Thursday, November 12, 2009

WAITING

I wanted to have a closer relationship ... with you
So I brought you to my bedroom.
I set you in a prominent place ... beside my bed,
Determined to spend time with you,
To get to know you better,
Know you more intimately.

When the night fell, I saw you sitting there.
I glanced your way and thought to myself
"soon enough we'll communicate

I need to go through my night routine first...
Get ready for bed"
So I did. And I left you there ... waiting.

When the sun rose ... I woke up ... got up ...
turned off the alarm
.
And that's when I saw you still sitting there.
Still waiting on me.
Waiting to have a relationship ... with me
I was embarrassed that I had ignored you ... again.
But work was calling and I needed to go
I promised myself that tonight will be the night

Tonight I'll lift you up ... open you up ... read your inner thoughts.

Tonight I will fall in love ... with you,
Oh precious Word of God.

Don't give up on me ... holy Word of God ... Please wait for me.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Are You Destroying Yourself?

Tigger, our girl cat, chews herself. Actually chews her fur until she is raw. And she's not ashamed of it. She sits there and destroys herself.

We try to stop her. Not much works. We clap loud to get her attention. Shout her name. Stomp our feet. The quickest way to get her to stop is to go after her and then she runs away.

But that doesn't mean she stops chewing.

Sometimes she will be chewing in our line of sight. We will get her attention and she will stop and stare at us...briefly...then she just gets up, walks out of sight, lays down out of our sight line...and starts chewing again.

Little Lesson Life Expression
When our Loving Lord catches us doing something that destroys us physically, spiritually, emotionally or mentally, can He get our attention? And if He does, how do we respond? Do we see His foot-stomping for what it is...getting our attention for our own good? Or do we try to walk out of sight and keep on doing the same thing? Do we "Amen" the preacher on Sunday morning as he steps on our toes and then Monday through Saturday keep on living as we want to instead of as we know we should?

Isaiah 3:9 (New International Version)
The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Psalm 34:7 (Amplified Bible)
The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Are You Using A Care-Now Faith?

We were discussing doctors. The others were talking about our local walk-in, no appointment necessary, clinics called "CareNow". I was speaking of my personal physician.

We spoke of the differences.

One friend said that her son calls "CareNow"..."Care Later" since most people in this area use web check-in then sit a home and wait and wait until they get a call to come on into the clinic thus getting to wait at home instead of in the waiting room and therefore they get care later not now. :-)

With my personal doctor, I get an appointment time and am usually seen within 10 minutes of that time if I indeed get there on time.

Another friend said that she and her family doesn't get sick often enough to need a family doctor. CareNow works just fine for them. I responded with how thankful I am that my personal doctor, if the unexpected comes up, he knows me and knows my medical history.

Of course that got me to thinking...

I wonder how many people think that they are healthy enough spiritually that they don't need a regular church home. They think they can visit one here or there, now and then, and if anything urgent comes up in their lives, they'll just pop in to a "care-now" church and get some spiritual treatment. Do they even know what they are missing by not having a regular church home, a church family, to share the victories in their lives as well as the struggles?

Little Lesson Life Expression
What about you?

Are you using a 'care-now' kind of approach to your corporate worship? If so, will you check out a good Bible teaching church nearby and start this Sunday worshiping our Loving Lord with a body that you can soon call your personal church family?

Or are you already developing a personal relationship with a solid local body of believers? If so, how are you ministering to those in your body? Do they feel that they have a 'church family' or 'care-now friends'? Who, in your local body, will you reach out to this week?


Hebrews 2:11-13 (The Message)
Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn't hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I'll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I'll join them in worship and praise to you. Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I'm here with the children God gave me.





Friday, September 25, 2009

Are You Appreciative?

My male cat, Tiger, loves to be petted ... on his own terms ...

When he wants to be petted, he comes and sits on the floor by my legs and just stares at me.

And stares at me.

He stays put and stares with full expectation that I will understand his desire and that I will statisfy that desire by picking him up and petting him in his favorite places, one of which is just under his chin.

Once I put him back on the floor, if I have met his need, he will stay and rub his furry body against my leg. It's his way of saying "Thank you!" He can not reciprocate so all he can do is let me know he appreciated it.

Aren't we like Tiger in two ways?

First, we seem to come to our Loving Lord on our own terms. And when we do come to Him we often just sit there and stare up at Him and say "Come on, I'm here. Meet my needs!" This is not really a good thing, is it?

Then we are like Tiger in that our Loving Lord has given us His very best and we have no way to fully reciprocate what He has done. The best we can do is give Him back our best which pales in comparison to the price He paid for our salvation.

Little Lesson Life Expression
How are you coming to our Loving Lord? Are you only wanting Him working in your life when you want/need him to or are you daily dying to self and letting Him work His will in your life each and every day? And how long has it been since you tried to show your appreciation for what He has done for you? Will you take a few minutes to say "Thank you" via a sincere prayer and then show your appreciation for Him by sharing Him with someone today?


1 Chronicles 28:9 (Amplified Bible)
And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!




Thursday, September 24, 2009

Is Your Light Artificial or Natural?

Remember the plant I told you about?

It finally died ... completely.

So dead I just had to throw it away. I knew I could not bring it back this time. It was gone.

When I realized this, I looked around at its surroundings and realized that the only light it had was artificial light. No direct natural sunlight and it was a creation that needed sunlight.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What light are letting into your life today? Are you relying on the the artificial light of the world and trusting in worldly things like money, politics, or relationships? Is that light keeping you from growing into who you could and should be? Or are you relying on the natural LIght of the world by staying in the Word of our Loving Lord? Are you letting the Bible provide the nourishment that comes from the Son? If not, why not start today?

Psalm 119:105 (New International Version)

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path

Saturday, September 05, 2009

What's Inside Of You?

As we walked through the store yesterday, I saw a wall plaque that read something like: "Inside me lives a skinny person who is screaming to get out. I can usually shut her up with cookies."

