Monday, April 23, 2012

Going Home

     Tim and I had a great time this past week. Some friends let us use their time-share at Table Rock lake next to Branson, Missouri. It was beautiful. We spent our time playing golf, shopping, going to shows and sitting around the pool reading books. We enjoyed just spending time together and not having any other responsibilities. We could do what we wanted when we wanted. You could just feel all of the stress slipping away. What a life.... You start to think if life could be like this all the time I would love it. But you know what? By Thursday, little things started happening that chiseled away at the perfect world we had found. You know things like we were staying in a one room studio condo and Tim likes to stay up late and I like to get up early. I like to watch the Hallmark channel and he likes ESPN. He snores and I don't. (OK, he says I snore but I don't believe him) We both started missing home and the routine we call life.
      Isn't it funny that when you are home you want to be on vacation and when you are on vacation you start wishing you were at home. My Aunt told me one time that  we will never be completely content in this life because we are not home yet.  Nothing in this world is perfect.  This week let's put our minds on things above not on what we have to face here.
You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God.Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory! You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed (for greed is a form of idolatry).  Col. 3:1-5


Monday, April 16, 2012

I want to shoot Tim

     God has given Tim and me a wonderful thing.  Can you guess what it is?  Ok, I will just tell you.  He blessed us with a week of vacation. We are like two kids that have gone wild. We have  no one calling or wanting anything from us.  It is great.
     We only had one snag before we left home.  I had everything packed when I heard Tim talking on the phone. I am very glad I stopped in my steps to hear what he was saying.  Basically he was explaining to a friend how to get into our house while we are away. I went into panic mode. My house was clean. (kind of)  It wasn't clean enough for other people to see.  I went around putting things in drawers and closing doors.  I didn't get things perfect but I did the best I could in the 10 minutes Tim gave me. (I need a maid)
     I began to think about how many times I come under convection and try to hurry up and clean up my life.  Oh know, God is going to see what I have been doing so I try to hide everything from him.  Guess what, it doesn't work like that.  You cannot hide anything from him. He sees everything.
      This week take time to be open with God and ask him to help you clean up your life. Only with Him can we have a good clean life.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pass the Corn please.

     Yesterday was a wonderful day. I had found an Easter dress that would do. You know one not to short and not to clingy. I had cleaned the house so when company came for lunch it would not embarrass my husband.  I had gone to the store and prepared most of the food.  I had everything already in containers waiting to be set out for this wonderful Easter lunch.  I even had a list on the fridge of everything I was preparing so that I wouldn't forget something.
     I flew home from church, changed my clothes and started setting everything out. As people started arriving I told everyone that I didn't need any help because everything was done and we were just waiting on the rolls to warm.  Everything fell into place perfectly.  There was not going to be any buffet line today.  I sat out the good china and had everyone seated at the formal dinning room table. We almost didn't know how to act as we passed the food around. The meal was  wonderful if I do say so myself. Well,,,,,,,there was one thing that I discovered as I cleaned up that taught me a very important lesson. I went to wipe out the microwave when I discovered a large bowl of corn. It was on the list but I was so big on planning and organizing that I had missed it.  Tim and I are going to be eating corn for a week.
     I learned this week that so many times I organize and plan thinking I am doing this wonderful thing for God.   I get everything together and realize that I haven't even asked him if he wants the thing I have been planning.  He is looking down on me and wondering why is this woman  running around like a chicken with its head cut off. All he wants me to do is follow him and do what He tells me to do then He can bless it.
     This week I am going to stop and wait for the Father to show me what he wants me to do. (No more leaving corn in the microwave. If you know what I mean). Jesus was a great example he only did what he saw his father do. Stop this week and listen to his voice.

  Jesus said,"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 5:19

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baptist Bunnies

     The other day I heard a man talk about Baptist Bunnies. When I asked him what he meant he stated,"You know all the Baptist that only come out at Easter." This made me laugh. I can just picture a bunch of people showing up for church on Easter Sunday morning wearing bunny ears.
     I was shopping with my mom the other day looking for Easter dresses when I noticed how much of the non christian world was focusing on Easter. People were all buying dress clothes. The sale ads were all about Easter. Aisles at Walmart had everything you would need for Easter.
     So why is our world, nation, families all falling apart if we are all focusing on Easter? Could it be that we have all fallen into the trap of becoming Baptist Bunnies? We have forgotten that there was not a pretty dress worn on that weekend but a thorn of crowns. We have forgotten that the greatest gift was given for us. We have forgotten that we have a savior that prayed for us and gave himself for us. But, the main thing we have forgotten is that he overcame death so that we might have eternal life.
     As Easter Sunday approaches lets remember that Easter is forever. Lets forget about the holiday and focus on the person of Easter. Are you a Baptist Bunny or are you a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for you?

Jesus prayed, " Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, they only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.