Apr 21, 2010

Roman Reflections


These are bits and pieces from Romans 12:


"And so I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind He will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. . .


Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and alays be prayerful. When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. . .


If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. When other's are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share there sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. . .


Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good."



I love this. I love that the ways of God are so different, and so vastly better, than the ways of man. This verse depicts an amazing way to live, a life set apart, exciting, run by different standards. But a life that is worthy. Worthy to present to the Lord in the end. There is so much potential in every life. So much time, so many opportunities, and when these moments are acted upon the Lord is the one who is working and moving and doing. He is the one making changes in the lives of those doing the actions, and of those receiving the benefit of the actions. He is changing hearts, opening eyes, and revealing the presence of a very wonderful secret! How sad to miss out on those moments and those opportunities. How exciting to be a player in the game. It seems that if you participate in this life, you are bound to be "transformed into a new person" who has very little in common with the "behavior's and customs of this world". When you look around and things don't look so great, it's wonderful to think that their is a completely different, and superior way to live! Thank you, Lord!!


Mandie's Prayer

Tucking Mandie in tonight she wanted to say her own prayer. Usually, she makes the requests and I do the actual praying, but tonight was a treat:

"Dear Lord,
Please send an angel to Matthew's room, and Mandie's room, and Mommy and Daddy's room while we sleep. Thank you for flowers. Thank you for Mommy and Daddy and Matthew and Mandie and the baby in Mommy's tummy. And thank you for making all of my parts.
In Jesus name,
Amen."

Apr 16, 2010

Boy

Tonight, I put my little boy to bed.

He was wearing his blue baseball cap.

He was snuggling with Handy Manny.

He was grinning from ear to ear.

Thank you Lord for my precious little boy.

Thank you Lord for my other precious little boy that will be arriving sooner than I realize.

Thank you Lord for family.

Amen!!

Apr 12, 2010

The Best Nap Time Ever!

I am not a Mom who can't wait for naptime. When it comes, great . . . when it's over great. But today after lunch I mentioned to Luke that it might be fun to go for a little spin on his motorcycle around the block after we get the kids down for naps. So after they were snoozin' . . . we were cruisin'! We only rode for about 10 minutes, and we were never more than half a mile away from our house. But I found it to be exhilerating! I had more fun in that 10 minutes than I think I've had in a month!! Then we came home and hit the hay ourselves for about an hour and a half. It was the best nap time ever!!

Apr 4, 2010

Kingdom Come

This morning at church my Sunday school class (ages 2-5) and I were learning about Easter, and we went off on a little tangent about who can enter the Kingdom of God. We were talking about the verse in which Jesus says you have to be like a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Me: What makes a little kid different than a grown up?
Them: uuuuhhhhh???? (no answer)
Me: Do little kids have jobs? Do you have to have a job to get into the kingdom of Heaven?
Them: No. Kids don't have jobs.
Terrianna: Grown ups wear make-up!
Me: Do you have to wear make-up to get into the kingdom of God?
Them: no!
Mandie: Grown ups are married!
Me: Do you have to be married to get into the Kingdom of God?
Them: no!
Curly (this is what they call him, don't know why): They drive cars!
Me: Do you have to drive a car to get into the Kingdom of Heaven?
Them: No!

They said some more things, that I can't remember. It was so funny to hear what they thought the difference between kids and grown ups are. The end of our little tangent went like this:

Me: So what do you have to do to enter God's Kingdom?
Them: you have to be good!
Me: well, it is important to be good! but can we be good all the time? sometimes we do things that aren't good, but we can still go to Heaven to be with Jesus. So what do we have to do?

They did not know the answer to this question. A few gave some answers, but no one really got it.

Me: Ok, I'll tell you. To get into God's Kingdom, you have to believe in Jesus. You have to believe that he came to earth and died for us . . . and then He rose again! He became alive again after he died, so that we can live again after we die! And that is when we go to Heaven, we live there after we have died.

AND

we have to obey Jesus. When we obey Him, we are loving Him.

So to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must believe in Jesus, and obey Jesus!


I made them repeat believe and obey a few times out loud. But now, I am here wondering if they really got the message. Do they understand what it means to believe and obey Jesus? Do they know the difference between right and wrong. Most of these kids come to City Church on a van that we send out. Their parents aren't here. Their parents may not believe in Jesus. Their parents are probably teaching them a version of 'right' and 'wrong' that I would not agree with. I hope they got it. I hope the Lord continues to work in their hearts until they come to the end of themselves, and find a new hope and a better life in Him. I hope they know that Jesus will love them where they are. And He will love their parents where they are.

I have the same hopes for my own children. That the Lord will guide and direct their journey, provide them with water for the seed He planted in their hearts. Bring them to a place where they realize that life without Jesus is such a stupid waste of time and effort. That they would surrender their lives to Him, and begin an exciting journey, a life of intensity, purpose, love, and sacrifice. And most of all, that they would know that living for Jesus has nothing to do with wearing make-up, being married, driving a car, getting a great job, having the 'right' friends, being accepted by the world, or any other silly thing that we grown-ups get so easily entangled in.

To live for Jesus, you believe and obey.

Apr 3, 2010

"This is the true joy in life,

the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one . . . the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
George Bernard Shaw

This made me think, so I thought I would share.

Happy Easter Weekend!!