Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hope is never satisfied.

So my 2 Yorkie's...Faith and Hope...have many quirky little habits.  They are somewhat predictable, to say the least.

But one that always amuses me is Hope wants what Faith has.  (and spiritually speaking, Hebrews 11:1 says that 'Faith is the substance [dog food ;)] of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.") 

The amazing thing is that I was listening to Joyce Meyer in the background and her message was exactly what was occurring with my crazy Hope. (listen closely).  Talk about timing!  I fill both of their bowls with the same amount of food -- but inevitably she takes a few bites then moseys on over to glance at Faith's bowl.  (Not sure exactly what's going on in her furry little head, but it seem like she's evaluating if the distribution was 'fair'.)

Did she get cheated?
Did her master fill Faith's bowl more than hers?
(Sometimes she'll even go over and start taking Faith's food while her bowl is still not even empty.  The nerve!)




The similarity between my canines and us humans is pretty comical, and yet sad at the same time. 

We're not always content with what we've been given.  We think we've been dealt a bad hand and we start looking around at what others have.  We might be somewhat subtle (like Hope) and just glance over, but quickly run back to our own 'bowl'.  Or on a bad day, Hope has even taken what doesn't belong to her and she and Faith break out into a huge fight -- with their teeth showing!  (The few that they have left ;)  Thus the reason they don't eat right next to each other.

"The grass is always greener" syndrome seems to affect the animal kingdom as well as us selfish humans.  We need to be content, no matter the situation or what we've been given.  Paul learned in Philippians 4:12..."I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."

So lets not worry about if our Master fills our bowl with less than someone else's...what business is that of ours?!

"God allows it to rain upon the just as well as the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)

We all go though different season's.  Lets learn to be content like Paul, regardless of our situation.  If he could be content in Prison, we can choose to be content even 'in the midst of' circumstances that can tend to make us feel 'imprisoned'.

He's given us each different amounts of talents (again, that's His business)...but our business is to use what talents He has given us, and use them for His purposes.  That's what we're here for.

So learn from my yorkie Faith...and keep your eye on your own bowl.  And give grace to Hope, she's still a work in progress.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Getting ripped...in more ways than one!


Romans 8:18
“I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”


Being broke can make you richer.
(Now don’t be running to check your account balance…it’s still the same.)

But richer in insight.
It causes you to look around and notice more things.
Things you flew by before, on the way to your next vacation…
not noticing.

Although you’re lacking in the “funds” department…
you are wealthy in the “letting go”. (of all the perks of what having $ in the bank can allow.)
Instead of just being comfortable – be expectant.

The security you thought came from a secure paycheck --
actually comes from a secure God.
More reliable than a paycheck.
More consistent.

Now I’m not against making $ and providing a great lifestyle for your family --
but what I wish more for you is the “opportunity” to struggle.

To stretch.
To question.
To feel ripped apart.

Just as in working out your muscles, you actually rip the muscle before it builds…
the feeling ‘ripped apart’ is a necessary step in building your faith muscle.

That’s when real growth happens.
Results.

The pain involved is a sign that actual growth is happening.

So don’t look at the pain of your circumstances as a sign of failure,
but a hint that there’s real progress happening. (Even though the muscle isn’t quite to the surface yet.)

It’s cominggggg.

Wait…
(The infamous 4 letter word…W.A.I.T.)


Is there something you have been waiting for?  Do you feel God is absent?  Or could He possibly be working behind the scenes without allowing you to see the actual growth happening...for a reason?


 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Is it time to call Pest Control (cuz you have no self control?)


I’ve been antsy lately…
literally!

They’re everywhere. Marching across my kitchen counter, probably hiding in the coffee grinds and camouflaged for no one to detect. (Sneaky little critters.)

So I got my gloves on and took that hefty size commercial Raid with the gun and the holster --
yup –I had my game face on.
All business. (I can slay bodies with the best of ‘em. Step aside Arnold.)
The Terminator ain’t got nothin’ on me!

I machine gunned…I mean sprayed the perimeter of the house. Even at the end of the driveway (In every crack and crevice where they could sneak their pesky selves in.)

The nerve.
Uninvited guests by squeezing their way into our home. Even through the outlets they showed up. (And apparently they’ve Evited and Facebooked all of their friends -- because they’re coming too!) 

They’re small…but they’re mighty --
and their army has outnumbered me big time.

It’s funny how harmless this critter is when you’re stomping on them during your morning hike (barely noticing them under your sneakers),
yet when they infiltrate your home, they are suddenly in control.

I’m left to wonder what other ‘seemingly’ innocent things are entering my home…
uninvited.
Could also be through the outlets that our TV’s and our computers are plugged into.


The shows.
The images.


Not just the programs --
possibly the programming!
Subtly infecting our thinking.

Now I’m not one who thinks you have to throw your TV’s out and not use technology --
just don’t let it use you

Don’t be so passive that you don’t even notice when the corruption sneaks in unaware. Don’t wait until your home is crawling with this stuff --
spray your perimeters so they don’t get in. It’s much easier to block these things from entering…than doing damage control after they’ve broken in. Just like an addiction is easier to prevent from happening as opposed to dealing with it once it’s gotten a hold of you.


One isolated ant…or thought…may not be such a threat.

But when it comes with a host of their friends…
then you’re in trouble.

Matthew 26:41 says:

“All of you must keep awake (give strict attention; be cautious and active), and watch and pray that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Take an honest assessment of what you’ve allowed to infiltrate your home. Maybe it’s time to break out that old bottle of Raid!



                  (How to kill an ant AND make a fashion statement! ;)

P.S.  Noooo, that's not meee!


 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Gravity is invisible too!


Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Just because I don’t see the seed that was planted in the ground, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The growth is happening beyond my capacity to see, and ready to sprout through the surface of the ground. Doesn’t make it any more alive or real just because I can finally see it with my limited vision.

So when you’re tempted to feel like nothing is happening in your life, and that God isn’t really growing you…remember that seed.

That invisible growth.
The hiddenness of it all.
A lot of beautiful masterpieces happen in secret. Behind the scenes. In the dark.

That sweet baby in the new mama’s belly is only reality based on her word. (Until we ‘see’ that baby bump.)
And sometimes our reality is just based on God’s Word. Because to the naked eye, we’re just not seeing it! That’s where faith comes in. Trusting in His promises, confident that it’s under the surface to keep us trusting in spite of not seeing.

We tend to bow down to our feelings and what we see…as if they are our God! A golden calf of sorts. An idol. Since when did they become the ultimate dictator of our life?

Write down a list of things in scripture that are promises. Then make a note of the ones you just aren’t seeing right now. Let that be a reminder that regardless if you’re seeing it or feeling it, doesn’t take away from its reality. You can’t see gravity, but don’t try and argue the fact! It would be fatal.