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My book signing in November 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jealous Bones

They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the Lord speaks? Does he not speak through us also?” “Now listen to the words of the Lord: Why then did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?”

So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days and the people did not start out again until she was brought back. (Numbers 12:2, 6, 8, 15, NAB)

Miriam and Aaron were jealous. Here was Moses, a meek man who had not lived the suffering they had, married to a Cushite, getting all the glory. How could God do that to them?

Recently I have been asking myself the same question. I have given up so much to follow my husband across the country for his job. Yes, my career was portable and our six year old daughter was at a portable stage in her life. It didn’t seem like a big sacrifice at the time.

So we move. Al has already found a church with a choir, theater group and a school for Ana. The choir and the theater group joyfully embrace him. When Ana and I arrive on the scene, momentum on the summer musical is well underway and the spare garage at our new house is soon converted into a scene shop. I’m asked to write some articles for the program and I get stars in my eyes. Maybe this will swing some attention my way. And a little does come, but compared to my husband it doesn’t feel like much. So the show runs and he gets his name in the newspaper for the fantastic sets he helped to build and the theater group is worshipping the ground he walks on. As his wife I share the spotlight, but my own light seems very dim.

Fast-forward, its one year later. He is the set construction manager. (I.e. he’s in charge of the whole shebang.) He’s doing quite a bit of work, a lot of the time he’s on his own. Needless to say his star is on the rise again. I was once again asked to write two articles, but in the end only wrote one. So in a few weeks the show will go on and along with the actors, musicians and directors, he will receive many kudos and I’ll receive few to none.

I feel the green-eyed monster growing inside. The fact my husband is so completely involved with this project, leaves Ana and I with many hours without him. Lots of time for me to become angry, jealous and resentful.

Like the story of Miriam and Moses, God isn’t too happy with this attitude. He won’t afflict me with leprosy as he did Miriam, but I feel his dissatisfaction in other ways. My attitudes push my husband away. Al may not realize my jealousy, but he feels the push and senses my unhappiness. He moves further away and finds ways to spend less time with me and when he can’t do that he’s grouchy and irritable. I’ve created my own punishment.

God doesn’t like my jealousy and anger. He wants me to find other ways to channel my energies. If I can’t work with Al to accomplish goals, then I need to focus on missions that God has given me. God wants to share in Al’s glow for now and patiently wait, for in God’s time my light will shine brightly and Al will be in the fringes sharing the experience with me, like I need to learn to do now.

Lord, help me keep the jealous bones at bay, encourage my loved ones with their successes and know that in you time I will have successes also.

Is there something that a spouse, friend or acquaintance has that you wish you had? Have you let it cause anger, resentment or distance in your relationship? Step back and look at what you are doing. Are your emotions causing damage you don’t want it to? Realize what you are doing and see that is not your time but theirs. Realize your time will come. Share their excitement; let them know how happy you are for them. Congratulate them. Strive not to belittle their accomplishment, but instead let them know how important it is to you and to God. Make a conscious effort to be part of their joy instead of causing them distress.

Review: A Girl's Guide to Life

Book Review: A Girl's Guide to Life: The truth on growing up, being true and making your teen years fabulous!  By: Katie Meier

Going online, Guys-What's up with Them, Religion: These are just three of the chapter titles that Katie Meier covers in her book A Girl's Guide to Life.

With the use of stories, charts, Bible references Ms. Meier covers the many issues that a teenage girl will face. She gives advice on how to handle the situations in a contemporary way using things like family, church, the Bible and God as your guides.

In a very inciteful chapter she breaks down the different religious beliefs that a young person will encounter and states the truth behind all of them so the teen can make an informed decision on ways to handle situations that they will unlikely be presented with.

Unfortunately I can't quote the whole book for you here. You'll just have to take my word for it that it is a book every teenage girl and every parent of a teenage girl should have. I wish that I had had it when I was raising my older daughter, and you can be sure I will be using and recommending it to my nine year old when she reaches those delicate teenage years. (Hopefully sometime around 20 or 30.) This is a book every teenage girl should have in their library.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Seeing our way through the Storm

Why do you let me see ruin: why must I look at misery? (Habakkuk 1:3)

A few years ago my husband lost his job. After much prayer and discussion we decided to uproot our lives and move across the country to start over again.

Fast forward: Not quite two years have gone by. We’re getting settled in our new lives, learning our way around a new town and state, even making new friends. Basically building a new life, then we get the news, my husband is unemployed again. The job that brought us across the country held out so much promise just let us down. What do we do now, pack it all up and go back to where we started, or stay here and find a way to make things work?

For a short time I felt abandoned and without hope. We thought we were doing what God wanted. How could He let this happen, we are His faithful followers?

