Sunday, December 20, 2009

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
II Timothy 4:7

This is what I am meditating on these days. I know - it doesn't sound very Christmas-y - but it's where I have found my heart settling.

I want to make sure that the energy I invest in battle is for the RIGHT THING.

I want to make sure that I FINISH THE RACE.

I want to have KEPT THE FAITH until heaven.

Here's probably something you don't want to hear...
Sometimes I get weary of the battle (I think they call that - "battle fatigue"), I get tired of running, and I feel my faith being pounded on.

The thing that encourages me along this line is this. 'They' say that after you work out, your muscles strengthen as you rest. The workout tears at them, and the rest builds them up to make them healed and stronger.

So, this week - this Christmas week - I'm not going to fight harder or run faster, I'm going to rest. And, I'm going to trust that God is repairing and strengthening me as I rest.

How about you? How about finding a time to rest in Him this week - so that you can be strengthened.

Ok, now let's all sing, "Away in the Manger".....

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Rock

PS 18:46...."THE LORD LIVES! PRAISE BE TO MY ROCK! EXALTED BE GOD MY SAVIOR!"

Today is the Monday that follows a Sunday. Pretty profound, eh? THIS Monday followed last night's Carols and Bells Concert. Between the weather (unusual freezing rain and ice), sickness experienced by people involved, families experiencing losing loved ones, & strategic light/projection bulbs dying - I would have to say that this has been the most challenging Christmas project I've ever tried to lead the charge on. Yesterday morning I got up (very early) and prayed - and read - and listened. My brain would not let me sleep, so I can't say the Holy Spirit woke me up, but what I heard was interesting.

The gist of it was this....wherever I walked I would experience the Rock under my feet. (Ok...get ready for this...) Then, I saw in my mind's eye a couple of scenes from an Indiana Jones movie. (I know, I lost some of you right there!) In one of the scenes from this movie, the actors were safe if they only walked on the special stones. Those stones spelled out YAHWEH. If they walked on any other stone they were in danger. Another scene showed the lead guy needing to get from one place to another but there was no bridge to get him there. What was required of him was to STEP OUT INTO THIN AIR. When his foot stepped out, a bridge appeared. Just what he needed, but couldn't provide for himself.

Ahhhhhh.

Last night the LORD was so faithful. I am incredibly grateful.

Today I'm saying - Thank you for being my Rock!

Ps 62:6 - "He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken!"

Friday, December 4, 2009



Today I'm thinking about courage.

15 1/2 years ago we moved to Grants Pass to pastor. The scripture that steadied my heart to make the move to Grants Pass from a church we loved in Salem was Joshua 1:6.
"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous."

So, today I am looking into the eyes of my Father saying, "Today I still believe Your promise. Help me to be strong and courageous."

In the battle that we (all) are a part of it is easy to forget the promises. But today I am crying out to see His promise fulfilled in this valley.

Why the picture of the spider? Well, it was on our garbage can a couple of weeks ago and.....I was SO courageous that I texted Dennis in the middle of his city council workshop to come home and get rid of that thing.

Yep, REALLY courageous! Hope to do better in the battle for Eternity.

God bless you with courage and strength and peace today.