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Be Still

Luke 11:38-42 “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the lords feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  She came to him and asked, “Lord don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,”   the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her. “

Now, if Jesus was in my home and He wanted dinner I would have been a full on Martha in this case! I would not have been calm, cool and collected like Mary.  What was the biggest difference between Mary and Martha?  One was still and one was not, one was listening while the other was distracted.  Martha was busy and worried about dinner, her house, and anything a hostess is fully conscience of while guests are present.  It was her way of serving Jesus, her hospitality was her gift, but it seems as if it was also her curse.  She was so wrapped up with the preparations and many other things she neglected her guest, instead of a hospitable environment she went to him, complaining.  She needed to quit worrying about the perfect presentation and the cherry on top.  Mary however, she was living an imperfect life so she could run to the perfect one, and when she got the chance that is exactly what she did.  She sat at his feet and listened to every word.

Psalm 46:10 ” Be still and know that I am God;…” 

So stop and smell the wild Daisies

Don’t worry about the spotless house or the perfect presentation of everything

Relax

Give the King your heart, soul and full attention

Live an imperfect life so you can run to the Perfect one

I’ll Taunt You So

The two fins that surfaced above the water swam back and forth across the bank, just close enough to taunt the fishermen, yet steering clear of any hooks and bait.  Nobody ever caught this trout, the fishermen played his game until he got bored and swam away to wherever was safe.  I think of this fish dangling himself as the bait everyone so desired, much like the sin that satan dangles in front of us to try and pursued us to play his games.  Satan dangles the biggest best looking fruit in front of us hoping we will bite, sometimes he wins, and sometimes we win.

Genesis 3:1-6 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”  The woman said to the serpent, “we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden and you must not touch it, or you will die.”  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it yours eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it.”  

Pleasing to the eye.  Those four words stand out to me in this piece of scripture.  That and how the serpent changed the facts and made them more desirable to the human eyes and ears.  Soon after, Adam and Eve realized they were naked, they now realized what sin was.  And that is how an act as simple as taking a bite out of fruit lead to what is now known as The Fall of Mankind.  Our relationship with God was forever hindered and forever changed.

Genesis 3:9-11 “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered,”I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Do you really think God didn’t know this was going to happen?  Do you think he was oblivious to what fruit was about to be eaten?  Of course not.  He knew where, when, how and who would provoke all of this.  So why didn’t he stop it?  Here are my thoughts, if the fall of man never happened then why would we need God?  If we were born without sin, without any knowledge of what sin was and forever remained in the Garden of Eden then we wouldn’t need to call on God.  We wouldn’t need prayer, church, the Bible,  or anything else that God has provided us with as a tool to help us draw closer to him.  Instead of taking it easy on us and counting to three, God took the first approach to tough love.

He cursed the serpent: Genesis 3:14 “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals.  You will crawl on your belly and eat the dust all the days of your life.  

He cursed Eve :Genesis 3:16 ” I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”

And he cursed Adam: Genesis 3:17-19 “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your brown you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you will return. “

However, one thing satan said was true, when they ate from the tree their eyes were opened and they knew right from wrong.  So if anyone is mad about the thorns or the thistles you can blame satan or Adam, the choice is yours. 😛

These Are For You

Ah, we have been abundantly blessed in so many ways.  We have ALL been blessed in ways you may not even see as a blessing.  As an example let me enlighten you on our chicken story…  One day my dad got a call that there was a chicken farm giving away chickens for free! WELL my dad being my dad he naturally took my truck, put a camper shell on it and shoved 225 chickens in the bed of my truck.  We gave some to friends and neighbors, but our chicken count was still 120 at the end of the day.  You can image the eggs we were getting, dozens upon dozens that our little family of 5 could never eat.  So we started giving them away to friends, neighbors, friends of friends and anyone who needed them, people kept trying to pay us or give us produce from their farms in return.  We politely declined the generous offers, we consider this our blessing to give others what we have.

