Archive for July, 2010

Jul
31

Lessons Learned from a Basket of Socks

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socksSome days I just feel braver than others. Today is one of those days for me. I woke up. Had my coffee. Read my emails. Checked my Facebook. Drank a second cup of coffee. And then I knew I could do it.

So I marched right into the laundry room and picked up the two large baskets full of unmatched socks and paraded into the room where my husband was so he could lend moral support to me. Of course, literal physical help would have been better but he hurt his back yesterday so I figured I’d just take what I could get at the moment, which was moral support.

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Jul
30

The Starting Point

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wounded healerSometimes the processes of our lives could be best represented by a circle. We start at a certain point, sure that we have all the answers, cocky, self-assured, ready to conquer the world and move aside all the poor fools who have so much less understanding than we do. However, life with its hard knocks and deep valleys, has a way of enlightening us and leveling the ground of our self-importance. We often find that we weren’t quite as “right” as we first thought. We come full circle and learn to see the wisdom in some of the ones who have gone before us in this journey called life. We experience hurt and pain. We are wounded.

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Jul
24

Making the Right Choice

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busynessWe make a thousand choices every day, beginning from the first moment our eyes open.

Will I get up now?

Or will I stay in bed a little longer?

Will I drink one cup of coffee or two?

Creamer or black?

Breakfast or not?

Check my email?

Facebook?

Twitter?

Shower?

Wash my hair?

Read my Bible?

Meditate?

Exercise?

In fact, our ability to choose is one of the ways that we are made in the image of God and it is one of the things that has confounded mankind for centuries. Why would God give us the ability – and the right- to choose incorrectly? Why would God allow us to make choices that would harm us – even to the extent of choosing heaven or hell? Well, that is a theological debate for another day – or not – I’ll choose later:)

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Jul
20

Love of God

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Love of God – Has it captured your heart?

loveofgodI could paint with a broad stroke and speak of His love for  all humanity. I could talk about the affection of God as it relates to the Church. Those aspects of God’s love form an important framework, but what we all long to know – or perhaps to know increasingly -is the love of God for each of us individually.

And lest you think that is selfish, let me assure you that that is precisely what God wants for you! God has moved from the beginning of time to insure that any who wanted, could have a very personal relationship with Him and receive the affections of His heart.

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Jul
16

Tuning into the Voice of God, pt. 2

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listeningtogodsvoiceHaving been in ministry for more than 26 years, I can’t count the number of times someone has asked me how they can hear the voice of God. On the other hand, I probably couldn’t count the number of times I have listened to believers tell me about how they heard God on a subject when it was so obvious to me that the voice they had heard was not God’s. And certainly I have wrestled at times to discern what God was saying.

Is it really that complicated? Doesn’t God want us to be able to hear Him? We often believe that God wants to speak to us but feel totally inept at knowing what to do in a given situation. How then do we hear the voice of God?

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