Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crazy Praise


Dance in abandon. Raise your hands and sing—even if you’re off key. Clap your hands. Maybe even be reduced to tears—happy ones.
Praise. Crazy like.
Be like David as he danced before the Lord with all his might. He was King. You know people were watching him. His wife Michal was embarrassed. But what was his response? “I was dancing before the Lord! He picked me! So I celebrated before Him. My dancing may appear foolish. My singing may humble me. But it’s not about me. I’m going to praise Him!” (my paraphrase of 2 Samuel 6:21-22)
Remember today – He picked you. Saved you by grace. Washed away all your sin. Made you a new creation. You are no longer who you were, but you’re becoming who He created you to be. That’s worth maybe a Hallelujah or two.
PRAISE THE LORD AND GLORY HALLELULJAH!
Go ahead, pull out the David in you and give Him a little crazy praise today.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Love, Lofts, and Rocking Chairs

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary. Look at those crazy kids up there, beaming, no cares in the world, living on love. Reality hit the next morning. No one told me he was a morning person. Now, there’s a lot I could say about love, even pull out 1 Corinthians 13. Instead I’m just going straight to—love is tough!

See, while Hubby and I have a lot of similar interests, there’s a lot of differences too. Hubby is not a talker, but I am. When he’s upset, he likes time to process, while I want to “talk it through”. He’s the classic optimist, I’m a realist (or in his words, a pessimist, but really, don’t you need to know all the scenarios that could happen? And plan for them?). He loves large crowds and talking to everyone he meets, I like wide-open spaces and clam up in a crowded room. Oh, and his ideal retirement plan? A loft in the middle of a bustling city. I’d like a couple acres, porch and rocking chair. How did we ever end up together?

That’s simple. God. And I think His plan was to teach us something about ourselves. Well it has worked.

That’s what love does. It pushes us beyond ourselves—way beyond ourselves. It shapes us into new people. Hopefully ones that begin to resemble God. Because ultimately, that’s who we’re supposed to look like here on this earth. What will you do today to move beyond yourself? Me? I guess I’ll figure out a place to put a rocking chair in a city loft someday.

14 years later, a couple more cares, grounded in a bit more reality, but we're still smiling and living on love...awww:)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bookshelf Friday - The Bible

The Bible, a non-fiction read penned by man but breathed into life by God (see 2 Timothy 3:16), is an absolutely amazing non-fiction read! Packed with thrills, adventures, drama, comedy and romance you'll want to pick it up today.

I have to admit, I’ve read portions of this book throughout my life. Recently I decided to sit down and read it cover to cover and—at only ½ through—already I give it five stars.

If you’re an adventure reader, check out Genesis as the Israelites flee Pharaoh, led by Moses. Or, check out all the battles that occur throughout Kings and Chronicles.

Looking for thrills? Check out the amazing miracles Jesus Christ performed throughout the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The Man even walked on water, people! He was radical in His message and how He approached the leaders of His time. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you read how they received Him.

I laughed my way through the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. His humor as he proves Who is the one true God—definitely not Baal—cracked me up.

Drama ensues as Mary gives birth to our Savior in Luke and chapters later we watch Him die on the cross--for us. The entire earth goes black and shakes, rocks split in two...all seems lost. But…wait for it…three days later He rises again—from the grave! Talk about taking your from the depths of sorrow to the height of joy!

If you’re a true romantic at heart, check out the story of Ruth and Boaz, Song of Songs, or the Knight who charges in on His white horse in Revelations, coming just for us!

And these are just some of the stories. But it’s not just stories. Have you ever wished your children were born with a manual on how to raise them? Ever wondered how to manage your finances? Sought answers for what integrity looks like or how to have a happy marriage? It’s all here! In this one book.

If you don’t have a copy, run out and get one today. It's available in almost every color and language. You can pick a copy up at most stores, or your local church. This is a must-have for whatever genre you read. The only book you’ll really ever need.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The More I Seek You...

After Monday's post, this song kept playing through my head. Thought I'd share it this morning. I love the image of crawling into His lap, feeling His heartbeat. He is there, waiting for you to seek Him.

Blessings today:)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lovely Encouragement

Two fun things came my way last week, both a bit of encouragement during a week that God knew I needed it. Thought I'd share.

First, FaithWriters asked to use on of my blogs again. I love this site and was happy to have a chance to send them one. It'll be up tomorrow if you want to check it out then: http://faithwriters.com/blog/2011/09/21/insufficient-insignificant/

Second, I received a "Lovely" award from a friend of mine, Jackie Layton. Thanks Jackie!


Passing it on requires me to list seven random things about myself, so here goes:

1. Fall's my favorite time of year.
2. I'm not much for candy, but cannot pass up a baked good.
3. I'm not good with chit-chat (makes me break out in a cold sweat), but I love to talk.
4. I can read a book--or two--in a day.
5. I struggle to remember names, but seem to have no problem with random facts that I may never use again.
6. I love fast-paced word games. Scrabble Slam, Bananagrams, Boggle...
7. I hate birds chirping in the morning. Give me quiet, and my coffee, then nature can sing:)

Now, I'm supposed to pass it on, and I am, but I'd like to do it a little differently. I want to highlight a few blogs from a group of ladies who are doing something absolutely Lovely themselves. Some of these ladies I've gotten to know and follow their blogs, and some were new to me. You'll want to check them all out. They have a huge heart for God and have started a Facebook page called Living by Grace. It's a wonderful place for discussion and growth centered around digging into God's grace. Here's the line-up:


And here's the link to their Facebook page. Enjoy and have a blessed day everyone!