Ah yes! That's me for sure... except I shut mine up with Skittles!

So it got me thinking...of course...what's the Little Lesson my Loving Lord would have me learn from that funny little sign that caught my eye.

Perhaps:
Inside me lives a writer who is screaming to get out. I can usually shut her up by spending time playing games online instead of writing.

Or:
Inside me lives a great cook screaming to get out. I can usually shut her up by hiding the cookbooks and eating dinner out.

Or:
Inside me lives a great warrior for our Loving Lord screaming to get out. I can usually shut her up by focusing on me instead of Him. Focusing on my wants/desires instead of His will/way.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What person lives inside of you and is screaming to get out? What does our Loving Lord want to do in and through you that you are preventing by shutting up the person inside that is screaming to get out? How do you fill in the blanks "Inside me lives a ________ screaming to get out. I can usually shut him/her up by _________" Will you let that person out to do the work of Christ today?

Colossians 3:23-24 (Amplified Bible)
Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).







Monday, August 31, 2009

Can You Learn To Say It?

I wonder where it went. What happened to it? It used to be so prevalent.

Take for example this conversation:
Me; “I bought you some of your favorites and put them in the cooler”
Them: “That’s fine.”

Or perhaps:
Me: “Can I get you some iced tea or something else to drink?”
Them: “I’m good.”

Or this one:
Them: “I love your shirt. You look great in that color.”
Me: “This old thing?”

And finally:
Them: “I haven’t seen you wear that skirt before. I like it.”
Me: “Well I found this 75% off rack at the store and it was originally….”

What happened to the simple “Thank you” or “No thank you”? Why is “that’s fine” a valid response when someone does something nice for you or compliments you? Why is the hip response to an offer of a drink “I’m fine” instead of “No but thank you for offering”? We used to be more grateful and thankful as a society.

If we find it hard to tell each other “thank you” I wonder if we are ever giving our Loving Lord thanks! When He blesses our lives, do we just say “That’s fine?” When He offers us His love and even salvation through his Son, do we respond, “I’m good?” When He cleanses our hearts and other’s notice His good works through us and tell us we have a good heart, do we blow it off with “What? This old thing?”


Little Lesson Life Expression
Will you commit to making the words “thank you” part of your active vocabulary? When someone does something nice for you, offers you something, or compliments you, will you sincerely thank them using the words “thank you”? Will you take time out of your busy day to call someone and provide them a long overdue “thank you” for their impact on your life? Most importantly will you thank the most important influence on your life, our Loving Lord? Will you thank Him for all He has done and continues to do in and through your life?


Psalm 136:1-3 (The Message)
Thank God! He deserves your thanks.
His love never quits.

Thank the God of all gods,
His love never quits.
Thank the Lord of all lords.
His love never quits.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How's Your Communication?

“You know, I meant to send him an email this week.” Dear Hubby was disappointed in himself. We have a friend whose dad is not doing well and may be in his final days here on this earth. “I wasn’t sure what to say because I can’t imagine what he’s going through.” He was right. We are both blessed to have both of our parents still with us and in pretty good health.

I told him that sometimes all we can say is “I’m here if you need someone to listen and I’m praying for you and your family.”

Just letting someone know you care is often more important than the words you say. In fact saying words can sometimes be more harmful than helpful. I’ve been in two conversations recently where the two people were trying to let me know they care about me and are here for me but the words ‘of clarification’ cut to where the hurt really lives and put me on the defensive. Thankfully I knew both of their hearts and I was able to move past the details and accept the love and concern they each were sharing.

Others will avoid talking to someone who is hurting because they indeed don’t know what to say. The downside, or unintended consequence of that, is that people think you don’t really care.

In this age of electronic communication, we often try to take the easy way out and shoot off an email because it’s quick, easy, and basically free. Just like prayer.

Oftentimes it’s easy to shoot off a prayer in passing hoping that our Loving Lord ‘catches’ what we are trying to say.

I wonder what kind of an impact you would have on the person you are trying to encourage if you took a few minutes of your time and a few dollars out of your wallet and stopped by the card store and picked out a “just thinking of you” card and sent it to them. Wouldn’t that show that you are honestly interested in them and in their life?

Our Loving Lord wants the same from you. He wants you to stop and chat with Him “spend” some of your time with Him.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Did you start your day with a good quality conversation with our Loving Lord? Or did you dash out the door with a quick “Let’s go Lord! I need lots of help to get through this day”? How do you think your day would be different today if you would had spent more time with Him? What about that friend that needs to hear from you today? Have you called them yet? What will you resolve to do differently tomorrow regarding your relationships?


Galations 4:7 (The Message)

Doesn't that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you're also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What Game Are You Playing?

I'm an addict.

I admit it.

But ... it's all my parents fault.

Yep! It's true. Here's how it happened...

We recently went on a family vacation to North Carolina. Dear hubby, me, my son and daughter-in-love ... Mom and Dad ... my brother along with his wife, four of their five grown children, their daughter-in-love and two grandchildren.

I had one goal while we were there...to have great family fellowship playing many games of Rook. It's a long-time family tradition to play Rook. Rook is a game that I only get to play when I'm with my extended family because dear hubby doesn't play. And it takes four people to play.

Before we ever reached our mountain retreat, Mom told me about a new game they were playing. I mentally blew it off because my number one game to play with these family member is ... Rook! I wasn't interested in learning to play any other game.

So we got to the cabin. I got to play a game or two of Rook but I kept losing my normal players to this 'new' game. I had to check it out. It's called Rummikub. I watched for about a half a minute and figured out exactly how the game was played...and I was hooked. I played the game every chance I got while we were at the cabin. We even went out and bought another Rummikub game so we could have two games going at once. We brought the second game home with us.

Then we got home and hubby had to go back to work and our son and daughter-in-love went to their home. There was no one to play with. But I was addicted and would not be defeated in my quest to play.

