Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I was recently doing a Beth Moore study and it was time to look up a page full of scriptures that told about the miracles of Jesus. Many of these were very familiar stories and so Beth cautioned us with this simple admonition...
Do not let familiarity cheat you!
For some reason, that quote stood out in emblazened letters to me and the truth of what it was saying began to seep in.
Whether scripturally speaking or in life in general, we all stand to allow familiarity to cheat us from all He has to share with us. Whether it is skimming over a well known passage and missing a nugget He has for us...whether it is in the incessant talking of our children that we find ourselves tuning out on occasion as a means of maintaining sanity...or whether it is the patterns of marriage we find ourselves following blindly along in until we have nearly lost our way.. .we let familiarity cheat us at times!
We think we know what to expect so we push auto pilot and do not fully engage in the life that is going on around us. How many times have I cheated myself or cheated someone I love because I allowed familiarity to blind me? Oh that I would see each day and each moment as a fresh opportunity to engage with my family, engage with my friends and engage with the one Who gives me my next breath.
Familiarity can be a gift. It can be a comfort to really know those we interact with and engage with on a daily basis. It can create a sense of peace to be known and know fully in intimate ways, but it can also create opportunities for the nuances of life to become overlooked.
Father, I thank you for this life You have given me and for the people I get to share it with. I am blessed beyone my wildest dreams. I do desire though, Papa, to stay fully engaged...first and foremost with You so that I would not miss anything You would have to show me! I also don't want to cheat myself and cheat those I love by operating on auto-pilot because the terrain is so familiar that it does not require my full attention. Please keep me from allowing familiarity to cheat me from anything You would have for me!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some days I feel like I am in a fog...having trouble making sense of things and knowing I do not have a true perspective. Not much of anything has definition. There are things I think I need to know now and I can sometimes make out the outline of answers, but then the mist crawls across in wisps and I am left wondering again.
Corinthians 13:12 ~ We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
This morning I looked outside and what greeted me was such a beautiful portrait of what I am feeling! Wanna see?
That's it! The sun (Son) is spotted through the mist and I start to have some clarity. What was once shrouded starts to make sense!
I just had to leave the computer and run outside with the camera again. As I was typing my thoughts, all of a sudden the room started to glow as the sun made it's full appearance and the mist was overshadowed. The mist was still there, but the sun was the dominant sight! Look at it blazing away!!
Isn't that the way it is in life? Sometimes His presence is a faint glow that I can barely make out and other times He bursts forth on the scene in such a show of radiance that His presence cannot be mistaken!
Ephesians 5:8-10 ~ You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
Lord, I am tired of groping! I am tired of stumbling around! I desire to live in the bright Light of Christ so that my way is made plain. May I quit focusing on me and my own comforts and desires. Would I desire to be so hidden in You that Your radiance leaks out from me in such a way that everyone will catch a glimpse of You and Your radiance at work in me!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I am getting ready to speak at 3 homeschool conventions over the next few months...2 of them this month! As it gets closer to time to go I , as always, find myself fighting the urge to panic! Just keeping it real... ;O)
I know how you feel
I have felt that way myself
I found that if I did this..... that everything worked better....
It is our experiences, our testimony, our discovered coping techniques that they need, and they need to know that they are not the only ones to have these feelings, frustrations, etc.
This is where I come from
Were givin' this life everything we got and then some
It ain't always pretty
but it's real
It's the way we were made
Wouldn't have it any other way
These Are My People
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I am in the process of preparing for the homeschool conventions that I am speaking at this spring. I have 2 sessions and one of them is the session I did last year called She Senses the Worth of Her Work. I was worried that I might have trouble doing the same session again and find ways to make it fresh. It is crazy, though, but as I started reading through my notes I found I am as passionate as ever about this topic and am excited to share with another group of women!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I am still reading Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, and thoroughly enjoying it. I was excited that last night afforded me the opportunity to lay in bed and read before I went to sleep. The amazing part of that was that I was actually able to stay awake for a while to read! No small feat anymore!