Invasion

January 30-31
Invasion is defined as:the incoming or spread of something usually harmful;
or the act of invading. Invade is defined:to enter for conquest.

A blustery snow storm has invaded our part of the country and presently the snow is invading our lovely screen porch and piling up outside our bedroom door like I have never seen! I love it though! Praise God for gas logs and a warm house and please pray for this area to not loose power.

The prepositional phrase "of something usually harmful" really caught my eye in the invasion definition. I just got off the phone with a dear, dear friend of thirty-three years. Infection had invaded his father's health and took his life last night. Yesterday, I was able to spend a wonderful afternoon with another "old" group of friends, two of whom are battling the invasion of cancer in their bodies.
They now endure chemo treatments in hopes that drug will invade and conquer the cancer cells.Another email came telling of a young man, whom my husband coached, who is in the Army and serving in Afghanistan and has been seriously injured due to an invasion.Death, disease, war...all ugly harmful occurrences that are realities which invade our lives.
The flip side of this heartache is a heart issue which is what came to mind when I awakened to the word "invasion". My immediately prayer was this:
"Lord, invade my heart today. Make your will my want. Invade any secret places which could be harboring bitterness, resentment, jealousy or anger and remove those replacing them with your joy, peace and grace. In Jesus' Name, Amen"

Like Yourself

January 29

My middle school students are reading The Secret Garden.
In yesterday's discussion one of the poignant questions was...
Does Mary like herself? The thought provoking answer..."No."
Immediately a couple students piped in they that didn't like themselves.
The beauty of being in a Christian school is being able to bring God into our discussions. "Who created you?" I inquired. A rapid choral response of, "God" resounded throughout the room. "Well, isn't it rather insulting to tell Him you do not like what he created?"
Whew, you could see the brain waves running through their heads!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
The same day our study guide had us discussing pruning and how new growth comes from this process. Ouch, snip, snip, cut, cut!
I wish he'd cut some of my tummy away in the process.
I kid you not, this morning I picked up a Bible study I am currently behind in and my eyes landed upon these verses:

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Timothy 2:20-21

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17


May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21

God is constantly purposing to make us better! The past two years He has had me enrolled in a course called..."Learning to love unlovable people". The passing grade has not surfaced as of yet and the course load seems to be increasing...possibly to aide God in the process. What constantly comes out of the study sessions is self examination and the need to have something pruned out of my own life!
Hmm, think God knows what He is up too? Probably!

Here is an awesome verse we need to keep tucked away as a reminder to come alongside one another in this liking yourself life process.


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Hebrews 10:24

Oh, I do wish you were each here to share in a cup of hot chocolate over this snowy weekend!

Opportunity

January 27-28

Sorry I was missing in action yesterday. One of our sons came home Monday night and surprised me, bring a precious new girlfriend, whom we had never met along!
I tried to squeeze too much into a 24 hour period!
Opportunity is a word which has been popping up in my life the past four days in various ways. You know, one of those confirmations God is speaking to you.
I am rushing frantically to get to school on time, but wanted to share a taste of what I've been experiencing. Here is a definition of opportunity.
Opportunity:a favorable juncture of circumstances
Notes from a sermon I heard Sunday are below and there she is...good ole "opportunity".
Then yesterday the mother of a student at our school sent me a wonderful card of encouragement and on the front was a quote about...yes, "opportunity" and this verse: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10

Yesterday afternoon was unusual. I thought I might slip out of school by 3:00, but a variety of people had some huge prayer needs and I ended up with people until 8PM.
Praying with one young man, the Lord once again gave me the word "opportunity" and took me to:
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5
Actually, it is the perfect verse for three of the totally different obstacles people I was prayign with were facing.

It makes me what to jump, shout, scream Jesus is what it's all about!
He is the real deal!

The sermon I referred to was entitled: "Five Purposes of the Church"
1) Worship-Love the Lord your God
2) Ministry - Love your neighbor
3) Evangelism- Winning people to Christ
4) Connection - Love one another
5)Discipleship- Teach people to obey.

