good Shepherd.  Who knows how to gently lead his sheep to green pasture.

Trust in that God. ¬†And if you want to know why this or that…keep asking! ¬†He promises truth and wisdom. But if he doesn’t tell you every detail of your future life….remember….you’re not in control anyway. ¬†And personally, I’ve discovered that to be a good thing.

“He’s a neat Christian boy”-No thanks.

 

I wish someone would have taught me this difference when I was younger. ¬†The difference between a neat Christian boy and a Godly man. ¬†Not that I have some tragic story of how it would have saved me from heartache. ¬†But I think it might have changed my perspective from “desperate” to “patient” a little sooner.

And just as an editor’s note. ¬†The man/woman you marry will have a profound influence on your own spiritual life as well, not just your kids.