A Typical or Atypical Pastor's Wife-whichever one you come to believe



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Friday, February 22, 2013

idea catcher

I copied this photo from  http://www.girltalkhome.com/.  The blog author got "inspired" in the shower and wrote her ideas on the tile.

It reminded me of a few things:

~Those days when I rarely had time to take a shower because I had 3 little ones in diapers.

~Those days when all I had time to write was a grocery list.

~Those days when I would occaisionally find an "original" work of art in the medium of crayon on my eggshell walls and when I asked who the painter was all I got was a bunch of fingers pointing around the room.

~Those days when the only quiet place I had was in the shower.  God once spoke a very freeing thing to me there that changed the course of my whole devotional life with Him forever and that I treasure til this day.

~That God is WITH us even when our days consist of finger pointing, noise, dirt, body odor, and stray marks on our walls.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Joyfully Delighting in Christ

Psalm 110:2
"Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them."
God's works are everywhere.  One can not honestly look at the beauty of creation, the complexities of the universe, the intricacies of the human body or the mystery of the cross of Christ and not be captivated by the greatness of the one behind it all.  Science has spent it's lifetime studying the works of the Lord, even though it may not give God credit for their existence.  

Above all of God's great works is Christ-the Word incarnate in human flesh.  His birth was announced by a heavenly host whose praises reached all the way from heaven's throne to humble shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem.  At his death, the earth mourned and even the sun refused to shine.  All of history and all of time centers on the life and ministry of this one man.  All scripture either points forward to His coming or looks back upon His life.  The entirety of world history centers itself on the life, teaching, and death of Jesus Christ.  There has never been nor will there ever be another like Him.  

As this verse says, if we delight in Christ then we will study Him. We will study His Word and will delight in it.  Is it not a delight?  Check your heart. There is a problem.  He is perfect in every way.  If you are not delighted in prayer, in the Word, and in church attendance, check your heart.  Is there unconfessed sin?  Is there unbelief?  Have you allowed your heart to grow cold and begin to backslide?   Deal with the love issue in your heart.

1 John 5:1-4 
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith
 To know the  love of God is to joyfully delight in obedience to him.  Our love for God comes from the love of God being shed abroad in our hearts.  Through faith it is practically lived out in delightful obedience.  When we know the love of God it is no burden to obey because we know that all his commands, statutes, and laws are for our good and prosperity in body, mind and spirit.  By faith, we live and overcome in this world by delighting to obey the commands of God.  When we do, the world sees our joy and it causes them to want to know what is the reason for the joy that resides in us?   

Friday, February 15, 2013

Reflections


Hebrews 1:2-4

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they

These words resonated in my spirit as I walked to work this morning.  Everything was covered with snow, the clouds hovered near the mountaintop and the sun was just trying to peek through.  I should have taken the bus because the sidewalks were treacherous but it was so beautiful out and I had extra time to be careful, so I walked instead.   I just couldn't help but tell the Lord over and over again how beautiful everything was.  Only He could dream up something this breathtaking!  

About 7 minutes into my walk, the sun popped through the clouds.  It's rays shone down like majestic waterfalls until they reached the tops of the mountain. Suddenly I needed sunglasses because the ice in the snow that stuck to everything began to glisten in the sun.  "Wow, I thought, that snow is bright!"  And then the Lord brought the above passage of scripture to my mind. 

God reminded me that while the snow and ice was the object of the reflection, it was not the source of the reflection.

 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,...

Jesus was an exact representation of the Father.  The light of the Father shone through the Son.  "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father", Jesus said.  In essence what we saw was the Father through the Son.  There was nothing blocking or hindering the light of heaven from reflecting through Christ and into the world.  

We are called to follow in the footsteps and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.  As the son shines on us, we reflect Him, we are the object of the reflection but we are not the source of the reflection.  It is Him!  And if we are doing it right, all eyes will come to rest and drink in the source of that light and not the one who is carrying that light.  We should reflect God in such a way that it causes others to look at God and not at us.  We, by our lives, should direct them right to the source and not to the outcome.  Has anyone ever asked you to explain why you are the way you are because they see Christ reflecting through your life?  They should!  Too many times we take credit for those inexplainable traits when that credit is all the Lord's.  We are simply the object He uses to bring His wonderful character to life.  All glory is His!  

Just as clouds can block the sun's reflecting light or dust can block a mirror's reflection, so secret sin, pride, worldliness, selfish ambition and vainglory can block the effects of the light of God.  The more they are present, the dimmer the reflection.    

I want the Son to be so bright in my life that it blinds others and causes them to cry out to the source of that light.  Scripture tells us that as we humble ourselves before the Lord that He will lift us up.  We know that Christ laid down His glory to dwell in human flesh.  Christ's humility in walking as an exact reflection of the Father resulted in His exaltation forevermore.  God has promised us no less.  The more that we are like Christ, the more of God that can be reflected into a dying world.  As they see His reflection in us their eyes will turn and fix their gaze on the source of all light.  

Isaiah prophesied and said:

 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
  

Let Him shine, let Him shine, let Him shine!