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Monday, February 1, 2016

He Knows My Name!!!



Think about a famous person you really admire.

Someone you wish you knew.

Someone so totally awesome that you can’t imagine actually meeting them.

They seem so far above you.

So out of reach.

Untouchable.

And yet, you hold pronounced respect for them. 

You think they are GREAT!

Now imagine this famous person knows your name.

How exciting is that!?!

They know you!

Your heart is beating fast.

Sweat pops out on your forehead. 

Your palms are clammy and you’re so happy you might actually pee your pants (okay, maybe not pee your pants, but you get the picture).

This totally amazing person knows your name!

Out of the thousands of fans out there, this person knows YOU.

How cool is that?

Are you hyperventilating yet?

Now imagine this person says they want to be your best friend(BFF).

Did you just pass out?

Do you need a moment to collect yourself?

Awesome dream, right?

Life changing if that dream were to come true.

The person you “idolize” most wants to be your BFF!

Completely out of this world, unreal, and would be so amazing if it were true.

Okay, calm down. 

Time to focus.

I don’t know who your “famous” person is that sends your heart in overdrive, but I know someone famous who SHOULD send you reeling, because He does know your name.

If fact, He knows all about you and He adores you. He would say He’s a fan of yours.

Have you figured out who He is yet?

GOD.

He’s the most famous person ever…and He knows your name.

He wants a relationship with you.

To be your BFF.

The questions He has for you are:

Will you be His BFF?

Will you admire, respect, and idolize Him MORE than other famous people?

Will you stop what you’re doing just to interact with Him?

Will you listen to Him and memorize His Words?

Will you choose Him over every other thing that vies for your attention? 

Will you get as excited to spend time with Him as you would someone else who is less famous?

Does your heart sore at the thought of Him knowing your name?

Does He need to pick up you because your legs are too wobbly to stand in His presents?

Does He hold a candle to the dream you first envisioned when you began reading this post?

Does He take center stage in your life?

He wants to.

He wants to mean something to you…something more than just a passing acquaintance.

He wants to change your life and rock your world.

He’s worthy of your adoration and devotion. 

And you already have His.

Will you give Him yours?

Is He your dream come true?

This post was inspired by the song “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battistelli.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016: The Guilt of being Imperfect and the Promise to overcome



During the Christmas season I began thinking about Jesus’ parents…Mary and Joseph. I’ve always been blown away by their faith and obedience, their complete trust in God. They seem perfect. 

Yet, I know that’s not true. 

They were human.

Just like me.

Just like you.

That means they were NOT perfect.

It means they sinned.

Let that sink in. 

The parents God chose to raise Jesus were imperfect humans. They sinned. And yet, God still used them! 

While the Bible doesn’t record Mary and Joseph’s mistakes, we can be sure they were just as human as you and me. 

In Luke 2 we find a very interesting story about Jesus as a boy. 

When He was 12 He went with His family to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. After it was over, Jesus decided to not go back with them. However, He didn’t inform His mom or dad of His plans and they assumed He was with the large group traveling home. It wasn’t long before they realized He was missing! 

Can you imagine how they must have felt?

Where was their son?
What had happened to Him?
Was He hurt?
Had someone taken Him?

Besides the instant worry and fear, I imagine they felt GUILT.

How could they have let this happen?
How could they NOT have known He wasn’t with them?
What kind of parents were they?

All the fear, worry, and guilt would build as they searched for Him. 

It took 3 days to find Him.

Can you imagine how you’d feel if it were your son missing?

Now add to that the knowledge you were choose to raise the SON OF GOD!

Talk about pressure!

They were responsible for the Messiah!

Here are some of the things I would have been thinking as I frantically search for my son:

“You’ve got to be kidding me; I LOST the Son of God? God trusted me to birth and care for His Son and I LOST Him? I can’t believe I LOST Him? How could I have let this happen? What’s wrong with me? I’m a terrible mom! Did God make a mistake making me Jesus’ mother?”

Here’s the conversation I would have had with God:

“I’m so sorry I lost your Son. How can you ever forgive me? You entrusted me with Him and I LOST Him! If You will please help me find Him I promise I won’t lose Him again…I hope!”

