Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Anyone up for a run?

     I am a walker.  You know one of those ladies who has their praise music in their ears ,just strutting their stuff, walking briskly down the road. That is me. I have learned that life is better when I spend some time sweating out the negative and putting in the positive. (If you know what I mean)
     The other day I was on my daily walk when some friends were driving in our neighborhood and they stopped to chat. I asked where they were headed and they let me know the were headed to the movies and wondered if Tim and I wanted to go. I told them sure we hadn't been to the movies in a long time and it sounded like fun. They took off to go buy the tickets and left me several hills from my house. I knew that the show was going to start soon and I need to get home quick.(I know you are seeing this in your head. Me in my Vacation Bible School Shirt, Old lady shorts, Visor and Ear Phones). You know what I did I started running.  Yes this old girl has still got it. Those legs were going. (No problem there)  Those arms were pumping.(No problem there) Those lungs were breathing. (No problem there) So what was causing the difficulty? Wellllllllll something was behind me bouncing up and down almost causing me to lose my balance.  What could this be????? You know it my back side was dragging me down.  I was told once by a member of my family (Dad) that I would probably run faster if I wasn't pulling such a big trailer. (Now that is love) Anyway I made it home in record time. (for me) I was tingling all over from the shock to my body but I felt pleased that I could still do it.
     Out in our everyday life we have different things that try to pull us down. People discourage you. Situations that limit you. Your own attitude telling you you can't do it.  But I truly believe that if God is in it you can do anything. This week don't let anything stop you from doing what fantastic things God has laid before you. People unhook those trailers.

I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I am going to war

     I am a part of a book club. I know you don't think there is anything going on in this brain of mine but I am trying to remedy that. This month we are reading the book "The Divine Defense", by Robert Jeffress.  This book covers six simple strategies for winning your greatest battles.  I thought my greatest battle was my weight or my gift of gab. I even thought my greatest battle might be how to get Tim to stop using me as an illustration in his sermons. But I am wrong.(Imagine that) Dr. Jeffress states that "we have an enemy who is determined to deceive us about his power(or lack thereof), deprive you of your privileges as a child of God, destroy your effectiveness as a servant of God, and deny you the rewards that God wants one day to bestow on you in heaven?"  I told a pulpit committee one time that I don't wear my feelings on my sleeve because I am so lovable I can't believe anyone wouldn't love me. (I know I live in a fantasy world) It is very hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I have an enemy out there that is determined to harm me and separate me from the God I love. As I have been studying this war my eyes have been opened. As I have struggle to put God first the battle has gotten stronger.  I believe for the first time in my walk with God I see how and why I have been attacked.

1. Discourage you from Worshiping God: I don't have time.  I am not important God doesn't need me.
2. Distract you from serving God; My kids need me. My job is more important.
3. To deceive you into disobeying;  More money will make me happy. If I had a mate like that life would be good.

     People we are in a war. The evil one doesn't think we can win. But the bible says differently.  I am going to claim God's promises and fight with all I have. Come on and fight with me.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7


Monday, May 14, 2012

I have a special gift.....

     I have been told that I have a gift for gab. I can't help it. If we are in a group and there is not anyone talking it drives me crazy.  I can't handle silence. I can ask a million questions to fill the silence. I can talk about nothing to fill the silence. (I don't need anyone to agree with that)  I can pick out someone elses flaws to fill the quiet. Most of the time when it gets quiet I just talk about Tim he always provides me with plenty of material. (Just like now)
     When we were in Texas one of my senior adult friends brought me a present. It was a three foot sign that says "Dear Lord put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth". Now what do you think she was trying to say there? (I just don't get it) We all got a good laugh out of it exspecially when she said she had gotten herself the same sign. God had given us both the same gift of gab.
     This past weekend Hollie and I were out at a friends garage sale when my eyes landed on a new sign which states,"Lord, Help my words to be tender and gracious today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them". This sign now sets above my desk.  As I read these words I have to smile.  You see the older I get the less filter I have on my mouth.  Words just take off and ,you know what, they don't taste as good once they have flown around awhile.
    My goal this week is to think about what I say before I say it. (No applause please)  I am also going to try and let there be some silence in my life.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those,who listen.
Ephesians 4:27


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here comes the Judge

     The other day we went out with some friends to eat.  They had their grandbaby with them. When we set down they popped open a small DVD player and sat it in front of the child. They explained that this would keep her quiet until the food came. Well, you know me. My snobby little nose went up into the air.  I couldn't believe we were setting in a restaurant visiting while a DVD was playing at the end of the table.  These grandparents should know better.
     Wellllllllllll a few weeks latter Gage came to visit.  You know he is the most perfect child. (Says his most perfect Grandmother).  We went out to eat and guess what the food was slow in coming and the child started going nuts.  What was I to do? I tried every trick in the book. But you know what finally worked. You know it, I pulled out the IPad. Mark me right up there with those out of touch grandparents.
     Boy it is really easy to judge someone. I think it is even easier to judge when you haven't been in that situation. Call me the Queen of Judge. I know it fits me well. (stop laughing) Until you have walked in someone's shoes you don't know what you would do. This week think before you judge.

Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others,and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others. Matt. 7:1-2
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