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Monday, June 18, 2012

What's In YOUR Wallet?

We keep in our wallets what's most important to us.  Our money.  Our credit cards.  Pictures of our precious loved ones and pets.  Though a wallet may be small, it represents alot.  It represents what is personal and what takes priority in our lives.  It represents -- our self.

What if our hearts had a wallet? 
What if we were able to pull out a representation of who we are on the inside? 

What would we find?  Would we find pictures of ourselves -- representing our self-focus?  Would our Identification Cards be a picture of the things we own or the things we have accomplished -- because we find our identity in our possessions or things we have done?  Would our ID's address be earth's or Heaven's?  And, would we realize that our debt on those credit cards we carry around with us have been completely paid for -- that all is Forgiven -- we are no longer in debt!


What's in YOUR wallet?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cultivate

Its health and success are based on it....its environment.  You may have the perfect seed.  But, it will go nowhere if not given a safe place to grow.

Same goes with our marriages.  Couples who create safe environments for each other to communicate and be themselves are more likely to have a successful marriage.  How much harder it is when what they call 'home' is filled with criticism, walls, and unspoken bitterness.  How can their love grow in such soil?

Children.  They are filled to the brim with potential, talents and gifts yet to be unwrapped.  But, children, more than even us adults, are ultra sensitive to whether their environment is safe or not.  If security is lacking, they will focus more on surviving than letting their petals open and their beauty unfold.

My question for you today is...  are you cultivating your garden?  If you are married, what environment are allowing to fill your home?  If you have children, are you helping them feel safe?  Are you giving them a secure place to blossom? 

You have a choice in this.

It's something that I've recently discovered for myself.  Words, tone, and volume change the environment in my home.  I didn't realize how much power I have as a wife and mom to set the environment in my house and in my marriage.  I have a choice whether I set a positive or a negative vibe.  But, I also realized that the only way for me to set a genuine tone of love and acceptance and safety in my home is to first ask God to be the Center and the Peace of my life.  If I have no peace, how can I give it?  If I am not centered in His Love, how can I share it?  If I feel judged, how can I possibly share forgiveness and mercy? 

We love because He first loved us.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

My car manual promises it.  If I'm ever in an accident, my air bags are going to activate.  A comforting statement.  But, it's not like I'm going to go test them out on my own.  In faith, I believe that it will do what it says it will do when I need them most.  That when life happens, I won't find out at that point that the manual lied to me. 

God's Word is full of promises... "I'll never leave you nor forsake you";  "I've loved you with an everlasting Love"; "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip -- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord watches over you -- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm -- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

That's a whole lot of good stuff.  A whole lot of comforting statements.  But, just like my car manual, what's most important to me is that it's not just a bunch of feel-good sentiments.  That where the rubber meets the road, my spiritual airbags are going to meet me where I'm at.  I need to know that everything I know to be true about God is going to come into play in real life.  That even if everything explodes around me, even if all else is unstable, I can look and find Him still standing there over me -- His promises still as solid as ever.  I need to know that He is who He says He is -- who His 'Manual' describes Him to be. 

The thing is, though, it's not a question on His end.  God Does Not Lie.  Period.  So, if life happens (and it does!) God will stick to His guns.  He's not a fair-weather friend that gets nervous when trials come.  He does not change like shifting shadows.  His moods don't swing like ours do.  His opinion of us never changes. 

So, even more than I trust my airbags, I can trust God.  In faith, I travel through life knowing that where the rubber meets the road, His promises are not just words on a page, but they are alive, true and real


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Testing, Testing...me, me, me

Being a parent is such a demanding job.  There's no place to clock out.  There's no bell that rings that dismisses you.  There's no leaving your job site to go home.  Rewarding?  Absolutely.  Trade it for the world?  No way!  Easy to find balance?  Not for me. 

I wanted to list here all the things that I personally want to remember as I journey through parenthood.  It's not that I don't know, I just lose sight of them.  Writing things down helps make them concrete for me.  (Which is probably why I like to blog.  I'm telling myself more than I'm telling anyone else! ;)


1)  Since I've become a parent, has everything else in my life stopped? 

