Archive | June 2013

Daddy

Proverbs 23:22a – “Listen to your father, who gave you life …”

(The rest of the verse is about your mother and when she is old, none of us want to go there πŸ˜‰)

My dad. My dad was 50 years old when he went to be with The Lord. That was 11 years ago. I can keep up with that because my son was 3 months old when he died. I still remember him holding my son. He was the first one to rock him. A privilege I’m glad he got.

My children have never received a hug from their grandpa. They have never heard him sound like Donald Duck. They have never watched him clear his throat and push up his glasses whenever he had something of significance to tell you.

But I have those memories. And I share them as often as possible with my children. I tell my son that he is so much like his grandpa that he hurts! And it is true.

My dad was not perfect. He made mistakes. He made poor health choices. But he was a man that followed The Lord. He loved Him and sought to serve Him as best he could. That was my daddy. He would tell you about what The Lord had done for him. He would remind my brother and I about the Scripture and what it had to say on a matter.

I know that Father’s Day was yesterday, but you know me – a day late and a dollar short! If you have been blessed with a God-fearing father, listen to him. He wants only what is best for you. If your dad has not yet found The Lord, show him the Way. It will be the greatest thing you could ever do for your dad.

And remember our Heavenly Father. Listen to Him. For he is the One who gave you your father. This man you call daddy here on earth was specifically chosen for you in Heaven.

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Spoiler Alert!

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 each other with these words.”

😊 You just have to smile, don’t you? I can picture it in my mind, in slow motion of course. It looks like the announcing of The King – which is exactly what it is.

Wouldn’t you love to be near a graveyard when this happens? If you don’t follow Christ, you may pee your pants. But as a follower, oh man! Won’t it be cool!

God inspired Paul to write these words to give us hope and encouragement. Sister, this is what we have to look forward to! This is what it is all about – spending eternity with The One who gave His all for us.

Everything you do, everything you say should point people to this event and the finality of those who don’t come with us. We all need to do a better job of explaining what happens to those left behind.

We don’t want to talk about it. We don’t want to offend. But dear one, won’t they be offended when they miss it? Won’t they wonder why someone never really explained what would happen? We know the end of the story. Why do we treat it as a spoiler alert?

I don’t know how to answer. I’m just throwing it out there. I need to improve in this area. I have lots of people that need to hear the end of the story – and how to avoid it.

So today, princess, my challenge to you, and to myself, is to stop neglecting the end of the story and get to telling others how to avoid it. Go on, be brave. Don’t worry about the toes you don’t want to step on. This is eternity we are talking about here.

Shh, listen

Hebrews 3:15 – “As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.'”

We talk all the time. We talk to our family. We talk to ourself. We talk to God. But how good are we at listening to God?

They say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Well, all talk and no listen makes Jill (or Jack) a disobedient booger!

Really listening for God’s whisper upon your heart takes work. You have to want to hear it and when you do, you have to want to follow it. You have to be able to divide your attention from what is going in around you to what is being said in your heart. It is tough sometimes. Tough to hear and tough to follow.

Today princess, don’t find yourself in the “rebellion”, but rather find yourself listening for the guidance of God. Don’t just talk, listen.

Comments and brain changes

Psalm 15 – “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.”

Long verses, I know. But how convicting!

Slander has been on my heart and mind a lot lately. Not sure why. I think God is trying to show me how big it is in my life. I hear slander in my head and coming out of my mouth. Sad, I know. But how guilty are we all at this?!

Slander is tearing someone else down, just not to their face. That is bad news, sister. How often, though, are you standing in some sort of line checking out every one around you and making comments to yourself, if not to others, about how that person is dressed? Or how they wear their hair. Or how they are not managing their children. Or why do they really need that. You know what I mean. I am right there at the front of the line with guilt. Don’t think I’m berating anyone other than myself. Oh trust me, I have lots to say when standing in line.

But just hold on a minute and check out these verses in Psalm 15. According to this, I am not worthy to live in His sanctuary or live on His holy hill. Yikes! I feel like I am due for an earthquake!

It is my prayer this week to have The Lord reign in this problem of mine. I don’t know where you are in all of this, but I know this is a huge issue for me. And it is doing me no good. Nor is it setting a very good example for my children.

It is going to take a major brain adjustment to get the comments out of my head. It is a good thing I am counting on God to take care of this because I’m sure I would make a mess out of it all.

The Secret

Philippians 4:12,13 – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

I have read Philippians 4:13 a million times. I have read this chapter hundreds of times. But not until this morning did I put two and two together.

I have always looked at 4:13 as a way to uplift me to do it all. To be able to accomplish whatever God’s will was for me to do. And there is nothing wrong with that.

However, 4:13 is really the secret to contentment. Go on. Look back. Look it up in your own Bible. Never take what any one says as truth until you have verified it with the Truth.

You have no true strength unless you are rooted in Christ. You must have a relationship with Him. You must be unified with Him. When you have Him, you have every thing you need. You are content.

Have you ever experienced contentment? Being totally satisfied with where you are at and with what you have and with what you are doing? It doesn’t happen often. But when it does, you just have to smile. This should be a daily feeling – really a feeling you have every moment. To live in contentment means that you totally rely upon God to provide for you and your family. You appreciate all that He has given you and you would be completely satisfied if it stayed that way for the rest of your days. It makes new things that come your way a total and complete blessing. Try it.

This weekend, princess, try being totally satisfied with what is around you. If times are tough, appreciate the little things, like clean water and clean clothes. If times are abundant, don’t covet. Look around and thank God for all that He has blessed you with. And claim His strength. Claim it and watch how things turn around.

Sing on frog!

Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Cloudy. Rainy. Yuck. That has described the last few days here at my homestead. It has made the whole lot of us grumpy and sour.

This morning, I got up to have my Bible time and to watch the pool overflow. I noticed something – frogs. Lots and lots of frogs just singing their hearts out. They are so happy for the rain today. Roads are flooding. Rivers are forming around my house. Like I said, the pool is overflowing. My hair looks like bush-woman. But the frogs are happy.

All this craziness made me smile. What am I sour about? Hey, God allowed me to wake up and serve Him one more day. It may be raining, but…we do need the rain. The pool did need water. The grass needed water so the fire hazard will go away.

It is all about perspective. Once I quit thinking all about me and my hair, I see we needed to hear the frogs sing.

So today, princess, rejoice. Rejoice that this is the day that The Lord made for you. Fill it up with Him and let the frogs sing!

High Horse

Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Who among us does not have an issue with pride? I tell you what, my pride gets me in more trouble than anything I can think of – including gluttony! And that’s saying something!

Now without sounding cooky, let’s think on this for a minute. Sometimes God uses our pride to remind of of who is in charge. We get all puffed up about something and God has to deflate the balloon and remind us that we are no more than glorified dirt.

Psalm 119:67,71 – “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”

As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes we need to be knocked off our high horse. Sometimes it takes hitting the ground to knock some sense into us. Sometimes we need to be reminded to look up for what we need. And sometimes our pride needs to be hurt just to keep it all in perspective.

This lesson hits close to home. I like to think I do pretty good. Then I stop. I see that nothing I am, nothing I have and nothing I do is worth a hill of beans without Christ.

Today, princess, remember where you fit in in the scope of eternity. Don’t climb up on that high horse today. Walk beside it and know where the source of all thing lies – with Christ.