Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Time to Batten Down the Hatches

I have been feeling very "stretched" lately... like my time and attention are in too many places.

It has been very unsatisfying to be busy, yet lack any real sense of accomplishment.

You know that spinning wheel feeling? Yeah, recently I have felt like that too much and too often.

I have been doing much praying about priorities and what the Lord would have me do in this busy season I find myself in...

In a lot of ways, this year of home schooling is harder and busier than our first year.

Having a seventh grader doing a new math program, new science program, new literary assignments... etc. has required adjustments to our schedule, as well as a new level of stamina to accomplish all our requirements each day.

But the Lord is also doing things in my life outside of homeschooling.
(Yes, there is more to life than home school :)

The girls, Nana, and I are doing a study of the Book of Revelation.

Leisl and I have done the study before. But recently Brigitta asked to learn more about Revelation and Nana wanted to test the waters in a formal bible study.

I'm also thrilled to be doing a Precepts study of the Book of Hebrews with an amazing group of women on Monday nights.

In addition to our school studies and our bible studies, there is the ongoing, changing, and challenging adventure of helping two girls navigate their changing world and bodies and grow into godly women.

It would seem hormones and hearts can only be safely ministered to in the late hours of the night :)

I cherish this time and season of life, even if it does make a momma a little tired.

I've always had a rule that I cannot take on "outside" ministries if things at home aren't in order.

Although things have gotten better now that the bulk of DVDs are burnt, I still feel very behind in house work and I feel a lack of general sense of order in our home.

Actually, I feel like we've been running at Mach 5 since July and are only now coming into any sense of routine.

Leisl and I have talked at length how surprised we were at how much the movie took out of us emotionally.

We definitely don't regret that we did it, but we've had to learn so much the long way 'round.

And we are still learning and are still amazed at how God is blessing our meager efforts of time and talent.

Our local library called us to ask if they could include a short blurb about PITS in their Spring newsletter.
We said yes and were totally humbled when they asked for two copies to be donated to the library so patrons could check them out.

Imagine that, in this day, two copies of a movie, which unashamedly shares the gospel message, being invited to be included in a public library.

Isn't the Lord so good?

So, what does this have to do with all of you?

I'm sure you know where this is headed.

I need every drop of energy to school the kiddos and take care of my home.

My mind wants to share all the things we're learning and doing but somewhere between my brain and my fingers the momentum is lost.

As a result I've felt burdened by this blog and all that I'm not doing on it.

Karl and I both have peace and agreement that now would be a good time to step back, take a break, and re-evaluate what we are doing, why we do it, and whom we are doing it for.
Not just for blogging, but for all our activities.

I do hope to come back. The blogosphere has been a wonderful place for me. I've met some awesome women through Mishmash, both online and in person.

But I honestly don't know if I will.

I hope all of you know that I don't write this easily and that much thought and prayer have gone into this decision.

I just didn't want to leave you all hanging and wondering.

I will visit all of you when I can, but I can see myself spending more and more time away from the computer during this time of seeking the Lord.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;

A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,

and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--it [is] the gift of God.

know that whatever God does, It shall be forever...

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14a

Friday, January 22, 2010

Basic Medical Abbreviations

I was cleaning out a cabinet and discovered my old Medical Abbreviations book from back in the day. (I used to work in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit).

The following list is a few basic medical abbreviations and common medical terms that are helpful to know.

At some point, either for ourselves, our children, or our aging parents, we will have direct interaction with the medical community.

For some people, hospitals, healthcare workers, and foreign medical terminology add to already stressful circumstances.

My hope is that being familiar with some medical terminology before crisis occurs will help navigation through the medical community a little bit easier.

Most abbreviations can have multiple meanings. I listed the ones I thought were the most common.

• ABG- Arterial Blood Gas- when blood is drawn for testing from an artery instead of, the more common, vein.

