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  • sourhippo 9:23 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    train these hands for war 

    i have been in a season of peace…a time of abundance and joy. thank you LORD.  it was more than i could have ever asked for.  i am so thankful.  but last night…it seems peace time is over…

    it’s time for battle again.

    i was spiritually blindsided last night, caught off guard by the enemy…or by humbled God? Maybe both?

    all i know is that i was rendered useless and brought to my knees…

    i am reminded that i am nothing.  and that God is everything.  i am weak and filled with doubts.  i have nothing to offer these students.

    So Lord train these hands for war and my fingers for battle… ps 144

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  • sourhippo 9:01 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer 

    Lord make me into a man that is worthy of her.

     
  • sourhippo 3:00 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Matter 

    I need to keep going. What else can I do but push forward into what matters…and what matters?

    God you matter, you are matter that is more real than matter.  The true substance, ultimate reality.  More solid than this granite table, more real than the blood rushing into the capillaries of my fingers.

    What can I do then but to keep pushing into what matters?  Thats right: nothing.  So I will keep running.

    run…till i see You….or my heart explodes


    thanks tek for letting me sit on the hood of your car
    thanks jonathan for your running

    thanks Linkin Park for writing the song for my video, i know i didn’t give you guys much notice but it turned out alright

     
  • sourhippo 3:41 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    11/06/2010 10:55PM 

    Staring up at the stars. Remember this moment.

    I am beyond happy.
    I am ridiculously thankful.
    I am wholly satisfied.

    This is one of those moments where the presence of the One I long for more than anything, is so very close, void of any doubt.

    It is for such moments I live.
    There is nothing better than to be here with You…right now.
    If only these words can carry the weight of this moment…at least spark the memory of it in a later time.
    And spur in me the hope that…there will be a day when such a moment will be stretched out in to an ever present reality forever and ever.

    ========>68 (random awesome recording by owl city)

     
  • sourhippo 3:37 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Tired 

    There is a bell that rings 30 seconds before the round ends, these are the longest seconds in the world. Tired, winded, arms burning, head throbbing, legs filling with lactic acid. Coach yelling….attack…keep your arms up…lighting fast punches flying at my face…and each one finding its target…I can barely keep my hands up, let alone throw any more punches, my feet feel like they have 50lbs weights on them…I just want the round to end… Please end!
    20 pathetic seconds later… Biggs looks at me and says, “it’s what you do when your tired that wins the fight.”

    Yes… Lately my soul has been tired. What i do in the tiredness is what counts. Lord help me to pray, help me to fight. Don’t let the tiredness dictate who I am.

     
    • peter 6:29 am on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i feel you.. this was really blessing. i’m spiritually tired too.

  • sourhippo 9:00 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Can’t hear 

    -Last night-

    Me: dude, I feel like God is not speaking to me…(frustration) He feels so far away.

    Friend: He is not far away, He’s waiting for you to talk… you don’t listen and talk at the same time do you? So say something…

    Me: (eyes suddenly widen) oh right…

     
    • Angie 7:23 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I feel like you said this before in one of your sermons… haha 🙂

  • sourhippo 3:38 pm on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Like a lion #74 —–> 

    “Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah” Ps 39:5

    If my life is a mere breath, God use me to roar!

     
    • gracieefer 12:26 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      yesyesyeysyes!
      your posts are always encouraging.

    • crystallionk 4:21 am on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      love this song. and this post. and this animal

  • sourhippo 9:18 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    take hold 

    (—–> #77 Honor You)

    4:49pm…a new day is fading away.  Oh Lord help me to capture it before it completely passes me by.

    that this day would be assessed, as one that was lived…worthy

    may i “…take hold of the life that is truly life.”

    1 tim 6:19

     
    • Angie 2:16 am on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s probably my favorite song by Tim Be Told.

      Is that… orange hair?

    • Klaskov 12:28 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      [1 Timothy 6:1-5] “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings; Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

      I’m guessing Jesus and God were a-ok with slavery. Not to mention how you should try not to engage in philosophical musings, especially if good ole’ Paul doesn’t like your ideas – now isn’t that charming.

      You’ll probably be able to pull out a quote refuting slavery – but hey, that’s the point. The Bible is so full of contradictions and errancies it’s not even funny; and it clearly shows that it most certainly is not the inspired word of some cosmic totalitarian dictator. Go figure.

      • sourhippo 12:12 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        the system of slavery that was in place during the Roman empire in the first century is quite different than the kind of slavery that most people think of today, especially if you are from the U.S. The kind of slavery was closer to an indentured servant system. People would place themselves into slavery to work off debts that they could not pay. Usually once the debts were worked off the slave would go free, and most were even paid for their services.

        Also most of the contradictions that people attribute in the bible is usually due to a lack of understanding of how to read the bible in the correct context. The bible is not meant to be read and interpreted the same throughout. The bible is filled with many books and different genres and a variety of literary forms, each of these are meant to be interpreted differently. For example the psalms are poems and prayers. They should not be interpreted the same way as the laws of leviticus.
        Also the original historical context of when the different writings were written needs to be taken into account to be able to get a more faithful and fuller understanding of the scriptures.
        If you only look at the bible from a modern historical and literary context, then yes you will find lots of seemingly contradictory and confusing things in the bible.

  • sourhippo 4:49 pm on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    a presermon prayer 

    Oh man, this is a very bad time to get distracted.  Lord Forgive me for letting my mind wander from this, the most holy of tasks.  Now i am down to the last hour.
    Why do i always find myself living in the last minute…writing a last minute paper, assignment… sermon, planing that last minute retreat, some last minute online Christmas shopping (only to realize that it will arrive weeks after christmas)….
    And only by the infinite Grace, the ‘last minute’ is  some how stretched out to be enough.
    Then i make the vow that ‘this will be the LAST time I ever do this!!!!’
    But here I am again, one hour before my next sermon…  oh how I would trade the hundreds wasted minutes for just a few more last minutes now.
    God give me some words….
    ps
    this will be the last time i ever do this
     
    • handsomehwang 7:02 am on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      haha I swear I have read this post before.

    • Angie 5:15 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yay, your blog is back!
      And look at you flexing while you’re holding that Bible… hahaha what did we tell you!

  • sourhippo 3:05 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    a flash of hope 

    sometimes in the mist of utter discouragement, frustration…soul tiredness…i close my eyes and catch a sudden surge of hope, a flash of peace, an outburst of joy…

    then as soon as it came, its gone…like lightning3121840189_93691d9625_b.jpg that lights up a dark sky brighter than the sun for a instant… so brief but undeniably real… the echos of the sonic shock waves still shaking the ground…shaking my soul

    sometimes in the mist of utter discouragement, frustration…soul tiredness…i close my eyes and i…worship

     
    • handsomehwang 5:42 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dude, that reminds me of John 3:8 which I read like two days ago. “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

      The Spirit has been giving me confidence and hope in my life too. Hang in their bud.

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