Sunday, November 30, 2014

PUSH BACK

Is. 54:13 - All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.

I think that the picture of all the parents, grandparents and mentors standing in the front of the church today with kids of all ages to sing, "You Make Me Brave" and "Never Let Go", will stay in my heart for a very long time.  It opened up heaven over us in a way that will impact the eternity of someone.

To hear those who have already walked farther down the journey sing, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" - with such strength - over the generations shook something in the Kingdom of darkness today.

Of this I am sure.

The thing that the enemy wants to steal the very most is our faith.  Young - old - he wants to steal our faith - kill our faith - destroy our faith.  Our joy?  Yep.  Our body?  Sure.  Our marriage?  Yes.  But most of all OUR FAITH.

We must see his strategy and refuse to fall for it.  PUSH BACK.

The scripture at the top of this blog is one of three that I've prayed over our sons for almost their entire lives.  Having a scripture base for praying for our guys has been huge for me.  When I don't see what I so desire to see, I run back to scripture and pray His own words back to Him.  Yes, I'm so grateful to be able to pray in the Spirit - but man do I LOVE praying the WORD.


Ps. 33:11-
 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, 
the purposes of his heart 
through all generations.

Ps. 89:1 -
 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; 
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

Ps. 100:5 -
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; 
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

When what you see with your eyes captivates your attention,  run (don't walk) to Him - to His Word - and fix your heart on Him, lean into Him,  - the Author and the Finisher of our faith.   

Eph. 3:21 - 
...to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever! Amen.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The joy of losing teeth.....



Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.....



We've been losing teeth in the Webber family lately.  (We're talking about the little Webbers right now!)  There's such joy in the baby teeth coming out - and the new, bigger, permanent teeth moving into their spaces.

Change and loss doesn't always bring joy and excitement and tooth fairy feelings.

But we can KNOW that His plans for us are for good and not for evil - to give us a future and a hope.

Loss often makes way for what's new and more powerful. 

So....
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...

     We hand our baby teeth to the "tooth fairy" hoping to get SOMETHING tucked under our pillow in return.  The tooth fairy is a flea compared to the Magnificience of our God.  Hand God what's gripped in your hand.  There's something powerful coming.




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Anybody need a haircut?

Life is like railroad tracks - challenging things running right along side of beautiful things.  I've been asking God to help me hear and see - really hear and really see in my heart - the blessing...the beautiful....more than hearing and seeing the negative ... the heartbreak ... the pain.

Here's what came to mind -

The last time I gave one of our sons a hair cut... I was using these big household scissors, and really watching that I was cutting straight along the back hairline.  What I wasn't watching was the tip of the scissors.  I cut his hair straight but caught the back of his ear with the tip of the scissors.  I remember blood, and the "I can't believe you'd do that to me" look in my son's eyes.  Oops.

When Dennis started wearing his hair shorter I thought we could save some money if I learned to use the clippers and did it myself.  He is a very patient man - so encouraging.  He said it looked, "fine".  We tried this experience several times - but one day he came home having gone to a barber and it looked so even, so right.  I hadn't drawn (a lot of) blood with the clippers but I do remember having said, "oops" during the last hair clip session.

And then there was the time that I was getting the boys ready for school and it was super cold outside.  One day I decided I'd warm up Jeremy's jacket so it would be nice and toasty.   I popped it in the oven on what I thought was a nice low heat.  I took it out and found that "toasty" was a good word for it.  The oven rack had burned holes in it!  His face had a mix of "thanks, mom"  and "I can't believe you'd do that to me" going on.  It was his only coat and I'm sure he was trying figure out how he would explain that his mom had cooked his coat too long.  Oops.

I've had so many "What was I thinking?" or "WAS I thinking?" moments, and most of them are making me smile right now.

So.  Why would I share this with you?  I'm incredibly glad that we can laugh.  Right now I need to be reminded to laugh.  I think it's fun that these things - I haven't thought of in a very long time - would come to mind while I am asking the Holy Spirit to give me eyes to see and ears to hear the good, the blessing, the beautiful.

The same Bible that says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust - and - in this world you will have tribulation - also says...the joy of the Lord is our strength - and - 
Rom. 12:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  

1 Thess. 1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in 
the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.  

Ps. 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”


Today holds eternal treasure.  And joy.  And laughter...along with pain or disappointment or sorrow.

Rom 15:13 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.