Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Jews following their law again--what about those times when they needed to pray and were on a high place? Would they not interact with God just because they were on a high place? Maybe this was another subtle way for Gentiles to know Christ knew his place--and, it was where He most intimately met His Father, sometimes all night.
Quiet time with Jesus= imperative! He gives rest, rejuvenation...listens to confessions, gives guidance, yet listening must be part of it, too.
When and where is your “high, quiet place” with Jesus?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I don’t know about you, but I’m afraid of the consequences this will have at all Wendy’s restaurants…Arby’s serves only “Pepsi” products, yuuuuuck! Oh well, business decisions change the world every day…Pray the “frosties” don’t go away! Speaking of consequences, His Word tells us “sin” has consequences—natural results for wrong decisions or possibly an understanding of God disciplining His children. My parents disciplined me and my sister as children. And by the way, our responses to these “disciplinings” made a difference in the length of my sentence! Did you ever hear any of these?
"Clothes placed in the hamper will get washed." my Mother would say. The consequence if not in the hamper: you wash them or wear them dirty! Let’s just say, when I moved out I knew how to do laundry : )
My Daddy would chip in and say "Your Mother serves good suppers--you’re expected to “at least try” everything on the table.” If you didn’t eat, another meal will not be prepared and no snacks after supper (...we could eat yesterday’s leftovers though).
What if we began seeing teens moving away from the “specificity” our society has taught them...becoming adults who don't “ignoring their own responsibilities”? …picking up after themselves in homes, parks, restaurants; putting trash in the garbage rather than leaving it throughout the church following worship, not telling policemen “it’s a stupid law” when they run the red light. Maybe, one day.
My Mom specifically told me, “When you’re at whichever host’s table, taste and try to eat their dinner...show your appreciation for their having invited you.” Its a matter of showing your family-taught manners to friends and family you love. I hurt when I seeing someone refuse a host's lovingly-prepared food not getting eaten because it doesn’t “meet the guest’s expectation, no matter what the reason.” Both my parents encouraged us to step out and try new things, and they let us fail while we were still in their house (so they could later talk us through the low spots and ask what we had learned). They taught us how to pick ourselves up and start again--to understand the concept of “not always having our way” all the time.
Consequences…yes; Thank you, Jesus, for blessing me with a Mother who quoted and showed us Proverbs 3:11-12: “Do not despise the Lord's discipline (or my Daddy's) and do not resent his rebuke (or my Mother's), because the LORD (and my parents) discipline those he (they) love(s), as a father the son he delights in."
Now I’m quoting Proverbs.
Where are you seeing parents instilling consequences in their children?
Monday, April 21, 2008
Jesus was on a “healing-relationships” mission from Heaven for His Creation’s sake, and He often sought time with God in prayer while he was present on Earth. He sought to teach us THE TRUTH, HEAL the sick, FEED the hungry, and often time would run out and he would be drained and tired from all those who "pulled at Him".
It saddens me--on Friday,April 18, we lost a “mentor of selfless servant hood”. Selfishly sad because I will not get to enjoy hugging and talking with one of Jesus' saints any more in this lifetime--Dorothy Pepper opened her eyes one last time, looked to Heaven and was ushered into Eternity. At 99 years young, her eyes still danced like a young woman and her tight-lipped kisses were sought treats by us “yungins” when she was able to sit in the middle section on the second pew in the church, wrapped in her soft sweater. Her lipstick on your lips was a trophy, for sure…you see, when she was sharing her heart with you, she would peck you on the lips! WOW! 1909-2008, I watched how she made her “dash” count; she richly loved and taught her family (and all those around her) about Jesus’ love…in everything she did. He welcomed her with loving arms and she was able to give Him a peck!
Throughout my Mom’s life she has “bent over backwards” to please friends and family around her--cooking, cleaning, sewing, hugging, caring. She is my mentor for “heartfelt” service to those she loves and to those she doesn’t even know, “giving herself and her time away”. How grateful I am to have her legacy of prayer, singing, and teaching. She loves Jesus with her whole heart and made it her job to show that to me, my sister and my Daddy. Her tears still often come as she shares what He has done in her life! That “selflessness” way of life appears to be harder to find these days, and I strive to leave this same thing for my daughter, so His love will be passed on throughout generations. (I'm nowhere as good at it as she is because I often let me get in the way.)
