Sunday, October 5, 2014

How Firm a Foundation

     Michael and I have been on an exhaustive search for a new mattress for twelve years now.  Short of the two extremely pricey brands on the market, we have tried almost every brand known to man
  • We have traded sides of the bed. 
  • We have traded mattresses with our daughter. 
  • We have added 2, 3, and 4-inch foam toppers.  
  • We have flipped, twisted, and turned the mattress of the moment every two weeks. 
     Our latest purchase is a feather bed topper. It was super fluffy the first night, was heavenly to sleep on, but now I spend way too much time before bed each night taking sheets off  in order to fluff and manipulate those pesky, pokey feathers back into shape.  *Sigh.* 


One night as I was begrudgingly stripping the sheets to do the mandatory shake of the topper, it struck me how our mattress woes really mirror what some of us go through spiritually.    We toss and turn through the waves of life, keeping our eyes on the storm, looking down, disabled and dissatisfied with what’s under our feet.  In order to cope, we often try to cover up our fears with fluffy, pretty things like staying busy with the kids, watching mindless television shows, checking our newsfeed, or telling all our problems to anyone who will listen---all the while, missing the most important solution.
            “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?” [How Firm a Foundation by R. Keen].    

Ohhhhh, the Foundation!!  That’s the ticket!  Relying on the foundation of God’s Word to seek out the answers to our problems, how often we miss it!!  The beautiful, beautiful Gospel truth can prevent so much unrest in our lives.  Instead of wearing ourselves out trying to reconfigure the storms so they appear less scary to us, we should be spending our time in a state of spiritual rest which can only be found in seeking His face and reading His Word, and accepting His grace
“When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
I think we’ll start saving for a new box spring today.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If You Give a Kid A Camera: After the Rain Edition


If you give a kid a camera . . . she'll find the pot at the end of the rainbow.


If you give a a kid a camera. . . she'll find the things that praise in ways we cannot.  


If you give a kid a camera . . . she'll make the ordinary seem like a trip down a Rabbit Hole.




If you give a kid a camera. . . she'll quickly find evidence of His supply.

If you give a kid a camera . . . she'll find happy dancers ready for their close up.


If you give a kid a camera. . .she'll look at things in more than one way. 



If you give MY kid a camera after the rain . . . she'll make her Mama's heart be renewed by the beautiful perspective of a child!




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When God Whispers

Whisper . . .

Last week I was over at my daughter's house, playing with my grand-lovelies while their mama ran some errands, when Cooper (age 3) started having a meltdown.  His whining became more and more exaggerated, and when I tried to scoop him up to help him calm down, he grabbed my face with both hands and proceeded to PINCH me as hard as he could! Yeee--oooouuuchh!!! Man, it hurt so bad my eyes watered.

I quickly put him in the floor below me and scolded him with a loud voice.  Oh my goodness, you would have thought I beat him! His bottom lip started quivering and he started bawling.  It broke my heart.

I picked him back up, and in between his dramatic screams of anguish, I whispered to him. Yes, whispered.  No yelling, no raised voice to try to be louder than he was---just a whisper.

And you know what? He stopped crying. He started straining to hear what I was saying.  He answered my questions, and I felt his body relax against me.  He allowed me to hold him for several minutes, then hopped down to run off and play again.

As I drove back home that day, I thought about how God watches us pitch our dramatic hissy fits and knows that the best way to really get us to listen is to simply whisper.   He knows that in between our screams against the current injustices in our lives, whispers will be heard louder than any decibel of action.  

The hardest part about this? Ceasing our incessant whining long enough to actually hear God's whispering voice.   

My sweet friends, please let God scoop you up and hold you. He longs to comfort you, to quiet your fears, and to love you through the tough stuff.  Hang on, hang in there, and keep listening for His voice. 

Source: tjax.wordpress.com


Whisper.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Reach

http://katemotaung.com/2014/08/28/five-minute-friday-reach/


[Joining a wonderful group of bloggers who take a key word each week and write about it for five minutes. Today's word: Reach.]

#fmfparty


Reach. 

Reaching the hurting is always easier when you've been through the fire yourself. 