Some quotes which really stuck with me are listed below.
"Look at everybody as an opportunity to invest in."
"Human beings are not enemies they are opportunities. "
(Remember who the real enemy is.)
"Pray for the Lord to make us dangerous because of the way we love."
"When you attach yourself to Jesus you become a life giving source."

Oh my, I am late to school. PLEASE don't tell my boss! :)

Carter Crenshaw is the minister at West End Community Church in Nashville, TN. His podcasts can be heard at www.westendcommunitychurch.org
He was our daughter's minister for 11 years and came here preside over her marriage 2 1/2 years ago. He preaches a power packed message ladled with love!

We are expecting a snow storm this weekend, so maybe I will have more time with you.
Love, Boo

I Want it Now!

January 25-26th

Do you remember the girl who turns as blue as a blueberry in Willy Wonka? She is the really spoiled one who blurts out the line... "I want it now!"
Today I was talking to a woman who works in an OBGYN office. She was sharing about women who take birth control because they do not want to have children and then things change in their lives and they come in wanting a baby "right now".
"Unfortunately," she explained, "it rarely works out that way."

Later I thought about our relationship with God. For years we go along on our own, not wanting to be bothered with God or spiritual life all together. Then a crisis arises and we are calling out to God to show up right at that moment. The best part of the story is how much God wants us to find him, right now!

May these words of Paul brighten whatever journey you are on today!
Acts 17:22-28
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you."

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' "

Feel the Love

January 22-24
We are studying the various types of "love" in our Bible class.
Eros, Agape, Philo

Eros love is the love that is to be shared between a husband and a wife and can be emotional. The word, "erotica" comes from this word.
You may think "Philo" is a pastry dough, but in the Greek this is "brotherly love". Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love. It means, "if you love me; I'll love you in return.
Agape love is Christlike love. It's a love that gives without expecting anything in return. Whew, that is the best of the best and the building blocks for enduring love.
Think of the three little pigs and what lasts.
Eros love; it will only last as long as you have an emotional or sexual contact. Philo love requires a person to give love in return.
Agape love will last forever - because it expects nothing in return and has no conditions that come with it.

Same Ole, Same Ole

January 19
With yesterday being a school holiday, today is like a Monday. Before my eyes even opened a sense of dread for the longevity of the week set in. The feeling of facing the "same ole, same ole" things which work brings hung over me like a cloud. Yesterday, I told my husband I just couldn't shake a sense of oppression. Then we looked at what had surrounded our weekend...the news reports from Haiti, a trip to the urgent care for a knee injury my husband incurred on Thursday, mounting repair expenses on household items, huge financial needs for both Christian schools we are involved in and a phone call informed us the sons of two families we know who were great friends had gotten in a fight and one killed the other. Ugh, that is a load.
But praise the Lord His mercies are new every morning. Soon a gorgeous sunrise will break through the darkness and I will walk into a building and twenty-two bubbly students will enter in, full of hope for their futures. They will be excited about teeth which have fallen out over the weekend, new shoes on their feet or a new hair cut on their head. Joy will fill the air with their incessant chatter and we will start off our day singing praise and working towards our goal of making 550 Valentines to put our in our community in February!

Yes, we made be headed to the same ole, same ole places today, but God is doing something new at each location and has placed each of us there with a purpose.
Whether a cancer center, a nursing home, a funeral home or the opposite end of the spectrum at an Ob's office or a day care center God is there and wants the light of Christ to shine in those places. Your job may take you past twenty cubicles or up twenty floors of a high rise building and unbeknown to you right now you will be needed to spread a little joy, spread a little hope, love a little like Jesus!

Yes, even in the "same ole, same ole" He is always doing a new thing. I am ready to shake off the winter willies and get on with life!
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3


I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17


PS. My husband forwarded me an article yesterday which showed statistically the most depressed day of the year for people was yesterday.It is called "Blue Monday". The article encouraged employers to be really kind to their employees and help them through this time! Seeing how my boss is my husband, I will have to say, he did an excellent job of helping me through a very blue day!

