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The Next Room

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Days like these, I wish I had been smart enough when my kids were smaller to buy one of those oversized rulers above that crafty people make out of reclaimed wood.

I wish I would have plunked down the money and ordered one or made one and recorded the progress of my sweet babies growing.

I wish I could have brought that thing with me and found a home for it in our new old farmhouse.

At the very least, I wish I would have thought to snap a photo of the small piece of wall that served as a measuring post in our former house.

Mostly I wish that time would freeze and let me catch my breath for a second.

This growing up stuff is wrecking havoc on the emotional well-being of this momma.
Tonight I watched my eldest daughter transform from a child to a full-fledged babysitter.

It was bound to happen someday.

I just can't believe someday is...now.

It happened as nonchalantly as the tule fog has been rolling in lately to surround our farmhouse.

I was chatting with a friend about an event c…

An Anchor for Our Soul

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Recently during this month of Soul Dare, I blogged about yearning for more time to dig in deeper with God. I even mentioned that a week at a convent would be heaven right about now. In my mind, this would be the perfect answer to the stack of books that is calling my name and all of the deep thoughts that I have wanted to ponder,

Alas, convent life is not in the picture for me right now. I live smack dab in the middle of bustling life. And it's a good thing I do, or I would have missed a wonderful visit from a dear kindred this past weekend.

Lori and I have been friends for almost thirty years.

Wow.

How is it possible that much time has gone by?

Lori and I met one summer at conference for pastors in our denomination. As daughters of pastors, we got to go to a special class of our own and although the details are a bit hazy after so many years, we met each other and the rest is history.

Actually, it so easily might not have been history.

I  have met plenty of people in my life on a…

Soul Dare: Day Whatever

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It was bound to happen at some point.

The practice of actually living life intersected my desire to blog every single day during this time of Soul Dare.

Part of me feels bad about this.

I wish I had the fortitude to set my alarm at a dark hour and rise up and complete my quiet time and then write about it for another hour.

I am actually a bit jealous of a friend who is able to survive and thrive on five hours of sleep each night. The things she can and does accomplish before the rest of the world awakens is astounding.

However, part of me understands that this is part of the tug of war I will always fight between my spirit and my physical body.

What I was able to do the last week before our enrichment classes started became infinitely harder once they began again. I intended to continue my quiet time and post later in the day or at night. But there was always something. Or I was just too mentally worn out to do it.

And while I'm a little sorry about it, I'm just glad that I …

Soul Dare: Day 8

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Bible Time 
Genesis 15-16, Psalm 6 and Matthew 6
Today's scripture readings contain some of my favorite passages.
Genesis 15:1-6 - After the Lord promised Abram some pretty amazing (and seemingly far-fetched) things, Abram responds in a way that I would love to be said of me:

"And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith." (vs. 6)
As they continue conversing, Abram gets to a point where he has a hard time believing that some things God promises will come pass (v. 8). So God does something amazing and makes a covenant with Abram. I believe that this is he only other covenant made with an individual (the rainbow in the sky being for all humanity). What's more, he actually physically manifests Himself to pass through the blood of the carcasses to seal it (v.17)

This is a beautiful foreshadowing of the blood covenant He will one day make with the broken body of His son on the cross.

After reading this chapter so full of faith and p…

Soul Dare: Day 7

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Bible Time 
Genesis 13-14, Psalm 5 and Matthew 5
Once again in today's reading in Genesis we pick up where we left off yesterday noting that Abram pitched his tent between Bethel and Ai. This morning he goes back to the same spot and pitches his tent once again and worships God.

It's from this place that he and Lot decide to separate camps since the land cannot support all of their livestock and people.
Genesis 13:8-13 - I always thought it was very generous of Abram to allow Lot to choose first. I'm assuming that as the patriarch, he probably deserved first pick. Yet, he steps aside and lets Lot have first draft pick. I guess it's no surprise that Lot choose what looked to be the best of the two choices. However, we find out later that although it looks lush and fertile on the surface, it belies the rot and decadence that is happening in this area. (vs. 13).

