About

Hi, my name is Elaine. I apologize to everyone who has clicked on my about tab and found nothing. I have left this space blank because I have not been sure what I wanted to write here. Anyway, here it goes…

A year ago, as I was seeking God to reveal to me what His plans for my life are, He surprised me. He told me I was to write, and to share His testimony with the world of what He can do with a life. Since then, obeying Him has turned this gal’s life upside-down. I thought I could do pretty well planning my own life, and then God unveiled this whole new one.

There are many days that I wonder what I am doing — not why I am following God, (well, maybe!) — but how His plan could ever work out. I have nothing to contribute to what He’s doing, but yet He insists on doing something with me. Needless to say two passages have become my

I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from being conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then am I strong.

2 Corinthians 12:5-10

God didn’t send me out to get a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. He didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center — Christ on the cross — be trivalized into mere words.

The Message that points to Christ on the cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crack-pots.

So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world, in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world concidered dumb — preaching, of all things! — to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle — and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us we are personally called by God himself — both Jews and Greeks — Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

Tak a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I didn’t see many of the “brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretenses of the “somebodies”? That makes it very clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have — right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start — comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

1 Corinthians 1: 17-31

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for sharing with me at Tonirand’s blog what the Lord is doing in your life, as you trust Him to supply your needs. I like the passage you shared. The book of Romans and the Psalms are two of my favorite books of the Bible. I enjoy reading what the apostle Paul and King David had to say…as well as all that is in the rest of the Bible.

    I am glad you liked the song. I like to include hymns in my blog entries from time to time.
    I hope you have a great weekend resting in Jesus!

    Theresa

    1. Theresa, I am so grateful to God that He could use both of us to remind the other of the marvelous attributes of our God and Father! Are His ways and desires for us not without limit?

      God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty — never canceled, never rescinded.

      There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now, they are on the outs. But, with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back

      in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in. Romans 11:29-32

  2. Thanks for visiting with me and for sharing your thoughts. I’m encouraged by what God is doing.

    Thanks for allowing me to wander through your posts 🙂 I’ve been doing a bit of reading as I stroll. Forgive me if I’ve missed it but are your quotes mostly from The Message or The Contempory English Bible (or have I missed it completely 🙂 )

    Blessings,
    ann
    http://tonirand.wordpress.com

    1. I enjoyed reading your blog today too. I am so glad that you found me, because pondering what you posted and connecting with your readers was such a treat. (Such a God-thing!:)
      Yes, my quotes are mostly from The Message. I was thinking of indicating that somewhere, but as I’m new to the blog format, I’m not yet sure where it would be best to put that information. I’m so glad that you have decided to wander, I hope that some things make you wonder new things that make you search after God with renewed zeal for a renewed mind. 🙂

      1. I’m back 🙂

        I didn’t get The Message but I found something interesting

        Galatians 4:6-7 ” Since you are God’s children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and the Spirit cries out, “Father.” So now you are not a slave; you are God’s child, and God will give you the blessing he promised, because you are his child” (New Century Version)

        So now I’m on the hunt for this version too! 🙂

        God bless you,
        ann

      2. Oh, that the Spirit would increase in me that my one cry would be, “Father”! Thank you for sharing these verses. They truly meet me exactly where I am. I can go on because my God has given me renewed hope.

        Love from a woman God never ceases to fill with joy for living each day in Him,
        Elaine

  3. Hey Elaine, I checked out your blog, too, now, and I am very impressed on how you are embracing what God has planned for and with you. I am myself engaging in youth social work of our church community and for me it’s quite hard to really adapt what I am reading and learning and teaching there in every day life. I am still learning and finding out how to bring everything together. Thanks for sharing your experiences, keep on!

    Some passages of my blog are actually in english, e.g. check out books – reads, and “er / sie hat aber gesagt…”, that are quotes, some in english, some in german, and also the music section will be understandable to you 🙂 just wanted to point that out to you since you said you wish you could read my blog. and my newest post includes a video in english. i love it, and i think you will like it, too.

    Take care and God bless you and me both.
    Kaja

    1. Thanks for your support, Kaja. I pray God will continue to encourage your heart as you walk with Him, becoming ever more mindful that He is the One who will make you able to walk all things out according to His will.

      I’m glad there are some things that I can read on your sight–I was hoping there might–thanks for telling me which ones they are. 🙂

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Elaine. I found you on the ChristianDevotions website. I met with you for an appointment at the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference last year. When I saw your name on the advertizement for your latest book I was thrilled to see an author that I had actually met and enjoyed a conversation with! 🙂

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