Now I don’t know if Mary thought anything similar to this. But from the scriptures I do know that she said, “…Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” Luke 2:48

Mary and Joseph were anxious.

They were scared.

And I bet they felt at least a little guilty at not having kept better track of Jesus. 

The point I’m trying to make is: WE ARE ALL HUMAN.

We all make mistakes. 

God knows this about us.

God knew Mary and Joseph were not perfect. 

But He trusted them to care for His only Son anyway.

God loves you…even though you are imperfect.

Nothing you’ve ever done, or will do, can change that.

We all sin.

So as you go into this New Year, know you will  mess up.

Go ahead and make “New Year’s Resolutions” but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick with them.

You will make mistakes in 2016.

But God’s grace is enough.

His love knows no bounds. And the plans He has for you are good.

Trust Him.

Mary and Joseph did.

They weren’t perfect and God used them.

He will use you too. 

Have a wonderful New Year.  

And please, don’t let guilt over messing up keep you from moving forward. 

God has great things in store for you.

May this promise from God comfort you and guide you in 2016:

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Mistakes don't have to define who we are. They aren't the "end" unless we choose to make them that way. With God, we always have hope for more. 

Happy New Year! 

God bless.



Monday, December 7, 2015

The Joy of Crying



“Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.”

Have you ever gone through a season of tears? 

Where your heart cries out to God for relief? 

When you don’t see an end in sight, but you know you have to keep going?

Have you ever felt like the verses you usually refer to in hard times just aren’t enough and so you’re searching the Scriptures for a nugget of hope to see you through?

As you may know, I’m a mom. And I can tell you absolutely NOTHING in life has brought me more joy or more tears.

My kids are such a blessing. I cherish each moment I have with them.

But being a mom brings with it a HUGE responsibility. 

Not only am I responsible for making sure my kids are fed, clothed, healthy and learning their ABC”s, it falls on my shoulders (and my husband’s) to train them up in the ways of God (Proverbs 22:6), and to discipline them in love (Eph 6:4, Col 3:21, Proverbs 3:12) so that they will one day be productive members of society and servants in the Body of Christ (2 Tim 3:15, Deu 4:6).

Those are BIG responsibilities! 

So many seeds to be sown into their little lives. 

Even realizing that God is helping me doesn’t lessen some of my own tears.

Example:

Teaching my baby that I can’t walk with him ALL night long so he can sleep brought many tears to both our eyes. 

He began life with reflux issues…and so the habit of walking with him for hours and hours formed.
Thank God, he is healed of the reflux issue…but God didn’t erase his memory of the months of being held. 

He still wanted to be held.

Weeks went by of my husband and me trying to get him to sleep in his crib...it was torture.

I wondered why I was doing this to all of us. Maybe I didn’t really need sleep? Maybe I could continue walking with him throughout the night…he’d eventually outgrow it, right? (My sleep deprived mind actually thought those were pretty good arguments)

As the MONTHS continued  my heart begged God for relief. 

Daily I’d ask, “Why, Lord, why won’t my baby sleep?”

My old standby verse “My Grace is sufficient for you…” (2 Cor 12:9) did little to alleviate the pain. WHY WAS THIS HAPPENING? Other babies slept through the night by now and mine slept worse than a newborn.

And then I came across Psalm 126:5, “Those who sow with tears  will reap with songs of joy.”

Sowing with tears.

That’s what I was doing.

His little tears and my big ones. 
 
So as I continued to pat my screaming son’s back as he lay in his crib I thought about the seeds I was sowing: independence from me, learning to comfort himself, better sleep for everyone and a well rested mommy so I could do all the other things a mommy needs to do on a daily basis but with a song of joy in my heart instead of despair and blood shot eyes.

Sometimes trials are long and hard, but we have to remember the lessons of sowing.

Seeds sown are broken open in order to grow.

Besides joy, it produces other wonderful fruit (Gal 5:22-23)

And if you’re still having a hard time finding hope in sowing in tears, let me remind you of the ultimate JOYOUS TEARS…Jesus going to the cross—“…For the JOY set before Him He endured the cross…” ( Heb 12:2, emphasis mine)