• November 29, 2015 /  Uncategorized

    King David Ruler of Israel

    The Bible’s pages are filled with stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The Bible is also loaded with tales of everyday people living mundane daily life, in real homes, with real families, and real problems.   Sometimes I forget that.  I forget these Bible characters were living, breathing, laughing, crying, scared, and confused persons… just like me.

    Since I know Heaven is a perfect place where no guilt or shame or regret or embarrassment can live, I try not to cringe when I wonder if these people had any idea that their life’s journey was going to be recorded in the best-selling Book of all time for folks from every generation to read and re-read and read again.

    Since what is written in the Word would not be considered “gossip” let’s look at the highlights of just one Bible characters life so you can maybe feel what I’ve been feeling.  Then we can cringe together.  So let’s peek at the life of David.
    Yep, King David, the man after God’s own heart. He would be a fun storyline.

    Now David lived quite a life. Some of David’s life’s drama he brought on himself by his sinful choices…agreed. But a lot of Davids life’s stuff was just handed to him like this is the path, and you’ve got to walk it out stuff.

        1. David was a young boy when he was chosen by GOD and anointed by Samuel to be the future King of Israel.  That’s not so bad.
        2. After his anointing, David spent years in hiding, running away from jealous King Saul. That kind of stinks because Davids best buddy and one of his wives are kids of King Saul, so that makes for some interesting family dimensions right there.
        3. After many years, King Saul dies, and David takes the crown. I wonder if David imagined his life would “settle down” a bit since his biggest enemy King Saul is now gone.
        4. After David becomes King, David has to deal with lots of Kingly stuff like;
          wars, famines, uprisings, and plagues.
        5. David also has to deal with lots of personal Kingly stuff like;
          adultery, murder, and direct disobedience.
        6. David’s first born son dies as a direct result of Davids sin.
        7. One of Davids wife hates him so much she stops all physical relations with him. So David gets no children from her.
        8. But David has sons and daughters from his other wives, and I’d bet he was hoping for a Godly heritage. I’d bet.
          Yet, many of those kids are disobedient.
          Some are liars. Some are thieves.
          There are a rapist and a murderer.
          David has plenty of backstabbers in his family heritage.
          Some of his children attempt to usurp his authority as King, to gain the crown. One of his sons spends years plotting revenge on his dad and tries repeatedly to kill David. 

    Now that’s a dysfunctional family with a capital dsy. See what I mean? Are you feeling it yet? Wowzer, talk about bold print headlines. David, however, is now long gone and happy in Heaven.  And we are left with the lingering stories of his successes and his failures to feast our eyes upon and to pass on to our children.
    Tales of one man’s life. A man that lived and breathed real air. A fella that tried and learned. Laughed and cried, succeeded and blew it big time… and still made it into the Faith Chapter Hall of Fame!

    I don’t know what your family dimensions looks like today. I’m not privy to your personal stories of triumphs and tragedy.  I have no idea how much drama your living through, or how much heartache you’re dealing with.  But judging by Davids story, no matter how crazy-over-the-top and out-of-control your life may seem…you have the very real potential to end your story well.

    So, sisters, I’m heading for the Faith chapter.  And I’m inviting you to join me. I’m limping towards that finish line, with my eye on the Cross. In the midst of “who-would-have-ever-thunk” dysfunctional family stuff,  I take courage from the saints who have gone before me. They did it. They lived it. They suffered it. They endured it. They ended well.  And now they form a circle round about us, cheering us on right through our everyday dysfunctional family affairs. That great cloud of witnesses whose voices ring off the pages directly into our tired ears “Keep going, you got this. We are saving you a place, at the table.”

  • November 21, 2015 /  Uncategorized

     

    cookies

    In these troubled times when anxious is something I do quite well, I love to return to some key verses such as this one quoted from the book of Philippians:

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Interesting Book that Bible.

    Be anxious for nothing appears to be a command, not a suggestion.
    It is a command that streams through both the Old Testament and the New.
    Be anxious for nothing restated would look something like this:
    Don’t be worried about nothin’.
    Don’t be scared of anything.
    Don’t fret over stuff.

    Well, how do I keep a command that I’m so good at breaking?

    God is so kind to His kids. When He tells us not to do something, He tells us what to do instead. So, when God says to be anxious for nothing, He follows it with a pray about everything.
    That’s a God plan revealed and strategy for us God girls.
    Pray instead of worry.
    But, how do I practically work that one out?
    I mean it’s 3 am, it’s dark, the headlines are scary, my faith is weak, my flesh is frozen in fear. How do I turn from anxious worry to thankful prayer?

    With my voice. I turn up the volume on my voice box, and I speak louder than the thoughts in my head, and I begin to pray.
    Now, I’m not stupid, and I’m not dumb I know the fear thoughts haven’t gone anywhere.
    It’s just that now I am talking to my God about them instead of counseling with myself.
    I’ve replaced pouring out my anxieties to the enemy with communication with God.
    As I continue, I speak real-life to my God about my stressors.
    I am very pointed about my concerns.
    I tell God everything that’s piled on me.
    I am very specific about my requests.
    As I talk to the Creator of this world, I remember to mix in thanksgiving.
    While I pray, I throw in some gratitude.
    I spend a long time mixing this recipe because I know this is a formula for a move of God.

    When it has been mixed long enough, those prayers and thanksgivings of mine, God does a super cool thing. He does an extraordinary thing. A thing that doesn’t make sense to my brain cells and passes the understanding of my troubled, worried mind.
    He gives me peace.
    Homemade-chocolate-chip-cookies-fresh-out-of- the-oven peace.
    They took me awhile to make from scratch.
    It was time and energy and effort to mix those babies up.
    It cost me something.
    But boy, oh boy, did they come out good.
    I guess that’s what happens when I use Gods tried and true recipe instead of my own prepackaged mix.
    Peace happens.