Searchability

June 1

Today is my mother's birthday. She died nine years ago. Everyday, I wear a
diamond bracelet which belonged to her. Last night I was doing a bit of
delayed spring cleaning, chloroxing the fence posts which go around
our dock. At one point, my arm hit one of the slats and I thought,
hmm, if this bracelet fell down into the lake I could easily enlist people
to search for diamonds in the murky bottom of the lake.
Why is it so difficult then to persuade someone to seek the Lord with all
their heart? He is more precious than silver, more costly than gold and
more beautiful than diamonds. Nothing we desire can compare to Him.

How much effort do we put into seeking and searching God's purpose
and will for our lives? He made each of us the way we are for a reason.
He knows the plans He has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We can know the plans too, but it takes a willingness to go on a life long
treasure hunt.

Dig deep today...believing the Lord wants you to find His treasures.

As for God, his way is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 37:5-7

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:10
David gives fatherly advice to his son:
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father,
and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind,
for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive
behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you;
but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

1 Chronicles 28:9

Visibility

May 30-31

During out final closing ceremonies yesterday there was a point our head
master, my husband, asked parents and their children to go find a spot
outside and reflect on God's love as we listened to the song by Casting Crowns called "Your love is Extravagant".
One of the parents of a student of mine had not arrived so I asked her
to be my child and come with me. We went down to the water's edge and
sat on some steps. God gave me an amazing message as we sat there.

Look out to the deep water (our future) we can't see what lies beneath it.
But look right here in the shallow water in front of us (today) we can
see the bottom of the lake, the rocks, shells and other obstacles very clearly.
As we gazed into the water there were two little minnows staring right
back up at us. I said, "What a great picture to remind us we are never
alone, God is right beside us caring about every thing that happens to us.

Fortunately, clear visibility is not necessary for a content survival here
on earth...knowing God is with us, loves us and has control of our future
is a key element for contentment.

Here are some awesome vision verses:
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what
God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18

Now there is a "thrill your heart thought"...part of what is unseen out in
those deep waters is heaven! Hooray!

Let's Pray: God, you are our "P" man.
Provider, Protector, Planner, Point Person, Perfecter, Parent, Power,
Pinnacle, Paramount, Purpose, Plenty.

Be Thou our vision, O Lord of our hearts,
Show us the moves Lord which You consider smart!
Teach us and train us to walk in Your ways,
trustingly knowing You've numbered our days!

May we see all things today the way Jesus would see them!
Now that is good vision! In Jesus Name, Amen

You've Got to be Kidding

May 29

Remember my nocturnal friend, Mr. Whippoorwill, on the volleyball post
outside our bedroom window? Last night I was up until after 1:30AM
putting the finishing touches on a Treasure Hunt and Obstacle Course
for our school's Final FUN Day today! I had invited two of our 7th
grade girls to spend the night to help out one of the mothers who was
having a medical procedure. (Ah, the benefits of a tiny school.)
The good news was the other parents and students are not to arrive
until 9AM, so I told the girls we can sleep in. But no, at 5AM while
it was still dark, our whippoorwill decides to get in one final outburst
right outside our window.
Whip-poor-will or GET YOURSELF UP, he screamed at me.
My eyeballs hurt and I am already anticipating an afternoon nap!

I have a very godly friend who would say, don't look at this as why did
this have to happen, look at this as what is God doing by having me up
at this wonderful quiet time of the day! Yikes...my husband is out
burying the treasure before the girls get up and see him...I better
go check on him.

Yesterday was an emotional day. We had been awaiting MRI results on our
youngest, who has struggled for over a year with excruciating back pain.
He called from Alabama to say the test was normal. This mama reaction was
PTL. For my son, the reaction was total frustration and "I want to know
what is wrong with me."

My sweet friend said, "Tell him instead of asking why is this happening to me,
to ask what is God trying to teach me." Motherly instinct tells me it is
best to wait for a face to face visit to spread such spiritual wisdom.

