Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yip Yip Yahoo

Have you ever had a time  in your life where it seems so out of whack that you just want to sit in a dark room and moan to the ceiling how unhappy you are? I have been suffering from this malady for that last few days. [not where I want to be. You either?]

Let me share with you what the Lord shared with me this morning. It will set you in the Son and you will want to just thank God for knowing you so very well.

I was privileged to watch a young woman that I have come to know and love share of Facebook, "Who she is." She started out saying who she wasn't. She is not her weight, or he height, or her face without or with make up . . . then she said who she was. {all to be found in God's word.] She is a princess, a lioness, a child of God. . .  so many more beautiful description of just who God has created her to be. It lifted my eyes from the ceiling and placed them where they should have been all along, on God.

I think sometimes I need to be reminded how great God's love for me really is and how He sees me and all the things that are going on in my life. Do you find yourself in the same place? Let me share just some of the wonderful things God thinks and knows about you!

God has so many wonderful thoughts about you they are more than the grains of sand! Psalm 139:17-18
God DELIGHTS in you. 2 Samuel 22:20
God is your safety. Psalm 16:9
God is always by your side. Acts 2:25
God is your hiding place and your protection Psalm 32:7
God frees you from all your fears. Psalm 34:4
God is with you where ever you go. Joshua 1:9
God has inscribed you on the palm of His hands. Isaiah 49:16
God listens to you. Jeremiah 29:12
God has plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11
NOTHING can ever separate you from God! Romans 8:35-39
God keeps all the above and every promise He has made to you. 1 Kings 8:56

Do your get the idea that God is crazy about you? If you need more proof the Bible is full of His promises to you and to me. How can I not shout Yip Yip Yahoo? [today's version of Hallelujah}Perhaps you would like to share with me some of the promises that get you going or shouting Yip Yip Yahoo, I would love to hear them and shout with you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Different Kind of Teacher

Being a grandparent is the best. You have all the benefits and none of the disadvantages. It's also funny how you get a different perspective of those very short people, called grandchildren than you had of your children.

We share a home with our grandchildren so we get to have them visit more often than if we lived across the country. They are able to stop in any time they want to. Like most grandparents we want to shower them with love and treats. We have a jar of treats for the oldest granddaughter that are her favorite and another jar of treats for the youngest granddaughter that are her favorite. They must ask before they can have a treat. [since we are just a staircase away it could be dinner time or bedtime and well, candy just isn't always such a great idea.]

I have noticed how when they come to visit they will say "Hi, Nana and Fafa [our chosen names from them] how are you today?" We try to get them to share how they are that day and the very next question is "May I have a piece of candy?" Usually the answer is yes. Then they take the candy say thank you and are gone.

This got me to thinking about how I come to God. Do I say "Good morning Father, I thank you for a new day. I have this problem. . . . or I would like you to . . . . or I need . . .  Wow! This has made me rethink how I come to God and what I say. Do I just tell him all the problems I am having? Do I just ask him for blessings? Then leave for the day with not another thought of Him?

As a grandparent or a parent I would rather spend time hearing about the day hearing what is happening in their lives. Or to just have a conversation where we share our hearts. Those are the best days.

We call God our Father and rightly so. As a Father he must long to have that conversation with us and to hear our hearts, our thankful hearts. Psalm 94:1-2 says"

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your Name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.

How often do we forget to be so thankful and praise God for his love, and his faithfulness. Do we just jump right in there and ask? He longs to be a part of our lives, just like a grandparent long to be a small part of that grandchild's life. I think I will not just ask for the "candy" any more but instead share my heart. Maybe, just maybe I will just thank Him and say that's all I have today no requests just a thankful heart. 

Oh, those grand kids are such great teachers!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Truly Amazing!

Last evening so many of us were captivated by the images sent back to us from Pluto. Just to think of God's creative hand in all of this!

If we select the bottom of the screen it seems like a heart. Isn't that just like God, to send us a greeting card from Pluto!

Before we were able to see these images from Pluto there were images that the Hubble sent us about the "birth place" of stars.

These images are just too awesome to even think about what they are showing. What a mighty and wonderful God created all of this, and then to allow us a peek at his creative hand. Mind boggling.

After viewing these could there be ANY problem to big for our God?  Even when Job lost everything and was physically suffering pain, the question God asked was thought provoking for each of us.

Job 38:4

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

    Tell me, if you understand.

We are also told just how very wonderfully special we are to our Father:

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

We need to keep these pictures as well as these verses close at hand when we are feeling less then adequate, thinking God doesn't know our troubles, or that we just don't matter to God.  

Remember that God adores you and he has spectacular ways to show you just how awesome he really is.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I must be the only one on the planet that loves T.V. commercials! I don't watch them for their sponsor, sometimes I couldn't tell you who or what the commercial is about but I love the life lessons that can be applied to them.

I don't know if you have ever heard the song, for lack of another word, of what God is like. It uses names of  candy bars. Example: God is sweeter than a Bit-O-Honey. We Skor when we spend time together.I am Nuts about spending time with him. He teaches me Good and Plenty from His Word. His love for me is beyond the Milky Way. [you get the picture]

When I watch those commercials on T.V. I have in mind God or things about him or how they relate to my life with a "God Twist". [keeps you from being annoyed at how often your favorite show is interrupted.

There are a few commercials out there now about how it isn't good to be nearly you or "sort-of-you. [no idea what product this is for] There is one with a car park dude [valet] that takes the keys from the unsuspecting young man who says "you're not the valet" The guy with the keys says "I'm sort of like the valet. We both like to drive cars, we both have the keys to your car, and we both get where we are going quickly." With that said  he burns rubber and gets the car on two wheels to the dismay of the couple who handed him the keys.

The one that is popular now is of a beauty queen sitting inside a huge front loader [my husband had to tell me what the machine was.] with her sash and crown on. The construction worker says "you're not Marge." Beauty queen replies she is "sort of like" Marge Then says some very inane things and takes the controls in hand and moves the giant swing arm and knocks over two port-o-lets.

These got me to thinking about myself and my "sort of self." The "sort of self"; that woman I want everyone to like. The woman with a smile plastered on her face all the time with the pat answer of "I am doing FINE." That "sort of self" that doesn't want anyone to know the failures she has suffered. [do you have a "sort of self" also?]

The "sort of self" doesn't want anyone to see her weaknesses. But as I read 2 Corinthians 12:9 I think I may have missed something important.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

This verse tells me [and you] that God's power is made perfect in my [your] weakness. I don't have to be that "sort of self" that pretends to be perfect I can show my weaknesses because God's power will be made perfect in all those weaknesses. No more striving just being real. What a breath of fresh air!

Thank you Lord for loving me just the way I am and helping me to also love me just the way I am.