Seeing others and myself the way He sees them
Seeing Him at work
Seeing new ways of doing things, getting more efficient
Seeing my home and family the way He sees them
Seeing His word and applying it
Seeing His ways and following them
I sometimes feel so over whelmed
Too many things to do, I feel blurry
I want to be more focused, more kingdom focused
That’s what I want.
Let's encourage each other to walk with Jesus!
I am sitting in my office with the space heater aimed at my legs, looking out the window at a fresh layer of snow-ice on the sidewalk. It is a lovely winter scene, God has sent a reminder that He wipes slates clean at any time and any place.
Yesterday my dad would have turned 106 years old, tomorrow my mother in law would be 107. In a couple of months I will be a year older too, but I am still here.
This morning I was reading in the book of John, I love John. It feels like Jesus is still with me on this earth when I read this book. Jesus prays for his disciples and gives me a great example of how to pray for my children. Listen to this, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours….Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.” Don’t you like this? This is my prayer for my two little families and for my husband.
Yes, tomorrow is a new year. What are your plans? Mine is to have a relationship with Jesus that is deeper than ever and to encourage everyone I know to do the same.
What will the year hold? IDK but lets hold fast to Jesus.
This week our pastor told a story about a piano. Mind you, I was not in church this week–I am sick. UGH A church had decided to replace their piano, it was very, very old and not very pretty any more. They contacted a piano store and they were delighted to find the store was willing to sell them a new piano, beautiful and shiny, for about half price. They were also willing to give them $4,000 for the old piano.
The congregation was surprised at how great of a deal this seemed to be but it had to go through a committee before they made a decision. In the mean time the store came back to them and offered them $6,000 for the piano because they thought it was worth at least that. Not much later the store came back and offered them more money for the piano saying they thought when they refinished it they could make a little more money on it.
Finally the congregation decided to call the Steinway Company to just see what the value was. The piano was one of the first Steinway’s made and was worth a great deal of money. Guess what? The church decided to keep the piano. Now that they know the value they value the piano.
I love this story, it makes me think of Jesus and the fact if we just knew the value we would spend more time with HIM.
I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John. Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up. Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers. You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.
I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together. Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes? The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed. Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9. The people of Israel are tired and impatient. They hate everything. Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die. When the people repent they ask Moses to help them. God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.” verse 8
It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple. John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?
As we drove up the road facing the mountains in Colorado, I had the same lonely feeling I experience 40 some years ago when my parents dropped me off at a little school just below the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
It’s an odd feeling, one I can’t really explain, just a sense of aloneness, is the best way I can describe it. As Bob parked the car I looked around to see if I could recognize at least one person, I didn’t. We walked to the front of the gym and stopped at the registration booth, I gave them my information and put my name tag around my neck. The problem was, it said Nancy Buxton and that was not my name when I attended this school. Never the less I did see some classmates and we had a good time catching up.
There were 90 some who graduated from the class of 1965 and for this 45th reunion I think only 15 came back. I wondered where the rest were and why they didn’t show up.
Am I happy I traveled 500 miles to attend my honor class, hummmmmmmmmm it was okay. You know we have all moved on. We are all really different people than we were 45 years ago. Living life has taken its toll on most of us.
What I came away with is just the fact that life is short, too short to hold a grudge or to look on the bad side of everything. Life is too short to not have a relationship with Jesus, because in the end what have we gained if we don’t have Jesus as our friend. I learned we were all most happy when talking about our families, our children and grandchildren. I learned that I love home the best and couldn’t wait to get on the road towards Nebraska.
I already knew this, why has it taken me so long to really comprehend the idea that if I want to hear from God I have to stay close to Him. Oh be quiet, I can hear you say right now, “no dah.” Well, have you thought about it? I mean really thought about it?
There are two people who I know who really do seem to hear from God on a fairly regular basis. Both of these ladies have a very close relationship with the Lord. Close relationship does not mean, saying your usual prayer and reading your usual 2 chapters of the Bible. It means thinking about Jesus, studying, spending time with Him and praying about everything. Even more than that it means communicating with Him as your best friend. Then and only then will we hear directly from Him.
I lost my cell phone on my way home from the Rocky Mountain Retreat, I asked the Lord right then and there to help me find it. I haven’t heard from Him so I think it’s lost forever. (The first phone I have ever paid extra for) I wonder if I knew Him better would He have told me where I left the phone. IDK
My dream is not about finding phones, or even getting rich, it’s about hearing from God. Making Him my best friend. I want that, I want Him to trust me to witness for Him. I want Him to ask me to do odd things, to ask me to stretch my brain, to . . .to. . .well, to do what ever it is that He wants me to do.
Right now I am headed to Sprint to buy a new phone.
Today in church the sermon was about the Bible. It was interesting and it inspired me to continue to read the Scripture. At the beginning of summer I started reading my Bible through, again. Just as the speaker said today, I always get bogged down in Numbers. I actually skipped most of Numbers and felt sorta like I was cheating. It was nice to know the speaker today also skipped Numbers.
The sermon reminded me that the Bible is always relevant no matter where we are in life. The things that may speak to us today may not mean much to us next month. It all depends on where we are in life.
This afternoon I read part of Judges, I find it so very interesting how God’s people would abide in Him for a few years and then totally fall away. Have you ever wondered if the Bible was being written right now how would our history look? Would we look as crazy as the people of old? Probably even more so.
