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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Just What I Needed To Hear

Sometimes you're invited to speak your mind. 

You might be asked to lead a small group discussion.  You might be asked to speak in front of a classroom.  You might have the opportunity to speak to the multitudes. 

But, sometimes...  no invitation is given.

And, if you're like many people, unless an invitation is given, you're not one to scream your voice over the crowd just to be heard. 

But, it could be that what you have to say needs to be heard.

No, maybe you're not the talkative type.  Maybe you're not eloquent with your words.  Maybe, you have awkward social skills.  But, that doesn't change the fact that what has been whispered in your ear and planted in your heart can touch a life around you. 

And, we don't need to wait for a formal invitation.  Maybe, just an open door and eyes to see...

That lady sitting next to you on the bus might be grieving.  The Hope that is in you could be just what she needs in her silent struggle.  The cashier that seems to always be grumpy could use your smile and a kind, encouraging, even humorous comment.  Your conversation or joke could change her whole mood.  The man that fixes your car might feel isolated and lonely.  What you know to be true about love and relationships could be a comment that eventually leads him to make new friends and restore his rocky marriage.

You never know.  Never underestimate the power of your words.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Answer Your Phone

There was a man who was not feeling well. 

But, he showed no outside symptoms.  No rashes.  No coughing.  No change in his complexion.  From anyone else's perspective he was doing just fine. 

But, he was not fine.

His stomach ached constantly.  He had sharp pains shooting down his leg periodically.  And, he was always reaching for aspirin to control the headaches he experienced each morning. 

He knew he was not fine.

But, he managed the pain level on most days and went on with life.  No reason to complain anyway and announce his ailments.

But, there came a day when managing the pain became a losing battle.  It went beyond what the over-the-counter medicines could take care of. 

He realized he could no longer help himself. 

So, he cried out to God.  And, God met him where he was at.  The man was comforted and the pain lifted. 

But, the man was not yet healed.  He went on struggling in great pain.

So, he cried out to God again.  And, God met him and lifted his pain.

But, the man was still not completely healed. 

So, he cried out to God again.  "God, why will You not just heal me completely when I come to you?"

At that moment, the man's phone rang.  It was his brother. 

"My son,"  God said, "It is my desire to heal you.  Heal you completely.  But, not in your isolation.     Answer your phone."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beatles Fan!

My husband is a huge Beatles fan.

He's got their music.  He's got their videos on DVD.  He's got paraphernalia and huge posters of them on our music studio wall.  He's a huge fan.

Die hard Beatles fans just completely make me chuckle.  When my husband watches their concert videos, I'm both humored and fascinated as I watch the fans react to seeing the Beatles in person.  They're screaming.  They're crying.  They're acting crazy as they hysterically hug each other and lose all sense of propriety.  They are so catch up in the moment of being in the presence of 'greatness' that this is the only reaction they can have.  Oh, what a moment to see their idols in the flesh.  Oh, what a moment!

Though I don't completely relate to the awe struck response to four human beings, I do equate it to how I feel about being able to see my Hero one day.  To finally meet Jesus and see Him Face to face.  When the mystery and the wait is over and I get to see, in person, the One I've been a fan of almost my whole life.  

I can only imagine my reaction.

If I'm not blown off my feet in Glory, I am picturing my response to be one of complete hysterical Beatle-manicness.  I'm going to scream my head off.  I'm gonna pull at my hair and cry like a baby.  I'm gonna grab the nearest person next to me, even if I don't know them, and hug them until I knock the breath out of them.  I'm going to jump wildly up and down and wave my cell phone light as high in the air as I can get it.  I'm going to run in circles and hyperventilate!  I am going go nuts

It's the only reaction I think I could have when I'm caught up in the moment of being in the Presence of Greatness.  Oh what a moment to see Him in the flesh!  Oh, what a moment!  Oh, what a moment!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Use Only In Case Of Emergency

Emergency Flashlights. 

We store them in our closets.  We put them safely under the kitchen sink.  We have them in a box somewhere in the crowded basement. 

It's merely a backup -- a light source we label "Use Only in Case of Emergency".  And, we don't see it as a necessity until the lights go out.



I have a tendency to treat my Light, the Lamp to my feet, like only an emergency flashlight -- Used 'Only in Case of Emergency'.  Kept safely in a drawer.  Pulled out only when all else fails. 

The funny thing is, once I open it and read, I can't pull myself away.  The pages come alive.  The words jump out of the Book like dolphins playing in the ocean.  I'm wrapped up its wonder.  I'm caught up in its passion.  And, I'm brought into a world that can not be found here in the natural.  It speaks and tells its Story and somehow knows my story, too!  I don't have to explain myself.  It already knows and already has become my Answer.  It already has become my True Light Source that can be brought out and used, yes even enjoyed, daily -- not just in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

A classic line from what has become a classic American movie.  Dirty Dancing swept us off our feet in 1987.  It's a coming of age film of teenager, 'Baby', who enters a taboo relationship (that she hides from her father), with the dance instructor, Johnny, at a vacationing resort. 

