Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where is home?

So today, I was reading a story about a group of people who had to leave their home in the midst of wartime.  The feelings that popped into my head were mostly of sadness for those who had to leave their homes, their jobs and some of their family members behind.  In the midst of war, there are no funerals, only unresolved grief.

Why today?  Why am I thinking about this today?  Well, I can't answer that question.  But, I can say this.  We are in the midst of war now.  A war in ourselves.  The fight and battle between our selfish self and our generous self.  Have you had those inner conversations over the right course of action?  Well, if you said no, you are probably trying to avoid looking at your true self.  We have all at one point or another wrestled with a decision. 

The question really becomes, "when all is said and done with this situation, will I be able to live with myself?"  Yes, home.  This is what it's all about.  When we lay our head down on the pillow at the end of the day, can we truly be at rest, or are we still at war with our choices? 

I know that in my youth, I heard many times that whether I chose this or that, the end result would be that it was my decision and I would have to live with the outcome.  Yes, as a young person, this was frightening to me.  The responsibility of the outcome of your choice.  We do need to remember that we ARE responsible for the consequences of decisions we make. 

So, have you considered the eternal outcome of your choices lately?  It may be time to pull out the inner mirror and take a good look at the source of your choices.  Each choice we make has consequences - good or bad.  These choices are recorded for all time, and in the end of our days, we will account for them.  Gratefully, Jesus stands as our mediator and savior, so the consequences of death are removed, but we still must account.  Do not think that we have a free pass because we are saved from eternal death.  No, we are redeemed and loved and saved but at the same time, we are accountable.

How does this work, you may ask?  Well, this is a mystery.  One of God's great mysteries.  I just know that God has told us that we are redeemed by the grace of Jesus - born anew through the resurrection of our Lord.  I also know that that same resurrected Jesus told us that we will account for our choices.  Yes, we will.  So, no free pass.  Just a free ticket.  Confused?  I understand.  Keep seeking God, and it will become clear as time goes by. 

Faith in God allows us to believe even though we do not fully understand.  Believing that we are headed for an eternity with the Lord and the price for our sins has been paid by the sacrifice of Jesus - this is what allows us to move forward in the midst of our confusion. 

May the peace of God that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

Dear friends and visitors,

What is it about waiting that is so difficult?  I know the culture has encouraged us to achieve everything now, right away.  No waiting in line - order it online.  No need to save, use a credit card.  Get an answer from someone now - call them on the cell phone - if they don't answer, text them!

What is this doing to our quality of life?  I was wondering this after a conversation with a friend yesterday.  He doesn't answer his phone unless he knows who is calling, he doesn't listen to voice mail until he gets around to it, he doesn't answer email immediately, sometimes for several days.  He makes his deadlines because he is able to remain uninterrupted by the things the rest of us allow to peek into our life at any given time.  How do we manage the technology that makes our life easier?  What does it look like in our life?

Are we seeking after things that calm and enrich our spirit?  I think that today is a good day to consider the nature of God and whether we reflect this character in our lives.  Yesterday, I had a verse stuck in my head saying, "wait upon the Lord." and today, I woke up thinking, "I wait paitiently for the Lord and he heard my cry." Psalm 40:1   I really do believe that sometimes God says wait and He means it.  I have been in waiting.  Have you?  I'm sure there is something in your heart that you are waiting for. 

Be strong.  Know that as you wait, when you are patient and appreciate the things around you and enjoy the journey, you are blessed and enriched in your life.  Each day is a new day, each hour brings with it challenge, opportunity and blessing.  We must look for these things to allow ourselves to be prepared for the day to come.  What does that day hold?  Only the Lord knows.  But we trust that today will help to bring us forward to tomorrow.  Use the pieces of today to build yourself and grow your character so you are a fitting example for those who look to you for guidance.  Amen, friend.

Jesus loves you - this I know.  I love you, my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I deeply love you with the heart of Jesus.  The unconditional patient love that sees the value and the spirit of God within you.  Peace be with you today as you wait.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where does the time go?

Dear friends and visitors,

Wow!  I don't know what has happened to the days since we last met!  They have flown by like a flock of geese escaping the cold winter weather that snapped one night from out of the blue!  So many metaphors in one's getting a little scary here in the writing lab.

Okay, so, where does the time go?  That's what I thought as I realized how long it had been since I shared with you.  Shame shame on me.  Well, I'll tell you where the time went.  It went to working and recruiting and building and writing and well, it just went. 

Have you ever had days where you thought you would get a lot done, but at the end of the day, nothing had been done and the pile of to-do's just got bigger?  Yes, that is what the last month has been like. 

I know just what to do in situations like this!  It has happened before and I know I had the answer right last time!  Ready for it?  Here it is.  Pray.

Yes, I know it sounds a little crazy, or even a bit off the mark, but the truth is, taking time away from the list and the hectic pace and settling down with yourself and your Creator will give you some peace and perspective.

Pray.  Talk to God.  Tell him your tale.  Let Him know where you are, what is plaguing you, what your needs are and ask for the impossible.  God is in the miracle business, so ask for one. say.  I'm serious.  I have in the past asked the Creator of the Universe to stretch time so that I can get all the work He has given me done.  Yes, it does have to be work that glorifies God, but that doesn't have to be work in the, does it?  No, it can be the work you do on a daily basis. 

The work God has called you to, equipped you for and encouraged you in.  Completing this with a loving and joyful spirit, this is what pleases God.  So, grab hold of yourself, take yourself into the place where you can commune with the Lord and ask for the miraculous.  You'll be surprised how things turn out - maybe all of the sudden some of the work will vanish.  Or a volunteer will arise.  Or a call will come in.  Or a job will manifest.  Or the attitude will change and then there is room for the love of the work.  Then the work is a breeze to complete.

My day has run past it's time.  I have too many things to do before the next minute, but I knew that I needed to share this with you.  When we seek God, we find Him.  When we run and hide, trying to do things ourselves, it is never easier.  Seek God and let His glory shine through you.  This will result in the miraculous being seen every day!  Peace and JOY in your work!


A quiet moment of reflection