Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
While in Toys 'R Us today, I thought it would be fun to let Malli sit in a precious, little pink car. As soon as her little fanny made contact with the seat, she gripped that steering wheel and smiled that infectious smile of hers. It was so cute watching her as she opened and closed the plastic door, honked the horn, and instantly figured out how to drive! Her excitement even drew a small audience of fellow shoppers. See picture above!
Never did I imagine that she would become attached to it so quickly. All was good until I tried to remove her from the plastic vehicle. Her squeals drew the attention of not only fellow shoppers, but the full staff of the Toy 'R Us management team. It took much effort along with a quick draw of Gerber sweet corn puffs from my over-sized bag to quieten her down and distract her. For a minute there I was tempted to buy the darn thing and even pay the extra ten bucks for the already assembled version! Her parents beat me to it....they decided to buy it and give it to her on her first birthday (June 18).
You know, I got to thinking about Malli's meltdown and I confess I am just as impatient in my spiritual walk. I want answers to my prayers NOW. I really am tired of waiting. If screaming would bring results, I would sure let 'er rip! Remember Veruca Salt, the fictional character from the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? She regularly exerts petulant behavior in order to get what she desires, and even her parents are not immune to her outbursts. In other words, she's a brat! Well, my grand daughter is NOT a brat (yet) but I have determined that I am...at least in my spiritual life.
There is hope though...I am reminded tonight that my Heavenly Father loves me. He wants good things for me. In His timing he will answer. He loves me and wants the best for me. I know He cares about my every need Matthew 7:11 says So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who keep on asking him. Waiting upon God protects me, deepens my trust in Him, forces me to seek His ways and brings Him the most glory. Psalm 27:14 says Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Be of good courage.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Micca Campbell writes, Right thinking leads to right living. As we practice taking each stray thought captive, our thoughts begin to reflect the mind of Christ, and so do our actions...Fearless living is achieved when we take captive every thought that doesn't line up with God's truths. Either our thoughts can take us captive, or we can take them captive. The difference lies in where we place our focus.
For me to have that abundant life, a life free from fear I must surrender my fears and keep my eyes on my Saviour replacing my thoughts with His thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable----if anything is excellent or praiseworthy---think about such things.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Your heart could be, and often is, askew. That’s okay. You have to begin with what is real. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous. He came for sinners. All of us qualify. The very things we try to get rid of—our weariness, our distractedness, our messiness—are what get us in the front door! That’s how the gospel works. That’s how prayer works.
In bringing your real self to Jesus, you give him the opportunity to work on the real you, and you will slowly change. The kingdom comes when Jesus becomes king of your life. But is has to be your life. You can’t create a kingdom that doesn’t exist, where you try to be better than you really are. Jesus calls that hypocrisy—putting on a mask to cover the real you.
So instead of being paralyzed by who you are, begin with who you are. That’s how the gospel works. God begins with you.”
—Paul Miller, A Praying Life
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Jennifer Rothschild says, Our words are powerful. Especially the words we say to ourselves. We must speak truth to our souls because we seldom forget what we have stored away. You are a reflection of what you think. What you hang in your closet is what you will clothe yourself with.Your self talk will affect who you are. When you speak truth to your soul you will live out the truth. We have borrowed unbecoming beliefs from other people and hung them in our thought closets. We should refuse to let untruths and destructive words and thoughts occupy prime space in our minds' closets.You and I must take some control of our thoughts. We must train them to match up with the truth. If we don't keep a hold on them, they will soon gain a hold on us.
Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (Rom. 12:21).
Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable think on these things. (Phil. 4:8).
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Then the ringing of the phone interrupts the silence.
Stressed out single-mom/sister has taken a new job and must get up before daybreak. Niece will need a ride to school. They ask if I can take niece to school. Niece wants her mother to stay with her. They ask if they can both sleep over.
My answer: Of course!
I'll need to change the linens, spot-dust, and that bathroom must be cleaned, too. Lay out fresh towels. Oh, and they will want something to eat when they get here. I could warm up the pasta from supper.
Suddenly that empty room has become a home away from home for two. And I am pleased.
My father-in-law once told me I had the gift of hospitality. I don't know if that's true, but I do know I enjoy making others feel welcome. I think that is how we are supposed to live. Always eager to extend grace. It should be a way of life because of the grace God extended to us.
Gotta go. They will need some blueberry muffins for breakfast.
It has taken some not-so-pleasant happenings in my personal life to wake me from my blind and comatose state. You see, for far too long I assumed that a building with a sign outside indicated whether or not Jesus resided in a place. At one time I even apologized to my children for not being able to afford to put them in a 'Christian school.'
It would be safe to say that I have had an arrogant attitude and it became easy to play God, judging, condemning. I recognize now how foolish it was to try to define God and attempt to limit who He is.
His grace knows no boundaries.
Yes, you could accurately say that in the past four years I have learned humility and recognized that God is God and I am not.
He is is omnipotent and omnipresent.
Personally, I have seen Jesus in many places outside the walls of churches or religious meetings. Yes, I have experienced His love in some non-traditional places.
His redeeming grace and mercy is for all. Anywhere. Anytime. Anyplace.
If you will recall, Jesus didn’t spend much time inside religious institutions, in fact He often rebuked the Pharisees. Instead He went out among the people, healing and preaching the Good News. In love. Not out of self-righteousness, pity, or superiority.
Oh, Father thank you for opening my eyes. Forgive me for my blindness. Lead me where you would have me go. Not in the footsteps of man, but in your footsteps alone.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Griff and Missy married Friday, May 1, 2009. It was simple, elegant, and reverent. Immediate family gathered at Emma Ward Park at noon. There was no music. Fresh flowers cut that morning from a friend's yard were the only decorations. Grandmothers and aunts brought chicken salad, punch, fruit, homemade wedding cookies, and a friend made a sweet wedding cake.