• Abd- Abdomen

• AKA- All Known Allergies (NKA- No Known Allergies or NKDA- No Known Drug Allergies)

• APPY- appendectomy

• BID- twice daily (often seen on prescriptions)

• BM- Bowel Movement (very important)

• BP- Blood Pressure

• CABS- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

• CATH- catheter or catheterization

• CM- cardiac monitor

• CT- chest tube (CT scan - computed tomography)

• CVA- cerebrovascular accident ( stroke)

• DOT- date of transfer

• ECHO- echocardiogram

• EPI- epinephrine

• ETOH- Alcohol

• F/U- follow-up

• HG or Hgb- hemoglobin

• ICE- ice, compression, and elevation

• I & O- intake and output

• LDR- labor, delivery, and recovery

• LIQ- liquid

• MED- medicine

• NV- nausea and vomiting

• OT- occupational therapy

• PFT- Pulmonary Function Test

• PRN- as occasion requires

• q- every

• RBC- red blood cell

• RSR- regular sinus rhythm

• Rx- prescription/drug

• SAT- saturated (often referring to level of oxygen saturation)

• SUX- suction

• T & P- temperature and pulse

• TV- television (just checking to see if you're paying attention)

• Tyl- Tylenol

• UA-urinalysis

• UAC- upper airway congestion

• VBG- venous blood gas

• WBC- white blood cell

• XGP- xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis ( I couldn't do this list and not put a big mouthful of a word on here :) I think it's chronic kidney infection but don't quote me.

• YTD- year to date

• YTDY- yesterday

All the Z ones were strange so I'll stop here.

This has to be the most random post ever.

Ah, but at least it was educational.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Heard around our house and Life with Nana

Yesterday, Leisl was making lunch and randomly exclaimed, to no one in particular,

"I love the dictionary!"

To which Brigitta replied,

"I don't. There are too many words all in the same place!"

Alrighty then... moving on to Kurt.

Kurt, because of his ocular motor dysfunction, has a tendency to get very bad headaches. He will often get migraines.

Once, when he was starting to get a headache, he held his head and said,

"Mommy, my brains are too big in my head!"

Poor thing... I know just how he feels :/

And of course, we always have life with Nana :)

I often forget to lower the blinds in our front room after the sun goes down.
With the lights on, our whole front room is visible from the street outside.

Nana will come over and immediately start lowering our shades while muttering something under her breath.

Then she'll walk into our kitchen where our pantry door (which houses our dishes, etc...) is always open and she'll close it and continue to mutter.

I asked her what she was saying once and she said,
"Salido todol bituka!"


"Well what in the world does that mean Nana?"

"It means, "Your intestines are showing!"

Oh dear.
That can't be good.


Monday, January 18, 2010

The Sunday Bulletin

As Nana would say, Pastor Jim is "on sparks lately!"  Translation: There has been a particular anointing to Pastor Jim's teaching of late.

Even the back on Sunday's bulletin blessed me so I'm stealing it and sharing it with you!

Without further ado, the back o' the bulletin in it's entirety...

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him,
to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained saying,
"This Man receives sinners and eats with them."
So He spoke the parable to them, saying: Luke 15:1-3

Luke 15 is the chapter of the three Lost Parables, these being the three very famous parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and the lost, or prodigal, son.

Each one contains tremendous truths.  Last week we just scratched the surface on the first two of these mentioned.  This week we will study the third.

Yet notice when Jesus prefaced the parables, He identified them not as three parables, but one-- the parable.

Another layer in these parables or "the" parable is a picture of the Godhead.

Look, and think this through.

The first parable of the lost sheep... singular, a sheep... never forget the love of God personally for you!
But also it was the shepherd who went out and found the sheep.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd.  He did the traveling, He left the abode of the presence of His Father.
Isaiah writes, "All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way."

The Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus has sought us out and borne us on His shoulders!  It is He who carries us!

In the story of the woman looking for the lost coin, we see a wonderful type (picture) of the Holy Spirit.

Most often a coin bears an image... usually the choice of the leader.
We are created in the image of God.  It is the Holy Spirit who is the one illuminating Christ to us, pointing us to Jesus and giving us the conviction that we need a savior.

It is the Holy Spirit that diligently seeks us.

Of course the third parable... the prodigal son-- an obvious picture of God the Father and His love for us. Giving us liberty, letting us go, yet never divorcing us from His love, and always welcoming us back.

While we have wasted great portions of our lives, He rises upon seeing us return to Him, greeting us in the finest of robe, with ring and shoe... not waiting for us to clean-up and be presentable, not merely tolerating but celebrating our desire to be with Him.  What a great God we have!

by Liz Lemon Swindle

by Pastor Jim Courson 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... Monday, January 18th, 2010

Outside my window... There was sun this morning! It was beautiful and very appreciated.

I am thinking... that the readers of this blog are very amazing and very sweet and are very dear to me.

I'm also thinking about the start of the new bible study tonight.

I'm thinking about how quickly our children are growing up.

I am thankful for... the people God has placed in my life to encourage me and point me back to Him when I forget to look up. I'm thankful for the Word and that reading it is a balm for my soul.

