Fill in the Blanks

I’ve started and stopped several Haikus. I’ve started and stopped several paragraphs. I’ve decided to just give you a list of random words that describe my day. Maybe you can make up a good story out of them.

Distracted
Confused
Amazed
Loved
Sleepy
Cold
Dusty
Dirty
Sneezy
Thankful
Rainy
Quiet
Friendly
Hospitable
Tasty
Dark
Wet
Relaxing
Writing

Maybe you could use these in your next game of Mad Lib. 🙂

When they saw the Gift

The final presents have been bought and before my head hits the pillow tomorrow night, they will all be wrapped and under the tree. The girls bought and wrapped their own presents to each other and to me and my handsome fella with their own money this year and I have to say it was fun to watch them hunt for the perfect gifts. Their generosity for the recipient of their gifts made my heart smile. Their thoughtfulness in picking just the right gift made my face smile.

One of them told me she has more fun buying gifts to give others than receiving them herself. Both of them conveyed that thought with their actions even if they both didn’t say it out loud.

Do we have to wait until the 25th to open presents? As much fun as it was to watch them buy for others this year, I am ready for them to dig into the gifts. I always want to buy more to stuff under the tree, but with the beautiful spirit of giving that has fallen on them this year, I can’t wait to see their eyes as they watch others open their gifts.

I wonder if that is how God felt when people saw his son lying in that manger for the first time? I wonder if He just couldn’t wait to see the look on the face of Mary and Joseph or the Shepherds? Or was it the look in the eyes of each person who believes in Jesus, that God waits anxiously to look in the eyes and see the flash of excitement? Maybe that is why He wants us to seek is face? So He can see the sparkle in our eyes as we look upon the ultimate gift of love?

 

Trading my change for HIS

I’ve just begun a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This week we were given a list of Psalms that are messianic song lyrics and asked which one we would be most prone to sing. I wanted to pick three of the five listed, but one really did strike me as significant for the season I find myself in.

I can look out my window and see evidence of the changing seasons. Leaves have changed from green to red, yellow and brown and are falling to the ground. The grass no longer needs to be mowed weekly. We are beginning to no longer have to check the weather to see if we need to grab at least a light jacket in the mornings. Although, in Texas, I’m not sure it’s ever wise to get dressed for the day without checking the weather first this time of year.

I don’t have to leave my house to see another changing of the seasons. My family has been in transition for several years and I’m beginning to realize that transition is just a way of life if you don’t intend to be stuck in a rut. If you have set your eyes on Jesus and want to continue growing from glory to glory, change is inevitable. If you have children and they are moving successfully thru the stages of their lives, your life will change. If you have children and they are exerting their independence, which they will and should, your life will change.

If you are like me and look past the day in front of you…or the minute…you may see things that you would like to change about yourself or those around you. You may see a better life just ahead. You may look at the areas of brokenness and know there is so much more and want to control the circumstances and the people around you to make those changes take place in your great wisdom and timing. :/ You may see someone you love headed for a cliff if they don’t stop and want to change them or their circumstances so they don’t fall or jump over the edge. Have you ever wanted to just remove that cliff altogether?

Have you ever wanted to CHANGE? Have you ever wanted to CHANGE someone else? Have you ever wanted to CHANGE your circumstances?

25 “Of old You founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 “Even they will perish, but You endure;
And all of them will wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
27 “But You are the same,
And Your years will not come to an end. – Psalm 102:25-27 (NAS)

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25 In the beginning, You laid the foundation of the earth

    and set the skies above us with Your own hands.
26 But while they will someday pass away, You remain forever;
    when they wear out like old clothes,
You will roll them up and change them into something new, and they will pass away.
27 But You are the same, You will never change;
    Your years will never come to an end. – Psalm 102:25-27 (Voice)

I read this scripture and knew this is the one I needed to set my heart to singing. I don’t know if you have ever considered that what is true in the natural is equally true in the spiritual realm. It’s a relatively new way for me to look at life too. But, it sure does open my eyes to the things beyond what I can see with my eyes. It opens me up to new understanding of the way God moves in and thru my life. As I read this scripture I realized WHO is in charge of the change. I knew that but that doesn’t stop me from trying to change myself or those around me. But if He changes them…they will be changed. He is the author of lasting change. He is the author of new life. He is…not me. One encounter with Him and I WILL be changed. One encounter with Him and they WILL be changed. And not changed into something I would change myself or others into, but something HE wants to change us into. Something new and more glorious.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)