My students helped me create watercolor bookmarks for several people who
have made donations towards a financial goal I am trying to achieve for
scholarships for our school. One young man simply painted "God is Love."
Those are powerful words to remember when we hit the rough spots in life.

This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:10

To that I say..."You've Got to be Kidding" what enormous love!

Up and off to expect great things from the Lord today. I wish you all
could be here to see our final celebration!

The Prize

May 28

Racking my brain late last night, I tried to come up with all the
clues needed for a treasure hunt we are formulating for our students
and a Field Day tomorrow. This morning the task at hand was coming
up with a prize which can be buried in the sand for each of the four
teams.

Immediately my mind raced to 1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT) which says:
I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.
Verse 24 says:Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Paul also talks about "the prize" in Philippians chapter three where
he says: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus
.

That reminded me of various attitudes of people who have participated in
our treasure hunts here at Shiloh. Some run and are elated at the final
dig. Others finish and are grumbling that someone else cheated and got
to the prize sooner. Some may complain that a clue was too tough.

Paul says to forget what is behind. Can you imagine if we got to
heaven's gate and complained about what we had to endure here on earth?
When we are waiting for a special guest or family member we have missed
to arrive, we have a smile on our face and are ready to welcome that person
in. When we are headed towards heaven we can run to the finish line with a
smile on our face as we are about to see Jesus. Think about that. We don't even need to use teeth whitener...our smiles will be radiant! W00t!

Fever or Hot Flash

May 27

This past week I kept thinking I was having lots of hot
flashes and a reaction to the pollen in the air, when in
reality I had a fever and was sick with a virus. This conclusion
could have been reached faster had I taken time to stick a thermometer
in my mouth or ear (if I had the fancy kind, ah good Christmas present
for my kids).

We often have trouble differentiating between what God is telling
us, what are our fleshly desires and what the enemy might be whispering
in our ears. When we open God's word and hold it up our dilemmas in life
we increase our chances of discernment.

Yesterday, I sat on my screen porch to do my Bible Study. Moses wandered
up wishing for a back scratch. Succumbing to his desires left numerous
hair balls blowing across the porch. Watching that occurrence brought
me to a very powerful verse:

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,
and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and
craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.


My prayer for us today, in the mighty name of Jesus and through the power
of the Holy Spirit is that we will have godly discernment in all the
situations which come our way!

Power Outage

May 26

Today was to be a catch up day from being down with a virus for
several days. The fever is gone, but the congestion and cough
are lingering a bit, so I decided it best to not drive on the
school field trip, but rest up and catch up. God had a different
agenda. At 7:45 AM the power went out. I called AEP who said it
should be back around 4PM.
That means no washing, vacuuming, ironing or even mopping or cleaning
the floors or me because we are on a well and the pump won't work.

I am even limited on the computer. Although I have a verizon attachment
to get onto the Internet, I have limited battery power left. The Lord
put on my heart to do the devotional first, but the temptation was so
great to read 37 emails which were waiting for me. Each of three times
I attempted to do that, the lost connection. Now that I am doing it
God's way, I can just type away!

So what will I do with 8 hours without power! I will plug into some
awesome Bible Studies and an intense time of prayer with the Power
which never goes out! How wonderful to realize God had this day
ordain for me to spend with him.
....much later...well the enemy kept this from going out and it has
ended up to be 11 hours without power. I learned so much though.

Blessed be the power of the Lord!

Never Normal

May 25
Our air-conditioner went out Friday (great timing...a holiday weekend).
The nights have been delightful, so we have opened our windows and the
door in our bedroom to our screened porch. We were just closing our eyes
last night when the loudest Whip-poor-will or Chuck-will's widow (a larger
version) let out with its song. It was so loud, my husband thought the
bird was on the screened porch. Walking out onto the porch I turned
on the spotlight which shines onto our volleyball court. Right there on
the top of one of the net posts sat this confident bird singing over and
over again its nocturnal song.

