Scripture cards

I have recently come to realize that I do not have nearly enough of God’s Word hidden in my heart. So one of my goals this week was to sit down and write a few verses that are meaningful to me right now in my life. I wrote them on index cards so that I can post them around my home. This one is especially speaking to me right now …

Let me say that again …

Better to be patient that powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. Proverbs 16:32

Yep. ‘Tis better to be patient than powerful. Yet I live as though opposite were true. {sigh}

That one is taped up over my computer. I think I should make several of just that one verse and post them everywhere! Including in the car. Especially in the car!

I have written a few others and need to tape them up … on my mirror, on my fridge, etc. Something so simple, yet so helpful for me. Why didn’t do this before now??

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What is God saying?

We left for our last camping trip on a Sunday afternoon. That morning was busy at church, but I was able to sneak away for a few moments and listen to the message. One thing was said that truly impacted me. Buddy (our pastor) talked about, among other things, how God speaks through creation.

They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Romans 1:19-20)

and

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)

and

In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” (Acts 14:16-17)

And Buddy suggested that when we take notice of creation, for instance when we see a purple flower to ask God, “What are you saying?” That stuck with me while we were camping.

The next morning I awoke to birds singing in the trees. So I asked God, “What are you saying?” Immediately the song Amazed by Lincoln Brewster came to mind …

You dance over me
while I am unaware
You sing all around
But I never hear a sound … 

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17)

A wonderful way to wake up, don’t you think? Still later that day we went hiking in the woods to see the Helton Creek Falls. They are somewhat secluded and if you don’t know they are there you’ll never go back into the woods as far as needed to see them. But we did. And as I was hiking and hearing the waters rush and crash from the falls I asked God, “What are you saying?” And He replied, “I am powerful.” Yes. He definitely is.

At another point that day the girls were playing in the creek that ran behind our campsite. It is a lovely creek and the sound of the gentle babbling waters was glorious. Again, I asked God, “What are you saying?” and He replied, “I am powerful, yet I am gentle.”

And again, I saw flowers just beginning to bloom and I asked, again, “What are you saying?” and He replied, “Look at what I can do!”

God is amazing. And I enjoyed an incredible week with Him simply reveling in His creation and listening to Him speak through it all. I highly recommend it … just will be amazed too!

oops!

uh oh ! Dropped while running this morning!

What to do … what to do … hmmm … Brandon really wants me to switch to t-mobile as it is less than ½ of what we’re paying with at&t. Perhaps it’s time … {sigh}

p.s. in case you’re curious, that “sticker” at the bottom of my phone is part of my Polaroid skin from Infectious

Lent and Me

Here I sit after a good run this morning pondering what God is calling me to these days. I’ve enjoyed several nice mornings with Him lately, not the least of which was today. I’ve had Lent on my mind since Ash Wednesday was yesterday.

Growing up we never practiced Lent and I have long thought it to be some archaic practice for legalists or Roman Catholics, and not for me. But my heart is changing and each year of the last several I have sought to discover just what Lent means for me. In its simplest form Lent is simply a time of fasting from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday. But really, it’s much more than that. As Ann Voskamp sums it up so well,

“It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice

And that’s what it means for me. Sacrificing that I might become more like Christ in His sacrifice. Each year at this time I think about what I might sacrifice. And each year I think about sugar or yelling or something like that. And I make it for maybe a week. Then I cave. And then I forget.

But this year. This year seems … different. Yesterday I read Why Do Lent? Why A Failing Lent Actually Succeeds (& a Booklist). God spoke to me through her words. Sacrifice that you might be more like Christ in His sacrifice. I encourage you to visit Ann’s blog and read her God-given wise words for yourself and see if they inspire you as they do me.

Coming face to ugly face with our enemy. Isn’t that what Jesus did when He was in the wilderness for those 40 days? And so it is with me. I MUST come face to ugly face with my enemy. Over the recent weeks God has been steadily showing me how my enemy distracts me. From Jesus, from my family, from this precious life that He has granted me. Distractions. Some distractions seem good, many even seem so tiny they can’t possibly be distractions. And yet they are distractions … from Him.

And so, for many reasons that I feel unable to articulate, not the least of which is that I allow it to suck time and life from me, I am giving up facebook for Lent. That may sound just silly to some. And I understand that. But for me it is huge. No, I don’t find myself lost in Farmville or anything like that. It’s simply that, well, it’s a distraction. A big one. And I would be lying if I said that I thought it would be easy. I know I’ll miss it. Late night chats with my sis-in-law, silly comments from friends that make me laugh. And … here’s the brutal honesty … I’ll miss the validation of myself and my activities from friends and family.