Grumble to God

January 21

NO WAY! Have you heard the younger generation bolster out this response when they are amazed by a friend's comment? This morning I was "No waying" God. People often ask how I've come up with something to write everyday for ten years. The answer is simple...I pray and God provides. A couple days ago God had given me the title
"Grumble to God" concerning a specific incident which I will share about in a bit.
I set it aside not feeling led to use it yet. This morning God gave me the word
"glory" and when I searched "glory" on Biblegateway, "grumble" joined in on the first verse which popped up! "No, way!" you say. "Yes, way!" Check it out!

Exodus 16:6-8

6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?" 8 Moses also said, "You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.

So on to my stories, praising the Lord for how He shows up time and time again.
One day last week, I grumbled to a friend about what was on the agenda for the weekend ahead. Innocently, she repeated the grumble to spouse who confronted me with it (in a very kind way) when he arrived home. Immediately, my lesson was learned and confirmed in Exodus I might add...when you need to grumble, grumble to God!
The glory subject arrived in the very early hours of sunrise yesterday. Looking out my bathroom window it appeared there were a couple clouds right down against the water beside our boat house. A closer observation showed it was the reflection of the morning sky on the water! I was "wowed"! Presently, I am reading a book called "When Heaven Invades Earth". The sight before me was as if the heavens had come down and met the earth!

In the Exodus passage Moses and Aaron tell the Israelites they will KNOW it was the Lord who led them out of Egypt and likewise, each morning when God provides a simple word or a message and lays it upon my heart....I know it is Him! How blessed we are to have a God who loves us enough to listen to our grumbling and He keeps on loving!

The End Result

January 20th
My morning prayer began like this today....
"Father, thank You for today; I think????"
Then I laughed. That is faith, thanking God for the day before it even happens!

I tend to like to get right to the end result. Traditional rug hooking is a relatively new hobby for me and I find myself wanting to forgo the prep work of tediously threading the needle on the sewing machine and stitching around the canvas to keep it from unraveling. I'd much rather get right to the bold color center piece of the project than work on outlining or backgrounds. So far I have hooked six pieces and I have yet to put on the finishing touches where you add binding tape and whip stitch all the edges.

Considering the terms involved with rug hooking, I began thinking about the end result of how we want to see others hooked on Jesus. There are fabulous evangelists, such as Billy Graham, who can share Christ in a minute and you are ready to accept Him as Savior.
For most of us the reality is a little prep work is required for others to trust us.
Relationship building can take time, but it is not necessarily as tedious as threading a needle. Sharing a personal testimony of what Christ means in our own lives establishes some background. Outlining the Gospel is a key tool. After the end result is reached, the finishing touches of discipleship are vital to establish a growing faith.

May someone we know, someone we love possibly, find Jesus as the "End Result" to their searching today!

Sunday's Past

January 18

Tonight you're mine completely. You give your love so sweetly.
Tonight, the look of love is in your eyes, but will you love me tomorrow?


Oldie lyrics from my past. Not sure who even sang this, but I knew exactly where God was going with this on my mind!

The "Sunday Sitters" look so pretty in their pews. Pick them up and stick them into Monday's workplace and is there a match of behavior. Will singing praise, lifting the name of Jesus on high and bowing our heads in prayer carry over into our everyday life?
Substituting for a middle school Sunday School class, which was a bit out of control (until they realized they were tangling with middle school pros), my husband and I appreciated the honesty in the answers to the questions...raise your hand if you here this morning because you want to be instead of being made to come.
Raise your hand if you believe God is real?
My husband left this group speechless with his final question..."How many of you want to have middle schoolers just like yourselves some day?" Silence.

Ooh...I get these strange urges at times. I'd love to hand out papers next Sunday at churches across America as people leave, which simply say...
"Will you still love HIM tomorrow?"

