Archive | January 2011

For the moms among us: Housebuilding 101

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By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” ~ Proverbs 24:3-4

How is a house built?
How is it established?
How are its rooms filled with all things precious and pleasant?

wisdom…understanding…knowledge…  Where do we get those three?

From the Three-in-One, of course.

Take a few minutes each morning, perhaps three, to tell the Lord these three things:

1. I love you. (tell Him a few reasons why)

2. I need you. (tell Him a few reasons why)

3. I thank you. (tell Him a few reasons why)

Why?  Because there’s a house your building every day (your family), and you need help from the Carpenter to establish it in love and to ensure its rooms are filled with all things precious and pleasant.

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New Word for the New Year: “nonversation”

 

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“A completely worthless conversation, wherein nothing is illuminated, explained or otherwise elaborated upon. Typically occurs at parties…” (Merriam Webster.)

Although “nonversation” is new word in our Facebooked, Twitterized generation, it describes an old habit. People have been sharing worthless words, “wherein nothing is illuminated” for centuries.

Well, God’s words are anything but.  Maybe we should put down our phones for awhile, shut our computers (after you read this, of course 🙂 ) and listen to some of His.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my ways.”  Psalm 119:105

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but My Words will remain forever.” Mark 13:31 NLT

If I spent more time conversing with Jesus,

maybe my own words would be worthier of others attention.

“…take not of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

“The more the words the less the meaning, and how does that benefit anyone?”  Ecclesiastes 6:11

 

Stop! Drop! and Pray!

Let’s Pray: Oh, Father, there is fullness of joy in Your presence. (Ps. 16:11).  I want to spend more time with You.  I need to spend more time with you.

I want to be able to say with all my heart, “I give all myself to You”, as the song goes. (Leeland, Follow You)

I don’t have much to offer, just a couple small loaves and a few fish, but you can make me so much bigger.

I want to spend so much time conversing with You, Jesus,  that it shows when I’m talking with other people.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Do you know Jesus personally, not just on a page?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction.  He’s longing to have a completely “worthwhile” and “illuminating” conversation with you!

 

"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Matthew11:28

Don’t cry over spilled juice :(

Don't cry over spilled juice. 😦

Have you ever sucked your breakfast off the kitchen counter through a straw?  sigh… I have.  Just a few minutes ago, in fact.

I’m trying a detox diet and I’m living on juice for the next few days.  The ingredients are supposed to be as pure as possible,  so I  invested a lot of money in organic fruits and veggies and borrowed a friend’s juice machine.

This morning I washed a pile of fruit, carefully cored, de-seeded, quartered, and crammed it all down the funnel into the noisy juicer, then, splat!!

Splat?!  The collecting cup had toppled over spilling its valuable contents, and my only option for breakfast, across the counter and under the machine.

whaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

I was starving!  So I quickly grabbed a straw out of the cupboard and slurped away, but only after snapping a few pictures of the mess for Gloriadelia.  I had a hunch there’d be a lesson in this dietary tragedy somewhere.

And, sure enough, as I slurped, the thought occurred to me, a gentle reminder, a little tap on the shoulder — Am I this eager for God’s Word?

The Bible says we need to crave it like a baby craves its mommy’s milk.

“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to your salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” ~~ 1 Peter 2:2-3

We need to take daily gulps of it to detox from the toxic world around us, and in us,

and to strengthen our faith.

And besides, how will we know what God wants us to do, otherwise?  It’s all there in the Book.

So, here’s a few healthy slurps from God’s Word. Drink up! May they nourish your soul and strengthen your faith during lean times. 🙂

The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.”  Psalm 92:15

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

“The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

Do you know the author of the Bible?  Click the pic below to be introduced:

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23

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Pep talk time: Philippians 4:8

Pep Talk Time: Philippians 4:8

When I grow up, I want to be just like Jessica!  Watch her give herself a pep talk in the mirror:

What kind of cheerleader are you for yourself?  Are you like this?

Or this?

are you your own worst cheerleader?


Well, whatever you’re saying to yourself in the mirror, I hope it includes some of this:

”Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8

And no matter what, here’s what the Lord has to say about you.

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

He’s our biggest cheerleader!

 

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Let’s pray: Father, thank you for loving me and cheering me on.  When I look in the mirror, help me to see what you see.  When I think about myself and my life, help me to remember what’s true and right, lovely and excellent.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Running Against the Wind

Woosh!!!

As I exited my cozy church’s warm interior, a bi-i-i-itter wind smacked me right across the face.  It sucked the breath right out of lungs and carried it off to some far away place.  Brrrrr!!!!

This isn't me, but I know how this woman must've felt. BRRRRR!!!! (Click pic for source).

I frantically grabbed at my scarf, trying to pull it up over my shriveled frozen face, that had been smiling so sweetly just a warm second ago back inside the church, but, I couldn’t distinguish between woolly scarf and woolly coat collar through my gloved hand.

So, against my hand’s better judgement (“No! no!  Back in the glove!  Back in the glove!”)  I had to uncover it to feel the difference between scarf and jacket. I quickly wrapped that scarf around my head.  Mission accomplished! But the wind was still blowing, so I ran for the car, shivering all the way. Did I already say how Brrrr-y it was?! Brrrrr!!!!!

As I ran, though, this interesting thought blew around my brain — sometimes my heart acts like I have a glove on it.  I can’t seem to tell the difference between a lie and the truth about myself, or my God, or the culture, or what’s best in any given situation because the similarities are close enough and my heart isn’t sensitive enough.

Know what I mean? That’s when I need to go to God to uncover my heart for me, to free it from the dulling effects of the world.

Which is why I’m joining my church tomorrow for our annual 3-week fast.  I’m looking forward to waking up all my physical and spiritual senses.

I wanna hear what God might be saying to me,  to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34).  I want to feel in my heart, and know in my head, the subtle differences between selfishness and love, pride and humility, God’s voice and my own.  I want to wake up and smell the coffee 🙂

For me, fasting is all about getting closer to God.  And, because running against the wind, culturally, is a normal part of being a Christian, we need to be wrapped up with His warm presence for protection.

“Create in my a clean heart, O Lord.  Renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

For practical tips on fasting, click on the “Fasting Basics” links to the right, or click on the word “fasting” in the topic cloud to read more Gloriadelias on the subject.  Here’s one of my favorites: DIVE!