Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you."--Luke 17:20-21

Monday, June 26, 2006

"Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body."
--Colossians 3:14-15

Thursday, June 22, 2006

"Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy."
--Psalm 126:2

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

World Refugee Day

One Day!
How nice it would be if the suffering was one day long and then, everyone could go to the home of their heart and live a peace filled, prosperous life.
We remember One Day.
Maybe we'll send some money.
Hopefully we'll pray
because turning these issues to God is the most powerful thing we can do.
Well, That's what i believe.
I believe Our Father can do Anything.
Do you know more than 50% of the refugees in the world are children?
What kind of a life are they having?
Do you realize there are still refugees from the Tsunami?
June 20th
World Refugee Day
This beautiful "Blue Marble"
Floating through space is our home.
Perhaps we are all refugees -
At least, as long as we forget Love Rules the World.
Until we allow Love to rule our hearts -
Too Big for me to think all these things.
Dear Father, You have "Many Mansions"
My heart is breaking for those who have no home.
Please tell them You are Home for Everyone.
Let the Healing Begin.

Monday, June 19, 2006

I asked finally, "How did your family eat dinner? Was it always quiet?" he gave me a crooked look, as if he thought I'd gone mad. "Yes, we were quiet. We just ate our food. But, when we got older we sat in front of the TV. We watched sports. Dad liked to watch sports."

How intriguing. I asked if their mother got to cook, and serve, clean up and do other chores while everyone ignored her, watched games. His face already told me he thought it an odd question. In his yes I could see he thought that's what women are for.

I said, "I bet your mother was a happy woman."

I didn't mean it, and he knew. His mother had, at times, to go to a hospital to recuperate. They thought there was something wrong, unbalanced about her.

I think she wanted someone to talk to. Someone to see her. Someone to recognize her value.

This place is odd.

Friday, June 16, 2006

"If then your whole body is full of light,
with no part of it in darkness,
it will be as full of light
as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."
--Luke 11:36

Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of your feet,
and all your ways will be sure."
--Proverbs 4:25-26

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"Prayer is the most effective method of renewal and transformation,

because in prayer humankind associates with God

and not with the problem."

Catherine Ponder

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Story Lady - That's me!

Wednesday is Tiny Tots Story Day. I've been having a great time picking out projects for "my kids" that go with the theme of bugs. That's right! Every Wednesday in June we are celebrating Bugs. Today we colored spider pictures and learned some things about them. When we learned there is a "wolf spider" we all howled. I rather doubt wolf spiders really howl but, hey! most of these kids are three-ish.

Anyway. One of the artists this morning took time out to do my portrait. I didn't "sit" for it - she drew a live action moment. Don't I look positively splendid?

Friday, June 02, 2006

From Duke

In life it seems we hit speed bumps, road blocks and detours
on a regular basis so what do we do? Most people just want to
complain about the obstacles and keep all their energy there-if
you are stuck there you can't go anywhere else.

I even knew a group of kids once that didn't like a neighborhood
speed bump and spent all night pouring gasoline on the asphalt
bump so they could break it up and tear it apart. By morning
light they had succeeded, but what did they gain? Actually
they lost a night of sleep and within days the bump was back.

People who focus on the problems never get very far.

If something happens to throw you off in life you are left
with choices:
1. Focus on the problem and complain
2. Look for an even better opportunity

Personally I look at my life as "blessed" meaning that I believe
God is doing everything in the universe to help me succeed. So
if something comes up like a project falling through, or someone
not doing what they said, I expect an even greater result to be
on the horizon. Maybe the timing was not right, maybe other
elements were not in place whatever it may be. I don't try to
figure it out and I don't just through up my hands and say "It
was destiny, maybe it was not meant to be" I expect something
equal or better (usually better) to come along and I haven't
been disappointed yet.

Now take a deep breath and don't throw chairs at your computer
and don't get mad at me, but I going to say something a lot of
people don't like to hear. I do not believe that God uses
tragedy or misfortune to get your attention, teach you lessons
or punish you. I know people talk about all the good that can

come out of tragedy, but there is still the tragedy to deal
with I don't believe that is God's way. He is love and He is
light and in Him is no darkness at all so that can't be His
way. Now I could go on to do an hour or so presentation on
this but for now just consider it. There are enough evil forces
at work in the world without God having to cause misfortune.

If any good does come from tragedy it is simply because people
made a choice to look for something better and not dwell on the
tragedy. My point here today is not to argue about this but to
point out that we should never let blocks in life keep us down.
We should just look for an escape, a way out to a great path of
success-if you look hard enough it will always be there.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Pastor with Guts

This Pastor has guts!! Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of _expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from as far away as India, Africa, and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called "one nation Under God."