Saturday, July 30, 2011

Joy List

Challenged by something I read yesterday to stop and create a current Joy List. Ready, set…go!

The kids belly laughing together. Finding a lamp I love at a garage sale for a steal. Overhearing Levi (2) sing, “The B-I-B-L-E.” Going to the doctor’s office with all 3 kids and they behave well. Jogging 3 miles. Being tackled in the living room by my husband. Having the kids come to my “rescue.” Precious, quite time with the Lord. The look on Jocelyn’s (5) face when she’s watching a princess movie. Creating a new play area for the kids in the basement. Stirring the whip cream into my ice peppermint mocha. Talks with my parents or sister on the phone. An e-mail or facebook message from a friend. Being asked to pray for someone. Seeing the Lord answer prayer. Luke (7) spontaneously writing me an “I love you Mom” note. A look from my gorgeous husband. Slipping on flip flops that have been warmed by the sun. A worship song that overwhelms me with His love. Picking vegtables from our own little garden.  Pool time.  Summertime.

How good and faithful is our God! I praise Him for all these blessings.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

O Lord, who shall sojourn in Your tent?
Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?”  Psalm 15:1

Having just tent camped in the pine-covered, towering mountains of the West, I appreciate immediately the imagery of Psalm 15:1. While our tent was amply lacking in some key areas, the Lord’s tent would – on the contrary - be a peaceful, restful place; a refuge from the elements and outside influences. Nothing would leak into or sneak into His tent. Rather, His presence of joy would fill it with enduring warmth.

His holy hill sounds magnificent - almost unapproachable - and a testimony to His awesome power and radiant glory.

And so this first verse of Psalm 15 introduces a list of holy attributes for godly living. It doesn’t now feel like a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s a revealed path to His loving pavilion, free from evils and traps. This place fills the soul with quiet peace, rest from any anxiety, with exposure to genuine splendor… not a single rain drop in the ear, an air mattress gone flat by dusk, or an eye-opening chill. (Yes, that’s a hint of the “lacking” referred to earlier.) It sheds light on the trail that leads to His holy hill and a desire we all have to know and be like our Creator.

The list also reminds us of the only One who fulfilled every command perfectly. I surely can’t. But the more righteously I think and act, the closer fellowship I experience with Him. The joy of sharing in His tent becomes mine. Through Christ and grace, we can enter there, on our Savior’s holy hill. It’s by His Spirit that I desire to obey these commands and am able to grow into this obedience.

Verses 2-5 remind us of Jesus and calls us to God’s rest and safety:

2. “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in His heart 3. who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4. in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5. who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Saturday, July 10, 2010

String Cheese Thankfulness

A crinkled wrapper with the remains of old string cheese flew past my head in the car yesterday and landed on the floorboard. The kids were silent in the back seat as if collectively holding their breath in anticipation of my reaction. The guilty one, my 1 ½ year old son, was trying really hard to look interested in his shoe. I didn’t let them see, but I really couldn’t help but smile. That incident so perfectly encapsulated my week and oddly overwhelmed me with sheer thankfulness that I’m a Mommy of three beautiful, healthy, mischievous children. Fortunately for them, this feeling eradicated any ineffective comment I may have blurted. I drove down the street unexplainably smiling and praising God for giving me this incredible privilege. Further, I marveled at the matchless love He has for me as His child – the greatest privilege of all!

I can’t guarantee that the next object hurled by my head will be received with such an epiphany but I’m thankful for those moments of clarity and spontaneous praise to the Lord. He is so good – and so patient with me!

Luke T

Luke T



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