Tuesday, December 11, 2012

There is nothing like the Real Thing


This week I have been helping my sister and her family
as she recovers from surgery. 
As I load the dishwasher,
feed the kids,
or play with the dog,
one thing is clear...
I am the substitute, the fill in.

I find myself helping the kids with their homework,
laughing, exploring and maybe learning something new myself.

But,

when a hug is in order....
I am the substitute, the fill in.

There is nothing more comforting than a mothers hug.
Right now I am the substitute hugger.

As my sister recovers and little by little moves back into her role
of chief hugger and cheerleader of her family,
I feel great joy.

I learn a lot through watching life around me and this is no exception.
I am glad that God is willing to teach me in this way.
Watching my sister and her family
 navigate recovery and
a new normal
reminds me of my relationship with God.

I can try all day long to find comfort.
Food is one of my favorite go to comforts.
We all have a few.
I also am prone to use hibernation as a comfort.

Anything that is not my Savior is a short lived comfort.
It just is not the same.
Grasping at things like,
 "If I just looked a certain way I know I would be happy" 
"Once I reach my goal weight, that will make me happy" 
"If I could just have more time with this person , then I would feel safe and happy"
"I know all will be right in my world if only...(fill in the blank)"

I believe that God wants me to enjoy this world that He created
But there is a catch...
When I enjoy this world and the things in it, 
it should remind me of Him and all He has done for me.
it should cause me to long for the "Real Thing"

His peace
His joy
His presence

There is nothing that can "fill in" for God's love and place in my life.
Everything else is fleeting, a substitute that will not last.

So as I spend the rest of this week with my sister and family,
as I do my best to pass out hugs
until the real hugger can step back in
as I do my best to keep the family moving forward
until the real family manager can step back in
I will meditate on these things and thank God for the reminder..

There is nothing like the Real Thing
Jesus
My all in all
My savior
My King
My friend
My comforter

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
who comforts us in all our affliction
so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance,
so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

    

Monday, December 3, 2012

She Warrior

   

Being a Christian strong woman can be a tightrope walk.
Personally, I find it to be a constant struggle.
It would be so easy to listen to the world
and become a power grabber.


But God has other ideas of how to use His She-Warriors
Training is key to being a She-Warrior for God.
First and foremost, I must read my training manual constantly.
If I am not reading my Bible every day,
it is so easy to allow my strengths to run amok.
You know what I mean?

Over powering the weak minded,
Telling others how to live
when I haven't been invited to do so,
Fixing everything and anything that I see,
even if it is not mine to fix.

Being a She-Warrior is a gift 
but it can quickly turn into a curse
if I wield my weapons at anything and everything that is in my path.

I have been studying a strong woman in the Bible for about 6 months.
Her name is Deborah.
Her approach to life is something that I need to embrace.
If I just read her story in Judges 4 and 5 
without digging deeper,
I could easily miss all she can teach me.
How to be a God fearing,
God loving,
She-Warrior.  
She listened to God
and stayed in step with His ways of doing things.
She encouraged others to do their part in the battle
without doing it for them.

So many things she can teach me.

This week I am attempting to share her story
and what I have learned from her with others.
But I have to be honest, I am not done learning.
I have a feeling that Deborah is going to be with me for a while.

I still occasionally hurt the innocent with my weapons
I still use more force than necessary to make my point
I still run blindly forward without knowing all the facts
If I could just be like her
The way she followed God

Just like she had to remind Barak, 
I also need reminding...
Does not the Lord go out before you? (Judges 4:14 ESV)

Oh yeah! Yes, He does!

I just need to follow and do things God's way 
and this She-Warrior will be just fine.


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