Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai
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Surprised by joy

O Christian, the vows of God are upon you. You are God's priest: act as such. You are God's king: reign over your lusts. You are God's chosen: do not associate with Belial. Heaven is your portion: live like a heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life.

"Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving Thee,
And knows no other shame."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (27 June, Evening: "Escaping the World")


These are good days. God has me stunned and unsure of my next steps, and joyful because of how clearly and graciously He has shown up. While those feelings might seem conflicting, they are not—with Him as my certainty, I can rest in His goodness, wait on Him, and learn to act in faith. And as for being stunned, a bit of awe truly seems like the right response.

And in this joy, He quietly, gently, steadily draws me to Himself, out of Egypt's bondage. Though He has long ago freed me, I often more readily trust captivity's security and comforts. In these good days, however, He reminds me who I am by showing me freshly who He is. That also frees me to risk.

More and more excited for Heather and Nate's wedding this Saturday. Just doing the layout for their program yesterday got me in the swing, I suppose. They must be ready to bust.

I think people rule out Vegas entirely too soon, however. It must not be in their seven-tabbed three-ring wedding planning binders.
Tags: amy, friends, joy, spurgeon
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