Monday, January 20, 2014
Monday, November 18, 2013
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
(Now that's a perfume that is always noticed.)
Monday, October 24, 2011
So I took this past week for my "quiet and rest" as I said in my last post. I was blessed to spend it in Destin, Florida, and I definitely found my quiet moments there:) I tried to hide the car keys so Hubby wouldn't be able to take us home, but he found them, so back North we go.
Will you dare take that leap? He's there, waiting.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It’s springtime and things have been crazy around our home. Between finishing our homeschooling for the year, little league and spring fever, not much indoors has been accomplished. Yep, the house is a mess – just ask my husband. So yesterday I told my kids they needed to clean their disaster areas, err…bedrooms…before they could play.
Meanwhile, I worked on Mount Laundry.
Some time later my children informed me their rooms were complete. I checked on them and stood amazed. Shiny and clean, with minimal complaints while doing them – what great kids. Giving my okay, they ran past me to play outside and I returned to the laundry.
Well, I finally scaled my mountain and headed to put the items away. Normally my children need to put their own clothes away, but they’d been so good about cleaning their rooms that I decided to do it for them. The first closet I opened nearly buried me alive. Upon closer inspection, I found under their beds held whatever the closets could not. They hadn’t cleaned their rooms, they’d just hidden their messes.
After I brought them back inside and set them to cleaning – again – God hit me with this little thought. Don’t we sometimes do the same thing? God asks us to clean something out of our lives and we shove it into the corner, claiming we’ve dealt with it and hoping He no longer sees it. On the outside, our lives look all neat and tidy, but on the inside they are a raging mess. Then someone walks by and unsuspectingly opens our closet door and gets dumped on.
Here’s the thing, we may successfully hide our stuff from the people around us - though they often fall victim to our avalanches - but do we really think we’ve hidden anything from God? His Word clearly states that “you justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows you hearts.” (Luke 16:15) You’re not hiding a thing from Him. And it’s not doing you, or those around you, any good to keep your mess.
So go clean your room. I know it’s not always fun and that you’d rather keep playing, but it needs to be done. You can’t find anything in the chaos, and you don’t have room for anything new because you’re overrun by the old. People around you are wondering where that ‘drive-by’ dumping came from and you’re left feeling out of control. Listen to your Father’s voice calling you back inside, telling you it’s time to clean it all out, because the only thing you should be hiding in your heart is His Word. So come on, grab your Bible, get on your knees, and start cleaning. Things will look a lot better once you’re done.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I posted on my Facebook that only God can paint a picture with the color white. Take nothing and make it something. It is truly inspiring. I find that I am often inspired by His nature.
I am lucky enough to live in a place with four distinct seasons. Each year I get to watch God’s story of our lives unfold around me. It starts with Fall, a season where things are dying, making me think of our sinful nature. Now, we all know sin. Whether we’ve been saved or not, we have a sinful nature that brings death. Yet look what happens with God’s power in our lives. We call on Him, profess him as Lord, BELIEVE in Him, and “Though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Winter. It is the season where all that death is covered with a blanket of white. Cleansing. A place for a fresh start. Beauty in it’s simplicity. This is the picture that caught my eye this morning. It was like standing in the middle of God’s grace. And the entire time we’re admiring it, something new is taking place. Life is getting ready to break forth.
Spring. It’s name says it all. Life is springing up new around us in brilliant bursts of color. Sounds explode as everything comes alive, singing God’s praises, showing it. He's doing a new work in us. Making all things new again. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up…” (Isaiah 43:18) And He doesn’t just stop there with life beginning. He shines the son on it, grows it, deepens its roots so it can thrive.
Summer. Life in full swing. Days full of light and warmth. Productivity. Beauty. Hardly any night. It is an amazing place to be. One we wish could last forever, and someday will.
See, He will be the Light of our world. It’s not just the seasons He’s given us as a picture, but even each day. Night comes, blocking out the light and there are times in our lives where it feels like the night has won. But just hold on. Dawn is coming. It never fails to do so. And with it a promise that one day, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelations 22:5) (Can I get an AMEN!)
So when life is buzzing around you, when you feel overwhelmed, just stop. Look around you at the painting God has placed you in. See the reminders He’s given you that you are not alone. That time keeps moving forward. Daybreak comes. Life springs forth again. It can't help but have to. It's God's nature.