Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
We are given creativity, we are given creation, and we are given a day of rest to honor the Creator. The three in synchronicity centered on the Creator. Our lives should be told in this fashion We all have the abilty to create, we all have been given the sciences through nature to take hold of and we must fashion this work around a day of pause or rest, focused on the Creator.
It is the unified marriage of the arts and sciences that brings a generation to a Renaissance. It is an equal weighting and unified approach to any work, combining the arts and sciences, where true miracles and strides in any area are made. And all this must be founded on the Creator with the importance of rest emphasized.
"Anyone can practice the notes of Chopin, but it is only considered true music when the pauses are added."
The marrigage of art and the sciences is everywhere around us. We just have to live consciously to see and feel and hear it. The combining of the aesthetic with the scientific is so easily found in nature and has been eloquently described as the Golden Mean or Fibonacci number. It is fundamental to a masterpiece of music, art, astronomy, the body, motions or cycles in nature, how our environment naturally recycles, how the waves curl and the leaves are formed...
It is a human's gift to create, study nature and we are told to sancify a day of rest. When done in unison, our lives begin to play the music. - Sara Beth
Posted by Sara Beth Fair at 7:12 AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Have you heard the new Darius Rucker song Alright? "I'm alright, alright, I got all I need... I got a roof over my head...when I lay down at night I thank the Lord above, for giving me everything I could ever dream of...” It makes me so happy to hear this song. It reminds me of David saying the Lord's Prayer. With the Lord as my shepherd, I got all I need.. I got food to eat, water to drink, I got everything I could ever dream of, my cup overflows!
How do we get this attitude adjustment and how do we maintain it? David first asked for forgiveness and then a right spirit that would obey and be taught.
Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right Spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and make me willing to obey You.
Psalms 51:10, 12
This joy of His salvation or contentment from Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, and the willingness to be taught are the keys to living inspired. These are the keys to always being content regardless of what is going on around us, being inspired in what we do or what we are seeing; it is how we should look at all situations. This joy comes only from the clean heart that Christ gives us and the renewal of the indwelling Holy Spirit with the seeds of all those Spirit given gifts. Then, we must be willing to be taught by God to know how to be obedient which will over time grow the fruits of the Spirit.
"I have learned the secret of living/being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
This is a Spirit of contentment. The definition: of content n. rest of mind; satisfaction; freedom from worry; - adj, satisfied; not inclined to complain or desire something more or something different than what one has. It is very clear that contentment is not what happens to us or our present circumstances or surroundings. It is how we respond to those things knowing that our strength is always in Christ; Knowing that all things work to the good for those who love Christ. Are you content? Do you know you are all right? Do you know because of Christ's work on the cross you really have no reason to worry and you have got all you need?
It is not always easy to be content in the face of trials, to be inspired on a gray day, it is something you must learn and you must be obedient in all your lessons - intentional! And when it seems too much, we must remember to give God all our worries and always include thanksgiving in our prayers.
Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Philip 4:6
I think God is so wonderfully smart. If we really pray about what is on our mind and then we earnestly list all of the things we have to be thankful for, how in the world can we continue to worry! A thankful heart will begin to focus on contentment.
Isn't it amazing that the secret to living is contentment through Christ who strengthens us! This is the abundant joy that we Christians have. Through a content heart everything you see will be inspired. You will not be waiting on contentment or inspiration to happen to you, because life will pass right by. Instead, open your eyes with a clean heart, renewed Spirit, and willingness to be taught. Open your eyes and SEE that contentment and inspiration are already all around you, but first True Contentment must be in you. - Sara Beth
Posted by Sara Beth Fair at 12:38 PM