Some people receive a lovely robin or blue bird in their yard, but not
us, nope we get the loudest whip-poor-will around serenading us to sleep!
My husband says, "Nothing normal ever happens to us."

When we reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day...remembering those who
died while serving our country, there is nothing very normal about a
person who is willing to give his/her life for their country.
Such sacrifice is extraordinary!

A God who cares so much about his children (knowing in advance they
would fall into a sinful state)He comes up with a plan to come to fallen
earth in the form of Jesus to save sinners is rather extraordinary Himself.

As for God, his way is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31


He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

Deuteronomy 32:4

That's not normal, but that is the kind of God I want to serve.

Let's Pray today for all who serve our country and our Lord!

Be Encouraged

May 23-24

I am fried!
We had a yard sale for the school today and were outside for 10 hours!
At 5AM, I was not thinking about sunscreen and I've paid the consequences.

Many of you may remember my crazy story last year of God telling me to pull
over and go in a Dairy Queen and give a dollar to the person behind the
counter and ask what I could pray for them? (I really struggled with the
Lord on this one.) The girl whom I approached went to get her manager; I
thought for sure thinking I was a nut. She brought her manager back and
said to her, "This lady is going to pray for you and the tumor in your face."
I prayed and then went on my way, trying to figure out what in the world
the Lord was up to.
Well, today I saw a lady walking around the yard sale and I went up to her
and introduced myself, saying..."You look very familiar to me." She said,
"I am the Dairy Queen lady." Elated to see her, I asked about the tumor.
She said, "It went away!"
We hugged, I shouted, "Praise the Lord, God is good!" and the whole day was
worth the wear for the encouragement I received.

So be encouraged...when God asks you to do something crazy....
He is up to good!

Much love, a really burnt Boo

Miss A Beat

May 20-21

I missed a beat today...the best beat, when your heart is still
before the Lord. Struggling to sleep last night with drainage dripping
down my throat, I gave in and took a Tylenol Cold for nighttime at
4AM. Big mistake...I was not ready to get up for school at 6AM.
The day stayed in a frantic state of "doing good deeds", but the
best deed of being still and knowing He is God did not get done.

So before I lay me down to sleep, I want to pray to and praise the Lord
who is my Soul Keeper!

Lord, teach us to number our days and gain hearts of wisdom. When You
come may we be watching and not too busy to notice! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Good Lord

May 19

What a strange, mixed up language we have.
We say we love pizza and we love our children.
We can "Good morning, Lord" or Good Lord, what a morning!"

We can say we are watching our dog,
while we also need to watch our tongues.

Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.


Psalm 139:4
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

Psalm 34:13
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

We have such gracious guidelines for life right at our finger tips!
Praise the Lord He speaks our language! (Everyone's language.)
For those of us who are slow to learn, He has even equipped us with a
private tutor...the Holy Spirit!

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:17-18

Let's Pray: Good Lord, we love you and lift Your name on high
using our tongues to sing praise! Guide us today to be flower girls/guys of
life who are leaving a trail of petals that spell out peace, consideration,
submission, mercy, good fruit, impartiality and sincerity, bringing healing
to hurting souls...all possible through Jesus. In Jesus Name, Amen

Song on the Sidelines

Having written about the word "continue" today, I was blessed
when I turned on my IPOD and Donnie McClurkin was singing
Again.
Check out the lyrics on the sidebar. If you get a chance
go to Itunes and listen!

Foundations

May 16-18

Friday was laid out as a day of fasting and prayer for me. By 4PM,
I had the trembles and reached for some crackers. The enemy laughed over
my weakness and before I knew it I had added roast beef to the crackers.
Returning from getting something out of another bedroom I noticed a trail
of shavings of some sort along the floor. I was clueless what had made this
path, but realized it matched exactly where I had been walking.
Checking the bottom of a pair of platform sandals I was wearing revealed the problem. These fifteen year old shoes were disintegrating. The top straps
were perfectly strong, but the foundation of the shoes was crumbling.

