Monday Musings

April 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm 2 comments

This weekend I went on a retreat with some lovely ladies in the Navigators.  We went to a cute house in the woods with the comfiest plush carpet ever.  We had a spa night, and treated each other to facials and back and hand massages.  We baked and hiked and made journals (which made me ridiculously happy, because I used up all of mine and have been using the unfilled pages in last year’s Econ notebook.  A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!).

And we talked.  I had real conversations with some of my friends.  The staff women talked to us about purity, emphasizing how it’s so much more a state of the heart than what boundaries you have and have not crossed.  (Which I appreciate.  Sometimes I think we focus so much on the lines that we forget the whole point of purity – which is a heart that is fully focused on Christ and bathed in His beauty).

But it’s given me lots of things to think about.  So – in no particular order, I present Megan’s {weekend} Musings:

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“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)  One of the girls quoted this in the midst of a discussion, and it has stuck with me.  Perfect peace comes from a mind, a heart, that is fixed on God, and a heart that trusts in Him.  When I am distracted, when I am worrying (which I’ve been doing a lot of recently) – my heart is not fixed on God and not trusting in Him.  No wonder I feel so little peace.

In the midst of all the distractions of my life right now, this verse makes so much beautiful sense.  And it ties nicely into 1 Corinthians 10:5 – “and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  When I capture a worry, or a thought in line with God’s – I need to capture it, give it over, and realign my heart.  I need to tune my heart.

And that is where I can rest and find peace.

“Come to Me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest…”

“He restores my soul…”

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I mentioned we talked about purity.  And modesty.  Which I actually appreciated, because sometimes it seems like no one really cares about it.  I’m told that this is important, and I’m told people care, but sometimes it seems like no one dresses with modesty and class – and no one minds.  But the staff ladies had asked some of the junior/senior guys to answer an anonymous survey…and it was refreshing to be reminded that they notice and they care.  Actually, one of them had written that modesty shows we have self-confidence and self-respect, which is something I’d never thought of.  And is kind of cool.  Sort of like, “You value yourself enough that you don’t feel you have to reveal things to make friends or be attractive.”

But then a few days ago I was talking to one of my guy friends, and he mentioned the fact that we would be talking about purity at women’s weekend.  (they mentioned that at the large-group gathering…but i still have no idea what the guys talked about on their retreat).

“It seems like the girls are always talking about modesty and how they can help the guys out with their struggle and their purity, which is awesome,” he commented, “but no one ever talks about how guys can help girls out.”

Whoa.  This is true.  At least, in my experience.

What do you think?  Are there things that we wish guys would do to help us out?  As I was thinking this over, the one thing I thought about was words.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much a few extra inches plays with a guy’s mind – and I don’t think they realize how much a few careless words can play with our hearts.  At least for me, since I’m so emotionally and verbally wired, it seems fun and harmless conversations can sometimes dissolve into flirting without the guy really noticing or meaning anything.  And that can be hard on us.

Other thoughts on this?  It’s something I’ve only just started thinking about – but I think it would be cool if it was addressed somewhere.

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One verse I’ve always struggled with has been, ironically, Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

We were talking about this in Bible study yesterday – are there things that are wrong to pray for?  What if you pray but you don’t know whether it’s God’s will or not – can you still believe you’ve received it?  Is that somehow manipulating God?

I’m still not sure I’ve got it all sorted out.  BUT, I think there’s a difference in belief.  We believe that God can do it if He chooses, but that doesn’t mean He necessarily will.  But He is still pleased by our faith and belief.

I think of Angie, and her story of losing Audrey Caroline at birth.  Her faith inspires me.  Throughout her pregnancy, she and her family believed with every thing they had that God could heal her.  And they still believe he could.  He chose not to, and that was painful – but it didn’t alter their belief that He is big enough to do so, and wise enough to decide.

A few months ago, my Bible study leader Melanie was talking about how she’d been challenged to start praying for something that seemed impossible.

That’s a kind of vulnerable thing to do.  I know, because the idea has stuck with me and I’ve just started.  I believe her prayer was that God would allow her to actually see someone come to Christ before the end of the semester.  In some ways, it seems impossible.  And He may or may not answer it.  But He tells us to pray about anything and everything.  And praying about seemingly impossible things – well, it stretches you.  It forces you to decide what you believe.  Is He big enough for this?  Can He actually do this, come through, provide, show up in this way?

And how will you react if He doesn’t answer the way you planned?

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Told you.  Lots of things bouncing around in my brain.  And since that was kind of deep, I’ll leave you with two silly ones before I put on my kiddie rain boots and run through this thunderstorm to a meeting:

1) We made our journals out of cereal boxes.  Maybe I’ll post a picture sometime, because they are quite cute.

2) My space bar has started squeaking.  I have no idea why, and it is incredibly annoying.

Happy Monday!

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  • 1. singamelody  |  April 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Monday to you too!!!

    The retreat sounds really great. Have you ever heard/read anything by a man named Andrew Wommac? (I’m not so sure that’s how his last name is spelt, but I think it’s close…) He has such amazing faith!!! Literally. He trusts God for everything, and the crazy thing is, when God will answer a prayer for him, he doesn’t get super excited or anything because he believed God would answer it so strongly that there was never any doubt in his mind. (I don’t mean he isn’t thankful or anything though) Anyway, he is quite inspiring!

    ❤ Me

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  • 2. Mrs. M  |  April 6, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Love reading the musings. . . would love an in person conversation sometime!
    For a moment you caused me to return to a time at night after a meeting on campus, walking to East Halls and my home in 707 Curtin Hall, a homesick and fretting freshman. Furiously quoting Isa 26:3,4 to God, the stars in the dark sky got to hear the Living version:: “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the LORD. Trust in the LORD God always, for in the LORD Jehovah is your everlasting strength.” I’d say – ‘Okay, LORD. . . I’m turning my thoughts to You now. Please show me the peace.’ After all these years (graduated in 1972), He still is calming my heart when He finds me furiously quoting this promise to Him! Thanks for the memory!

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