Archive for November, 2012

“You did WHAT?” I asked my fifteen-year-old son.  Rushing into the restroom, I peered into the white bowl.  Shaking my head in disbelief, I sighed and turned to Seth.  “I’m sorry, honey.  PD Bear is gone.”  Connor had unceremoniously flushed what remained of his little brother’s blanket down the toilet.  Whoosh!  With no more than a gurgle and a quick jerk of the silver handle, Seth’s security disappeared.

It didn’t matter that PD Bear had faded from a bright blue to a dingy grey or that its once silken fabric had lost its sheen.  Seth had depended on “him” since babyhood.  PD had been more than a blanket.  He had been a cape, a hat, and pet.  PD had provided comfort, support, and security.

There have been moments I’ve wanted to revert to childhood–or at least a time–when I’ve gained as much strength from something.  Can you relate?  When life seems to be headed in an unexpected direction or the day’s concerns loom large in the corners of your mind, wouldn’t you love to be wrapped up in a security greater than yourself…your husband…your bank account…?

Better than something, God is the Someone who can provide us with the security we seek.  In him we will find comfort (Isaiah 51:12), peace (Ephesians 2:14), and protection (Psalm 5:11).  His strength and redemption are our strength, dear friend.  They are our everlasting security.

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I burst into laughter when I saw this note online.  I knew it was one my own children might have written. 

Lie #1–“Who put this hole in the wall?”  Not me.  “Right…” 

Lie #2–“Why did you miss 7th period?”  I ate something bad for lunch and fell asleep at my friend’s house.  “Mmm-hmmm.”

Lie #3–“You didn’t call when you were late because…?”  My phone died and ——-‘s parent’s don’t have one at their house.  “But their number is in my addrsess book.”

As children we all lied–especially to avoid punishment or facing the ridicule of others.  But are adults prone to lying?  According to one  statistic, adults lie in 1 of 4 conversations that last longer than 10 minutes.  (The Truth About Liars) 

Unbelievable?  Not really.  After all, Adam and Eve lied to God.  It’s been part of the human condition ever since.  Here’s the great news, friends.  God covered Adam and Eve’s sin with clothing, but our sin was buried with Christ and we received a pure and lasting identity when He was resurrected.  Whatever our struggles may be–anger, lying, jealousy–nothing can stand in the way of Christ’s forgiveness.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…”  2 Corinthians 5:16-18










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   He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…”  Psalm 46:10

Scchloop…Did you just hear it?  That was the sound of my last bit of energy being sucked away.  Do you ever feel the same way?  Are you running in circles just trying to keep up with life’s business when you realize you’ve lost sight of the most important things?

The verse that God keeps whispering in my ear today is, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  My answer, “Lord, how can I be still?  There is so much to do!”

But, life’s obligations will always encroach on quiet moments…peaceful moments…moments of  reflection…moments of being in God’s presence.  So, dear friend, wherever you are today—take a breath.  Inhale the freshness of God’s spirit.  Consider the One who created you for His glory.

Be still.  Just be.  Only for a moment.

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