Friday, November 11, 2016

Interrupted Speeding





                                           


Two days ago I was heading to Guthrie to see my mom.  I was heading down Highway 51 and then would turn onto Highway 74 and then turn on Highway 33 to get there.  As I was heading down Highway 51 the traffic in front of me slowed down and in my opinion was going way to slow.  I always like to get where I am going in the least amount of time without getting a ticket.

I couldn't really see what the slow down was because of a big truck in front of me.  I tried to get around several times but there was always traffic coming at me.  That's when as I was looking around the vehicles in front of me I saw a deer bounding across the highway.  I immediately thought if the traffic hadn't slowed me down I probable would have been in that spot where the deer crossed.  I was very thankful for the interrupted speeding.

The traffic stayed really slow but I didn't mind.  I finally could see that there was a giant something on the back of a truck in front of the line of traffic.  I have no idea what it was but it was big enough that the traffic coming at it had to pull off the road.

 It is amazing what you might see when you are not so worried about making record time to get to where you are going.  I saw some beautiful houses and landscaping.  I saw two deer in a field off of Highway 74 that looked like they were racing.  I saw impatient people that went around me only to have to slow down.

I was thankful for the interruption.  I saw so much more on this slow trip than I have seen in a long time.  I believe God wants me to slow down not just to see the beauty around me that I had been missing but to slow down and notice others around me.  I speed through life without noticing the people that might need help and the people that might need encouragement or the people that might need to hear my story.  Sometimes I need to hear the people that might need to tell me their story and I need to slow down to see the people that might need to hear about my Jesus! Sometimes I need to be still, look, wait and listen.

Do you need an interruption?

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Isaiah 40:31

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.



Friday, September 30, 2016

Yesterday


                                                   


Yesterday I was thinking abut how much easier things used to be.  Maybe things were easier before all the self serve things that we have today.  Maybe the yesterday that I am thinking about was many years ago before self serve became the new normal.  Maybe I was thinking about yesterday when I was filling my car up with gas.

I remember when you could pull into a Filling Station and a person would magically appear to fill up your car for you.  Not only were they polite when they filled up your car but they would also clean off your windshield and even check to see if your tires needed air!  They would talk to you and smile!

It seems like these days people are in a hurry to get you in and out when you are paying.  Very few seem to have time to talk and smile.  They are probably just there to make their money and then get home.  What do you think?  Is it just me or do a lot of people seem unhappy?

I do know that there was One that came many years ago and He wasn't here to serve Himself?
His name was Jesus and He came so that you might have life and have it abundantly!  He came to serve and to save?  He is the one that can help take away the unhappiness!

He is the One that makes the way easier!




Matthew 20:28

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


                         

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Random Ramblings

This morning I woke up and looked at the clock.  It was 3:00 am  and I thought oh good, I have two more hours.  The next thing I knew I was waking up and looking at the clock again.  It was almost five.  It seemed like just a few seconds had went by.  How did that happen?  How come when I can't sleep time moves so very, very slow but when asleep it seems like just a few seconds have went by?

I then thought of Richard and wondered about time in heaven.  Is there a heavenly time clock?  Does it seem like seven months to him or does it seem like he just got there?  The last seven months and five days have seemed slow and fast to me but I really don't know how to explain that.  Maybe it feels  to him like just a few seconds have  ticked by.  I think that Heaven time must be different than here on earth.

I take my granddaughter to school most mornings and this morning was no exception.  She did help me get the trash taken out to the curb before we left.  As I pulled back into the driveway from the trip to her school and back when I noticed the trash.  My trash can was overflowing.  It wasn't falling out but the lid wouldn't fit down  as the the trash sacks were to tall to let the lid shut.

This made me think about all the trash that I let overflow into my life.  What sins do I hold onto in my life that I can't shut the lid on wrong thoughts, actions and words.  The only thing that I can think of to tie my ramblings together is this, don't waste your time on the trash!  Give it  to God and let Him clean you up!  I do believe that  all are on that heavenly time clock.  Don't let your time pass  and be left  with the garbage of your sin.

What is overflowing from you?

John 14:6New International Version (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

                                 




Friday, July 15, 2016

What is important?



                                                       




The other day I lost something very important.  I looked everywhere and could not find it.  Now this something was something that in other hands could devastate me.  It was my checkbook.  I spent the morning looking and looking again but that checkbook was not to be found.  I finally went to the bank and spoke with one of the tellers.  I had looked at my account and nothing had been taken out of my account except what I had expected to come out.

The teller advised me that since nothing seemed amiss with the account to wait on two checks to clear that had not cleared.  If at that point in time the checkbook was still missing to come back to talk with them.  I went home and started looking again.  It was later that afternoon that I started going through places I had already looked and found the checkbook.  How had I missed that?  It was right there sticking up out of that box!

