Saturday, August 19, 2006

Lesson from a toddler

A friend joined a group that helps change the way they see themselves. She asked me to name some positive qualities that others say about me. Then she told me to apply that characteristic to my health and how I take care of the body God gave me. For example, she said I am a planner so I would be great at planning healthy meals for myself. It's something to think about for sure.

Tonight one of my great-nieces is spending the night and going to church with me tomorrow. She is 17 months old, smart and pretty as a picture...looks just like her mother did at this age.

Playing with her has been so much fun. Watching her reactions to being told "no-no" causes me to wonder if this is how God sees me. Sometimes she has immediate obedience and sometimes she doesn't. There are "pretties" that she knows she isn't supposed to touch but does anyway...until I say "no-no" and then she will put them back where they belong. Do I go back to those things that God has said "no-no" about? Yes. I wish I didn't.

Two weeks ago I was reading in 1 Kings. Most of the kings were horrible and disobeyed God in every way possible. Some kings turned back to God but didn't take down the high places. That's me too. I have such a difficult time taking down the high places...seems like it's one brick at a time.

They say others see us as we feel about ourselves when no one is looking.

I'd rather others and myself see me as God sees me.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Birthday Wish List

I can hear DL and Lenore laughing now. This is probably the longest I've gone without giving a birthday countdown. Maybe it's because I am getting older and the number is starting to scare me a little.
Here's my list. It may surprise you.

Not necessarily in order of importance.
  1. No more drama!
  2. Agape love for friends
  3. Unselfishness
  4. Discipline
  5. Spiritual maturity
  6. Wisdom
  7. Power, Love and a Sound Mind

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Oh Happy Day

Two celebrations today!

Happy 14th Anniversary to DL and my "brother" MC. It's a full moon. When should Lenore and I start planning the baby shower?! HA!

Happy ReBirthday to a new friend and brother in the Lord. He prayed and asked Jesus to be the boss of his life tonight at church. We celebrate with God and the angels around the throne.

"If we win, we will praise Him. If we lose, we will praise Him." Facing the Giants (the movie)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Revival started early

Scheduled revival begins August 6. However, God has started early. Amen?! Our worship services today were just that....WORSHIP!! God was there in our midst in a mighty way. Personally, it was one of those services where everyone else around me seemed to almost disappear. In the presence of Jehovah...Just like the song we sang...It changes everything.

Anytime that revival is taking place in the life of a believer, the schemes and fiery darts of the devil increase. For at least the past two weeks, as soon as the services are over, the enemy shoots at me. I have been on the mountain top not expecting to be in a battle so soon. Maybe I drop my guard during worship.

At any rate, I need to pray on the armor and claim the power that raised Jesus from the grave as my own. I forget that He has given it to me so I feel defeated and helpless in the midst of the battle.

That's when I go to the bathroom to pray. You make think that's strange. However, there isn't a quieter, more private place to call upon the Lord for help. A lady in my office knows that there are times I go to the bathroom to pray. We sort of joke about it but it's real. Try it for yourself if you don't believe me.

God is faithful. He hears. He helps this poor woman out of all of her troubles. He loves me just the way I am.

I love Him!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Penny for your thoughts

Anyone who knows me well knows that I think...alot. DL says I think too much. ha ha

Here are some things I've thought about and want to know your opinion.

Since God is concerned with every area of our lives as well as world-wide problems such as famine, disease, and peace in the Middle East...what does God care about the most? What is the number one concern of His heart? Or are all things equal to Him?

This is not a test. All thoughts are welcome so please comment.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Fun Photos of Friends


Brian's Angels...before he got married ;o)

They spoil me!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The process continues...

Let me tell you that it was more painful than I imagined. Oh the grossness (is that a word?) that was brought to the surface. There are things about me that I thought had been removed from my heart a long time ago. However, the ugliness reappeared in such a way that I'm not sure which upset me more...the actual situation or the way I was reacting.

The thought of reading my Bible came to mind as a way to get peace. But I heard a lie from the enemy and believed it. So I continued to freak out and obsess over what I could not control and did not go to the source of true peace. :o(

Eventually I talked to Pattycat, who is always speaks Truth into my life. She reminded me that when you cut open a wound, all the nasty infection rises to the top. That's what was going on in my heart. YUCK!

Sunday morning's sermon was just for me. For the first time in years, I recognize my thirst for revival. I think I've been in a drought and didn't know it. Kind of like where I live. We've had a water ban in the summer for so long, I barely remember what it was like to water the grass in the summer on any day you want.

Obedience comes before blessing. I am in the "casting down idols" and "returning to God" part of obedience. Not doing it to get the blessing, unless you mean Him becoming my enough. Actually, it's not that He is incapable of being my sufficiency because 2 Corinthians 3:5 says that our sufficiency is of God. I have to let go of all the things that present themselves against the knowledge of Christ and trust Him with ALL my heart.

My first post said I am on fire for Jesus. Maybe that was a spark and not a flame. Whatever the case, my soul longs for Him like never before. I am thirsty for Jesus.

p.s. Thanks to those who have and are praying. God hears and responds!