Thursday, October 29, 2009

Do You Hear Me?

How many times have we asked the question,"Did you hear me?" I was talking to an customer service representative on an issue we were having. I stated the problem and asked for a resolve. The rep asked the questions that I had answered already, not once but four times. Frustrated, I raised my voice and said, "Stop, put the script down, and listen to what I am saying." Then on the fifth time the rep finally passed me on to someone else who could not help me. I went through four levels all to no avail. They did not understand, could not hear, they were not listening.

The title of my children's book is "Do You Hear Me Jesus?" It is interesting that children understand that question better than we do. And they are bold enough to ask. The question itself is the approach and now is waiting.

Then promise in Jeremiah 29:12 is when we call on God, God will hear. God hears. That is enough there. Your resposibility is to approach and pray. Develop that habit approach and pray.

As you move through your day and stupidity arises, whether yours or someone else, call. When you absolutely have no clue- call. I bless your day with expectation of God's answer. type to you later!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Plan, the Way, the Map

How many times have we been lost? It doesn't matter where, on a city street, a country road, on a new campus, putting together a toy or a piece of furniture, in a bad relationship, running with poison friends, making lifestyles that have not been positive. You get the picture. For many of us we know the way out of lost - ask someone, read the instructions, find the way out!

And then there are the times that we are not sure that we are lost, we thonk we know, we think we understand, we think we read correctly, but this is where we are. What do we do??? Who can help??? Sometimes those we turn to only serve to help us further along the lost trail-enablers.

Okay, I have to do it- there is a word from the Lord. (Okay -that felt good, but you know it is the truth.) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jer.29:11). Don't go anywhere else. Stay right there. Let that sink in, As F.G. Sampson II, (Doc) used to say,"Hang that on the clothesline of your mind and let the Holy Ghost blow on it."

If God has the plan . . . If God has the way. . . If God wrote the map... Then why do we waste precious time caught up in stupidity - wandering, confused, and lost? If-if we have been given a map for our lives, the scriptures, then why is it that we do not search them to find our way? If we don't know how to search for real meaning for our lives, then a spiritual director comes in handy here. A director that will point you toward the word - that will point you toward God. In the meantime, the plan, the way, the map. The plan has been done, the way is doable, the map is available. Allow God to give you clear direction. Watch what God is doing in your life. Seek His will. type to you later.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Still Seeking

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity"(Jer. 29:11-13 NIV).

There is so much in this but I want to chat about being found- that is a promise! When we seek with our heart, we will find God.

I have not been on facebook in a few days- why? Too many people talking about nothing. Too many people talking to have their words in print. I'm talking about preachers that are just talking. Please -it is their perogative, but wouldn't it be better to talk out of your praise instead of talking about praise? Wouldn't it be better to worship out of your love for God instead of talking about it? I would rather be an extension of God's love than just telling someone about it. Can you feel me?

We have allowed facebook and twitter to find us. I ain't mad - I'm still on, but only every few days. I do care about my friends and family- so I pray. I do so much love being found by God. And so I want to acknowledge the times. You will be surprised to see what those times look like. Join me today- in seeking God. Don't forget to journal what you see, feel. In the meantime you can find me - seeking God. type to you later.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Sign

I was disturbed that this blog showed an astrological sign for me. I didn't put it on. So what does that mean? We must take great pains to make sure we are being represented correctly. That in turn allows us to represent properly. There is only one sign that I am under... and that is the sign of the cross, which is the standard. So tomorrow, think about your moves, think about what you do and what it says about you. type to you later!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

What Time Is It?

When was the last time someone asked you that question? Or when did you last ask someone that question? I wonder are we even aware of the time? I don't think so. You see, we move around like we haven't a care in the world when it comes to being about our Father's business. And so we lie, we lead others astray, we have lost our ability to make real differences is the lives of others. Secretly we long for what others have, yet we try to cut them down. Do we know what time it is?

As institutions that should aid others in helping them see, hear and know the awesomeness of God's plan for their lives-we fail. Call it what you want. We turn more people out than in. We pimp God's word and cause many to fall. Do we know what time it is?

As believers we abuse others by our actions, our thoughts. Do we know what time it is?

