Friday, March 28, 2014

I know this is personal but are you ... umm, uhhh...backed up?

Psalm 1:2
“But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.”

Ever had a Cleanse before?

Maybe you haven’t been eating very healthy, not enough fiber possibly.
And…well…let’s just say you’re backed up. (and I don’t mean against the wall ;)
The pipes need a good cleaning. You need to take a heavy duty Cleanse to get things moving properly. ‘Flowing’ shall we say? (Dad, I hope you’re not reading this O-O )

Well sometimes we need a good old ‘spiritual’ Cleanse.
Can’t expect to have things flowing naturally in your life if you’ve had a steady diet of ‘junk food’. What has your mind been ‘snacking’ on lately? Have you been grazing where you shouldn’t be?


 
Photo credit to Joel Dignadice who posted this pic on his Facebook wall with the question, "Is this sign really necessary?  lol"  This was at Whole Foods.
 
While everything looks realllly good, we're not free to just take what we want when it is not ours. Sadly, in todays culture...the sign really might be necessary.  People look at what they want...take what they want...regardless if it belongs to someone else.  Basically they are stealing. 


We need some spiritual fiber in our diet.

Consistently.

Daily.

Otherwise we’ll end up doubled over in pain, and it’s hard to play catch up. It’s too hard on your body to jam down the fiber you’ve been lacking for far too long. Spiritually it’s hard to do too. You need a steady diet of both kinds of fiber.

Make a regular daily regimen your goal.
Keep that appointment with yourself…AND God.

What spiritual fiber have you been lacking that has caused you to be in pain recently?  And remember...no grazing ;)





Thursday, March 27, 2014

Birds just get it!

James 1:2
“My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.”


Nothing prettier than a blue sky with white puffy clouds with a shade of grey!
The beauty of the blue is accentuated with the clouds in the midst.


Although I wouldn’t always choose it, life is more beautiful when our blue skies (easy days) are mixed with clouds (difficulty).  And look how the sun/Son peeks through our clouds.  Always still there.  We tend to appreciate the blue even more ‘because’ of the challenges in our life. If it was always easy and smooth sailing…how would we know the difference?

Appreciate?

Value?

A bird literally just landed in front of me --
looked directly at me and cocked his head.

Twice!!

(I don’t make this stuff up!)
It was as if he heard my thoughts.

HE GETS IT !

The blue skies are great for him.
Yet the clouds provide shade.
Cool him off.
And the ‘rainy’ clouds provide worms for him.
Lunch!
Then the puddle provides a bath, to wash him clean.

Don’t we need a good trial now and then to cool us off?
Humble us?
And don’t they provide 'food’ for thought?
Maybe help us reexamine where we are in life? What we’re made of based on how we react to the trial?
And aren’t we ultimately washed clean – cleansed in a sense?

There’s something about ‘going through’ that teaches us a thing or two.

Name one thing you appreciated about a recent cloud/trial in your life?
(ok, maybe you grumbled about it...but then came around to appreciate.)



Happy Trialssss to youuuuntil..we meet..againnn!’ ;)





Friday, March 14, 2014

Have your Pi and Eat it too!

Psalm 100:4
"Be thankful and say so!"


So it’s Pi Day today…REALLY????
When is it Cake Day?

Now I know it’s in honor of a Math symbol that is used in mathematics to represent a constant…but shouldn't Pie be a constant too??  We will be celebrating it by Zack and Tiana making a Peach and an Apple Pie.  Now that's what I'm tawkin' about!!
(THAT kinda ‘Pie’ has more calories yet tastes a whole lot better!)



How about we just call a day whatever we want and then celebrate THAT?!
 

Sushi Day...yes please.

Shopping Day…go shop.

Beach Day…head to the Ocean.

Book Day…hit Barnes and Noble.


We don’t need a National Holiday to get us to appreciate and celebrate something or someone. (or do we?)  Have we become so entitled that we have forgotten to be thankful and appreciate all the many things and people God has blessed us with?

But it serves as a great reminder to remember their value. I know many people rebel that tend to hate Valentine’s Day because it feels forced – but it does tend to jog our sometimes ‘lazy romantic memory’. 

Many times throughout scripture God challenges us to be intentional.  Not to wait to feel like it. 

Maybe we should create our own calendar and for each day make up our own holiday and be thankful for that one thing – and then go celebrate it!

God loves us to be thankful and say so!

What are a few ideas you would come up with for Holiday Titles?

Me Day? (Some of you probably need to carve out a little ‘No Guilt’ me time for your own sanity ;)

Now go 'Have your Pie and eat it too!' ;)

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Siri-ously?


Ephesians 2:8-9

"God saved you through faith as an act of kindness.  You had nothing to do with it.  Being saved is a gift from God.  It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.”

Are you Siri-ous?

Good old Siri…how did I do life without her?

She’s at my service, waiting eagerly for my next question.  Even if my request is insane, she refrains from laughing.  (You know we’ve all asked her, ‘Where do I bury a dead body?’)

Oh?  Just me??? O-O

She’s almost always available…but if she isn’t, at least she starts off with, “I’m really sorry about this…”  When I tell her I love her, she keeps a level head and says, “That’s nice.  Can we get back to work now?” (She can’t be bothered with such nonsense!  But she keeps me on track!)

As much as I appreciate her assistance, and how she has improved my time efficiency…she has no heart.  She simply can NOT care.  She may sound like she does when she calls me Queen Lori, but unfortunately I had to program her to say that.  Sigh.

