Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday's Song

I get excited at the thought of corporate worship and having The Word come alive to me through the preaching of The Word.  It's Sunday.  I always seem to have a song in my heart on Sundays.  In the shower, the song seems to bubble up out of my spirit and I usually sing it over and over. It's like my spirit is preparing my soul for the hearing of The Word, which is going to produce faith.

This Sunday's song in my heart is Jesus, Name Above All Names.  I can't wait to get into the shower!  Do you have a Sunday Song?  Or a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday song?  Please share it with me.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Control-less

I've always said - because I believe it in my heart - that I can write better than I speak. (As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.)   Several weeks ago, a dear friend passed on and I was to speak at his wake.  I've spoken at wakes before - or I should say, read what I wrote.  Writing a eulogy was familiar; I trusted in my ability to write the words down.

So, for two days, I put pen to paper - nothing.  I put fingers to the keyboard, nothing.  Oh, my gosh....what will I do?  I don't like being out of my comfort zone, LORD.  The morning of the wake I knew that The LORD just wanted to me to speak from my heart - no pre-written words, not even a note.  I anguished over it.  But, LORD, I write better than I speak; can't I, please, write it down?!  

I knew I was to just speak.  So, I prayed for the right words.  I prayed for God's anointing.  I prayed that I wouldn't burst into uncontrollable tears. God answered my prayers. He did anoint me with just the right words, just the right stories, and just the right amount of tears. He proved Himself to me - again - because I dared to trust in Him. I finally got the message: It's really when I'm out of my comfort zone, and don't have control, that I fully let go and put my trust in God.  And He is ever faithful.

Please share one of your "out of my comfort zone" stories with me.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nature's Lessons

I love birds.  My dinning room has a large picture window which faces my side yard.  I have 8 feeders out there at the moment.  We get all different kinds of beautiful birds at our feeders. My favorites, though, are the male and female cardinals. They are always in pairs.  When one eats, the other always keeps watch, then they switch off.  The one always "has the other's back".

It's so peaceful to sit here and just watch them going about their business of eating. No stress, no strain, because they intuitively know our Heavenly Father supplies all their needs.  If they don't find the food at our house, they move on to the next house.  But, they don't stress, strain, or worry.
Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about our body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?                 ~ Matt. 6:25-27
Oh, Father, teach me to be more like your trusting creatures.  Show me how to rest in You - knowing, just as these birds do, that You will provide for me.  Thank You, Father!

Where's the Joy?

Did you ever release a balloon into the air?  There is something magical about it that brings out child-like, simplistic wonder as we watch it grow smaller and smaller and climb higher and higher.

I remember on one of my daughter, Alece's, first mission trips to Africa, as a teen, she took a package of balloons with her.  Something so simple that we take for granted, these African children had never seen before.  Alece was in awe of the excitement they experienced playing with balloons for the first time. It produced absolute joy in them and they screamed in reckless abandon.

What produces absolute joy in you?  Do you ever stop to think about it?  In our "adult" lives, we rarely take the time to think of such things - we're too busy playing "grown up".  Maybe we should more often, maybe our lives would be more energized. After all, "joy unspeakable and full of glory" is down inside us.  Maybe it's just waiting to be released, maybe we need to reconnect with the "little child" down inside of us and do something with reckless abandon.

I think I'll buy a package of balloons, head to the beach, and invite the little girl I used to know - a long time ago - to come out and play!

A Very Good Place to Start

Starting something new takes courage, no matter how small that "new" may be. To some this blog might seem like a truly small thing, but to me it is monumental because once again I'm stepping out in faith.  God encourages me, always, from His Word:
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly. ~ Job 8:7
I trust God with my whole heart and I know what He says in His Word doesn't just apply to this blog, but the whole latter end of my life's journey. This blog is my "one giant leap..." - not necessarily for mankind, but certainly for me.

We all need an encouraging word from time to time.  I pray you read that here, just when you need it, on your life's journey.