Monthly Archives: February 2010

Honor

This month we’ve been talking about Honor. The Biblical example has been David: honoring those younger or weaker than you as in David & Goliath, honoring your friends like David & Jonathan, honoring God like David did when he danced before the Lord with all his heart, and honor in the family as in David & Absolom’s struggle with that. Great lessons and lots of good discussions.

It’s interesting how God weaves so many lessons during these month themes back to ME. For example, this month I was facebooking & all of the sudden gossiping! Even when trying to be careful, that doggone tongue & fingers on the keyboard can slip so quickly!! I felt horrible for a few days even after trying to make it right. And was able to talk to the kids about now powerful our tongue is – once the words are out, we can’t take them back – like toothpaste our of the tube. And my tongue has been highlighted these days just during the day about who I’m driving behind, that librarian, etc. – am I honoring in my words in general? Challenging. I want our children to honor one another & their elders, etc. I need to be an example in these areas to them.

Anyway, the Olympics have been going on the last few weeks, so we’ve been able to talk about the kinds of honor we want to strive for – man’s vs. God’s there. But it just occurred to me that Purim is today & couldn’t be a greater way to end the month of Honor! How cool!! I love it when God does that – ties it all together for me. : ] Tonight we will be wrapping up Honor with an Esther Fest. I’m trying to think of some triangular foods & maybe we’ll have the kids dress up. We could read the book of Esther or listen to the kids CD we’ve got on it. Make it fun! But use this night as another chance to pass the baton of how God honors His promises to keep His people, how Esther honored her husband even in a very bad situation, how Haman wanted SO BADLY to be honored but God worked it out to let all that honor go to Mordecai. So much good stuff there! Plus it’s always fun to tell any story again of how our God moved & took a seemingly horrible situation & turned it completely around all to His glory!!! Love it!!!!! Happy Purim everyone!


Death

Feeling kind of sad these days for several reasons…

– My great uncle passed away yesterday. He was such a sweet little man, coming in at only about 5 ft. 4 inches or so. He was the only full brother of my grandmother & they looked so alike even though he was a twin to another sister. There was comfort in seeing him especially after Grandma passed. Somehow, she wasn’t quite gone yet with him around. I don’t think the twins were much over a pound each. Back then, it was nothing short of a miracle they both lived. He owned an apple orchard, but bore fruit for Jesus throughout his life. Wonderful man! Died in his sleep after a blessed & full 90 years, but still, there’s a sorrow in knowing he’s gone on.

– A dear friend/co-worker of Keith’s, and consequently a friend of mine, has been battling brain cancer for two & a half years. He’s only 33. He is probably the sweetest man you’d ever meet with a wife & two baby girls to match. Such a godly young man! We’ve swapped quite a few children’s ministry ideas over the years. He’s been hospitalized three times over the last two months for various reasons. His body just isn’t doing well.

– A friend of mine from way back is battling cancer & lupus. She’s also battling Jesus in her life. Has been for decades. We got back in touch with facebook last year. She’s really angry & really sick. So sad. Yesterday was her birthday so we “chatted” awhile. She has heard the Truth many, many times in her early years, but still chooses to go in the opposite direction. How low does a person have to get to look up & see Jesus waiting with open arms? So, so sad.

– A missionary friend of ours told us about a couple that was possibly joining their team a few months back. Over the weekend, news came that they were killed in a car accident along with their 6 1/2 year old son. Their 10 year old daughter is left suddenly alone. What do you do with that?

– Another friend emailed today that a young couple friend of his lost their 10 month old daughter to SIDS last week. They asked for prayer for their little boy, Peter. He is just realizing his sister is gone today & was crying and staring off in space.

I am SO SICK of death!! I am sick of Satan’s rule in this world. I am sick of him stealing & killing & destroying. I am so ready for Jesus to come & set up His eternal Kingdom & do away with all this sin & sadness & sickness & death.

We’re are all going to die, I know that. And this life is but a vapor, no matter how many years God gives you. It’s over in a blink of an eye. It makes me reflect on my days & months & years. What should I be doing differently? Have I invested my time wisely? It makes me want to curl up next to my husband & soak up his love, wrapped up in his long arms as long as possible…hug my babies extra long & tight & bottle up this day! How many days do we have left like this?

Lots to think about & even more to pray about! Better get to it.


Valentine Thoughts

Today in 1st Half (Sunday School class), we talked about the awesomeness of being redeemed through the blood of Christ. Wow. Talk about love! When you stop & really think about our utter bondage to sin, and our freedom through Christ, it blows the mind. I was a slave to sin. Now I am FREE! FREE!! How long has it been since I really meditated on all that that means? I am free, not to dismiss the Law, but to live it out to the fullest. Not just keep from doing wrong things (do not commit murder, steal, lie, etc.) but to do as God does…be His reflection! Give of myself the way He has given Himself to me – sacrificially. This is how our joy becomes FULL. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:11,12 Even though that doesn’t make sense in our minds (to sacrificially love in order to have full joy) He made us & knows.

Galatians 5:13 – “For you, dear friends, have been called to live in freedom – not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Nothing can separate us from His love! We can be totally secure in His love. And this is what He commands us to do for one another. LOVE. He shows us what it is, then sends us out to show the world. Lots to think about there.