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Life on The Rock

Over a week ago I wrote Perspective

Uncle Sam & boysI have so appreciated watching Tim shepherd Aunt Dee through these hard days!

She is amazing! – a true pillar of strength
a living example of building a life on the Solid Rock
so when the storm of life hit her,
and she lost her best friend and husband of 71 years,
she was not  – and IS NOT –  shaken.
Mt 7:24-27

Today, Monday, she boarded a plane for Philadelphia and the funeral service.
And that’s an answer to prayer.
Because Saturday she was in the hospital getting a blood transfusion.

Aunt Dee airport

But God not only answered her prayer about getting to go to the funeral.

  • Before she left this morning she was able to connect with an international couple she and Uncle Sam had befriended years ago, which lifted her spirits. She was able to share Jesus with them once again.
  • On the way to the airport she shared Jesus with the driver from the funeral home. As she got out of the car she said, “Now Chris, make sure you go to church.”
  • I’m sure there will be stories of how she shared about God on the plane!

We continue to marvel at how God is holding her up, how she depends on Him, gives Him praise, and speaks about Him to anyone and everyone she meets.

As you read this, would you pray for Aunt Dee?
It’s been a long month,
and Tuesday, July 23, 2013 she will bury her love,
her life partner of 71 years.
Thanks for holding her up before the Throne of Grace!

ADee&USam

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in My Musings

 

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little…it’s getting louder!

So, are you dying to read this??
Been waiting with bated breath since my little teaser??

I’m so excited I can’t stand it!
I just love it when God shows me things!
I think it’s the neatest thing in the world. It gives me such joy!
I want that for everyone! There’s nothing better, in my opinion!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that God has been “schoolin” me on the subject of little. (If you want to catch up, just read little…its big and little teaser.) Well, here’s what’s been happening lately.

Saturday – more thoughts on little in my quiet time. My Bible reading had the stories of the lost sheep and coin – after I’d posted “little…it’s big”! My prayer: “God, continue the purifying and refining process!” Then came Sunday.

WHAM-O AGAIN!!
God brought it to me at church!
Poor Tim probably thought I was loosing my marbles!
I laughed out loud and whispered “YES!” as God brought point. after. point. home to me.
(I don’t think I was tooo distracting to those around me :-))

1st – Worship songs.    Singing along with gusto.   Raising my hands.   Praising God.    Feelin’ good.
Till we started to sing “You use the weak to lead the strong.” hmmm. Then “Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me.”   1st WHAM-O: God asked me, “Really? Is My grace enough?”

I had to sit down! Yes, SIT. RIGHT. DOWN – in the middle of worship!
And I had to choose!
“Yes, Lord, Your grace is enough for me. Totally – nothing else.
Not publishing journals.
Not being “successful”.
You.
You. Are. Enough.
And I Choose That Today.”

But God wasn’t finished.

2nd – Message: 2 Kings 5 – the story of Naaman, who was healed of his leprosy. WHAM-O #2!! God met me again through His Word!! I could write forever on what God showed me! But here are a few of the bullet points, courtesy of Tom Mullins, our founding pastor. (click the link if you want to listen to the message)

  • God is always working even behind the scenes
  • Naaman had to battle his logic. Logic said go to the most powerful person in the land (the king) for what he wanted, but that wasn’t God’s plan. The king couldn’t help Naaman at all.
  • Naaman had to battle through the natural to get to the supernatural of what God wanted to do
  • Naaman had expectations of how he wanted God to work – with pomp & circumstance – BIG!
  • A servant girl told him where to go, and his servant encouraged him to keep dipping
  • Naaman was willing to do the BIG things, but not the small
  • THE KICKER for me – when I put my expectations on God I actually am limiting HIs work in my life! Because Naaman expected God to heal the way Naaman wanted, he initially wasn’t willing to do what God said, which kept the healing from taking place.

What a day! God answered my prayer about the refining process. And there’s even more to the story!!! But, because they say a good blog shouldn’t be tooo lengthy, and because I’m in the habit of reading aloud to the boys and stopping at a super exciting point… you’ll have to wait for the rest of the story. 🙂 It’s gonna be called little…it’s precious. Coming soon, I promise!

I hope you’re blessed!
And I hope you’re taking time to read God’s Word.
He’ll meet with you, I promise!
What’s He been showing you lately?

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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PROVE IT!!

Isn’t that the ultimate challenge?!
It’s one I often find myself taking the bait for!!

Today I was talking with the boys about Jesus’ temptation in Matthew 4. It hit me that Satan started most of those temptations, ultimately, with that challenge. Prove it! “If you are… then…”

Interestingly, Satan came at Jesus in the only way Satan could – through the physical system and values of the world, because he is the prince of this world. It’s the only system by which he can operate.

  • He challenged Jesus’ identity – You’re not worth anything. Prove who you are by what you do
  • He challenged Jesus’ physical needs. – Your physical desire for food outweighs obedience to God
  • He challenged Jesus with the lure of worldly success – You need the approval of men and lots of “stuff” here on earth, because that’s reality

Every time Satan tempted, Jesus’ answer was from God’s Word. 
Jesus had been fasting for 40 days, so He was in tune with God.

