Archive for June, 2007

A Day Off?

June 11, 2007

Today, my youngest has a fever. Part of the joy of being mom is the occational catch up day of staying home with a sick kid. Especially when they seem to start feeling better exactly when you get all the housework done.

Today, I am working from home, getting caught up on housework, and reading a book. Not necessarily in that order. One of the things I love to do on Mondays is to read MondayMorningInsight. From today’s issue, here are my favorite articles:

http://mondaymorninginsight.com/index.php/site/comments/viral_un_marketing/

http://www.evotional.com/2007/06/vulnerability-in-ministry.html

Ha! The life of a working mom. It is now Wed. afternoon and I am just getting back to this. So far this week has had a very different tempo. Monday I worked from home – and boy was my house clean – we even had dinner on the table before daddy got home!! Tuesday, one child stayed home, another came with me to work. Wednesday, all kids went to school, mom did the essentials and crawled home with the bug.

When the tapestry changes, you get a chance to see through the holes. Although I have a ton to do, being sick has given me the ability to relax and know that God really is in charge, and He is on the throne. It’s almost like someone turned the needlework and I can see through the holes to what lies behind the tapestry being created of my life – and what I see is the Hand of God.

A friend reminded me this morning that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. When life seems too heavy, I wonder how much of it I have taken on myself – through human desires to look right, be thought well of, etc..

Don’t know if this is making sense, but welcome to a view from the inside of my life. The house is still pretty clean, but my fever seems to be going up.

Blessings!

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What about Me?

June 7, 2007

Do you ever get to the point where you feel like everyone else gets some of your time…except you?

Parents of toddlers often get no time to themselves, if the child is napping, then there are chores to be done, once the toddler is in bed, exhaustion hits.

People with children and aging parents are also caught in the middle – needs from all parts of the family seem to fall on already overwhelmed shoulders.

Paul spoke to the Philippians during a time of rest: it was finally about him:

“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern
for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it
is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I
can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:10-13)

You may feel all alone in the midst, like no one is taking care of you, but lift your head. God really is in charge, and He will give you the strength for today. He will also open doors of possibility in your tomorrows.

Whether you feel like you have no time or resources for yourself, or you feel like you are alone entirely too much – God will provide contentment for this and every time in your life. The key is thankfulness – in all things give thanks. What are you thankful for today.?

God is at Work!

June 4, 2007

Today, I am looking at John 5:1-21. In this passage, Jesus heals an invalid at the pool of Bethesda.

The verses that caught my eye are verses 19-20:

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” (emphasis mine)

As I look at this passage, I see a few things:

1. When Jesus wanted to help someone, he was criticized because he broke the social norm of those around him.

The question for us is: are we willing to step out of our ‘socially acceptable’ realm to help someone? I don’t think we have a problem with this if we step out of our world to help people, like going to a mission to help people. The problem comes when we are challenged to bring people who don’t ‘fit’ into our social realm. Like being nice to that person in the office that nobody likes, or inviting a homeless person to join us for lunch.

2. Jesus didn’t help every hurting person he ran into. How did he know who to help? He watched and listened. He could see when God was moving. He could do what God was asking him to do in the moment.

The challenge to us is to know God and to walk slowly enough to see when He is working. When is giving of ourselves just works – trying to do what is right – and when is it doing God’s work – because we know God has asked us to do it? The answer is in verse 19 – looking to see what the Father is doing, and do it in like manner.

In The Matrix, they notices something in the program had changed when they saw a glitch in the pattern – often a cat would appear or appear twice quickly. Watching for God works much the same way – recognizing patterns and watching for changes. Here are some pattern changes I have noticed in recent days:

  • I have been in my dentist office once a week or so for several weeks due to getting everyone’s teeth updated. The ladies there now know me by name. God is calling me (this time) to pray for them.
  • The front office lady at my kids’ school now knows me by voice. I am getting to know her personally – God is calling me to listen and pray.
  • Not so long ago, one of the managers at my grocery store left her duties and walked me out to my car. God was giving me an opportunity to get to know her a bit. If I am diligent in praying and waiting, God will deepen this relationship so I can intercede for her in specific situations.
  • Not too long ago, someone I don’t know just out of the blue told me an incredibly amount of personal information in the space of about 10 minutes. I won’t ever see this person again, but God gave me that opportunity to share His love and hope for her situation.

What situations is God opening up for you to be part of what He is doing? This week, let’s pray that God will help us to walk slowly, to listen, and to be willing to love on people as He brings them to us.