I found the ultimate playing companions...on the Internet. There is actually a Rummikub.com site!!! All Rummikub, all the time! So I play. And I play. And I play. I play unless I'm working, sleeping, writing (which I need to do more of) or eating (which I need to do less of). I'm hooked. I'm addicted.

Just as I found these new-found online playing partners ... the Rummikub website went bonkers! You couldn't get on. Their servers were messed up. If you could finally get on and get in a room to play, you'd freeze and get kicked out and lose the game!!! Like my friend Robin, I don't like to lose!

What do you do when you can't do what you want to do???

Perhaps you rethink your priorities. Quit blaming others for your choices. (It's not really Mom and Dad's fault that I choose to play too much.) Admit your addicted to the wrong things. Set things straight in your life with the help of our Loving Lord.

Ouch. I wish I wouldn't step on my own toes. It hurts.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What is eating up your time today? How should you better use the gift of time our Loving Lord has given you for today? Is there a gift you need to get out and use? Do you need to _____(fill in the blank with your gift or talent such as: bake, write a note on an actual piece of stationary to a friend, call and encourage a friend, go visit...) to bless someone He has put in your path? What's stopping you? What are you addicted to? What do you need to do less of so that you can do more for Him?

Matthew 25:45 (The Message)

"He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.'

Monday, August 17, 2009

What Are Your Eyes Seeing?

“Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see,
Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see,
For the Father up above, is looking down in love,
So be careful little eyes what you see!”

I love this song. Many of us learned it when we were growing up. I hope they still teach it to preschoolers today. It’s a simple concept, right? Don’t look at things you should not look at.

I’m thinking maybe we should also sing this song in Sunday morning worship (big church). As big boys and girls (in other words men and women) today we have so many opportunities to see things that we should not see like porn on the PC, sex on the TV, and R-rated movies.

But what about the things that you can’t protect your eyes from? Like when you walk down the middle of the mall and you see a girl that is almost dressed? Or a person who lives an alternate lifestyle ‘acting out’ in public in a restaurant where you are eating? Or the angry almost violent conversation between two neighbors that you see as you are working in your yard? Or worse yet, anything like this being done in your own home?

I’ve been thinking of this lately because of some personal events as well as some movies that I’ve had the ‘privilege(?)’ of seeing recently.

We need to remember that our Loving Lord does see everything we see. He sees everything we do. He sees what seeing does to our minds as well. He knows better than we do the devastating, lasting effects of visual imagery.

“Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see”
“Oh, be careful little ears, what you hear”
“Oh, be careful little feet, what you go”

Little Lesson Life Expression
What are you letting your eyes see today? When our Loving Lord looks through your eyes does He see things that are pleasing to Him? Or do you cause Him to want to look away? Are you acting in such a way that when others look at you they can do so safely? Or are you having a less than positive impact on their minds? Will you choose to honor our Loving Lord with your eyes and your actions today?

Psalm 17:7-9 (Contemporary English Version)
7Show your wonderful love. Your mighty arm protects those who run to you for safety from their enemies. 8Protect me as you would your very own eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings. 9Don't let my brutal enemies attack from all sides and kill me.

Friday, August 14, 2009

What Do You Need To Water?


I received a small plant as a gift a few months back. Since neither one of my thumbs is green, it's leaves promptly withered up and died.

The leaves died but the core of the plant ... it refused to die.

As you can see in this picture, the stem of the plant is, well, green.

I have been watching this plant daily for weeks. I touch the soil and if it's a bit dry, I water it. From the bottom as I learned to do many years ago with an African Violet that refused to die. The African Violet always had leaves that came back to life within a few days.

This little guy, however, has not yet provided me with any new leaves. All I have is the green stem and the little bitty almost-leaves at the top. I'm sure if you looked at my sweet plant, you'd advise me to let it go and die in peace. NO! I think this plant will eventually have full-sized leaves again. I will not give up hope on it. I will continue to check on it each morning and water it as needed.

In life, we all have things that need nurturing. Marriages, children, careers, friends, our relationship with our Loving Lord. Many times these things suffer from neglect and wither up. They may even look like they are so close to death that they are not worth the effort to try to save.

Yet with some loving care and close attention they can make a come back. You just need to invest a part of yourself in the nurturing of the relationship.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What relationship is suffering from neglect in your life today? Have you lost, or given up, hope that it will ever come back? How will you nurture that relationship today? Will you make the changes you need to heal your marriage? Will you provide tough love to your children? Will you take the coaching that your manager has been trying to give you? Will you call that friend that needs to hear from you? Will you open your Bible, read some, and ask our Loving Lord to restore your relationship with Him?


Ezekiel 17:8
It had been planted in a good field by abundant waters in order to produce branches, bear fruit, and become a splendid vine.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Are You Responding To The Call?

I have a friend that is very special to me. She walked with me through some very rough times. I haven't heard from her in ... years.

I call her every year on her birthday. She doesn't answer the phone. I leave a Happy Birthday voice mail. She does not call me back.

I miss her. She lives too far away for me to pop in for a visit. Lately I've really wanted to have one of our chats. She always seems to know how to help me keep things in perspective whether we are talking about work, church, marriage, kids, or whatever.

I don't know why we've lost touch. I don't know if I did something or said something that hurt her. Or perhaps she is just too busy for 'old' friends....life gets that way sometimes. Or worse yet, if something has happened to her where she doesn't have the strength to communicate. I pray it's not that.

No matter what, she is special to me and I miss talking with her.

You are special to Someone too! There is Someone that wants to talk to you every day. Wants to hear from you throughout your day.

