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Quiet Time

In My Walk on October 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

While spending my daily time in the Scriptures this morning I came across this forgotten page tucked away between the pages of my Bible.  I had written this, or rather typed it a while back and it was certainly Divine Providence that brought it back to my attention today.  I have listed on this page the resolutions that I wish to live my life by.  I will share them with you here in hopes that they may be of some encouragement to you:

I am resolved in these areas:

1. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever

2. To love my wife as Christ loves His Church and put her well being before my own

3. To love my children (however many God blesses me with) and bring them up to love Christ and be like Him.  I am also resolved to actively help them discover their God given talents and abilities and encourage them to use them to advance Gods kingdom

4. To be a man who is certain in his affairs, whether business, church, state or country.  I am resolved to be a man with a broad focus in my life work, to not be contained by simply a “job” but rather be focused on God’s calling on my life and let all my ventures compliment this task

5. To be a learned man, knowledgeable in whatever I set my heart to do

6. To spend time daily in God’s work and apply its teachings and precepts to my life in all areas

7. To live a simple life not driven by what the world would deem successful, but rather be content with where God has placed me and find the enjoyment and pleasure that only He can offer

8. To leave an inheritance for my children and grandchildren

9. To take my thoughts captive for Christ and be pure in all I see, think and do

10. To be a man of discipline, committed to daily prayer and worship and diligence in whatever task I undertake

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Monday

In My Walk on October 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Good morning.  I am sitting in the office this morning with many things rolling around the interior of my mind.  Most of it is chaos and snippets from the weekend, business left undone and bills needing to be paid.  I think most would call it stress.  What causes stress?  Is it inevitable?  Or is it simply a part of life, an evil necessity?

RD spoke yesterday in our fellowship about nets.    He explained that trapeze artists in the circus cannot perform to their utmost potential without a net in place.  He also told us about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and how so many men were falling to their deaths that a giant net was installed and the deaths stopped and production soared.  And then came the question…  What is my net?  Is it wealth?  Or maybe my ability to sell.  Is it a full work load?  Is it having the bills paid?  When can I rest?

I think the answer lies in a verse as it usually does.  Consider Matthew chapter 11, verses 28-30.  ” Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

What does it mean to be content?

In My Walk on October 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I awoke this morning full of dread.  Mary Fran had been up during the night throwing up and it seems that when my kids get sick it makes me worry.  Anyway, she now appears to be fine and so I feel better about that.  Now my point.

In Philippians 4 paul teaches us about contentment, consider verse 6; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (and now verse 7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Here Paul reflects Jesus’ own teaching found in Matthew 6:25-34.  To worry is to doubt God’s ability to help. 

We now have a practical way to deal with our worry and anxiety but do we do this?  I know in my own life I seldom do, and I pay the price for it. 

“Father, help me today to trust this principle as shown in your Holy Word.”

A good meeting with McDill

In My Walk on July 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm

For quite some time I have headed over to my mentor, Dr. Budrow McDill’s home early every Friday morning and spent time with him in God’s word and having some time for accountability.  This morning was especially good and I wanted to share a couple of the items we discussed:

1.  Be free from the power of wealth.  1 Timothy 6:17-19 is a good place to start in understanding this concept.  I believe that God has given me a desire and passion to be a giver and I really want to understand and live by this truth.

2. Do not covet or compare yourself to others.  Acts 20: 33-35, Paul’s message here is one of contentment and simplicity, realizing that we are more blessed when we give than when we receive, when we live the life that God has intended and gifted us for.

More will come on this later, my goal is to spend some significant time on these two verses, digging out the truths within.  I’ll keep you posted.

Romans 7 and 8

In My Walk on July 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm

It seems as though for the last little while I have been cruising in my times with the Lord.  To catch you up I just finished the book of Acts and plowed right into Romans andas I figured it would my cruising came to a stand-still.  I think that’sgood though, so here please find a few thoughts on what I’m learning…

1. We are very privileged to have a view into the world of the Romans.  Remember that the Apostle Paul was righting to a certain people (in this case the church at Rome) for a specific purpose.  We can look into this letter and see how it applies to our lives today.  This thought makes me read slower with the intent on application.

2. I have found it interesting that the early church (1st, 2nd, and 3rd century) was dealing with the same things we deal with today.  We are linked with our ancestors in the faith by the struggles we share.  Paul addressed them then and addresses them today through his inspired words.

3.  It seems that the apex of the book centers around Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  More on this later as I’m still trying to get my head around it all.  And any thoughts on this would be most appreciated!

4. Finally, in that same vein I leave your with verse 2 of chapter 8, For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  I’m trying to understand exactly what the “law of the Spirit of life” is and how this has set me free from the “law of sin and death.” 

So, this is what has been rolling around in my head, more to come later.

Perfect Words for today…

In My Walk on March 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I have been thinking about a lot of things in the last few days but have had a hard time putting it to words, then, I found this.  It’s from Andy Osengas blog.  Andy is a singer/songwriter and one of my favorites.  This thought congeals all my thoughts into one giant paragraph, enjoy…

“Sometimes you march with an army, sometimes you hack your way through the jungle with a machete. I can tell you that I’ve been trying to be more present in the journey, and it’s had me feeling both more connected and more alone than ever.  The days have often like they were on a yo-yo, up, down, up, down, sometimes many spins a day.  The same happens when we trust people, we connect and then, because we’re human, we let each other down and lose the connection.  You crave the connection, but you get scared of what will inevitably follow.

Here, now, is a truth trumped by a greater truth (and trumped by a final truth, greatest of all):

The truth: We are surrounded by people, fellow travelers on this insane journey.  None of us are ever alone.

The greater truth: But really, we are.  We are alone in our grief, our doubts, our anger and our fear.  Not a soul can ever know or understand what it really is we’re thinking.  For this present time, not even the Spirit of God alive within us, can touch us in a way to fully comfort us.  We are utterly and completely out-of-reach of anyone else.

And that final, parenthesized truth, greatest of all?

We are never alone.  We are in process.  The process of becoming fully known, fully loved, fully revealed and, believe it or not, fully enjoyed that will crescendo into a never-ending climax of joy.  We are created by the One who is able to hold us, guide us, heal us and walk with us in the exact and complete way our hearts really long for.”

Some words from my quiet time on Luke 14:25-35

In My Walk on December 31, 2008 at 4:38 pm

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” 

Jesus does not mince words in this teaching, and as I was reading this I found myself starting to get somewhat angry.  This is incredible, hate my father, my mother, my wife, my kids, what!!  But then I stopped and began to think about what I was reading.  What in my life is standing in the way of my relationship with Christ, is it my kids, my wife? 

 He then goes on in verse 31, “Or what king, going out to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?”  Did I really understand what I was getting myself into when I decided to commit my life to Jesus, did I count the cost?

And then the kicker, verse 33, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”  This is hard, I’m not going to lie, it hurts sometimes and I often wonder what is going through our Heavenly Fathers mind when he sees my somewhat feeble attempts at forsakeing all.  I am thankful for His grace and His mercy.

Mondays verse for the week…

In My Walk on September 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will done for them by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Jesus as quoted my Matthew in his account.  Chapter 18, verses 19-20

Hello To Y’all

In My Walk on August 27, 2008 at 11:35 am

Hello.  It is my sincere hope that this blog will help me put to word my thoughts and that maybe, some will benefit from them.  Maybe you. 

I hope you will enjoy what I write here, I hope you will leave comments and I hope that it will be mutually encouraging.  Here we go…