As I pondered the question I looked at my own life. And as many there are a few things I have right, and there things I have done wrong. As I grow more (you see, it is a process)I try to catch myself in what I do. How? Well - I have to listen to directions from Holy Spirit. No it is not anything 'holier than anyone else' it is just listening to Holy spirit's guidance. Many of you do so, but trick is not only to listen, but to follow instructions. WHOOOOOO! Even simple little ones like blessing another or praying for one when the image their face comes to your mind. Or like praying for those who misuse you. Or like saying a word to someone that you don't know. We can go, but you get it.

I have to be connected in communion with God. No, that is not necessarily praying in public but having a prayer life. In doing so you overcome so many things- because of that connection. Do you want to see it played out? You must read the scriptures. They are (as my son called them when he was young) God's road map. The thing about it that maps all read the same to everyone who views them. But while the words are the same, the mapping is different for each one who studies the scriptures. Try them!

Do you know what time it is? If you really knew, you wouldn't let petty mess cause you distress. You see, it is early, it is too late? It is too early for you to give up the race, it is too late for you back out. Let go o anything that causes you to miss hearing. God whispers comfort, encouragement, peace to you in so many ways.

Are you journaling? Read the third chapter of Ecclesiastes. Journal what you feel as you read. Consider this season. Is is time to let go or to hold on? Do you really know what time it is? type to you later.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Play the Game

Okay, okay, how many of you play the game Bejeweled? I started playing on my daughter-in-law's phone and couldn't wait to get it on mine. That and Sudoku. Okay there is a new version, Bejeweled 2, and that is the base of my thoughts today. As Bejeweled, you match three jewels in a row and get points, or you can match 4 jewels in a row and get more points, or you can get five jewels in a row and get a star?I can't remember. I just know I like them. When you get the star you don't know what the jewel is but when you use it in a match it takes every jewel of its kind off the board, thus racking up big points.

I was playing well, but wanted to play better. So, I started trying to make five in a row happen. The more I tried to make five in a row, the more I lost threes. Finally I gave up and played the game. What I learned was that we do life the same way. We try to set it up to get the big scores while missing the many smaller scores. Do you see it? If we just dance the dance we will come to the big moves. We don't have to force it, and definitely not ignore the small ones on the way.
Just play the game.

I saw a commercial today that Carefirst advocates dancing as a way of living of strenghtening the heart. I said it already, in my book "The Drama of Dance in the Local Church." What better way to dance by doing it liturgically? I am also available for workshops for Drama, Dance and Formational Prayer. Call me, I will come (smile). The book is available from Amazon, Borders, Xulon Press.
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ah ha!

Today is my youngest grandson's birthday. After I talked to him via phone, I cried. The joy of watching a child grow into a beautiful wonder of 0od. Then I heard that a friend turned 60 today. I beemed with delight for him. Two very wise people born on this day. Of course there are others. And then I got a note from a friend, a well known pastor that was thinking about me. Wow! Yesterday, another well know preacher contacted me - she was thinking about me! Do you know how cool that is?
Have you considered those who are thinking and prayin for you? That is enough right there.

My friend yesterday said she had not heard the lightest in my voice in a few years. Wow! There comes a time when you just cannot let whatever you move though- be it God ordained or Satan ordered. You see if it God, then He will give you the saftey nets to move through - but you must move through. You do it by watching His moves - not yours. IF it is Satan, he is the defeated foe and you have been given power and authority to handle it (Luke 10:19)- you do so by following Holy Spirit's lead in your life. And even in the victories over Satan, don't get geeked about that, get geeked that your name is written. "Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that yur names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20 NRSV).

Marvel this day at the joys life bring. They are there. Get excited with your role in God's work. He loves you and considers you "Beloved." Take in the ah ha monent with God today. type to you later.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A New Day

Wake up! A new day has arrived with all the excitement the day can bring. That is how we should approach the new day. It is another chance. Another level - you've heard that before. It is. But what if the level does not go up but down? It is still another level. It is part of the journey. We can hold to the newness of the place.

"The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind and therefore have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end;they are ne every mornng;great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,'says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him'" (Lam. 3:19-24 NRSV).

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