Sunday, October 30, 2011

3 X Blessed

This morning our pastor read Genesis 12:2-3.  While this was not really what his sermon was about, I noted three things that God told Abram.
1 – God said, “I will bless you.”
2 – God said, “You shall be a blessing.”
3 – God said, “In you others shall be blessed.”
God had a plan for Abraham, and as Abraham believed God and moved forward with God’s plan, God blessed him, he was a blessing, and we are still blessed today.
While God’s plan for me isn’t to make a great nation like His promise to Abraham, God still has a plan and purpose for my life. He has a plan and purpose for your life too. When we submit to God and follow His plan and walk in His purpose for our life:
1 – God blesses us individually.
2 – We become a blessing.
3 – In us others are blessed.
Have you ever thought about the fact that when you don’t follow God’s plan and purpose, you could be hindering a blessing on others? Wherever you are today, regardless of the past, seek God and his plan and purpose for your life now, and move forward at His direction. He will bless you, you will become a blessing, and others will be blessed.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Occupy Your Local Church?

Some people want a Revolution. I’m not sure why they want one, but I agree we need one. The Revolution we need in America right now begins at home on our knees, and then transfers to the local church on our knees some more.  The movie “Courageous” has it right. Instead of starting with a Revolution, they first make the right Resolution, which in turn will inspire a Godly Revolution.  One letter makes the difference. We need to individually resolve to change ourselves first instead of revolting to change others.
Does America have problems? Of course.  Are our churches perfect? Of course NOT. Both are made up of people, and all people sin; but what many have either forgotten or have never realized is that “We the People” have a Savior. If we would just humble ourselves, turn from our sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord, God would again Bless America.
There used to be a saying at church, “Each one, Win one.”  This meant each person should bring one other person to Christ. Maybe we should get back to that. Share the good news, and pray for our nation. This is not just for the 99% -- it’s for 100%. Occupy Your Local Church this Sunday on your knees. I’ll be there, will you?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Precious Babies

I know, I know.  My babies are all grown up and aren’t babies anymore. And yes, I do have two grandbabies. But today, I’m writing about my precious furry babies. We have three cats that are all very different. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the color of their eyes.

Kylie has blue eyes. She started out as a little ball of white fluff, but has grown into a 9.5 pound white pillow that looks like she was rolled in ashes.  Her white fur isn’t totally white anymore.  She definitely has a lot of Siamese in her, she startles easily, sometimes she is cross-eyed, and she talks a LOT. Kylie has never met a stranger. She loves everyone. She thinks she is queen of the house, but the other two cats don’t agree. Kylie is soft and cuddly, but only on her terms.

Abbie has green eyes. She is a brownish gray tabby cat. She definitely looks like a cat and not a kitten and weighs only a couple of ounces less than Kylie. Abbie is longer than Kylie, so she looks very long and lean making Kylie look fat. Abbie is always ready for a nap. I can leave for work in the morning and find her in the exact same spot when I get home at night. Abbie is a true scaredy-cat. She is afraid of anyone she doesn’t know. When the doorbell rings or a door opens, she immediately hides under the bed. She is good at hiding and has been locked in the closet by accident on occasion.

Munchkin has golden eyes.  She is a dark gray munchkin breed with some quirks.  Full grown at 7.5 pounds, she looks like a much smaller kitten with a cute teddy bear face. Munchkin was born with front paws that are crooked, so she walks on the sides of her paws.  She has a cork screw tail, and her back feet each have six toes. They look like she has her shoes on the wrong feet. She is adorable, especially when she sits up like a chipmunk.  We can only wonder what her insides are like and have thought about asking the vet for an x-ray. Munchkin is very loving and definitely a mommy’s girl. She isn’t as social as Kylie, but she is more inquisitive than Abbie when company arrives. Munchkin has no clue she is any different than the other cats. She runs and jumps and plays and attacks her sisters daily. She is also a talker, but not nearly as much as Kylie.

These are my precious babies: Kylie, Abbie, and Munchkin!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

When I Grow Up . . .

Have you ever thought about what you want to be when you grow up? Or have you ever thought about what you want to be now that you are supposedly already grown up? I always wanted to get married and be a mom. So I did. Now what am I supposed to do? What is my purpose for what many call that second half of life?
In reading everything I can get my hands on and praying about it a lot, I’ve discovered a strong desire to write and eventually speak to women. What are my qualifications? Well, I love whoever it was that said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” That’s my motto, and I’m sticking to it.
So I’m writing a book. It’s actually been in the works for several years, but now that I'm in that second half of life, I've gotten serious about finishing it. What’s it about? Prayer. In one sentence: Prayer Pearls - After “Dear God,” What’s Next? provides a guide to starting your conversations with God when you don't know what to say. Have you ever found yourself praying one of these prayers?
Dear God, “I don’t know where to start. I’m exhausted.”
Dear God, “I blew it again. I’ve really messed up this time.”
Dear God, “I really WANT to spend more time with you.”
Dear God, “I’m so sorry. Please fix this.”
Dear God, “Are you there? Are you listening?”
Dear God, “I should have come to you first. Why do I wait until I’ve tried it on my own before bringing it to you?”
Dear God, “Why? It’s not fair!”
What are your Dear God prayers when you don’t know what to say? How do you pray, and where do you start when you are at a loss for words? I hear more and more from women that they want to pray, but they are looking for a way to get started.
The Catholic Faith uses rosary beads for prayer. Not being raised in the Catholic faith, I’ve often wondered how nice it might be to pick up prayer beads and know exactly what to say. While the rosary may direct your thoughts to Christ and his life and death, our relationship with God is more personal than just repetitive prayers. We were designed for a relationship with God. We were made to worship Him and for His pleasure.
Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Considering this principle in relation to prayer gave me the beginning idea for this book about Prayer Pearls. These are pearls which can be metaphorically picked up and used not as repetitive prayers but as a tool to remind us where to start in giving our prayers to God. The acronym PEARL is represented by five different colors and guides us in starting our conversations with God. These are the Prayers Pearls that answer the question, After “Dear God,” What’s Next?
Let me know if this captures your attention. Give me your thoughts on prayer, and let me know if you have these same struggles.