sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014

For the director of music. Of David. A Psalm

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord,
know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.


Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.


For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.


How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand -
when I awake, I am still with you.


If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead in the way everlasting.


Psalm 139

sexta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2014

A SONG OF ASCENTS (Psalm 121)

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from?



My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 
He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber;


indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.


The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand;


the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.


The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;


the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

quarta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2014

FORGIVING AND BEING FORGIVEN


So many times have I shared about this issue before! So many times has God allowed me to forgive someone and feel His forgiveness in my life! So many times! And more opportunities He gives me every day. More time with family will do just that! Yes, my family is the first one that I need to forgive on a daily basis. They are also the first ones who have to extend grace towards me.

Each one of us has our “idiosincrasies.” You know, those things that make us unique! Those things that we can’t really explain, like, ‘I can’t touch that glass,’ or ‘I make my bed using the ‘envelope’ style,’ or ‘how can someone not do it the way I do it.’ And many other little habits that we start from birth and take to the grave. Those are the things that make us unique. Those are the things that people cannot understand. Those are the things that only God knows and understands about us.
So, as we make new friends and as we spend more time with them, those opportunities to forgive and to be forgiven will show up, sooner or later. If we are “real” they will show up sooner than later – we might have tough experiences, but we will also grow from them. If we are “not real” they may never show up - those are the “smoothiest” relationships. But for people like me, who has no fear of sharing what I think or feel (with many people, not with everyone, though), we tend to attract those who are like-minded and we tend to repel those who can’t understand us or really can’t “stand” being around us.

I do “understand” how some people might not like nor enjoy being around people who are “real” and whose personalities might seem the “confrontational” type. I do “understand” how some people might not like nor enjoy being around people who talk too much (been there, done that) or even people who talk too little (sometimes it can be very uncomfortable). What I can’t “stand” is people who run from “confrontation” and live a life that seems to be “out” of this world. I can’t stand people who talk too much about themselves and listen too little to others. I can’t stand myself, sometimes, when I get into those wrong modes or attitudes that lead me away from people or send the wrong message that I don’t love them. Well, since I’m not perfect and since I need many people’s forgiveness as well as I need to forgive so many on a daily basis, I decided to sit down and write about this issue again.
You see, while alive on planet earth we will have relationships! Having healthy relationships require that we know ourselves well so that we can learn about others well. Knowing ourselves well require that we spend time with God and allow Him to show us our own flaws. When we allow God to show us our flaws, we also accept His healing. When we accept His healing, then we are prone to extend that same grace and healing toward others. The story comes full circle when others forgive us for our wrong doing, wrong sayings, wrong thinking, wrong attitudes, shortcomings and idiosincrasies.

God, being God, has the right to not forgive us, if He decides so. At the same time, He will not do that because God is love, gracious and forgiving! He will not do something that goes against His own character. Any time we come to God with a repentant heart, He will accept us, forgive us and heal us. So, if God has forgiven you, why not forgive others? Are we better than others? If God has extended grace towards us, why not do the same for others? If God patiently works with us and waits that we see what He sees, why don’t we treat others patiently? I used to have very short tolerance towards people’s mistakes and even towards my own mistakes. I used to be a “perfectionist!” I used to be an “abide by the laws” type of person until the day I had an encounter with God and He started working on my character, showing my flaws, showing my imperfections and also my idiosincrasies. Then, He started teaching me a new way of life, a new lifestyle, a lifestyle of forgiveness. A lifestyle, in which, I receive and accept His grace first thing each morning - that sets the tone for the whole day and determines how I treat others. A lifestyle through which I show love towards others by serving them and not pointing fingers when they mess up. A lifestyle of a giver not a taker!
How do you want to live your life? As a sucker - sucking life of everyone around you? Complaining about your relationships to each new friend you make? Complaining about your family members? Or, do you want a life of a giver? A giver of love, giver of grace, giver of gifts, giver of everything? Remember, the more you give, the more others will give to you! The more you for-give, the more others will for-give you.


GIVE
FOR-GIVE
GIVEN
FOR-GIVEN

Neide Colson.

 

quinta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2014

WEDDING TIME IS CELEBRATION TIME!