Perhaps this is a good warning that what looks good on the surface is not always the best choice. After all, we k…

Soul Dare: Day Six

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Bible Time 
Genesis 11-12, Psalm 4 and Matthew 4
This morning, my Bible Time took on a circular aspect that has me chuckling right now. It may seem a little convoluted, but stick with me.

Today we pick up where we left off yesterday keenly aware of the human condition of frailty and failings. It's no surprise that after a few years from the Great Flood and several rainstorms and rainbow later, that mankind wants to once again assert control and replace God's sovereignty. Thus we find ourselves at the Tower of Babel:


Genesis 11:4 - "This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world." (NLT)

Genesis 12:6 - "And the LORD said, 'Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.'" (KJV)

I honestly never really understood this story before. The NLT actually says, "after this, nothing they set out to do will be impos…

Soul Dare: Day 5

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I woke up today with a sense of anticipation. I won't lie. I was pretty sleepy and not that keen to roll out of bed when my alarm first went off. But as the remembrance of this Soul Dare crept into my consciousness, I found it impossible to go back to sleep. I just had to get up and get started.

Today starts my church's 21 Day Prayer and Fasting. I am so excited that I can incorporate this time into the Soul Dare. It makes it all that much richer. For anyone who might want to join in, here is Week One of a Prayer Journal we received on Sunday.




I had to smile at the bottom of the page when I saw the suggestion to list gratitudes to encourage thankfulness -- especially after I looked at it AFTER I completed today's January Joy Dare and had listed several things already.


After a suggested list of gratitudes, there are suggested readings for the rest of this week and areas to focus on for each day. Not sure you understand full about fasting and how to fast? You can find a hel…

Soul Dare: Day 2

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It's day two of my Soul Dare and while I slept in a bit, I was excited to get up and get into God's word. I do see that I am going to have to start setting the alarm for earlier because the kids interrupted me enough that I lost my focus several times.

Also, I made my first error (knowing that there will be more since...well, newsflash..I'm human) by not realizing I needed to also read Genesis 2 yesterday. That made for three chapters today and while the reading didn't bother me, I am jealous of the space I have in each page in my new planner and sure enough, I had to cram it all in.

But that's a good problem to have, I suppose.

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Bible Time
Once again, God's word came alive to me today as I read through my Daily Walk readings: Genesis 3 and 4 (with chapter 2 thrown in), Psalm 2 and Matthew 2.

Again, there is no hard and fast way to read and take notes. I have gotten in the habit of reading and noting anything that sticks out at me or any insights that God see…

Soul Dare: My Resolution to Dig Deeper, Go Further and Love Richer

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This year I'm starting 2015 off right by putting some contemplation into what I'd like to see God do in my spirit, mind, soul and body.

Part of that is following a plan to make the time for meeting with Him and achieving some of the other goals I have.

And one of those resolutions is to blog every weekday during the month of January as I follow that plan. It also goes along nicely with our church's month of fasting and prayer.

So without further ado, I bring you the first day of January's insights:

January 1
While I was working on some other things, I re-listened to Mike Whitford's sermon, Become, on Sunday and made some notes of his key points in my new planner:


Become a GiverBecome ExcellentBecome Transformed by Looking to Jesus and Embracing the Holy Spirit
Such good stuff and it helped me as I worked on some goals and resolutions for 2015.

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Then I picked up my Mosaic Bible and before reading scripture, I read today's reading following the Liturgy calendar …

If It's Not Broke....Do It Again!

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January 1st is arguably one of the best days of the year in my book.
When the clock's hand hits 12:00 a.m., my life's book flips to a new page. It's a free do-over. A chance to try to get it right (or righter?) this time. 
It's amazing how the change of one number can hold so much promise.
As I reflect upon 2014, there has been a great amount of change. Last year, I posted on the first day of year and titled my post, Be Resolute and then set about using some tools to help me make a plan to achieve some resolutions for the year. And with God's help, we achieved some good ones:
I finished up my Fab4D Year of turning 40 and crossed some things off of my list.I embarked upon a journey to dig in deeper with God by being purposeful to meet him every morning and to record my thoughts and what He speaks God made it possible for us to move into our dream property after years of waiting on Him However, there were some areas that I fell short in. And many of those areas are go…