Friday, August 26, 2011

We get to open presents today!!!

Psalm 118:24 goes something like this: "This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it."  As I thought on this verse this morning Daddy done some talking again.  I don't know how it is at your house on Christmas morning but around here, it is some kind of morning.  We do Christmas pretty big.  D especially loves, loves, loves, to give gifts.  Notice I said give.  So as I was pondering this verse this morning the question came to me: Really?  I can just see my Father in heaven, sitting on His throne just waiting for us all to jump out of bed with the excitement of Christmas morning.  Only we don't.  He loves to give gifts more than D.  More than anyone.  And this day will be full of them.  So why don't we jump out of bed with the excitement and anticipation of waiting and seeing what gifts we will get to open today.  They are there you know?  Waiting on us to open them up.  To rejoice in this day is a choice we make.  So why not change my perspective.  Instead of dreading all that will have to be done in this day, approach it with enthusiasm & wonder.  Daddy wants to pour out blessing upon blessing.  In fact He does.  We just don't take the time to slow down and unwrap them.  A facebook friend had a post recently that ask this question:  "What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?"  Today is the day my Father has made.  It is full of gifts.  I got to get busy unwrapping them.  Have a great Friday. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Teeterin on the Edge and sittin still

Do you ever feel like you are just teetering on the edge of something?  Well here lately that is exactly how I feel.  Thing of it is, I am not sure of the edge.  There are a couple of situations in which I am having to just sit still.  Sitting still isn't easy.  Especially for me.  But that is what I am having to do.  Sit still and just know He is God and He is working. 


Last year a dear friend spoke some encouraging words to the preacher and myself.  Isaiah 43:19 was part of those words.  "See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"  This verse has come to my attention so many times since then.  And here lately it has come to my attention quiet a bit. The thing about it is there are so many areas right now in which it could come to play.  So I am sitting and waiting and teeterin on the edge to see what Daddy is up to. 

For those of you in Sunday School class with me: some of you received a text with a challenge.  The question is raised if you want a wild ride with Daddy?  If so, unbuckle your seat belts.  Daddy led me to do just that a few years ago.  But then something happens and I buckle back up.  I don't want to fall out or seem to "radical".  But I am teeterin on the edge of just jumpin on the hood now.

The preacher spoke about being a blessing before we receive a blessing.  So going back to our lesson Sunday, Peter and John were a blessing to the crippled beggar sitting at the temple gate.  They weren't in such a hurry that they missed him.  They saw him.  They stopped.  They made eye contact with him.  Peter took him by the hand, called on the name of Jesus and pulled the man to his feet.  The man began to walk, dance, jump and praise God.  All because these two men weren't too busy or distracted to be a blessing.  How awesome would it be if we as Christians would just be willing to let God use us?  If we were willing to be a blessing?  If we were willing to unbuckle and want to ride a wild ride with Daddy?  I am teeterin on the edge and thinking it just might be the thrill of a lifetime.  Better yet life would be one thrill after another.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Unfailing Love - Chris Tomlin




You all should be pros at this by now.  This song has become a favorite over the summer.  These days I am short on words. (If you can believe that)  So this sums it up pretty good for me these days.  Enjoy.  Maybe it will become a favorite for you also.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunrise

You know the ol saying " You can't see the forest for the trees"?  Well, as I was outside with Samps that is exactly what I thought of.  Many of you may know where we live.  And if you do, you also know we are surrounded by trees.  This keeps us from seeing a sunrise or a sunset.  Let me say that I am not complaining.  Anyway, as Samps was walking around the yard I got to really looking at the sky.  And as I did, this is what I saw.....




Looks kinda dark doesn't it?  If you look close enough you can see the fence.  The bright light in the trees is of course the sun coming up.


So as I pondered on this I heard Daddy say, ever so softly, "looks kinda like Me doesn't it?"  So I stopped again and thought.  Yep you're right.  Point here is this:  I may not can always see the sunrise or sunset because of the trees.  But just because I can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there or isn't happening.  Same with Daddy.  Just because I can't always see Him or hear Him, doesn't mean He isn't there.  He Is.  Always has been.  Always will be.
Sometimes I just get so busy with life and the busyness of it I just forget to look.  Sometimes I let life's frustrations, (which often times seem to be a lot) keep me from looking.  Sometimes in this world we live in I often wonder where in the world did You go?  I can't see you in all the mess.  But that is just my problem.  I am looking at the mess.  The frustrations.  The busyness.  And I am not looking for Him.  But He is there.  Just because the trees were there, it didn't stop the sun from coming up.  I just needed to look a little harder and stay a little longer.   




So today I encourage you to stay a little longer.  In your mess.  Your frustration.  Your busyness.  And see if you don't find Him there.  Because He is.  There.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What was in your summer?

I type this post with some bittersweet emotions.   In a matter of weeks we will cover her up.  Take the umbrella down.  Tie it up.  Stack the chairs.  And then watch the leaves fall.  My mama always said the older you get the quicker time flies.  I didn't ever really believe her.  Until I started getting older.  Now I wonder why this summer had to fly.


As I tried to take in some sun one last time, I thought of all this summer has held.

It held memories, birthdays, ballgames, practices.


It held relaxation. Rest. Soul searching.


It held fun times in the sun.





It held found treasures.



It held creation.



It held a food bank.




It held a surprise party.




It held getting to meet this sweet face and his mama.


It held rain, clouds, and even some storms.



And at the end of each day.....



It held a sunset.  Always.

So as I sat outside trying to soak up one more ray of sunshine my thoughts wondered.  All the way into this time next year.  And that is where I had to stop.  I had to stop and reflect on the blessings of this summer.  I have already been back into semi-full swing.  The kids will hit it today.  Yes, we will still be able to swim.  Play ball. Camp.  Enjoy a sunset or two.  But never again during the summer of 2011.  In a few weeks folks in the area will be wearing their orange.  Then pumpkins and mums will start appearing.

Yes, seasons come and seasons go.  People come.  People go.  But the one thing that will always remain the same is our Father.
He is as constant as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West. 
I may stray or wander off.  But He will always remain. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Are you Peter or someone else?

In my last post I talked about John and his ability to recoginze Jesus while Peter was so busy trying to fish.  Our lesson in Sunday School yesterday was on this paticular scene.  However Peter was the one we focused on.  I am beginning to realize that maybe I am a little more like Peter than I thought.  You see, once before, Christ appeared to the boys while they were fishing and Peter ask if he could walk on the water.  But in John 21, Peter just jumps out of the boat and swims to Jesus.  How radical.  A lot of people don't like to go overboard.  On anything!  They don't want to rock the boat or even the chair.  But I do believe as the preacher spoke yesterday morning, it is high time we as Christians do just that.  It is time we go overboard.  Rock the boat.  And as I told the ladies in class,  if I seem too radical or as going overboard and you are offended by me or my actions, I hate it for you.  I serve a risen Savior who has done too much for me, for me to just sit and watch the world go by and not praise Him for it.  I don't want to be the one who sticks out like a sore thumb in heaven.  It will be a party there and I am not going to be sittin on the sidelines watchin everyone else have a good time.  My point is this: if you are not comfortable giving Daddy some praise here, you sure won't be there.  It is that simple.  He so good y'all!  He deserves so much more that what I give Him.  He has yet to go one day without providing a need. Peter decided to jump while everyone else stayed in the boat. They stayed safe and rode the boat ashore.  So I guess we could really be Peter in one of two ways.  We can be the one who denies Christ or we could be the one who jumps ship in a radical move because we are so desperate to get to Him.  I'd like to think I am the latter of the two.  How bout you?