How I look forward to Jonathan’s and Sarah’s wedding!
Only 4 months away. It will be a great time of celebration!
We will celebrate life!
We will celebrate family!
We will celebrate God, most of all!
We are hoping to have all the family here!
It’s been a while since we had everybody together.
Six years ago when Kim had cancer
We all rallied together to help the Shades.
We went through “cancer” together.

We have been there for each one of their weddings.
First, Tammy & Marcos’,


Then, Kim & Jim’s,


Finally, Heidi & Brandon’s.


Now we eagerly expect for Jonathan & Sarah’s wedding.
And we prayerfully await for Victoria’s future husband and wedding!
My heart cannot express the joy for Jonathan and Sarah.
My heart cannot cry out in joy for the blessings on our family.
My heart CANNOT fathom all the joy!

Neide Colson.

quarta-feira, 6 de agosto de 2014

SÓ ME RESTA LOUVAR!

Só me resta louvar,
Só me resta adorar
O Deus que me criou,
O Deus que me salvou!

Quando a tentação vem, eu venço.
Quando gritar eu quero, me contento.
Quando chorar preciso, me entrego.

Me pergunto se algo fiz de errado.
Ele me responde, "Pode deixar, Eu re-faço!"
Me pergunto se algo ainda posso fazer.
Ele me diz, "Pode deixar, Eu defendo a tua causa."

Me preparo para o dia
E Êle me prepara.
Me preparo pra vencer,
E Êle me adestra.

Meu Senhor e Salvador,
Êsses não são clichés.
Meu Redentor e Libertador,
Êsses O descrevem muito bem.
Meu treinador e adestrador,
Isso Êle é também!

O dia vai passando,
O coração vai acalmando.
Entro e saio resolvendo a vida,
O meu Senhor sempre no comando.

Guardando os alimentos ou me relacionando.
Almoçando ou me preparando.
Limpando a cozinha ou descansando.
Em tudo vou louvando.
Em tudo vou adorando.

Por isso digo e repito:
Só me resta louvar,
Só me resta adorar.
O Deus da minha vida,
O Deus da minha lida,
Só me resta louvar!

Neide Colson.

terça-feira, 5 de agosto de 2014

Baffled I Am!

If God is the giver of life,
If God is the One who has the right to also take life,
We should accept when He gives and when He takes.

If God is the Sovereign God,
We should let Him decide how many children we will have.
We should also accept when He decides to take a loved one from us.

If God is our Lord,
Why do we question Him with His decisions?
If God is our Savior,
Why don’t we accept His salvation and deliverance?
If God is our Creator,
Why do we question His designs so much?
 
Baffled I am with the way we act and react
To God’s design, salvation and decisions.
Baffled I am with the way we take our lives into our own hands
After we have made a decision to “follow” Him.
Baffled I am!
 
Neide Colson





 
 
 

segunda-feira, 4 de agosto de 2014

MENSAGEIRO (João Alexandre)

Só Deus sabe de onde vem esse instante
Em que a alma voa assim distante  
E o pensamento se transforma em viajante, oração.


Não devo me esquecer sou um mero mensageiro
A voz e o violão as armas de um guerreiro  
E traz sobre seus ombros o peso verdadeiro, da canção


Quem canta sobre as coisas lá do céu não deve desviar  
Quem faz da sua voz, a voz de Deus tem que sempre vigiar  
Quem traz dentro de si o caminho a verdade e a vida não se vende  


Abre mão de todo brilho e toda gloria deste mundo
Que Deus transforme o meu viver em poesia  
Que as rimas de sua graça sejam meu dia-a-dia


E celebrar canções de verdade e alegria, frutos bons
E peço ao meu senhor de maneira incessante  
A ele o meu auxilio e refugio presente  


Que minha vida seja um exemplo constante em suas mãos
Quem canta sobre as coisas lá do céu não deve desviar  
Quem faz da sua voz, a voz de Deus tem que sempre vigiar


Quem traz dentro de si o caminho a verdade e a vida não se vende
Abre mão de todo brilho e toda gloria deste mundo
Quem traz dentro de si o caminho a verdade e a vida não se rende
Ao falso brilho e nem a glória passageira desse mundo


Só Deus sabe de onde vem esse instante.