Sunday, February 20, 2011

Please lead the way...

If you were at Parkway today you already know that my heart is hungry for our children to know what true worship is, and that they become true worshipers. I long for them to know in their heart of hearts that the Song of the Lord is like no other!

I LOVE that the youth come down to the altar to lead the way in worship, with abandon and without shame. I love to see them take a position that will effect the realm we cannot see.

We have the elementary kids in the worship service. I LOVE that. I love the generations worshiping together. But, are the taller people leading the way in passion for Jesus?

We spent some time this week with our family. One day (while it was pouring down rain outside) we went to the gym to RUN and throw the balls and exercise. The pictures you see are of Maggie imitating Heidi's exercise moves. So cute, and so sobering to me.

I am in no way saying that anyone can be perfect. We are all on a journey. The Word asks us to worship in Spirit and in Truth. But, if people are imitating you what are they saying, what are they doing?

This is a blog to the taller people - please press in, for the sake of the generations that follow. Please don't become weary. Please don't sit when HE has asked you to take a stand. Please keep exercising your spiritual muscles of faith and trust and belief. Even if you need to be like Thomas and say, "Lord, I believe but help my unbelief...."

Oh God, my heart cries out to You tonight. Make us a Church who worships You - not a style of song, or a feeling of comfort. Help us crave Your Presence. Help us to press in with all that we are - You said You would be found by those who seek You with all their hearts.

Thank You that You inhabit the praise of Your people. Your Word is true. You are faithful and mighty in battle. Help us, oh God, to pick up effective weapons that bring freedom and healing.

Speak Lord, your servants are listening...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

You HAVE to laugh...

So, here's the deal. I am a woman, I am a pastor's wife, I am over 50. All those things should add up to experience and expertise. I think I keep expecting the older woman who has been to a bizillion potlucks to be ABLE TO COOK!!!! Really, come ON!

Today's adventure...
I need to take a dessert to an event tonight. Let me remind you that last time I took a cake to care group I have managed to turn the 'glaze' into 'hard cement candy' (that doesn't melt if you try to melt it with your blow dryer, by the way).

SO, I'm going to try another cake. First, after adding 4 eggs to the mixing bowls, the rest of the eggs fell off the counter - that is not a pretty sight!

Next, cook the cake...seemed to do ok with that. Next - - - the dreaded FROSTING. Trying a different frosting this time. Only.....evidently one must wait for the cake to cool more than 15 minutes. Really? I have things to do.

The cake was cooked in a tube pan so it's very convenient for the icing to SLIDE OFF the cake into the hole. And then, something darkish started bubbling up from the hole through the fallen icing. (It was melted icing, I guess, acting like a little volcano!)

You're wondering if I'm going to take this beauty with us tonight, aren't you? You bet your booties, grannie! I am bringing something to a function besides my usual assignment - which is chips or bread or a drink. Will people stare at it like they're looking at an ugly baby and don't know what to say? I don't know, and I don't care.

It seems that God and I are continuing to work on the 'you don't have to perfect' part of life - again.

I know that has to be really disappointing to the person who keeps sending me Bon Appetite magazine. Yes, I AM trying!

In 15 minutes we'll be leaving - I'll carry my...creation into the fellowship hall...and Dennis will be entering from a different door! I bet we'll be having a 'look what happens when you try to bake' talk when we get home. (Not really - he's the kindest man in the universe, when it comes to my cooking!) At least I didn't severe any tendons this time. That's got to be worth something!

I know - this isn't very deep when it comes to spiritual truth. I just don't want to hear one more person say they won't try something because they are not good enough. Please. Thank you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What I learned from "Dirty Jobs"

Something has just stuck in my mind, so I"m going to share it with you!

By now you have figured out that God teaches me things in very strange ways - - so get ready - -

My husband really likes the TV show called "Dirty Jobs". It involves a host who goes and experiences people's occupations that are dirty or just down right strange.

One show involved something having to do with decaying animal meat. It evidently was very aromatic because Mike (the host) was struggling with nausea. The employees there suggested that if he smiled really big it would help with the nausea. Really?

Now, I don't know the science behind this - but, there might be a principle that I need to pay attention to. Do I smile when I'm walking through stinky circumstances? Or, do I frown and make sure that the people around me really understand how stinky my circumstances are?

I think the more I rehearse to myself or others how stinky life is, the more life increases in stinkiness! Honestly. It magnifies, it grows, it becomes bigger right before my very eyes.

James 1:2 says, "Count it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds..."

Why would a person smile in the middle of stinkiness? Because we know a secret....there's more going on than what we see or feel...there's a bigger picture, and more happening than we currently can understand. The pieces WILL all fit together someday.

James 1:3-4..."...because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything....!"

Yes, I have a clear picture of Mike Rowe with a huge grin on his face, trying not to gag - but it's been so good for me.

Lord, help me to use weapons of warfare that are mighty in battle. What thoughts am I meditating on, what words am I declaring? Effective weapons - the declaration of Your Word, joy, trust in You, rest, courage, joy (yep, worth saying twice), thanksgiving, praying in the Spirit - those kind of weapons that are strategic and powerful. Thank you for Your direction and Your bigger, higher perspective.

I love you, Jesus. Amen.