Thursday, June 26, 2014

Are you out of alignment?


2 Peter 3:17
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.”

My car is out of alignment, which apparently caused my tires to wear out and need to be replaced. (oh goody!)


And so it is with us, if we are out of alignment (out of balance)…we will wear out. Just like the car, we will pull in a certain direction when we are out of balance. We may tend to steer in a certain direction automatically. Whether we are too focused on work, and then we naturally gravitate towards working, and our life continues to lean that way. Or maybe if we’re too focused on self, our life leans in that direction. Our mantra becomes me, myself and I.

Meanwhile, other parts of our life end up getting neglected. Whether the result is bald spots on our tires…or worse yet, bald spots on our head from the stress of it all…your car (and you) need a tune up. Don’t put it off, you could be headed for a crash and burn if you’re not careful!

Be honest with yourself and write down a typical day. Then measure that up with scripture to see if you are out of alignment, always being pulled in a certain direction which is out of balance. Ask Him to help you realign your spiritual tires to get you back on track and help you travel many more miles down the road that He has for you.

Happy travels! :)

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

He CAN handle the truth!


Psalm 139:1-4
“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.”


Do you ever walk thru life and feel like you have this ‘Internal Editor’ saying,

“Don’t say that.

Phrase it this way.

Delete.”

Are we really speaking from the heart – or do we sift it thru the strainer named “What’s Appropriate”. Now I’m not against being civil and courteous, but there is a time for real, raw, straight forward communicating. We do it with God too, as we pray, “Oh blesseth Godeth.”

Time to be authentic.

“Lord, I feel lousy, and I don’t see this feeling fading anytime soon!”

HOW UNSPIRITUAL!

To think we try and fool the God who sees our very nature… who designed us and knows our every thought!



Now set an Appointment with your Creator, take off the mask, and lose the flowery speech…He can handle the truth!






 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Quit yer whining


Ecclesiastes 7:14
“On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.”


It’s a funny thing, isn’t it? The things at our disposal, we walk on by.

Hardly noticing,

seldom appreciating.

But have it break down for 1 day, and suddenly it’s got your attention. 

Whether it’s something like my toilet which just broke down and is suddenly out of commission – or maybe for you it could be a relationship broke down, and now suddenly you take notice.

You start investigating it a little closer,

get 2nd opinions,

do your own research.

Try and evaluate the source of the leak. Was it a slow leak that didn’t set off the alarm in your head because it was subtle? Was it under the carpet so it was carefully covered up, not a sign of mold in sight? 

Well, over time the erosion tends to come to the surface and eventually a major waterline may burst wide open flooding different rooms in your life. 

Patch up the leak – deal with it 911! But then don’t forget to go back and find the root of the problem. Don’t just put a band aid on the ‘symptom’…fix the ‘source’.

Today, take a look around your house at the people AND the things you have been blessed to have…and rather than focusing on just what is broken, appreciate all that is not!  Do the hard work also in finding what the root issues are, but thank God for all He has blessed you with.  (oh, and quit yer whining!  Or was that me? ;)  



 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Suntan turnover time!


2 Corinthians 5:7
“We walk by faith, not by sight.”

Was just moved to tears over a Blog Post that my friend’s daughter wrote. A young girl in her 20’s with conviction! (imagine that?!)

That never gets old.

Her frustration with the state of the Church, the ones led astray. The ones looking for that ‘high’ in place of the relationship. ‘Relationship’ implies highs and lows. Ebbs and flows.

If you’re depending on that buzz…then when it’s not there, you’ll be heading for the hills during your next crisis! Just like your relationship with your friend or spouse, what happens when you’re just not feelin’ it on any given day?

A genuine faith is especially evident when there’s no signs of joy inducing circumstances going on around you. It’s an internal steadiness when the world around you is crumbling. It’s when the bill collectors are calling, and you keep working and trusting in Him.

Our culture is unfortunately addicted to feeling good.

Instant gratification.
Microwave faith.

Just like a good tan…it takes a little bit at a time. If you try to do it all in one day, you just get burned and it ends up peeling off.





Invest time in your ‘relationship’. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. Can’t pick it up through the Drive Thru. (I know, you want your Everlasting Gobstopper nowwwww!)  Don’t we all?! Invest the time… that way it doesn’t just peel off like a bad sunburn, because you tried to rush it!




If you’re not already doing it, set aside a certain time that you can dedicate to getting in the Word each day to refuel. Be consistent. Watch and see the difference it makes in your reaction to things and crazy people. Trust me, they’re out there people!! ;) (they might even be living in your home!)  No comment hubby!
















Monday, June 2, 2014

Mama knows best...and so does your Father

Recently, I was sitting outside in my back yard when I heard some 'movement' in my shed.
 
Ut ohhhhh!!!!

Because it had a lock on the door, I felt 'somewhat' comfortable that it wasn't a homeless man with a machete.  But then I noticed this tiny little window opening...

Exhibit A

Now WHAT could possibly enter this tiny little square?

Then I proceeded to hear not only movement, but a little purring and some chattering sounds.  It started to sound more like a family living in my shed...(family of what is the question???)  Of course I got on Google to look up raccoons (not believing it could be possible), but to my surprise learned that they could squeeze into a 4 inch square!  WHAT THE...???

So of course I needed proof and a brave sucker (I mean soul) who would put their hand in the square and get pictures as evidence.  So I called in the big guns...the hubby.

Exhibit B


Mama was resting nicely, nursing her babies...until he turned on his flash!

I think she knew her days were numbered, assuming that THAT was her Eviction Notice...and within 2 days she closed up shop! 

We came home to this activity in the middle of broad daylight on Memorial Day...

Exhibit C



 

We weren't sure if she was just heading back to the shed after hunting for food.  Mama raccoon had spotted Sierrah out back with our dogs when she left...and returned pretty quickly.  Sierrah had a feeling she'd be back soon, so she propped herself up by our back window.  Minutes later Mama coon climbed back into the shed, then came back out with this:

Exhibit D

 

Then one by one she transported each of her babies (until she saw Kevin outside and got spooked).  As a result, this overprotective mama took a lonnnnnng time to come back for her last crying baby.  (Looking much more cautious and aware of her surroundings.)
 

A mama's job is never done!

So precious to see her cautiously looking around and sensing danger that could put her babies in harms way.  And then how she tirelessly scoops them up to find a safer place to protect them. 

As I watched the last video of Mama shimmying down the rod iron fence with baby coon dangling(and being totally impressed with her flexibility and mad skills), I could only think of how our Mama's try and keep us safe.  But more so how our 'Ultimate' Father in heaven is watching over us.  He sometimes has to transport us to different surroundings to keep us protected, but we may feel uncomfortable and scared like that baby raccoon dangling...wondering, "What the heck is goin' on here ?" 

Those are the times we have to trust that He knows best...even if it's very painful during the transition.  Change is never easy.  But necessary.

Are you grumbling about your current situation, possibly in the process of a transition that is in uncharted territory?  Trust that where He is taking you is for your own good, and that He has already scouted out the territory before taking you there.  Hang on, even though your feet are dangling off the ground, it won't kill ya!

2 Thessalonians 3:3
"But the Lord is faithful, He will establish you and guard you against the evil one."