How often is God's will right there in front of me but I just can't see it.  Just like the checkbook it can be right in front of my face but I don't recognize it!  I might have prayed and then prayed again but not recognize God's truth!  Maybe because I am looking right past the obvious looking in all the wrong places!  It might not look to others that something is amiss in my life but oh I would know it.  I would feel that something was missing in my life!  I would look and try to figure out what was wrong but until I went to the right source things would still feel wrong.

It's right there the whole time! If I leave God in a box my life would be much different!  I only have to go to my God and ask for forgiveness and then my world feels right again.  God is there the whole time.  He is always waiting for me to reach back to the right place!  He never leaves nor forsakes me!  Without God it would be devastating!

What is important to you?  What is your life without God?

Matthew 18:11-12 (NKJV)

11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.[a]
12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eleven Cents



                                                               



It was late December and Richard was in the hospital.  I had fallen asleep but woke up with a dread that I could not get rid of.  I reached out and touched his hand but he slept on.  I just had this feeling that my husband was not going to live much longer.

I decided to text a friend who always seemed to be awake late and asked for prayers and told her of my fears.  She texted back almost immediately with words of comfort and compassion.  She also prayed. We texted back and forth and suddenly Richard started talking.

He was talking in his sleep.  I can't remember exactly what he said but it had to do with Jesus dying on the cross.  He kept telling me that I needed to give an offering to Jesus because Jesus had died on the cross.  Without thinking I told him that I didn't have any money.

That was the wrong answer!  He started telling me that I should give at least eleven cents and again I told him that I didn't have any money.  What was I thinking?   I should have just said, yes I will give at least eleven cents.  He started lecturing me on what a terrible person I was because I didn't want to give to the Savior and how on earth could I not have eleven cents.  I learned that night to not ever try to reason with a person that is sleep talking.  I also learned that a person can go from fear to laughing pretty quick.  For some reason this struck me as funny and  I could not stop laughing.

The next morning he did not remember anything but it is etched in my memory.  Even in my husband's dreams he was dreaming about Christ and how He died and rose again for us.  I also need to remember, even though Richard was dreaming when he called me a terrible person, that I am a terrible person!  I need to offer not just eleven cents but my life! Only with Christ as my Savior am I worth anything!  Christ paid my debt!

Has Christ paid yours?


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wow!





I was reading in Nehemiah the other day and one of the scriptures that I read made me think wow.  I don't ever remember reading that part before though I know that I have read the book of Nehemiah several times.  I was reading in chapter nine about the people confessing their sins and praying.  Their prayer praises God for leading His people and their ancestors out of Egypt and  for never abandoning them even when they made an idol shaped like a calf.  The prayer also remembered how God lead them by a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, and sent them manna and water.  God gave them everything that they needed,

Now for the wow part, God not only provided everything for them but also their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell while walking around in the wilderness for 40 years!!

I don't know how that slipped past my eyes without my stopping with wonder and awe!!  I don't know about you but if I walk to much there are times that my feet swell up and hurt!  I can't even imagine keeping a garment for 40 years much less wearing it everyday.  If I did wear a garment for 40 years I can only image that it would be ripped and tattered.


God was provider then and He is provider now!  He has provided a way for me and for you to live eternally in Heaven!  His Son died a terrible death on a cross and three days later rose again for sinners and we are all sinners!  The ripped and tattered parts that are carried by sinners can be made whole because Jesus paved the path for us to live eternally with Him.

God gave us everything we need!



John 3:16-17New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him

Nehemiah 9:19-21New International Version (NIV)

19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.









Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I used to play-------



                                                   


How many people used to play a musical instrument?  I used to play the piano.  Now I am not saying that I played well but maybe when I practiced I played good.  I played good enough that when the pianist was not available I would fill in as a teenage and actually later on was the pianist for a small church, which was quite a while ago.   I must tell you though the more I practiced the gooder I got.  I don't think I ever got to the excellent level but I did get gooder!

Today for some reason I played the piano.  Wow, I am not even close to gooder. In fact it sounded quite terrible.  The dog even started howling!  I just told him to hush and kept going.  He eventually quieted down.  I probably played for thirty to forty minutes and I must admit that even though I didn't sound gooder,  the sound was a little better than when I first took a seat at the piano.


Then the thought hit me, I am only gooder through Christ!  I am not good on my own!  I am only gooder because Christ died and rose again!  I might get gooder at playing piano by practicing but I only had to accept Jesus as my Savior to know that when I die I will be in paradise with my Savior.

I also had the thought hit me that I did need to get gooder at reading my Bible, praying and listening to the Holy Spirit!  God will take my gooder and make it excellent!

Only through Christ can anyone be excellent!

John 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.