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Did He Just Say…

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I was recently on a little vacation with my husband and daughter.  The beach was  a sea of colorful  canopies and umbrellas for all the beach goers to take cover from the harsh rays of the sun.  The pool was packed!  snorkelers, cannonballers, and all the loving language that comes along with any family vacation.  “Stop splashing me,”  “He pushed me”,  ” Joe, tell your son to stop hitting his sister!”  Then I heard it.  Seriously, so far, minus a few probably not so appropriate bathing suites our trip had been pretty much PG rated until this language spoken from one brother to another.  Don’t get me wrong, between four kids in my house I have heard some language that I haven’t been proud of, but this, at the top of his lungs, screamed, “GET THE “@#!@” away from me!”  Oh my!!  All this little brother wanted to do was hang with the big guy.  My husband and I both took a quick glance over at the pool rules posted (not once but twice), hoping to see rule 1. read “no vulgar language”, but to no avail.

This little moment was a good reminder for me, when I forget to pause at times and speak something out in frustration. (I would be lying if I told you I haven’t slipped a time or two or three, OK four, well, and those have not been proud moments.) I want to always speak kind, loving words of Psalms and hymns to my family and friends.  Uplifting words, not words that tear down.  I need to sing Praise to my God who is so gracious and forgiving when I mess up.

So here’s the deal, unless I am in the word I can’t speak and sing hymns and psalms, or other spiritual tunes to anyone.  It isn’t just enough to read the word, we also have to put it into practice daily (Luke 8:21)  I know for me, I am going to be doing more reading and practicing this week.  I know that growing in my faith, to live a life that is pleasing to God, is a life long journey.  Each day I am presented with another day of living, I need to do my best to stay the course, with God right beside me.  When I pause long enough, he will always give the joyful words of hymns and Psalms to spread His love.

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Heavenly Father,  Thank you for your forgiveness and your loving words.  I pray that you will fill our souls with songs of Psalms and hymns to speak love and kindness to everyone we encounter today.  In your son’s name we pray, Amen.

 

 

 

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When We Wait

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As an elementary teacher for many years and a mom, one of my favorite children’s books is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.  There is a place Dr. Seuss describes in the book as “The Waiting Place”.   Here is an excerpt from the book :

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“for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting”

I think we all find ourselves at this place frequently, we are all waiting for something. I have two questions to consider while we are in our waiting places. How long are we willing to stay there?  What will we do while we are waiting?

Today’s verse teaches us that when we are patient and strong and wait for the Lord, His Will and His plans always turn out way better than we could ever imagine.  So, I suggest  one possible answer to question one is to wait until we hear God’s plans instead of running off and acting on our own free will.  That might be a day or two or a year or two.

This is why I ask the second question, “What will we do while we are waiting?”  We can’t just sit around waiting for years.  Life keeps going and we have to keep going too.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6) So, while we are waiting, we need to humble ourselves.   Unlike the “waiting place” where people were just  waiting for a “better break” or “a Yes or No”, we need to continue to live.  Praising and worshiping God for his Grace and Goodness, through the valleys, the mountains, and the waiting.  

What are you waiting on today and are you willing to wait for God’s word?  What are you doing while you are waiting?

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the times of waiting in our lives.  Give us the strength to humble ourselves to your timing and your Will for our lives.  May we give you the praise for all things.

Amen.

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Heart’s Desires

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Wozwza!  Seriously?  God will give us ALL we desire and all we have to do is delight in him?  Yeah, No.  I hate to burst your bubble, but keep reading.  I think you will see that even though this verse doesn’t mean exactly what it might sound like to our worldly ears, you will be surprised, actually you will be overjoyed.

Let’s just start from the beginning, shall we.  The first part of the verse says, “when we delight in the Lord…” What does that mean to really delight in the Lord? It means that we put God first in our lives, he is our focus.  We should always be giving praise and thanks to God for all things. (Ephesians 5:20)  We turn our will over to God the Father.  That is a short version of what it means to delight in the Lord.

  I believe there are areas where we struggle with God.  Not getting what we want when we pray and even delight in God is one of those areas. However, we have to be honest with ourselves. Are we asking God to provide us with worldly possessions that we feel we need to fill a void in our lives to make us happy?  Sadly, I have been there, friend, all the while attending church, bible studies, and delighting in God.  Well, I thought I was delighting in God.  I thought if I had the right house, right car, right job, right this, right that and so on and so forth, I would be happy and content.  I did have all of that and more and I still had a  desire for more stuff.  There was never enough.  You see, when our hearts desires are of this world we will never truly find peace and contentment.  That is what the devil does, he keeps us searching in this world to keep us from the love, grace, and forgiveness of Christ. 

John 14:27 reminds us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  When we let go of the fear, I do believe it is fear of losing something tangible, and when we are no longer conformed by this world, but become changed by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2) and placing our eyes on Jesus, our heart’s desires become aligned with God’s desires for each of us. Here is the joy and hope.  Here is the peace and contentment. Here, in Christ, is the satisfaction and fulfillment we honestly are seeking.  Dear friend, He has individual, amazing desires for each of us.  

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you today for all blessings in my life and for those reading this blog today.  God I ask that you give us courage today to let go of our worldly fears and to have the wisdom  to know that you do provide all that we need.  Amen