Little Lesson Life Expression
How long has it been since you 'called' our Loving Lord just to chat? Is He calling out to you just to get your 'answering machine'? Are you returning His calls? Have you been hurt by another believer so you are giving Him the silent treatment? Why not call out to Him right now and let him know your hurts and disappointments and reconnect with One who loves you no matter what? ... He already knows your thoughts anyway :-)

Psalm 66:16-20 (Contemporary English Version)

16All who worship God, come here and listen;
I will tell you everything God has done for me.
17
I prayed to the Lord, and I praised him.
18If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me.
19But God did listen and answered my prayer.
20Let's praise God! He listened when I prayed, and he is always kind.

Are You A Faux Pas?

I'm a walking, talking fashion faux pas.

Fashion and me just do not get along. Recently, I managed to coordinate a blouse, necklace, and earrings. I looked nice. Even had on some eye shadow and mascara. (I rarely wear makeup.)

By way of a compliment, a friend said, "You know what you need? A bracelet! That would finish it off nicely!" Finish it off. I was more coordinated than you've seen me in over a year and I still needed to "finish it off."

Actually I'm a cheap walking, talking fashion faux pas.

I don't 'get' spending high dollars on clothing and accessories. I buy almost everything on the clearance rack. I don't see the differences in diamonds versus cubic zirconia. Sorry!

Anyway, because of the above, I got really excited when I found a little store in our mall that sells 'jewelry' and nothing in the store seems to be over about $20. I had recently bought four new tops and really wanted to try to get the right accent pieces to wear with them...out of character for me but I thought it might be good for my 'image'. So I found four sets. Each had a necklace and a pair of earrings. None were over $7 for the sets. Each matched one of the tops I had bought.

Over the course of a week, I wore each top and matching items to work. Got many compliments. This week, however, I started to wear one of the necklaces with another outfit. I looked closely at it as it was laying next to some other necklaces that had been bought for me as gifts and were of much better quality. This 'new' one looked cheap. Well, it was cheap.

I was suddenly embarrassed and disappointed that I had let people know that I had a new favorite store at the mall and it was the one that sold this jewelry.

Cheap imitations that take the place of the quality-made real thing.

Many times we do the same thing with our faith. We don't want to take the extra time to find quality Bible teaching and true worship so we settle for the first thing that comes along that fits our budget and sense of worship style. Because of the lack of quality, we accessorize our walk with cheap imitations of what our Loving Lord really wants for us. We become walking, talking, spiritual faux pas.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What value do you put on your spiritual image? When people look at your spiritual image, what do they see? Do they see a real, genuine, faith-filled life or do they see some cheap imitation of what our Loving Lord wants for you and for them? Will you invest some of your time today to get to know Him better and to let Him accessorize your life with the fruits of His Spirit?

Galatians 5:22-23a (The Message)
But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Are You A Burden Bearer?

While drying my hair this morning, I noticed the small frame on the wall.

"
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Thinking of the struggles I've faced recently, I said, "Loving Lord, how? And why? Even with your strength I don't know how to continue working through these issues." Continuing to swirl the hair dryer around my head, I was pondering my questioning attitude when I was reminded of the verse in First Corinthians 13,

"
Love bears all things."

All.


I can do ALL things...Love bears ALL things. After getting dressed for church, I checked my email. One of my daily e-devotionals reminded me of Psalms 103:8 (NIV);

"
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

In The Message it reads,

"
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he's rich in love."

Ouch. Not easily angered. Ummmm. Anger is often my reaction to dealing with some of the issues in my life.
"Loving Lord, I'm not sure I can. Not sure I can be gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abound in love in my own strength. I'm human you know."

And quietly I was reminded I don't have to do it alone.

Not only is our Loving Lord there for me, other people are too. You may ask "who"? Other Bible believing actively practicing believers. How do I know? Galatians 6:2 (HCSB) says

"
Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

I like the way it reads in the Contemporary English Version:

"You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand."

It goes on in verse three:


"If you think you are better than others, when you really aren't, you are wrong
."

Little Lessons Life Expressions
What are you struggling with today? Will you recall that in our Loving Lord's strength you can get through it? When you think it's too much, will you remember that love does bear all things? Are you utilizing the gift our Loving Lord gave us and sharing your struggle with a small group of strong believers that can 'offer a helping hand' and help you 'carry your burden'? If you are the trusted friend, are you carrying that burden with love and backed with prayer?

Galatians 6:1-3 (The Message)
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Will You Be An Overnight Sensation?

Recently we were discussing a band that was considered an overnight sensation. During our chat we became aware of a song they had on the billboard charts some TEN years before they became an 'overnight' success.

I commented that many overnight success stories are years and years in the making.

Through the years, I've heard many stories of lives that were changed overnight when a lost soul comes to know our Loving Lord. People who were skid-row drunks that put the bottle away for good 'overnight' when Christ made a entrance into their hearts. Abusers who repented on the spot and went on to lead productive Christian lives.

Many times our Loving Lord has worked through other people for years and years to lead to that one moment of 'overnight victory in Jesus'!

I wonder how many of us are holding onto unnecessary things in our lives thinking, "maybe one day, I'll let go of this and let God have the victory in this area of my life." I wonder what stops us from giving it up today and becoming an 'overnight success' story for our Loving Lord.

Little Lesson Life Expression

What are you holding on to and refusing to let go of today? What can you hand over to our Loving Lord right now that will not only improve your relationship with Him but with the other important people in your life? What is keeping you from becoming an 'overnight success' right this very day?

2 Chronicles 6:36-39 (The Message)
When they sin against you—and they certainly will; there's no one without sin!—and in anger you turn them over to the enemy and they are taken captive to the enemy's land, whether far or near, but repent in the country of their captivity and pray with changed hearts in their exile, "We've sinned; we've done wrong; we've been most wicked," and turn back to you heart and soul in the land of the enemy who conquered them, and pray to you toward their homeland, the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you chose, and this Temple I have built to the honor of your Name,

Listen from your home in heaven
to their prayers desperate and devout;
Do what is best for them.
Forgive your people who have sinned against you.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Have You Recieved Your Free Gift?

