Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pottery


I am surely marred, and I would bet that we all are.  The question is only how long and sometimes painful it is for us to be remade to the potter's satisfaction.  Allow yourself to be remade; do not resist it, and surely it will come more quickly and easily.

Jeremiah 18:4

And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.


I have waited for some big things since I became a believer.  The most special of these is my husband.  And while it did seem like an eternity then, it was only two years after being saved that I met him.  Then two more years before he married me now that I think about it.

Everyone is waiting for something in their lives...a mate, a child, financial relief, restoration of health.  Be assured believer, the potter is up to something while you wait.  Make yourself yield to the pressure of His hands.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Putting off the Old

The dog days appear to be behind us.  We finally broke that 100 degree streak and are enjoying the 90's.  Jenny has moved on as well.  She is now "Sandy" in her happy new home with the Mirandas.  I am reminded as the season changes of the way we change when we make Christ our LORD.  

Ephesians 4:21-24  if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Oh, and how we need Him to help us make these changes.  To let go of selfishness, impatience, envy, and strife and to walk in the spirit of kindness and gratitude.  When I fall short His grace covers me and I start again.  As the old leaves fall off of the tree and the new ones will come in the spring, so too my old ways are laid aside, and His beautiful ways will come through.  And every year we will do it again until finally I will shine like gold on that last day.  Praise God!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dog Days

Dog days of summer, yes.  Over 100 degrees 11 days in a row...and counting.  This has been the summer of a new air conditioner, a new lawn mower, new air conditioner repair and new lawn mower repair.  But we are still smiling!!  God provided a way to get it all done.

But it's also really dog days...We picked up this precious little girl on the way to church Sunday.  This picture is after the bath.  She is sweet!  And needs lots of TLC and fun.  But we are not making a life change for a four-legged creature.  If we don't hear from her family (signs are up all over the neighborhood) we have a happy home waiting for her with two little boys.  We have really enjoyed our dog days.  I am sure that Milo will miss Jenny (we call her Jenny on the Block).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Choice

This passage reminds me whose I am, and therefore, how I am to be.   Not one of us is naturally always full of patience, kindness, goodness and love, even to the unlikeable.   Only be the power of our Father can we begin to show this fruit.  But we have to chose to do it every day.

The Choice

by Max Lucado


IT’S QUIET. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.
In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love . . .

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy . . .

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical . . . the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an 
 opportunity to see God.

I choose peace . . .

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience . . .

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness . . .

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness . . .

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness . . .

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness . . .

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control . . .

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
Excerpted from 
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
From When God Whispers Your Name
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1999) Max Lucado

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vegetable Chronicles

In April I decided that we needed to have a vegetable garden.  A bit late in the planting season, I know, but we decided to go for it anyway.  Mind you, neither of us has ever tried anything other than a tomato plant in a pot or a little basil on the windowsill.  Well, the bounty is finally coming in.

So, this is what we started with.  Seeds.












And here is where the garden will go.














It wasn't long before our seedlings where in the ground and sprouting forth.

I did buy one tomato plant and one zuchini plant and the rosemary and lavendar down in front.  I just had to see something green out there!




Fast forward about 4 more weeks, our garden is looking pretty good!  And we finally harvested something that we can eat....














!!!   This little guy was about 3 inches long and quite tasty!  Our project has been a lot of fun.  Steven has let me handle it for the most part, and I think I may have a green thumb after all.  Here's to a bountiful fall!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Our California Vacation 2010


We enjoyed a visit to Huntington Beach, CA this month.  My first time.  Absolutely beautiful and fabulous.  I had the opportunity to get to know Steven's dear friends Scott and Nancy, Kevin and Patty.  And their great "kids"  KiKi and Bob.  They welcomed Steven's new bride (me!) right into the fold.  We also spent time with Pam in Laguna.  A great visit with family and friends.  Now, if we could only figure out how to make it our second home..hmm.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lion Chasers Manifesto

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Criticize by creating. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

An angel in the book of life wrote down your baby's birth, and whispered as she closed the book...too beautiful for this earth.  Kathryn Hope 10-12-09.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Someone changes your plans...

