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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Baby Changes Everything.


A baby changes everything….

It was always special being pregnant around Christmas…
carrying a child inside me made the Christmas story more personal to me…
 and now my daughter is ripe with child…

as I watch my daughter have to sacrifice herself…
 submitting to bed rest for the good of little Ellie…
I see her yield to the confinement…
a confinement, that if for herself alone, would have driven her crazy …
but a baby changes everything...
I see her count someone else more important than herself…
I see her peacefully yield as she lays down her will for a greater purpose…

when a woman knows a new seed of life is growing within her…
she’s willing to sacrifice things she previously enjoyed…
 things that brought pleasure…
the importance of old pleasures fade…
because something greater is now living inside…
a deeper kind of Love is starting to be understood…
a momma knows her choices no longer affect only her…
but also the new life growing inside…
there is a new carefulness…
measured choices are now being made because self-focus has been refocused…

 Are we willing to no longer live for ourselves?
 because aren’t we all carrying in us Someone greater than ourselves?
Allowing a deeper love to fill our hearts...
 so the pleasures of this world fade... 

because a Baby did change everything…

now this Baby lives inside all who invite Him in…
 so may our mother’s hearts be awaken to the Life we carry within…
that we love, nurture and protect…
yielding to this ultimate gift of Life…
so we can live for Someone greater than ourselves…


Other thoughts of the season....

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I encourage you to take a moment from all the bustling and let this song feed 
                                      and soothe your spirit.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Behold Your Handmaiden.


Having a daughter pregnant around Christmas brings so much of the Christmas story alive….much of what I have  pondered lately has been birthed from this joy…

So in this season of waiting…I think of Mary…
this young woman God deemed worthy…worthy to carry His Son…
we will never know what Mary’s life exhibited to be called to such an honor…
could it be that this choice wasn’t based on what she did or did not do?…
but the state of her heart… a heart that knew Him…Luke 1:45-55

God came and asked if she was willing…and she said yes…
the conception…the implanting came not of human effort…
but by the Spirit to a yielded heart…

Was He calling forth Mary’s faith?
I like to think that God did not see someone perfect…
but someone who would yield to the breeze of His Spirit moment by moment…
one who God could whisper the wisdom needed to raise His Son…
yield to His promptings…
one willing to receive the bounty of Grace...
 He would lavishly give for all that would be asked of her…
someone whose faith would endure until the end…

This yes was not a momentary yes …
 to the shame…the misunderstanding…
these may have been the easiest to overcome …
this was not a short-term act of obedience…
this yes was a yes to a lifetime of obedience…
this yes would completely alter her life …

This makes me ponder…what is He asking of me?...
Am I willing to say a life altering yes? 
Is my heart positioned toward His heart…so at His bidding I will come? 
Like Mary when the shepherds came… when God is moving…do I watch…take it in…ponder these things in my heart…
waiting for Him to give the wisdom needed to interpret what is taking place around me?

and isn’t it interesting we find another Mary in the bible…the one who sat at Jesus' feet…the one who could choose the best over the good…

I pray for us as woman…that we will have a heart like Mary…
one that sits at the feet of Jesus…
one that can answer…behold your handmaiden…

~2475~2493
~medicine that helps Ellie stay in the belly
~peace for my daughter
~sweet time with my hubby
~learning to be “half-nesters”
~getting housework done
~opportunity to walk in more freedom
~slow December pace
~God providing for friends in need
~my dad sharing the deepest places in his heart
~the miracle of this relationship
~spring weather in December
~lunch with my mom and sister
~delicious food
~grace for awkward conversation
~a quiet house
~sweet fellowship with friends
~time
~God’s kindness that leads to repentance 

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Friday, December 16, 2011

The word is connected.






The word is connected....

The first thought that popped in my head when I read connected...
umbilical cord…
maybe because my daughter is expecting our first grandchild…
And maybe because she is having contractions and needs to be on bed rest so little Ellie can stay connected
So why does Ellie need to stay connected?

The umbilical cord is the life-line that attaches the placenta to the fetus.

Towards the end of your pregnancy, the placenta passes antibodies through the umbilical cord from you to your baby, giving it immunity from infections for about three months after birth.

The umbilical cord is the source of oxygen and nourishment to your baby while they are in the womb.

