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I'm Listening ... Even When I'm Not

Train a child in the way he should go, and
when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Let me explain the headline.

This week, I realized that I'd been listening to my father even when I didn't think I had been. 

He ate whole wheat bread way before it was cool.  He could have written a book on clean eating in the 1970s. We shopped at the health food store before there were natural grocery stores.

Sure, I took my vitamins and ate my vegetables. But I wasn't a health fanatic. I ate my fair share of cookies, ice cream and cola. You see, my mom was a moderate. She would bake whole wheat bread for my dad. Yet she didn't see anything wrong with making me chocolate milkshakes (with real ice cream) for breakfast.

Fast forward about 20 years as I try to combat a sinus infection. I'm drinking ginger tea three times a day, sipping miso soup and searching for probiotics -- all while I'm diffusing essential oils.

My husband said, "You're just like your dad."

Hmmm. Really? I never thought about it like that. I had changed. Somewhere along the line, I began believing in natural remedies and health food. My sister is the same way. And she's the one who pretended to take her vitamins while stockpiling them in her closet.

Then, I remembered Proverbs 22:6. Children do tend to act like their parents. Most children don't forget the daily teaching and examples of their parents.

I became encouraged.

You see, I have two tween boys. They don't always listen.

I hear these phrases a lot.

 "Huh?"  "What?"  "Hmmm.  Well I didn't hear you."

But my experience this week makes me realize that they are listening and observing even when they don't seem to be.

God and spiritual things are daily parts of our conversation. We listen to Christian music, go to church weekly and talk about our faith.

My boys will remember this when they are grown and old. 

Are proverbs iron-clad promises? No, they are principles. I'm sure we all know exceptions. 

However, my sister and I are both proof that training sometimes takes a long time. At times, we rolled our eyes and thought our dad had crazy tendencies. Yet give us 20 years, and we see he had some wisdom.

If you're in the midst of training children, grandchildren or even employees, take heart. Training isn't for wimps. Sometimes it takes years. That's OK.  Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Lord, I pray for these parents, teachers and mentors. Encourage them for the long haul.  Help them know they make a difference.


Violets and Other Small Things

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will lift you up and make your lives significant!
James 4:10 AMP

My Mother’s favorite flowers were violets and she grew them outside along our picket fence near the edge of the sidewalk. These small purple blooms sat low to the ground, vulnerable to careless feet that might trample them unnoticed. However small, humble things are often the most profound!

Mark Twain wrote an amazing truth using the tiny violet to show us something great.  He said:

                                            Forgiveness is the fragrance
                                            that the violet sheds on the
                                            heel that has crushed it.

small words . . .
Crushed by some hurt, as with the violet, there is a sweet fragrance when we forgive. Three small words – I forgive you – have revolutionized the world, and of course, God said them first to us!

a small voice . . .
It isn’t the roar of the waterfall, but the quiet of a still small voice that we listen for – the voice of the Holy Spirit Who comes to us, calms our anxious thoughts and restores us in a moment!

a small babe . . .
Jesus could have come as a king, but He came to where there was no room for Him. We are in awe of God’s great power and wisdom, yet the humbleness of the Babe born in a manger reaches the deepest place of our heart, knowing that we are the reason He came!

Father, thank you that it’s not my “importance” that makes You notice me – but a sense of humbleness - for You lift me up and I am worth much in Your Eyes!


Vantage Point

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!
1 Corinthians 1:18

One summer my family and I rode a sky cab – a cable car across Disneyland. The panoramic view was spectacular! We traveled from one side of the park to the other. There was no struggle to see, for we had the vantage point of it all laid out before us.

As Christians we sometimes struggle to sense God’s Presence around us. We search to recapture the closeness – freshness – of when we first believed. How did we come?

                                      Jesus loves me.
                                      Jesus died for all my sins.
                                      I am washed clean.
                                      I am righteous in God’s eyes.

No lofty writings can improve the simple message - the truth that set us free so perfectly!

How can it remain fresh and new?
We have a great vantage point from which to view life every day. It is the Cross! From there, all is well – life is good – for I am surrounded by Grace. Everything pales in comparison – all is put to rest – peace reigns there!

Lord, when You bring me to this place, as an eagle flies to her nest, we come to the crossbeams and perch there a while, where all that hinders me is swept away! I recount all that Jesus has purchased for me – love, mercy, forgiveness, wholeness, peace and joy. There is nothing in my life that His blood does not cover. I am free, as a bird is free!

Father, always draw me to the Cross . . . to the beauty of Your Grace!


Let It Be So

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20

 As young children we learned to put “amen” at the end of our prayers, but no one told us why we put it there!

The Rabbis of old said, “Every morning God is raining blessings on the earth and the way you catch them is with the AMEN!”

“Amen” is a fascinating and powerful word in the Hebrew language. It means, Yes - according to your words, so be it. It means to confirm or establish the words that are spoken. And it means to call down a blessing in prayer as the Rabbis did.

When God says, “Amen,” he means – It is, and shall be so!
When man says, “Amen,” he is agreeing – Let it be so!

When the Angel, Gabriel, came to Mary to tell her that she would conceive and bear a son through the Holy Spirit Who would overshadow her, she responded . . . May it be done to me according to your word! (Luke 1:38). In essence she was saying “amen,” agreeing with God’s proclamation to her.

In the New Testament Jesus used “amen” to affirm the truth of His teachings. English translations often replace the “amen” with “verily,” or “truly.”  But, Jesus’ statements seem more emphatic and powerful this way:  “Amen, Amen I say to you . . .” It is, and shall be so!

In 2 Corinthians 1:20 the Apostle Paul, encourages us as believers to say, “Amen” to all God’s promises, for they are “Yes” in Christ!

And so we say “Amen” – “Let it be so,” because our antagonist, Satan, whispers to us, “No, it isn’t so” – “It won’t happen” – “It cannot be.”

Lord, may it be true that when I read Your Promises, that I also speak the “Amen.”
Let it be so in my life today!


Imagine That

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
Romans 15:13 AMP

One morning as I was reflecting on the day ahead, my imagination took me away . . . I pictured a floating bottle. I let the video play out in my mind . . . I could see myself placing all my cares in it – corking it – and throwing it as far as I could out into the water. I watched it float out of sight.

It was comforting to watch that scene unfold in my mind, for that’s where all the confusion takes place . . . in my mind. I just let the bottle float away!

God has given us the gift of a creative mind. It sees possibilities and they, in turn, create faith. If we didn’t have the ability, for instance, to imagine ourselves differently, there would be no hope in believing we could change!

When a new Christian reads John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,
he finds out that he, himself, is in that verse – and believes that God loves him and sent His Son, Jesus, to die just for him! In his imagination he can see himself washed clean, standing before the wonderful God who loves him.

We can place ourselves into word pictures. For instance, Psalm 1 describes the believer who delights in God’s words and meditates on them continually. That person is like a tree planted by water, bringing forth fruit, prospering in all they do!

When we read the words of this Psalm, a picture forms in our mind, and it resonates in our spirit. We take the promise of what God is offering to us and say - “Yes, Lord, this is who I want to be!”

A song written a few years ago, “I Can Only Imagine,” is an amazing inspiration! The        writer imagines the wonderful moment when in Heaven we see Jesus for the first time.

          Surrounded by your Glory what will my heart feel.
          Will I dance for You, Jesus, or in awe of You be still.
          Will I stand in your Presence, or to my knees will I fall.
          Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all.
                    I can only imagine!
                    I can only imagine!

Father, thank you for the gift of imagination that sparks my faith and confidence in You!