My youngest son, Joseph, was up most of the night last night...which means that I was too. He has a fever and a stuffy nose. All he has wanted to do today is rest and snuggle. I can't get too far from him without him crying out for me. Today we were resting on the couch and he was holding me so tight. He knew that I was going to hold him and he was so comfortable and felt safe. He was in my arms and I was thinking how much we are like that sometimes in our relationships with God. When we are tired, sad or sick, we cling to Him and seek that comfort and love. His arms are always wide open and He wants to hold onto His children day or night. I had a lot of stuff I really needed to do today but I didn't even think about doing them. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but holding my sweet boy. The problem with us is when we feel better we get up and start back into what we want to do. In a day or two my little one will be back jumping off the couch with his big brother and wanting to play outside. He won't cling to me the way he did when he didn't feel well. I know there are times in my life when I get so busy and I don't cling to Christ the way I should. I start doing things on my own. I don't want to only seek the Lord in times of needs or in times of trouble, I want to cling to Him in everything, in every aspect and moment of my life.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Do you ever waste a lot of time thinking about and being upset about the smallest things? Sometimes, I feel like I cannot express my true feelings and emotions, so I just keep them locked up inside. If you do that long enough, it will overwhelm every part of you and how can you be available to what God has for you each day if you are consumed with other junk? We have to dump all the junk out and be open and ready for what God has planned for us...Oh, and He has a plan...
Psalm 16 is a prayer of safekeeping, joy, faith and trust...
" 1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."
3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.
5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
Same passage from The Message Bible:
-2 Keep me safe, O God, I've run for dear life to you.
I say to God, "Be my Lord!"
Without you, nothing makes sense.
3 And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!
4 Don't just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I'll never treat god-names
5-6 My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I'm your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!
7-8 The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I'll stick with God;
I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go.
9-10 I'm happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I'm firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that's not my destination!
11 Now you've got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I'm on the right way.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
In the past I have used this blog to post pictures (and not very often). Well, today I was talking to our executive minister at church and he said, "you should blog. It doesn't matter if it about your kids or a thought, just try it...) Well, here I am. I had a thought. I was at Cracker Barrel the other day with my parents and my kids, and in the midst of the chaos, a thought came across my mind as I was picking up all the items Joseph was dropping on the floor. What happens to the crayons at restaurants after our kids use them and break them? I think they are thrown away... I think that we should save them. I am not sure on how to make it happen but I am open for suggestions. My thought right now is to create a letter and deliver it to local restaurants and ask them to collect all the crayons after kids use them... Maybe we should give them a basket to collect them in. After we could collect them once a week and then send them domestically or internationally to kids who need them. This is all just off the top of my head... Does anyone want to build on that thought or join me in it? I am not even sure where to start...