Let's Pray:
Lord, You created every inch of us. The parts visible to others and the intricacies inside. When others see us may they see a look that lets them know we love Jesus.
May we tell others how sweetly You love. When you see us, may you see a child who loves you completely. Yes, love is in the air, we do declare!
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Bull's Eye

January 16-17

Looking across my bedroom this morning, the round white matting on a series of botanical prints caught my eye and my first thought was "bull's eye". Clueless to how that could play into a devotional I went on with my personal Bible study.
The first verse I came across was Galatians 5:16, so I went to Biblegateway to look it up and there, staring me in the face on the home page was....you guessed it...bull's eye!
Galatians 5:16
So I say, live by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.


Just as it takes great intent and precision to hit the center of a target, it takes intentional living to live by the Spirit. He's not a pushy person, but always ready to help when approached.

The preceding verses in Galatians chapter five are full of "this is how to live tips" which coincide with the life lived by the Spirit.

13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Funny...glancing out onto the lake it looked as if two men were walking on water right in front of our dock. Now that is living by the Spirit. (They were fisher men standing in a very low boat, using a trolling motor!)

You are our Mighty Warrior!
Bring on the peaceful living this weekend Lord!
Help our words and actions to be on target with how Jesus would live!
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Make the World Go Around

January 15
There is a mysterious exchange which takes place in the early dawning moments of each morning in our cove, just yards away from our boat house. My bathroom window gives me an excellent vantage point. Whether the creatures are muskrats or beavers, I cannot be for sure, but if I could see beneath the water I believe I would see them shaking hands (paws, excuse me)as they pass by one another. Swimming from opposite shorelines they meet in the middle of the cove, swim around together for a few moments (exchanging either pleasantries or more likely details of the project on which they are working...please Lord may it not involve eating the floaters beneath our docks). Ha! It would be most appropriate if they each wore hard hats and swam with lunch boxes!

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

These critters are obviously involved in team work. They are changing shifts, so the other can get some shut eye. The International team work which is evident in Haiti right now is quite uplifting. The helping hand we offer to one another spurs one another on to good deeds. We need to pray for the protection of not only the residents, but the volunteers whom are putting themselves in harms way. One of the first reports I heard spoke of hundreds gathering in streets and singing hymns.
My immediate thought was of missionaries which God has in place for such a time as this.
The mother of one of my students comes in and has lunch with my class on Thursdays, so I can leave one day a week and go to the grocery store, run my own personal errands and sometimes have time to spur on a friend myself.
That time is such a gift!Four other ladies come into school regularly each week to invest in the lives of our students through their volunteer hours. They are such an integral part of the school being the hand of Christ.
Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Being willing to accept assistance before burn out occurs is a hurtle which has to be crossed for many. Often we think it is easier to just do "it" all ourselves, but we miss the fabulous focus of fellowship and the terrific technique of training others which helps make the world go around!

Listen to the Lesson & Feel the Love

January 14

Pondering and praying with a friend over a heart wrenching situation the phrase...
"I am doing a new thing" came to mind and I shared that with her.
It seemed to make such sense for her situation and I praised God for his clarity.
The thrill which was lifting my soul didn't come so quickly for her. You see her view of things was from the pit and it was more difficult for the light to get down there to her.

Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
1 John 2:8

Forgiveness, restoration and hope were all needed in this person's situation
and the Lord kept giving me great verses in my personal quiet time which seemed so applicable to her.Flashing forward a few days from when my conversations with her were taking place...a shocking set of circumstances began to unfold in my own life. "What is going on Father? How could you let this happen?" I questioned the God I love and adore.
He quickly replied, "I am doing a new thing."
Whoa, could I swallow my own medicine? Yes, because I know He is faithful.

The time had come to listen to the lesson which I had been sharing with another.
The application was now for my own life. The verses on forgiveness, restoration and hope were all spoons full of medicine I needed. Good work God. You know me so well.
This advice will be received so much more quickly since I have dished it out to another already!
May we all listen today and ...feel the love!

