Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
(NIV) Matthew 11:25-26 Rest for the Weary 25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.This week, the kids and I are helping with vacation bible school. Tuesday during snack time, one of the little girls came up to me and set down a cup of water. I asked her who it was for and she smiled and said, "it's for you!" Then she gave me a hug and ran off to play Duck, Duck, Goose. She's only known me 2 days. What a nice little pick me up and reward for me.
Young children are so much more free with their emotions! When they're mad, you know! When they're sad, they cry. When they're happy, they laugh. I think we can learn a lot by hanging around younger kids. I do believe God has gifted them with a special knowledge well beyond their years.
If you are blessed to have younger kids in your life right now, take time to enjoy their outlook on life. It is often said (and I didn't really believe it), but they do grow up faster than you realize. If you have older kids....they still need somebody to talk to and bounce ideas off of. They're learning to make their own way in the world. Help them learn about God as a friend. Even though I went to church (twice on Sundays) growing up, I didn't realize the friendship/relationship that God desires with all of us until much later.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Last night, I finished a book I was reading and started looking at some of the writing I've done when I actually sit down, read the Bible, listen for the still small voice and write down whatever comes to mind. Since the last entry I wrote was about being centered and staying in the eye of the hurricane, I thought this might be appropriate. There have been days I feel this much more than others, but still always a good reminder.
Luke 8:24-25 (NIV)
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
Sometimes a storm rages across the land
or the ocean or the sea.
Sometimes the storm happens within me.
A physical storm with thunder, lightning, rain,
an internal storm with sickness, weakness, pain
Afraid? No faith?
Believe in the ultimate storm chaser
We may think Jesus is sleeping and we will surely drown.
He calmly says peace, be still
and the storm will calm right down.
Often times the storm lasts longer than I’d like,
but I’ll sit down and ride it out
God is in control.
Whatever storm(s) you may be going through right now, please know that you are not alone in the boat. God does not sleep. There is NO storm to big that with God's help we cannot ride through. When we give up control, we make it easier for God to calm the storm....or at least calm us to deal with it.