Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I loved the quote "the martyrdom of a long life" and the story of her outsmarting her son by climbing in a 2nd story window. I better start working out a lot harder before the teen years is all I can say.
I thought Billy's Graham's line, referring to their marriage to be profound..."we are happily incompatible."
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The following is an excerpt from Dennis Kinlaw's devotional This Day With the Master that had ministered to me in thinking of this move.
I Like You - Exodus 25:1-9 & John 15:14-16
God loves the world and His people and wants to be in our midst. He wants to be one among us. He likes us. It stirs my heart much more to think that He likes me than to think that He loves me. We have used the term love in such a way that we think that God is obligated; He is love, so He has to love everyone. But do you know that He likes you? He may not like what you do, but He is drawn to you.
There is a vast difference between the relationships you have with people you love because you are supposed to love them, and those you have with people you like. I notice that the people I like are the ones to whom I want to get close, with whom I love to spend time. I tend to migrate in their direction for fellowship and communion. I want to get into my life some of the richness that is in theirs, so I seek them out to enjoy the relationship.
That is the kind of God we read about in Scripture. He likes proximity to us and want to get close. That is why in the book of Joshua we find God attempting to procure land for himself. He wants a little real estate that belongs to Him. He owns the whole world, but the world has repudiated Him. He longs for a bit of earth where the people look up and say, "We belong to Him. We like Him. He made us. He
sustains us. We are His, and He is ours, and we like the relationship."
If you like a person, you will let that person invade your space. Do you like God? Is your home or your office a place that belongs to Him? If He free to rearrange your schedule and your plans? Is everything in your home accessible to Him? He is longing for us to look up at Him and say, "We like You! We belong to You. We like belonging to You, and this bit of the world in which we live is Yours, and we are glad."
Jenny: I praise you God for rearranging our lives--for shaking up our "safe places." No more questioning your timing. I clearly see Your fingerprints all over this friendship and throughout this move. "Jesus, Lord over all...be the Lord over me"...over my friendships....over our kid's friendships...over our families...our communities...our schools....our everything.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Tom recommended this article (Holy To the Core) written by a new friend of his over the phone to me this week. I really liked it and thought I would share it with anyone else interested.
This quote, taken from the article is a very good (but short) summary: "holiness is the grateful submission to God's claim on our entire lives--to accept that our lives are not our own."
Articles seem to me the perfect length of reading material for my stage of mothering--it's about all I have time for but enough to provoke some deeper thinking (which makes me a better mom, as well).
I would love to see someone start a "book club" of sorts (large hint and vote of confidence in those interested)...