2)  Have I talked to my husband today? (I mean more than just about bill paying and school work.)

3)  Have I done something today that I, personally, enjoy doing -- even if it does not involve the kids?

4)  When's the last time I bought something for myself?

5) When's the last time I sat down?  No, not to complete something on my to-do list -- just sit.

6) When's the last time I shared my heart with a friend?

7)  When's the last time I spent time with God?

8)  Am I teaching my children to be helpers? (which will eventually lighten my load!)

9)  Am I trying to be the hero?  Am I willing to let others help?

10) Have I enjoyed my children today?  Have I enjoyed my husband?  Am I seizing moments to take it all in and thank God for it all?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Medicine Drops

My daughter had Pink Eye once.  Though, it was an uncomfortable thing for her, the Pink Eye itself was not what she was most concerned about. 

 It was the medicine. 

We bought her antibiotic drops that we knew would be quick to attack the source and bring her to quick healing.  But, though we knew it was good for her, and she knew it was good for her, she was frightened by it.

"Please, don't let it hurt." she pleaded.

"Honey, it won't.  But, what I need you to do is step into the light." I said, reassuring her as I lead her into the dining room where the light was brightest.

I put my hand under her chin and lifted her head.  Tears began to fall down her cheeks. 

"I'm scared!" she said, as she pulled away from me and covered her eyes with her hands.

It took 15 minutes for her to finally relax enough to let me get the drops in, but only a moment for the medicine to drop in and begin the healing process.




The process of getting her to the  place where she was ready to receive medicine was a a stunning picture of myself.  From my own mouth I have said her very words to God.  "I'm scared.  Please don't let it hurt."  Though His medicine was what I needed, the idea of receiving it was more frightening and agonizing than my heart pain itself.

But, oh the love of a Parent.  Our Dad's 'medicine drops' are for our healing, our health.  His intention is never to hurt us, only to love and heal us.  And, how patient He is with us in our process of coming to Him.  He doesn't push us.  He never scolds us for not coming.  Just as I helped my daughter, He leads us into His Light and lifts our heads.  He understands our suspicion.  But, He also knows the Truth that will set us free and He never gives up on us.  No matter how much we resist Him, He's not a parent that will just walk out the door the minute we say no.  He waits for us.  He builds a trust with us until finally we are able to say to Him, "Daddy, I'm ready for your medicine drops now."






Saturday, June 2, 2012

Thought of the Day VII


If M&M's, Jelly Beans, and Crayons
can work out their racial differences,
so can we.


I only hate you
because I don't like myself.

Hold the onions. Mayo on the side. Lightly toasted -- but remove all the seeds.
2 squirts of mustard or I'll send it back.
And, please no toothpick or I'll sue you if I hurt myself on it.
Otherwise, I'm completely easy to please.


After 4 years of therapy,
I'm finally able to admit it.
I'm human.


I used to be HAPPY AS A CLAM.
Now, I'm just clammed up.




Some dogs get hurt and never whine.
But, they're still hurt.




Strong silent type?
or just stubborn and closed up?



 
A person's weight does not define them.
But, it is wise for a person to define a good weight for themself.




Marriage. Carriage.
in that order



 
I'm Not A Liar!
I just don't believe in disclosing the facts.



I'm not interested in whether it's right.
I'm interested in just always being right.


RSVP.
Or your seat will not be saved.


 
Waiting on God
is like waiting for a pie to bake.
Timing is everything.


When you die, the inheritance you leave
is more than just your possessions.



Take time to
stop and smell the roses...
and thank the One that made them grow.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Thought of the Day VI


Finding Love is one thing.  Letting Love in is another.




Your vulnerability
gave me permission to cry.
thank you.



When we cry, God catches our tears
and uses them to make a RAINBOW.



You can't play hide and seek with God.
He always knows where you are.



It's okay to Laugh!! ;0)
try it.



If you don't stop gossiping,
I'm going to start talking about you!



I don't mean to brag,
but my DADDY is the CEO
of everything.


Earth is our Womb. Heaven is our Home.




Wish upon a star
Or, even better... just ask the One who made that star.



a TREE is only as healthy as the water it drinks




Kites can only fly
when they position themselves with the Wind.