Sometimes life is stressful: bills, decisions, planning, obstacles, expectations, future, work, relationships, etc. I find that in my life, there’s kind of an ebb & flow to this stuff – seasons that have more stress & pressure in contrast with less stressful seasons. No matter if you’re totally stressed out & you feel like you want to jump ship or if you’re in a really chilled time, enjoying a less pressure season, God’s got it:
the wisdom to help you make decisions.
the resources to supply various needs in your life.
the peace to calm your anxious mind.
the solutions to various problems that you may be dealing with.
the relationship help that you need for various hot spots.
the healing for your broken heart &/or physcial body
God’s got it!! Your needs can never outstrip God’s provisions. Your problems can never exceed God’s answers. Your brokenness can never overwhelm God’s healing. God’s got it! So let’s continue to align our lives with Jesus’ words in Matt 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you!”
God’s got it!!
And don’t forget to check out what Saving Moses is doing in December – it’s A-Mazing!! 🙂
One of the ways that God expresses Their love (Trinity) to us is through friendships – and we get to also be a conduit through which God can express Their love through us! What a cool way for genuine love to be multiplied 🙂
And here’s my thinking, I think that genuine love is unlimited & cannot be confined, so friendships are one of these ways for love to be demonstrated. God is so cool in all of the different ways that They express love to us!! Saving Moses is another way that God shows genuine love as well 🙂 YAHOOO!!
Now that’s a loaded question with all kinds of implications. I think that some people won’t allow themselves to be mad or disappointed with God for fear of being disrespectful. Other folk go so far as to totally alienate any contribution or participation from God in their lives because of their anger, hurt or disappointment with God. Is there a healthy middle point? Can a person be angry, frustrated, hurt, disappointed with God but still keep their relationship withHim?
If you’re in this difficult spot, it can be helpful to read Job to see how he dealt with his anger, hurt & disappointment with God. Here are a few things I’ve learned from Job when it relates to being angry or disappointed with God:
being honest with God is a necessary ingredient for intimacy with God
stay engaged – withdrawing or pulling away from God hurts you and is a dead end
give God plenty of space & time to respond to you
be willing to adjust, repent & change
arrogance undercuts any constructive dialogue with God
There’s an interesting demonstration that’s going on around the country called Occupy & its made me think of what occupies me. We are all occupied by lots of things that could include: our desires, accomplishments, love, insecurities, addictions, shortcomings, hopes, family & relationships and much more. But I was thinking about this whole idea of occupy today & it reminded me about a verse from the Bible that says that I’m the “temple” of God, in other words, that God occupies me.
This idea has made me think about a few ideas that could possibly make God’s residence in my life a more comfortable place for Him to occupy.
*I think it’s important to make space in our lives for God to express Himself freely & with a minimum of distortion or even assistance.
*I also think that it’s important for God to feel comfortable in my daily living with how I treat the people around me, including my family.
*There are also times & situations that happen every day where I make decisions – I want to make decisions that will make God comfortable to be around me, even if I’m uncomfortable (letting His preferences be my priority)
I want my relationship with God to be my “pre-occupation” ,)
There are two goals that I want to pursue in life:
GOAL 1: I want to love God. Growing up in a Christian home, I’ve found that the only motivation that can keep me connected to God in a healthy way is love – to let myself experience His love for me and then respond to Him with love. Love is a topic of immense proportions and various intrepretations. But I believe that the only genuine love that we can know is Who God is – He is love. Along this line, I cannot love God, if I do not love the people around me. I believe that loving others is giving God the freedom to express Himself through me and this is one of the ways that I can love God. Loving God keeps my motives right.
GOAL2: I want to know God. This is indeed a lofty goal, similar to my 1st goal. How can a finite know The Infinite? Nevertheless, there are many occassions and verses in the Bible about knowing God – who He is, how He moves, what His values & priorities are, different ways He communicates, . . . . . I believe that God wants to make Himself known to us and each day gives us a fresh opportunity to learn more about who God is – Incarnate in a finite world. The most grounded way to know God is through His Word and knowing God through His Word keeps my doctrine immunized from heresy 🙂
So join me in this adventure of knowing and loving God in the contexts of our daily living.
I have these shoes that I really like – they’re beyond old. I’ve worn them for more than 20 years & I could easily wear them another 20 years, especially if I don’t think about style (which is already a pretty sketchy topic for me). These shoes are leather with a CRAZY durable sole & I often wear them without socks – so their perfectly molded to my feet. I always throw them on as my old stand-by’s because I know they will be comfortable, sturdy & reliable.
I’m using the shoe topic to help me talk about what I think it means to have a deeply satisfying relationship w God. You see, in my mind, I want my life to be like a pair of shoes that God wears & uses everyday. I want my life to be His faithful stand-by, that He will pick everyday to wear. While I may not be very ornate or sparkly, I want to conform to His preferences, let Him walk wherever He choses & be trustworthy and reliable for His usage. I fully believe that a person can be sparkly & ornate and be mightily used by God, so please don’t take me the wrong way. For me personally, I want to conform perfectly to His ways, His feet, His steps. I want God to fill me with His presence not only for my benefit, but also to activate His will & for His pleasure. I want to God to wear me in – that I’m not too small, or uncomfortable for Him to use. I don’t want for God to only use me on special occassions & I don’t want to give Him blisters when He choses to use (wear) me. I want to be His “old shoes.”
