Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Wondrous Cross

I'm afraid I've neglected this new blog as I've been neglecting my xanga (trying to be more consistent with my posting!). There has been so much going on in my life lately. I am starting my freshman year in college this upcoming Wednesday, and I am happy to say that I think I am ready! I am extremely nervous and a little anxious, but I know the Lord will give me strength. I am so thankful that I can stay at home and commute (I am attending a community college).
Since there has been so much going on in my life, I sometimes find it hard to sit down and have my quiet time with God and read in my devotions; something which I need to be putting much more of an effort into. Throughout the day, I've found it helpful to say many little prayers as I'm at work or feeling scared about college. It is such a comforting feeling to know that God is always listening and ready to hear our concerns. Please pray that I'll be consistent with my devotional life while attending college and that I will always keep my eyes on the Lord.
Tonight at my church I was really blessed by the sermons brought by Pastor A. The evening service was especially beautiful. The topic was on Christ's rejection here on this earth, and the ultimate rejection He faced from God the Father when He was crucified on the cross. If I wasn't already saved by the Lord's grace, I believe this sermon would have had me on my knees begging for God's forgiveness. I many times take for granted the fact that Jesus died for me and that I will one day be with Him in Heaven, so I was really blessed and touched tonight during the service. This beautiful hymn was going through my head throughout the entire sermon:

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died; my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from His head, his hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

In Christ Alone,


Beverly said...

What a beautiful post! I appreciated the sermon last night too, it was so Christ centered. I was going to email you today, but I'll just comment instead! I remember feeling sooooo nervous about college when I started. I was excited in a way, but I had such a sinking scared feeling along with that. Remember that it will take you a while to settle in, but that you will be a pro in no time. Just take it day by day --and you will be fine. Make sure you have a calendar or little daytimer to keep all your due assignment dates in. You'll probably get a syllabus for each class when you start.

I'll be praying for you! And I promise to look for that dental manual -- I forgot again last week. UGH.

Beka said...

Hi Sara!

I was pleasantly surprised to find you here. And what a beautiful blog you have here! I am excited and look forward to many future posts of yours here.

We're praying for you as you get used to this new stage of your life. I know you will do well, by His help.

And yes, His love-- so amazing, so divine-- demands our ALL.

Charissa said...

I know I have been totally out of touch, but happened upon your blog today, and couldn't believe that you have started college already.
Email me and let me know what's going on!
I miss you!

Maxine said...

Sara! Neesie told me that you posted over a week ago. I was sure that I had checked since then, but I guess not! I've been very bad with my visits to other people. That has to stop!
Anyway, this is a WONDERFUL post! I remember well that sermon. I loved it. I even meditated on it for devotions the following morning.
You will do well in school Im sure of it. Wonderful request about your devotional life. I hope the Lord continues to be so important to you. Love you, Mrs. R.

Laura said...

hey sara!
i finally got one of these blogs! you should update some more. i really miss you! i'll e-mail you back soon.