We’ve all been there. The thoughts of insignificance, being less then or questioning our place in the world. We look at others and their lives and compare ourselves to whatever greatness we see in them. At times we’ve probably even been guilty of looking towards the weaknesses of others and saying “we’ll at least I’m not that”. Which is usually a veiled attempt to boost our view of ourselves. In todays post I want to share one example of how off we can get sometimes in what we think is great.
In China there is an aquarium who has two dolphins. They are now older and wiser then in their young years, but when these dolphins where young their curiosity got the best of them and they chewed off a good chunk of the plastic lining surrounding their part of the aquarium. Due to the length of these mammals and the fact that their stomachs were squeezing down on the plastic, their caretakers did not have any available means of removing in from their stomachs. With no options left it was not looking hopeful for the dolphins.
Then the “crazy man” in the back spoke up….”Why don’t we get a really tall person and have them reach inside and grab it?” “Say what?” I imagine the scholarly and more educated thought and potentially even voiced. “Get a tall man? Uh…next idea?” But there were no more ideas. So for the sake of the dolphins they “got a tall guy” (Insert eye roll and pile of skepticism here). They called up Bao Xishon, who literally held the tallest man in the world title at one time. Well, he used his three foot long arms to reach down, grab the plastic and pull it out. Both Dolphins were now able to continue their curious lives and the saying that curiosity killed the cat was not updated.
“Find a tall guy” that was the man’s contribution. What if he let the craziness of the suggestion keep him from making it. Also I’m wondering when Bao was being made fun of as a child if he ever retorted “you know one day my giant arms are going to be the only solution to save dying dolphins?”
I encourage you. You have value, your are made to be unique. There is nothing more wonderful then being confident in the gifting that the creator created you for.
It all begins with know God.
Take a moment and imagine with me a person that represents a friend to you. Now imagine all the great things you’d like to share with with them. What each day may hold as you guys hangout and live life together. Imagine what it would be like to share your joys and pains. To share your families and adventures with. Imagine how full your heart would be with love and joy for them. Take a moment and imagine with me another person that represent a friend. This friend you only connect with on Sunday. Each Sunday you get together and share your life with each other. Imagine all the things you would like to share with your Sunday friend. Imagine what you could fit into a Sunday afternoon chat. Imagine Monday to Saturday with your Sunday friend around. They are there but you don’t speak with them. You don’t respond when they reach out to connect with you, to share their life with you. Almost as if you don’t see them or aren’t aware of them, but yet you are. Now take a moment to reflect on which friendship increases the fullness of your life.
Ever fall into a Sunday friend routine with the Lord. We live as if we aren’t aware He is there, even when we know He is. Christ came so that we could have life and life to the fullest. Imagine all the great things you would like to share with with Him and the mysteries of the universe He would like to share with you. What each day may hold as you guys hangout and live life together. Imagine what it would be like to share your joys and pains with Him. What it would be like for Him to share His joy and peace with you. To love your family together. Imagine all the adventures you can go on with Him. Imagine how full your heart would be with love and joy as you live life together. So spend your everyday with Him. Say hi, chat, live life with God. Become an everyday friend.
It’s that time of year again. The time of year we are thinking about our lives and what areas we might want to change. For most of us this doesn’t occur just on New Years but throughout our lives. Have you ever noticed in yourself or others that even though a decision to change is made we try to do it without actually making changes? We want the new without letting go of the old. Like taking a bath with our clothes on this just makes a bigger mess.
We cry out to the Lord and ask Him to fill our lives with love, joy, health or peace. God in His faithfulness responds saying: “Don’t worry about what you will wear, or drink, or eat, I’ll take care of you.” He says “I know the thoughts I think towards you, thoughts to give you a future and a hope.” He then asks for us to give Him our hearts and lives in order that He might heal them and fill them with Joy. But when He gives us our new hearts and lives we take them and try to live the same way as before. Then follows us blaming God and expressing our feelings of disappointment in what we perceive as God’s gifts being useless and ineffective. But this is like putting the old flat tire back on the car after the mechanic put on a functioning one.
A changed life requires a life change. If we want the life, the joy and the peace that comes from a life changed by God, we’ve got to allow Him to change our lives.
Additional Thoughts on Change
Billy Graham- God Can Change Your Life
This is the season that many set aside to speak about what we are thankful for. So today I will start my own list.
- God: Specifically the God of the Bible. I owe Him my life and am in love with who He is and His unending love for us.
- My family: We are a cray bunch. We don’t see eye to eye on a lot but we’ve learn to love each other in all our craziness.
- My wonderful husband: (I know he’s also family but…). Our personalities and specific gifting create opportunity for much head butting, yet I wouldn’t trade a thing. Who else in my life will get off the couch where they are resting after a long day to do some random yoga pose because I’m curious about something?
- Church family: I am blessed to be with a bunch of people who love the Lord. I love the fact that we’re a bunch of down to earth people, who are living life together.
- My Friends: What can I say I don’t have millions but the ones I have I love.
- Basic needs: I am glad that where it matters, things in my life are covered.
- Music: Oh I love some music. From Rock to Jazz and everything in between.
- Comfy Pants: Late nights and early mornings are made comfy by these amazing gifts form the Lord!