What a totally crazy couple of weeks!! Too crazy to describe – too many whirling (not spinning) plates!!!
The big BUT in all of this busy-ness is some really rich & sweet fellowship. I’m finding this to cause my head to tilt at present because my previous experiences have been then when i get insanely busy it seems that my interactions w God get lost in the whirlwind dust somewhere. BUT, these last few weeks have been different – i’ve had a richness & sweetness w God that’s continued below the surface frenzy. its been most interesting to still sense some very deep & rich fellowship w God in the midst of seriously crazy schedules, demands, etc. What this says to me is that God is pretty intent about having a relationship w us. On the human side & being dreadfully honest, i’ve also been in a really needy state of being – needing God in all the stratas of life where i interact. maybe i’m getting over any personal dignity & accepting that at ground zero, i’m a needy person, even if that puts me in the pariah category.
i just need God, plain & simple – whether i’m busy or bored, popular or pariah, floundering or fulfilled – i just need God
Mothers are intersting creatures. Since becoming a mother, i’ve come to see things from 2 sides – both as an offspring & as a mother. Right now, i live in the “high-octane” middle of both worlds (as i sit here writing, my little men are wrestling w my big man, while Isabell designs her new bank savings box). I am fully offspring, in that i work pretty closely w my mom & i’m quite thoroughly integrated w care for & interaction with my kids. Consequently, Mother’s Day is the collision of significant portions of my life.
In the fullest sense of the word, Mother’s Day is designed to celebrate life. I say this because there’s not a single one of us that doesn’t have a mother (dead or alive). Mothers (and Fathers – but we’ll celebrate Father’s Day next month) are significant conduits through which God gives us the gift of life and life is very good. May your Mother’s Day be filled w gratitude to God for His gift of life and gratitude for our mothers & the things they’ve invested in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!
Our house could use some repairs, actually, alot of repairs and it would be FAR from accurate to call either Reece or myself “tool time Tim / Tina.” We just have things that are broken around our house, or you could say that its well lived in.
Whatever words you use, things get broken, meaning they stop working for various reasons. My point in discussing this is in relation to a verse i recently read – ps 147:3, about God fixing the broken hearted. It seems to me that we most often think of broken hearted in the context of a failed romantic relationship or some kind of heart hurt. But when i think of broken, i think of something that doesn’t work like its supposed to. If i take this idea & apply it to being broken hearted, it would mean that my heart is broken & doesn’t function the way its supposed to. Given this concept, it makes complete sense that God takes our hearts, which do not function as they are supposed to without Him & He repairs them to function with Him as He has intended them to function. The essential component in heart repair is God. And if we get down to the essentials, our human relationships are deeply affected by our relationship w The Divine. Can we truly have long-term healthy & constructive human relationships without healthy interaction & interface w God? I think this is an important question to ponder.
Ever struggled with God? What are some things that you’ve struggled w God about? I’m asking because tomorrow night i’m speaking about wrestling w God from Jacob’s experience in Gen 32. Truthfully, I LOVE this story of the interchange between God & Jacob. Its very gripping to me.
Personally, I’ve wrestled w God about a few things that include: uncertainty in my future, frustrations w various situations, relationships, not trusting God because things didn’t always turn out like i wanted, . . . . These are just a few things & I’m inviting you to share some of the things you’ve wrestled w God about – this would help me w my message & others to see that they’re not alone with this kind of experience. 🙂
Since we’ve just celebrated Easter, i’ve been thinking of the purpose of Jesus’ incarnation, death & resurrection. I believe that God’s ultimate purpose in sending Jesus to earth was to redeem humanity to Himself – so we can connect to Him (with His help, direction, etc) in a deep, meaningful & purposeful relationship. Ultimately, that we can have an intimate relationship with the Triune God. Now please don’t spin out on the word, “intimate”. Unfortunately, our society has tainted this word & it can potentially have some overtones that can be a little tricky to manuever around. For me, intimate means very close, but not always having a sexual connotation. When I’m talking about an intimate relationship w God, obviously I’m not including the sexual overtones that our society can associate w this word.
Given the objective of having an intimate relationship w God, i think its important for us to consider what could be enemies to that intimacy. As such, over the next few days or so, I’m planning to blog on what I’ve found to be various enemies to intimacy. I’d totally love / welcome your input not only w comments, but I’d also be happy to receive your insights on the various enemies you may have experienced to intimacy. I’m really excited to dialogue w you to see what God wants to share w us!! 🙂
Sorry for the long delay in blogging. Last week was a rough week – I caught the cold my kids had, we had TV taping & I had a few other plates I was trying to spin (I dropped a few plates).
