Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday! Time to relax and take a break.

This video is titled ,”People Are Awesome 2013.” God has given us each different gifts. This video is a series of clips showing talents and hard work and practice … and gifts that aren’t mine.

You know what’s awesome besides people?

Hedgehogs.

And cats.

And especially both of them together.

What’s that you say? You don’t think cats are awesome? Better not let them hear you say that.

Speaking of awesome, may your day be just that!

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Resolution: Commitment to Change

New Year's fireworks 2013 on BBC1

New Year’s fireworks 2013 on BBC1 (Photo credit: Kotomicreations)

Did you make any resolutions this year?

A friend told me she was working on some—but had already given up on others. Sometimes that’s fine. Sometimes the goals we have in mind just aren’t workable, and we have to rethink where we want to be some weeks or months or years down the road.

Other times, we have to realize that there’s nothing magical about the calendar, and we’re free to start in once again whenever we need to.

A New Year’s resolution, like any commitment to change, is nothing more nor less than a declaration that we want to change, to grow, to become—to be something more, something better, something grander than we are right now.

The Christian life is meant to be transformational. It is meant to change us, to give us

eyes that look outward rather than inward,

hands that help others and not merely ourselves,

ears that hear the cries of those in need,

hearts that reflect the heart of God.

When we pray this way, when we make the commitment to allow God’s transformational work in our lives, we’re inviting God to carve the image of Himself into our spirits. We’re learning to say yes when we may want to say no, and no when our flesh cries out a desperate yes. Is it an easy process? No. Is it a worthwhile process? Definitely.

If you’ve resolved to make changes, commit to the change. But even if you haven’t, consider committing to allowing God to change you. It’s what’s on His heart; it’s how He changes the world.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

–Philippians 1:6, NAS

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

I don’t know what it’s like where you are right now. But here where I am, it’s cold.

Well below freezing.

Polar.

Numbing.

Maybe we should focus instead on warmth. Perhaps the warmth that comes from being kind to others?

Here’s hoping you’re warm and snug today!

 

 

 

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“I Like Adoption”

I came across this  beautiful video this week. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the moving story of the Dennehy family in the short film “I Like Adoption.”

We can consider the actions of the parents, we can think about the parallels with the family into which we are adopted as believers,  we can think of the care and acceptance we need to have for one another as children of God. No matter how you look at it, it’s the love that shines through.

This video was recently released by ILikeGiving.com. The site doesn’t ask for financial donations, but encourages a lifestyle of living generously.

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

–Galatians 4:4-6, NASB

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“O God, My Father”

Some people don’t believe in time travel. But there have been occasions when I’ve been swept away to a different time, pulled by memory, by scent or sometimes by a song …

“Sing the ‘O God, my Father’ song, Mom!”

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee…

“Great Is Thy faithfulness” is a beautiful old hymn. It’s about the faithfulness of God to His people, about His unchanging love and caring. And sometimes when I sing it, I land in a time that now seems long ago, when our Rob was still Robbie, and his father worked in the evenings.

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome to another Thursday Intermission! It’s time to take a break from your week, relax and enjoy.

Back when the Internet was created, it was intended as a means of sharing information, of aiding in research. From those noble beginnings, it has come to this:

Wait! No! That was too silly. How about … a nature documentary?

Not very scholarly. Hmm … Maybe there’ a new recipe we could try?

I give up. The Internet’s just being silly today. 🙂

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A Blogger’s Frustration

Lamy Joy calligraphy pen

Lamy Joy calligraphy pen (Photo credit: vidalia_11)

Eight verses. That’s all.

I set out to write about a mere eight verses. One story. One brief incident in the panorama of the New Testament.

But there’s too much there. The initial thought I wanted to share spun off into other thoughts, applications, truths.

And so I’ll come back to it later. Because truth stands. It isn’t running away from us—too often, we run from truth.

And that’s how writing is for me.

Sometimes when I try to write, the words trip over themselves, jumbling instead of flowing, and they refuse to sit still, to be ordered, to make sense.

Sometimes the ideas in my head—the forms, the movement, the colors—refuse to simply walk out in neat, tidy words.

Sometimes when I think of God, He’s just too vast, too great, too overwhelming, and I realize once again that I have nothing to say when I look at Him.

But always,

Always,

Always …

I know that God is, and that He understands, and that He is the One who gives the ability to think, to speak, to write. And so when things don’t work out, I can take a breath, take a break, walk away and come back later.

Because God is a God of Truth. He doesn’t run from us.

May we continually run toward Him.

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