Friday, December 11, 2009

Authenticity

What a blessing I had yesterday to share a cup of tea and piece of pie with a dear friend. She has recently had an answer to a prayer that she has prayed for over 14 years! Hallelujah! I have been her prayer partner for many years and have joined her in asking the Father for an answer to her heart's cry. As I sat chatting with her, the restaurant and people around us seemed to disappear as our world became two dear friends whose hearts the Lord has connected. Over the years of our friendship, we have prayed for one another's families and we have wept together and rejoiced together, as scripture says. I couldn't help but think of the word "authenticity". She is authentic - no highly spiritual dialogue, no flowery words, no trying to impress with her knowledge of scripture, no trying to fix problems. Just simply listening and sharing from her heart. The Lord was constantly in our discussion and we shared scripture. We were simply two friends walking through life together, sharing our journey and encouraging one another to keep on.

Do you have a friend like that? Are you a friend like that? How desperately I aim to be authentic. I am blessed to have several friends who are genuine, authentic, who I can go to at any time of day or night and ask for prayer and know that they are faithful. I endeavor to be the same kind of friend for them.

We are all reminded this week once again of how someone in the public eye was thought of as great, but his transgressions were brought to light. He is nothing like the man he has appeared to be on our TV screens and newspapers. My heart's desire is to be the "real deal", to be the same no matter who my audience is. May the fragrance of Christ permeate those around me for His glory.

Blessings!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Waiting on the Lord

Some days it seems that everywhere I turn, I am waiting. Especially at this time of year, there is a wait to check out at the grocery store. There is a wait to check out at Wal-Mart. There is a wait to get food at Chick-fil-A. Our younger daughter and son-in-law are waiting on a job. Our older daughter and son-in-law are waiting for improvement in their income and work schedules. Of course, we are also waiting for a new little granddaughter's entrance into the world. And I am waiting on a response to an email about a family matter.

I wonder how Mary felt as she waited on the birth of her son, the Saviour of the world. Any mother pregnant with child thinks the gestation period is a long time. But what about Mary? How long her days must have felt while anticipating the birth of this baby born to redeem the souls of men. Scripture tells us that she "pondered" things in her heart. No doubt she was a remarkable young woman to have been chosen by God to deliver His son. But the wisdom she must have had to be so young and yet so capable to handle the responsibility.

Perhaps instead of complaining about the waiting I am doing, maybe I should look for the Lord in what I am waiting on. The time might go faster and my character be transformed.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving heart

Greetings from our home this Thanksgiving weekend.  We spent Thanksgiving with my husband's family, brothers, nieces, and nephews, a total of 17 in all.  The food was wonderful and reconnecting with family was great.  Our children, their spouses, and the grandchildren were with their in-laws.  Our Thanksgiving for many, many years has been followed by an early morning departure for the big bargains.  This is a multigenerational female outing where we share many laughs, share our love of finding the biggest deal of the day, and of course, eating!  This shared experience is not based on material things, it is more the bonding and family memories created.  I really missed the excursion this year - we all did our own thing because of not being together. 

My heart overflows this year with thankfulness for God's provision this past year.  This year was one of near financial ruin and at times we were sure we would lose everything.  Yet God continued to show up with His provision and blessing to see us through one more time.  He is faithful and true to His promises.  Perhaps this year more than ever, it was put to the test.  And without a doubt, God poured out His blessings on us.  I praise Him for loving us and providing for us.  The lessons He has taught us this year are ones I might not have signed up for, but I am better for having been His student.  Praise Him!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's a girl!

We are overjoyed with the news that grandbaby #6 is a little girl!  She will make her grand entrance some time in mid to late February.  The doctor said she looks healthy and everything looks fine.  Praise God.  Two years ago on June 29, 2007, Callie Grace was born into Heaven.  We never got the joy of knowing her.  Then along came Corban Boyd, and his first month of life was touch and go.  You would never know that now - he is so hard to keep up with.  He is a true miracle and such a joy.  Now little baby girl will join the family.  I am humbled at the Creator's blessings to our family.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Clinging to my Help!

Psalm 63:7,8 (NIV) - Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.  The Message, 73:8 - I hold onto you for dear life and you hold me steady as a post.

When did I lose my song?  I am humbled by the above scripture that suggests to me I should be singing because of His help.  I must admit that the past several years have been such a struggle that a song has not been on my lips.  How I long to find my voice again and begin singing His praises.  I love The Message version - I have been holding on for dear life and He has been faithful to hold me steady.  How I praise my Lord for His help.  I'm ready to burst forth with song! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009