I have been asked by a few people, "How do I post a comment?" I am sorry that that function isn't clear. Here are the instructions:
Just under the title and date of each post there is a blue link that either says: No Thoughts (Be the First!) or 1 Thought (or however many thoughts have been posted)-click that link and it will take you to a comment box. That's it!
The Lord has a great sense of humor. Before I became a mother I prayed that God would bless me with a son. I just knew that I would be the best mom of a son as I imagined boys were easier, plus I knew that hair was not for me. I foreknew that the only accessory I would need with sons would be a good set of hair clippers. With daughters however, I knew I would not have the privilege of an occasional $10 visit to the barber shop; girls would be a little more involved.
The Lord however, in His infinite wisdom, not only blessed us with a daughter, but 3 of them (and later a 4th), and the hair to go with them. My first 3 gifts came furnished with their own personal lion's mane and boy have we had a time with those tresses. 2 of the 3 girls were excruciatingly tender-headed. After about a year of these unpleasant hair-combing parties, I call myself finding a clever way to alleviate this daily torture. I would create hair styles that lasted 3-4 days and therefore, would subject myself and them to only bi-weekly distress. Little did I realize at the time that daily hair combing yielded no tears, no stress and no struggle. The knots, matting and tangles only formed when I did not take the time to beautify their crowns daily.
That reminds me of another area of life that requires strict daily adherence to eliminate tears, stress and struggle. And that my friend is daily devotions. Early in my Christian walk there were days when I did not make morning quiet time a priority. I would sleep in. I would reason I didn't have time. I would conveniently forget. On those unfortunate occasions my days would end up in all sorts of knots, tangles and tears. I would notice my attitude would not be in check. Anger would rise. Pride would get in the way. Self-righteousness would creep in. And ohhh...let's not mention selfishness - the King of them all.
I've often compared the daily hair-combing experience of my girls with that of daily devotions. The Lord has taught me that it is best not to skip either. It didn't take me long to make each a necessary part of my [daily] life. I finally had enough of the knots, matting and tangles coupled with flared temper, selfishness and pride. I longed for the peace and joy that the Lord promised when I rest in Him. I learned early that being in Him starts when I rose in the morning, making Him my first priority.
The Lord did eventually bless us with a son. I am his main barber but at times we do visit the shop. I'm glad that the Lord gives us what we need and not always what we want, after all, He knows best.
I've always marveled and at the same time been puzzled at the statement in the Bible when God said, "Tell them I AM has sent me to you," speaking of God telling Moses what to relay to the Israelites if they ask, "Who sent you to us?" Exodus 3:14
"I AM" sent you? That doesn't say much... I thought. But in actuality, it says a lot. It encompasses all. All I could ever need - God is. If He were the only one I had in this life He would be enough. I know it is hard to believe, but it's true. He can be my All-and-All if I allow Him to be. When making Christ First, Best and Last in my life, I am never disappointed.
Let's take a glimpse at just 10 "AMs" that encapsulates all that God is:
I AM the BREAD [of life] - John 6:35
Satisfies the soul like no other
I AM [the living] WATER - Isaiah 55:1
For that unquenchable thirst
I AM the LIGHT [of the world] - John 8:12
One to light a darkened world
I AM the Good SHEPHERD - John 10:11
A guide, leader and protector
I AM a FATHER - Philippians 1:2
Provides all one's needs
I AM a BROTHER - Hebrews 2:11
Sticks close like a brother would
I AM a ROCK - Psalms 18:31
Solid and never changing
I AM a REFUGE - Psalms 91:2
Provides safety and security
I AM the TRUTH - John 14:6
The only truth there is
I AM a HUSBAND - Isaiah 54:5
Meets the soul's deepest needs
Let's make Christ our I AM today.
The Lord is so great to teach us lessons about ourselves...aren't you thankful?
Recently I was in line at the post office here in our small town of Sycamore. I have always felt appreciative of our post office, being so small, never having to wait long in line. There are only about three main counter assistants which have been very helpful and friendly. Well...except one, but that's for another post.
As I stood in line, I noticed a man walk through the door. Now it's just he and I awaiting service. The man happened to be a bit scraggly, unshaven and his pants were unlaundered. I could tell he had just put out his cigarette before coming into my presence and the smell was quite offensive. I stood there feeling more than violated. How dare this guy come into my space smelling horrid and looking less than presentable in public. I felt myself inching away almost unconsciously.
Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I was immediately whisked back into reality. The Lord brought to mind how putrid I smelled and how despicable I truly was when He found me. And further more how I can be in that state even now when I am not allowing Him to abide in me at every moment. I stood there feeling broken in a million pieces; my high and mighty, sadity secret thoughts were exposed with God's strobe light. How easily I had forgot. How when I was yet a sinner, an enemy of the very One that loves me more than any human, a rebel, a crucifier - died for me! ME! Even if I were the only one on Earth who had sinned. Can you image that? Hard to fathom...
Those thoughts ushered me into my proper place. Humbled me more than ever. Who am I to think I am better than a man who appears less than perfect on the outside? Do I even know his story? You know we ALL have one, right? The answer is a resounding NO! I do not know his story, but perhaps if Christ had been abiding in me as He should have been, I would have found out his story. Sad. A missed opportunity...
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3
Cooking vegan can be easy and fun. Not only easy and fun, delicious as well. I often prepare this simply broccoli tofu stir-fry over brown rice in under an hour. The ingredients are as follows:
1 block firm or extra firm tofu (organic)
1 1/2 head of broccoli or bag of frozen broccoli florets
Season to taste
**pan searing onions and garlic with the tofu makes for a great flavor
Cube the tofu to a desired size then add to a non-stick skillet. A small amount of your favorite oil can be added. I prefer coconut oil. Add whatever seasonings you like. Once tofu is lightly browned, toss in broccoli until thoroughly cooked. I add seasoning to the tofu and the broccoli. I also bake my brown rice which gives it the best flavor. I will share how I bake my brown rice in a future post.
++This is a very simplistic version of a stir-fry. You can certainly create all sorts of varieties. I can get away with simple meals as my kids are not very demanding.
There is a word that I often hear that drives me absolutely bonkers. I think the reason I am so bothered by its use is because most times when I hear it, I am reminded of the great value that is placed on tasks and how little value is placed on relationships. I understand that our world has evolved into a very fast-paced, "get-it-now," hurry up culture, but I still think that people and relationships are of the utmost importance. It's amazing to me that with all of the modern technologies that we are so privileged to afford, which are designed to make life easier, free-up more time, and provide us with less manual labor, that we find no time for personal contact with one another.
Well if you haven't guessed it by now, that word is busy. "I'm so busy." is the term that's so readily expressed by many. I try desperately not to use the word busy as I don't ever want my family or friends to think I was ever too busy for them, or that the word busy superseded my relationship with them.
What are we really so busy doing? Is it that we have all of this free time thanks to our modern world that we pile on more to our day? Are we overloaded with the cares of this life and our to do lists are too long? Or is it a fashion statement to be deemed too busy to return calls, messages, emails and/or letters (dare I say), in a timely manner.
Are we all busy? Of course. I am not trying at all to devalue the fact that we all have lives and very full ones. I am just hoping that we can be sensitive to our relationships and be careful not to come across as too busy to give ourselves to those who desire our times, attention or care.