- So much more! The beach, the mountains, the plains, road trips, traveling, good friends, comedians, campfires, sugary snacks, old trucks….Oh and TACOS!!
Take time during this season to reflect on what you’re thankful for. There are so many times in life we go through really tough situations and it’s most important during those times to count our blessings.
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Have you ever searched and searched for an item only to find that it’s in your hand? Maybe a pair of scissors or keys or pen? When you realize it was in your hand you asked yourself, “How could I have missed it?” This is the same scenario a lot of times in our relationship with God “Where is my Joy? Has anyone see where my Joy went? Where’s my peace? Has anyone seen where my peace went? Health? Anyone see where my health went?” And yet God is right here with us and He is all of this and more. So next time you’re missing something in your life check your hand and if your hand is in God’s you will find that what you need is right there in your hand.
James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Matthew 6:24-34 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clotheyou? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I wanted to share a story I wrote about a random adventure my mom and I had a few years back. This post is a tribute to my mother, she is an amazing person. For those that know her please post a comment of a time you had fun together or she inspired you.
HAPPY MOTHER EVERYDAY!
Mom and I went on a grand adventure! We geared up at the house. We placed our helmets about our beautiful locks and pulled on our royal breastplate. After tucking our toes into our appendage protectors we headed to our chariot of warmness. We took off for our long trot down the wet winding road. A dome of silver about us whisking the windy, rainy weather form our faces. Through the darkness and fog a small habitation appeared. For love and bravery we left our chariot and entered the habitation. The tall keeper of the coins smiled and welcomed us to come. The older and wiser one called to me and I turned to behold the glazed gobbles of glory. “Your abode could be filled with the warm flow of energy producing fluid of deliciousness.” she said “If only we could find a way to persuade the tall keeper of the coins to let us travel onward with the goblets of glory in tow.” “I have not brought the tender of which he requires.” I replied “I have brought barter from afar” replied the older and wiser. “I will negotiate your future” The older and wiser stepped up to the counter placing the glazed goblets of glory on top of the sideways plank. The tall keeper of the coins requested shaved trees from the treasury of nations. The older and wiser removed the trees from her pouch of purpose and said “here are my spoils from my last conquest.” The glazed gobbles of glory will keep young eyes wide as she partakes in the brewed bean juice.” The trade was made, the future set. We walked out of the habitation and back into our chariot of warmness to continue on our journey.
After making a distance of a rock tossed by a turtle , we sent a bird a fly to request the desire from the Knights of Katlian. Upon the return of the tweet tweet we entered the castle of Mr. Donald and received the desire of the Knights. Through the deep of night we prevailed up to the castle to share our spoils and refresh our earthly homes.
This was our adventure. One like none other. (AKA we went for a drive, bought mugs and ice cream before returning home to our husbands.)
This is an excerpt from my kitchen journal.
We come to the Lord through an understanding of His love for us and the sacrifice He paid for our sins. As we continue living on this earth we find ourselves shaken by different things. Sometimes these situations cause us to drift away from God. Maybe we experienced a friend stabbing us in the back. Or our financial situation becomes difficult. Or your family situation gets messy. Theses situations can seem unbearable and are truly difficult. The challenge is to remember that these are not reasons to walk away from the Lord. We must serve God for God. We gave our lives to Him because we learned about His love for us. Life situations do not change that Love. Our desire to serve the Lord has to come form His love for us and our love for Him. If it is going to be lasting it cannot be based on seeking blessings. See when we build our relationship with God on the things of this world that crumble and fail we will draw close and walk away based off the instability of those things. But when we build our relationship with the Lord on His love that never fails, we will have stability in our relationship throughout life’s challenges. The Bible calls the Lord a strong tower that the righteous run into and are saved. So as you build your relationship with the Lord make sure it stays focused on Him. Serve Him for who He is not what He does.
When I was younger we lived in the country. Miles from the city. As teenagers we use to drive between towns using the backroads. Good friends, trusted driver, windows down causing the wind to whip across your face. All the things that the teenage mind worried about floated somewhere back in civilization. Good music. Can’t forget the music thumping through speakers not created for that level of bass. Bump, bump, crack, bump. I enjoyed being the driver. But being the passenger was the best. There was no need to be alert. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. We were gonna get where we needed to go. Today I’ve been thinking about how, when we let the Lord truly be Lord of our lives it’s so similar to those backroad drives. You know He’s gonna get you where you need to go. Be the passenger. Relax. Let the wind whip across your face. The worries of the adult mind can float away,somewhere behind you. Oh, and the music. Can’t forget the music of worship playing through a life that was meant to play it. When I get in the “car” with the Lord as the driver and truly relax as a passenger. The best it can be described is joy, true joy.
Soundtrack for today: Background By Lecrae
I’m starting a new endeavor to create a space where I can share with others the Love I’ve found in the Father. I truly believe if people have an opportunity to meet and to know Jesus Christ, their lives will never be the same. Acts chapter nine tells us about Paul encountering Christ on the road to Damascus. This encounter sets the course for Paul becoming instrumental in the building of the early church. The very church he once persecuted. My hope with sharing my thoughts and stories on this blog would be to share the love of Christ and the journey that love takes us on.