Archive | November 2012

What flavor of ice cream are you?

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or pistachio? What flavor of ice cream are you?

Ok, back story here – Michael Tate, the lead singer of the Newsboys, is known to say at a Newsboys concert that some of the vanilla folks would do well in the chocolate church. I love that! Anyway, on the way to school this morning, we were listening to the Newsboys and Rachel says “Mom, I think I am vanilla with chocolate sprinkles. You know, my freckles.” It just brought a smile to my face. Rachel is known for pulling things out of left field!

It got me to thinking about the love of Christ. He doesn’t care if you are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or pistachio! He just loves you no matter what!

1 Timothy 2:3-4 – “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

“All men.” Doesn’t matter your race, He wants you to come to the saving “knowledge of the truth.” Notice that it is “the truth”, not a truth. The truth of Jesus’ life is incredibly important.

Christmas time is just around the corner and with that a new year. I know that resolutions are in the process of being made. Why not make it a goal to tell as many people as possible about Christ in the next year? Goodness, why not start today! Don’t let another person’s tone of melanin keep you from sharing the Good News of Great Joy.

And by the way, I am proud to be a vanilla person with chocolate sprinkles and a cherry on top!:-)

All you need is love.

Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.”

You know, there are some mean people in this world. Occasionally, I find myself in that category. Don’t you just hate it when you hear that little voice inside of you say “don’t do it, you know that is mean.” And yet, you do it anyway and then feel bad for hours afterward.

Hatred is a really strong emotion. There is no room for love in hatred, not even a little bit. Hatred makes one do things that to any onlooker seems harsh and unnecessary.

You know, that Beatles song always rings true. You know the one – “All you need is love.” I know you are singing that song in your head right now. 🙂

Okay, princess, here is the challenge. How about every time someone does you wrong, cuts you off in traffic, leaves their dirty clothes on the floor or some other travesty of mankind, you start singing that Beatles song. Let’s try it for today. Let me know how it changes things. Now, don’t get me wrong and think that I think that Beatles songs are scriptural or anything. I just want you to use this song to bring your mind back to the heart of the matter found in Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.”

 

The wise old owl

Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Things that we all want more of.

I like to look at these 3 in this order: knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

In my mind, knowledge is like book learning. Information that you receive that you did not know. Understanding is applying that knowledge to everyday life. Like converting fractions. Who needs that, right? Have you ever tried to double a recipe? You need to be able to convert fractions for that task.

Then you have wisdom. Oh, the wise old owl. But can you be a wise young owl? I think you can. Wisdom is applying what you learn from the past to future events. Princess, you do not have to have wrinkles to be wise. Remember how Paul encouraged Timothy to not let people criticize him because of his youth? Be wise.

Now that we have dissected these words, let’s apply them. None of these things can be grown or shown without Christ. You must have the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit to learn, understand and apply.

So, princess, go forth and learn. Don’t go to sleep tonight until you learn something new. Make this your goal every day. It doesn’t have to be anything earth shattering. Just pick up a tidbit here or there, understand it and apply it. Then sit back and learn to be wise in the Light of God’s love.

The Thankful Project

Micah 6:8 – “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thanksgiving has come and gone on the calendar. At my house, it was a time filled with food and family galore!

But as a princess, we should have thanksgiving in our heart each and every day. This verse in Micah reminds us that God has shown us what is good. Just look around you. It doesn’t matter if you are in the midst of the country or in the heart of the city. God’s goodness is everywhere. It is all in how you look at things and the attitude in your heart.

Because of His goodness, we are called to act justly. This always brings to mind the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Just be nice.

We are also called to love mercy. Be nice – don’t be ugly to people and hold grudges. Let them go – be free!

And we are called to walk humbly. Don’t think you are all that and a bag of chips. Be confident, not prideful.

Dear princess, I know there has been a 30 day thankful challenge going around. Let’s change things up and make it a lifelong thankful project.

Help! I’m broken!

Broken. Have you ever been broken?  I have experienced my first broken bone. I am healing great but being broken was a whole new thing for me. I had to learn how to allow others to help me.

The same is true when you are broken in spirit. You have to let God help you out of the mess you are in. There will come a time when you will have to let go of the need to be in control. Oh my, is that hard to do! We don’t like to relinquish that all-powerful feeling. But being broken in spirit demands it.

Psalm 51:16,17 – “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

God will not leave you in your darkest hour. He is the Light that you see burning when everything around you is black and dark. This is where He can do His greatest work.

When things look bleak and you are broken, princess, look for the Light and let Him make you into something new.

I’m late!

“I am late!” Ever felt that way? Some days it is whether or not you are able to function without being late!

What if you totally changed your perspective and saw being late as, say, protection from an accident? Or an opportunity to share Christ with someone?

Being late does not always have to be a bad thing. It is all about your perspective in doing so.

For example, we were on time and slightly early to leave for school today. So, we left. We got a ways down the road and I forgot something at home. We turned around to go and get it and immediately I began to feel anxious because I was afraid we would be late. Then, I heard that small voice – “Maybe I’m just protecting you from something.” Hum, I thought, what if my being late is not accident. What if my being late keeps from being in the wrong place at the wrong time? What if my being late is one more opportunity to spend some time with my kids?

Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Look at the verse and then look at my description of this morning. See the problem. Fear and anxiety.

I decided to change my attitude toward the whole situation. I choose confidence in God to supply my needs instead of worrying because I had failed.

Choose today, princess, to allow God to have control of all your situations, no matter how great or small. Do not fear but rather choose confidence in God. And when you are running around like the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, just let God have your “I’m late!”

Unique

You are unique. Do you realize that, princess?  You can look around at all the people around you and realize that even though we all came from the same two people, you are unique. There are things about you that only you (and God) know that make you who you are.

But before your personality bloomed, God knew you. He knew the ins and outs of your personality.

Psalm 139:13-16a – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

How cool is that! God made you special. He oversaw the knitting together of every fiber of your being.

We need to remember that, princess. We have a tendency to get lost in the shuffle – to forget that we are unique. Hold onto that, dear one. Don’t let anyone diminish your uniqueness. Be yourself. Wear that bizarre shirt or those really big earrings. Don’t be concerned about what others think. God made you unique and special.