broken.windows

I’ve recently been thinking of when I was in my teens, I worked in an insurance office. One particular day, I was sitting in traffic, at a red light watching the truck beside me as it rolled back and forth.  The driver was driving a five speed. When all of a sudden, the driver side window dropped. The driver quickly grabbed it with both hands to keep it from breaking. As we sat there looking at each other for a few seconds, you know what happened. That’s right, the light turned green. There, sitting in all that traffic … at a green light … driving a five speed … both hands on the window. I wish I could say I waited to see how it all worked  out, but I didn’t. I zoomed right by, thinking to myself…tough break!

But oh how I’ve thought of that driver many times since then. I have to laugh out loud now every time my car window breaks … and I’m stuck somewhere pulling that window back up. Life’s funny that way. We are all constantly juggling and shifting problems in life. On most days, we all need an extra pair of helping hands. You know…one hand to hold the window up from crashing, one hand on the steering wheel, and one hand to change gears.  

It’s in those times, I can hear a still, small voice inside me say …” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

In verse 1, Jeremiah’s letter says, “This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” I’m guessing, life wasn’t necessarily good for them at that moment.  But verses 5-7 state… “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God’s promises were absolutely still intact. Nothing about His Word had changed. His promises were still alive and well. God knew life was going to be challenging  as far back as the beginning of time … the moment Adam and Eve stepped out of the Garden of Eden, but He also knew that His promises would continue to unfold, even in the face of adversity.

And so it is with us today. You may feel a little stuck at a green light, unable to move because you are holding onto that window with both hands. Still, you can be assured that God’s promises for you are “Yes and Amen”. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

So, Yes….you will let go of the broken things. Yes…you will place your hands to the steering wheel. Yes… you will move forward.  His promises are true … Yes!

Amen.

Dark

Sometimes God’s greatest work in our life – is done in the darkness. 

Genesis 1:2 states…. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

It’s the dark room of our life that brings the most development and creativity.  
Even our dark moments … Can become our most holy place where the Lord is with us….changing, developing, growing, shaping, and coloring in the events of life.  

1 King 8:10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. 12 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.”

Keep your focus on Him! You will not be aware of everything that He is doing, but trust His nature – He is there with you and He is working.     

Look.up

Good morning….

It’s been a while since writing, but I’m in the middle of taking a break from social media for a little while.  I thinks it’s funny that even though I feel like I need a break … I can’t get you to read my blog unless I’m online….

So let’s get this going….

What can I say to you today that is inspiring and encouraging?

I think, what I want to say is ….

Look up!

First of all, my reason for taking a break from socializing online is obvious.

I need to ‘look up’ from my phone. I need to readjust my perspective.

Looking up from my phone, helps me to notice the people and things right here where I am.

I’ve been a little surprised that it is also bringing some order back into my life.

I’ve been surprised that I feel like I can slow down a little and think about what I really need to do.

I’ve been surprised that I’m worrying less about whether or not my life measures up to those around me.

And I’ve been a little surprised at how God is choosing to speak.  I’ve been on such a quest to seek Him out for so many years.   There joy in the adventure of seeking out to learn something new about an all knowing God, to learn more about Jesus.   I’ve been on an intense quest and thirst for his knowledge for so long….

But now… It’s wonderful, to know that wherever I am … He finds me.  I had a brief encounter recently in Panera bread…it was one of those God moments.   Where He found me.   He spoke to me.   He poured out of someone else into my life.  It was refreshing, it was life giving.  He looked down, and saw me.

So Look up today ..with great anticipation and expectancy, that when you look up…He will see your face.  He will find you in the vast sea of all those faces looking down at their screens.  He will say … “There they are … I want to do something good for them today … I want to give them a little nod, a smile, and a wink of the eye to let them know they are loved, and I am carefully watching over all things they are concerned with.”

Look up.

Abraham got a vision for his life when he looked up…..Genesis 5:5.   “Then the Lord took Abraham outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can.  That’s how many descendants you will have!”

one.side.of.the.story

I was taking a break one day during the summer when I stumbled up on this little guy.   Yes, this photo is original and he let me get that close to him without flinching.   He was a little thing, probably no longer than my finger.  I was able to snap a few shots of him without him jumping around.  

But this little guy here…well, he’s a special fellow.  His photo doesn’t tell the whole story.  At least not from this angle.

You see, it’s a rare occasion that you get to snap that one photo …. that tells a tale all by itself,  no words needed.  That’s certainly the case with this brave little guy.   Today I’ll give you one side of the story…but you’ll have to check back to get the whole picture!   

one.God

So I squirreled away a few minutes to read and write today…and in my reading, the author made a point that went some thing like this….what Jesus did on this earth, he did in a manner that was quiet.  If he  performed miracles…he requested that the person with the miracle….keep quite and keep it to themselves.  I’m paraphrasing of course.