This line comes at the climax of the film when Johnny declares it over Baby, rebuking the resort's choice of seating for her in the corner of the room, and taking her hand as an invite to dance the final dance of the season with him on stage. 

The line summarizes it all.  You don't put what should be shining, in the shadows of a dark corner. 


******

That's God's motto, too. 

His placement of the stars was not in the dark caves of a mountain or underneath a rock.  His placement was in the open spaces of the universe for all to see.  He unashamedly hung them and even went a step further to personalize them and gave them each a name. 

And, He treats us with the same dignity and adoration.  He is unashamed to call us His children.  He is not ashamed to say, "I love you and you are my bright shining star."  He is full of Love for us -- every inch of us.  And, He is proud to be our Daddy.

And, if ANYONE places what should be shining in the shadows of a dark corner, He will, without hesitation, take their hand and pull them out -- announcing to all...

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."


Thursday, November 10, 2011

No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Additives or Preservatives

Many people are going natural.

We're checking labels.  We're re-thinking the things we are buying, consuming, and giving our children.  We're getting informed.  We're finding out the effects of processed foods.  We're looking at the benefits of organic living.  Health gurus have been screaming it for years, and now many of us are wanting more and more to just go back to what is natural, untainted, unprocessed, and not manipulated by man.  We want the good stuff -- straight up.


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Many people are going Natural.
 
We've grown tired of the 'Processed Food'.  We are re-thinking our Consumption.  We're feeling the effects of the Additives and Artificial Flavors and Colors that have manipulated and have hid the Organic Nutrition that our hearts have been yearning for and were intended to have.  We don't want what is fake and not real anymore, but rather the All Natural, Untainted, Unprocessed Love of God.  We want the Good Stuff -- straight up.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I've Got Your Back

I try to be careful to grab every bag.  But, this time I didn't.

I grabbed 2 bags from the store counter, but left the third.  I got home, showed off my new purchases to my husband and didn't even realize I was missing something. 

But, Someone else knew.

The next morning, I had to run to the grocery store and the only time I had to fit it into my schedule was at 7am in the morning.  I never go that early.  But, this time I did.

As I got out of my car, I looked up and saw the cashier from the store I was at the day before. 

"Funny meeting you here,"  I said, wondering if she recognized me.

Her eyes lit up. 

"You left your bag yesterday!  I tried to stop you in the parking lot but it was too late, you had drove away.  I can't believe I'm running into you now.  I never come to the grocery store this early."

******

Someone had my back.  He always does.  It was no coincidence that I happened to run into her.  I never shop that early and neither does she.

I can list multiple times that things like this has happened.  Things I know that were not orchestrated not by me, but by a Father who is keeping His eyes on me and caring for me. 

Like the time, years ago, when I left my purse on the top of my car.  (Yep, I have been that brainless at times!!)  When I got home, I couldn't find it and didn't even remember leaving it on the top of my car.  But Someone else knew.  I remember it was one of the first times I ever asked God to truly help me.  I said a small prayer.  "God, help me find my purse that has so many things in it that are important to me."  It wasn't but a minute later that the phone rang.  It was a woman who was looking for the owner of a purse she found in a parking lot!  I was stunned.  I knew God had my back.  And, I not only got it back, but nothing was missing from it.  God had protected the money, the documents, the photos and everything else. 

That day, I realized two things.

1) God is not only real, but hears me and responds to my prayers.

2) God cares not just about the big things like running the universe, but also the little things that are big to me

He's got my back.  Yesterday, today... and forever. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Family


FAMILY:  Learning how to combine spaghetti, jello, spinach and applesauce
and somehow make it delicious.


A Family knows that arguments do not mean you love each other any less.

A Family continues to hold each other up -- long after everyone else has given up on them. 

A Family knows the power of their words.  They use them to strengthen, not to hurt or manipulate each other.

A Family isn't perfect and doesn't expect each other to be.

A Family replaces the toilet paper roll when it's empty.  They have a 'we', not 'me' mentality.

A Family forgives.  They know the next time around they will be the one saying sorry.

A Family realizes that some disagreements aren't worth losing a relationship over.

A Family realizes that it's better to share your heart than to live as a stranger in your own home.

A Family doesn't bring their 'dirty laundry' to the office.

A Family are each other's 'First Responders'.

A Family knows their boundaries -- and respects them.

A Family sometimes needs to learn the difference between 'support' and 'enabling'.

A Family may change through the years.  But, they never stop being...

A Family