Monthly Archives: September 2018

What’s In YOUR Wheelbarrow?

Oh the fun we’ve had in that wheelbarrow! When our girls were younger, we would set up Friday-afternoon obstacle courses carrying kids around orange cones to see who could cross the finish line in record time.

Many compliant puppies took trips in that wheelbarrow along with kittens who looked like they were skydiving for safety.

I’ve hauled pumpkin-patch pumpkins from the car to the front porch in that wheelbarrow only to haul the same decorative pumpkins to the woods to disintegrate into mother earth six weeks later.

We’ve carried loads of landscape rock and piles of bush trimmings in that one-wheeled contraption.  We’ve drug Christmas decorations from the pole barn to the front yard through inches of snow with the help of that wheelbarrow and then again through the fresh grass carrying spring flowers, potting soil and mulch.

It’s really a jack-of-all-trades type of U-Haul® device.  At our house, nothing was off limits with the wheelbarrow.  Even when rusty, it was dependable to carry the weight on one wheel that we couldn’t carry alone.

Jesus wants to be the wheelbarrow in our lives.  He wants to carry us through the tough times, race with us through the fun times and be the One to carry all the load to make our burden lighter.  Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

What’s in YOUR wheelbarrow?  Is it getting too top-heavy and awkward?  Whatever it is, give it to Jesus.  Let Him do the heavy pushing.  He wants to help.  Just let go and let Him take over.  No load is too heavy for the Carpenter.

Tweet, Tweet!

I’m sick of it!  Sick of people saying and doing whatever they “feel” like because they have the legal right to do so.

Yes, in America we are very blessed to have First Amendment rights that allow us to express ourselves.  But when did the Rule of Manners go out the door and allow people to be rude, degrading and abusive just because they have the freedom of speech?

Whether it’s print, television, radio or social, media has gotten out of hand.  Give someone a media platform and it’s off to the races – no filter – just filth.

We need to go back to the very principle this country was founded on and that is Godly principles.
We need to go back to the reason this world was even created and that is communion with God.
We need to go back to the upbringing our great great grandparents lived by and that is treating others with respect.

You want a basic principle to live by in this world, well here it is.  The Golden Rule.  Treat other people like you want to be treated.

Yep, that’s right.  Do you want someone to talk smack about you?  Lie about you?  Write things that aren’t true about you?  Even if truth is in the crux of the email, tweet or media story, quit spinning it to make others look bad.

We need to dig deep down into our manners bucket and start treating people as we wish to be treated.  Respect others as we wish to be respected.  Quit changing Biblical principles into worldly principles.  And quit pointing fingers.  Just be kind.

Where did I get that concept?  Simple.  Matthew 7:12 – So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you still don’t get it, let me repeat it into today’s social media translation:  Tweet others as you wish to be tweeted!

What a novel concept that Jesus thought of over a couple thousand years ago!  If you don’t know this Jesus of whom I speak, it would be wise to get to know Him and learn to live out His principles because we certainly don’t want Him to treat us as we have treated Him.

*(social media translation compliments of Oldenburg Academy sign)  🙂

And The Winner Is…

ME.  Yes I am the winner of the giveaway from one of my favorite Christian speaker/writer podcasts.  I was so excited when I got the notification.  I didn’t even know all of what I won except it was a gift pack from the publisher of a guest author on the podcast.

When the gift pack arrived to the speaker to send on to me, the winner, it was a very odd-shaped box and was going to be a “boat load” of money to ship.  So my fav speaker personally sent me an email explaining the astronomical cost to ship the prize pack and offered me a few options:  1)  She was willing to pay the amount to ship if I wanted; 2)  I could have the books from the prize pack along with a very generous amazon gift card; or 3)  I could have the books from the prize pack and 1 hour of personal coaching from her.

I did not have to think long at all to choose option #3.  Books AND an hour of coaching from one of my very favorite speakers!!  I was so excited.

I was telling a friend about it and she said, “I wonder what all you gave up.”  Truthfully, I hadn’t even thought about it.  I didn’t really care what I gave up because I was just looking at what I was gaining – an hour of coaching from one of the best.

It is the same with salvation.  There’s no need to look at what we are giving up in this world because what we are gaining in eternity is worth whatever we have to give up.

I hope you have already secured your heavenly prize.  If not, ask Jesus to come into your heart and give you the free gift of salvation.  I promise you will not even care what is in the worldly prize package you give up because eternity in heaven is the ultimate gift.

The Road Trip of a Lifetime!

Oh how I love road trips!  Packing up the car with a cooler of soda and a picnic basket bursting with snacks! I usually have enough clothes to last multiple days past my intended stay and more books to read in my travel bag than one person could read in five years.  All of these things strategically placed within arm’s link as the journey begins.

I’ve had so much fun over the last couple weeks.  Road trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee,  Louisville, Kentucky,  Muncie, and  South Bend, Indiana.

Three days with friends to celebrate a milestone birthday.
Night of worship at Dare to Be event with Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill.
A visit to see our daughter and eat Berrywinkle frozen yogurt.
A visit to see our other daughter and watch an exciting football game.

So many fun things.  A lot of miles on the car.  And very little rest for the body.

As I was driving here, there and yonder, I looked at all the different routes to get to our destination and how many roads branched off of the interstates connecting my path.

There’s Highway 421 to Highway 350 to Interstate 275 to Interstate 75.
Highway 421 to Michigan Road, to 50 to 65 to 62.
Highway 421 to State Road 3.
Highway 421 to Interstate 74 to 465 to 31.

How did anyone ever think to create an interstate pathway linking one side of this country to the other? President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to get things started and it’s grown beyond imagination!  Think about how intricate and detailed that system has to be?   From Interstate 465 alone, you can take 74, 69, 65, and 70.

There are so many ways to get to a destination.  It’s confusing and sometimes debilitating to look at that crazy maze and figure out how to get to where we’re going; what is the best way?

Thank God there is only one way to heaven.  The Bible is so clear that Jesus is the way.  He is the only way.  No one comes to the Father in heaven except through knowing Jesus.  (John 14:6).  The world wants us to think there are a hundred different roads that lead to that one destination.  The devil wants us to try all different routes – to try our own way.

He wants us to think that we don’t need Jesus to show us how to do life.  That we are smart enough to do this on our own and not to worry about the ultimate destination when this life comes to an end.  It’s real folks.  When we die our soul does not stay on the blacktop.

We have to make our travel choice now while we still have breath in our lungs.  Which route are you taking?  The crazy maze around the city to the highway to the side street, caught up in traffic relying on yourself finding out that in the end you took the wrong route?  Or are you going to choose Jesus and walk with Him through the mess taking a straight path to meet His Father?

It’s up to you but this journey with Jesus is going to be the ultimate road trip. It doesn’t mean there won’t be bumps along the way or flat tires that slow us down.  But it does mean we have the best driver in the world leading the way.  I hope you join me on the One-way-only trip to heaven.  It’s the road less traveled but we’ve got snacks.  🙂