Monthly Archives: August 2016

How Did You Know That?

When my daughter, Morgan, was little, she was a pistol!  Don’t get me wrong… we loved her, of course, and she was adorable with deep dimples, dark eyes and the funniest little personality.  But she was a little stinker at times.

One day I had scolded her for something and I shut the door and I knew she was in there sticking her tongue out at me.  So from the other side of the door, I said, “and quit sticking your tongue out at me.”  No answer.

A few minutes later she ascended from the closed door and said her “I’m sorry” with the cutest little puckered up face and tears streaming down her cheeks.  After I hugged her and assured her she was forgiven she looked straight into my eyes and said, “how did you know I was sticking out my tongue?  Can you see through the door?”

Just call it mother’s intuition.  We moms just know these things.  I’ve had my daughters ask me if I had eyes in the back of my head or who told me things when I really didn’t have any other insight except that as a parent I just knew.

Sometimes we do the same thing to God.  We metaphorically stick our tongue out at Him, shake our finger at Him and pout and ignore Him because we didn’t get our way.  We think He doesn’t know what we do or say because we have “closed the door” to Him.  But then He gently nudges us and reminds us that He is right there waiting with open arms to forgive.

In Psalm 139, David sort of asks God the same question Morgan asked me,  “can you see through the door?”  David knew that God knew everything – like He had eyes in the back of His head and David couldn’t understand it.

Verse 7-12 (this is David writing to God) – Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me”, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you.

David couldn’t stick his tongue out at God without Him knowing either and neither can we.  There is NOTHING that we can do that God doesn’t know about and better yet, there is NOTHING He can’t forgive.

What have you done that you think can’t be forgiven?  Give it up to God.  He is waiting right there on the other side of your closed door begging you to open the door so He can give you a big ole “you are forgiven” hug and wipe away your tears.

Just Add Water

I’m about over watering my flowers!  I love my flowers but about this time of the season, I’m ready to move on to fall decorations – straw, pumpkins, and scarecrows!

However, I felt kind of bad because the flowers were still alive and blooming but due to the extreme heat, me being sick last week and my little “water girl” going back to college, the flowers were beginning to experience curled-up leaves and wilting blossoms.

My husband felt there was hope to save the pretty little blooms, so he watered them for me.  Then nature found her way down through the clouds and watered them some more.

Bottom line… they are absolutely beautiful again!  They survived hot, hot weather and lack of moisture, but with water added they were back to showing their beauty.

Do you feel wilted today?  Are you ready to throw in the towel and just move on to the next thing? Have you neglected your quiet time and prayer time?  Are you feeling dried up?

I have the solution.  Stop.  Open your Bible.  Pull out your devotional.  Spend some time in prayer.  God wants to wrap His arms around you and fill you with Living Water to bring you back to Him today.  Wilted and dried up?  Just add water… the kind from heaven sprinkled with His everlasting love.

Simple.

Road trips.
Camping.
Snow days.
Driving through the mountains.

Why do I love all of these things?  Because they all involve simplifying and living with the basics.

When taking road trips and driving through the mountains and camping, you take the basic necessities.  It usually consists of food, water, flashlights, basic clothes and a few toiletries.  You make do with what you have available.  It’s fun eating snacks in the car or making dinner over the campfire or stopping along the road side for a picnic lunch.  Simple things.

I love when everything is cancelled on snow days.  We stay home and cook and bake and watch TV, not going anywhere.  Simple days.

What do all of those have in common with my spirit?  Why am I so at peace with all of those things?  It’s because everything is simple.  Back to the basics.

That’s how accepting life with Christ can be.  It’s simple.  It’s basic.  In Acts 16:31, Paul and Silas told the jailer that all he had to do to be saved was, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”  Seems simple enough.

John 3:16 is so familiar that sometimes it loses its meaning when we quote it.  But it is powerful:  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.  (NIV)  It’s so simple.

Basics.
Believe.  Salvation.  Live for Jesus.  Eternity in Heaven.
Ahhhhhhhh………Peace.
Accepting Christ.  It really is that Simple.
It’s even better than taking a road trip with your camper through the mountains on a snow day!

Sometimes We Gotta Think Before We Speak… Or Write

I’ve been battling what seemed to be a summer cold.  I’d had enough and went to the local Urgent Care.  I was the second person in the door as it opened.  But it seemed there was some “false advertising” (as in “urgent”)  going on as I sat in the back room for a very long time.  I even opened the door after about 35 minutes to make sure they didn’t forget I was in there.  I saw a postcard stack on the counter with the headline:  “tell us about your experience.”

My first thoughts were to complain about the wait.  But the scripture from Ephesians 4:29 kept coming to mind:  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

So would my complaining “build others up”?  Would it “benefit those who listen?”

The doctor came in and he was so kind and gentle.  He put me on antibiotics and gave me his strict instructions for me to follow to get rest and get better.  Although he was only in there for a few minutes with me and I waited way longer than what I thought I should have, the end result was the same… I was diagnosed, given meds and sent home to get better.

Those at the doctor’s office weren’t trying to make things go slowly.  The doctor was trying to spend time with those who needed extra care.  Everyone was trying to do their best and my complaining was not helpful in building anyone up.  I’m not denying that sometimes it’s necessary to provide constructive criticism so that people/places know improvement is needed.  I’m just saying that in this instance, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to let it go and to think about whether or not my talk was wholesome and if it would benefit those who listen.

Today or tomorrow or anytime this week when you feel the urge to say something that may be unkind, just run this Bible verse through your mind before speaking or writing and determine if it is something that will build others up or benefit those who listen or read.  You may just need to go home and get some rest!