There is great comfort in the Bible, when my heart is heavy or I feel restless I find peace in His Word. I hope you do too.
These street signs were all around the streets hear the Georgia Dome
The 59th Session of the SDA General Conference was in Atlanta, GA. It was a glorious sight to see 70,000 people who believe just like I do. Is this a correct statement? I think not!
What a sight
It was very obvious, as I sat in on some of the business sessions, that we are certainly not all of one mind on a lot of subjects. We for sure are not of one mind on appropriate dress or even life style. In the Georgia Dome, Starbucks was closed after the first day of the session.
What I did notice is we are all looking forward to the coming of Jesus and we are excited about spreading the Good News.
There were some surprises! This is a time when some people are not re-elected, that means they no longer have a job. In most cases I think this comes as a surprise but what do I know, I am just a casual observer. Another surprise is the vote to ordain deaconesses, this vote passed by a large number.
Are you holding your breath about the ordination of women into the ministry? Maybe that’s not an important subject for you. I will tell you this it did come up and it was agreed to ask Andrew’s University to study ordination. Later another vote on the subject was that the General Conference will study the subject of women’s ordination and bring a report back to The Annual Council. You ask what does all of this mean? IDK I have a guess but think I will keep that to myself. LOL
I really wanted to try but I just never got around to it LOL
One of my favorite parts of the whole experience were the people and the many different outfits
This is my favorite picture and I had to beg this lady to let me take it
To end a great week, in Chicago I met my little family from Singapore and we were on the same plane to Lincoln, Nebraska. It was music to my ears to hear those little people scream “GRAMMY” when I walked up to the gate. I sat with Rylin and occupied her with my purse for a long time. Lincoln sat across the aisle from me and explained exactly what the plane would do to get off the ground. Katie was asleep on her daddy’s shoulder before the plane left the ground and Jacie had a chance to ride with another adult for about 45 minutes before RyRy wanted MOMMY.
The Lord is good, I saw much evidence of his working during the 59th Session of my church.
Funny thing, when I leave for a trip I am always kind of excited, I love my women’s ministries job and actually never consider it a job. For one reason or another I will sometimes extend the trip for a day or two. This time my friend wanted to do some shopping. She loves to shop, I would rather have gone to Disney World–I never get tired of Micky Mouse.
I am always sorry when I extend a trip–I am just naturally drawn towards home. I love to be home. I hope you feel that tug towards home too. I don’t know maybe it’s my bed I miss or perhaps it’s my sewing machine but to be honest it’s my fella. I just miss him when I am away. It’s because I know him so well and he knows me. We just seem to fit each other pretty well. It hasn’t always been like this in the early days of marriage I would have extended my trip for weeks if given the chance.
You know where I am going with this–I’ve talked about it before–it’s the nudge toward home. We are given a natural restlessness just to make us long for our heavenly home. The more we get to know our Father the more we want to go home. The more we long for heaven, the more we want the rest and peace we find when we depend on Him.
I do have some news for you–if you are planning a trip to Orlando and want to go to Disney World or Epcot, go to the Disney website. Click on Give a Day–Get a day and follow the instructions. If you volunteer in one of their projects in your community they will give you a free ticket to DW or Epcot. Can’t beat that. I can tell you it would have been a whole lot cheaper for me to pay full price for DW than to go shopping.
This is a little information I hate to tell but you already know I am pretty much an open book. Being an open book is not always good and I have tried to become a little more discreet in my information. But, I have to tell you about the flowers because I know there is a lesson to be learned.
My friend’s husband brings her flowers most every Friday. In my opinion, over the years I I I I I certainly deserve flowers every Friday but never get them. I have even let it be known, in front of my man, that I never get flowers. I mean it has been years since HE brought home a little bunch of flowers.
Sooooooooooooooooooo there is a store here in Lincoln that has a really nice bouquet for $5 on Friday and my friend’s husband always gets her 2 bunches–$10. A couple of weekend’s ago I decided to stop and buy myself one measly bunch of flowers. I brought them home and put them in a vase. Secretly probably thinking this would make HIM feel a little bad that he didn’t bring them. He didn’t say a word.
When we came home from the Friday evening meeting, on the counter I found two $5 Friday specials. I squealed with delight asking my fella if he had bought them for me——-NO, he didn’t. I quickly realized our friends have a key to the house and I knew where the flowers came from.
A week and a half later the flowers are still on my counter, I weed out the wilted ones everyday and change the water and I have certainly enjoyed the gift of flowers. If you’re wondering if I have gotten flowers from Bob the answer is no. I would guess in his own sweet time he will get some because he wants to not because I have badgered him into getting them.
Sooooooooooooooo where is the punch line you may be asking? Well, maybe I’m making more of this than I should but here goes. First I tried to get what I wanted by badgering, then I just got what I wanted by getting it myself. What I really enjoyed was the surprise of the gift. Now you know where I’m going don’t you. The GIFT.
The GIFT–we may try to work things out on our own but it will usually be inferior. It’s the gift, the thing we don’t do anything for other than accept it. The GIFT that Jesus gave us, we can’t buy it our self, we can’t even badger Him into giving it to us because it is already ours.
IDK maybe I am off base but it makes sense to me.