But if I am going to come face to ugly face with the enemy of my soul, then I must deal with the distractions from the Lord that present themselves to me. So here I go. Pray for me?

p.s. if you are a facebook friend and you want to get in touch with me, please comment here or email me: onecrazychicken at comcast dot net … thanks!! Love you friends!

Eat This Book

And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” Ezekiel 3:1

Recently God has shown me how little of His Word I have truly hidden in my heart that I might not sin against Him. I’ve been thinking about it lately, about Scripture memorization. I read the Holy Experience blog and I adore Ann Voskamp. She talks about the subject a lot. And she shares many great tips and wise words. And honestly? It’s because of selfishness that I don’t practice this important discipline. When I have free time I want to spend it on me. And that’s just the truth.

But always spending my free time on me, though it may be permissible, it is not beneficial (1 Cor. 10:23). God’s teaching me a lot about that little verse these days, but that’s for another post altogether. Back to Scripture memorization. Am I the only who finds it difficult?

I did come across this great recourse on Ann’s blog:

http://www.downes.ca/memorization.htm

You simply copy Scripture and then paste it in the top box. Hit the convert button and you get the first letter of each word back. Like this:

That’s my life Psalm … Psalm 139. I’m trying to hide it in my heart. I gotta tell ya so many obstacles come in my path. I have yet to fully memorize it, but it is my current goal. But this print out of just the  first letter of each word is helping me.

I’ll not reinvent the wheel when Ann has great resources here regarding Scripture memorization. Do go and check them out for yourself if you are interested. Now I think I will go and work on my Psalm … ♥

EDITING to add: Just found THIS wonderful resource – Daily Audio Bible … just click on “Listen Now” and, well, listen now 😉

Home School Home

So … we’ve come full circle here in our home. We’ll be homeschooling again beginning next school year. This is my research notebook:

We’ll be using My Father’s World Rome to the Reformation (as you can see above).

I was driving myself CrAzY with all the curriculum out there. There is SOOO much of it. I am thankful for having homeschooled in the past, so I am aware of philosophies and such already. So it was a just a matter of finding the right (read “PERFECT”) curriculum for my girls.

Do you see all those notes above? Pages and pages were full of thoughts and ideas. And prices. Yes, it’s not cheap. Oh, it can be if you want or need it to be, but right now I want neither. I was leaning toward Sonlight, but then I would lean toward My Father’s World, or piecing it all together myself. Finally I was at the end of my researching rope. I had been praying about it all along, but Saturday morning I begged God to show me what to use. He gently let me know that I was asking Him the wrong question, that I need to be asking Him what HE wants me to teach my girls. So I did. And God, in His infinite wisdom, led me to use My Father’s World for both my girls next year (and hopefully the next and the next). He knows just what I need and just what my girls need. And I can see now why it will be the perfect fit for us and for what we ALL need to learn.

I’m looking so forward to it. Lydia is looking forward to it (that’s another praise that goes straight to the Father). Grace doesn’t have any idea about it.

I plan on writing more later about what we’re using and why, but I gotta run to work! Later …

In Honor of {LIFE}

Life is a vapor. I received some bad news yesterday morning that a sweet friend and co-worker died. I’ll not go into details, just know that it was VERY sudden, VERY unexpected, she was my age and leaves behind a precious family … a husband, Shane, two sons, Daniel & Mitchell, and a daughter, Amy (who is my own daughter’s age). Please pray earnestly for them! She will be missed by so, so many people!

I have been asking the Lord, “What do you want me to learn, to see, to know in all of this?” I scroll through the vast outpouring of tributes and love and memories on her facebook page and there I saw it … legacy. LEGACY. She left an incredible legacy amongst her family and friends. I am reminded of the song by Nicole Nordeman …

I don’t mind if you’ve got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all the who’s who and so-n-so’s that used to be the best
At such’n’such … it wouldn’t matter much
I won’t lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an ‘Atta boy’ or ‘Atta girl’
But in the end I’d like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy
I don’t have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It’s an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy
Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, “Well Done” good and faithful one…
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

So there I sat … thinking about LIFE … and LEGACY. What will people say about me when I die? How will they remember me? Will there be such tributes written about me?

Earlier in the week I viewed this trailer for a newly published book that I am eager to read:

Please watch that video. Watch it again. Oh, it pierces my heart each and every time I watch and listen to those lovely words. Life is not an emergency, yet I live as though it is. My eyes are not wide open. I’ve got to figure out a way to live with my eyes wide open.

I ordered that book on Monday and it arrived … yesterday … 4 days earlier than it was supposed to … on a day when I was asking the Lord, “What do you want to show me in all of this?

Life. A gift. Holy, amazing, ordinary. {LIFE}