3/31/09

My Therapy


This is what I call therapy!!!!!

3/19/09

The Stranger

This is very interesting and not the ending I had expected!!!!
A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.
As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good
from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger...he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict
the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.
Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I
wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home...Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother
blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes
distinguished.
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger.
Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.
More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name ? . . .

We just call him "TV."

He has a wife now....We call her 'Computer.'

3/17/09

Dental Hygiene

I need the name of a good dentist. That's some grill she's got going.

3/16/09

Sin In A Leader


I’ve been really bothered lately about something that I would like to share with the one or two people that actually read this blog.

Not only am I the so called “spiritual leader” in my home, I am also a children’s leader at BSF, 5th and 6th graders, and in children’s ministry at my home church. So, what’s the problem?

I haven’t been feeling like the leader that God desires from me.

Through my last fast He reveled to me that there are areas of sin in my life that are keeping me from receiving the Holy Spirit in its fullest capacity. One cannot be a spiritual leader of any kind without the FULL indwelling of the Holy Spirit and sin will keep that from happening every time. I recognize those areas, some of which I knew of but chose not to stop. I plan on stopping those that I am aware of and I will continually pray that He reveals to me those that I cannot see. The sins that I am aware of is not consistent with what you should see in a person that professes to be a Christian. Continuing to sin the same sin over and over is keeping me from the intimate relationship with God that I desire, that He desires, and is keeping Him from using me to my fullest potential, for His glory.

The personality of the spiritual leader influences others because it is penetrated, saturated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As the leader gives control of his life to the Spirit, the Spirit’s powers flows through him to others.

Spiritual leadership requires superior power, which can never be generated by the self. There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader. A true leader influences others spiritually only because the Spirit works in and through him to a greater degree than those he leads.

Samuel Brengle, a gifted leader who served for many years in the Salvation Army, outlined the road to spiritual authority and leadership:

“It is not won by promotion, but many prayers and tears. It is attained by confession of sin, and much heart-searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncomplaining embrace of the cross and by eternally looking unto Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but like Paul, by counting those things that are gain to us as a loss for Christ. This is a great price, but it must be paid by the leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth and in hell."

3/12/09

God Did It With A Nail


A man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, 'Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.'

'Okay,' the man says, 'I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.'

'That's wonderful,' says St.. Peter, 'that's worth two points!'

'Two points?!' he says.

'Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.'

'Terrific!' says St. Peter.. 'That's certainly worth a point.'

'One point!?!!'

'I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.'

'Fantastic, that's good for two more points,' he says.

' Two points!?!!

'Exasperated, the man cries. 'At this rate the only way I'll get into heaven is by the grace of God.'

' Bingo ! 100 points ! Come on in!'

We often try to fix problems with WD-40 and duct tape.

God did it with a nail.

AMEN?

Trust in the LORD!!!!

Today, everywhere we look, we see “a whole lot of shakin’ goin on!” The economy is shaking; as are institutions, corporations, and government; jobs are shaky; the culture, marriages and families are shaking; whether you are personally or not, many people are being shaken by the circumstances unfolding in their personal world. If any words well describe what we are witnessing today in the world, and in the core foundation of people’s lives, they are the words, “shifting sand.” Certainty is in short supply, producing increasing anxiety; “What’s going to happen to me and my family?” On some the “shoe has already dropped”; out of work, home foreclosed, retirement wiped out, savings gone, net worth halved or worse; and that is “just” the “economic shoe.” What about the “shifting sand of the culture”: addictions more rampant and seemingly unbreakable; anger and rebellion among children and teenagers; pornography like the proverbial fog creeping through windows of the eye and under doors of hearts; terrorism, crime, and security concerns abounding; relationships and marriages suffering earthquake tremors and devastation; depression, disease, injustice, frustration are taking their toll.

If you have gotten this far, your countenance has probably fallen. You are probably thinking, “How is this going to give me STRENGTH for my day?”

One of the things for which I am most grateful, especially since I am technologically challenged in a technological world, are reset buttons. I wish every “gadget” had one; a button you simply push once you foul up your “gadget,” and poof, its back to normal. Unfortunately, not every “techno-gadget” has one. But reset buttons remind me of a truth C.S. Lewis wrote in one of his letters regarding “trust in God.” He said, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” For those who think, “I tried trusting in God in the past, and look where it got me”; or “I try to trust in God, but why am I still being shaken like a leaf blowing in the wind?” several concerns come to mind. What exactly does the Bible ask us to do when it commands “trust in God?” And, am I using my “reset button” every day; renewing my trust in the Lord in the midst of each day’s troubles, circumstances, and battles; and even in the midst of those rare uneventful and perfectly good days.

I read the other day the statement, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,” which is also to say, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of God.” You cannot trust in God unless you have an accurate idea of who He is. Knowledge of the Scriptures is in appallingly short supply in today’s Christian world. Is it any wonder then that “trust in God” is not being practiced, and many professing Christians are shaking or being shaken right along with the unbelieving world? A brief study in any Scripture concordance of the phrase “trust in God” or “trust in the Lord” reveals that trusting in the Lord involves ALL of the following: fearing the Lord, honoring the Lord as holy, obeying His commands, knowing who He is, doing good, trusting in His word, taking refuge in Him, doing so with all your heart, trusting in quietness and not whining, trusting with joy and peace in your spirit. On the negative side “trusting in the Lord” means NOT trusting in gold, riches, wealth, lies, deceptive words, chariots and horses (or, modern weapons of war), extortion or stolen goods, princes or presidents, fortified cities, your own deeds, other people, or even, and especially, yourself!

There are specific verses in Scripture supporting each of these descriptions of what it means “to trust” or “not trust” in the Lord. I fear that even with this being the most published Bible verse in the world; “In God we trust,” is printed on every American coin and paper bill which are being printed like they were going out of style (TRILLIONS apparently doesn’t mean much anymore to many people); we have grown numb to what trust in the Lord means and cease in practice to renew it day by day with a focused heart.

Yet, for those who learn and experience what it is to trust in the Lord, He will surround you, just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, both now and forevermore.

“Fear not I am with you, O be not dismayed; for I am your God, and will still give you aid; I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”

3/2/09

Guidance

Dancing With God

When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing 'dance' at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn't flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.
It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
and attentiveness from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw 'G': I thought of God, followed by 'u' and 'i'.
'God, 'u' and 'i' dance.' God, you, and I dance.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God's blessings
and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
please share this message with someone else.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
so let's continue to pray for one another.
And I Hope You Dance !