Archive | May 2013

Legos

My son loves Legos. Even at 11, you will sometimes find him in his room putting together those little pieces to create something unique. He has millions of tiny pieces that are all the shades of a rainbow. They are different shapes, serve different purposes and make whatever piece he is building totally and completely his.

Take a look at these verses:
Ephesians 2:19-22 – “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

I know this may sound demeaning and/or trivial, but are we not like Legos? Look at all the shades of people around you. Look at the wide variety of talents and abilities that each person has. Each person that has ever been born has the opportunity to become one with Christ. We all have to opportunity to be a part of this “building”. How cool is that! I don’t mind being a Lego!

Today, princess, appreciate the differences in those around you. Treasure their unique skin color and language and customs and talents. God did not create us all the same. He likes variety as much as we do. Encourage someone to seek out Jesus and become part of the amazing creation He is building in the hearts of those who choose to follow Him.

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Change

Proverbs 3:5,6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This was my uncle’s, who led me to the Lord, most favorite verse. He was a man of change and following The Lord. He served at several different churches and also began an outreach to college students through a local New Testament church. He also suffered through cancer, which brought even more change. But he did not fail to tell others of his Savior. And when The Lord called him home, he was ready for the final change. One day, I will see him again.

We typically hate change. We want to stay in our own little patch of grass and never venture out. But following Christ requires change – sometimes daily, sometimes occasionally.

We are not required to understand change. We are required to trust. We must choose to acknowledge that we have no idea what is going to happen but we know that God is leading the way.

We made a huge change about a year ago. Moving from snow to sun was huge for us. It meant a new school, new home, new church, new people – the works! But you want to know something? God was in it the whole way. Everything worked out according to His plan, not ours. We didn’t get our house as quickly as I wanted. Our other house didn’t sell as fast I thought it would. I still don’t have my house just the exact way I want it. But this change is happening gradually.

Think about a butterfly. When it changes from a caterpillar to a butterfly, there is no caterpillar left in the butterfly. It changes completely. But it takes a while.

Give changes that God orchestrates a little time. Let Him work. Don’t try to fully understand it while it is morphing – just roll with it. Give Him the glory for your change. He will never lead you astray.

Songs in the night

Psalm 77:1-2,5-6,11-12 – “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. My heart muses and my spirit inquired…I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

When I read these verses this morning, I thought about our veterans – not only those who have died but also those that lived.

We take so much of our freedoms for granted. We bicker and fuss over what should be allowed and what should be controlled.

Today, let’s put away our differences and remember those songs in the night, those who died for our right to be different.

And then, let us not forget the Supreme Commander-in-chief that gave the ultimate sacrifice for a higher freedom – Jesus Christ. Let us serve Him in truth and honor and be the soldier princess He has called us to be. March on, sister!

Rose Bushes

John 15:1,2 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Wow. I never really saw that this verse says that “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit”. I never paid attention to the “in me” part. Going to have to think on that one for a bit.

Well, the reason I looked at this verse today was because I am sitting at my kitchen table looking at my beautiful roses bushes. And they are beautiful. Back in the fall, I pruned them. Tentatively, granted, because I was afraid I would kill them.

God has to get out His pruning shears every now again in my life. Sometimes I feel like He is cutting down to the end of it all but I always make it. He always provides a way through it.

He does this to make us, as followers of Him, more beautiful. Just like I pruned my roses bushes to get more blooms, so He does to make me better.

The petals are beginning to fall off and more pruning is in order, but in their season, they were amazing.

Let your season bring forth an unspeakable beauty for the Master Gardener.

The Shell

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – “For The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air. And so we will be with The Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will!

My daughter brought home a shell she was given by a friend. It was a naturally hinged shell that she unhinged on the way home. I thought her lip would hit the floor, she was so upset. I told her we would fix it when we got home.

We get so upset when our shells get damaged. I’m not talking only about the ones we gather on the shore but also about the one you are in right now. Sometimes we forget that this body is just a shell. That we are meant for bigger and better things.

However, you have to roll with the punches and we have to take care of our shell. So many people are hurting – their shell is hurting or they are hurting their shell.

But one day (in the near future), we are going to say goodbye to this shell. We will be with the Father, either by death or rapture.

Rapture. How cool would it be to be standing in a graveyard on that day?! I get giddy just thinking about hearing that trumpet call me home. O, to be able to hug my Savior and tell Him I love Him face to face. I know I will have to get in line for that one, but I don’t mind the wait!

We need to live like at any moment The Lord will come-a-calling. Today princess, take some time and search out the eastern sky. Look for Him not only in the air but in every situation you find yourself in today. Tell someone how excited you are about the time that is coming where you finally see The Lord face to face.

My word!

James 3:9,10 – “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

Words. My pastor spoke this weekend about the danger and damage of words. They can be vicious. You can sheath a sword, but once a word is released, it can never return. Scary.

How do you use your words? I use mine in a variety of ways – sing praises to God, talk to my children, encourage my husband, tear people down (usually when that can’t hear me), express my anger and frustration. James nailed it – “My brothers, this should not be.” (Just insert sister, please.)

You know, Jesus reminds us in Matthew 12:34b – “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Yikes! Do NOT want to face that one, but it’s true. When you have love in your heart, love comes out. When you have yucky stuff in your heart, yucky stuff comes out. Inflow and outflow – it’s all physics! What you put in is what comes out.

What are you putting in? Do you fill your heart and mind with the things of God? Do you purpose in your day to please Him? Or do you fill your heart and mind with junk – things that are of this world and only have purpose and meaning right now? Don’t get down on yourself, princess. We all sway between what we know we should do and what we actually do. Romans 7:14 – “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” O Paul, you have such a way with words.

Today, princess, guard your words. Purpose in your heart to allow God to move this mountain and make all that you say bring Him honor and glory. It will not be easy but it will be good.

Promotion

Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus grew I wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

My son had 5th grade promotion the other night. My baby – getting ready to go to middle school. It doesn’t seem possible.

The middle school principal used this verse to remind us parents how much our child will change in the upcoming year. Do you realize that Jesus was middle school age when He was with the teachers in the Temple? Middle school! He was almost the age of my son! When you really stop and think about it, it can really blow your mind.

But just as my son is preparing for major changes, Jesus changed as well. Luke tells us that He changed in 3 ways: wisdom, stature and favor with God and men.
Jesus learned some things. Now don’t get me wrong, He was all God and all man. I just don’t think that He had access to all the info in His brain at a super young age. I think His learning opened the door to what He already knew. Are you with me?
Jesus grew physically as well. My, how my son is growing physically. I can’t keep the boy in church pants!
Jesus gained favor with God and men. I believe that He proved to be obedient. Well, He never sinned. So He had to be obedient!

Growing up around Jesus must have been a chore. Being around Perfection – One who never sinned – that had to be tough! My kids love to laugh about some of the conversations that must have gone on in Jesus’ home. Mary hollering at the other children, “Quit wrestling with Jesus! Don’t you know He is the King of kings! He could call the angels to tear you up!”

Sometimes we forget that in the extraordinary life of Jesus that He did ordinary things and had ordinary days. The only difference is that He didn’t sin.

My son is growing up. During the ceremony, we had to present our child with a wish. My wish was for him to grow up in the love and admonition of The Lord. I know the next few years are going to hold changes I cannot even imagine. But I am so grateful that I don’t walk the path alone and neither does my son. For with God, all things are possible.