Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pondering Life / Walking with Jesus

Becoming a parent almost 10 years ago has brought a whole different perspective to life.  (A friend recently told me, "I realized life will never be about me!")  Parenting involves so much loving, so much patience, so much mercy, so much giving... endless giving... of your time, your energy, your thoughts, your emotions, your heart...
 
Lately I have pondered (with agony, at times!) why the human maturation process takes 18 years (and beyond)—why couldn't it be half that?  I mean, a giraffe is walking ONE HOUR after it's born—and most animals are adults within a few years of birth! 
 
But I see what God is doing here... with humans, we're life-long learners.
 
We don't ever "arrive"—do we.  (Probably because of our free will... a blessing and a curse!)  We're officially labeled "adult" at age 18, but maturation continues on and on and on...
 
In my mind, I have a picture of how life could be a long, sweet walk with the Lord... if we would choose to walk with Him in humility, and be OK with our failings instead of bashing ourselves (accepting His forgiveness!), and submit our will to His perfect plans (even though we walk somewhat blindly with Him and can't always see what's ahead), and let Him help us process our disappointments, our pain, our troubles... let Him give us perspective, and hope, and joy...
 
I really think it's kind of like that "Footprints in the Sand" thing.  A lot of the time we can walk with Him side-by-side, hand-in-hand.  Sometimes we might be dragging our feet.  Sometimes leaping with joy!  Sometimes stomping.  And sometimes He's carrying us.

Oh, that we would TRUST in His love for us!  That's why He came to earth—to save us, so we can live with Him forever in heaven!  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that anyone who believes in Him (Jesus) shall not perish but have everlasting life!" 

So say it out loud now.  (Come on, just do it!)

Jesus loves me.

Jesus loves me.

Jesus loves me.

Jesus loves me.

Jesus loves me!

He wants to walk through life with you and me—every day.


 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

He goes with us

A quote from Bo Stern, guest on Focus on the Family radio broadcast 1/27/15...

"When trial hits, we think, 'Why did God do this?' And I lived my life for a long time thinking if I show up and pay my tithe and pay my dues and marry the right guy and live my life the right way, things will go well for me; that will be the favor of God.  But I'm just discovering that God is not the God to keep us from all affliction, He is the God who goes with us in all affliction.  And understanding that about His character—not that I won't suffer, but that I won't suffer alone—has been a game changer for me. ... We misquote things all the time. We say that it's the favor of God that I have the good house and the good spouse and the good whatever. And all of that stuff is great, but we can achieve that even without God. So the stuff that really is God's favor comes in our deepest moment, our darkest time, when we see an angle of His character that we've never seen before..."

From "Finding Strength for the Terminal Battle."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goals for the New Year?

Welcome to 2015!  Got any plans or goals for the new year?  Here are a couple of quotes to spur you on....
 
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
Jim Ryun
 
"Goals that are not written down are just wishes."
Anonymous
 
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark."
Charles Spurgeon
 
"One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." 
Philippians 3:13,14
 
My biggest goal is to read my Bible every day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What I love about Republic Wireless

We just updated our cell phone plans.  Said farewell to our old service from a big-name carrier and our old "dumb phones."  Now we have smartphones at a great price and unlimited talk, texting, and data for an even better price through Republic Wireless!  (And no, I'm not getting paid to write this!)

But what I think I love the most about Republic is—well, it's a tie—their simplicity and their friendly customer service.  Their website is super easy to navigate (and easy to understand), and everything about them oozes positivity and excitement.  It makes the big-name carriers seem stodgy and full of themselves.

And that's all I have to say about it for now! :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kindness

Kindness makes a person attractive.
If you would win the world,
melt it,
do not hammer it.

-Alexander MacLaren

I think the same can be said about parenting. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Getting through the rough spots

Sometimes when I'm homeschooling, I get frustrated because I want to stick to "the list" and get the tasks done—and not have to deal with diversions (interruptions, attitudes, etc.).

Here's what Deborah Wuehler, senior editor of The Homeschool Minute, has to say...
"Instead of looking at everyday life issues and attitudes as obstacles to doing what we want to do, we need to look at the obstacles as part of the life God intended for us to live, and teach around those. It's how we live that life that brings glory to the One Who designed it."

What great insight!  The obstacles are part of the life God intends for us to live!  To break it down further... a "successful life" isn't getting through the "task list"—but how we live out life, obstacles and all!

Another old paradigm bites the dust. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Victory in Christ!

I love modern worship songs.  They are so joy-filled!  If you had asked me yesterday whether I prefer hymns or modern worship music, I would have emphatically said the latter!  But this morning I have an old hymn ringing around in my head—A Mighty Fortress is Our God.   As the words started pouring into my mind, I started to cry!  I love the truths about the unseen battle going on around us and that GOD will PREVAIL!!  (This is one thing that modern worship songs are lacking!)

I just feel compelled to write out the words... they are so amazing!  Wait!  Don't tune out yet!  Please read them... they will encourage your soul!

A mighty fortress is our God,
A sword and shield victorious;
He breaks the cruel oppressor's rod
And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
Has sworn to work us woe!
With craft and dreadful might
He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a Champion comes to fight,
Whom God Himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of Hosts is He!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God's only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

Through hordes of devils fill the land
All threatening to devour us,
We tremble not, unmoved we stand;
They cannot overpower us.
Let this world's tyrant rage;
In battle we'll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God's judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

God's Word forever shall abide,
No thanks to foes, who fear it;
For God Himself fights by our side
With weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
Goods, honor, child, or spouse,
Though life be wrenched away,
They cannot win the day.
The Kingdom's ours forever!

(text by Martin Luther)