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broken

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.

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wrestling / struggling w God

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.  🙂

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some random thoughts

my daughter has finally grown into the skirt & jacket my brother bought her 2 years ago – she’s really beautiful & very confident! 

my son, Benji & i did a butt black yesterday.  translation:  we got on an expert ski run by accident & slid down on our butts

David & I had a “walking home together” date.  We discussed his friends, different books he’s read & kicking rocks

Reece & i took Benji skiing yesterday – he let me sleep in the car on the way home.  very peaceful!

Some spiritual thoughts / considerations floating through my mind of late:

  • when i feel cold-blooded, i look for the Son to get warm
  • contentment is internal & not external – so they say
  • God has life for me underneath the frustrations, worries & cares that will change tomorrow
  • doing is a consequence of being
  • I’m made to be w God

I’ve also been thinking about Jesus’ parable related to living a productive life, so i’ll be blogging on that over the next few days.  keep your eyes peeled!

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enemies of intimacy

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!! 🙂

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holy week

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”. 

rejectedI’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!

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catching up

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!  😉

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keep your eyes & ears open

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! 🙂

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limping to victory

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.

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full of love

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.  🙂

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focus grasshopper

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.

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