Saturday, May 31, 2008
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you', it will be enough.” -Meister Eckhart
132. willing, helping hands of teenagers
133. a meal with my husband, sharing
Friday, May 30, 2008
127. waking to less pain, a true gift
128. lunch with mission-minded friends, planning
129. a gift from a generous friend
130. shopping with two teen girls, precious time
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Since the discouraging surrender of my personal goal to run in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4 because of a weak ankle caused by a bone cyst (noncancerous, fluid-filled cavity within the bone), I have been slack in any type of exercise program and haven't been eating as healthy as I should. So this week I determined that I would return to exercise and healthy eating habits. To return is painful.
Zoe Elmore says, "The pain and struggle of "returning" to a healthy lifestyle after a self-imposed exile in "The Land of Me" is just that; a painful struggle! When the hard work of life (physically and spiritually) enters our lives it is tempting to retreat back into 'the Land of Me' in order to comfort and soothe ourselves instead of going to God; the great comforter."
It's all about perseverance...a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. How often I am tempted to give up only to be satisfied with a temporal fix! Father, forgive me for drawing back, recoiling in times of difficulty. Help me to rely on You to overcome those things in my life that get in the way of glorifying and honoring you.
Monday, May 26, 2008
My son Griff graduated from high school this past weekend. What an honor it is to be called his mother. He was decorated with all sorts of drapings around his neck to recognize his achievements in high school. Of course I am proud of him. However, the pride I have for the scholarly achievments he received pale in comparison to the pride I have in knowing he is maturing in his walk with the Lord.
He entered the world with a struggle, a fight to live, a stubborn will.
I fretted. I worried. Then I relented and cried out to God... he belongs to you...You love him more than I do...You created him... I commit him to You. He belongs to You. Your will be done.
Stubborn will still persists. Mine and his.
Again I fret, worry, then surrender. Praising God that my son questions, seeks answers, and searches. How else will he truly know God? How else will he experience an authentic walk with Christ?
How else will I know the depth of the Father's love?
Still so many lessons for me to learn.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Because of her, Abram got along very well: he accumulated sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, men and women servants, and camels. But God hit Pharaoh hard because of Abram's wife Sarai; everybody in the palace got seriously sick.
What a world it would be, where everyone's choice only affects themselves! But that's not how it is, and we know it.
Distracted by my ringing cell phone, I admittely and ashamedly almost ran through a red light today. That wasn't the only close call. I put my car in reverse to back out of a one-way parking spot when out of nowhere a truck came barreling through the parking lot the wrong way, narrowly missing my back end. There was someone to blame in both of these near misses. In the first close call, it was my fault...I shouldn't have let a ringing cell phone come before my driving. In the second close call, the other driver was at fault...he disobeyed the traffic flow of the parking lot. Regardless of who is to blame, had an accident actually occured, others would have been affected by one person's wrongdoing. Had I actually ran the red light, I could have seriously injured another person and wrecked their vehicle all because of my wrongdoing. Let's say the wreckless driver in the parking lot had actually collided with me. I could have been seriously injured by his offense and the back end of my car would have been nonexistent!
I thought about those incidents today and concluded that rarely does sin against God affect only the offender.
Lane Craig Thompson says, "... God's rule for our lives says that what we do will affect others -- good or bad. The lack of purity will bring shame, doubt and defeat into the local body of Christ, and others will eventually succumb to the temptation to sin. The commitment to purity will bring about a community of healing and freedom unlike anything the world has ever known."
Our sin can affect others. No one is an island. The negative affects from individual sins can resonate in ways that we cannot predict.
Father God, help me take my sin seriously...to recognize it, admit it, and confess it. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Weeping Jesus, suff’ring One,
Weeping Jesus,Weeping Jesus—died for me.
Weeping Jesus, royal King,
Weeping Jesus, oh, what love
Weeping Jesus, more each day
Saturday, May 17, 2008
... we are ambassadors for Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20
All believers are called to be missionaries. We are His hands and His feet. As believers we are instructed to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone in our city, county, state, nation, and world. Please pray about this opportunity for missions right here in our city!
The Backyard Bible Club ministry is a way to connect with kids in the community. The club is designed for children ages four - twelve and involves Bible stories, songs, games, and crafts.
We are dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children from all backgrounds and walks of life, encouraging them to a life of dedication and service to our Lord Jesus Christ. The message of the Bible is very important. We want children to know what God has spoken through His word.
We will be ministering in two apartment complexes this summer. Each of these sessions will run Monday through Thursday (June 2-5 and June 9-12) from 9:00 am til 11:45 am.
If you have any questions, would like to be a part of the team, or wish to make a donation for supplies, please contact me at email@example.com.
