Intersecting Life and Faith

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Drawing New Lines

2020~~This is a re-post from a couple of years ago but wanted to share it again. Original Post coming soon. 

When I saw this, I thought, ‘yes, that’s me too.” I don’t advocate breaking the law or disobeying authority, or not following the Word of God.

But what has become evident as four children are now out of the nest, doing their own coloring, I did advocate drawing new lines. For sure, people, well-meaning people, will tell you to stay well within the lines, don’t color too close to the edge because your picture won’t look perfect. I want to know why we stress over making sure our picture is perfect? In what world is life ever perfect? Why can’t we draw new lines?

And so I did. Traipsing across the country following my husband/pastor(Ruth 1:16) we have had the time of our lives. Our children were born in three states, moving four times, making friends every time, and eventually finding their spouses and best friends. It wasn’t easy for them at times or for this girl who loves her people deeply and has a hard time making new friends. But, I tell you, I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I have 

  • learned the steadfast love of a heavenly Father,
  • gained the deep, trusting love of a husband who loves me despite my failings
  • gained friends around the country and in other countries.
  • learned to laugh without fear of the future(Proverbs 31:25), because the Lord has clothed me with his strength and his dignity

The advice I would share with anyone who will listen is this:

  • Encourage your kids to learn, play, and find their way in this world by encouraging their dreams and ideas.
  • Encourage them to work hard at whatever they are doing.
  • Teach them to work hard, even at a young age, little ones want to help and contribute. 
  • Encourage them to draw new lines, lines that don’t break civil or God’s law, but new lines that will let them dream and follow what they believe God has called them to do.
  • Pray they will love God with all their heart, with all their mind and with all their soul and love their neighbor. 

So, yes, my friends, draw new lines. Follow the Lord in the  new and exciting…and the mundane of Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Ask him for guidance for each step, he will answer and help you color the page he has for you.

Walking in Fog

Much like life, we don’t know what a day will bring, sometimes I’m not sure of my next seconds. I was reminded again this weekend of the brevity of life when two employees of a favorite restaurant were gunned down and killed. Senseless and tragic. It is another example of not knowing what the future holds and the fog that can descend and not lift when life takes turns we didn’t see coming.
Mother’s Day of this year found my husband and I trying to make our way to Maryland after church. Since he had already put in an early morning with doing what he does best, I was in the driver’s seat so he could nap. It was a sunny, beautiful day with no clue what lay ahead.
And in an instant the sun disappeared and fog took it’s place,so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. For what seemed like hours I drove at a turtle’s pace hoping there would be light soon. Even months later I remember the discomfort and tension I felt trying to rush my way out of what seemed endless darkness.
I’m writing months later, so I lived to tell the story, but am continually reminded of discomfort, tension and not knowing what a day may bring, not necessarily in my own life today, but in many of those I love and attempt to have answers for the question of ‘will this ever end?’ When will the fog lift? When will walking in the dark become light? And since I am not God, my attempts at answering fall short.
What I can say is I know the God who is with us in the fog, in the darkness, when we’re not sure the sun will ever shine again, Jesus walks with us, in fact he knows exactly how we feel when we don’t think we can take one more step in some of our very desperate circumstances. I know I am comforted by the fact that my circumstances may change in the coming seconds, but my Father in heaven, is the same yesterday, today and forever and he is Good.
My favorite pastor has been preaching from the book of Habakkuk in a series titled Faith During Tough Times. Yesterday he ended his message quoting Andrew Murray, which I will leave you with.
In times of trouble say:
First, He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place; in that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, In His good time He can bring me out again–how and when he knows.
Let me say here,(Pastor Rob)
  1. By God’s appointment.
  2. In His keeping.
  3. Under His training.
  4. For His time.
In our changing circumstances and daily living may we trust the One who not only walks with us, but goes before us.

Who Am I That He Would Love Me?

This time of year I am reminded of a question asked not long ago about Matthew 18:12 which says

What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray?

and here is the question

…the shepherd leaving the flock to chase down ONE stray just got to me. I can’t figure why Jesus would not just say ( that one will catch up, and just move on?)  I guess the WHY does He love me so much? Who am I that He would care?

Great questions that are answered throughout the Bible, for the scarlet thread of God’s love for his people begins in Genesis 1:1, ending in Revelation 22:21

But more specifically, 1 John 4:7-21 tells us “in this the love of God was made manifest among us.” What is the “this”?

God sent his only Son…so we might live, live eternally!

There was nothing in us, there is nothing in us that God would love us. But God had a plan to rescue us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Son he loves. Colossians 1:13

While we were his enemies…God sent His Son.(Romans 5:10)

This time of year I know I need to slow down and think about what God really did for me, for us. His plan still is to look for the lost one, the one who needs to come back to the flock, the one who needs to know the infinite, extravangant, beyond belief, love of a heavenly Father. The love of God is our model to follow. Loving and embracing those who may be having their first Christmas without a loved one. Reaching out to those who have experienced devestation this year as the result of hurricanes, floods, mass shootings or ______________, fill in the blank. For so many around us Christmas will look very different.

Can I express the same kind of extravagant love to anyone who comes across my path? Can I take the time to show love to someone that may not be easy to love? Can I tell the best news of Christmas?

God Loves. God Gave. God rescued.
Yes, he loves to look for the lost one..because he loves.
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