Wonderful words from baby Taytem's FB page:

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip-to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David, The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After Months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

‘Holland?!?” You say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Ital, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there fro a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. And you begin to notice that Holland has windmills…and Holland has tulips.
Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy. ..And they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away…because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But…if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, very lovely things …about Holland.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Faith

Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. - Ramona C. Carroll

Monday, February 22, 2010

Waiting

Life is full of opportunities to wait...As a Christian, I take my supplications to my Holy Father. The reality of Christian life is that our Father often does not give what we ask for when we want it. In fact, usually He doesn't. Like any caring, thoughtful and loving parent, He measures what is best for us, and He knows when we are ready to receive, even though we may be convinced that we are ready today. Here is a poem that I borrowed from a friend's blog that sums it up nicely...

Wait
by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate...
And the Master so getnly said, "Wait."
"Lord, I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.
"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry;
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate.
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated nd taut.
and grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"
He seemed then to kneel, and his eyes met with mine...
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.
"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start.
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
"The glow of my comfort late ito the night,
The faith that I give when youwalk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true.
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.
"So, be silent, my child, and intime you will see
That the greates of gifts is to truly know me.
and though oft My answers seem terribly late.
My most precious answer of all is still ... Wait."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Appointed Time

Remember the story of Sarah and Abraham? God promised them a child at the most impossible time of their lives. Abraham was 99 and Sarah was 89. Yes, they laughed at the idea. But, they believed God would do it. They made love and they conceived Isaac. From the first covenant, they waited many years for the promise to be realized. The key was, God said that He would do it at "the appointed time." Only He knows what that time is.

Many people are praying for something big....something they think that they cannot live without...a spouse, a child, a cure to disease. Often, we pray so diligently (a good thing) that the object of our prayer becomes our idol (a bad thing).

If you have accepted Christ as your savior, you are a believer. Not only believing in Him, but also in what He can do. It is so important to remember that Christ is first. Pray diligently for your heart's desire. But be careful not to allow the object of your prayers become an idol. Always seek Christ first and seek God's will first. The choice to seek His will first helps us to submit to Him.

Submission to the Lord's will is a blessing. Surrender is much easier than fighting. God is in control of all things, and He blesses whom He chooses when and how He chooses. Do not waste your energy trying to control that which you cannot. Instead, commit yourself to the Lord, to do His will, to glorify Him in all that you say and do. He will bless you.....at the appointed time.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Education?

Remember that CNN special that aired last year called "Black in America"? My husband and I watched it. I thought it was great. I was really fascinated by these charter high schools. One was Steve Perry's school in Connecticut. Another was a charter school in Harlem. Both were dedicated to providing hope to these underprivileged kids. The schools were dedicated to educating them to the fullest extent from kindergarten to college.

What fascinated me and saddened me at the same time is that these were special cases...exceptions to the rule. They were noteworthy enough to make CNN's special. What about the rest of society? What about the public school down the street?

During the days I was watching this series, I was reading Helen Keller's autobiography called "My Life". Do you know that she studied Latin, French and German by age 10. Do I have to tell you that she was deaf, dumb and blind?

Wow, did I feel like a loser. And did I feel robbed! What has happened to education in the United States of America since the days of Helen Keller? Illiteracy after graduation is a problem here. Why have our standards been lowered and what can we do about it?

Proper Care and Feeding of The Human Body

The human body is a miracle of engineering. The perfect balance of fluids, pressures, thermostasis, structure and movement are all created perfectly in every way. Consider the heart. The pump that moves fluids throughout the body continuously, 24/7, and is self-contained. The fluids move along pressure and osmotic gradients with no effort of our own. Not to mention thermostasis, oxygenation, waste elimination, precision movement, sleep, wake, thought and emotion and the most incredible of all...reproduction!

And all we have to do is feed and water this body and keep it clean and dry with periods of rest.

The human body is perfect. The way we care for it is not. Nutrients that are needed to run the machine are created for us in animal and vegetable, fruit and mineral. Perfect in their natural state for our consumption and for utilization by the body. The body will run very well without breakdown given these nutrients.

But what do we do? We consume fabricated food-like substances created through chemistry. We rob the body of nutrients. We cause it to run inefficiently. We pollute it. It breaks down. It becomes diseased. And we wonder why? Come on people! Seriously?

The body is created perfectly. We try to duplicate the perfect engineering through medicine. We will never match it. "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is notheing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.