Disappointment Dumping Ground

January 13

There are powerful words from within the verses of this Psalm, which speak so directly to what can happen to us in our grief and disappointment. When our
hearts begin to hurt the response of our spirit, as a protective measure, can be bitterness. This passage suggests that particular response comes from a "brute beast" attitude influenced by senselessness and ignorance. Yuck.
The uplifting alternative requires us to stick out our right hand and then God
steps in and goes into action. The verbs used: takes me....guides me.
Hooray, even in the toughest of times He is our strength and our portion!
There is a way out which does not lead to destruction!
Jesus is our "disappointment dumping" ground.
Jesus knows how to turn the low points in life around!
May he lift you up today!
Love, Boo
Psalm 73:21-26
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward
you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Knotty Pine

January 12
Ha! The ole silent "K" can play tricks with your mind. I was in the church gym where I teach school. The walls are a beautiful "knotty pine". When I began to write this story I was calling it "nutty pine". I am the nut!
Staring at the walls, each dark spot reminded me of my sin. I thought of Christ's body and what if each time we sinned another nail was driven into him. There had to be thousands of spots in that gym, but I felt if I looked back on my fifty-three years of live, I could pin a personal sin to each spot.
Looking up to the rafters, I noticed four smoke alarms. I stopped and prayed and asked the Lord to sound an alarm in my life whenever I drift towards sinful behavior.
The experience was a bit overwhelming. Opening the door to the unheated stairwell, a blast of cold air hit me in the face. Beginning my descent down the stairs I realized the walls were an impeccably perfect white...not a scuff mark anywhere.
Then Christ whispered..."That is how God sees you, for my blood has washed you white as snow!" The chill left the air and the warmth of my Lord wrapped around me and I smiled!


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Misinterpret

January 11

Raymond, the truck driver mentioned this past weekend, must have thought I was a nut.
As we walked to the house with the ice maker, he commented "It's really nice here in the Waterfront." "Oh, we don't live in the Waterfront (a nice country club community nearby)," I replied, "we are not part of a subdivision." He just stared at me.
Obviously, thinking I was out of my mind, when my husband arrived he told him that his wife didn't think she lived on the waterfront. Laughingly, my husband explained the name of the neighboring community. Whew, can you imagine what Raymond would have told his wife about me? Our home sits on 900 feet of shoreline with water all around us.

Think of the times the disciples must have been a bit confused by what Jesus said.

You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
John 14:28

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
John 16:7

Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me." Luke 22:34

Clarification can be courteous! I am so glad Raymond took time to clear up his thoughts about me. When we are wondering whether someone is a believer or not, a simple inquiry of a couple simple questions holds the answer.
1) Do you know without a doubt if you die tonight you will be going to heaven?
2) If so, when you are standing in front of God and he asks, "Why should I let you into heaven?" How will you respond?

Under the song for the week is the wonderful old hymn lyric for "I Know Whom I Have Believed". May there be no misinterpreting who Christ is in our lives.

Led Astray

January 9-10
I am writing these things to you about those who
are trying to lead you astray.
1 John 2:26

Oh did I make a mess of things yesterday. My husband asked me to be certain to be home in time to meet a man bringing a replacement ice maker. The delivery man called and asked if he would be able to get an 18 wheeler down our driveway. "Oh sure." I replied, "We have 5 acres and plenty of room to turn around." NOT.
Three hours later, fortunately Moses (our bulldog), my husband's arrival home, and a nice hot cup of coffee had softened driver Raymond's heart a bit as he
awaited an enormous wrecker which would drag him 1/2 mile back up our driveway!

I felt awful for not knowing better.
I felt terrible for the people who would not get their deliveries that day
and then sighed a bit of relief when I found out we were the last one on the truck. I offered Raymond any bed in the house if he wanted to spend the night instead of making the long trip back to Richmond. He declined.

Astray-off the right path.
May we have the love for others which Paul had.
Hear his passion as he writes to the believers in Corinth warning them of how easy it is to be led astray.
2 Corinthians 11:2-4
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Let's Pray:
Father, you always have a plan. Search our hearts and through our humble confession have us eliminate all elements which could be harmful to us or cause others to be led astray. Guard our tongues and keep us from detrimental talk. May the only place people who encounter us be pulled be closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen

Connection

January 8

We are having a nine week computer course at school and getting all the lap tops plugged in and charge each day is a feat. The proficiency with which those lap tops works depends not only on the fact they are juiced up, but also it necessitates a good wireless connection.
Connected is defined: joined or linked together.

