I hope you’re having a blessed weekend so far! In case you didn’t already know, my native language is English of the Standard American dialect, but I am also fluent in French of the Standard Parisian dialect and know some French of the Quebecer dialect as well. That said, I thought I’d share something I wrote in French the day before Thanksgiving:
La vie instable, c’est une leçon pour moi
‘A faire la confiance en Dieu pour ma vie et mon âme/
Il me connait le mieux, je suis qu’Il est Dieu……
(This unstable life is a lesson for me
To trust in God for my life and my soul
He knows me best, I know He is God….)
It is a work in progress, but I will try to write more in the coming week and update the poem as I am able. Out of curiosity, as well, do you any of you dabble in creative writing? If so, do you write poetry, song lyrics, music, novels, short stories, serials, et cetera? Let me know. I’d be interested in reading more about you as well as sharing my heart with you and allowing my life to be an expression of the living God. Praise Him, I get to do that because He died on the cross for me and rose again, atoning for my sins in my place and rising again to show He is Who He says He is!!!
That said, I welcome any and all comments as long as they are clean, civil, and constructive. Thanks!
Sorry I didn’t post for the past couple of days! I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrated it and a blessed day even if you didn’t. That said, I wonder: what are you thankful for and why? How did you spend your Thanksgiving if you celebrated the holiday? My list, as posted on the forums of my university’s website, is as follows:
What are you most thankful for and why? This weekend, as with every day, is a perfect time to take stock of your blessings and thank God for every one. I’m listing ten such blessings to start us off.
1. My God and His death and resurrection. My salvation is an undeserved and (admittedly) oft-underappreciated gift. What a wonder that I am redeemed and get to know my God as my Lord and my Father!!
2. My family, including a new addition about 5 months ago: our seven-month old puppy, Reilly. For those of you who know why I can’t shush about her when I talk about Reilly, thanks for putting up with that as well! My human family, of course, has also been well more than gracious and loving to me over the years, both immediate and extended. God gifted me wonderfully with them and I am thankful they love me unconditionally, as I do love them unconditionally.
3. My friends. Be they here at UMBC, back in my hometown, my church, wherever….y’all are a blessing. I thank God for every one of you also.
4. Our country. I am blessed to be American and come from long, long lines of hardworking and dedicated people. That they sacrificed so much to come here over the years and make their futures and those of their families secure and free is a blessing I won’t soon forget or take lightly.
5. Of course, our military, law enforcement, and other public and health safety and wellness officials come to mind. To those of you who have served as soldiers, policemen, firefighters, teachers, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, civil servants, and in any other such capacity, thank you. Your service is a blessing to all who are here and I, among many others, am blessed and humbled to God for your services. Thank you.
6. My standard of living. I am blessed with more than enough food to eat, clean water to drink, clothes to wear, shelters (home and UMBC, as I live on campus during the full semesters), a wonderful job (French tutoring at the LRC for my internship), et cetera.
7. My education. I have been blessed. Education is not a blessing everyone receives – at least, not a formal education. I have had the experiences of both informal and formal education over the years, something I do not take lightly and hope never to do so. Thank you to all who have blessed me over the years. Thank You, God.
8. Safety. I live in a safe neighborhood, in a safe community, and, during the years I have been here, a relatively safe campus. That I don’t have to live in fear of losing my life, grave injury, or any other such related circumstance daily is humbling and inspiring.
9. A bright future. Life hasn’t been easy, but worth every second. God n’est pas fini avec le travail de moi yet! (God isn’t finished with me yet! Yes, I am also fluent in Standard Parisian French and am learning Quebecer French, along with my native language, Standard American English and some other dialects of English.)
10. Life- life to the fullest. God is not done with me yet!!! What an honor to know Christ as my Lord and have life in Him, now and always. I look forward to living for Him way more seriously from now on, my God and my Lord Jesus Christ….wow.
