earth has no sorrow that heaven does not feel

I really like this quote.  I don’t even know who said it.  It was mentioned in today’s Our Daily Bread.  What a beautiful, true way to think of Heaven.

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My experiment didn’t work, obviously…

Having a “secret blog” did not help me write more regularly.  That’s just it.  I don’t think the problem is being insecure about people seeing what I write.  I think it’s just a discipline issue.  So, welcome to this blog.  Moving on…

Something really exciting is happening!  I am now an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ, the campus ministry I was involved in in college.  In August, I will be moving to Hattiesburg, MS to help launch a Crusade ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi.  When I wrote the post below, this is what I was wrestling with – shall I take this opportunity that the Lord dropped in my lap, or no? I have no reason not to go and I truly believe this is what He wants me to be doing at this moment in time.

I can’t wait to meet the students, get to know them, and share Christ with them.  I’m also a little anxious.  I don’t think I fully realize the challenges that await.  But I do have joy about it all.

I have also been recently learning that I sometimes have a very distorted view of God’s will.  I act like it’s some hidden jewel that I have to dig for, slave over, and finally discover.  I beg God, too often, to “show me where it is”.  What I have found is that He does, in fact, spell it out in His Word for us – several times:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification… – 1 Thess. 4:13

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thess. 5:18

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. – 1 Peter 2:15

Just a few.

I know this doesn’t always translate into knowing which job you should take or what group of people you should be spending your time with or whatever, but if you are doing by faith what His word explicitly says to do, or not do, you are living in His will moment to moment.  You will have the Spirit-filled confidence to make decisions and trust they are the right ones.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2