Friday, September 28, 2007

Are You Weak?

Welcome to the weakly edition of Little Lessons from my Loving Lord.

No. That is not a typo. It does seem that I am writing less frequently, like weekly, so perhaps 'weekly edition' also works.

The weakly edition is how I feel.

One reason that I've only been writing on an occasional basis is that the strong lessons that have practically written themselves over the past year, well, their just not there. I feel weak in my endeavor to write.

Why? Maybe because of the stress of the new job. Maybe because He is being silent in my life right now. Maybe because I am otherwise occupied and not listening very well.

I'm not sure.

When we are weak physically, we usually take actions like exercise to get our blood flowing or eat for energy. When we are weak spiritually, we usually turn to prayer and Bible study as well as fellowship with other believers.

Are you weak or strong today? If you are weak, what are you doing to regain your strength? If you are strong, how are you helping the weak around you to regain theirs?

Exodus 15:2 (New International Version)
The LORD is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Monday, September 24, 2007

How Are You Supporting The Front Line?

Today of all days!

Why?

I normally don't pay much attention to my hair since most days ARE bad hair days with thin, fine, straight, non-existent hair.

But today is the day my new team 'goes-live'. That means that they are taking on the work they were hired and trained to do. So we will have guests from the home office visiting us to help ensure that all systems are go.

And I'm having a bad hair day. Well, not really a bad hair day...just a bad bangs day. The rest of my hair is acting fine. It's just the part out in front. The first part people see when they see my head.

So I need to get going to get to work on time but I couldn't leave the house without passing along this little lesson...

Since Christ is the Head of the Church, our church leaders can be viewed as the 'bangs'. They are the ones that most of the rest of the world sees first when they look at a church. If they look bad, the world doesn't care about the rest of the 'haircut style'. If the church leaders are 'falling away', it doesn't matter much to the world what good works the body is doing. And we all have a responsibility to support our leaders in prayer, encouragement, and more.

If you are a church leader, what are you doing to ensure that when the world looks at the Head and sees the bangs first, that you are sporting a positive image spiritually, morally, ethically, etc.? If you are not a church leader, what are you doing to support your leaders? Are you praying for them regularly? Are you sending notes of encouragement whenever you see them following the Lord's direction? Do you let the pastor know when God speaks straight to your heart because of what the preacher said that day?

Philippians 4:7 (Contemporary English Version) Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

What Is Changing Where Your Are?

Wow. It's hard for me to believe it's been a week since we last met but that's what the date on my log in blogger.com says.

The new job is going good. This past week I had the thrill of hiring and the agony of firing. Neither are easy decisions however both are part of the changes that happen in life.

My son's job situation is better. This past week he started a new part time job and he interviewed for a full-time job which he was offered and accepted. He plans on working both jobs. More changes that happen in life.

My nephew and his wife spent yesterday morning at the hospital because she was having contractions. However it wasn't time so they sent her home. That evening the couple, accompanied by Granny, went on a long walk trying to encourage the baby and move labor along. The birth of this baby will be a change that happens in life.

What changes are happening in your life? What is our Loving Lord changing in your circumstances? If the changes are hard, are you asking our Loving Lord what He wants to teach you through them? If they are blessed events, are you taking the time to thank Him for orchestrating your life this way? How are you responding to the changes in your life?
2 Samuel 14:20 (English Standard Version) In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Will You Stay Awake With Me?

Each night as I go to sleep, I lean up against dear hubby and pray myself to sleep. Most nights I start out praying for my dear hubby and the concerns in his life. Funny thing is ... the more I want to pray about, the faster I fall asleep ... never making it through my list.

Then I when I wake up in the morning, I reach out and touch dear hubby and start praying again. I pray between the times my snooze alarm goes off.

Or I try to at least.

See what happens in reality is this...I start praying each morning then my mind starts to wonder based on what I am praying about that day.

So this morning, once again, I was laying there praying...and my mind started wandering and then I was quickly back asleep...that's alot to happen in just nine short minutes between the snooze alarms.

But once again, my Loving Lord reminded me of a Little Lesson. And it was not the first time He had to teach this Little Lesson.

Seems the disciples had the same problem that I had. Jesus asked them to stay awake with Him during prayer time but they couldn't do it either.

What are you praying for or praying about today? How will you stay alert/awake enough to finish your prayer? How will you keep your mind from wandering off to something else?

Mark 14:37-38 (The Message) He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don't enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don't be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

His Way Or The Freeway?

As many of you know, I try to avoid the freeways at all cost. Occasionally I will venture onto one of them but not during rush hour or other high traffic times. This, of course, leads me to go through many traffic lights on my way to my destination.

Traffic lights can be all green and make for a smooth commute. Or they can occasionally turn red, making for a slower trip to where I am going.

That does not necessarily mean the freeway would be faster. The freeway is dangerous and has many more wrecks than the side roads I travel. It is often both safer and faster to be on the less traveled side road.

The same is true with life. If you take the 'free way' where you are free to live life at any speed, you are more likely to have 'accidents'...affairs, unplanned pregnancies, excessive debt, drug addictions, etc.

If you take the less traveled side road by following our Loving Lord and His instructions, you will encounter red lights along the way. When you heed those red lights, you are less likely to have those same accidents.

Which road will you take today? Are you in such a big hurry to run your own life that you insist on being on the 'free way'? Or will you slow down on the side road, read His Word, pray, and heed His direction and warnings (red lights) for you life?

(As we pray today, let's remember to pray for our nation on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.)

Matthew 7:13-14 (The Message) "Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.



Thursday, September 06, 2007

What Stories Are You Writing?

Where does the time go? I can't believe that it has been a week since I visited with you here at Little Lessons.

I have been writing some, not much but some, in other places

One such place is at Faithwriters.com. Some of you know that I enter the weekly writing challenge there.

In the most recent judging, I received a Highly Commended. This is my 2nd time to be highly commended. It's like getting 4th place within my division.

When I write here at Little Lessons, what you read is real. I write based on my real live adventures

When I write at Faithwriters, I get to write fiction. The interesting thing is that many people read the entries/stories and think that what I'm writing is real...truth... but it's not...it's a writing 'mask' that I put on.

How often do we 'communicate' with the world or with the church with our 'mask' on so they think we are something that we are not? Would people you know at work be surprised to know that you know the Lord? Do people that you go to church with think that you are more spiritually mature than you are? Will you just be real today? Will you leave the fiction stories to writers? Will you let His light shine transparently through you?

Luke 12:2 (New International Version) There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.