Monday, March 26, 2012

Boys and their Toys

     We had an exciting time last week watching Gage while Hollie and Zack went on mission trip to Nicaragua. Him and his Papa spent as much time as they could outside playing with the toys.  When I say toys I mean a little riding toy and a John Deere lawn mower. Gage would drag his toy up the steep driveway and head down it going as fast as could be.  His mom got wind of this type of fun and sent a helmet. (Mom you are no fun) When he got tired of that he would head to the tractor and wait for Papa to follow. They would take off going up and down the hill we call a yard. It was not good when I made them come in.  Neither one of them were happy.
     Three of the four days we had Gage it rained. This did not make for a happy camper. He would stand at the front glass door and want to go play with the toys. What can I say every time there was a pause in the rain we would run out and fly down the hill.  I know the neighbors thought we were crazy but he was happy which made Papa and Nana happy. (What are grandparents for?)He loves his toys.
      I have been thinking about my toys the computer,tv,cell phone. How out of sorts to I become when I am seperated from my toys?.How much time do I spend with my toys? How are my toys affecting others? Boy my heart has become heavy. I realized I had put my toys before the one who loves me most, my heavenly father.
      As you go through out this next week think about the time you have and what you are doing with it.  Are you waisting time with your toys or are you spending precious time with the one who loves you most?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your stength.
Deuteronomy 6:13   
   

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Never say Never

  The other day I heard a young starlet say she would never wear sneakers. I just started laughing. I remembered all the things that I said I would never do.
1. Never marry a preacher. (God laughed at that one)
2. Never wear elastic. (Give me stretch pants any day)
3. Never will my kids act up in church. (Aren't they cute)
4. Never drive a grandpa car (Love the Buick)
 Well, you get the idea. You should never say never because for sure you will be eating those words.
     As these thoughts were going through my head I began to wonder if there was a true never.  You know something you could say never to that would not come back to haunt you. I thought well I don't think I would ever eat cooked spinach, curse someone out, enjoy watching swamp people. But you know I couldn't say it would never happen.
     So what is a definite never. I could only come up with one thing.  I will never no never go to Hell. I know there is no changing this one. This never has been sealed in blood. No going back on this never.
     Let me ask you when have you said never? I hope you have never said never to the one who can secure your forever. By asking Jesus to come take over your heart you can say you will never go to Hell. Take care of this never today.


Jesus said," My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
John 10:27-28 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Wilma

     Every Monday morning I work in the clothing room at our church. Many of the consignment shops in town and Walmart send us the clothes they do not want any more. We take those clothes and neatly arrange them for a public give away every other Wednesday. We usually have around 100 people come through our doors and we are able to share with some of them our faith.
     I have enjoyed this ministry because of the women that I spend time with each Monday. We all come from different walks of life and different stages of life. One of the ladies that has intrigued me is Wilma.  She is in her nineties and still very active.  She walks to the church every Monday from her home two blocks away.
     This morning I asked Wilma if she wanted a ride home. She informed me that she had her horse and did not know if he wanted a ride. (You see her horse is her walker.)  I let her know that her horse was welcome to come. She finally said yes and we were off, horse and all.  As I drove we chatted and there were times when Wilma wanted to say something but the words just wouldn't come. I said ,"Don't worry we all get our tongues tied sometimes". She said ,"I know but I don't like it."
     Wilma has been a great motivator to me. Working in church work I have so many people tell me that the have "Done their time " that it hurts my heart.  Then I see people like Wilma who will never stop until Jesus comes. I hope I am a Wilma.
     What has God asked you to do this past week and you have said, "Let someone else do that I have served my time." (Just think you don't even have a horse to mess with) Lets be faithful to answer what ever call He has for us.

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
John 4:34

What work does He have for you to do?

    

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Queen of Talk

     As many of you know I can talk the paint off of the wall. You could say that I have the gift of gab. I never meet a stranger. If there is ever silence I get nevous and whatever pops in my mind comes out. I am contenually asking Tim what he is thinking so that he can carry the conversation for awhile. (Until I catch me breath then I start again)
     There are pros and cons to this gift I have.  Some of the pros are; 1. I am a great visitation partner because you never have to say a word. 2. If you are with me you never wonder what I am thinking because I will always tell you in the first five minutes. 3. If you are a quiet person I am your go to girl I will carry the conversation.
     Along with the good has to come the bad so here are the con's  1. There is never any quiet. ( I even get tired of the noise)2. People start running when they see you coming because they don't  want to hear the chatter.  And the main one is  3.  IF YOU ARE TALKING YOU ARE NOT LISTENING.
      Now you know one of my biggest flaws. That is right I am a terrible listener.  I am so busy thinking about what I am going to say that I don't hear what you are saying. My mind bounces from place to place to place while you are talking. Just call my the ADHD queen.
     I have started a new bible study called "Descerning the Voice of God" by Priscilla Schirer this past week.  You see I don't even sit still long enough to hear God. (Don't look at me like that you know you have the same problem) Anyway, I am learning that I need to clear my mind of all agendas and determin that I will listen for God to speak. As I reflect on his word I need to listen for his voice. As I worship in song I need to listen for his voice.  As I walk through my day I need to listen for his voice.
    As you go through your week. Take time to set in the quiet and listen for his voice.

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.  The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,   Isaiah 50:4-5 

SPEAK LORD FOR YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING
1 SAMUEL 3:9