Isn't that how our lives are at times? From all outward appearances we
have it together, but because we have wavered from the foundation of
our faith we are falling apart.

I was trusting in my own strength, not in the Lord,to get me through
the fast. Praise His mighty name, He still spoke.

1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ.

Continue

May 15th
Often you all ask me, how I have remained faithful to the evotional for
9 years. The excitement of God showing up every morning and thrilling
my heart with a word has become a habit. This ministry is also a perfect
example of the benefits of accountability.

Praying this AM, I thought the word the Lord was giving me was "cancer".
My heart is burdened for so many in that battle. Then I realized the word
was continue. Be blessed by the encouragement the Lord sends to us today
from this word.

Definitions of continue:to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action; to remain in existence, to endure; to resume an activity after interruption.

The areas in which we are having to continue along life's way are enormously
varied, but the same God has us covered and the same Word speaks hope over us.

Check out what the Bible says about continuing:
Proverbs 15:15
The cheerful heart has a continual feast.

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be
confident and unashamed before him at his coming.


Colossians 2:6
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.

Philippians 1:19
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Acts 2:46
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

So how do we continue to rejoice, live in Him and keep testifying and meeting together.
The answer lies in this verse:
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.


Let's Pray: Lord of all creation, which You have allowed to continue for
some time now, be glorified today. I am overwhelmed right now as I think
of all the times I have either given up or wanted to, yet You Father,
persevere with such fervency wishing that none would perish. May Your
words penetrate our hearts today and may we confidently continue along the
journey which You have called us to knowing Your character and how You are
always up to good. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Reminisce

May 14

Our baby has been home from college this week and we have done a lot
of reminiscing about days gone by. Ah, the memories!
How often do we sit with the Father and reminisce over all He has
done in our lives, as well as all the times He shows up in the Bible.

Great thought....God delivers!

Curl up close to Him and think back.
Genesis 9:16
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant
between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.


Exodus 20:8
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.


Psalm 25:6
Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

Psalm 77:11
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago


2 Timothy 2:8
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,
descended from David. This is my gospel,


Let's Pray: God, you are mighty and to be feared, while
at the same time You are LOVE and to be cherished. Forgive us when we
fail to remember You and who You are. Blessed be Your Holy Name. In the
name of the Son, Amen

Day by Day Sustenance

May 13
Psalm 118:24
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Joseph had to resist the temptation which Potipher's wife threw in
front of him...day by day. Mordecai refused to kneel to the nasty,
Haman, day by day. Families dealing with serious illness, decaying
relationships, financial woes, etc. choose to get up and trust in
the Lord day by day.

Sustenance-the act of sustaining; a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life; something that gives support, endurance, or strength.

Jesus is our sustenance!

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Let's Pray: Father, God, You are in control and have a master plan! (Ha, yup,
the Master's Plan!) Help us to focus less on the things of the world on more
on what is at hand! Your hand. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Great example of the world...spell check has neither Colossians or Potipher
in their dictionary!

Step of Faith

May 12th
On a walk this weekend I came upon a turtle crossing a very busy road.
Moving with faith and confidence, he had made it to the double yellow
line with his head held high. I found myself saying, "Go boy, go!"
I myself, was in a rather precarious position as there was no shoulder along
this curvy road and I would have to step down a bank when cars passed.
An approaching truck brought a grimace to my face as I watched him swerve to
the middle of the road to avoid me, coming extremely close to the turtle.
The turtle tucked his head and I believe he prayed, "Spare me Father."
Surviving the encounter unscathed, I decided it was time to risk my life
and run out and move this turtle to the other side of the road. He hissed
at me and pulled his head back into his shell as I picked him up and
scurried across the road positioning myself in a dangerous curve. Running
back across to a safer location on the road, I didn't wait for a thank you.