While we were at the Weekend to Remember event, they told the story of a couple who thought that they were on an "all expenses paid" trip, so they really lived it up. They ate the finest things on the menu. They took advantage of every amenity at the resort.

The truth was that their daughter, who knew they needed to be there and knew that they would say they didn't have the money to go, had put up her credit card to pay for it all.

There are many in this world who would never 'pay' for some things but would gobble up ever thing in sight if they thought it was free.

I see this in us when we go on a cruise. Since almost everything is included in one price, we eat to our heart's content. We enjoy food choices that we would never pay for at an equally fine restaurant on land. We encourage everyone we know to go on cruises for the value and enjoyment.

The reality is: in most cases in this life, anything that you get for 'free', someone somewhere pays for it.

There is one thing that is free to you that I wonder if you are taking full advantage of....

Our Loving Lord paid for it. Paid with His life. He paid the price so you could have a free gift that can change your life from the inside out. He has left all of His riches to you.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Are you enjoying the all-expense-paid salvation that our Loving Lord has provided for you? Are you sharing His goodness with those around you so that they too can enjoy the value of this gift. Will you challenge yourself today to get the most out of the free gift that has been offered to you?

Romans 6:23 (New International Version) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8 (New International Version) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—



Friday, March 13, 2009

A Very Little Lesson With A Big Impact

My current PC wallpaper at work has the verse Psalm 37:4 written out on it.

So I said, "Lord, I really desire..."

He said, "Hold on. Are you sure you are delighting yourself in Me? In Me? Are you? Really?!?!?"

Little Lesson Life Expression
Who or what are you delighting in today? Are you delighting in the Lord? In His promises? Does your focus need to shift today towards Him?

Psalm 37:4 (New International Version)
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Psalm 37:3-4 (The Message)
Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last. Keep company with God, get in on the best.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What Song Are You Chosing?

Tonight after cooking supper and washing the pots and pans, I surfed around on Facebook and passively watched American Idol.

On AI the contestants all had to sing Michael Jackson songs. I've never been much of an MJ fan. I did like the song Ben. (Does anyone remember that one?)

So I was not surprised to hear the judges say over and over, "That was just not a good song choice for you." How can the contestants pick 'good' songs from a less than great repertoire? (Don't throw things at me...I know many people do like MJ...He's just not in my favorites.)

Living in the world we often try to pick our life song from the list the world has to offer instead of the list the Word has to offer.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Where are you finding your inspiration? Are you looking others that appear to be great or are you looking to the One that knows you better than you know yourself? What song are you singing? Are you singing what the world is playing or are you singing the special song that our Loving Lord has written just for your life?

Psalm 146:1-2 (The Message)
Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God! All my life long I'll praise God, singing songs to my God as long as I live.

Proverbs 15:15 (The Message)
A miserable heart means a miserable life;
a cheerful heart fills the day with song.




Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Where's The Worth?

(Dear hubby asked me if I really had the dream I mentioned yesterday. In case you too were wondering, yes. My reply to him was actually "Yes. You know I don't make up anything in the Little Lessons." To me, what makes Little Lessons special is what the tag line states: "Looking for the heavenly meaning in the every day events of life.")


Last Friday, the president of the company I work for made a statement that got me thinking. I later told dear hubby that I would be writing a Little Lesson about what he said.

Then we left for Family Life's Weekend to Remember and I did not get a chance to write it. On Sunday night, a popular television show stole my line. Dear hubby hollered from the other room "Hey, there's your line." Yeah.

Still I think this is pretty cool...so you get it anyway :-)

The president was speaking on the state of the economy and how it was impacting our company as well as each of our own 401K's. He reminded us that for most of us our retirement funds are "worth less" today than they were a year ago.

I heard him say that our savings were "worthless" but quickly realized what he actually said.

The popular television show was discussing the value of one particular pizza parlor. The husband/owner said that if certain changes were not made it would be "worthless" and the wife said "No. It will be worth less but not worthless."

On Friday, when I first started heard the words, I could not get over how powerful the thought was.

In our lives, we make investments. We invest in our families. We invest in our friends. We (hopefully) invest time in our church. We invest in our heavenly future...in the Kingdom of our Loving Lord.

But what happens when we "oops"? What happens when we make a mistake, do something bad, hurt our reputation? Our tendency may be to consider ourselves "worthless" for the Lord. We think one bad action depletes our entire investment and makes us worthless for Him and for those around us.

But are we?

We may, for a time, be "worth less" but that's what repentance and forgiveness are all about. With Christ in our lives, we are never worthless. Please hear that again. You have worth! No matter what you've done, what you've been through, where you are in life...You have worth!!!

Little Lesson Life Expression
What does your current spiritual investment portfolio look like? Are you struggling to find any value in it? Are you feeling worthless in your witness? Will you accept today that you are not worthless? Accept that you have worth and take just one small step today to share with someone how our Loving Lord is helping you reinvest in His kingdom?

2 Timothy 1:13-14 (The Message)

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It's as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.

James 5:19-20 (The Message)

My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God's truth, don't write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Are You A Banana Or A Muffin?

I had a dream last night. In the dream, a Bible Study leader was telling each of us to come up and get a banana and a muffin. Each of us went and picked up one of each. Then...

Then...

Then I woke up! Arrrgghhhh!!!
What was the lesson??? Why did I wake up before I heard the lesson. I stayed in bed and thought about it. What can I learn from a banana and a muffin? To do so, I had to think about what I know about a banana and a muffin.


A banana is a single unit that comes from a bunch. It has a hard protective exterior. The interior starts out quite firm and turns to mush if it gets too ripe. If it is opened at just the right time, it will still be firm and can be cut into slices for use in cereal or as a mid-afternoon snack. As it ripens, it becomes perfect for baked recipes. It you wait too long to eat the banana, your only choice will be to throw it away.


