Thursday, February 28, 2013

The great organizational tool

 
Today is one of those days
when my head is spinning
with a great and grand to-do list.
To be honest,
I am not even sure where to start
or how anyone could help.
It is a jumble of words and pictures
that I must first decipher.
I could continue to sit here
and let my brain paralyze me
I could just run around haphazardly
from one task to another
I could try to gain full control of this craziness
and make a jumbo task list
I could, I could, I could.......
 

This world I live in has hundreds, if not thousands of suggestions
on how to gain control of my life.
I have tried a few and they work for a while.
They are great band-aids that temporarily solve the immediate problem.
 
But, there is a bigger issue...
Where am I putting my trust and my energy?
Is there a perfect method out there that can solve all my problems?
 
You know where I am going with this, right?
 
My Holy God is to be first in my life.
If God is in any other place, peace will cease to exist
My trust, my energy, my life must stay fully engaged with Him.
 
His Method
His tools

What is His Method? Seek Him First

What are His tools?
There are many:
Reading the Bible
Prayer
Having others in my life that love God and love me
Silence and Solitude
Fasting

God can and does use everything in my life
to prompt me to trust Him and His ways above all else.

I must look back at how He has historically proven
His love and care for me
and then 
move forward
in trust
that He will continue to take care of me.

I must lay down at His feet 
the grand to-do list
that is in my head
and allow Him to order my day.

He is the greatest organizational tool and best.
All the others are mere shadows of Him and His ways.

That being said....
I guess I should get out of bed, where I am typing this out,
put on my big girl clothes, instead of staying in my pjs all day,
and with great anticipation follow My Lord's lead for this day.

Here I go...... 
    
 

Matthew 6:31-34

New Century Version (NCV)
31 Don’t worry and say,
‘What will we eat?’ or
‘What will we drink?’ or
‘What will we wear?’ 
32 The people who don’t know God
keep trying to get these things,
and your Father in heaven
knows you need them. 
33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well. 
34 So don’t worry about tomorrow,
because tomorrow will have its own worries.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Fleeting Life

 
I can feel it slipping through my fingers...
my current life and all that is in it.
This place that I have been planted,
where I have deep roots and blooming stems.
 
I have had intense watering which has caused me to branch out and grow.
My roots surround stones underground and stretch deeper still into the earth.
 
I am being uprooted from this fertile soil 
and replanted in another. 
 
There is no use in trying to hold on to those stones underground,
in hopes that they will keep me from going.
The harder I hold on, the more the pulling away hurts.
It is better to let go with purpose.  
 
And so it begins....
the letting go,
one by one
saying goodbye
boxing up treasures
giving away momentos
attempting to leave things better than I found them.
 
I am learning that life is always changing always moving forward.
I can sit and stare or I can move with anticipation.
Where ever I am, I choose to make a difference.
For all of life is fleeting,
there is no time to waste wondering.
 
James 4:13-15
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow,
we shall go to such and such a city,
and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that."  
 
  

Monday, February 11, 2013

I am one of those


I am not sure exactly when it happened,
but some time between when we first got
the Internet and smart phones,
it happened.
I began to show my age.
I became one of those people
with old-fashion notions.
I am no longer hip.
I have started having
"pet-peeves".
I have started saying things like,
 "back when I was....."
To be honest, I can't believe it.
I just never thought
it would happen to me. 
I have a list of "pet-peeves"
things that get me
up on my "soap box".



Just listen to me.....
I sound like an old person!
When did I start using words like
"pet-peeve" and "soap box"?
We don't even use soap in a box anymore!!!
 
Anyway, I digress
which is what happens when you get old.
You loose your train of thought
as well as anything else that isn't attached to you.
 
Today I have been preparing to teach a Bible study this week.
In the midst of it I started thinking
about how we read the Bible these days. 
It has changed
and I am not sure I like it.
 
It really "gets in my craw"
 (whats a craw?)
when I see people trying to study the Bible on an electronic device.
 
Do you know why?
Because,
I believe we lose something by not having to search
through the pages for truths about God.

I believe that we can easily forget God's timeline of redemption
when we can just type in a search for chapter and verse.

And I believer that working our way
through scripture is not only for study,
but when you use your physical Bible,
it can become a type of mediation itself.
For in the turning of pages it draws us
in and we can begin to get caught up
in the study of how much God loves us
and what He did for us.

When I sit down with a list of scripture that I am required to look up
for what ever class I am in, I have a choice.
I can make it like any homework assignment
and look up the verses in the most efficient way I can,
or I can set aside time to sink into God's word physically and spiritually.
 
Now there may be some whipper snappers out there
that can use those electronic devices to study
and they feel that they are able to dig in and feast on God's word.

But not me,
I need time,
and the ability to turn pages.
It helps me to remember
that Psalms and 1 Peter were written
at very different times and for different purposes.
It reminds me that Daniel and Revelation,
although similar were written and delivered
to people hundreds of years apart.
And yet through all the time that passed
and all the people that God used to write that book,
it is still relevant and alive today.

I don't ever want to forget that.
It is one long story of redemption.
I want to be able to pick that Bible up,
feel the weight of it,
flip through its pages from beginning to end.

It is my meditation tool.
A love letter from God to me, a lost sinner in need of a Savior.


I am passionate that God's Holy Word never get watered down
in such a way that the power of its contents is no longer seen.    

2 Timothy 3:15-17
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings
which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper
than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow,
and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God

Now that I have that off my chest,
I am exhausted
I am going to bed
It is past 8pm you know!!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Oh give me a home....

 
 
I ran into a sweet friend at church yesterday
and she asked me if I was still blogging.
I had to admit that it had been a few weeks
since I last sat down long enough to put my thoughts down in an orderly manner.
You see, I am moving...
It's not like I have not always wondered what it would be like to live somewhere other than where I have always lived.
It is just, well... now it is happening, for real.
Adding to that, I am a process kinda gal.
I have never been one to focus on the final goal.
I love the journey getting there. 
So I have been in the middle of processing all the change going on in my life.
It isn't just the move...
It's the empty nest,
the releasing of old and familiar,
letting go of a ministry that I adore,
miles between me and my family,
dear friends that God gave me when I prayed,
embracing the journey,
anticipating what God has up His sleeve for me,
and so much more...
 
I have been going through my precious things and giving some away
to precious people that I adore and have come to love. 
I have been letting go, little by little
I have been slowly seeking something new...
 
None of this is easy
on me
on my kids
on my family
on my friends
 
But I know that I am moving toward something
that God has in mind for me to be a part of.
I don't know what it is,
but His character is consistent
so I can trust that it is true.
 
It is impossible to explain in a few words how I know this is right,
but to say that He has confirmed this to me and to my husband.    
 
So I ask all of those that care for us to pray...
Pray that we find a home...
 




 
I think about Abraham and the journey he went on with God.
Genesis 12:1
Now the Lord said to Abraham,
Go forth from your country,
and from your relatives
and from your father's house,
To the land which I will show you
 
Over and over God reminded Abraham that He had a plan
and that all Abraham had to do was trust and move forward.
 
This is what I must do as well.
Stay steeped in God's word,
for that is where God reminds me that He has a plan for me.
Trust God's plan,
even though I can not see where exactly I am going to live.
Move forward with the Holy Spirit to guide me,
knowing that not only is He going to take care
of all the details of the house that I will live in
but He is going to take care of all that He is asking me to leave behind.
 
He is so good to me.