Our spiritual lives are not so very different from the functioning ability of the computers. We need to be plugged into the Word...getting our "juice" or "fuel" and then we need to stay connected to the Holy Spirit to comprehend how He is leading.

John chapter 8 gets pretty blunt and has Jesus speaking about
"Children of the devil."

I was reading an article by Anne Coulter, which my husband sent me, related to Britt Hume's suggestion that Tiger Woods try Christianity to get back on track.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35103

This verse jumped out at me as I thought about several situations I have witness lately where people are arguing about spiritual things.
How is it you do not understand me when I speak?
It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
John 8:43.)

And why is it people would have a problem listening to Jesus' words?
They don't know Him. I will save you some page flipping and post the entire passage.

The Children of the Devil
42Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

Let's Pray:
Lord, you are the Author of Truth! You do not lie. We stop today to pray for people who do not understand our faith, for those who persecute us. Give us hearts which have compassion for the lost. Keep us connected to Your Word and Your Ways, not only for our own daily survival, but so that we might have a greater impact on Your kingdom by living in a way which attracts others to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Find Me

January 7
Tonight I am keeping a couple students overnight. One's mother has an out of state medical appointment and we offered to keep him. I hated for him to be alone, so I invited another student to keep him company. Can you imagine if you had to stay with at the "old teacher's" house?
The students love to play hide and seek when they are here, so I had that on
my mind and started thinking about how God wants us to find Christ.
So run along now and look for Him!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13


I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Proverbs 8:17


For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 8:35

SOS

January 6
Saying my good mornings to my husband I inquired,
"What do you have on for today?"
His reply, "SOS. Same ole stuff."

It rarely works that way. Something new, something unexpected pops up
on most days. That is why we were given this verses!

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:13

In my prayer time this morning I asked the Lord to clean me up, to reveal any
areas in my life which needed tweaking or an all out overhaul. He impressed upon my heart to look past the ordinary, the SOS, today in class and look deeply into the hearts of each of my students. To see more than their academic needs, but their emotional and spiritual needs as well.
Thinking of the dental tool which scrapes away plaque, I asked God to scrape away anything which might cause my heart to harden and not be attuned to Him.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;to be made new in the attitude of your minds;and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.

Ezekial 36:26

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17

The same ole stuff my face us today, but if we are watching where
God is at work we may get a chance to be part of a new thing!

Corduroy Works

January 5th
I am laughing at the quote which just came out of my husband's mouth this chilly January morning. "Corduroy works." His office at one of the schools where he is Head Master is in an old building with lots of windows and very little heat! He has to layer up in t-shirts, cashmere, a scarf and his corduroy pants!
The second he exclaimed his profound quote I thought of my own...
"Jesus works!"
He worked a miracle to provide an eternal home for us and He works constantly on our hearts to get us to where we need to be!

God is always up to good, he just has to take us on unique routes at times to get us to where he wants us! The word He put on my heart this morning to share was plumage.
"Now what are you going to do with that one Father." Whew, am I ever thankful I followed His lead willingly!
Plumage wasn't the word at all, but my inquisitiveness over "plumage" is what took me to the online dictionary and for the first time ever I noticed Merriam Webster's "Word of the Day" section. There was what the Lord wanted to teach me.
Myrmidon • \MER-muh-dahn\ • noun
: a loyal follower; especially : a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously.

The information went on to give some historic background and explained that the word has evolved into a usage which is less than complimentary now days. We are called to be myrmidons of Christ, but our faithful, unquestioning, following is often looked upon as a weakness by the world.

