Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Flying through life

Ya ever have one of those days...where you're flying through life,
full speed ahead,
not knowing which way is up?
Everything seems to be in Fast Forward?
(Ya...me too!)
Where is that pause button anyway?

Oh, by the way, that's my 11 year old Sierrah...
she usually has one speed-
fast.

Nothing wrong with getting a lot done, and being effective,
and havin' a little drive, and walking fast...
but do you slow down...
pause,
breathe?
Or just frantically race, breathless, with a to do list in hand?

I've always heard, "Begin with the end in mind."
Stop and think about why you are here.
What is your purpose?
Just to scramble?
Carpool?
Run errands?
And then call it a day?

I just don't wanna have regret...
standing before the God who made me with certain gifts and talents,
and tell Him, "Uh, sorry God, I didn't really think you could use little 'ol pathetic me.  Didn't feel qualified."
That's NOT a conversation I wanna have.

If you don't know your purpose, I would recommend the book "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I here for" by Rick Warren.  It may just help take the blinders off that we tend to wear when running on our own little hampster wheels of life.

To entice you to read it, here's a few quotes from Rick:

"Being successful and fulfilling your lifes purpose are not at all the same thing;  You can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the worlds standard and STILL miss your purpose in this life."

"You weren't put on earth to be remembered.
You were put here to prepare for eternity."

"We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be!  Earth is not our final home;  we were created for something much better."

What could you do if you trusted God a little bit more?


Friday, March 23, 2012

Unchanging


This picture always makes me laugh!  It was at Grandpa's house and they were 'pretending' to be asleep. (Hardly obvious ;) As much as I love my lil munchkins all grown up, I miss the fact that they won't be this small...
ever...
again!

I love change,
and I hate change all at the same time.
(I'm a woman, what do you expect?  I have the perogative of not being able to make up my mind;)
Some call it Schitzo!  
(I prefer to call it not being predictable and boring.)

With change comes insecurity.
What will the future hold?
How will my kids end up?
How will I afford these insane gas prices?

Then God shows up on the scene.
The one thing in my life that is unchanging.
Consistent.
Not moody.
Never fickle.
Steady.
Sure.

How grateful I am for Him.

When all else around me is chaotic, and up in the air...
He.is.not.
When people don't keep their word...
He.does.
When the stock market is all over the place...
He.is.steady. 

Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

Aren't you relieved like me, that no matter what happens, God will stay the same? 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Don't go it alone!

The verse above, (which I now recognize can only be seen with a very large magnifying glass ;-/ is Proverbs 18:24, "Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family."
It's tougher to foster great friendships as you get older, and have families, and a ton of responsibilities.  Yet,
they...
are...
vital!

It was easier at age 15 like my Moriah, when I didn't have to carpool, help with homework, slave over hot meals (ok, well maybe I'm not actually 'slaaaaaving' in that department lately), since I'm doing the Protein Shake thang, but you get the gist.  Minutes, turn to hours, turn to a day gone by... and before you know it, lights are out.

Be intentional.  Be selective.  You become like who you surround yourself with.  I value spending time with like minded people.  And if I am gonna take time away from my family, and I'm called to be a good steward of my 'time'...then I need to be wise in where I want to invest my time (and in who I invest it in.)

Ok, so this was my original topic I wanted to write about today, but when I turned on my laptop, it wouldn't start.
I panicked.
 And if you know me well, I don't panic easily.
But I panicked nonetheless.(I confess!)
I may have even broken a sweat.
So I did what any sane christian woman would do.
I laid hands on it, (yup, I resorted to that 'ol desperation prayer..."Lord, HELP!!!)  Fiddled with the power button.  Kept pressing that poor old enter button as my mind was racing, thinking how much I couldn't "afford" this right now, and as I began texting my tech guy...silly me noticed I hadn't plugged it in.  (Please tell me you've done this.)  Don't leave me up here alone!  I of course laughed at myself and thought...how often we do this.

  WE DON'T PLUG IN!!!

Not only do we not plug in to friendships, and connecting well...but we don't plug in to our major power source, the God of the Universe.  The all powerful.  Would we leave our phone off the charger and be crazy enough to think it would have power? Yet our spiritual batteries are drained because we don't recharge.  And then we scratch our head and wonder why we feel defeated, depleted, and depressed.

Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of POWER [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart."

So tell me again why I wouldn't want to have that kind of power?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Beware if all men speak well of you

It actually seems to be the aim of many...the approval of others.  A good day is defined as when there is no conflict.
Smooth waters.  
No waves.
I mean who wants to make waves?
Why rock the boat?

Luke 6:26 says there's trouble ahead when we live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them.  God calls us to be true, not popular.  

But how messy.  So much easier to be agreeable...
nodding,
smiling.

But what a gift to have those people in your life who risk hurting your feelings for your greater good.  Not spoonfeeding you Dessert that goes down easy...
but giving you that mushy spinach that gives you that gag reflex.  
Yet it's good for you.
Brings health to your soul.  
Grace and Truth together, the perfect partners.   

I'm thankful for those people in my life that have different opinions than me, who challenge me to step up higher.
Who love me enough to say so.