I am wearing... jeans, a black top, and my big Ugg boots because my feet are really cold today!

I am remembering... that I have prescriptions that need to be refilled.

I am going... to have wonderful women in my home tonight, to take Brigitta to an eye appointment tomorrow, and there is some mysterious thing on my calendar on Thursday. All it says is, "2:15." Am I supposed to be somewhere??!! Is someone coming over??!! I have no idea what is supposed to take place this Thursday at 2:15... sigh... my brain has left the building.

I am currently reading... the Book of Hebrews, assorted passages, and my new Noro yarn knitting book. (same as last week)

I am hoping... for so much for so many...

I am creating... this sweater (still)

and hopefully, our Christmas cards (lol), and I need to burn a lot more DVDs of the movie. We keep running out and we haven't even started on our mailing list!

On my mind... whether or not to do the Roman Feast activity this week. My heart is not in it at all.

I am hearing... the washing machine, Leisl asking Kurt if he would like the peel on his apple (yes, he likes the peel), and the scribble of Briggita's pencil as she works on her art for today.

Around the house... we finally got a new mat/rug thing for the entry way. Everyone was slipping on the tile on rainy days. Wet tile is rather dangerous!

One of my favorite things~ being a girl ;)

From my picture journal...

Last week Katie-kins showed up to my house wearing me on a T-shirt!
It was the strangest, surrealist (is that a word??), and most surprising experience I've had in a very long time!

It was also very fun and cute and sweet.
I love you Katie-kins! Mwuah!!

I'm excited to know there will be some money sent to our missionary family this month too :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I Chickened Out

I wrote this post and decided it "wasn't appropriate" to post on Mishmash.

I did post it-- on Miscel(Lainie)ous which hasn't had a new post in months and months.
And is a blog that is rarely visited.

But I was talking to a friend who gently, ever so gently, called me out.

I haven't been around here much... been lost in my head, praying, and sorting some things out.

But I'm stalling-- which isn't like me.  I'm a Band-Aid ripper... okay, enough talk...

Untangling My Heart (On Being A Girl)
originally posted Jan 13, 2010

I apologize for the randomness of this post.  It is late and everyone is asleep and I need to talk a few things out.

Tonight I had a Demarle party. Demarle is a cookware company--the mother company that makes Silpat mats.  It's amazing stuff I tell you.

But that's not what's on my mind, exactly.

I don't normally attend houseware parties, etc... and I certainly would never imagine hosting one.

Why is that?

I realized that I would have thought they were "too girly."

So I was cleaning up the kitchen after everyone was gone and the kiddos were in bed.
It was quiet so my brain started to think about the day.

Earlier I posted a poem that a friend tagged me in on Facebook.
In that poem a woman is "talking" to herself as a young girl.

I loved the poem and it encouraged me greatly.
But, as I suddenly had too much quiet time, I realized that poem was unearthing a truth I hadn't seen before.

I'm not sure when it happened.

There have been snippets of evidence here and there.
But tonight I realized that I've finally embraced being "a girl."

I've always embraced being a woman, but never a girl.  At least not in a very long time.

See, for me, it wasn't safe to be girl.

It was much safer to be a tomboy-- loud, gregarious, confident (seeming) and in control (so I thought).

My young heart must have thought that being a tomboy would somehow prevent the looks and comments and the touching-- quite terrifying to a little girl.

What I didn't know back then was that once a girl is "broken" in that way it is like a neon sign inviting the inappropriate, the hurtful, and the cruel.

Little girls should wear twirly dresses and ribbons while flitting about carefree.
I am in a heartbreaking majority of little girls that, instead, wore shame as valiantly as we could.

And yet today I sit here in tears because I realized that the "little girl" has come out to play.

Carefree and safe.

Tonight, she wore a little bow in her hair that was made by a friend.

She served food on dishes that look like this:

and this

and this

Any who "know" me know that I don't do floral prints. Ever.

These are my previous dishes:

 Is the difference as startling to you as it is to me?!

What has happened to me?

Well, I met this guy... He works with His hands... you know, He builds stuff.  In fact, He is building me a place at this very moment.  He likes to be busy so even while He is working on our new home, He has been taking care of this small warehouse of stuff I used to own.

I didn't want anything in there any more so I gave it to Him.
Boy, He is great at organizing and cleaning.

He has gotten rid of so much stuff-- old baggage filled with hurts, wounds, and bad memories.
He found some good stuff in there too.