  • That focus enabled Him to be secure in who He was.
  • That focus enabled Him to deny the physical because He was already tuned into the spiritual.
  • That focus enabled Him to realize the eternal value of the spiritual life when compared to the temporal physical life.
  • That focus enabled Him to be secure enough to let God answer for Him.

That’s my desire!
I want to be so focused on God, so secure in Him,
that no matter what happens,
it doesn’t faze me.
I don’t have to Prove it,
I just have to LIVE IT!

How about you? Got anything you feel you have to prove? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Free Indeed!

~ HALLELUJAH!! ~
HE IS RISEN & WE ARE FREE!!
I want to shout it from the rooftops!!

Going to church Sunday we were listening to a Christian radio station.
As the DJ talked about
God taking care of the big stuff (like floods, pestilence, famine),
me holding onto the little stuff myself (I AM SO GUILTY!),
and freedom,
thoughts hit me hard and fast!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16). The Message translates it this way, “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me.
God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.”

When I think of kids – especially at play –  I think of
joy
no responsibility
trust, love
abandon
No wonder God wants us to come to him that way!
Here’s what God showed me today about coming to Him as a child
and the freedom that brings.

  1. If I am to be truly free, I need to let go of feeling responsibleNo parent would make their kids responsible for adult things like bills, taking care of the house, maintaining the car, and so forth. Neither does God expect us to be responsible for things He takes care of (Matthew 6:25-34). I am not responsible for the stuff I often hang on to  – like my kids’ hearts, attitudes, learning, behavior, etc. Interestingly enough, kids don’t usually ask for extra responsibility, either! (until they get to be teens. But God didn’t say come as a teen! :-)) Kids are perfectly content to let their parents handle life! Letting go of feeling responsible brings a sense of relief! That’s what it means to come as a child. (really it’s a pride issue – does God really need my help in anything?! Come on, Michelle!!)
  2. Closed fist vs. Open Hands. If I hold onto something, it’s in my grip, it’s my focus, it’s MINE. Opening my hands to give whatever it is (worry, control, fear, anger, problems, desires, dreams, etc) to Jesus breathes freedom and joy into my life. I let go of my control – or desire to be in control!  Kids don’t hold onto negative things often, and “God’s kingdom is made up of people like these”  – people who are open-handed, free, not holding tightly to something they shouldn’t, willing to let God be in control.
  3. FREE TO FOCUS! My Biggest Revelation!  When I let go of even the “little things,” I am free to focus on listening to God’s voice. When my attention is wrapped up in whatever I’m holding onto, that’s my focus. I can’t hear God as well. When I let go, I am free of those distractions. I can listen for God’s voice and hear it more clearly because I’m focused on Him, not what I’m holding or feeling responsible for. I have a sense of lightness and joy. Oh, that’s my goal!

If the Son has set you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
I hope you enjoy a day of child-like wonder as you let go of whatever you’re holding
and let God usher you into His presence – all day long!
The Son had set you free, so you are free indeed!

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Psalm 121:4

A song in the night

“God, You are my God

and I will ever praise You.”

Grateful that He never slumbers.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Spring of Living Water

“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me, the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
Jeremiah 2:13

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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Mountain’s Backside

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty optimistic, glass-is-half-full kind of gal.
If you read the Hebrews 13:8 post, you probably guessed that I was a little down,
and you were right! Here’s the scoop.

I’ve been teaching a middle school life study on “Identity in Christ.” We consistently have 30-34 kids in that class. It’s been fun getting to know them. The past 2 weeks I wasn’t teaching because we had Grandparents in town. One of the interns at church, Allans, who also leads our boys’ life group, taught and did an amazing job! (read about that here) The deeper story is how God used that night to solidify His call in Allans’ life, and to show Allans, in a super-tangible way, the blessings of obedience.

Riding high!
Excited about what God’s doing!
Proclaiming that to anyone and everyone who would listen!

(This was a few weeks ago. NOT Wednesday!! :-))

Enter Wednesday.
It must have been a full moon!!

Kids were chatty, dis-interested. You know it’s bad when…

  • you are actually sitting on the talkers’ table and the kids are still chatting!
  • your son says, “It was kinda boring, not very powerful.” Ouch! Kids are so honest!
  • you feel old when you’re done!
  • you start to doubt if you even have the gift of teaching (despite the fact that it’s been confirmed in you and you’ve been using it for ages!)
  • you have 50 million great ideas – the next day – about how to teach the lesson!

I think I was still bummed Thursday as I went for my morning run with my running gals. We only did 3.5 miles, but at the end I was lagging behind. However, as I was running, God convicted me that I needed to be obedient to praise Him – even if the circumstances didn’t seem to warrant it. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Circumstances don’t change Him. I’m responsible to be faithful to His call – big or small. (so often I want that to be the BIG things!! OH I struggle with that!) He is always the same BIG God. So as I ran, the Hebrews 13:8 post percolated in my brain.

Thanks for sharing my journey.
I still feel badly about how last Wednesday went
but I’m choosing to renew my mind, and not operate on my feelings.
I’m choosing to praise God and trust Him that some nugget of His Word got through to those kids –
whether it seemed like it or not.
Pray for me this next Wednesday! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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