Friday, February 27, 2009

The Midnight Hour

In the midnight hour there are many questions,
the whys, hows and unexplained suggestions.

In the midnight hour there is much despair,
trying to find your own strength to once more even care.

In the midnight hour darkness can consume your thoughts,
and if not careful you will forget what these hours of past have taught.

With morning comes joy again,
like a sweet summer rain it begins.

Knowledge of the God I serve,
with Grace and Mercy that I have never deserved.

Peace that is unexplainable,
A God who is more than capable.

A new day, a new season
given my life hope and reason.

Author: Me

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Violent Take it by Force

Reading scripture today - Matthew 11:12 says "..kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
There is nothing more cool than the Word of God...nothing that can bring more peace, more hope, more joy and more comfort. Now I have heard this scripture before many times but I sat and read that one over and over today, really letting it get it's teeth in. Trouble forced itself into my life once again and into my body...pressed down on me and has tried to get it's cold grip around my neck to suffocate the very air from me. Well, according to this scripture, I may have suffered this violence, BUT I can claim this role of the violent and force my way back into wholeness. I have my mind made up and I am "the violent" and I am decreeing to take my health back by force!
Yeah, it's a GOOD WORD!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Great Cup of Tea

Today, I hosted a Livestrong table at the annual Girlfriend's Tea that raises money for our local cancer foundation.
Joy filled the room and at first I thought it was this new unfamiliar brand of tea I was being introduced to.. no, wasn't that.Then I thought it was these great little tea sandwiches.. no, wasn't that.Then I thought it was the sweet sounds of the Barber Shop Quartet singing in perfect harmony, no, wasn't that.
It was being in the company of true friends which is always -
a great cup of tea.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Weary Rest

Just before chemo treatment today, the Holy Spirit took me to the Scriptures Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me ALL you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

So even when we don't understand these burdens that we bare while living and we don't have all the answers and as hard as it is to have faith at times when what you see before you seems so grim and painful and you see no way out. He will create a way out, He will stand with you in troubles, and He will weep with you. What I know is that His Grace is sufficient and His Mercy will endure. My heart's desire is to take up His yoke so that as He said, I can learn from withstand the rain and the pain...and to allow Him to show Himself STRONG in my life once more. I will always proclaim God's love.
It is my prayer for you that you would find His peace in whatever place you have found yourself in...and as you grow weary in the battle - take your rest in Him.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mess to a Message

How my mess will become a message?

By tearing off the roof, pushing threw the crowd, grabbing hold of the hem, waiting by the pool, dipping in, lying by the gate, following, leaping, dancing, standing, waiting, loosing, binding, hiding, abiding, asking, knocking, seeking, fasting, believing and speaking.

And what I have heard and what I know is that if I stay in the boat I will be in the company of disciples... BUT if I get out on the water, I will meet Jesus. So finally, I am diving!

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Dreadnought

A Dreadnought was a battleship of the early 1900's. This massive war machine was pretty much invincible and "feared nothing" hence the name Dreadnought, dread meaning fear and nought meaning nothing. This ship was referred to as the "all big gun" design.
This ship was built for the battle for which it was engage in the hard core fight.
The Bible says in Psalm 144 "He trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle." Turns out that God addresses fear and worry 366 times in His Word..that would be one scripture concerning fear and worry for everyday of the year plus leap year. A ship built by human hands that would fear nothing - I am not. No, just flesh and bone with a very human heart and spirit but built by God's own hands and designed after His own self. Why then should I ever fear cancer?
Like the Dreadnought, I was built with this battle in mind.