Wednesday, October 31, 2012

If I could ask God one question....

     I was on a church website the other day reading a profile of one of the staff members.  He used several question and answer statements to help you get to know him. Questions like: What is my favorite book? Where would I most like to go on vacation? The one question he asked that has stuck in my mind is "if I could ask God one question what would it be?" I started thinking about that and the first thing that popped in my mind is "Why did God make men and women so different?'( You know you have asked the same question a million times.)But then the answer came to me: He had to create women or life would be boring.
     Seriously, I started thinking about the question, "What would I ask God if I could only ask one question?" Here is what I came up with: "Why me? Lord, why did you pick me to create, love, cherish, and die for?  Why did you choose me to carry on your work, to raise Godly children, to lead women to know you, to work beside my husband in his ministry? Why did you choose me to be your daughter? Why Me?" Like many of you I feel so unworthy most of the time.
    In my lowly earthly mind I know God loves me and Christ died for me. But I want specifics so here is what I came up with:  1Corinthians 1:27-31 says "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;(I can be foolish) God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong ( I can also be weak). He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." I have a feeling when HE answers me He will say, "I love you and I needed you to bring Me glory."
      This week you could go on the search "Why me?" Discover why you are here and know you are loved.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life can change in an instant

     This past weekend we spent time with Tim's family celebrating his mother's birthday.  It was a great time of getting together with family and friends we hadn't seen in many years.  We had great food and told wild stories. Basically we just enjoyed being together and rehashing old memories of days gone by. As the weekend came to a close, we had a hard time saying good bye, but we gave our hugs and kisses and headed down the road. There was a great sigh of satisfaction as we headed back to McAlester.  We felt  everyone had had a good time and that we had truly honored Kay (Tim's mom) for her birthday.
     As always, when we travel, I am snoozing and Tim is listening to a talk show on the radio. Life is good. Everyone is happy. Kids are safe. Everything is right with the world; we thought. All of a sudden the car phone goes off. (Yes we have one of those cars that the phone comes through the radio) Little did we know that things were about to change. On the other end of the phone was our friend Shari (we lived with her and her husband Rod when we moved to McAlester). She said that she had just brought Rod to the emergency room. She was scared. Life had just changed in an instant. Tim told her we were over an hour out, but we would get her some help. Tim made calls and we started praying. We arrived at the hospital to find our friend with tubes and wires coming out of his body. He was fighting for his life. As we followed the gurney to the helicopter pad. I kept thinking, didn't we just finish celebrating life? Now we are praying for God to save a life. I say it again, Life can change in an instant. The doctor spoke to us as they transported Rodney out and said that he was as critical as anyone could be and that he didn't know if he would make it. We stood beside the helicopter pad with other friends and church members praying as a group for this dear friend. The word went out to pray. There were churches all over the world praying. All I can say is that God is a miracle worker. Rodney arrived in OKC and was taken care of immediately. After a night of prayer we were notified that he was doing well.
     You know when you are young you think you are invincible. When you are old you start to get your head wrapped around the fact that your days are numbered. But when you are middle aged you kind of put things on cruise. As we go about this week lets try to live in the moment and realize we need to make this moment count. As I said before life can change in an instant.

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this  or that city,m spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13-14

Monday, October 15, 2012

The fix it queen

     As you know I grew up working on the farm.(No, not the funny farm) We had this saying if you can't fix it with bailing wire or grey tape; it just can't be fixed. Because of my up-bringing, I have become the fix-it-queen.( I even changed the belt to my alternator on the way to church one Sunday) Tim was a city boy who didn't have a dad around to help him learn, so when we got married, I was the go-to-girl. I fixed things. Tim studied. He wrote wonderful sermons and dealt with people problems. We were a perfect fit.
    The longer we were married the more things Tim learned how to fix and the less fixing I needed to do. As the kids came along I started teaching them how to fix things. I wanted my kids to be able to step back from a problem and ask how can I fix this. I wanted them to exhaust all their options before they gave up. (Really I just wanted them to fix the flat tire without me)  I realize that this fix it mentality  has spilled over into more than mechanics. I have watched as they have delt with relationships, career, and family issues. But I noticed the  tools have changed.  Now they are relying on their relationship with Christ to fix the situations. (So long grey tape, bailing wire and Mom)
     As you go through this next week think about what you are relying on to fix your problems. Are you looking to your mate to fix things?  Are you trying to do it all yourself? Are you begging your friends to fix it? Well,,, I happen to know that whatever situation you are in it can only be fixed by the One who is the creator of all things.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just call me Mrs. Klutz

     On Tuesday nights I teach a ladies' Bible study at the church. I go a little early so that I can set up the video and look over my lesson before everyone gets there. Last Tuesday night when I arrived the video and TV combo were not where they were suppose to be. I went on a search.  I finally found it in the children's department. I know I have talked about it before but our church is a little scary at night and here I was on the 3rd floor in the dark trying to get this rolling cart with a TV  into the elevator.  I was hurrying so the boogie man wouldn't get me. In my haste, I did not wrap the cord up like I should.(Yes, I was dragging it behind me) This is not a good thing especially when you are getting on an elevator. I looked down as the doors were closing to see that the plug was on the outside and the TV and I were on the inside. Oh No What To Do! I could just see the elevator going down and the TV hanging from the ceiling.  Well I did what any person would do I yanked on the cord hoping to pull it into the elevator with me. No, I was not a success. The plug slid right into the groves of the door and was hung.  I jumped in front of the door so it wouldn't shut.  It was no use the plug was stuck.  I was going to go down in history as the pastors wife that tore up the church elevator and hung a TV. I started searching for options.  I couldn't call anyone because I hadn't brought my phone. I could scream for help but no one was there and even if they were they were on the first floor and I was on the 3rd floor. I thought that Tim might  notice I was gone and come looking for me. But I knew that that would take forever.( He is not good at finding things) My heart was racing and I was full of panic. As a last resort I am standing there keeping the door from going back and forth and I bow my head and pray " Father this is Glenette and I have done it again.  I hate to bother you (again today) but I can't seem to figure this one out. Lord I know this is a silly request but can you please help me get out of this jam? I really don't want to see what the results will be if I let this door close. Only if it is your will Lord give me wisdom. Amen." I looked down to see that I could push the plug to the very back of the track and the cord would be released. When I was finally on my way down with the TV in tact. I was able to release a sigh of relief.
     Isn't this the way life rolls? We go around making messes, and finally after we try everything, we pray as a last resort. I know this has been a silly example but as I thought about it I realized I have been using God as my backup go to guy.  Whenever I don't think I can handle it I shout a quick HELP and expect him to jump.  Can you imagine what life would be like if you went to Him before you started fretting. This week spend time putting him first.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him. because he cares for you.
1Peter 5:6-7