Please – Light a Candle…

February 22, 2010

on March 7 in remembrance and honor of those who are devastated by Alzheimer’s and dementia.  

 “On the evening of March 7, 2010, advocates will gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, share their stories and light candles in honor of loved ones.” www.alz.org

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A Fine-feathered Friend…..

November 10, 2009

Luke 12:6  6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  (7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows!!)

A bird was used by God to deliver a message and make CERN successful!  Tons of money has been spent creating the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) to equip scientists in their search to find “The God Particle”.  God has put forth His hand to help.  He provided the answer!

A “piece of baguette” (bread, to you non-French speakers) brought the LHC to a halt this past week.  It was dropped from ‘the heavens’ by His precious messenger.  Now, if these scientists will do the proper research they will find that Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, IS the God particle they are seeking. 

Silly men.  AWESOME GOD!!!  What a sense of humor He has!!!

 

Life is but a breath and then it is gone.  Yes, I sludge through each day’s tasks and muddle through trials.  I rejoice through each success, victory and blessing.  Overall, life is good – each day is new and full of mercy. 

 

But, what if we could take a peek and know our end?  Would I change my behavior?  Try and gain more toys?  Offer a helping hand more readily?  Pay closer attention to God’s voice?  What would I do?  The options for choices are endless, good and bad…and I have made my fair selection of both.

 

Not knowing is a good thing.  It makes me look at each day in its uniqueness.  It makes life a journey of faith ~ knowing God holds the number of my days in His hands.  After all of these years, I have found it is the safest place to be; He is fully trustworthy.  What comfort!  What joy!

 

BUT, what if it were today?  Above all else, I’d want my family to have no doubt – I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, deeply, strongly.  You are precious to me!! 

 

Tomorrow we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection Day!  ALLELUIA!!!  My favorite celebration ~ because through His death and resurrection, He gave me the gift of an awesome new life!

 

Happy Resurrection Day!!

 

 

 

 

…and then one day, in the fullness of time  ~ we will obtain ours!

 

 

To My Peeps ~  I love you!

 

Why I am planted in your garden!!!  Come and join me on the rabbit trail as I tell you…

 

Long, long ago in a far and distant land….   I began my quest to find where I came from in order to understand why I was the way I was.  I desired the ability to see ‘me’ in my very young kids.  Yup – genetics are at work – Ken and the skateboard proved that!  Anyway, here goes a long and convoluted story of Wife, Mom, Sis, Aunt T, J and Friend.

 

Ten years before questing I was a young mom with one infant. At that time life was more than chaotic and stressful, I was downright “in over my head”.  I knew I needed to find something different because where I was wasn’t good.  I needed to find peace in my life, my relationships and my soul – I just didn’t know exactly where to begin. 

 

I talked with Ron’s sister about it.  She invited me to a Bible Study where I was reintroduced to Christ.  A Campus Crusades for Christ girl had witnessed to me as a pre-teen — “You know you’re a sinner?” “Yes” (Head hung, shameful.  An hour earlier I had punched my cousin in the nose, hard.  I could not figure out HOW she knew!!)  “Would you like to pray and ask Christ’s forgiveness?” she questions.  “YES!”  Exactly what I needed!

 

But that is as far as it went.  I knew not what to do after that and didn’t for many years.  Throughout my life I had never had a doubt that Jesus loved me – just like the song promised.  I relished the comfort of that; unfortunately I wasn’t aware I had a responsibility in the relationship.  Looking back I can see God was taking me through a process, one step at a time, willingly revealing Himself more each time I asked.  But, I was kind of an independent sort (ya think?!?), so I didn’t ask very often.

 

Back to the bible study….   One day our teacher said, “If you were to jump up and turn around right now….it would not surprise God.”  Wow!  Something I had never dwelt on before, intimate knowledge of being known.  Weeks later he asks us to consider the verse from Mark 8:29, “But what about you?  Who do you say I am?”  That week I came face-to-face with the question of what I was doing with Christ personally.   I not only needed Him as Savior, I needed Him as Lord.  I came to Peter’s response: “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:68 – the place we were studying. 

 

Yup…that’s how Jon got his name.  And that is where a dynamic life change started.

 

Back to the search….  In the year before I began looking for my peeps I read, I sought guidance from many, and I prayed and prayed.  God lead me to Joseph in the Bible.  He was separated from his family and through reconciliation they found God’s provisions, God meant it for good!!!  My pastor at the time confirmed that there was a Biblical precedent for looking.  Moses, an adopted grandchild of the King of Egypt, became burdened to find those of his blood.  God used it for good, for salvation of the entire nation of Israel.

 

Oh, am I ever thankful for my entire family!!!  Each and every one of you are a blessing and joy to me.  I cannot begin to tell you how much.  You are an awesome answer to prayer. There are wondrous miracles and overwhelming sorrows we have experienced together and separately, and I know God is working them together for good.  What a treasure we have in one another.  I know God planned my life to be replanted among you for His good purposes!

 

As I’ve grown, prayed and studied, there is another profound thing I want to share with you.  I am wholly and utterly convinced we are imminently close to Christ’s midnight call for His church, in fact, most probably the “tarrying” days as God adds grace upon grace.  God wants our attention!  NOW—today, exactly where we are.  My plea is that we will quicken to His call and seek Him with all our hearts. 

 

I love you to the moon!  God loves you beyond the galaxies!!!

 

t

 

(This was originally posted on my facebook page.)