Sunday, November 22, 2009
This week of Thanksgiving I am extremely grateful to be working with a wonderful leadership team.
We had a working/prayer/fun retreat together a couple of weeks ago which was a great opportunity for some pictures!
How really blessed I am to have people around that show me Jesus, encourage me to be courageous, and live out what love looks like.
I have A LOT to be grateful for - but, for today, I'm saying, "Thanks, Father, for allowing me to walk with many, many, many wonderful people."
Monday, November 16, 2009
I am thinking this morning about how prone we are to want systems and rules. THAT worked last time, so it must be what we should do EVERY TIME.
But God seems to think otherwise. Besides the absoluteness of the cross, and His love, His motto seems to be, "Trust Me." "Don't manipulate Me, or put Me to a level of your ability to understand - TRUST ME."
He healed by so many different, sometimes odd means. He used so many different types of people, and different types of stories to show us the Kingdom of God.
So - why, why, why must we insist that He perform for us the same way every time we pray??????? Rules and systems are much easier than needing to trust the goodness and grace and wisdom and power and authority and love of the God we say we love.
The pictures that I include with this blog are signs that show arrows directing the hiker to go in opposite directions. Opposite directions - yet at different junctions of the trail the need to go in the opposite direction is really important. If I decide to say, "the last direction I saw/heard said to go left so I will always go left no matter what the trail looks like - go left, go left, go left - that's my life's motto!" - I will actually miss the trail entirely - and maybe come dangerously close to the cliff.
Ps. 73:23-24 - "Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory."
Today, I am praying for an extreme awareness of Him holding my right hand. I am praying that I am aware of His nudging to go to the right or the left - that I won't have to to pushed hard to the right or left - just a nudge will be enough.
Monday, November 2, 2009
We all love so differently, don't we? What is meaningful to me might be corny or crazy to you. We love by taking the time to figure out how to love in the way that means the most to the other person.
Some people like words - some like presents - others respond to acts of serving or the expression of affection.
For our 2 year old grandsons the big deal right now is learning to share what they really like. And, it seems that what the other guy has always looks more fun than what THEY have in their hand.
Sometimes Oscar will just spontaneously hug Jack! It startles Jack a little but I think that Jack is starting to 'get' why Oscar is hugging him. They are learning how to love.
I John 3:18 - "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and Truth."
Let's pray together that we learn how to love people - not how WE want to be loved, but how THEY need to be loved.
Just something to think about....