I've had a pretty crazy time of it of late and all because of life. Things seem to always be crazy, with what seems like very little time of peace and tranquility. Okay so who is ever going to have tranquility and peace with a 7 year old and a 19 month old boy. Well have you ever sat and held a toddler as he slept, while cuddling up on the sofa with your child that my friends is peace and tranquility. Just watching that sleeping face puts a smile on your face and fills you with peace. Knowing that this moment will be over soon and that you'll no longer be able to hold your little one does make the moment so much more special.
As a parent we experience so many emotions and sometimes in a very short period of time - lol. I can only image what our Father feels during our lives. I can image the joy and happiness He feels when we come home calling for Him, ready to embrace Him, telling Him of our great day. I can image His pain when we turn away from Him because He hasn't given us exactly what we want, when we wanted it. I know how I feel when my children get mad at me because I've said 'no' not now or 'no, that's enough'. I can image the Father's joy and pride at seeing us develop it what He has planned for us and His anguish when we take the wrong path that leads away from Him.
As a parent I have so many hopes and fears fo my children. What I find most amazing is that my biggest fear is that they turn away from the Father, they turn away from us. Whether they are a doctor, a baker, a candlestick maker, really doesn't matter what is the most important thing I can teach them is to love Lord.
What a blessing my children are to me. What teachers they are, without even knowing it. Trust me I'm failing some of the lessons they are trying to teach me, but I still work on it. I know I've a long way to go before I get the Mother of the Year award, but frankly I'm just glad I'm able to take part in this wonderful adventure. How dull and boring my life must of been filled only with myself, now the
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Focus: to concentrate, a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity
This is the definiation of focus and the very thing I'm lacking or having difficulty with lately. Now my lack of focus can in part be attributed to being physically tired. My brain just keeps wandering off because the energy needed to remain on track just isn't there and in part the reason for my lack of focus is because frankly its difficult.
I a world where the main focus is on "me" it can be difficult to stay focus on what's important which is God and His word. Job was in a situation where it would have been easy to focus on what was going on to him and around him. Let's face it not one of us would have be able to remain as focused as he did. Even Job's friends tried to change the his focus, but he remained true and keep his eyes on God.
It doesn't take a lot of energy to start something amazing, it takes focus. A small amount of heat & light in the right situation will create a spark, which in turn will create a flame and before long a raging inferno if not properly contained, controlled, focused. A single drop of water can create something as huge and magnificant as the Grand Canyon, because of it's focus and persistance.
What can we do if remain focused on the mission God has given us? This past weekend was the highlight of our LEAP week and it was amazing to see God at work. The focus of just a few people has changed the lives of many. It doesn't take a lot, it takes focus.
I'm going through a huge change in my life at the moment and things are just crazy. Frankly I'm not even sure I know which way up is, but if I focus on the Lord then I know that He'll see me through and the 'stuff' will be just 'stuff' and the important things will prevail.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Today is a huge day for our church today. Today we have our school supply and clothes give away. Today is the day of our Teddy Bear's Picnic. Today is going to be amazing!!!
This has been our LEAP week at church. Check out the church website for more information. Basically this week has been a week to go out into the community and be the bible as apposed to just speaking the bible. We are commissioned to go out and spread the word, and this week we've been challenged to do that. It has been an amazing week already, but today we are going to touch lives and with the help of the Holy Spirit we're going to change lives.
My church is filled with such amazing people, such generous people, but I have to question why don't we do it all the time. We do we have to wait to be challenge by our Pastor before we step up to the plate. Now don't get me wrong I'm so thankful to be apart of this great opportunity to serve and to give, but shouldn't we be doing it all the time, not just one week out of the year????
This year has been a humbling experience for me. I don't normally take advantage of the school supply give away and only take a couple of used pieces of clothes for my daughter, but this year I've need to swallow my pride and say yes we need a back pack and yes we need some underclothes and yes I could use some extra clothes. I'm finding it difficult not to go and buy school supplies to help out with the need, but then remember I don't have the extra. There is always next year to give. This year I'll serve and bring joy to the kids at the Teddy Bear's Picnic. This year was a lesson in serving and not in giving.
I'm so excited about today. So excited that I didn't sleep well last night. I pray that the Lord blesses all the givers and the gifts. May lives be changed forever and may His light shine as a beacon of love today and every day.