Jesus instructed in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Let's Pray: Oh, Great Light of the World, fill up my soul, come make me whole...wholly Yours! May we know You so well that we thrill to follow wherever You lead. Make me a myrmidon today! In Jesus' name, Amen

See Bebo Norman's lyrics on sidebar for "O Great Light of the World"

His Perfect Will

January 3-4

School is delayed this AM because the wind chill has the temperature at a
whopping 9 degrees! Why in the world did God think that was a good idea?
Yesterday our pastor said instead of a New Year's resolution he would forget to keep, he was challenging himself to answer the question "Why?" concerning every choice he makes. Powerful concept.
Considering "why" in relationship to the choices God makes came the most soothing response...all God's decisions are made out of love!

THEY'RE BACK! The second I typed those words, my three white birds flew past my window!!!! The other day, I commented on the fact the birds weren't here this year! Wow, it is as if once I exclaimed the power of God's love they flew by to say...."You got it!"

Within seconds from their fly by...a huge black crow zoomed past even closer to the house than they were. Ah, the presence of evil always looms as well!

(Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9)

May we face 2010 with the words of Paul resounding in our minds...
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Trophies

January 2
Trophy-something gained or given in victory or conquest.

Growing up, whatever the season, my husband and I were involved in a sport!
Both of our families had four children and both had basement rooms with shelves full of trophies! I remember, after I was a mom with a basement full of my children's trophies, receiving a call from my father saying he had a box of trophies for me.
I'm not sure where they went, but they were never displayed at my house! When it came time for us to move we had boxes and boxes of trophies from our six. What a waste I thought. I think I finally gave them to the local Parks and Rec department to recycle!
Last night at the end of the Sugar Bowl, the University of Florida coach, Urban Meyer, held up the winning trophy. Then Tim Tebow, the MVP, recived his trophy.
The true trophy of his life could be seen on his "eye black strips" which radiated the scripture reference...Ephesians 2:8-9.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Whew...think about this...can you imagine the trophy room which would be needed for Jesus, if he recieved a trophy for each of his victories!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20

Jesus has clinched the eternal title of King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
He is such a team player and invites us to partake of the spoils!

Happy New Year 2010

January 1

The lyrics were a no brainer as I awakened and thought about the new year ahead.
Onward Christian Soldiers rang out in my mind.
A bit of history from Wikepedia reads:
"The lyric was written as a processional hymn for children at Horbury Bridge, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. It was originally entitled, "Hymn for Procession with Cross and Banners." According to the Center for Church Music, Baring-Gould reportedly wrote "Onward, Christian Soldiers" in about 15 minutes, later apologizing, 'It was written in great haste, and I am afraid that some of the lines are faulty.'
He later allowed hymn-book compilers to alter the lyrics."

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war.
With the cross of Jesus Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle, See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war.
With the cross of Jesus Going on before!

At the sign of triumph Satan's host dost flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers, On to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, Loud your anthems raise!

Like a mighty army Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided; All one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.

Onward, then ye people, Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor, Unto Christ the King:
This thro' countless ages Men and angels sing.



We have falter as a body of believers in this nation to hold our banner high.
We have backed down in battle and allowed privileges to be removed and
Biblical truths to be compromised.
We have sat in front of newscasts in disbelief of how far things have gone.
May 2010 rang out with revival in our land as we unite in not only prayer,
but in our actions and in triumphant song that this land is your land, this land
is my land and this land should be run in the way in which it was founded...to be pleasing in God's sight! Our God is a righteous God and mighty in power.

All morning God keeps taking me to a piece of molding over our TV niche.
I've looked and looked for the message He was trying to tell me and finally
got it.
Websters defines mold: to determine or influence the quality or nature of;
to form into a desired consistency or shape.


Let's Pray: Lord, You are the Potter, we are the clay...mold us and make us into what you desire today. May we not stiffen or become hard hearted, but stay pliable knowing You have great plans for us! We pray especially for the men in women in uniform who fight for our freedom and also for the men and women whose hearts are being stirred to run for political office. I pray for our daughter in law's father, Scott Rigell, and ask your blessing on his campaign and protection for him and others like him who are willing to step out into the mess of government and make a difference.Raise up leaders of integrity! In Jesus' Name, Amen