A muffin is made from a variety of individual ingredients. Some are individual ingredients like an egg. Some are liquid ingredients like oil or milk. Some are dry ingredients like flour, salt, sugar or spices. In most cases, you would not eat the individual ingredients. A muffin's ingredients must be carefully measured and mixed together. You also would not eat the mix. A muffin must be cooked, go through the fire, in order to be enjoyed.


A banana, in the view of this writer, is one who refuses to let their hard protective exterior be peeled away. One who pull apart from the bunch they are created with but refuses to be part of something bigger. They never let those around them taste of the goodness of who they are deep within. They have so much to offer but they just stand apart and keep all their gifts to themselves.


A muffin, on the other hand, has allowed our Loving Lord to take the best and worse of who they are, the sweet and bitter of their lives, and blend it in with others in their local church body in order to produce a sweet tasting combination that is nourishment to others who come seeking Him. To be part of a muffin, we must let down our tough exterior and allow our Loving Lord to blend us in according to His will and purpose for our life.


Little Lesson Life Expression
How would you describe yourself today? Are you a banana, standing off to the side, keeping all your gifts to yourself? Or are you a muffin, fully involved in what He'd have you do? Or... Are you an ingredient that's ready but not yet committed? Are you peeled back, sliced and mushed, but not yet in the bowl being mixed and prepared for the oven? Will you ask our Loving Lord to put you in a local church mix so that your flavor can add flavor to those who need your gifts?

Philippians 3:15-16 (The Message)

So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.


Monday, February 09, 2009

What Volume Are You Set On?

Grab your cell-phone.

Go ahead. I'll wait.

Got it? Good.


If your phone is like mine, there's a button on the side that lets you change the volume. Leaving out the vibrate options, mine goes in this order: Loud, Soft, Silent. Is yours similar?

Since my phone has to be on Silent or Vibrate when I'm at work, every morning I go through this list from Loud to Soft/Vibrate and then in the afternoon as I head home, I go again through the list and change it back to Loud.

As I walk in the building each weekday morning, I see the list go ... Loud ...Soft ... Silent... and I'm reminded of what happens to many of us as believers. Can you see it?

Our Loving Lord comes into our lives and we are e-x-c-i-t-e-d! We are LOUD! We want to shout from the mountain tops! We want the whole world to come and experience what we have.

Then... Then we return to the 'real world' and we are reminded about what is politically correct to say in our neighborhoods and our workplaces. We realize that we may be a bit too loud. We may been seen as obnoxious when all we are really trying to do is spread the good news of our Loving Lord. So what happens then? We tone it down a bit. Limit our audience. We put our spiritual volume on Soft. We don't want to offend anyone now, do we? We listen to the world and keep quiet. And then almost naturally, we get so quiet. We are no longer even sharing hope. We've gone silent. Silent on sharing salvation. Silent on matters of life. Silent on all Biblical issues.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Where is volume right now as you read this? Is it on Loud? If so, what will you do today to maintain your strength and ensure your volume is not reduced? If it's on soft, do you know why? Has someone turned down your volume and quenched the Spirit in your life? If so, will you call out to our Loving Lord and ask Him to renew the strength of your witness today? Have you gone Silent? Is your witness non-existent? If so, will you ask our Loving Lord to help you share His light and hope with someone you meet today? Let's all turn up the volume today!

Luke 9:26 (Contemporary English Version)

If you are ashamed of Me and My message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when He comes in His glory and in the glory of His Father and the Holy Angels.

I Hear You...I Do Know You Are There...Thank You!

Well, my, my, my .....

You all are indeed out there in readershipland. :-)

I've heard encouraging words from many of you today. Some of you were caught by surprise at my tongue-in-check summary of how few of you there are. In case you missed it, in my previous post, I was looking for you to provide the lesson. I asked the readers to read the snippet about the road less traveled, the road with no Starbucks, and share with us all the lesson our Loving Lord showed to you....only a handful responded.

No worries...I'm not going away...I'm still writing...because I know, and as many of you also reminded me, this is often as much a reminder for me of how to live as it is a ministry to each of you who stop by occasionally and to those that subscribe.

Since I know you are there, will you do me a favor or two? One is: If you see a different lesson in a Little Lesson, go to the website and post a comment on that entry telling us what God is showing you so that others can benefit from it. The other favor is: Will you share Little Lessons with those that are important to you? I know many of you forward me all the cute, funny, or inspiring emails that you receive from friends. Will you share these Little Lessons as well? Thanks!

Thank you also for your ongoing prayer support...Our Loving Lord knows I need you lifting me up in that way!!!! :-) :-) :-)

Be sure to be here tomorrow...with cell phone in hand...for a lesson that has been a long time in coming...........

What Is The Road Less Traveled?

In the last 10 days I have found out that Little Lessons has just a hand-full of readers...Rick, Rose, Connie, and Anonymous, all who responded on the website and Laura who emailed me directly. Although I really thought Little Lessons had more readers, I will still follow my Loving Lord's direction and write these lessons as I see them happen around me.

So what did the road less traveled with no Starbucks mean to me? One thing I see is this: Along the road of life we encounter the "everyone is doing it" philosophy. We are tempted by peer pressure. However, I think we are expected to be different. To take the straighter, more narrow road. The road with less options for variation. To be sanctified which means to be set apart. We don't need the things of this world. We can enjoy things like relationships but we have to look in the Word to see how to relate. We can enjoy having financial blessings but we need to follow Biblical principles in how we use that money.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What road will you take today? Will you choose to blend in with the world and go with the crowd or will you choose to take a different road using the Bible as your road map and our Loving Lord as your guide? Will you be set apart from this world and thereby spread His light for other to see the way to Him?

Exodus 34:8-9 (The Message)

At once, Moses fell to the ground and worshiped, saying, "Please, O Master, if you see anything good in me, please Master, travel with us, hard-headed as these people are. Forgive our iniquity and sin. Own us, possess us.

