Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Drive Thru Experience

                You are sitting in a drive thru line. The car in front of you pulls up, but not quite far enough for your window to reach the speaker. The attendant inside is asking, “May I take your order?” But they can’t hear you because you are too far away. So you yell your order. Then everyone outside is looking at you. Everyone in the parking lot and surrounding cars knows your order except for the person trying to take your order. Why can’t the car in front of you just pull up a little more? Don’t they see you behind them? Does anyone else get annoyed by this? It’s like every car in the drive thru lane leaves a full car’s length between them. Just pull up already.
                The same thing happens at a red light where you are left blocking an intersection. If the cars in front of you would just pull up 6 inches each, you wouldn’t be blocking the person that is staring at you from the cross street waiting for you to get out of their way. Just pull up already.
                You might be thinking I lack patience, but the real issue is control. I know how far each car should pull up and how they should merge and how they should park. My way is best. If you don’t believe me, ask my husband.
                So I’m driving through my Bible study and God says, “Stop”. This is one area I relinquish control. I stop. I’m in the middle of a Bible study about my weakness and God’s strength, and He keeps bringing me back to control. Mine, not His. However, it should be His, not mine. Wait a minute. I was hoping to learn how to have God’s strength in place of my weakness.
                So I stop and listen. Perhaps control is my weakness. Along with the many benefits being in control can have, God says it is also my weakness. I love to plan and organize and problem solve. Those things are great--unless I plan and organize and problem solve God right out of the picture. He wants to be my planner, my organizer, and my problem solver.
                What is your pet peeve? Is it the drive thru line, the traffic circle merge, the empty coffee pot, or the toilet paper rolled the wrong way? What can God teach you through your day to day routines? Give Him control.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Make a List Monday

                Make a list of everything you can think of that you need to do today, this week, this month, and this year. Put it all on paper or on computer. You don’t have to do it all now, but this frees you up to concentrate on the task at hand. You won’t get distracted by what you may have forgotten. It’s all written down in one place.
                Once you have dumped all your worries and tasks onto paper, give them to God. I’m not going to tell you to now go burn the paper you wrote them on. Instead, keep that list where you can review it each day or week so you can do what is necessary at that time. If you have a few spare minutes one day, review the list for something to do.
                Ask God to guide you in prioritizing what needs to be done when, and feel free to add to the list as you think of something else. Release the worry, and be more productive. You might even find you can carve out more time alone with God.
                Maybe that should be first on the list. Time with God every morning. Make a list.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

And the winner is . . .

When I grew up it was all about winners. It was ingrained in us since we were children. From the beauty pageants on TV to down the street football games, there was always a winner. Somebody won and somebody lost.
Then somewhere along the line, everyone became a winner. Everyone got a trophy. We didn’t want anyone to feel left out, so we made sure everyone at least felt like a winner. While there are upsides and downsides to this, I believe it has partially evolved into why we are now taught tolerance and apathy.
I don’t believe in tolerance and apathy when it contradicts God’s Word, but I do believe in love. If you love someone, you don’t tolerate their wrongdoing. You are not apathetic to sin. When you love someone, you want the best for them. You want them to win. You don’t judge, but you do correct and encourage. Somehow we have lost this understanding. We are called to speak the truth – in love – whether or not it’s popular. We don’t condemn, but we do stand for truth.
The truth is, someday we will all be a winner or a loser. There is no middle ground. We will either be first or last. No runners up and no number 2 or 3 or top 10 out of 100. We are either in or out.
As Joshua said over three thousand years ago, Choose – make a choice. Whom will you serve? The gods of this world or the one and only true God of the Bible?
            As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We choose the crown of life and eternity with Christ. This choice is a blessing now, because our eternity with Christ starts today in this world.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Make a List Monday

I am a list maker. I usually have a master to-do list, a daily to-do list, and the beginnings of a grocery list. For a control freak like me, lists are crucial. I’m not the only one. Everywhere you look, you see lists. They are in magazines, in books, in blog posts, on Facebook, and in seminars.
3 Uses for Anything
4 Myths of Skin Care
5 Secrets of Successful Women
7 Best Recipes for Chocolate
8 Keys to a Great Marriage
10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior
50 Ways to use Chicken in Leftovers
You name it, and someone has researched it or is giving you their opinion on a list for something. You are probably intrigued by at least one of the lists noted above and want to read it. Isn’t it about time we made our own lists? You know you want to. Don’t wait for someone else to make it for you. Make your list now.
Mondays on my blog will now be “Make a List Monday”. Each Monday I will give you a subject and some ideas to get you started. Today will be easy.
List 5 of your favorite Bible verses.
It’s hard to rank one as a favorite over another, but one of mine is 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV): But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Your turn.
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Feel free to share your list each week. We can all learn from each other as we walk this road together.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Moment of Silence

                Perhaps instead of a moment of silence, we should have a day of prayer. Start your prayer during that moment of silence that others around you might be observing and then continue throughout your day in a conversation with God on behalf of our country.
                Set aside your normal prayer requests and desires for one day and pray only for our country and how God would have healing start with you individually.
It Is Time to Pray, It Has Been Time to Pray, It Will Continue to Be Time to Pray
From 2 Chronicles 7:14, 19, 22
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them.”
“Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers . . . and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.”
                Take time to read the entire chapter of 2 Chronicles. God is speaking to His people in the Old Testament. God is also speaking to His people today. He isn’t speaking to those that don’t know Him and those that openly reject Him. He is speaking to those who claim to be His people.
                What is He saying? Humble yourself, pray, seek His face, and turn from any wicked ways. I could preach, but I won’t.
It Is Time to Pray, It Has Been Time to Pray, It Will Continue to Be Time to Pray

Monday, September 2, 2013

The ABC's of My God

Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God.” The ABC’s of my God. He is my:
Authority
Benefactor
Confidence
Deliverer
Expectation
Forgiveness
Guide
Help
Instructor
Joy
King
Light
Might
Necessity
Oasis
Protector
Qualification
Rock
Strength
Trust
Uplifter
Vindicator
Wisdom
eXample
Yearning
Zeal
And He is so much more!