Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Life can be simple when you serve God. Of course, if you pray when you're not in trouble, you'll have it down pat when you call for help; and there are other "frequent pray-er" benefits as well. Making a joyful noise unto our God is another wonderful tradition because God hears the music from our hearts, not from our mouths.
So, remember to pray every day (all day!) and always sing joyfully to the Lord, He loves to hear your voice!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice but, with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all.
Holiday Greeting by Amanda:
Just as the protective gear used in sports keeps us from harm, so also the armor of God can protect our spirits and our souls as we play the game of life. The trick is to put on the protective armor without putting on a mask as well. We need to be in control of our lives without controlling others or being phony.
Don't hide the real you behind a mask but be sure to put on the protective armor of God's love and eternal hope. How you ask? Read and study God's Word until you are so familiar, you are entirely protected.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
You'll want to read the whole article but his description is this:
"The Bible is an amazing, challenging, beautiful, confusing, inspiring, upsetting and deeply true book that is not best described by simplistic statements"...as the kids would say, "True, that!"
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
(it says "sons" but counts for "daughters" too)
Monday, December 15, 2008
I look at these things, the stars, the ocean, all the things God has made…they are more splendid, perfect, beautiful and lasting than anything man can create or even conceive. It seems like when we were more aware of milky ways and horizons, it was easier to believe. Could Joan of Arc have led her army, could she even have thought to, could she have trusted enough, without having a sense of something greater, bigger than herself?
We have obliterated the stars with our artificial light – but perhaps we’ve blinded ourselves, too. Without the wonder, the greatness of the galaxies in our sight, we’ve lost the ability to believe in, or expect, miracles. When you cannot see the glory of God’s creation, how can you wish to glorify the Lord? No longer seeing anything greater than ourselves, we turn inward, we worship our own thoughts, our invention, our desire.
Friday, December 12, 2008
If this happens, put a little space between you and the speaker. Ask yourself if these words are reinforcing an insecurity within yourself or if you can really be sure that they intended to offend you. Also, put yourself in their shoes and remember that these are their opinions and are based on what's going on with them and may very well have nothing to do with you. You may just be an easy target for someone having a bad day.
When you realize that the words of others don't necessarily have anything to do with you, you will no longer feel it as an attack. While it's easy to take things personally and we're all guilty of doing it, you should never let anyone's perceptions affect how you see yourself. Your life is personal to you and it's up to you to influence your own sense of well being.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
One of my favorite Merton quotes..."The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."
When you have the opportunity, spend some time with his writings...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Check out 1 Chronicles 16:31-32...the seas, resounding and praising God; the fields, jubilant--and you can't help but be happy. If the very planet we are on can praise God, we can surely find some reason to be happy and thankful. And even if you can't find a reason, sometimes you just gotta be happy anyway!
Monday, December 8, 2008
picture on it...I believe he has a point!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wherever we may live and whatever may be going on in our lives, God always provides a way for us to rejoice and worship Him. For starters, we can rejoice in the knowledge that god is in control of the rain as well as the sun. Think of Him as you umbrella in the rain and your sunscreen in the desert.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Time spent together as a family is the cornerstone of strong, healthy relationships. More often than not, you don't start out to "do" anything memorable...watch a movie, go on a walk, go to the lake/beach or just simply "waste time together" but memories happen. In years to come, these times will be brought up again and again and once more you recall the laughter or the peace that comes from shared experiences.
My children are grown and gone now but give us a few minutes together and a wonderful memory will appear and we get to live it all over again! Never pass up the opportunity to spend time wit' your family!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I'm sorry but if this is what it takes to give or get a present this Christmas...count me out!
It's Christmas...waiting, renewal, rejoicing...how can this happen?
But wounds do not just go away. If unhealed, they cry like abandoned children in the dark, forgotten places within us. The only way they can make their presence felt is through these negative attitudes and our addictive escapes. Seen in the light of day we recognize they are all symptoms of pain.
For our own well being, we must take time to bring our wounds to the surface, face the cause and rely on God for peace and healing. While it's easy to speak, this is not an easy or welcome task. It takes time, commitment and courage but by the simple act of laying it all at the feet of Christ we can be healed, restored and made whole. After all, He knows a little about pain Himself.
Monday, December 1, 2008