My God calling reading today is called "Thrill of Protection." It reads:
Turn out all thoughts of doubt and of trouble. Never tolerate them for one
second. Bar the windows and doors of your souls against them as you would
bar your home against a thief who would steal in to take your treasures...
Face each day with Love and Laughter. Face the storm. Joy, Peace, Love.
My great gifts. Follow me to find them."

Yesterday, as my faith began to waiver at one point, it was as if the Lord
cleared his throat to gently get my attention.
Uh, hum...Boo, I am the Great I AM and I am able!

Let's Pray: Father, You are the Beginning and the End. The One before all
things. As we remember Your faithfulness to generation after generation our
faith increases. May we think of the turtle when turmoil comes and may we
tuck our heads in prayer, trusting in You for the remainder of the journey.
Encourage us not to hiss when You send help our way, but to be thankful for
Your hand of provision and give You praise and thanksgiving. In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Incognito Conviction

May 11
Taking a long walk the other day I ventured up along a high traffic area
which I seldom do. I'm a waver by southern nature, though it can be a
bit bothersome on a busy road. Having dirty hair, I had stuck it up
under a baseball cap, put on some shades and hiked off incognito.
This new route had me encounter a delightful young middle schooler
out on his bike. He road along beside me as we discussed literature
and his top inquiry: "Don't middle school students get on your nerves?"
While he zoomed off to make a lap near the golf course,a black truck headed
up a hill towards me. Now I am not observant when it comes to people's
cars and being in my waving mode I instinctively waved to this vehicle.
The driver gave a very mild wave, just lifting his fingers from the steering
wheel, but the woman in the passenger seat did nothing but stare at me.
As the truck passed me I realized the occupants were our mean neighbors
who have caused such turmoil.
The conviction was awful. I was willing to wave to total strangers and I
had been walking along conferring with another unknown person in hopes he
would see Christ in me, but had I known who was in the truck I probably
would have ignored them.
Matthew 5:44
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Whew, and I wonder why the Lord won't call me home. I still have a big
act to clean up here on earth.

May this be our prayer today:
Psalm 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. In Jesus' Name, Amen

The Limp

May 9-10

Today is the birthday of one of our first grade students.
Yesterday, she wanted to share her cupcake cake with me.
Leaving school I asked her to come and speak with me. I explained
with so many students I couldn't purchase gifts for all of them,
but I would like to give her a birthday dollar, but to keep it a
secret. She had on a skirt with no pockets, so we decided the best
hiding place for her dollar would be her sock. (I figured her mom
would find it in the wash in the worst case!) Feeling confident we
had an appropriate solution to avoid the hurt feelings of others I
gave her a hug and watched her LIMP back to class! She was dragging
that dollar foot behind her and I am certain it was not five seconds before
her classmates wanted to know why she was LIMPING!
Help me Jesus!

Webster's has a definition of limp which is appropriate for how
we should limp through life with Jesus...proceed slowly.
Paul speaks of his thorn in this flesh as being a benefit.
Warren W. Wiersbe, in his book Be Encouraged says:
"A pastor friend and I heard a young man preach an eloquent sermon, but it
lacked something. 'There was something missing,' I said to my friend; and he
replied, 'Yes, and it won't be there until his heart is broken. After he has
suffered awhile, he will have a message worth listening to.'"

A limp in life is a learning place which can keep us close to the Father's love.

Let's Pray: Lord, we love You and we want to learn from
our limps in life and pass on those lessons to others. In Jesus' Name, Amen

How does God Show Up

May 8th

Last Monday, I was blessed to be able to be a part of leading a
young mother and her son to the Lord. The mother asked, "How does
God show up? How does this relationship work?" Before they left our
home we gave them a Bible, the Purpose Driven Life, and the
devotional Quiet Moments with God.

