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Monday, February 28, 2005

My sacred romance

Listening to: Track 2 - Josh Groban - Unknown Album (10/20/2004 9:56:06 PM)

Now, I have not yet read John Eldredge's book "The Sacred Romance" however, God is showing Alexis and I the magnificent beauty of having God as the center strand of our love affair. If it were not for Him there is absolutely no way I could ever love a person as I do right now. I can honestly say that I am head over heals for her and that I can not imagine life without her, just as life with out Jesus is a very scary thought for me, life without Alexis just wouldn't be right. She is certainly not an idol to me, but she is the object of my love, right now, right here, and God is the eternal object of my love. I know without any doubt, with full certainty, that the God I serve, love, adore, and revere is true.

This isn't just because I am courting an amazing, beautiful young lady, it is because when I made the decision to enter into Jesus' will, and honor, glorify, and praise Him for everything, my entire life got meaning. I have a meaningful life, a life of hope. When I look back over the past five years, there are so many miracles, everything lines up, my life is not just a bunch of random decisions, it is beautifully crafted for purpose.
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. [Ecclesiastes 4:9-12]

Friday, February 25, 2005

Desperation and humbleness

I will write something more formal in the next few days, but out of desperation, and God's way of humbling me, I wanted to get going here. The Lord has been providing for me in very awesome ways, in fact while I was in Poland all last year I never had a month where I was behind in any kind of support.

However this year, a large part of it has been my personal savings (from when I worked full time) and from the very little work that I have had. So now, it has come to a place where I must simply ask. I currently owe $1620 for winter quarter, thankfully the Oregon College of Ministry is graceful, however there does come a point where they must stop. Not only have I not finished paying for winter quarter, spring quarter is just around the corner, and that is going to be another $1900 plus dollars (I bought one book for winter quarter out of six that I should have).

This situation is creating some stress in my life, my job just covers my two bills (car insurance and cell phone) and whatever is left goes towards the college. Unfortunately, because of my duties as an intern (which is part of the school program), I have only time on Tuesdays and Saturdays that I can work, and spiritually I would like to keep one of those days free as a true Sabbath.

So, this is the situation of desperation and humbleness. Thanks for your prayers and support,

If anyone feels compelled to support me in this endeavor to be equipped for the ministry, you may either send a check to:

Oregon College of Ministry
701 N. Main Ave.
Gresham, OR 97030-7236
on the memo line please include: For Travis Mielonen

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Friday, February 18, 2005

Something to muse over

I had this test question in my Christian Worldview class: Critically evaluate the following statement in light of our Christian worldview perspective: "One is not able to come to absolute certainty concerning just about everything because of mankind's many limitations. As a result, truth is relative." The following is my answer:

Firstly, the above statement is contradictive to itself since it is an absolute statement, and quite certain in nature. Secondly, it is a statement made from the reasoning of man, a source that is finite and limited as it states. Thirdly, the statement assumes there is no absolute source outside of man for truth.

The statement must be closely examined because at a glance, it seems reasonable, but one must know all in order to make such a statement. The statement itself says humankind is limited; therefore, it falls apart on its own accord.

Further, only when one recognizes that God is truth, and only He is infallible will he/she see the breakdown of logic. Even still, careful consideration will prove that unless one assumes God he/she cannot make an absolute statement of truth. We must acknowledge the biblical God as our authoritive-voice in truth matters, since He is the only one with evidences of truth support.
My brain hurts, but I got twenty points out of twenty possible.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The sun

The sun makes a world of difference for my mood. When the light comes in through my windows (as little as there are in my basement apartment) it just livens me up. It seems everything is a little lighter, the people in the streets, the animals, and the overall spiritual environment, everything. When the sun is out, I feel like I'm walking directly with THE SON. I wish I could just internalize this feeling inside, make it a recallable memory, but instead I seem to slip into heaviness when the sun is away. Not all the time, and I must say it is getting better with each day.

God has been showing me many new things in my life, things like saying a simple hello, praying with people on the spot instead of "I'll be praying for you" and the ever-so-simple smile. I have been so humbled by life here, that's just as simple as it gets. Be humble.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Need some uplifting.

Not sure, what it is, but the past few days I've just felt heavy, a little frustrated, but at the same time, I have a peace. I think I just need some time alone, I have not been journaling much nor have I done much personal time. God is trying to speak but for some reason I seem to be ignoring Him and finding other things to do. I love and hate these kinds of times. I'm learning to balance all of my life, so much of it is great, however I must focus on myself. Still, blessed be HIS name. My heart is choosing to say blessed be YOUR name.