This is so unlike the world we live in today….everybody “knows” everything.  A little discretion could go a long way in our favor.

My thought is this… When Jesus was on earth, He was on mission to do the Father’s will. He was trying to keep on mission and stay on point…..So that we might be saved.

The more people who knew He could work miracles…the more people would want him to just work miracles.  He would have been known as just a prophet who could work miracles.  Because even the prophets worked miracles.  Jesus’ mission was one thing that HE  alone could do….Save us!   His mission was salvation.   He wasn’t just about teaching, or prophecying or working miracles.  He came to save us.  And his Father set Him up to be the one and only one that could Save.  There is only one that can save.

The bible states that there are other gods…lesser gods.  The difference is this  … they cannot ‘save you for an eternity in heaven.’

They can lead you into eternity.  That’s right.  But where?  You have to ask yourself, if I follow you (lesser.god) what does the future look like….and what does eternity look like?

I assure you I’m not trying to be as smart as the serious bible scholars of today about the big topics like heaven and hell… I don’t have all the answers. And remember …. I’m just ‘working  out my salvation”.   I’m just thinking things through today …. about this one God that we have and his Son.

So I’ll wrap it up quickly….

My point today is this……

I’m glad HE stayed on point!

HE accomplished something, no one else can…. salvation. #john3:16

My disclaimer….and my reason for staying quiet is this….I still may be a very poor testimony of all the goodness that Christ has done and continues to do in my life.  He is awesome.  (Words don’t do Him justice)

Ouch.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Ouch….that hurts….but it sure does explain alot.  If I can just remember …. Silence speaks volumes.  Silence in a room is so much louder than just a noisey room.

what’s.in.your.diffuser

Is your diffuser on?  Do you own one?  If so, what scent does it spray into the air?  The more I use mine, the more I notice that diffusers are a lot like people.

Have you ever been in a room and someone walked in with a not so great attitude and really stunk up the place?  Have you ever been that stinking person? (Humor me, Because I have).   That’s why the diffuser industry sales are over one billion dollars and expected to double in the next few years.  That tells me there are some Stinkers in this world.  And as it stands … the industry is counting on the number of Stinkers to double!

Maybe I should have invested in two.  

So, the question for today is…if you were a diffuser, what scent do you think you would “put off”?  Would it be bold?  Would it be clean? Would it be pungent?  Would it be light?  Would it be airy?  Would it be lovely?   Would it be pure?    Would it be humorous?   Would it be quite?   Would it be loud?   Would it be obnoxious?   Would it be clamorous?  Would it be rude?  Would it be gentle?  

Would you be cleaning up the air…or stinking up the air?

Just something to think about today.  I’m sure we’ve all given off our share of aromas at different times in our life.   No need to shame you, we’re all human.  So I guess I’ll have to keep my diffuser going, to help me keep calm, cool and collective.

you.can.have.it.all

In this world, can we really have it all?  I think about this as I wonder what should be on my ‘to do’ list today.

So before I jump into my day, I think it is appropriate to pay a little respect to someone’s life … while answering this question.  It’s moments like this one that make me stop and think…

So can we have it all?  As of right now my answer is this ….(but I am accustomed to changing my mind)…but here goes….

Can we have it all?

“Here” … probably not

“There” …. maybe

I hate to disappoint on so many levels, but… Here on Earth life is limited.  There….Heaven, it is not, so we’re told.

I don’t think I’ve ever written about heaven before.  Why?   Because I don’t know much about it.    I know a lot of people who have greatly impacted my life, that spent their last days either, knowing that is where they were headed….or making peace with God, so they were headed in that direction.   I’m also afraid that I may have misjudged some  others who made it in … despite their life here on Earth.

So I guess heaven’s gain….is certainly earth’s loss.   It is a void that is left behind.   But the void “here” may be what makes “there” such a great place.  All those things that we couldn’t have here….well maybe, just maybe, we get to have them there.

And so I pay my respects…

Here’s to Nanny….she wasn’t my nanny, but she loved the people that I loved…our family. She visited me in the hospital and made me take my meds. She sent soup to my home when I was sick, and she let me eat at her table when my life was truly a mess!

And here’s to all the great family she has left behind here on Earth.  You are here for a reason.  You are the happiness in this world, that fills the void.  Carry on – there are things left to be done here on Earth.  Be free to enjoy the life you have been given.

So Sarah (aka Nanny)… I know you, along with my mom, and so many other moms and grannies….are all having a great time too.  Maybe there’s a reason that John in the bible, had a revelation of “suppertime in heaven”  that went like this….

Revelation 19:6-9

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

… there must be a whole lot of cooking going on up there.

PS…. so, while you’re busy doing that …. I guess I better get busy here (on Earth).  I can’t lose sight of the fact that before you decided to go ‘there” … you spent a lifetime “here”, enjoying life with your family and friends!