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Archive for May, 2009

One day

This is my first post on something that some may feel is controversial, which is kind of scary, but just be reminded this blog is only my thoughts and opinions, and things that are on my heart.   So here goes….. I was watching a popular TV host (un-named) and they were discussing Iowa and their legalizing gay marriage.   They were saying how through the ages people have been discriminated against and not allowed to choose who they want to marry: different religions, different countries, different races, ect.   Their point was, isn’t it about time that marriage was about ‘love’ – we should be able to marry whom ever we choose!

This was very disturbing to me, basically due to the fact that I believe what God says in scripture regarding this subject – that marriage is between a man and a woman, anything else is sin! (if you’d like references, let me know)   But then again, doesn’t the Bible speak of lots of sins?   Many that I’m guilty of!

As I struggled with this, I read in Romans 14 where Paul says, “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.  You, then, why do you judge your brothers?  Or why do you look down on your brother?   For we will all stand before God’s judgement seat.  It is written:  ‘As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’    So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” 

I guess that pretty much sums it up.  So this was the reason Christ died – for all sinners, myself included!     It reminds me of the song, “One day every tongue confess you are God, one day every knee will bow.  Still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose you now”.

Lord, help me not to be judgemental.   For judgement is Yours, and one day your verdict will echo through the universe!    Help me to show Your love to others, and to stand up for what your Words says.  Amen!

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My Mother

Megan and I were in the car today, and we were talking about Moms (hmmm, wonder why?).    I was telling Megan that I wanted to write some kind of tribute to my Mother, but didn’t know what to say.   “Thank you” seems so inadequate!    Megan said, why don’t you write what we were just talking about?   So here’s a little of our discussion….

 My Mother is one of the best bakers ever!   She makes the best homemade bread, and her pies are out-of-this-world yummy!   Plus she can put together a delicious meal in no time at all.   Unfortunately, she never taught me to bake/cook.   Instead she taught me something better.   She taught me to love God’s Word.   I’ve never seen anyone more excited to study the Bible than my Mother!    She taught me to let people be people – not to try and control them.   She taught me a beautiful saying that her Grandmother used to say, “In acceptance, lies peace”.    An important lesson that she taught me (by showing) was forgiveness!    There are many more – too many to list.   It makes me wonder, what am I teaching my own children?   What will they say about me someday?   Hmmm……

My Mom won’t always be with me, but I’m comforted knowing that years from now, I will turn around at unexpected moments, and in the mirror or in my daughter, I will catch a vivid glimpse of my Mother!    I love you, Mom!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all my dear friends!   I know a few of you have had a tough week, and may be thinking, “What’s so grand about being a Mom?”.   True, there are days when I think, if someone says “Mommm!” one more time, I’m going to scream!!!    But Motherhood goes far beyond the day to day routine.  It’s more than nursing a sick child, running the kids to sports practices, and picking up toys off the floor for the umpteenth time (and those Lego pieces are everywhere!).

Dee Brestin said, “Motherhood is not just wiping noses and bottoms (for those with babies 🙂 ), it’s about nurturing an eternal soul“.  When you put it that way, what could be more important then that???

So, here’s to all my friends out there, who are terrific Mothers!   May you have a wonderful weekend, and cherish each special moment with your little ones, as you guide them and show them God’s love!

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Prayer

Tomorrow, May 7, marks the 58 annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.   Because of that, I’ve had prayer on my mind a little more this week.    How is my prayer life?    God has made a way to connect and talk with Him and that is through prayer!   I spend much of my day communicating with other people via, phone, computer, and even face-to-face, but how much time during the day do I take to really connect with God (not counting my “popcorn” prayers)?

Prayer is hard work – it takes time, but it is also a privilege, and Satan loves that we take the privilege of prayer and set it aside.   It reminds me of one of my favorite hymns (and I have many!), “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer”.  

Col. 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”.    I’ve come to realize that prayer doesn’t happen unless I make it a priority.   It’s a discipline!   We have many things in our every day lives that we either choose to do or not to do – I choose prayer!  

“Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear.  All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer”!

Landon praying at our church on Day of Prayer back in March

Landon praying at our church on Day of Prayer back in March

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