Then all that we still have floats into my line of sight. We aren’t homeless, naked or hungry. We can still help our grown children; maintain our lifestyle including Catholic school for our youngest as well as private school for our granddaughter. We’re more fortunate than many. It seems we should focus on what we have and moving forward not on what is lost or left behind.

We don’t have much room to question God’s plan or doubt His will. He is good to us, given us more than we need. What we need to focus on is applying all we have to doing God’s will, being a force for God and not for the world. The world chewed us up and spit us out, now we would turn to God. He won’t spit us out, maybe put a few rocks in the path, but never spit us out. The rocks are necessary; they make us stronger, more worthy of His gifts, which He will give us in abundance when we join him in heaven.

With our light dimmed how do we get from here to there. The first, most important step is acknowledging what we have and profusely thanking God for all of it. By this stock taking we learn just how fortunate we are, we see the friends we have made, the connections we built. We must look beyond the despair and darkness of our current situation and find the hope and light. When we do that the decision to follow this path God set us on doesn’t seem so hard. Instead of wallowing in the deficit we should rejoice and share from our plenty. Life isn’t so bad through these glasses.

Time for more prayers, whatever we decide it will be decided with God. No lingering in the well of self pity and recrimination, God has a plan for us and it is up to us to follow it. We pray, we begin to see the edge of his robes and like the women healed of blood diseases, we only need to touch the hem of his garment to see beyond our current darkness. All that we have becomes a bright shining light and the path becomes clear. We will stay here in our new home with our new friends, school and church. We have been given a chance to give back a small portion of what was given to us when we moved here. We now have the time to do more for the Church and School, to do God’s work. We will start our own business right here in Washington and share our bounty with others. We will climb over this rock in our path and move forward with Jesus by our side to help carry the burden. God is with us always, even when we put on or are forced to wear the dark glasses for a time. The light may be dim, but it is a light in the darkness, a path to follow, a journey to make, all with God.

Most Awesome and Powerfule Jesus, Be my light in the darkness, show me the path to follow, the journey to take and grant that You may always be by my side. In your most gracious and glorious name, Jesus. Amen

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Abide in Me

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (John 15:4)

Jesus performed many miracles in His three years of ministry, from restoring sight to the blind man, to healing lepers, casting out demons and even feeding thousands of hungry people. He had faith in His Father and was given the ability to perform these miracles.

Do you know that with faith, God's power manifests itself in you? Yes it does. When actuated by the Holy Spirit  God's power  through the faith of man goes out to bless the world. Pretty awesome, but then again we have a pretty awesome God, Don't you think?

Oh most powerful, awesome Jesus, I know you performed many great miracles through the power of your Father. Come be with me, guide me, strengthen my faith so that with the power of God through You and the Holy Spirit I may become a beacon of faith and hope just as you. Show me how to use Your power to heal my little part of the world and bring more people to a unwavering faith in You, just as Your Son has. All this in Jesus name I pray.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Let Go and Let God

I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtily, so your minds shoud be corrupted from the simplicity that is in  Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Follow God's commands and leave the results to Him. Sounds simple enough. Why do we humans make it so hard, why do we want to determine the results, influence them, have them be what we want? Why can't we simply let go and let God.

God has already worked everything out in the spirit world. His  has everything  in place to produce a result that He has deemed most beneficial to you. All we have to do is follow His commands faithfully. Listen for Him. Learn from Him. Obey Him. When we do these things, walk with Him, act under His divine control. We are strengthened by His divine power.

So let's strive to make it simple by carrying out His commands and leaving the result to Him.

Most powerful and awesome Jesus, Speak so that I  may hear, guide so I may see the path, lead so I may follow. Command me oh Lord so that I may travel your path and obey you. Jesus help me gracefully step aside and let your results flow from my obedience. This I pray in the name of your most merciful son, Jesus.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Accept the Invitation

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

You have recieved an invitation, a wonderful invitation, one that you shoudn't ignore. An invitation from God and Jesus is the messenger. You have been invited to lay down all your cares and worries. to simply believe and follow. Jesus will lead the way, He will shepherd you and all who willingly follow. He will not force you, but instead gently encourages you to freely chose Him over the Satan, Him over the trials of the world. God is waiting for you and He will wait for all eternity for He is a patient God.

When you finally come to Him, He wants you to be free of selfish desires, worries and fears. He wants you to let go of all the worldly hungers, to hunger only for Him, to run not walk into His loving embrace. Jesus can fulfill all your needs if you only let Him. Accept the invitation.