Living by Grace

Monday, September 19, 2011

Behind the Mess



Wednesdays are our really, really long day. Last week when we got home, my youngest decided to pull out all our dominoes and spread them over the kitchen table. She was being creative--and quiet--so I left her to play until it was time to tuck her in.

The next morning I woke up early, relishing the quiet in my home. It's about the only quiet I get all day. I go into stealth mode. My daughters' rooms are not too far from my kitchen, and they hear everything. So, picking up dominoes would have to wait until they woke up. I could do my devotions around those hundred little white tiles. Problem was, my Bible wasn't on the sofa table as usual. It wasn't on the kitchen table. Nor the counter. Nor by my bed. I spent a good ten minutes silently scouring the house and came up with nothing. Frustrated, I went back to the kitchen and stared at the table. As my Dad used to say "it couldn't have grown legs and walked away".

It hadn't.

After another five minutes I discovered it--under the pile of dominoes.

God chuckled at me, I'm sure I heard Him. "See, I'm always here, even behind the mess."

I shook my head, even as His words hit my heart, so true, so simple. And oh, how we need to know that truth! To have eyes to see past the clutter and find Him. All too often we ask God, "Where are you?" We focus on the mess in front of us and miss Him right there, smack-dab in the middle of it.

I don't know what your mess is today--depression, anger, sickness; whatever it may be--but I do know this: He's there.

Seek Him today. You will find Him. He's right there, waiting...just listen to His promise,
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer.29:13 And He never promises something He won't fulfill.

Blessings today:)

Looking for more promises that He's there? Check out: Deut. 4:29, Prov. 8:17




Friday, September 16, 2011

Bookshelf Friday - Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll

I grew up on Indiana Jones--had a crush on Harrison Ford and all:) Hubby, the kids and I all love the National Treasure movies. Big adventure/treasure hunting, things like that, count me in. So I was excited to find Jefferson Burke at our church library. The cover snagged me immediately, and hubby even nodded his interest after reading the back. Maybe a book we could both read~nearly unheard of around our home.

Here's a small blurb:

Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll is a mystery as old as the Christian church wrapped in a modern-day thriller. Though an unwilling hero, professor Jefferson Burke's intellectual curiosity pits him against the powerful Bruno Krueger in a race to find a 2000-year-old scroll that calls into question the divinity of Christ and could shake the foundation of Christian faith, upsetting the balance of power in the modern world. Their deadly quest spans the globe, involving officials from the Vatican, CIA and FBI agents, British royalty, a Hollywood actress, and modern terrorists. This classic battle of good vs. evil will hook believers and doubters alike. The uncertainties raised by the very existence of the elusive scroll will have every reader questioning the basis of their faith and wondering what would happen if certain fundamental truths suddenly were proven untrue. Artfully and thoughtfully told, this is the kind of action-packed adventure story that will keep loyal Ace Collins readers---and increasing legions of new fans---coming back for more

The book did not disappoint with adventure on every page. Krueger played a perfect villian, often sending chills up my spine. Burke and Cho made a great tactical pair, though if you're looking for a sweet romance-while present-it is not strong in this book. Solving the puzzles that lead to the elusive scroll take the main stage. Also, history is woven throughout, some of it used to suit this purely fictional tale.

While I do believe Ace could have come up with a stronger ending, the book as a whole was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the movies I mentioned above.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Faithful

As you know, I love my hymns:) This one has been on my heart lately.


Lord, we praise you for your faithfulness. Morning by morning you are here...with all we need. Let us see today all the ways that your faithfulness abounds in our lives. Big and small, we praise you for it all.

Monday, September 12, 2011

God is in control

It's as simple as the title today.

Ever feel like God's moving and shaking things around you? Chances are, He is. And He's doing it to get your attention.

Lately I've felt the pull away of many things dear to me, and I'm not quite sure what God's doing. But I do know this. Always, He is in control. He has a plan. And while there's sadness in change, I'm madly in love with Him and ready for wherever He's taking me.

So I'd planned on writing a blog on this whole feeling of overwhelmingness and God's faithfulness through it, but--believe it or not--my computer crashed this weekend taking many of my files with it. While I'm waiting to see if I get them back or not, this simple blog today will have to do.

God is in control:)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

So Happy

Here they are - our first day of school...don't they look thrilled? :)


I get up at least an hour before my kids to have my own quiet time and prepare for the day. I play my hymns, read the Bible, journal, and hubby tip toes around. (Thanks hubby) But when it's finally time to wake up the kids, hymns just don't cut it. So here's our morning song ~ the music gets you grooving (and my kids LOVE my moves), the lyrics get you praising. Good Morning!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Whatcha Reading?



If you read my Monday post, you know this is my vacation week with hubby and our kids. Limited internet, and no time for computer has kept me focused on family and away from my task list. It's been good:) Especially because hubby and I have found lots of quiet time to sit in the sun and read. So, rather than a book review this week, I'd love to know:

~what are you currently reading?
or
~your favorite book of all time.
(fiction or non-fiction for either)

I tend to lose myself in books, which means my free-reading time is slipping away with summer - unless I can convince hubby to let the kids and I read all day rather than doing schoolwork! So, this weekend I'm looking for a few more good reads to cram in before school starts on Tuesday. Whatcha got for me?