And Jesus said unto them,Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:17-18
Our family, along with two other team members will be serving God in Trinidad, West Indies again July 25 through August 6, 2008. Opportunities for service include:
-Leading a morning VBS for approximately 200 children ages 5-15
-Leading an afternoon VBS camp at an orphanage
-Youth Praise & Worship services-Drama & Skit ministry
-Ladies Bible Study
-Teacher training for the teachers at the church's special ed school, FAITH ACADEMY
-Setting up a children's library at FAITH ACADEMY
In addition to your prayers, we certainly would appreciate donations. You may drop off materials in the office of First Baptist Church, Douglas or email me and I will make arrangements to pick up donations.
lunch bags for creating books, staplers, staples, pencils, pens, Bibles, sticky note pads, markers, hygiene items - pump soap, toothpaste, craft materials, seashells - all sizes, Dollar Store plastic visors that could be decorated on, sea animal foam shapes, Beach theme materials for VBS (the theme is Outrigger Island), VBS shirts for children, sentence strips, gently used educational games, flash cards, glue sticks, construction paper, manipulatives for counting, tape, adult scissors, child scissors, ziploc bags - all sizes, etc.
Any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ignoring all caution and warning, in impatient desperation I stepped up into the seat of the rocking chair to boost me up to a new height. A dangerous position to be in, to say the least. The unstable, wobbly, rocking chair swayed, throwing my balance off. I fell back attempting to catch myself. The hard floor caught me instead, jarring me, bruising me. I picked myself up off the floor. Too late, I concluded, rocking chairs were not intended to be step stools.
How often I fall and fail! Attempting to stretch and reach new heights, to touch His face when all I need to do is sit. He will come to me if I am willing to be embraced, to be held, and calmed.
These arms have rocked three babes. I remember the joy of holding them in my arms, calming them until their little bodies relented and fell asleep. What peace. Restful, calm, sleep.
Lord help me to concede, surrender, and rest in your arms.
Be patient, o soul. Worship Him at all times. Breathe. Take everything in.
He is with me in this place.
Psalm 73:28 says, But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. --Brother Lawrence
111. laminin (click on link below)
I am held together by the cross
Monday, May 12, 2008
adding to the list of 1000 Gifts...
107. Preparing a meal for special friends and family
108. Singing hymns before and after supper
109. Praying for our community with other believers
If you are a believer, you are God's possession. You have been purchased with a price. He has called you out of the darkness into the light. You are set apart, holy....not because of your deeds, but because of what He did for you.
Charles Stanley says, "What makes us holy is not what's on the outside but who is on the inside."
He deserves our praise! He saved us from our sin! Recognize and confess your sin! Recognize He is sovreign and holy. Praise Him! Hebrews 13:15 says, Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
104. Honoring mothers past, mothers present, and mothers to be
105. Homemade poundcake with homegrown peaches and blueberries
106. Rain quenching the dry earth
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.~Tenneva Jordan
If you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont
Mother is the name for god on the lips and hearts of all children ~Brandon Lee
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. Jewish Proverb
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
101. Thankful for words of love, a letter from a precious one...
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
I prayed for each of my children as I cradled them in my arms. Dedicating them to Him, realizing early that I was just their mother. He was their FATHER. Trusting Him with future relationships, ones that would make a postive impact on their lives.
...a mother's sincerest prayer.
She came to him troubled, uneasy, hurt, and confused on a cloudy, dark, and dreary January afternoon. This beautiful young girl entered my world, too. Admittedly she caught the eye and stole the heart of my oldest son. But what happened in my heart is truly God's handiwork. I am changed forever.
At first I felt like God hadn't heard my prayers. I struggled with their strengthening relationship since I had prayed for someone that would positively influence his life. How could this wounded one?
Over time I have realized that perhaps another mother had prayed for her child, too.
She prayed and asked Christ to change her,
Through my tears I hugged this precious one goodbye this morning. She is flying away to another nest. Another page turns in her life, and mine, too. She taught me so much about God. She reminded me of where I once was, revealed to me things I needed to deal with, let go of, released me from hurts, and healed me in the process.
I love you, Dominica.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:25, 26
Dr. James MacDonald of Walk in the Word ministries tells about a bird who had mistakenly flown inside his house, now trapped by fear and in danger of hurting itself because of its new environment. The only way to save the bird and keep it from hurting itself was to capture it. It was the only way to give it true freedom. He goes on to say:
" Little did it realize that secure in my hands it was better off than thrashing around the room. As quickly as I could, I got to the front door, launched the bird in the air, and it flew away. Sometimes we feel like the worst thing that could happen to us is to be confined in God’s hands. The Bible often presents us with choices that will form boundaries around our lives. Too often we fly from this protection, banging into windows and walls, looking for escape. If we submit to God’s Word, we fear we’ll lose our autonomy or worse, our freedom-all the while killing ourselves in our frantic independence.”
When Satan entraps us we are deceived and blinded. We are fearful of losing our autonomy, our freedom, and our free will. But if we are honest with God and ourselves, the reality is we have already lost it. Only God can expose truth to us and put us on the correct path. God, in his love, exercises His sovereignty, His dominion, His power. Real freedom and liberty comes when we surrender. That's when He delivers us from the snare, the trap of the enemy.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
93. spending the day with fourteen inquisitive, lively 7-year olds
94. fresh snow pod peas
95. Psalm 23:4
96. safe flight for husband's journey
97. the generosity of others in my path today
Monday, May 5, 2008
90. facing my fears on the water rides at Typhoon Lagoon
91. meditating on Psalm 19...a favorite Psalm of one of my favorite teens
92. lunch at Cheesecake Factory