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Archive for July, 2009

Oh, Yeah, I Forgot

Got home from vacation Tuesday night. Had hoped I could start new habits when I got home. Yesterday at work I was dragging. Today, started with dragging, got better but when I stopped for break or lunch, the dragging came back. At some point during the day, remembered that anytime God wants to do a new work in me, the enemy assails my health. Thank God he has reminded me of warfare and I didn’t wallow for days!

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New Every Morning

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:19-23)

I was down last night. Yea, I was tired (I had a beautiful, fulfilling beach day, and I’d do it again today if I could!), but the real reason was that in the evening some painful core issues were uncovered and it hurt. I wrote in my journal about it and I closed the entry with, "I know it will be better in the morning." I was right. Sometimes the most devoted act of service to our Lord a person can do is take a nap or get a good night’s sleep! Still, I need to deal with those core issues that I bury/deny because they will continue to be a source of hurt.

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I hate to admit it but…

I’m afraid I love a cliche’. I hope it is not true as I have lived for the past decades avoiding cliche’s like the plague. I am an interpreter and translator of Christianese, but I have tried my best not to get caught up in the language and culture of Christianese. However, I am afraid I have not flushed my system of Americana cliche’.

I am vacationing in New England. Yesterday afternoon I was at a lake house. Beautiful. Stunning. An advertisement for Americana. Beautiful water surrounded by beautiful trees and tastefu l houses of all shapes and sizes. People frolicking in and on the water. Boats of all shapes and sizes pulling all manner of fun. The clear-skied sunset reflecting off the water and melting behind the trees. People cooking out and eating on their decks. Boat-fulls of people parked on the lake or taking a sunset cruise, with ducks and geese calmly gliding by.

Now, I’m into giving to the poor and living the simple life, but the peace – oh the peace – the awe-ness in my soul – was enough to make me glad God gives people money and let’s them live in beautiful settings, because I get to enjoy the fruit.

Today was another cliche’. Sitting in the shade behind the left field fence watching boys play little league under blue skies and a nice breeze which waved the star-spangled banner high above home plate. Surrounded by trees. A small creek in the valley below. I loved it. I was lost in the moment, wishing I could play, wishing I could take great pictures and write a great article for Sports Illustrated and use every Amicana cliche’ I could.

I don’t see life like this where I live in Florida. Maybe it’s just not there. Maybe I just can’t see it. Whateve the case, I’m afraid I am a sucker for Americana.

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"No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." – Unknown

Invested today going through both hotmail accounts. Trimmed 21 pages of emails down to 2. Unreal. What stood out was how many people haved passed away over the last two years. There were also plenty of illness/injury prayer requests as well plus general news and prayer requests that I had forgotten. How life flies by. I wonder if I can ever get back to my level of correspondence from when I was in college and grad school? I just don’t invest the time anymore.

"Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die, Cause you never had time To call and say, ‘Hi’? You’d better slow down." – From a poem (“Slow Down”) by a terminally ill cancer patient, a teenager.

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