The woman, a single mom had financial needs. Being a realtor in these
slow times she had experience a dry period for six months. As she
walked out the steps of our home after praying to receive Christ, she
received a phone call that one of her properties had sold for $1,300,000.
Coincidence? I don't think so.

The next morning her son was reading the devotional to her and
Prov.3:5-6 was the first message the Lord had for her on this new journey.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths
.
Coincidence? I don't think so.

The whispers of God get better in the daily love letters He is sending to
this woman. We had talked about the fact that the Holy Spirit comes to
reside in each of us when we accept Christ, so God sends her in writing...

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who
was given to us.
Romans 5:5

Now today's message for her is Galatians 2:20 and the devotional reads:
Lord, Your patience with me is a source of amazement and contrition. You
accept me as I am, but You never leave me there. Thank You for implanting
Christ's nature within me so that I can joyously anticipate that You will
make me like Christ in my disposition, temperament and attitudes.

You know, too, that I do not want to sin. Thank You for forgiving any
temporary aberrations in my life. Enable me to accept Your forgiveness
and move on to growing up in Christ.


That my friends is how God shows up and shows that He wants to be personally
involved in our lives.

Let's Pray: Father, we praise Your name today and stand in
amazement of how You have woven us together physically, but also provided a
way to be in our hearts spiritually and stay connected as long as we want to!
You wrap your arms around us so often, but today we offer that hug back to
You. May You feel our love even tighter as we tell of Your love and what
You mean to us to others. In Jesus Name, Amen

Whatcha doing with the Cross?

May 7
Cross, here is another multiple meaning word in the English language.
The stock market has cross-trading, there is a boxing punch called a
cross, a great shot in tennis is a "cross court" shot,in the verb tense
"to cross" is to move in a direction or you can "cross out" something on paper.
If we were playing family feud I would hope the number one answer for the
definition for this word would be
"the place Jesus hung and died for our sins".

Let's take up His cross today and follow some of the verses
which were left for us.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor. 1:18

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became
obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Ph. 2:8

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Mt 16:24

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
John 19:25

Where are we standing in our relationship to the cross?
Jesus us wants us to take up where He and his first disciples left off.

Relationship

May 6

Our Middle School language arts class has just finished reading
Swiss Family Robinson. The Christian study guide we use suggested
watching the movie Castaway and to have the students
write a comparison/contrast paper on the two works.

My students are assigned to compare the main characters, the settings,
and the climax/resolutions. When we clicked off the movie yesterday
the Lord led me to share with the students how God designed us for
relationship. In Castaway, this yearning plays out where the man
on the deserted island establishes a relationship with a volleyball.
Sadly, he never cries out to the Lord.

Ephesians 2:10 says:
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.


Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

Colossians 1:16
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.


Let's turn to the Lord right now and say "I love you." Remembering He has
good works for us today, we should seek out those assignments. For relationships
work best when there is give and take! When our relationship with the Lord
is healthy, our earthly ones have a better chance of survival!

We love you Lord!

Rain/Reign

May 4-5
Twice in the past two days the Lord has taken me to a word,
when I came to the realization it was either the homonym or a multiple
definition He was really heading me towards.
Today I was praying with a woman and the word bear came to mind.
What does a bear have to do with this Lord? I asked. "No," said the Lord,
"Bear, as in lay those burdens down and don't bear them alone.
Rain has been predicted for days and it finally showed up. When the
word came to me I didn't know what God was saying...then I realized it
was reign..."Let me reign in your life!"
The
Exodus 15:18
The LORD will reign for ever and ever.

Lamentations 5:19
You, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.

