Monday, October 31, 2011
So I finally got to see my nephews, Connor (#16) and Cooper (#14), play basketball. They are nine year old twins. It was so much fun to watch them play. They play in a Christian league so the game was in the auditorium of a Baptist church. It was a nice time for mine and my sister's family to connect. I had neglected to be as connected to my sister and her family recently....I felt guilty for my neglect of my relationship with my sister, especially since she has been going through some extremely difficult times lately. This simple gesture meant more to her than I imagined. Since then we have gone to breakfast together...pumpkin pancakes!! and talked several times. I had not realized how much I missed my sister...and we live maybe 10 miles apart...
May I never forget the people in my life again. I pray that I will always hold them close and cherish them. I pray that you cherish your family and friends and tell them often how much they mean to you. Better yet, show them!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I'm blogging like a mad woman lately...
So I am sitting here, working on my study called "He Speaks To Me" by Priscilla Shirer on my lunch. I see people outside and grumble that I am going to get interrupted...AGAIN. I tell the Lord all I want is some uninterrupted time to spend with Him. I am totally aggravated by the interruptions. The person never knocks so the interruption never really happens. Back to my study...
I have now reached the part in my study titled "Your Interruption: God's Intervention". Can you see where this one's going? The chapter says, "I find distractions particularly irritating when I am focused on getting an item crossed off my to-do list. More and more the Lord is showing me what I consider interruptions are often divine distractions designed to reveal His plans for me." So the question is for me today, "Am I missing God's intervention as He seeks to divert us to His will?" I am humbled, but in a good way. I feel close to God knowing that He loves me enough to work on these little human moments I have as He molds me to be more like Christ. How do you deal with Divine Distractions to your day?
On October 7, 1989 I married the man of my dreams....and he still is. We just celebrated 22 years of marriage. I can't believe it has been that long. Ed was and is truly a gift from God. He is a man of integrity who loves the Lord, loves me and loves our kids...in that order. He works hard to provide for us and even does laundry!! Most of all he makes me laugh and to quote Elizabeth Bennett, "I dearly love to laugh". Thank You Edward for 22 years of laughter. Life is easier with you by my side. And it doesn't hurt that your still hot after 22 years!
|Happy Birthday Haley|
|Sting Rays...they hurt|
|Ed getting ready to squirt the girls with a little rubber seahorse.|
I am so behind in posting pics from family times lately. So here are pictures from my daughter's 13th birthday beach party. It didn't turn out quite like we planned, including the fact that she got stung by a sting ray and had to spend an hour in the lifeguard first aid station. But she is officially a teenager and I can't tell you how much she is a blessing to me. I love my daughter and thank God every day for her and her brother.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
God's Manifest Presence...a study I am currently in talks about God's manifest presence. What is that? Being the curious one I am I looked manifest up in the dictionary. There are three definitions. 1. Readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sight. 2. Easily understood or recognized by the mind. These definitions come from a Latin word meaning flagrant. I really like that...how much more obvious could God be if His presence is FLAGRANT in our lives?! Synonyms are: apparent, clear cut, CRYSTAL CLEAR, distinct, evident, lucid, and LUMINOUS. Emphasis is on the ones that really stood out to me and made me understand the presence God should have in my life. 3. To make evident or certain by showing or displaying. Synonyms are: declare, demonstrate, display and reveal.
God wants me to physically know that He is there in my mind and heart. His presence is flagrant. He wants me to know with crystal clear understanding the He is present in my life in a very real way. He makes my life luminous because of His presence. He reveals and displays His presence in my life. So when I don't "feel" God in my life or I don't think He is present it's because I am not looking for Him...not spending time hungering for Him... but He just waits for me, patiently, mercifully, graciously, for me to turn aside and seek Him. That is a humbling thought for me and I am striving to seek Him at all times.
This may sound silly, but when I am in my car on the way to work I turn off the radio and talk to God. I pretend that Jesus is my car pool buddy and we talk about my plans for the day, my struggles and my hopes and dreams for the future. It is comforting to know that I am not alone on my way to work and helps me to pray without ceasing throughout the day. So I challenge you today to turn off the noise, be still and talk to your car pool buddy...He is ALWAYS there.