Friday, January 30, 2009

What Do You Think?

I've always know it.

You know it too. You know that I prefer primary side roads over the freeways where I live. But know I know it's really true.

I take the road less traveled. How do I know?

I do not drive by even one Starbucks on my way to work using my preferred route.

Oh, yeah, I see a Little Lesson in that. But today I want to find out if you do.

If you are reading this on Facebook or through subscribed mail, please go to stowebear.blogspot.com. Once you get here, click on "Comment" at the bottom of this post. Then tell us what Little Lesson life application you see in the above.

I'll be back in a few days to share my thoughts...after I've had a chance to be inspired by yours.

Looking forward to seeing you here soon...............

Monday, January 26, 2009

Are The Changes In Your Life Hot?

"You look great. What did you do different?" my friend asked as we walked out of the Sunday morning service.
"Everything!" I replied, smiling.

"You look HOT!"...in Bible study...another friend...as an afterthought she said "Is it okay for two middle-aged married women to say that to each other" and we both laughed.

'Everything' was different. New glasses, new hair color with highlights, wearing makeup which I rarely do and, most of all, I felt good about what had changed.

Our Loving Lord wants us to look "HOT" spiritually as well. How do we do that? We let Him change us from the inside out. We let Him change our attitudes. We follow His Word. Especially the 'one another' commands: Love one another, be kind to one another, serve one another, comfort one another, encourage one another, pray for one another.

So many of us spend many hours and way too many dollars trying to look good to the world. I wonder what our world would be like if we spent those hours and dollars on not only trying to look spiritually good to the world but also being spiritually good in the world.

Little Lesson Life Expression
What changes will you make today to be spiritually hot? Will you spend more time serving those in need? Will you let our Loving Lord change your negative attitude into a positive one? How will you change today to be hot for Him?

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What Change Will You Believe In?

Today in the United States of America, we have the privilege of doing something few, if any, other countries get to do. We get to swear into office the next leader of our country. A leader that was elected by the people of this great country. Every four years we have this privilege. Inauguration Day falls on January 20th every four years. [January 20th is also my nephew's birthday so every four years the nation celebrates with him :-) Happy Birthday "Jr."]

So today as the festivities start in Washington DC, many people are looking forward to a man fulfilling a campaign promise. A promise that was made by both of the major parties candidates. A promise for change. "Change you can believe in" was our new president's campaign theme.

With all due respect to our new leader, the change that I can believe in is much more personal and much bigger than he is. The change that I can, and do, believe in comes from history. It comes from a day over 2000 years ago when our Loving Lord died on a cross to help me (and you) change from our sinful nature to His nature. The change I believe in is possible because He rose from the grave and went to prepare a place for me.

Because of the change that our Loving Lord provides, I can face the challenges created yesterday, the new challenges of today, and the ones that will come in the future.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Regardless of your political leaning, where are you choosing to place you belief today? Are you going to give glory to another human being and trust him for change? Or are you going to lift your eyes to the Maker of the Universe, to the Savior of the World, to our Loving Lord and say "Jesus, YOU are the change I believe in"?

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Monday, January 19, 2009

How Do You View A Presidency?

Today we bid farewell to our current President and prepare to inaugurate our next one tomorrow.


From the comments I have read on Facebook and other places on the Internet, I know some people are thinking "This can not happen fast enough."


Whether you loved him as President or hated him as President, the fact remains that he was our President for 8 years. Whether or not you are excited about our next President doesn't change the fact that we will have a new President tomorrow.

So how do we face today and how do we prepare for tomorrow?

Perhaps by remembering who really has been in control and who will be in control tomorrow...our Loving Lord. We can't change the past and only He knows the future.

Little Lesson Life Expression
As one presidency ends, will you commit to walk away from negative gossip about what should have been or could have been? As another presidency begins, will you commit to pray daily for this new leader to have wisdom to lead us according to our Loving Lord's plans for our lives?

Exodus 22:28 (Amplified Bible)
You shall not revile God [the judges as His agents] or esteem lightly or curse a ruler of your people.

Proverbs 16:1 (The Message)
Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Who Helps You Navigate?

Tuesday was my first day to report for possible Jury Duty.

In downtown.

I don't drive our freeways and I don't drive downtown.


So of course I took the train, the TRE (Trinity Railway Express), and then caught a bus to get me nearer to the Tarrant County Justice Center.


Although I had my directions in hand, not wanting to get lost along the way, I asked a lot of questions. I asked questions to be sure I was on the right train. When I got off the train, I inquired about the right bus to get me near my destination. On the bus, I asked to be notified when to get off for Jury Duty.
At the bus stop, the driver told me this was my stop and gave me directions to get the the Justice Center.

I started walking, following what I understood to be his directions. When I did not go to the left at one intersection, a woman who had been on the bus, a woman who knew downtown, a woman who knew where I need to go, spoke up and said, "You're going to the Justice Center, right? You need to cross this way with me."

She was right.

I followed her and my destination was straight ahead of me.


As we travel through our daily lives, we check our road map and follow the directions. In other words, we read our Bibles and look for our Loving Lord's guidance as we make decisions. Sometimes we might get confused, disoriented, lost. That's when our Loving Lord places His people along our path. Someone to share an encouraging word. Someone to stop us from going astray. Someone to coach us on toward success. These people are not 'accidents'. We need them and we need to use discernment as we listen to their coaching. Not everyone that tries to give us advice will be on our side. Some will try to derail us. The enemy sends his 'counsel' as well. That's why we need to start with studying the guidebook that our Loving Lord has given us...so we can recognize wise counsel versus the enemy's counsel.

Little Lesson Life Expression

What directions are you listening to today? Are you relying solely on yourself? If so, will you look around you today and see who our Loving Lord has place along your path to provide insight for your journey? Will you rely on His Word to keep you from falling prey to unwise counsel?