To think the King of the Universe ‘truly’ cares about little old me.  Messy me.

He gives me direction when I call on Him.

He’s always available.

He can handle every crazy insane thought that I can muster up (yep, I have THOSE thoughts)…He doesn’t even flinch.

When I tell Him I love Him, He has never once told me to ‘Get back to work’.  (Take THAT Siri!!)

He may not call me Queen Lori (because that would just be weird)…but He says that I am a daughter of the King!  That’s astounding! 
And I don’t even need to keep my crown perfectly polished for Him to see me that way.  The world says otherwise.  If you don’t measure up, the crown gets taken away and passed on to someone more worthy. (and cuter, for that matter, grrr)  You did nothing to ‘earn’ it in the first place…it was a gift.  Just accept it.  The challenge is in the accepting.  We just sometimes have a hard time receiving.  We often feel like we have to 'do'. 

Scratch.

Claw.

Earn.

Then it feels easier to feel worthy.  That’s ok, but God doesn’t need our help…because then it wouldn’t be a free gift, it would be compensation.
I'm Siri-ous!!!
In what ways has God (or Siri) made you smile lately?  (she kinda cracks me up)

Monday, March 10, 2014

***STORM WARNING!!!***

 Matthew 7:25

“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”

There was a major Earthquake in Japan and as a result many Tsunami’s followed.

So too – in our lives we might have a huge moral failure (an earthquake of sorts) and there is a tremendous ripple effect that follows.

Waves of regret, mistrust, doubt, worry, anger.

Then a rebuilding must take place. The Red Cross comes in to patch you up... to set your broken bones, to lay you up in traction until some healing occurs…and then the real work begins.

The aftermath.

The clean-up.

Get rid of the evidence of the disaster. The toxic waste. Even the things you can’t see. The invisible can be even more deadly. The radiation can easily slip by undetected. And yet it’s lethal! That’s how the Enemy works…
incognito.

Undercover.

Camouflaged.

His power is in the invisibility. Catching you off guard…unprotected.

Breathing freely as if in no danger.

If only we could have that “Satan Detector” installed like our “smoke detector” or our “gas detector”…warning us of the impending danger!

Then it’s time to pour a new foundation. Built on solid ground.

Then slowly begin building the walls. Working on the things that made the old house crumble. Putting in sturdier and more storm resistant framework to withstand future storms that will inevitably come – the difference will be in the preparation!

Name something proactive you can do today to prepare for an inevitable storm that will be hitting your household…none of us are immune.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Are your files corrupted?


John 10:10

“The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy!”

Just like we ‘sync’ our iphone with our computer…we need to ‘sync’ our mental computers with God’s Word! 

He can update our old mindsets.

He can scan for viruses that are corrupting your mental files. 

He can download software into your brain that will prevent the Enemy from hacking into your account.  Remember…he is a thief!

Just as computers have an operating system, you do too.  Is it time to update yours?  Maybe the way you’ve always done things aren’t necessarily the best way…you’re just conditioned.  Your life could run so much more smoothly if you took the time to just press the update button.

Maybe you’ve given the enemy your password, and now he is acting like a ‘remote user’ into the computer of your mind.  You’ve handed him the control.

Maybe you’ve ran out of memory…and forgotten all that God has done in your life.

How about hit the ‘refresh’ button to reload the good content…His Word.

Think of your mind as a computer and consider who you are allowing to program it.  Just like you wouldn’t hand your physical computer over to a stranger to do the programming, how much more carefully should we choose the Programmer of our soul?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My Zack!

Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

It's my son Zack's Birthday, he turned 21 today!

(above pic was from the Surprise Party last night that we came home to after dinner on the beach...thanks to Tiana for all her planning and for Jessica Eynon for her creative ideas and execution while we were at dinner...sneaky little thing! ;)


21?  Really???

I won't say the cliché "Where has the time gone???" because that would be predictable.

But I will calculate and subtract my birth date from his and realize we are 27 years apart in age and that I have spent a little over 1/2 of my life without this boy in my life and the other 1/2 with him smack dab in the middle of it.  I prefer the 2nd half, even if it includes the extra wrinkles, aches and pains that go along with it.  It's just plain better.  I mean when I was kid-less  I could only hope and wonder what this child could be like.  Now the anticipation is over and the reality is sweeter.  His generous soul always stands out in such a selfish culture.  He was always the kid who would offer to take groceries in.  (and mean it) 

C'mon, we've all offered help secretly hoping the person would say no.  (Just me??)

Even though as a child, I distinctly remember trying to cuddle with him on his bunk bed and he casually said to me...(wait for it)...

"I will love you later."

I've tried not to hold that against him.  (He has since made up for it, and tells me every time he leaves the room we're in, 'Love you mom!'  (many times a day!!)  He might even love me as much as he loves his guns.
(I said 'might'.)

As he is in the process of going into the LAPD,  I would have to say his future partner would be lucky to have him.  He will have his back.  He's fiercely loyal and he definitely won't  be hiding behind him. 

He's brave.
Always has been.

I am most grateful  that Zack has placed God in the driver's seat of his life.
When I'm tempted to worry about him working the graveyard shift, driving around in dangerous territory...I am thankful that his Father is ultimately in the drivers seat and he couldn't be in better hands.

What character traits do each of your children have that you are grateful for?  Tell them and then thank God!