The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Knowing


To love You - Take my world apart.
To need You - I am on my knees.
To love You - Take my world apart.
To need You - Broken on my knees.
(From the song Worlds Apart by Jars of Clay)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.  Jeremiah 1:5

Obnubilate:  “to cloud over; becloud; obscure.”  Dictionary.com

The other day my wife bought a children’s toy for the kids that come over to our house from time to time.  In the bottom of the box was a little booklet that was filled with wise questions and observations that only kids can make.  One was a conversation between two year old Sebastian and his mother.  The conversation went like this.  Sebastian:  “Do you get younger as I get older?”  Mom:  “No, we both just get older.”  Sebastian:  “Hmmm... Well, then where was I before I was here?”  That’s a good question, one who’s answer has been obnubilated by our separation from God.  It’s a question that the Psalmist King David asks as well.  I’ll let his prayer speak for itself.

Psalm 139
LORD, you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,
you already know what I will say.
You are all round me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
You knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.

Where could I go to escape from you?
Where could I get away from your presence?
If I went up to heave, you would be there;
if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.
If I flew away beyond the east
or lived in the farthest place in the west,
you would be there to lead me,
you would be there to help me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
or the light around me to turn into night,
but even darkness is not dark for you, 
and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother’s womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there-
you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
O God, how difficult I find your thoughts;
how many of them there are!
If I counted them, they would be more that the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked!
How I wish violent people would leave me alone!
They say wicked things about you;
they speak evil things against your name.
O LORD, how I hate those who hate you!
How I despise those who rebel against you!
I hate them with a total hatred;
I regard them as enemies.

Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
Find out if there is any evil in me 
and guide me in the everlasting way.

I pray that we all find our need for the One who loves us more than is imaginable.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What do I want to accomplish tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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