AS IS

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Psalm 139:14 Continue reading “AS IS”

PLUNGE IN DEEPER

IMG_02091When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

We attended our local “Pooch Plunge” sponsored by the Humane society.  This event is the social event of the year for dogs and their owners.  We all strain at the leash eagerly waiting for the gate of our local pool to swing open and let the dogs in to swim.

Inside, we leap into the water swimming from side to side.  At least, that’s what Mallory does at the pool.  She can’t wait to get into the water.

Seneca is a different story.  She walks around the edge of the pool, barely getting her paws wet as she laps up some water.  Seneca greets everyone and is the perfect hostess.  She’s very social but has to be forced into the water.  Once there, she swims happily to the edge and gets out of the pool.  She can’t wait to get back to her comfort zone.

Our other two dogs stay home.  Bella doesn’t like the water at all so she misses out on an outing with the family.  Danni doesn’t participate because she doesn’t get along with other dogs.  She might have a wonderful time and love to swim but we will never know as she can’t be trusted.  Danni would ruin it for all the happy pooches plunging in the pool and having fun.

So what kind of church goer are you?  Do you plunge right in going deeper with Jesus?  Are you a social Christian, only plunging in when forced?  Do you stay away so you don’t have your life disrupted in any way; not knowing what you are missing?

Or do you stay home complaining about those who do go to church?  Or maybe you go, grumping and gossiping the whole time, ruining it for those who are doing what God created them to do.

Why not jump in with Jesus and go deeper every day?

 

 

 

CARRY ME

 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 NIV

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I took a water aerobics class today for the first time and met a lady who had hurt her back by lifting her dog.  She had to be very careful how she exercised and wore a back support.

On one of Bella’s walks on the Antietam Battlefield, she got so worn out that she had to be carried.  She was picked up and toted along the paths.  Needless to say, Bella enjoyed the rest of her day of sightseeing.

There are a lot of reasons for us to carry heavy burdens in this life.  Sometimes it is to help others when they are worn out from carrying their own heavy loads.  We weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are happy as instructed in Romans 12:15.

Many times we unnecessarily take on tomorrow’s worries.  We add care upon care until we are loaded down with the concerns of this world.  Things we can physically do nothing about, we drag along behind.  These are the things that Jesus tells us to bring to him.

When we run to Jesus when we are loaded down with heavy burdens, whether real or borrowed, He will give us rest.  He knows the things we are lugging around with us and wants to lift them from our shoulders, freeing us to rest and relax, knowing He is in control.

Next time you start to feel weighed down, turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Run to Him and jump into His strong arms. He will carry you and your burdens.

Member of the Family

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Continue reading "Member of the Family"

A DAY AT THE BEACH

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.  Psalm 95:5-6 NIV

 

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We walked several miles down the boardwalk today.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and we weren’t the only ones enjoying the peaceful ocean.  There were runners, bikers, couples and lots of dogs.  Some of the dogs were soaking wet after having a romp in the waves.  Others were walking along sniffing and greeting everyone they met.  One particular husky seemed much more interested in the pigeons than his surroundings.

How often are we like that husky, going through life concentrating on one thing and missing all the beauty around us?  People were admiring him but he couldn’t bask in the glow.  The waves were roaring and the sun was glittering off their white caps, but the doggie only saw birds trying to get dinner.  He didn’t savor the journey and the many  blessings of the day as he wanted those pigeons for his dinner.

Often we can only focus on one thing and it is not always the ONE thing that we should be concentrating on at the moment. This world is not our home but God made all of creation for our enjoyment.  We are to take care of it and realize it is God’s blessing.  Genesis 1:31a states, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good”.  Not just good but very good.

Today as you go about your daily tasks, look around you.  God’s creation is beautiful from the snow-capped mountains to the never-ending oceans flowing back and forth.  As the old hymn says, “This is my Father’s World”.  Stop and enjoy it today.

 

 

 

CUDDLE DUDS

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I first heard the term cuddle dud in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The musher was introducing her Alaskan sled dogs and someone had asked if they were affectionate.  She lifted one of the dogs in her arms and explained that this pup was a cuddle dog.  She occasionally raced but mostly just cuddled.

She affectionately referred to the dog as a cuddle dud.  The dog had been raised to race but wanted to cuddle.  I can’t figure out if that is a bad or a good thing.

Have we been trained for a purpose that we have fulfilled?  Do we just want to cuddle and curl up at Jesus’ feet like Mary did in the story of Mary and Martha?  In Luke 10 when Martha is upset because Mary is sitting with Jesus and not helping her with dinner preparations, Jesus tells her not to worry.  He says, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”.    There are many days when we will be racing along in life, doing and being all God made us to be.  Other days, we will climb up in the Father’s lap to recharge our batteries and cuddle.

There is a season to race and a season to cuddle. Both are wonderful in their appointed time but if we are curling up at Jesus’ feet, we won’t ever be a cuddle dud.

 

 

The Eyes and the Heart Have It

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For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  II Chronicles 16:9a NASB

Isn’t it wonderful to come home after a long, hard day at work to be greeted by your dog?  They look at you with unconditional love in their big, puppy dog eyes.  They want nothing more than to be with you.  Your dog is entirely focused on you.

God is searching for you, too.  Everyday he looks for you to spend time with him.  He’s looking to see if your heart is entirely focused on Him.

Does your heart belong to Jesus?  Is it completely His?  It’s so hard to be completely focused on anything today with all the distractions in our lives.

Let’s look at our dogs and take a lesson from them.  Look forward to seeing your Lord and be content to spend time alone with Him.  Stare into His eyes and give Him your full attention.  He loves you and is longing to strongly support you when you give Him your  whole heart.