That said, there is much more for which I have to be thankful, but I think this list fairly sums up what I feel thankful for at the moment. Never take your blessings for granted, whatever sort of richesse (wealth) they are. God Bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!
This is Michelle again. On the Ferguson issue, I have little to say but this and herein I post it:
That’s the sum of what I believe, right there. I imagine God is grieved, to say the least, that His loved ones and nonbelievers alike are hurting each other in the name of peace. What do you think? Who wants to change the world for God (the Christian God, as I am a Christian), with me?
As promised, I am writing something for tonight (and, again, it is a work in progress, as sometimes inspiration comes at moments one does not expect, such as when one is tired and has no idea what to write.) Oddly enough, the inspiration came from my own previous writings, as God reminded me through a previous post that I have much to consider and thank Him for. After all, it is Thanksgiving week, so here it is as I am writing now:
I have so much, more than enough
That I consider how blessed I am; I have too much/
At least I feel I need to give much away,
But then again, I will when comes the day./
God has a plan for me, I know, for I exist,
And He makes nothing for which He has no purpose./
What is more, I am saved and redeemed
And have an incredible family, friend group, and country./
Moreover, I get more than enough daily to eat
And have clean water to drink, clothes to wear, and a place to sleep./
Thank God, I can sleep every night that passes by in peace
For He gave us men and women to protect and keep America free./
As I write, I find myself beyond words once again, indeed,
For I have more than enough to live well- certainly more than adequately./
That said, I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and every day.
May it be that I am thankful each day, I pray.
Thus, may God open all of our eyes, our ears, minds, and hearts/
To be thankful for every day we have at its beginning, whether we wake in light or dark.
Yes, I will now look on every day with new eyes
No matter what happens, when I live and the day I die/
I know my Redeemer was, is, and is to come
And for me, Him and His blessings besides are more than enough.
What are you thankful for, by the way? Let me know in the comments! God Bless!
This is Michelle again, like always. Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, as I have been quite busy. I promise to have something up tonight! God Bless, I hope you can forgive me, and I will be more consistent in the future.
Y’all, y’all, y’all, y’all!! I can’t even begin to summarize in words what I am feeling at the moment….at least not entirely adequately, though hopefully concisely!! Y’all….thank you for checking out that video I posted last night! It means a lot to me that y’all are seeing the Truth and I am reminded, by the grace of God, just how many people are looking for His love in Him and how desperate we all are for Him!!!!! Wow. Y’all have encouraged me in ways I cannot even begin to list here…..That said, I’m going to sign off for now, but wow…..Expect me to keep writing and encouraging you….That’s all that matters in the end, anyway, right? God be glorified and His people be edified and found in Him, past, present, and future.
By the way, if you have not checked out the video yet, here it is, once again:
He loves you so much…He loves all of us so much!!I pray you find true love and REST in Him….rest in Him and that He loves you!
That said, thank you again and God Bless you all. Finally, if you want to check out the full sermon, including the excerpt above, here it is: http://vimeo.com/112017331.
I can guarantee in no uncertain terms this is what life is for and meant to be for: God. Healing. Love. Redemption. I am proud to call Mosaic Christian Church my home church and thank my God every moment I realize how blessed I am!!
If you take nothing else from this excerpt of what the sermon at Mosaic was, know this: we are all broken and helpless to save and heal ourselves. Thank God, He is our Lord and Father, ever willing, ready and able to forgive. 2 Peter 3:9
By the way, in case you are interested in the full sermon:
It is 40 minutes long, including the excerpt of the video I just featured. I promise every minute is worth watching. God is working at Mosaic and everywhere else in the world. Don’t let the opportunity to find Him and/or grow closer to Him pass you by, now or ever. Living for Him is worth every moment of your time here on Earth and someday in Heaven if you have found Him. Matthew 11:28-30, John 3, John 17-21….I could go on, but this is it for now, to be concise. That said, I am also praying however you need it. Be blessed!