Creativity, love of textiles, and a few crazy ideas.

He cleaned it all off and gave it back to me. He says we can work together making stuff and maybe even work on a few of those crazy ideas.

After He cleaned out my warehouse He showed me a picture He found.

"What ever happened to that little girl?" He asked.

"Oh, her.  I haven't seen her in a really long time."

"She's beautiful, isn't she?"

"Her? Beautiful?  Hmmm, I never noticed that before.  She looks kinda sweet too... innocent and well, happy."

"Would you like to see her?"

"I could see her?  Really?  Where has she been?"

"I've been keeping her safe until it was time for her to come back."

"Is it time? Do You really think so?"

"I do.  You know why?"

"Um, uh-uh.  Why?"

"Because she's safe now."

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn, 

To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD,

that He may be glorified."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lest We Forget

**This was posted on Facebook and I had to share.**

She came tonight as I sat alone
The girl that I used to be. . .
And she gazed at me with her earnest eye
And questioned reproachfully:

"Have you forgotten the many plans
And hopes that I had for you?
The great career, the splendid fame
All the wonderful things to do?"

"Where is the mansion of stately height
With all of its gardens rare?
The silken robes that I dreamed for you
And the jewels in your hair?"

And as she spoke, I was very sad,
For I wanted her pleased with me . . .
This slender girl from the shadowy past
The girl that I used to be.

So gently arising, I took her hand,
And guided her up the stair
Where peacefully sleeping, my babies lay
So innocent, sweet and fair.

And I told her that these are my only gems,
And precious they are to me,
That silken robe is my motherhood
Of costly simplicity.

And my mansion of stately height is love,
And the only career I know
Is serving each day in these sheltering walls
For the dear ones who come and go.

And as I spoke to my shadowy guest,
She smiled through her tears at me,
And I saw that the woman that I am now
Pleased the girl that I used to be.


Monday, January 11, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... Monday, January 11th, 2010

Outside my window... gimme a 'G'--G!, gimme an 'R'---R!, gimme an 'A' ---A!, gimme a 'Y'---Y!  What's that spell?  gray... it's gray :)

I am thinking... that I do much better in my week when I do this daybook.  I was discombobulated last week and never, quite, recovered.

I am thankful for... a wonderful birthday weekend for our eldest, that so many poured out love and encouragement for her, and that my order from Precepts actually did ship and should be here today

I am wearing... jammies... the laundry is going... need pants...

I am remembering... and realizing how fast time seems to go as our children get older.  The last five years went by super quick!

I am going... to have a Demarle party here on Tuesday, a meeting with some lovely women from church on Wednesday, ahhh... mid-week study on Thursday, and then hopefully no where else except church on Sunday!

I am currently reading... the Book of Hebrews, assorted passages, and my new Noro yarn knitting book.

I am hoping... to grow in love and grace this year.

I am creating... not a pair of socks.  I ripped them out.  There was a typo on the pattern and after fixing it... I was just d.o.n.e. with that sock.  I will try again another time.  I am (Lord willing) creating a little bolero sweater for myself from my Noro book.

On my mind... school, cleaning the house before tomorrow, and the faithfulness of God to work in our children's lives and that He is trustworthy.

I am hearing... the heater, eating, and humming :)

Around the house... things are not as orderly as I like them to be but the people in the house are doing great!  So I'll try to keep persepctive...

One of my favorite things~ during this colder time of year is sitting and knitting.

From my picture journal...

This is a picture of our Pastor praying for Micah and Marla (and family) as they prepare to go back to Brazil and the mission field for two more years.  They are returning a new daughter richer and although we will miss them, we rejoice that they are willing to go where the Lord is sending them.

Micah and Marla's family are the first missionary family that Mishmash Maggie will be supporting with the proceeds from the Zazzle store.  I received my first sample of the mugs and it is a nice mug and the graphics are really clear!  I was happily surprised. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Apparently I blinked-- and she grew up.
















Happy 13th Birthday Sweetie!

Love 'ems you

Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Friday, January 8th, 2010

MFW Blog Roll

Welcome to our first edition of Weekly Homeschool Highligths for 2010!

I don't know if our first week back is too exciting.  Honestly, we were dragging around this week.

But, we did do school.  We studied Paul's journeys in the book of Acts.

We did some Art and our cores.  The girls started back to ballet.  The boy to soccer.

We are in full swing, even if I am dragging my feet a bit!

I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to.  Seeing all the wonderful things you're learning encourages me to keep going when I don't want to.