2 Timothy 2:12
...if we endure, we will also reign with him.

He never rains on our parade when He is reigning as Lord in our lives!
In Jesus' Name, Boo

Order My Days

May 3

I should be sleeping, my eyes had already closed and I was comforted by
my husband's breathing as he slept. Overwhelmed with everything from a
house covered inside and out with spring's blanket of pollen; to planters
needing filling and closets crying to be cleaned out; also there are lesson
plans overdue for the coming week and deeper concerns for our job future
and the needs of our children so I prayed, "Order my days, Father."
"Ah, my child," he gently responded, "I have have full account of your
days and they are in perfect order. The correct request would be...
show me how You have ordered my days?"
Psalm 139:16
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.


Clamoring out of bed, stepping over a snoring bulldog I've crept into
the darkness of the living room to hear from You, Lord. A boat whizzes
out of the cove into the darkness with little to guide it, yet it goes.
You, the God of the universe, are sufficient to guide me! Oh, how I
long to know Your will," I think knowing God knows my every thought.
"Take notes my child and listen," the Master urges me as he leads me to
read a couple devotionals.
Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they
accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and
they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world.

1 Peter 2:12

This I declare of the Lord; He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I am trusting him.
Psalm 91:2

Umm, what was good enough for David is good enough for me!

Whoa, continuing the search of the word "order" a verse in 2 Kings 20
came up which says,
Put your house in order for you are going to die, you will not recover.
Guess I better straighten things up!


Closing my eyes to pray, I quickly drifted off in perfect peace for
My Refuge, My Place of Safety, My God in whom I trust is watching over me!

Too funny, my God always knows how to make me laugh through song lyrics..
Here is an oldie from Gypsy.

Wherever we go, whatever we do,we're gonna go through it together.
We may not go far, but sure as a star, wherever we are, it's together.

Mangled Mess

May 2-3

Our next door neighbor's husband died back in February.
He had purchased land to provide an alternative road home for those of
us living at the end of an easement road, instead of the existing one
with a very nasty neighbor.
Leaves had piled up between the two properties and no one had moved them,
so yesterday my husband took it upon himself to get the enormous job done.
His technique of power blowing with two blowers cut the project time to
three hours.

Fortunately, he was watching as he blew for he uncovered a nest of snakes!
In their panic to evade the exposure they entangled themselves in the seed
mesh the road builders had laid down to secure a bank. I approached with
my pitch fork in hopes of freeing some of them, but they just panicked more tightening the grip the mesh strands had upon them.
I have sorted out some yarn snarls in my day, but I was not up for sorting
four live snakes hissing at me.

Running from the rough spots in life often gets us entangled in a mangled mess.
This sight I saw yesterday was such a vivid picture of hidden sin exposed and
how instead of confessing our sins and allowing Jesus to redeem and free us,
our running leads to a deeper entrapment.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Let's Pray: Merciful, gracious, compassionate, kind are the
adjectives of praise we lift to You this morning Father. Oh, we do weave
some tangled webs! Today we come confessing the areas of our lives where
we know we are falling short, as well as pleading with You to reveal those
things which we have hidden deeply in our hearts and try so desperately to
cover up. Cleanse us and set us on the correct path. Whew, how blessed
we are that Your mercies are new EVERY morning! Today is a new day and
we begin by praising you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Check out this week's new song.

May

May 1

Can I go to the bathroom?, my students frequently ask.
I don't know...are you able to go to the bathroom?, could be
my reply.

The word may would be more appropriate.

Check out several definitions of may:
have the ability to, have permission to, be free to; express a wish or desire especially in prayer, imprecation, or benediction.
Expressing purpose or expectation.

So often we hear the benedictions such as...
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May He make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
May he smile on you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:22-27)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
So that you may abound in hope By the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely;
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
. 1 Thes. 5:23

Today may we pray a "may prayer" full of desire for ourselves before
the Lord:
May we love You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
May we have no other Gods before You.
May we worship You and sing praise this day.
May we love and forgive others.
May we tell of Your love to others.
May we live in a way that causes Your face to smile upon us and
be thankful You created us!
In Jesus Name, Amen