So staying connected gives Ellie all she needs to grow…mature…develop…
so when she enters this world she can thrive…

Isn’t it true of us too? We need to stay connected to our Life-line…
to the One who supplies all we need to live…thrive…
to the One who feeds us with His very body…
the One who gives us every breathe…
and the Blood…
Oh the Blood…
The antidote…
Because without the blood…there is no life.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Yoke is Easy

My Yoke is Easy
I am gentle and humble of heart…come and find rest…
My burden is easy... My yoke is light…

What do you do with the stirring…the rumblings deep within your soul?…when you feel God awakening your heart to His heart…
when He speaks and those words must bring change…

I know the old…I would hear God’s gentle voice call…come…
but I did not know how to keep time with the beat of His heart
the One that is slow and gentle…
so I would hurry…race…pushing those around me to run too…
as my energy increased so did the burden…the burden to bring about God’s desires…
I burdened myself…I burdened others…
there was nothing in my going that was gentle or humble of heart…
nothing about the yoke I wore that was easy…
nor the yoke I put on others…
there was no place to find rest for me or others around me…

Why…because I did not fully trust…
or put my faith in God’s ability to accomplish His purposes…
I thought it rested upon my performing shoulders to bring about change...

I feel the rumbles…I hear His gentle voice…
 now I allow the slow gentle process of His Spirit to work deep workings in my heart…
changing my heart in the small ways…the simple ways…
ways that in the past would seem insignificant…

Be faithful in the small things and you will be faithful in the big things…
the small do not burden us…they are God’s kindness to help us grow muscles…
to be able to lift the bigger things without the straining…
because when we strain under the burden…
we drop what God has given to hold….
when straining... it is hard to remain gentle…restful…

I pray as you ask the gentle Shepherd to lead you this Christmas…
Letting him teach you of His ways…
Each one will let go of the hurry…
Trusting that He will accomplish all He asks…
In His time…In His way…
Yoking with the One who is…
Gentle and humble of heart.


If this has helped in anyway...you might want to read here too....


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Continuing to count.

Matthew15:36"When He had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people...there was more than enough."

If we will take what God has given...and give thanks..our brokenness...the broken pieces become a sacrifice of praise ...then we in turn share these broken pieces with our children...those around us....
so He can multiply....satisfy..
and we don't have to hold back....there will be more than enough to satisfy....


Well, the week started with an adventure… In the past I have sneezed when we brought the Christmas tree …but this year…I had a full on allergic reaction….
                   We are thankful our tree found a new home with our neighbors.... 

                     Thankful for decorations that could remain indoors….



                                  Celebrated the coming of Ellie…



And topped off the weekend with the family walking in a winterwonderland….





    
    

                                 ~2424~2438                     





~when God’s nearness is felt in the middle of a crowd

~family playing cards
~laughter
~two teenagers that still come at night just to sit and talk even though it is usually starts after 11:)
~Divine Intimacy…what a joy to be sharing this with my Dad
~hearing God’s whisper….come
~nice long dinner with hubby
~my husband born 54 years ago today
~eye medicine
~lessons of flexibility
~all the adult kids home
~wonderful, sweet shower for Amy and Ellie
~walking around the Opryland Hotel with the whole family
~sweet times of love together

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Friday, December 9, 2011

The word is color.






God paints His kingdom with color…He dips His brush in the palate of His heart and paints our lives…All His colors reflect His love because all He does is from a heart of love…All color is lovely to Him…because He has eternal vision…
He sees the beauty in the spectrum…

But we assign color meaning ...
black…mourning…blue…sad…yellow…happy…red…passion…..
and with these meaning we judge colors as good or bad...because we can’t see the heavenly masterpiece God is painting…blending all the colors to bring depth and authenticity to His handiwork …

My vision needs to continue to be transformed…
one that sees all through His eyes of Love…vision that trust the Love of the Master…

Because….He does all things well…(Mark 7:37)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What drives you?


What drives you?

Paul spoke…”Imitate me as I imitate Christ”…I think my witness is…learn from my mistakes….to learn from my mistakes I must risk being vulnerable...

In my youth…my nature was lived in the extremes…when girls in college dieted to loses a few pounds…I starved myself…when others exercised to be in shape…I almost ran myself to death…

Even my coming into the Kingdom…all was required…I lost family and education when I gave my heart to Him…this way of coming only strengthened the all or nothing way.