Reaching out with your own ability seems impossible without His hand guiding you. 

Reaching beyond your capacity means you have to take down a few stubborn walls. 

Reaching beyond your boundaries is only possible with a holy roadmap. 

Soooooo . . . 

Reach above your limited goals. 

Reach the unlovable and the unreachable. 

Reach, knowing the One who can command great divides to be as none, will be by your side. 

Reach. 

" I cried to the Lord for His help. And He heard me from heaven; my cry reached His ears." Psalm 18:6


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Change

[Joining a wonderful group of bloggers who take a key word each Friday and write about for five minutes! Today's word: CHANGE.]





"Be the change you want to see in the world."

When I was younger, I thought I could change others just by talking to them, by reasoning with them, by convincing them my way was better than their way.  

Well, guess what? Lo and behold, I have ZERO power to change people. While people may listen to me and may even have good intentions to change, until the Holy Spirit gets inside their hearts and slaps them upside their heads, there will not be any long-term or life-altering changing. 

Releasing this huge realization to God was extremely freeing for me.  I no longer tried to change my husband, my friends, my children.  I stopped agonizing over the lack of change in them. The level of acid in my stomach was cut in half.  I still offer my love and advice in small ways, but I leave the serious, soul-stirring changing to the One who can make the jaw-dropping, shaking-my-head results take place. 

Is there someone in your life you really wish would change? Are they acting ridiculously stupid? Are they consistently hurting your heart? Do you see a marriage in trouble because of a lack of change in one or both spouses? Do your children continue to rebel despite your efforts to make them obedient?   I challenge you to stop TALKING.  Seriously, stop talking to them about it, and commit instead to PRAYING about it for 30 days.  Every single day, quietly and without fanfare, lift that person before the Lord, and plead for the Holy Spirit to change their hearts, and for their actions to be in alignment with God's will.  

Are you guaranteed to see results in those 30 days? No, unfortunately that timeline is not in our hands. So pray another 30 days. And another. Again and again and again, if necessary.  

Seeking His face in this way, the change you seek may just be in your own heart. 



"He will change you into a holy people dedicated to Himself; this He has promised to do if you will only obey Him and walk in His ways." Deut. 28:9 


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sometimes Ya Gotta Put Your Foot Down!




Are you fighting a battle today? Maybe the source of the battle is from someone very close to you. That is so tough, huh? Instead of fighting, please join me in finding joy today by standing up against the continuing attacks of the enemy! How? By being still before the Lord, and allowing Him to fight for you!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

No Record of Wrongs

Maybe you saw this in the news last week.  A husband, fed up with his wife saying "no" to sex, kept an Excel spreadsheet of all the excuses she gave him over a six-week period of time.  Oh my word!  Maybe your first reaction was thinking it was funny, but it struck me very differently.
 


I was appalled at this story for so many reasons, and maybe not for the reasons you may think. 

The very first thing that popped into my mind was  1 Corinthians 13:5 "...love does not keep a record of wrongs."  It's bad enough that we keep mental records of what our spouse does wrong---we sure don't need to be writing it down in black and white and saving it to our hard drives!! It truly hurt my heart for this couple. He was just waiting for her mess up, and that is a tough way for a wife to live in a marriage.

But more than that, I felt bad for the husband in this story, because his wife is clearly not honoring him. She is failing to offer her body to him in the Biblical, submissive way that a wife should.  I know the word "submissive" brings lots of high-strung reactions from some women, but please know this: God is very clear about our bodies belonging to our husbands in marriage.  (See Colossians 3:8 and 1 Peter 3:1.) This couple is clearly using sex as a weapon, and that can be such a tough road to travel.  

Obviously, if communication is going well in your marriage, saying "yes" is not hard to do.  Our husbands deserve for us to love them more than anyone else does. We need to be their biggest fan! They are a gift from God to us, and we are called to honor and love them--and they, us--including giving them the affection and attention they need and desire, without making excuses.  

Leave the spreadsheets to the accountants and just go love your spouse! 




"Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong." 1 Corinthians 13: 5 (TLB)




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