Thursday, March 31, 2016

One Hundred Days of Grace... (Day 1)

I had to make a U-turn because I missed it...

"Turn right on Grace, Mom"

my son informed me
as I dropped him off

for his daily workout

It's Spring Break...

but instead of

sitting in the house
taking a break
resting

he wanted to complete his daily workout


Then when I returned for him...

I had the chance to watch him finish his final mile
(six laps which were nothing like mine)

and upon leaving
as we pulled out of the parking lot

I couldn't help but notice that we were right at the intersection of

"Double" and "Grace"



and I've passed that way many times
so I know how easy it is

to forget
to overlook
to not notice

(or see)

But today I saw it...

and was provided yet

another day
another chance
another opportunity

to

Thank God for "double grace"

Click here to skip to Day 100...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Code Blue

We spent seven days in the hospital...

worrying
watching
wondering

(while waiting for test results)

to tell us what was wrong


and by Day Three

my resolve was to begin to just thank Him for what was right

heart... good
kidneys... good
liver... good


and then her smile returned
and it was all... good

and on Day Six

we heard them call a "code blue" on the roommate

so we prayed
and she returned

and I marvel at how He died
and rose

giving us hope that since

"...He abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel"

we will also live forever in Him!

So when...

the final "code blue" is called
and it is my turn to go

please don't cry

worry
watch
wonder

but just know that because of Him...

I'm alive!

(2 Timothy 1:9-10)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Upside Down Faith

The nurse came to draw blood as she lay in the hospital ER and

I couldn't help but notice
a tattoo on his right forearm that read...

DEATH
(upside down)

Why sir, would a nurse have a tattoo that says death?

and then...

an hour later when he came back

I looked again
trying to make sense of it all

and it appeared that the tattoo actually read...

FAITH
(upside down)

and I blinked...
hard...
again...

because we had been there all night
so I wasn't exactly sure what I was really seeing

and by the next morning...

we were transferred so I didn't see him again to ask

why...
or how...

he managed to have a tattoo that read

death or faith
(or whatever it said)

but I thank God...

that even when our experience

is confusing
and scary
and uncertain

we are certain

that Jesus has conquered death
(literally turning it upside down)

so that no matter what we have had to face

yesterday
today
tomorrow

it all still just reads...

FAITH

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Edit... View... Share... Delete

It was an early Saturday morning...

and the options were laid out before me

edit
view
share
delete

edit
view
share
delete

and I stopped to remember a conversation
that I had recently had with the children about

how to edit
what you view
when to share

and

what to delete

Because we are all...

choosing
deciding
learning
growing

each day with
each experience

what to...

edit
view
share
delete

and we don't always get it right

But for grace...

I just LOVE when someone at work decides to share something like this!







It is early Saturday morning...
(and I only have five minutes)

to tell you about how God

viewed my situation
shared His Son, so He could
delete my sins, and
edit my life

and now I am

humbled
grateful
prayerful

to be the one who

He can continue to...

share

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Snippets... Tell Me Again


"Tell Me Again"
by Tondra Denise

Tell me again that You love me
Tell me again that You care
Tell me about how You died and You rose
and please tell me You'll come back again
Tell me on days that seem heavy
and even when nights become cold
My heart fills with love overflowing
and a hope that can never grow old
When you tell me again...

(read the back story)

A Lesson from Paul... Tell Me Again

They were...

beaten
shackled
falsely imprisoned

but rather than focus on their

situation
suffering
shame

they chose worship 

(an underground holding cell)
Paul prayed
Silas sang

and their praise reached heaven
and God sent an earthquake
and shook them loose

Years later Paul speaks before

kings
magistrates
men

and tells them again...

and I'm just not that sure how much understanding Paul had about

human development
brain development
the creation of neurological pathways

but his approach makes me think that perhaps he

had been to a few seminars
attended some sessions
sat in on a workshop or two

because it seemed he consistently used the "Tell Me Again" approach to reach others

And in my child development studies

I have learned the importance of

reading to children
speaking to children
telling them stories

again and again

to assist in the development of pathways forming in their brains

and one type of experience

Neurological mirroring is what happens
when people listen to a story

because current brain research shows that

when you hear a story

the memory part of the brain is activated
which causes your brain to react as if you were literally there

and

the brain of the hearer
can actually sync up with
the brain of the teller

(it's called the neural coupling model)

So Paul...

records
rehearses
reminds

us again and again about

how praise delivers
how God delivers

and as we hear it again and again

we believe
and know

because in that moment we are literally there

And I'm grateful for...

the gospel
the message
the Word of God

recorded

and also those whom God uses to tell us
because I now know that these are not just stories but

carefully rehearsed truths

to remind us of God's

glory
majesty
power

and I was there when praise

delivered
shook loose and
set free

so even after 23 years of daily walking with Him
my request is still... 

Lord
please

"Tell Me Again"

originally posted 6/27/15

(Click to read... Lessons from "The Lion King")

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"Tell Me Again"
by Tondra Denise

Tell me again that You love me
Tell me again that You care
Tell me about how You died and You rose
and please tell me You'll come back again
Tell me on days that seem heavy
and even when nights become cold
My heart fills with love overflowing
and a hope that will never grow old
When you tell me again...

Listen to the song...

Friday, March 4, 2016

News Flash... You Will Never Be Truly Satisfied

It's Five-Minute-Friday and we are...

anxious
worrisome
unsettled

We...

compare
contrast
hope and dream

and have yet to comprehend
the fullness of God's love and grace toward us

It is too big for us to grasp
so we grab for other things instead

And although at times you may feel...

happy
established
secure

*NEWS FLASH*
you will never be truly satisfied


until you finally learn that...


"You cannot use the world's riches
to measure the Lord's wealth"

-Tondra Denise