“He sees you when…..”

Can you finish the title? At this time of year?!?—- it’s a shoo in!

“He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake”

I couldn’t even count how many times I’ve heard or said “Santa’s watching”. Seriously, I’m supposed to be good? Because Santa’s watching?? Hmm, the promise of presents OR the lack of them…

I don’t remember if it had the desired effect on me, nor do I remember if it did with my children. Without thinking, instilling receiving and not giving of Christmas.

You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from You. Psalm 69:5

We need to know El Roi – The God Who Sees! He sees!

Just knowing that has always brought me so much comfort. I’m not sure it would if I didn’t know Him as Sovereign, as Merciful, as Loving. Otherwise I might just feel condemned, judged, and without hope – because I know how sinful I behave in spite of my good intentions!

Should it encourage us ‘to be good’ when we know we’re being watched? Well, I believe we do act accordingly when we think someone is watching.

 ‘what will he/she think of me?

“he sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake; he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

If we could just take our worries over what people think or our preoccupation with appearances and grasp the God of heaven does see us, our behaviors & attitudes would change. Conviction would pave the way and our hearts would become kinder, less entitled, and more giving!

God sees you & me when we’re sleeping and He knows when we’re awake!

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A Sleeping Giant

I have had the pleasure of getting to know and hearing preach a dear brother from Africa. Africa is one of the places I witness God’s plan of bringing forth beauty from ashes.

Pastor Chris spoke of miracles matter-a-fact…a retelling of common occurrences. Not unusual, normal. I’m talking read in the Bible kind of miracles – normal.

Now, I ask you, church, is this your experience? Are we in America experiencing that kind of encounters frequently with God?  

 And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons…Acts 10:344  (Do you hear “It is no secret what God can do! What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you! With arms wide open, He’ll carry you through! It is no secret what God can do!”?)

This should be our normal too! We have so much comfort & freedom here I am afraid we are the sleeping giant. We depend on our devices and programs far more often than we do God. I’m not saying our programs are bad; we just operate on what we can do rather than what God can do. Let’s get over our methods & cry out to God as if our lives depended on it! We can expect miracles when we expect Him to act on our behalf. It’s not so much what we do, it’s what He does! Our part? Surrender and relationship with the One who created us.

Another truth Chris spoke, ‘we need to get over thinking we are fighting for God – it is He who fights for us’! The Spirit inside me did cartwheels when I heard that! Isn’t that what Moses did, Joshua did, Gideon, and many others did? ! And, what happened in Judges when the Israelites started doing what was right in their own eyes?

Lord, help us to lean on You, depend on You, call on Your name! We need You desperately! Reveal where we depend on ourselves and may we be quick to repent. You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow AND what you have done, are doing, and will do for others You WILL do for us. Move on our behalf. We need miracles here….wake us up! For Your honor, Your glory, and the display of Your power. Amen and amen.

 

Nothing New Under the Sun?

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
Mahatma Gandhi
(1869-1948)

I had to smile as I read this, why? Well, it’s not the first place I’ve read it; although its possible that many might think this statement is original and credited as such.

Check this out:   Proverbs 23:7  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Doesn’t this say the same thing?! The book of wisdom in the Bible recorded this “quote” long before Gandhi!

I’ve actually heard of practices very similar to Christian beliefs existing in unknown native tribes upon the discovery of their existence. I find this fascinating. God loves us so much, we are made in His image, and we can see that imprint! Of course, I’m not saying that our hearts don’t turn away. I think Gandhi and Solomon have accurately stated they can!

So, what are you thinking about?

 

Horses, Chariots, & Man – oh My!

Fears become almost living, breathing things. I say almost because fears exist in our minds. What we are afraid of, no doubt, is often tangible….but it is not fear itself.  We can know this because we may or may not share the same fear but the object remains the same. Hmm, already the weight of a fear is diminished when we  consider others are not afraid of it.

Psalm 20:7 saysSome trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

This is the sure fire way to NOT be afraid – remembering the name of our Lord! Why? because He is with us, because He tells us 365 times in the bible not to fear, because He is for us, because His arm is not shortened, because HE’S GOD! So what does it mean to trust in chariots & in horses? Well, those are symbols for things that make sense to us for winning battles, being victorious, and just plain & simple safe. Chariots would be like tanks and horses, like migs. Yeah, I know, there’s a huge difference, but in bible times they would have offered the same comfort. We want something we can t-o-u-c-h and s-e-e. But here’s the problem – if we can touch and see it, it’s limited. God is not.

The Red Sea parted and the Israelites walked on dry land – only to have the Egyptians swallowed with their horses and chariots on the same ground. The walls of Jericho fell after it was encircled for seven days. Gideon and the 300 men with him defeated the Midianites by blowing trumpets and breaking pitchers. Over and over in scripture we see where the battle is the Lord’s!

Romans 8:31 says: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

Ashes…..now what?

Storms can leave behind rubble. The TV, internet, and twitter has been full of updates and pictures. Those whose reality this is likely cannot view the exposure they’ve been given. They need help and it is in the helping, standing alongside, hugs, kindnesses that healing begins.  How beauty births out of ashes. As followers of Christ, it is a healing – restoration ministry we have been given. This often is when the world accepts the church, rather than trying to limit, control, and even persecute her.

