This afternoon in my quiet time I decided to look up every scripture verse about light. That led to verses on grace and mercy, forgiveness and hope. After a few hours flipping back and forth and searching out God's plan for all to receive salvation and for us as Christians to be the lights, I was filled up. I was not necessarily empty before but because of a gift I had received at church I was reminded that we are called to be lights. I wanted to live up to the call. I wanted to learn all that I could about light in the darkness. I read and read and I listened to several versions of This Little Light of Mine. I watched a You Tube video of Michael Smith's "Healing Rain" and read Hebrews 13 verse 2 that talks about entertaining angels remembering Naomi's comment the other night about those who walk in darkness are someone's child or grandchild and I was so burdened. I ached to think of those parents praying for safety and for the Lord to bring home their child, that had all grown up and made choices to live on the street, live the life of a working girl, survive for drugs and the next fix. It breaks my heart for those that live in bondage to drugs, sexual addictions, abuse and unaware or unable to break the chains. I prayed that the Lord would continue to work in me, showing me His children through His eyes and feeling the pain he feels.
A powerful message...
Hebrews 4 from The Message says in verse 12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it—no matter what.
Praise the Lord, God is sure, He is all knowing no one is imperious to His word, we just need to share it. We just need to open our hearts and our eyes to see.. Watch this video as a reminder to "SEE"
Thanks to Casting Crowns for an incredible song!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Celebrations that last for a week, that is Kelsey's plan. She loves birthdays. She loves all holidays and she is infectious, when she is excited about birthdays everyone is excited. Hope you have a great weekend and fun on Monday! We love ya and we are so proud of the young women you have become. Don't ever lose your zeal for parties and celebrations, your love of life, and your hope in Christ. You are a gift and a friend to all that know you. We will always watch from afar now that you are married but we are still your mom and dad and we will never leave your corner. Whatever you are called to do, where ever you are called to, we will be there cheering you on. Seeing the anointing on your life and all that God has in store is such a gift to us as parents. We are blessed to call you our daughter.
PS yes Nick we loved you longer LOL
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
If you have not had a laugh today, then this is the one...a great example of barriers being broken. Kudos for jumping Rick times two.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It is one of those things when you are in a hurry that there seems to be someone in front of you, with six more transactions or six more items than allowed and it is frustrating. But the ultimate is ... if you are late because you never left enough time and traffic is holding you up from speeding to catch up the lost time. I am at fault on this one, I dash and it is without fail that the driver all the way down Headquarters is going 76 km instead of the required 80km.hr.
This frustrates me and if doesn't make you crazy then I need to rub elbows and have some of your patience rub off on me. Most days I leave lots of time but if I don't it is almost like God smiles and says okay another teachable moment because my child Colleen, has not got it yet.
As I continue to practice patience I am reminded of how easy it is to judge others. Don't get me wrong, I love all people but sometimes I am the first one to say "Oh please lady just pull off the road and let me go by". and once joked that some elderly drivers (remember once..not now) should have a "O" on their cars to say they are driving slower. In BC young drivers are required to display "N" or a "L" depending on whether they are learning or a newbie. So why not have a designation for others. I am pleased to say the Lord did a work in me and has shown me a whole different side to the slow driver in front of me.
The driver’s behavior: very slow driving. The driver’s intention: safety.
My interpretation would have been that they are doing it because I am late LOL. I know I am self centered.
Thanks goodness for His word:
Proverbs 16:2 "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD."
It is not my job to judge, it is my deal to leave more time. I am at fault in the first place. You see God will worry about his motives and for my motives for being so judgmental. Honestly, I am mad a myself for not leaving enough time, but it makes it easier at the late end to say to whoever that you were behind a slow driver and that is why you are late.
1 Corinthians 4:5 "Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts.
The person is front of me is appointed by the Lord because I am still learning. I know that God will continue to put me through the test again and again. Unless I am conscious of how quick frustration can creep in and my unGodly behaviour of speeding and judging others, I will always struggle with the same issue. I can honestly say I have been working really hard at this one and my commute now for many months has been padded with an extra 10 minutes.
Next time you are held up in traffic, instead of saying, or thinking anything, pray that the driver in front feels safe, pray for their families do whatever it takes to not tailgate!
I am thankful for the Lord's patience and His direction. I am getting it Lord, test me again.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
It seems like October is once again upon us and it seems like it was only yesterday we were talking about Pastor Appreciation. I wish there was a way we could spread it out, so that all year long, someone is sending notes of appreciation or dropping by with a treat or encouraging word.
In our home church we are very blessed to have such an amazing team of God centered, faith filled, obedient servants. I am sure some days God looks down and sees our team and says "Wow" that team got stacked. (for literary reasons I will omit that He has ordered the steps and made His plans for our church)
I remember being in school and wondering why some teams always seemed to be better and out weighed the other team in either strength, agility, or brains, depending on the contest. It always seemed like I was on the wrong team, I was competitive and wanted to be on the winning team at all costs.
Praise the Lord I have grown up and love to surround myself with all kinds of people and have no desire to see a win. Now I am content to be one of the team and overjoyed at the team I and we (Jussi and I) are on.
May we continue to realize the potential of the team and God's purpose for each of you. As we step into another fall and plan our strategies for the coming year don't forget encouragement, thankfulness, honor, and praise. Each of us has a different team at work and at school, at church and at the arena or playing field, but all of us have the opportunity to be a blessing to others. So as a way to bless your pastors all year long, be a team builder and bless someone in your life each and every day. It won't be long before you see them blessing someone else and so on, and so on...