Monday, October 24, 2011

Walking with children


I passed them on my way to the grocery store and then again on my way home.

Here was a dad with his two small daughters and they too were going to the store;only their pace was not as brisk as mine...

The father could have been walking as quickly as I, but he was not alone. He'd slowed his pace to match his daughter's, staying by her side and not hurrying her along.

The LORD is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust. Psalms 103:13,14


I've no doubt that God has wanted me to move more quickly along paths of righteousness in the journey of becoming more like Christ. When He says "go" I imagine He has more of a purposeful stride in mind than the ambling I do. But He is the ultimate father. He walks with us; at our pace. He will make sure that we will get to where we are going even if we stop to look at bugs on the sidewalk or flit off to chase a few butterflies along the way.
He's our Dad and He is God. He knows how to encourage us as He walks with us to get us where we need to be.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

What's on your plate?

For the past few months I've been mindful of what I've been eating; trying to conciously choose what I feel is healthiest for me.

This morning my daughter, who got up earlier than I, came upstairs with breakfast for both of us; to be eaten, of course, all snuggled in my bed.

While it was delicious and so very thoughtful, it was not exactly what I'd planned on having. The bagel was delicious and the coffee was really strong and so I ate and drank because she had lovingly prepared it for me.

Sometimes God puts things on our plates that we would not have chosen to partake of; and yet, there they are. Do we partake? Do we trust that the One who loves us more than we can imagine, knows what is best for us?

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me. Proverbs 30:8

Let us be so convinced of the goodness and faithful love of our God  that we can thank Him for whatever He puts on our plates, as He knows that for us this is needful.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stopping to Savor

It's my birthday and because of the celebrations and numerous free birthday item coupons, I have eaten my way through the week! Five days (so far!) of palate pleasing pursuits; ice cream and coffees, pie, breakfast and lunches, and bakery cookies shaped like cupcakes. It's been a scrumptious journey!

A birthday is a perfect time to stop and savor, not only all the deliciousness of celebration, but the richness of another year lived with the blessings of the Lord.

So many years ago this baby girl was born and has consequently been sustained and upheld all the days that have followed. As I look through my history I trace the hand of God; and I am sure that this same hand will continue to guide and uphold me in the years to come. A birthday is a time to pause and remember and in the remembering, to step into a new year with confidence.

Taste (and savor) and see (remember) that the Lord is good.
Oh the joys (and peace!) of those who trust in Him!
Let the Lord's people show Him reverence,
for those who honor Him will have all they need (will not lack any necessary thing)
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry (despite all that strength and ability and all they have going for them)
But those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. (Never lack, for anything, what greater gift could there ever be?!)
Psalms 34:8-10 (and me!)



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Unchanging

Things change.
This is neither rocket science nor new information.
What is today may not be tomorrow.
Things change.

God does not change.
No matter how the seasons, circumstances, friends, locations, or abilities change; God remains the same.
He is constant.

If your landscape which was once bathed in sun and balmy breezes is now barren and life threateningly cold; God remains the same.(Hebrews 13:8)

If the circle of chairs around your table grows fewer; God is still present. (Psalm 27:10)

If your energy runs out before the hours of the day, if your needs exceed the bills in your wallet, if where once you abounded you are now bereft; God still supplies all that we need. (Philippians 4:19)

Thou changest not
Thy compassions, they fail not,
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me... ( From the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness which is based on Lamantations 3:22,23)

Thou changest not - no matter what else may change - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:5 

No matter what changes in my life, in my relationships, or in myself I can always count on God to be unchanging; as loving and reliable as He has always been.



Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.


Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!