Emotional storms leave rubble behind also. The chances of having that rubble exposed to the world  is a little more narrow; there are exceptions of course, but the vast majority of us escape it. Does it change our loss? Not at all. More than likely we feel isolated though, there aren’t throngs of others experiencing what we are…well, at least not that we are aware of. This is one of the reasons Father said not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10:25) It is there we find the helping, standing along aside, hugs, kindnesses that nurture healing. Jesus wants to bring beauty from our ashes….but we have to let Him. He eagerly awaits our invitation, to carry us, to bring peace to us, to comfort us. It is He who is the Healer….no matter where our storms come from. You have all His attention-turn to Him.

Anyone Else Thinking About Storms…..

Sandy has everyone’s attention. If you are not on the East coast, you still are met with reports of her size, prediction of landfall, and current destruction. Lots of preparation has led up to the day of expectation. Store shelves have emptied of supplies, houses are boarded up, schools & businesses are closed and many have evacuated their homes. Preparation.

There are other storms in life. I’m wondering about the preparation for those storms. How does one weather them? Someone once said to realize the worth of the Anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm. If you don’t know Jesus you are missing your Anchor, the One who will never leave you or forsake you.

Hunker down. One thing is for sure – storms are coming……

What About ME?

This is a post from the peaceful wife. Her heart is godly marriages and she has earned the right to speak from her own experience. I recommend reading her blog. Today, push thru the pain of what she is saying to hearing the opportunity of increased intimacy with our God! Hear what He has to say. Oh, He loves you so!

The Peaceful Wife

So, a LOT of wives are working daily on trying to respect their husbands and not control them anymore, trying to follow Christ and do the whole marriage thing His way. That is AWESOME!

But MANY wives are getting stuck at the beginning of the journey – wondering, “What about ME?”  “What about what I want?”  “When do I get MY way?”  “Why do I have to be the only one forgiving, changing, respecting and cooperating?”  “What about HIM?”  “Why doesn’t HE have to change?” “What about MY needs?”

THE FIRST PHASE IS HARD!  IMPOSSIBLE, REALLY ON OUR OWN.

This is a LONG process of growth and learning.  It is not an instant flip on the light switch and you are suddenly a godly wife.  It’s a painful process.  The beginning is especially painful because that is when you begin to die to self.

Dying is PAINFUL.  Killing self…

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Does it? Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? I started thinking about it because there are quite a few blogs I follow. Really good, insightful thoughts out there and I like to ‘like’ the post when I read it and do. That was how I started this blog in the first place – I wanted to ‘like’ something I read. You cannot do that unless you are a blogger….

Back to the issue at hand; for days now I cannot like anything! Zip, Nada. Thus, this post is an experiment; I want to see if I can ‘like’ something after breathing life back into this thing! 😉  Now, apparently absence does not make WordPress any fonder of me – rather, it choses to ignore me (pending experiment, of course).

How do you react? Does your heart grow fonder thinking about the one whose missing? My hubby and I had a long distance courtship. I couldn’t stop thinking about him 🙂 We didn’t settle for absence; we were on the phone for hours and driving most every weekend to be together. Maybe that’s how it works — we worked at our relationship because we had to in order for there to be one (thus growing fonder because of our investment?). It was alot easier to fall in a rut and take each other for granted, I suppose, after we got married. I remember complaining that before we were married my hubby could finish my sentences, always knew what I was thinking, and could call me at the exact time I needed him. Why was that a complaint?? Because after we married he lost the ability to speak my language (and I, his I’m sure); he didn’t seem to know me at all! All these misunderstandings and unmet expectations. UGH! We had stopped thinking about the other and started focusing on ourselves.

Now, there’s a stink that will rile any stingbug!!  Instead, let’s do an experiment – wake up that blog! put your mate first!  grow those hearts fonder!!

missing what I lost….

how about you? Is something you once had now gone?

I have suffered with pain and stages of immobility for a year now.  My latest surgery was successful, for that I am grateful and thank the Lord! Yea!!

Ever heard ‘use it or lose it’? Want to guess what I did the most during this past year? Yup, sit. (Before I quit shopping, I was using those motorized carts.) Pain would not allow me to do the things I always took for granted.  So, I sat.

While I am healing rapidly from the surgery and can walk without assistance I lacked muscle strength, endurance & balance. I’d prefer to have these things just reappear with the healing of the surgical site. Yes…YES, I’m lazy. I’m tired. Where did my energy go and what did it do with the legs I used to have?? Argh…

I’ve gone back to work. I am soo tired after work. I stopped doing my exercises….what reward did I get? Stiffness. Immobility.

I am gonna have to work to gain these things back. First one pain, now another – uck!  My body responded quickly to therapy, but just as soon I as stopped it was gone, poof! Immediately, zap.  Pain embraces me when I try to do what I’m supposed to. I’m not crazy about embracing it!

I am reminded how this also happens in the spiritual realm. If I don’t spend time with Jesus, if I don’t read the Bible, if I don’t spend time worshipping, I dry up. We were made to worship and we can’t do this without getting to know Him. It requires effort on our part – just like my exercises.

So, my question is: did you find what you are missing or are you immobile too?

Shackles, Anyone?

One day at a time has turned into one step at a time for me. I didn’t think I’d make it to surgery again but here I am! It’s tomorrow. I’m actually looking forward to it. But I was last time too and it didn’t work for me. I am so tired of pain and moving against it. Here’s the thing, there is always someone who is dealing with more. Don’t you wonder how they do it?
It’s disappointing to think something is gonna do the trick and it doesn’t . Discouragement can take over. This is one heavy bed fellow. He will weigh you down until you think you can’t get up. Shackles couldn’t hold you any better. What do you do? Here’s what I like…..
Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praise of His people. Have you ever started repeating or singing praises to God when you don’t feel like it? Something happens I can’t explain. A transformation. Get those shackles off your feet!