Friday, April 27, 2012

Beauty from Ashes.

    Have you ever had a day that by all accounts should have been a horrible day but was really great? Well that was my yesterday.
    I spent the day attending a funeral service for a dear friends sister. This alone should have made for a painful day. But let me say I have never felt the Holy Spirit at any other funeral as strongly as I did at this service. This was not a funeral service this was a beautiful testimony to one woman who loved the Lord so fully that all who knew her were blinded by the Light of Christ. I listened to person after person pay tribute to her sweet love of our Lord and all others she has ever met. I was abundantly blessed to be given the opportunity to witness such an all powerful love.
     Then to top off my day I get to the ball park only to have Jenna get SMACKED in the mouth with a softball, knocking out her front tooth. Now here is where my God shows me more of His unfailing love! We were whisked into the ER and into a room within an hour. They put her tooth back quickly and eased her pain. A wonderful friend called her sister-in-law and she knew the oral surgeon on call. Who called us at the ER bypassing all the red tape and came right in to fix her up. Let me say the ER doctor who was very nice looked at us like "who are you?". While waiting on the Dr. Dean (the oral) the ER doctor came to see Jenna apologizing for hurting her and making sure she understood that he didn't have a choice he had to get the tooth back in. He was very sweet and kind to her. Because everything moved so quickly she has an 85% chance of it re-rooting and all being ok. Now Dr. Dean, I can't say enough about this man. He was a huge blessing. He put Jenna at ease, comforted her and earned her trust within moments. He raises cattle and has a few miniature horses. Well at the mention of horses he had her! Dr. Dean gave us his cell number telling us if Jenna wakes with any pain or has any problems to call him. This is the most amazing part, are you ready? We were in and out of the ER in 3 hrs. That's right I said 3 hrs. Now let me tell you that my friend was a God thing!
     Jenna unfortunately had to miss her Tallahassee field trip today. That hurt and she wasn't happy but God lined it up so that WarHorse came in on netflix so she had something to watch. All in all she's doing good. Thanks to my Lord lining everything up just so she will be fine and should keep her tooth.
     Oh and I have to say I have been OVERWHELMED by the out pouring of love and prayers for us. We are so blessed to have a church family that interceded so fully for us. The prayers that were layed at the throne for us still awe me. Thank you.
    
     So at the end of a very trying and heartbreaking day I was able to lay my head down and know that He was in control. He literally gave be a beautiful day from a day of ashes. Where some would have counted it as the worst day ever. I count it as being so abundantly blessed I felt overwhelmed by His gracious love and spirit. I had a blessed day. I can only pray everyday is as spirit filled as yesterday was.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Mini Me

     Ya know when your around someone so much you start to pick up some of their characteristics. When Brylee was about a year and a half she would point her finger at you with her thumb sticking out as she got on to you. Well a good friend asked where she got that from when his son answered "Dad haven't you ever noticed Mrs. Angela does that". Well a little later he watched as I was talking to someone and lo and behold I did it. You see when we're around someone ALL the time, when we spend so much time with them we can't help but act like them. My parents laugh because my kids act JUST like me. They are my mini me's. They're with me so much they simply mimic my behavior. ( The good and the bad!)
  Well like children who mimic their parents character traits we too need to mimic our Father's traits. Here's the kicker though. Brylee mimics me cause she's with me. She doesn't mimic I don't know Jennifer Aniston cause she's not around her. Same goes for us. If we don't spend time with our Father we can't mimic Him. We can't become like Him.

 Exodus 34:29  As Moses descended from Mount Sinai-with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands as he descended the mountain-he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord.

   After spending time with God, Moses had a radiance about him. His face shone with the love of our Lord. Think about it. He just spent time with God and not only got to bask in His presence but he also was putting the law of our Lord in his heart. He had just received the 10 commandments, had just spent some very fulfilling and intimate time with God. He not only picked up God's physical characteristics but also His spiritual.
     Now imagine if we spend time in God's presence like Moses if we too tuck His Word and laws in our hearts. We too could be more like Him.
  Hmm something to think about!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Are you better than a DOG?

     So this morning I'm sitting in church listening to my Pastor preach, I'm looking at the verse he's reading and a different verse caught my eye. I read this verse and it set me to thinking.

     All of us have something we struggle with, a sin of some sorts. It might be small or it might be large, maybe its a lack of confidence in the blessings God will bestow on us, could be our own personal idols (you know that thing you put BEFORE your time with God) sleep, work, hobbies, t.v. books, music, the list is endless. The point is we each have that one thing that trips us up. That we let trip us up. We pray about it, give it to the Lord and then take it back, pick it back up. I hate when I do this but today I saw this crazy behavior in a new way. In a new light. Really bad fluorescent light.

2 Peter 2:20-22  If they've escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they're worse than if they had never left. Better not to have started out on the straight road to God than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command.
* They prove the point of the proverbs, "A dog goes back to its own vomit" and "A scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud."

     So my question is,   "Are you better than a dog?" Do you keep going back to the that same struggle over and over and over again like a dog that goes back to its own vomit. Man that's just gross! Every time I read that I just keep thinking how very NASTY that is. Yet that's what we're doing.
 
   But wait!! We are better than a dog!! God loves us so much more than the dogs He created. He sent His Son to die for us not for the dogs

   Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hmm, something to think about.