Thank you in advance for spurring me on to good works and being faithful to what the Lord has called us to.

I pray your weekends are restful and blessed.

*** For those new, I really don't have rules other than make sure the URL you put in the MckLinky is a homeschool post!

Here is a button for you to use if you'd like.

MFW Blog Roll

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Checking In for the New Year

Hello all,

Just popping in to say Happy New Year. I'm very late but at least I'm consistent (seeing how my Christmas cards are still sitting here).

As you can see, I've made a few changes to the blog. I felt like going retro!

I'm trying to simplify everything in my life and this blog is apart of that. I will continue to streamline things here so they are easy to navigate through.

If you have any suggestions, I would truly love to hear them.
I know where everything is on this blog so it's hard for me to be objective.
So input would be good.

(Think No. 5 in Short Circuit, "Input! Input! I neeeed input!)

We are back to school this week and are finishing Week 11 of Rome to Reformation.

I have to say... we're all moving a bit slow. But, coming up later this week I hope to:

• have a new video demonstrating the Apologia Science activity on pulleys and mechanical advantage.

• the Mcklinky for Weekly Homeschool Highlights (open to all homeschoolers not just MFW users)

• a video demonstrating the sewing on of ribbons to ballet slippers because I have had an ordeal (!) and I couldn't find any help online. I hope someone out there will learn from my pain!
Just kidding about the pain part :)

Over the next few weeks, I also hope to get some Practically Speaking posts up as well as another addition to "From the Inbox"

Thanks to a friend (who has no idea she helped me), I realized that things were out of balance here at Mishmash.

My header says, "Encouragement • Education • Everyday" and I do try to keep things in that order.

I knew things were getting a little out of balance when my blog was moved from her "Where I Find Insights and Encouragement" to "Homeschool Blogs I Enjoy." Yikes!

I think that most readers are here for homeschool stuff but I know that the Lord would have me encourage people in Him first, help with homeschooling second, and share our day-to-day life third.

Whew, well, I think that's it for now. I have lots of new things "cooking" right now-- January 18 I'll be starting a new bible study with a group of amazing women.

I've got new projects a brewing.

I'm excited for what the Lord is going to do in 2010.

So, how are you? Back to school? How was Christmas? Whatcha doin'?

Tap, tap-- Anybody there? Just checking... :)



Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Outside my window... it's dark. Most people have taken down their Christmas lights :(
We leave white lights on a few trees until the time change in the Spring so there is a little cheer outside.

I am thinking... about more than I could possible fit into one blog post! My brain is full-- school stuff, bible study stuff, menu stuff, organizing stuff, just stuff!

I am thankful for... the New Year, new opportunities, my husband and his hard work, but mostly just thankful for Jesus and all that comes along with His precious Name.

I am wearing... jammies-- it's late.

I am remembering... something our former pastor said... "Prayer is not such much to change the hand of God as it is to change the hearts of men."

I am going... to pick up my new glasses tomorrow, church on Thursday (yes!) and Saturday I will be out all day with Leisl doing little things to celebrate her 13th birthday on Sunday.

I am currently reading... the Book of Hebrews.

I am hoping... to get some energy soon. I feel so tired...

I am creating... a pair of socks. I did finish the little white sweater (it's my picture thought) which sparked a whole other thing I will share soon (hopefully). I am hoping to make a bag to hold all the crochet and yarn stuff for my sweet friend Ann. She has a ministry of yarn and prayer and is quite amazing.

On my mind... too much... plans the Lord has for me and our family...priorities and how to best organize my time. I have a lot on my plate right now and it feels good. I just need to re-situate my groove.

I am hearing... complete silence. Even the dishwasher is quiet. Ahhhh

Around the house... eh, it's been better and it's been worse.

One of my favorite things~ is going to the fabric store... love it!

From my picture journal...

I learned a lot with this little sweater...

Glad Ware

** This was a Midnight Chat but I deleted it because I didn't realize my leg was showing! I tried to crop it but the changes wouldn't remain in the mp4 version.***

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

“If”= A choice to be made

“You” = It’s personal

“Confess” = admit the truth

“With your mouth”

Ah, let’s hang out here for a minute shall we? There are times when I know one of my children has done something wrong but are reluctant to admit it. I’ll start with the first-line of questioning by asking, “Is there something you’d like to tell me?”

Why do I do this? If I know they did it, why don’t I just walk into the room yelling, screaming, and punishing? Perhaps it is simply not my goal to punish. Instead my goal is to produce.