Oh most merciful and gracious Jesus show me how to let go of the world, let go of myself  and lie down in your warm embrace. Let me find comfort and solitude, where before I only found pain and confusion. Show me a world sheperded by you so that I may come in and recieve you evergloriou, everlasting love. This I pray in Jesus most awesome name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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God has supplied everything and He will protect

Every place the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. (Joshua 1:3)

God has given us everything, the ground we walk on, the air we breathe, the flowers that we marvel at their beauty and even those we don't. He has supplied friends, family and even enemies. He protects us from those enemies and sometimes the friends and family. His hand is in everything that happens in our lives. We can count on this. He never questions, He just does.

Why do we doubt, why do we question? And who are we to even doubt? He led the Israelites through the Red Sea and into freedom from the oppression of the Egyptians. Numerous times  He has led one group or even one person out of man's self imposed bondage. He does the same for each one of us. Do not doubt. He is true. He is sure. He maybe the one stable thing in your life that you can count on. Trust Him, He will protect you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Have Faith

So the faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Do you sit and wait for the next shoe to fall? Do you anticipate all manner of distress and evil waiting just around the corner? Is your life filled with fear, anxiety, worry? Do you plan for the worst never considering the better?

This is not the way God wants us to live. He wants you to trust Him with everything. Recently my husband and I were having a discussion about the state of the economy, something I try to avoid usually. In our relationship I am the positive one while he is the negative one. Over the years he has rubbed off on me and I hope I have rubbed off on him at least a little, but that is a stoy for another time. Anyway he is convinced that the economy will not recover anytime soon and that only man can turn it around. He is also convinced that God cannot or will not do anything about it. In one way I agree with him, man got himself into this mess. That's just about were our agreement stops. My argument was that yes while man may have created this mess if we turn back to God, God will lead us out. Husband: Nope we have to do this ourselves, God can't fix this. Me: Man has turned from God and the only way to fix anything is for man to turn back to God and have faith that this is not of God's making and yet God will fix it, if you place your faith and trust in Him.

Neither one of us convinced the other of our argument. There was no winner or loser, but instead a stalemate. So I will continue to believe that if we place our trust, our faith, our hope in God that in His time He will fix everything. There may not be lightening bolts or burning bushes but He will fix it.

Dear Jesus, grant me an unwavering faith, that you know what is right, what is good and will fix the world if they only show a little faith in you. When Abraham pleaded with You to save Gomorrah if ten righteous men could be found You agreed to not destroy the city. Please let it be so today. Do not let men destroy what You have created. Bring your faithful out of this darkness and into Your glorious light. In Jesus most awesome name I pray. Amen.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Painful but Necessary

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you... but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings. (1 Peter 4: 12-13)

You may feel as if this trial your are embroiled in is painful, will never end. Do you wonder why God is so cruelly testing you?
Maybe there is a different way to percieve your trials. Maybe not cruel, but instead tender preparation. Maybe not painful but necessary to achieve the wonderful lifework you are to do.
All that you experience, either good or bad is preparation for your lifework and for your eventual entry into heaven. When your prayers are answered in what may seem a painful way just realize it is the only way for you to reach heaven. All your prayers are being wonderfully answered. Embrace them and thank Jesus for His love and testing in the fire.

Most wonderful and awesome Jesus in your infinate wisdom test me in your fires, prepare me for the lifework you have planned for me. Hear and answer my prayers in your way and your time. Thank you for the trials and joys you have placed in my life and show me how to graciously embrace them. Lead me to your heavenly home at the end of my days so I may share the wonderful life you have for me. This I pray through your most gracious son Jesus. Amen

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Have Patience and Faith in Jesus

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever. (Psalm 112:3)

Do you find yourself saying I can't afford this or I'll never be able to do that. When you find yourself saying his what do you do? Does God really want you to have it? He has an answer for you, Wait. If you are meant to have it God will make sure that you get it in His time. Perservere and patiently wait then accept God's will. He has determined what is right and good and what you need to make it to His heavenly arms.

Don't think you can't afford it or you'll never be able to do that. Have faith in God and have faith that when He has determined the time all will be plentifully supplied. Believe if we should have it the it will surely come.

Oh most powerful Jesus grant me the patience and the faith to wait on you. You know what is best for me and will supply all I need at the proper time. Lord Jesus you are all that I need. Help me to have faith that when the time is right you will see to all my needs. This I pray in the most awesome name of Jesus the Lord. Amen

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fear Not...

Moses said... Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day. (Exodus 14:13)

Fear not, whatever you may be facing today or tomorrow, Jesus has already faced. He has overcome the demons. The answer to all your fears, all your challlenges, you have at hand in Jesus. Have faith and confidence that Jesus will respond to your call. You will not face the evil alone. Instead stand up to the very real temptations and fears, knowing that Jesus is right by your side attacking and overpowering the evil one.

Most gracious Jesus, be by my side each day as the evil of this corrupt world confronts me. Help me overcome the evils and remain faithful to you. Lord Jesus I love you, but I need your love to to reach eternity with you. Show me the way and fill me with your love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen