In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him,
Monday, December 31, 2007
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him,
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Other names that have occurred to me, Chasing Butterflies (inside joke around here for my tendency to get easily distracted while enroute to most any household chore!)
Thursday, December 27, 2007
He was really intent on it. He "clicked" with this really nice young man in the Youth Group,
I assisted in. The young man played drums and was a friend of my oldest son at the time.
He said he'd come over and teach him.
We were in the process of buying a new home and we chose a design that would allow our youngest to do this hobby, while still allowing my honey to sleep in the daytime, (he works midnights). We got the drums. We moved in. The young man's family moved away. Another young man in our church learned drums almost overnight, right at this pivotal time, and he really could rock, a natural ability.
There was no place for our youngest to play at church now, and no one to teach. All of this coincided with my stepping down from a full-time professional position in law enforcement for a small part-time job in the same field.
No finances for music lessons. Dream postponed, gone, who knew?
For a while my youngest had served in our Children's Church (he was about 10-11 then). However, due to several circumstances, he let that go,
and no longer served in our Children's Church.
Part of him really missed it.
In December of last year (he was now almost 14),
he signed up to help with a Basketball Clinic for young children on Saturdays
beginning in January and running for 3 months.
It led to him helping in Children's Church again.
During that time, the church offered music lessons to young people,
whoever was willing to try and would be faithful.
The parents would have to invest in the instrument,
so they could practice at home.
He practiced and within 6 weeks was playing on the Chidren's Praise and Worship Team.
We were extremely blessed to be able to first purchase a set of acoustic drums for a great deal. We used those until we were again fortunate to purchase an electric set for a really good deal. We passed the other set on to another boy,
who he shares the drumming spot with on the team.
There's a WHOLE lot more about that story I could tell,
but, it's just colorful illustrations to how
blessings often come in packages wrapped with adversity!
Your choices matter so much in such times!
On Father's Day of 2006, we rescued a lost and hungry little dog we immediately loved.
He came at a time my youngest really needed a dog, and he fit right into our family.
We just loved him, and in August of this year we lost him.
Really painful and we still don't like thinking about it.
His name was Buddy.
We weren't sure we would ever want to try having another family dog, couldn't imagine that without the painful comparisons we imagined it would bring.
Last week on Wednesday, however we drove to meet a friend of ours from church. Someone had blessed them with an adorable dog who was just too vivacious for their little girl.
Too much puppy in him, too much girly-girl in her!
As little as he is, he is a fireball and at least equal
to her petite size (she's just about 26 months old).
That dog went right to my youngest son, like he'd known him ALL his life!
My husband had tried to take college a few years ago,
by this coming July!
What's the point of all these things?
Well, back in March, when things were just beginning to 'pop',
I felt this impression is all I know to call it.
That this year was a year of Homecoming and Restoration.
I felt it wasn't just for me, but for anyone would would believe for it.
An opportunity available to people willing to dare.
Several times this year I have reminded myself, and reminded the Lord
that the year is not over,
there is still time.
Time for people to move to what is the right place for them,
in this particular season of life.
Time for old dreams to be dusted off and made new. For dreams to become reality!
My childhood best friend is doing well. Two different friends have found true love at various places in this country. My oldest in starting over. It's not how he pictured it,
but he has faith for his future, and he likes his location a lot more!
My parents are back home (and healthy!)
We celebrated Christmas this week,
as an entire family for the first time since 1997.
My husband will have his college degree by the end of this upcoming year, we believe.
My youngest is a drummer!
This is the newest addition to our family. His name is Twitch!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Then [Ezra] told them,
So the Levites quieted all the people, saying,
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!"
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Just In Case
Recently, when helping me in the kitchen,
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
They got facials, pedicures, their nails done, and someone from our church was kind enough to bring his equipment and take glamour shots of them. We even had a chocolate fountain for them to enjoy! Everything was done by valunteers from our church. It was so much fun!
I was so honored to be asked to come speak to these wonderful young women about Queen Esther. It had to be short and sweet, but make an impact. Let me just say that God is sooo good to make such things possible! I could tell you how extremely unlikely such an event would have been at various points in my life. But, that is another story.
Here's the deal. I have started blog for them called Princesses of Power. We want to give them a place to go and have what we teach them on Sunday's and Thursdays be reinforced. Also, since this is the digital generation, they are on the PC anyway, so we want to be there also, giving them a place to create a healthy and truth filled sense of community. I hope to get lots of participation from them.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing."
You Are a Good Friend Because You're Loyal
You stick with your friends no matter what, even if you feel like they're doing the wrong thing.
You believe in letting people figure out their own path in life. It's not your place to interfere.
And part of your loyalty means that you'll do a lot for your friends. You definitely go the extra mile.
You'll even do great things for friends without them asking. After all, that's what friendship is all about.
You are truly a friend for life. And you have friends you've known since you were a kid.
Your friends can count on you to do a favor, remember a birthday, or just be there to listen.
Your friends need you most when: They can't turn to anyone else
You really can't be friends with: Fickle people who change friends quickly
Your friendship quote: "Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows."
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Focusing on what I DO know about The One who throws me the rope,
assures me that my hope is not in vain, that I have a sure thing
when my hope, my faith, my love is anchored in My Lord.
Psalm 121:1-3 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber."
And Hebrews 6:19 (really the whole chapter) has this great word picture
of where we secure our hope...
"Now we have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul"
Remember that Three-legged race?
Well, I did some studying this summer on waiting on the Lord and being weary.
It was so enlightening!
What I learned was that in most of the pivotal scriptures that talk about waiting on the Lord, the Hebrew meaning of the word wait means to bind.
Psalm 27:13-14 "What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living!
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord."
Isaiah 40:31 "But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired." Amplified Bible.
What these words say to us is, when we will wait on the Lord,
we will bind oursleves to Him....like in that Three-Legged Race.
In the time and culture which Jesus was born in,
the Rabbis taught by asking questions.
If you notice in the Gospels, Job and other places, you will see that
God and Jesus commonly ask questions.
Lately I have been realizing, that the Lord teaches US the same way.
He allows us to have questions, because questions help us discover the truth.
No, I am NOT saying He brings us trouble. He's a good, good God, and He would prefer we never have to suffer.
We get trouble because its a crazy, mixed up world.
In teaching my son, I have realized the things he looks up during his studies are the things he remembers, and assimilates best. It's the process of obtaining the answers, that engrains it in his memory, his charachter. The process. But, I watch him carefully, to make sure he is not getting overloaded. Because then he will blow-out, or blow up. And that is not the goal!
As a homeschool mom, it is more important to me that he be equipped to find the answers than to get every little sweaty detail right.
As a child of God, a joint-heir with Christ, it is more important that I KNOW Him, His charachter, His ways, than to "get" all the hoped for answers in life I want. Yes, some of the things we want, just don't make sense not to have them and I truly do not intend to let go praying/seeking for any of those things which I feel please Him as well.
But, in the end, what matters most, is that I KNOW HIM!
The questions, the darkness, and the droughts of life, cause us to seek, to grow roots and to help us be fully persuaded of what we know.
See the goal is that - that we KNOW HIM. That we can't be shaken in our knowing of Him. Eve was shaken, so was Adam. But Abraham, he was fully persuaded. That is our goal!
We need those roots that the questions of life teach us to grow. So the winds of life can't blow us over!
When we bind ourselves to Him, we can endure, withstand and overcome all that life brings us.
I might not like the length of time it takes to see the results I want. But, I trust God, I trust His Word is alive and at work in my life and the lives of those I intercede for. At ALL times.
Keeping hold of that faith and expectation for a good outcome allows me to drink of His presence.
Proverbs 17:22 gives us a terrific picture of our choice, we can dry up because we don't do the work (it IS work) or we can have pleasure, joy, even happiness. THAT is our reward for the hard work of climbing out of the pit...
"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."
Go to the waterpot! Bask in the promises of Him, who is in all things, (the painful things, the impossible to understand things, in all these things and more) - He is MORE THAN ENOUGH!
In case you are wondering about me getting out of that pit, well it's a moment to moment thing...right now I am living out in the open, I can see the skies and breathe the clean salt air!
Circumstances are the same, but my viewpoint is different! I just needed to tighten up!
I had forgotten it was a Three-Legged Race!
Oh, by the way, the alternative to waiting on the Lord (which means to bind - remember) is to grow weary or faint, in several verses (Isaiah 40, Galatians 6). One of the meanings of those words is to get slack or loose. I do not want to be slack!
What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...
What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!