Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We can wait for things to change, we can talk about them changing, or we can change them. 

You are a child of God. 

Your bravery in the Hand of grace is wildly beautiful. 

Let Him change something today by stepping forward into the space He's been waiting to give you. It's already yours. The battle is already won. 

Be brave, be free.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Love with the Love with which You are Loved

Wow! Can't believe it's been two months since I wrote that! I'm half done with the  book of Job! Talk about a challenge! There is a great quote in one of the commentators I am reading.

Describing Job, Delitzsch says, "He is blessed who knows himself to be in favor with God, and in return loves his fellow-men, especially the poor and needy, with the love with which he himself is loved of God."

Something about that struck me: loving with the love we are loved with by God. Recognizing it and using it to love others. Paying it forward.

But you can't really love until you know you are loved. Until is seeps into you and you are so full it oozes out. To be loved and love like that! Yes!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Best Love Story

Einstein said that if you studied or practiced anything for 15 minutes a day you would be an expert in a year, a national expert in 5 years. This is a very affirming and encouraging thought for someone who has been reading the Bible for 15 minutes a day for 40 years! Especially since I am now writing the first interpretive version: God's love story with humans that makes God look all-good as He really is! (1 John 1:5, Psalm 92:15)

The third one in the series will be out next week. The second one (the first half of Genesis) is available at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016Z06GHY  It's called Love's Playbook and you can see the cover in the sidebar.

I'd love it if you love it and leave a good review. Help me get the word out!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Remembering Christmas

"There's this feeling of angst in my heart. This unsettled sort of ache. I love Christmas. But there's so much about it that just leaves my heart heavy.
What must it be like for Jesus?
How would it feel if your children got so busy celebrating your birthday with each other, they ignored you?
If they spent more time buying gifts for each other, and spending money they didn't have, than just simply slowing down to be with you?
If, instead of gathering together with you, they bickered and fought and peace was no where to be found?  
thought about all the little ways I could make Christmas more about Him. All the ways we could celebrate His birthday and leave the chaos of the world's Christmas outside.
This tiny baby shows up in the night. A king in a dirty stable. A new life begins. A life of the greatest sacrifice to ever happen. A life with the very most eternal significance there will ever be. A life of pure love. A life that would be extinguished for love. A Love that would conquer death. For me. For you. For all of us that choose Him. 
Or is it just about a little manger scene we bring out once a year and then put away in a box? 
Because, truly, Christmas is never over."

This was written by my daughter to her mom's group. I'm so proud of her!

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Lazarus Effect

Wow! that's something when you come back to post on your own blog and it confronts you with exactly what you need! And that ties in with what I was going to write about today: "the Lazarus effect."

It's a term I coined while writing my God-in-a-Box blog. And it replays this week. (If you would like a short devotional on Jesus' life from a cosmic perspective, go to http://Godhelps,net and click on God-in-a-Box in the menu.) This week is powerful because all of the blogs are on Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead because it runs from Easter to Easter, giving you Jesus' life in a year.

But on to the Lazarus' effect: It's what happens when people reject in-your-face evidence of the truth. (In this case it's the truth about God.) It produces fanaticism. We all are confronted from time to time with evidence that forces us to rethink and reconfigure. I have been again this week in my marriage. It's called growth. A very common process of assimilation and accommodation that you've been using since you were born.

When you get invested in your beliefs so that you can't (won't) accommodate new evidence, you get the hardening, the anger or rage reaction, the denial that breeds the closed, I-know mind of fanaticism. Then BE CAREFUL. Facing the truth may be painful, but it's a whole lot better than shutting down. Healthier and happier for you and everyone around you--especially those closest.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Do you Love so They Know?

I think it was Mother Theresa that said, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." For some of us it's easier to do than to love. And we don't even know that we don't know how.

We feel love. We think about it. But we aren't even aware we aren't giving it a voice or expression. One of the hardest, and most beneficial acts you can do is ask those close to you. How do you know that I love you? How do I show it? When do you feel it? And then listen. Take it seriously. Make some choices.

What you hear may hurt, but don't discount, or run or get angry; because it may also change your relationships and the health of your family.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

More Powerful than God?

It really is true that choice is the most powerful thing in the universe--even more powerful than God. Think about it, He is respectful, leaving us free to choose. Many times I've told Him, "I think You gave us too much freedom." He just smiles that understanding smile. Our choice accesses His power, but he won't violate our freedom.