Lord, help me remember: “You will fight for me; I need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13). You are my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). You will lead me when I am blind by ways I have not known, along unfamiliar paths You will guide me; You will turn the darkness into light before me and make the rough places smooth. These are the things You will do; You will not forsake me (Isaiah 42:16).
As my Mommy and Mrs. Pepper taught me,
- READ His Word
- Pray constantly … confess often
- Obediently walk
- Listen…He’ll make His voice loud and clear!
- Dwell on His Promises
“Call to me and I will answer you; and tell you great and unsearchable things!”
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Succeeded Brent, New
Learned names, Teens’ hearts opened
Building trust, devoted
Togetherness in God’s Word, fellowship
Many homes hosted, always stood on chairs
December Third, his B’day
Calls galore, brownies, Peeps, Krystal, Starbuck's
Shared his day
Prepared weekly lessons, staff meetings
Bounced ideas, Nooma videos inspired
Mentor, guide, Pastor D
Collins Hill, Central, Mill Creek
Peachtree Ridge, GAC, Providence, Brookwood, too!
Lunch visits, high fives, big hugs
New worship service, then came Equate
Loving ALL teens, Christ’s compassion
Built Christ’s vision
January, betrothed here
"R", heart’s desire, soul mate
Whose name inspires smiles.
Gobbler, Super Bowl
Family Life Center, waiting tables, inflatable bouncing
Served plates, welcomed visitors
Laguna, Spiritual refuge
Love sheets, praised with “Less”
Bus caravan, unshackled souls slumbered
Lawrenceville neighbors saw God’s hands
TB, June 20, now experiencing Glory
Campground Tuesdays--Joy Class ruled
Thursdays-- skits, non-stop laughter
Fridays, tear-stained altars
AdCour, ErBlon, KathPet, helpmates
In our hearts, forever!
To Mt. Bethel (NOT), our one-and-only, AlWhit
Still teaching, “It’s still about Christ and His teens”!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Here's the pattern: WD-40, but WWJD
Protects silver from tarnishing but
Psalms 41:2 The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies.
Removes road tar /grime but
Isaiah 25:8 Yes, he'll banish death forever. And God will wipe the tears from every face. He'll remove every sign of disgrace From his people, wherever they are. Yes! God says so!
Cleans/lubricates guitar strings. But,
Hebrew 9:13 If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out.
Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery. But,
Psalms 37:6 He will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.
Keeps flies off cows. But,
Exodus 8:31 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So many things in today's STREAMS IN THE DESERT touched further on the "quick fix" that BE STILL & KNOW wrote about today. (Mrs. Charles Cowman...paraphrased from the entire article).
A beautiful grain of corn--broken up in the earth--dead, its inner heart sprouts forth--bears hundreds of other grains.
On and on, all through history, and all spiritual life, God must have BROKEN THINGS.
Broken in wealth, Broken in self-will, Broken in ambitions, Broken in beautiful ideals, Broken in worldly reputation, Broken in affections, Broken in health; those despised, utterly forlorn, helpless; Holy Ghost--seizing upon and using for God's glory.
"The lame take the prey," Isaiah tells us.
The dictionary gave one of many definitions of broken as: reduced to submission. And...in math, "reduced" means to change the denomination or form, (but not the value) ....and submission's definition is humble obedience.
God wants us to come to Him in humble obedience yet at the same time He does not reduce our value...He gave up EVERYTHING for our value!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It was “ambulatory surgery”…so they made him GIT UP and WALK to surgery. (kinda reminded me of the moment Jesus told the paralytic to GIT UP and WALK!) I watched hubby walk away with his 2 bags, 1 clothing and 1 IV--following the nurses in his "designer gown" to the operating room.
Surgery went well--PT has been scheduled for Wednesday 8am uuuuugggghhhh! Thank you, Jesus for pain meds. When I got to see him in recovery, he was nodding in/out eating peanut-butter-cheese crackers and drinking water…meds had him so relaxed he forgot he was chewing and sprayed tiny orange crumbs all over his new black sling. I was scared he was gonna start chewing his tongue.
Slept all the way home except when he would startle awake asking again what time it was...probably the 10th or 11th time. Once home, he wanted to stay in the car!
Greatly enjoyed and was so thankful for JH making dinner(chicken casserole, corn, fruit medley, chocolate-frosted sheet cake, YUMMMMM!).
Recuperating slowly...Thanks for all your prayers, everybody!
Monday, April 14, 2008
shoulder surgery awaits CK in the next few hours and I'm honestly anxious for him.
