Monday, October 28, 2013

Pass the Kleenex please

     Have you  ever had one of those times in your life when you couldn't turn the water works off?  Well,that  is how it has been around here these past few week.  Clean house and cry like a baby.  Read Facebook and use up a box of Kleenex. See Beth Moore live in Tulsa and cry as if under convection. Listen to Tim's jokes on Sunday and sob uncontrollably. (Ok, that happens all the time.  The guy has got to get some new material) I didn't know what was wrong with me.  Was it stress, exhaustion, hormones or just me being me that caused the tears to roll? I went into a hole of poor pitiful me. I started believing every negative thought  that flew across my mind. (((((God can't use me because I am to old. The church is going in a more contemporary direction and my traditional self will offend someone.  My gift of gab has put me on the blackball list so God has taken my platform. I have messed up God's plan in some way and that is why I am unable to do something big for Him. I am of little importance and God is busy with the good people.))))))
       Whoa!!!!!! Hold the boat there. None of this was God's doing.  This was all on me. I believe we could call it pride, arrogance, self-petty and lies. I have learned that when you put all those things away and start looking at what wonderful things God has put into your life the leaky pipes begin to stop their dripping. For example: I may be older (my birthday today) but look at all the life experiences God has given me. The realization has hit me that I have a Great God and He loves me gab and all. I know now that I had let the lies steal my joy. As I climbed into the Father's lap and let my sad song sing he gave me a promise.

However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived" these things God has prepared for those who love him." 1Cor 2:9

     God has planned a life for me that is far more then I could ever perceive. As long as I love Him and I stop focusing on me then I will see his mighty hand work for His glory not mine.  Give up the Kleenex people and put your focus where it needs to be. "LOVE HIM"

Monday, October 14, 2013

I am not OLD I am VINTAGE..

     This past week I was able to go on a trip to Branson with my mother and the Senior Adult group from Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang.  Let's just say I was the youngest person on the bus besides the bus driver.  We hit the road Wednesday morning at eight o'clock and didn't slow down until ten o'clock that night. I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. I had packed plenty of books to read and just knew I was going to get a lot of down time because this was old people surely they would take things slow. I couldn't even read on the bus because there was nonstop talking, joking and story swapping going on. ( I admit it I was doing my fair share) The next day Silver Dollar City all day then a wild time at the Dixie Stampede. What can I say I was tired.  I came on this trip to relax, chill, catch up on a good book.  These old people were about to kill me. The next day the same thing shopping in Eureka Springs then the Passion play for the evening. They never STOPPPPPPED.
     Here is what I learned from my little trip with people who are a little more vintage then I am.
1.  When you pay money for something be sure and get your moneys worth. (In other words go till you can't go no more)
2.  It is great to travel with friends that share your love of life. (There was not one grump head in the group.  They were up for anything)
3.  There is one bond that is very strong and that is your Christian walk. Every morning after we had loaded the bus we had a devotional and sang. (I still get goose bumps just thinking about it)
4.  No matter how old you are you still have a ministry to the younger people around you.(Even if they are over 50) You never know who is watching.

These Senior Adults were a balm to this tired, burnt-out, less vintage, preachers wife. God knew that I needed the fellowship more then the books I had brought.  Thank you Lord

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4