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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Your 2 Hour Movie

At night, I give my husband full control of the TV remote.  I've learned over the years that even the best movies can't keep my eyes from closing when I sit down for the evening.  Though I have full intentions to follow the plot and not miss the action, it is a nightly routine for my husband to nudge me when it's over and say, "Come on, honey, the movie's done."  And, as if it was something new, I'll usually respond, "I can't believe I missed it!"

If we're not careful, the same can happen in life. 

•Fathers with demanding careers or hobbies and mothers distracted by their own careers, housework, or other things, fully intend to tune in and watch their babies grow.  But, without realizing it, they blink and look at their full grown children saying, "How did you grow so fast?"  And, they struggle to remember the plot of their children's story. 

•Young adults that will 'someday pursue their dreams', wake up at 40 years old saying to themselves, "What have I done with my life?  Did I snooze my way through the past 22 years?"

•Those who 'go through the motions' with God.  They 'do their duty', but somewhere along the line their heart has disconnected and they feel empty inside.  They are asleep in the Light. 
I can only encourage you as my husband encourages me. Wake Up!  Don't miss the movie of your life...your children, your calling, your Life with God.  Faster than a two hour movie, so our lives begin and end here on earth.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

No Regrets

A couple years ago, we bought a beautiful yellow Labrador Retriever.
It was love at first sight!  My husband, myself and the kids were tickled pink to adopt this new addition into our family.  We paid the price and he was all ours. 

Little did we know what was ahead.
Soon after we bought him, he fell very ill to pneumonia.  The first vet to see his X-rays gave us 'the talk'.  She was not very confident in his healing and prepared our hearts for the worst.  When we took him in to see the hospital specialist, they began intense treatment with him.  Months and months passed.  And, slowly but surely, progress was being made. 

Our boy made it.  He was out of the woods. 

But then the multiple ear infections started.
 
Then the eye infection. 
  • Then the complications and infection with his neutering
  • Then the strange cyst that developed on his leg. 
  • Then the poisonous reaction to his flea & tick formula-- that landed him right back at the over-night hospital and resulted in a nasty skin rash that turned into bloody blotches all over his body.
  • Then the strange seizures that would occur periodically.

This dog has been nothing but issues!  He's been a mess!  But, ya know what?  We never saw him as a headache.  We were on his side and fought for him and with him to overcome each hurdle.  Were we only to love him if he was problem free?  No. We knew when we adopted him that it was for better or worst.  And, in spite of all his complications, He has been the most amazing companion to us and has brought much joy and laughter to our home.  Do we regret adopting him?  No, not one bit!


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God has adopted us. He has called us His own.

But, many of us feel like the 'problem dog' with Him. We know we're a mess. We've got issues piled upon issues.

But, don't you think God knew that when He signed the adoption papers? Do you think He adopted us blindly? No! In fact, it was because of His Great Compassion that He saw us, came to us, picked us up and boldly and proudly proclaimed to everyone around, "I'll take THIS one!!" He wanted us -- issues and all! And He was prepared to stick it out with us.

Does He ever regret it?
Nope, NOT ONE BIT!

 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tell Me Whatcha Need, whatcha really really need


In high school and college I used to waitress.  My job, of course, was to listen to each person's request and get them what they needed. 

On occasion, I would have a customer that would come in and say, "You know what I want.  I'll take that."  To which I would say, "I do?  Well, remind me then."  We would laugh and I'd wait for him to verbally confirm his need.  It was an important step in the process of getting him fed.  I knew better to assume anything or put words in his mouth. 

Most of us understand that we can't expect our waiters to guess our orders.  And, as we have need throughout our meal, we know that, though the server will eventually come by to check on us, it's completely acceptable to raise our hand and call our need to attention.  Our waiters are there to willingly serve, but they aren't mind-readers.  If they don't hear what we need, how can they help us?

The same is true for our heart needs.  How can we expect to find the help we are looking for if we never verbalize our needs?  How will anyone know what we are thinking if we close ourselves up in a corner?

We can't expect others to read our minds; our spouses to pick up on, what we think are, 'obvious' signs; or be frustrated with God that He's not responding-- even though we have yet to reach out and ask Him to help. 

Make your request known.

Be kind to yourself and fair to others -- don't expect them to guess your order. 
And, cry out to God.  He will surely respond to you.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Four Sons

A father had 4 sons.

He loved each son equally and gave each of them what they needed.  Equal mercy.  Equal grace.

The sons, however, did not have an equal relationship with their father.  Two of the sons spent a portion of each day talking to their father.  Over time, they grew to understand their father and, as a result, they increased in wisdom as well.  The other two sons did not take time for their father at all. 

One day, a quarrel broke out in the nearby city.  Many were angry and upset.  The two sons who loved their father went into the city to see what all the commotion was.  To their dismay, they saw their other two brothers leading an angry mob. 

Pulling their brothers aside, the wise brothers questioned their siblings.

"What are you doing?" they asked.

"We have seen great sin and we have come to set these people straight!" the foolish brothers said.

The wise brothers looked at each other in disbelief and said,  "Do you not know, dear brothers, that you represent our household?"

"Of course, we know.  In fact, we come in our father's name!" the men answered.

The wise brothers, shocked and grieved, urged their other brothers to go to their father's house at once and ask their father directly if this was his desire for them.

But, the foolish brothers refused, saying, "Do you think we do not know what our father thinks and wishes?  There is no need for us to go and ask."

But, before they could even finish their sentence, they looked up and saw their father approaching.

"Father!" the foolish brothers exclaimed. "We are here to do your will!"

The father, looking at his foolish sons, shook his head and said, "If you had known my heart, you would know to proclaim my Great Mercy."