Having been "under the knife" myself several times, "prep night" and "pre-op" activities always have a way of making it "real" before you get to it.
Last night's youth program even dealt with this subject, so God was preveniently going before us again...putting his Word in front of my face...reminding me: Phil. 4:16 "Be anxious in nothing" .
Then, this morning's "STREAMS" contributed its part. The following is paraphrased for "emphasis".
All day long…when you wake in the night, whatever consumes,
speak to our Lord--your heart.
"By prayer and supplication,":
Earnest, persevering; going on and waiting, waiting on God.
Always present--He saved you from Hell…gave you His Holy Word, His Son, the Holy Spirit
—your reasons for thanksgiving!
"And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.":
Precious blessing--known experimentally at first…it passeth understanding.
Walk in the spirit, more abundantly glorify God
George Mueller, Life of Trust
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
It helps us understand--valleys truly do become mountaintops...and during struggles KNOW that on the other side will be HIS GLORY! Reminds me of Paul's words about being thankful in suffering...the key word being IN. We always strain so hard to get out of suffering when we are closest to our LORD while we are IN it. NOW, to a funny....."Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice,And he who suffers most has most to give."
Jesus and Satan have an argument --"Who's the better programmer. " They agree to hold a contest--God will be the judge. They set themselves before their computers and begin.
Typing furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen. Seconds before the end, a bolt of lightning struck taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power is restored--God announces that the contest is over and asks Satan to show his work. Satan is visibly upset and cries, "I have nothing! I lost it all when the power went out."
"Very well, " says God, "let's seehow Jesus fared." Jesus enters a
command, and the screen comes to life--vivid display,an angelic choir poured forth from the speakers. Satan is astonished. He stutters, "But how?! I lost everything! How did he do it?!"
God chuckles, "Jesus saves!"
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
...Saturday morning's drive was wet...littered with several wrecks along the way...Andrew asked for prayer as we drove by a flipped humvee. Andrew had checked--Eufala WAS having their antebellum festival (or whatever they call it) so we went another way through Enterprise, AL (we "yelled, Hail, Hail, home of Allen!" : ) ...then continued praying for safe travel.
Fearing a deluge of raindrops at the lunch rest stop; we were thankful when He gave us a reprieve--the clouds got thicker but the rain subsided as we piled 200 sub sandwiches, varied condiments, and chocolate chip cookies under the small pavilion. Stokes and Matthew slipped on gloves to help serve tomatoes, lettuce and pickles-- others directed them to drinks, napkins and cookies. Once we cleaned up and gave our leftovers to the caretaker staff at the rest stop, we returned to the buses...a few minutes later the rain emerged again.
Reaching the coast, we crossed over the inter-coastal waterway and the kids began to squeal...I was on one of the buses with lots of 6th graders. Within just a few minutes we were turning on a side street, heading down Kelly with Laguna Christian Center in sight. There in the afternoon drizzle stood Allen, in his khaki-beige cargo shorts, flip flops and his red windbreaker, hood up, filming us as we pulled into Laguna's alley way. He was eager to greet us and capture the moment...he reminded me of Paul anticipating the return of his disciples.
The light showers ensured quick exits from the bus as sleepy students and stiff counselors snatched overnight bags, heavy drink coolers and cumbersome carry-ons from the belly of the mammoth buses, peeling off in every direction seeking cover. Wet, but safe.
(More later...my eyes won't stay open)
Friday, April 4, 2008
"Come, tell Me all that ye have said and done,
STREAMS poem, C. Spurgeon
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Chicken salad, lettuce, honey-sesame crackers, apples, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches were the spread as we enjoyed catching up...then came pictures, of course, and chasing Channing's 16th birthday mylar balloon in the hallway, playing chase while "Fafe" slept, sitting in the floor building a farm with waffle blocks, and watching Clifford on tv...a great afternoon if you ask me.
Lord, bless this precious family, their travels back and forth from the southside of town, their growing to know each other and finding their "new" normal. Bless their obedience in following your ways by living out your Scripture and teaching Your Word. I am blessed to have them in my life and forever cherish the time I have with them
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Jeremiah 17: 7-10
...become like trees with roots near rivers
Never a worry, serene, calm--even in droughts, fresh fruit every season
Turn from God??
...become hard hearted…dark, deceitful, a puzzle…
But God searches, examines minds (root...heart…)
as really are, not as pretend
Thank you, Lord for reassuring us that ..."The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the ones who seek him! (Lamentations 3:25)