Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In My Neighborhood

We live in a great house,
on a great street,
in a great neighborhood.
Nothing fancy but comfortable.
I feel safe here and welcome.
We have the best neighbors
Everyone likes each other
we look out for each other
feed each others dogs
pick up the newspaper
we laugh together
share meals together
cry together
I really could not ask for better friends and neighbors.
I am blessed
This is the way we are meant to live
the one-anothers
caring, sharing, watching out for each other
I am blessed
All of this is a gift
This house 
The people that live around us.
Those that know and love the living God and those that don't.
I am thankful for the things I continue to learn by living here on Boston St.

Being salt and light is not always easy
but we try to be an example of Christ's love
we try to be available to speak truth
we show with our hands and our feet what it means to love your neighbor.

I have come to trust my neighbors here on Boston St.
I know they will watch out for our kids when we are gone.

We have learned that taking the time to invest in others that live around us
is living in light of the Gospel.
I am so glad that we did.
Throughout scripture God addresses how we are to treat our neighbors.
It is important to God
It should be important to me as well
Living in harmony with those that live around me is one of the many ways
that I work out my faith in The Living God.
I know that where ever I go,
I will continue to have opportunity to be a good neighbor  

Boston St. has been a wonderful place
to see these following verses come alive:

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Proverbs 3:29
Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another;
render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets
Mark 12:31
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”        
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Galatians 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
James 2:8          
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

Do you know what major city Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was based on?
There is a prize for the first person who gets it right!
  (Hi Lori:-))

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Change in the wind

I have been thinking lately about a scene from "Mary Poppins".
Do you remember that movie?
The scene is of
an old sea Admiral
that no longer goes to sea.

He instead goes to the top of his house which is fashioned to look like a ship 
and with the assistance of his "first mate",
he watches for which way  the wind is blowing
and then reports it to the neighbors in a loud and boisterous voice,
and a shot from a cannon
advising and warning them of what is coming their way.

 I have felt a change coming for some time.
I did not know from where it was coming or where it was going,
but I knew it was on its way.
Change can be exciting
and uncertain
and scary
all at the same time.
I think it has to do with perspective.
I don't really know how I feel about this change.
I think I am just resolved to experience it to its fullest.
A healthy perspective can only come from having a strong faith.
Faith in the one whole holds all things together,
It comes from looking back
and remembering how constant
and unwavering He has been.

Like the time my Mom, Sister and I
started going to a new church my junior year in high school.
Strangers in a new place, but sure it was the right thing to do.
Both my sister and I met our husbands at that church.
Change was good.

Or the time Wes and I took a huge leap of faith
and left the security of the family business.
A time without a job, a home and a little one on my hip,
it was what we were to do.
Family relationships were deepened and solidified
during a very difficult time.

Then there was the time when the kids were very small,
and our house was very small.
We kept driving by a home that was for sale,
out of our price range 
that never sold.
We made a reasonable offer
and found ourselves
a home.

I could go on all day of all the changes in direction I have gone with My God.

Oh, how God has taken care of me!
How could I ever doubt that 
He loves me
Is looking out for me
Is preparing a way for me.

All I have to do is look back and I can see what He has done
for a small timid girl like me.

There is change in the wind, I must prepare...
Like the Admiral on top of his house,
I see it coming
I recognize it well.

I am calling out to all of those that I love to prepare as well...

Take courage, ready your hearts and together
let's watch God work out the next chapter in the story.

Isaiah 43:19
I am doing a new thing;
now it begins to happen! 

don’t you recognize it?
I’m making a way

in the desert,
and paths

in the wilderness.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Eye Exam

It is November
It is 90 degrees outside
I find myself complaining
that the heat is never ending,
that I am tired of my summer clothes
and flip flops.

I don't want to run my air-conditioner
any more
I want to stop sweating....

Even as I read this, I am embarrassed.

This is how it happens...
I get so wrapped up in my own little world
that I lose track of the rest of it.

Then I watch the news
and see all the people
who are going to be freezing cold tonight.
Their homes have been destroyed,
They have no heat
and another storm is coming in.

And I am complaining about 90 degrees

I have no idea what my problem is.
Or do I?

I lost my thankful heart,
that part of me that is content with my place in this world. 
I don't know where I put it.

There is nothing like a good swift kick of reality
to remind me what is important,
and what is not 

There is suffering all over the world
That will not change until Jesus returns.

I can not fix it all, not even close.

But, I can stop complaining
about what is happening in my little world.
I can be thankful for God's provision in my life
I can step up and help someone in need
I can keep perspective

Only with my Jesus glasses is that truly possible
For my eyes are cloudy and my vision is near sighted.

All I can see are
my own hands,
my own skin,

But with Jesus glasses I see everything as I should.
90 degrees is just a number
summer clothes are just a covering
hurting people come into focus

There is a whole world out there, can you see it?
They are dying and they don't even know it.
They need Jesus, not my complaining.
I can't do both, I have to choose.

Complain and be self focused or
put on my Jesus glasses and see.

I choose my Jesus glasses 
they help me to find my thankful heart
my serving shoes
and my open hands

In the Bible, there is a book called John.
In this book Jesus
is introduced to a lost world.
He sees things the way they are
He sees hurting people and heals them
He sees the lowly and eats with them

I need to read this book over and over

In John 9:35-41 Jesus is teaching about spiritual blindness
He said he came into the world so that the blind would see
and so that those who see will become blind.

Jesus is the only one who can help me to see right. 
He is the only one who can give me a thankful heart.
Philippians 4: 11-13
I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have
and with everything that happens.
I know how to live when I am poor,
and I know how to live when I have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being happy
at any time in everything that happens,
when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry,
when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough.
I can do all things through Christ, because he give me strength.