Proverbs (The Message)

11:14 Without good direction, people lose their way;
the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.

13:10 Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord,
but wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.

19:20 Take good counsel and accept correction—
that's the way to live wisely and well.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Do You Have A Capital I In The Middle?

While Pastor Gregg was preaching Sunday, as usual I was taking notes.

My penmanship is not that great. Be glad you are reading this on-line and not in a handwritten journal. You might not be able to read my writing.

As he was making that point on slave to sin versus slave to righteousness, when I wrote the word 'sin', even I couldn't read it. So I rewrote the letter "i" in the middle of the word. I rewrote it as a capital I. So my paper read "Slave to sIn".

Do you see it? I've probably known it in the past but I've never actually seen it. At least not that clearly.

... Right in the middle of sin ... is a big capital ... I.

When everything in my life centers around me, I'm more likely to fall into the enemy's trap. I'm more likely to sin...to be a slave to sin.

Little Lesson Life Expression
Is your focus on you making your life focus on sin? Will you change your focus today? Will you focus on our Loving Lord and let Him 'deliver you from evil'?

Galatians 5:16-17 (New Living Translation)

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.


Monday, January 12, 2009

What Are You Slave To Today?

Pastor Gregg is preaching a sermon series on "New Year, New You". This past Sunday, one of his points was that we are either slave to sin or slave to righteousness.


As is often the case, my mind wandered down it's own path as he made this point.


Before you read on, please understand that I know that I'm not perfect and I have made mistakes and sometimes I have flat out sinned.


With that said ... I came to know my Loving Lord at a very young age. I have parents that raised me in His ways and expected that I would 'be good'. I attended a great but very strict Christian school for 3 years starting just a few years after I accepted Christ. My best friend in elementary school, Amy, was a 'very good' Christian girl. In high school, I made another friend, Rene', that was also a 'very good' Christian girl. Amy and Rene' were role models for me although they did not know it at the time. Each of these influences challenged me to to always be a slave to 'right'-ness. A slave to doing what is right and not veering off the straight and narrow. I have not been particularly 'righteous' ... just one to always try to do the 'right' thing. Many are the times that I had opportunities to do 'fun' things that were contrary to the Word of God. Being a 'slave' to right, it was an easy choice to say no. Yet remember...I have not always done the right thing. I encourage those on my staff at my day job to spend their energy on doing the the right things rather than spending that energy trying not to get caught doing something they should not do.


According to their actions, it seems that some others that are close to me, choose or have chosen to be instead a slave to sin. The choose selfish desires over right living. They let their desires keep them in sin instead of choosing right actions that could set them free from the slavery of sin.


Little Lesson Life Expression
What are you slave to today? Are you a slave to sin? Selfish desires? Bad habits? Or are you a slave to 'right'eousness? Are you choosing to let our Loving Lord's commands keep you free from acting on those temptations? Are you choosing this day to be a 'slave' to Christ and live for Him? If you are currently a slave to sin, will you let this day be the day you receive your freedom from that slavery and voluntarily submit to being a slave to His righteousness?

Romans 6:15-23 (Contemporary English Version)


15What does all this mean? Does it mean we are free to sin, because we are ruled by God's wonderful kindness and not by the Law? Certainly not! 16Don't you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to him. 17You used to be slaves of sin. But I thank God that with all your heart you obeyed the teaching you received from me. 18Now you are set free from sin and are slaves who please God.


19I am using these everyday examples, because in some ways you are still weak. You used to let the different parts of your body be slaves of your evil thoughts. But now you must make every part of your body serve God, so that you will belong completely to him.


20When you were slaves of sin, you didn't have to please God. 21But what good did you receive from the things you did? All you have to show for them is your shame, and they lead to death. 22Now you have been set free from sin, and you are God's slaves. This will make you holy and will lead you to eternal life. 23Sin pays off with death. But God's gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Are You Getting Your Treats?

Every morning, Tigger and Tiger get cat treats. The later I sleep, the more anxious they get about their treats. They desire them as early in the day as they can get them. If I first sit at the computer, like I did this morning, they sit near by and....they really do this...Tiger particularly...they scowl at me. It's like they are saying "Stop what you are doing! Don't you know how important our treats are?"

We, too, have treats waiting on us each morning. Our Loving Lord desires us to come to Him first thing each morning and get the treats He has waiting for us in His Word. Oh, for each of us to be as anxious to get into His Word as Tigger and Tiger are to get their morning treats!

Little Lesson Life Expression
Did you have your treats from the Bible this morning? If not, what did you place a higher priority on? Will you re-evaluate that priority tomorrow morning?

Genesis 19:27 (New International Version)
Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD.

Mark 1:35 (New International Version)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Lamentations 3:22 (The Message)
God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left.



Monday, January 05, 2009

Are You Afraid Of Movement?

Tiger, my boy cat, loves to come in the bathroom with me. He loves to move around through my ankles showing affection and wanting attention. I pet him and sometimes pick him up and we cuddle and have "purr-time". When "purr-time" is over, I put him down and he rubs up against my ankles again. As soon as I make the slightest movement that indicates I'm about done, he runs away. As long as I'm sitting still, he stays as close as he can. However, if he thinks I'm about to move, he leaves.


I wonder if this is how we are with our Loving Lord. As long as we can come to Him on our terms, we "cuddle" Him and stay close. We stay in our comfort zone. But what happens when we see Him start to move? Do we get anxious about what our role might be in His movement and run away? Or do we stay close and see what He might be getting ready to do? Do we get excited that we might be part of His plans?


Little Lesson Life Expression
As you draw close to our Loving Lord today, will you ask Him to reveal to you what His plans are for your life? Will you look to see when He is moving in situations around you and join in? Or will you run away afraid of what He might be doing that may cost you your time or your money? Are you willing to miss out on potential blessing because of your fear? Will you release that fear to Him today?

1 Corinthians 12:6 (Contemporary English Version)
and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.