So I took this all or nothing approach into every area of my life…raising kids…eating healthy…homeschooling…and Christmas…

This all or nothing mentality took me swinging on a pendulum…swinging out to the edges of any topic… how to homeschool…how to eat…how to do church…
how to raise kids…how to do Christmas….

I have swung deep and wide here…I was the queen of lets make a memory…we decorated with our matching homemade Christmas sweatshirts…making gingerbread cookies…with Christmas music playing all while…we baked… we decorated the tree…I sewed dresses for my daughter…each child had a homemade ornament every year…and the list goes on…

As God in His mercy would have it…I became so sick I could not longer keep this pace…maybe He was allowing the idol I was building to be dismantled…and I started being challenged about the how to keep Christ in Christmas…

So with my all or nothing approach I swung the pendulum the other way…I started reading…listening to others… asking others how they did Christmas…so we went from many presents to 3 because that is what the wise man brought to Jesus…we went from a big tree and homemade ornaments …to a smaller tree…to a Jesse tree(which I love)…to no tree at all…
until we had no Christmas left…

What drives me/you to these extremes?  It is fear…fear of not getting it right… fear of not doing enough...fear of other’s opinions…the wrong fear of God…
fear…is a powerful force…

I learned…if fear was driving me…than I could not be led…led by His Spirit…
Fear is a cruel taskmaster…never having enough…when God leads…
His ways are gentle…His burdens light…

Today I am thankful that the swing sways much more gently…I don’t have the answer to how to celebrate Christmas and keep Christ in the center…and to be honest…I am not sure we will ever arrive to a completely comfortable place… but what I do know is…with every question asked…every winding path taken…He comes and teaches…changes us…brings freedom accompanied with wisdom...because He never leaves us or forsakes us…His Mercies are new every morning…Great is His Faithfulness!

I know many of you have wonderful traditions... you may do many of the things I have written of here...the problem is not in what we do..
but in the why...
why are we doing what we do?

So I pray this Christmas season…you will not be driven…by fear… by the keeping up…by traditions…instead ...may He lead you and your family on the path He has for you this year…walking in the fullness of His Grace and Peace and finding greater freedom in Him. 


Here's another post...Measuring ourselves by ourselves.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

His sweet, loveable will.



His sweet, loveable will.

“All I have to do at every moment and under all circumstances is to say a generous “YES” to Your sweet, loveable will.”  Divine Intimacy

This says it all…simple…not easy but the true essence of true rest and peace.  So I ask the Father to continue to root out all that clogs …all that robs…and all that chokes out the life He has for me…as a wife…mother…daughter…sister and friend. To open my eyes…”The remedy is in the retina”…so I can see the Holy Vision of God’s will…all that blinds me from seeing His will as being sweet and Loveable.  Transforming me so…
I can give a generous  “Yes” …
because if I sow sparingly…I will reap sparingly…
because God loves a cheerful giver.

I continue to count because counting helps clear my vision…

My sweet husband reading to me while I was sick.

The gift of a scholarship paying for collegeJ

Sister ‘s made by marriage decorating together.

Celebrating 26 years of a life that brings us such joy.

Even though grown…playful games are still enjoyed.




~light snow falling
~a mom who still makes homemade soup for me when I am sick.
~z pack
~feeling better
~feeling my head clear physically and spiritually
~safe ,good  day trip to Atlanta…
~seeing God’s kindness in the smallest of things
~God’s Grace is Always suffiencent
~family being home
~sweet fellowship with old friends
                      ~2378~2393

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The word is tired.







You know how sometimes there is something nagging inside...something just gnawing...but your not sure what it really is... and then you just start pouring your heart to the Lord...This is where I was yesterday...As I journal the foggy cloud lifted… I knew what was eating me...Oh this is it..even though I really did not want to admit out loud…the writing it down… the getting it out…is always good….

So my confession…I am tired…I am really tired of homeschooling…I have been at this a long time…my oldest daughter is 29…the last one left to finish teaching is 15.

I am that kind tired where I just don’t want to do it…the kind of tired where giving up would be so easy…I don’t have the energy…I don’t have the love…and all this robs me …keeps me from giving my daughter the kind of investment I gave the others...

I think God has me right where He needs me to be…tired… tired so my own strength is gone…and now He can come…breath life into these dry bones…He can renew my strength like wings of eagles…He can be my wisdom…He will energize me so I will endure until the end…not with my teeth grit…but with the joy set before me….


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