If my goal was to punish, I would watch my children like a hawk and pounce down on them for every misconduct I could find.

But since my goal is to produce—godliness, respect, love, etc… in my children, I want their correction to be like weed pulling in a garden or cleaning & scrubbing in the house.

When weeds are pulled and counters cleaned off, everything feels better and lighter. Everyone is happy, blessed, and at peace.

Confession does the same thing. Sin in our hearts is like clutter on the countertops. Once there is a “little bit,” it is easy for more to accumulate; what’s the difference right?

Pretty soon everything feels crowded and we’re all crabby.

Now I have a very laid back husband. Clutter doesn’t really bother him. It is truly a blessing on the days I don’t feel well. But the downside is, if he’s not bothered by it, I can let it go for a lot longer than I should.

But at some point, I utter these, now famous in my home words, “That’s it! I can’t stand it any more. It's enough already!” I begin to clean, sort, and most important, purge. When I’m finished I feel as though a tremendous burden has been lifted.

This is what I want, and more importantly what God wants, for our children and ourselves when we confess sin. It’s not enough for us to know in our minds we have chosen poorly.

We must acknowledge and agree with it verbally. Admitting sins with our mouths is like saying, “That’s it! I can’t stand it any more. It's enough already!” and gives permission to the Lord to clean, sort, and, of course, purge bad attitudes, wrong ideas, and destructive behaviors from our lives.

“Jesus is Lord”= Jesus is the boss of me.

“And believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead”
It is so important that we believe in the resurrection of Jesus with all our hearts. For it’s only when we believe, embrace, and delight in Him being raised from the dead that we believe, embrace, and delight in the fact that we will be raised too.

“... you will be saved.

You (remember it’s personal) will (not won’t, not might, but will) be saved.

We are saved from eternal damnation and separation from God.
We are saved from the burden of our sin.

But we’re not just saved from stuff. Yes, we are definitely being rescued.

But more so, we are saved for something.

Let’s go back to the kitchen… think about that last piece of pie that you save for yourself to eat and truly savor and enjoy after the kitchen is clean and you finally get to sit down. It’s nothing but pure pleasure right?

That’s us!

We are being saved for Jesus, as His Bride.

We are saved for eternity with God.

We are saved to give Him praise, honor, and glory.

He is saving us because He loves us and truly delights in us.

I think of salvation through Jesus as the ultimate “Glad Ware.”
We are sealed in Him, for Him, forever.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Airport Security

Search me, O God, and know my heart,
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139: 23-34

 It occurred to me last night that our journeying with God is like a flight to a far away land.  A place we have heard of yet, we have never been there.  We are excited to go but a little nervous too.  As excited travelers we study our guide book, the Bible, and wait in eager anticipation to experience all the things we've read about.

As I read this verse, I thought of everything we as travelers must do to board an airplane in this age of homeland security and terror threats.

It is simply not enough to say we have a paid ticket.

Our identity must be verified.

Revelation 21:27 says:

But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, 
or causes an abomination or a lie, 
but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. 

We must be searched, examined, sometimes humiliated, temporarily stripped of our possessions, and dignity.

We stand in lines for hours, shoes in hand, with coats and belts off.

Yet, we travelers endure it.  Why?

Because where we are going (us to Hawaii in July for example),

the purpose with which we go (to relax, have fun, and simply be together) ,

and the people we will be with (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and new friends)

are more important than momentary inconveniences and temporary embarrassment.

In other words, we want to get on that plane!

As believers, we have a greater destination than even Hawaii (nice as it is) yet we often balk when the Lord needs to search us and examine our hearts and motives.

We'd rather pray, "Search them, O God and know his heart and test her and see if she has any offensive way."

Ah, but the psalmist David knew the secret to "getting on the plane," to being "led in the way everlasting."  He knew he must be searched so that anything offensive in him could be removed.

As we enter into a new year, I pray that we would surrender ourselves up to the loving, albeit thorough, scrutiny of God to be purged of all that defiles us so He can lead us to our final destination--

His throne of grace.

May the Lord bless you this new year and stir your heart to His coming.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Remember, This Was Your Idea

We've talked about it.

We've joked about it.

You've emailed.

Or called me.

Or told me while sitting on my couch ( you know who you are).

Well, I did it.

All profits* will aid my existence when I go on the lam... to hide from Nana.
I don't think Witness Protection will help me, seeing how I didn't actually, like uh, witness anything.

Oh, never mind...

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