Here’s something interesting God spoke to me last week & perhaps you’ll find it helpful: “don’t reject or diminish God’s provision because it doesn’t meet your expectations”.
I’ve really mused on this idea, especially in light of the events of Jesus’ life leading up to His crucifixion. Humanity rejected God’s provision of Jesus because He didn’t meet their expectations (along w many other reasons). I see myself doing this as well. For example, God will give me strength to go through a situation but not rescue me from it. So because He doesn’t “rescue” me, I get bent out of shape w Him rather than being grateful for His strength. How about the times when I’m not really happy w Reece (my husband) for whatever reason? Or what about when my job isn’t going quite like I want it to?
Please understand, I’m not saying that we should just bury our head in the sand & pretend that everything is always sunny w no rain. However, I think that we can often be a gripey bunch of humans when we don’t get our way. If things aren’t going as you’d wanted or planned, then look around for God because He’s probably doing things off the plot – praise Him! Whew!
Last week, our family took spring break & we went skiing & snowboarding for the week. Its really nice when you can take advantage of what’s local for vacations! While on vacation, I had some really spectacular God times – seriously. Riding the lift, while observing God’s beauty & extravagance was more than captivating. I sensed God whispering to me & surrounding me w His immensity – while still experiencing His ever deeping love.
This was an interesting experience for me because previous vacations haven’t had as much God intertwined in them. Consequently, I’ve observed that my transition back into “regular” life, so far, seems to be much smoother & the continuity of being close w God through the vacation has only seemed to deepen my time w Him this morning. I know that Monday morning will bring all of the challenges for Mondays, but somehow I feel less daunted to face Monday than I normally do – especially after a vacation.
I pray that God would help you & me keep our eyes on Him, in vacation season, tax season, past Easter, in peak stress times, in chilled out moments & everything in between.
P.S. I did an accidental flip on my snowboard, landed on my head & got up laughing! Too much fun for a someone my age! 😉
We’ve been on a family vacation this week & its been really refreshing. Since we live in Denver, its very convenient to pop up to the mountains & go skiing / snowboarding as a family – a really nice interruption to the normal routine. As I’ve been up here, I’ve been talking w God about some different frustrations, seeking Him about direction & absorbing, w His help, some of His grandeur in this spectacular scenery. During one of my morning times w God, I read this verse that has SUPER encouraged me & I think it might just encourage you as well:
1 Cor 2:9-10, eye has not see nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man all that God has prepared for those who love Him. For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
So, keep your eyes & ears open, keep your heart tender & stay in love w God. He will show you things to come that you could never dream of on your own! 🙂
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Jacob wrestled w the angel / God in Gen 32. This interaction always captures my attention & I find myself thinking about this wrestling match several times throughout any given year. I was talking w a friend today about what happened to Jacob after his wrestling match that left him w a limp:
he was reconciled to his brother & father
he returned to his homeland
restored & ramped up his walk w God
transformed his name – character
Rightfully so, no one likes pain or hardship. But with God, hardship & pain can really be used by Him for some quite spectacular results! Consider – all things work together for good to those who love God & who are called according to His purposes. Our goal is to love God & stay in the groove w His pruposes in our lives.
i awakened this morning to have a rich experience w God’s love. He expresses His love to us in many different ways & forms – consider the beauty of a sunrise, the glories of Spring & new life, the crisp morning air that wakens your senses (ears, nose, eyes) to His abundant creation – all expressions of His love for you. How about this – God expresses the variations of His love for you in the contexts of various relationships you have: friendships, family, kids, parents, spouse, etc. Even more cool than that, if you are missing any of these contexts (spouse, parent, etc), He still invites you to experience His love in this context through His Word & presence in your life. I’m simply astounded by the immensity & intensity of God’s love. I pray that you would experience just a small taste of His love for you through this blog to entice you to be still for more. 🙂
Life has LOTS of distractions. Since i’ve sit down to write this blog, i’ve erased it 3 times, turned on my itunes, checked my blackberry, told David to be nice to Benji while playing chess & thought about the funny story of construction men looking in my window after i gave birth to Benji (its funny now but it wasn’t at the time).
Focus is a big deal. Right now, there’s alot of bad news you could focus on or you could chose to keep your eyes on God. I find that when i focus on God, its easier to give myself to Him, even during the busy-ness of the day. When i get my eyes & thoughts on other things, like concerns, worries, uncertainties, people frustrations, work issues, etc, i find that my heart gets jittery & unsettled. I pray that you would have God’s grace to give Him your focus throughout your day, its activities & demands.
Everyone has busy lives – sometimes less, sometimes more. Today, is a plate spinning day for me, so i think its even more essential than normal to consider what Paul says in Phil 4:6-7,“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For every concern, frustration, request we pass along to God, and He tells us to do this, please be sure to include a thanksgiving as well. Then allow God’s peace to guard your heart & your mind. Then spin away baby & trust God to help you spin & catch a plate if it falls. 😉