Sunday, August 26, 2012

What IS that?

I've had this 'thing' on my arm for weeks.  I thought it was a little cut - no big deal - it'll be gone in a couple of days.  Hmmmm.... not gone in a couple of days.  What IS it?  Why does it seem weird?  Why won't it just GO AWAY.

I haven't wanted to mess with it, but today I got tweezers out - to mess with it - and in short order a significant splitter was pulled out.  An unexpected...splinter.

We weren't meant for splinters or other foreign objects to reside in us.  They open the door to bacteria and infection.

It reminded me of having an attitude or offense pierce our hearts....sometimes without us being super aware of it.  Something just doesn't seem right.  Maybe we can't even put our finger on it so we figure, "this feeling will go away in a day or two.  I'm probably just tired or too busy or just being weird or hormonal".  But it doesn't just go away.

The Holy Spirit is so great at surrounding that "splinter" of attitude or offense (if we let Him) and keeping it close to the surface so it can be taken care of without becoming toxic to our spirit.  When we allow yucky attitudes, or offenses to reside in our spirit - make no mistake here - it will eventually become toxic and we will pay a price so much bigger than the original splinter.

We can not pray or praise or read enough of the Bible to replace repentance.  It's really as easy as my tweezers getting the splinter out.  Let the Holy Spirit mess with the wound, that weird feeling that something's not right.  Let Him expose the splinter - - - we repent - - - He removes the splinter and heals the wound so that it's not a highway that spiritual bacteria can gain access through.  (Remember that the Holy Spirit's approach is very specific - unlike the enemy's approach which is a general load of ...condemation.)

Matt. 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Ps. 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Prov. 4:23
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.

It's time...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Look for...declare...believe...

There's been a message of clarity that's been spoken into my spirit...
What does that mean?  For me, at this moment it means that I am to LOOK for joy in the middle of means to declare VICTORY in the middle of battle .... it means to believe that the promise of God's provision is a promise HE IS KEEPING.

Look for it - declare it - believe it!

Have you seen the waterfall at Crater Lake????  There's a waterfall at CRATER LAKE!  Like the lake isn't reason enough to make the trip!  3 or 4 years ago I asked Dennis if we could try to see every waterfall in Oregon.  The challenges with my parents have meant that I needed to stay close to home, so no big waterfall adventures.  But, look what the Lord did for us.  We got to drive around Crater Lake one day last week, and there it was....a WATERFALL!  (Big smile)

Heidi just sent this picture of Jack 'interviewing' some people (he didn't know) with his play microphone!  (Another big smile!)

LOOKING for it....the moments, the people, the faithfulness of God that brings joy...
BELIEVE IT.... provision and promise of God

The LORD is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Savior;
my God is my Rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my Shield, the power that saves me, 
and my place of safety.
I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and He saved me from my enemies.
Psalm 18:2-3

I do not trust in my bow, my  sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.  In God we make our boast all day long and we will praise your name forever.
Psalm 44:6-8

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Animal Cookies

I am currently eating some animal cookies, left here (I'm sure on purpose) by our daughter-in-love.  We've had a house full these last few days...lots of child-moments....lots of clutter...lots of laughing and kid creativity...lots of great parenting moments...lots of remembering...

One of the picture boards that I made in honor of my dad has thread woven, connecting all of the pictures of the generations - all touching the life of my father.

We are connected.

Events, that felt like moments in time, are woven together to make a life.  Lives woven together make a legacy.

What are you weaving?

Meanwhile - - - I must stop eating animal cookies or I will end up looking like the hippo cookie!

(And, may I tell you how grateful I am for your support and love and prayer during this season in our family.  My mom is struggling.  Having dad go to be with the Lord the day before their 70th anniversary has been hard.  They've only been apart while mom was in Highland House last summer for rehab.  She is currently on hospice.  God knows and loves and is good.  Doesn't mean that it isn't hard sometimes.)

Blessings on your heart and your day...