James 1:17 ” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Anything we have, anything we can do and anything we can give can be a blessing to someone no matter what it is.  No matter how little you have there is always someone who has less, be thankful the Lord gave you what he gave you.  Everything is His anyway, so why not give it to those who need it more than you?  One day my grandpa was listening to his favorite radio swap and shop, a lady called in and needed a cheap car, she didn’t have anything except several kids and no vehicle, my grandpa jotted down her number, got in his spare car and asked where they could meet, he got there, handed her the keys and called one of us for a ride.  SELFLESS.  That is what we are called to be in this life. My dad gives his labor away for free and the use of his tools to anyone he knows, my mom trains runners in her spare time and give people confidence in themselves, my brother works on peoples cars all the time, my sister rescues dogs and gives anyone anything she has that they need and my grandma sends a friendly smile and a sweet hello to everyone she encounters.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ” Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 

Don’t give for selfish reasons, don’t give in hopes of getting something in return.  Give with a generous and happy heart.  Whether you walk through a field and pick flowers for someone and make their day, or you give them something they could never give themselves, it’s all the same to God.  Each blessing you pour over someone else allows glory to go to God.

Deuteronomy 15:10 “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

Artificial Is Bad For You

Last weekend, I got all decked out in my cutest retro clothes and went to one of the most rockin’ parties around.  When I say rockin’ I really mean rockin’t – these people know how to entertain.  They had live music, smoked meat, a movie projected in the backyard, and a bottomless cooler of yummy beverages.  I truly enjoyed myself for the entire 40 minutes that I was there.

Why did I leave after only 40 minutes if it was so awesome?  Because, only six people were willing to make eye contact, with me,  speak, or acknowledge my existence in some other way.  At first, I was pretty bummed because four of the six people were the hosts and couldn’t stand around to chat, and the other two had left.  The teenagers I had hung out with in past years that thought I was SO nice; they wouldn’t even humor me with a fake smile.

I sat down my card, took a cupcake, and left.  I walked around town, went to visit with my grandparents for a bit, then came home to go fishing with my dad and dog.  Later on, after I got done wishing that people were different, I found good in the situation as it was.  I don’t want artificial friends.  I don’t want people who can talk to me on Instagram or Facebook, but not in public.  I don’t want people in my life who make me the bad guy just for showing up.  I don’t want friends who go behind me to talk about me.  I want genuine people who really want to take the time to know me.  The real me, not just who you’ve heard I am.  So when people are mean to you in life, kill them with kindness.  Heap burning coals on their head, as proverbs would say.  Compliment them, tell them to have a good day, greet them with a smile and make them think they have won.  Because in reality,  you’ve won.  You’ve done the Lord’s work and turned the other cheek.  Don’t be fake about it, be genuine, loving, and pray that your kindness can help them be kind to others.

Proverbs 25: 21-22 ” If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you. “

“The Storm” Just A Little Poem for today

This evening I sat in the field with the lightning bugs and listened to the crickets.  I watched as the calm blew through and the storm became a reality.  I listened to the thunder echo life into the humid night air.  Bits and pieces of my unfinished poems flashed in the back of my mind like the lighting in the sky.  My words are my expression of life.  I write in hopes that someone understands my metaphore, and other times I hope nobody ever does.  As I watched the storm become too overbearing for the sky and the rain begins to fall.

I Went Soaring Today

I went flying today with my dad, brother and Leroy.  I had flown commercial and all of that, but never in a little private plane.  We all climbed into that little blue and white 172 Cessna and took off.  At first, I was unimpressed.  For some reason, I was expecting more, but then I looked down at the fields.  I saw the cows that grazed the earth, the ripples roll across the ponds and lakes, the wind glide through the wheat in perfect motion, and that’s when my smile broke out.  I nudged Elias about 200x’s showing him our grandparents house, our house and anything else I saw that astonished me.  While I am easily astonished you can imagine he got annoyed.  Today, I got to go soaring, I soared nestled under the wing of a little Cessna, a lot like we get to soar on wings like eagles.  Around every corner of the day was another smile and surprise strategically placed there by the Lord.  I soared high today, high in the sky and high on spirits.

Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

My afternoon was spent with mom as we went around being awesome.  My evening with Elias as we detailed our trucks together, you know, some quality brother-sister shop time 😛    Taylor and I watched FRIENDS and hung out.  And as the clock strikes midnight I finish my day of as peacefully as I know how, I write this blog while Lauren Daigle faintly plays in the backround.

I hope you got to SOAR today  🙂

Mental Pictures

This morning I rolled out of bed with the sun, threw on some jeans, boots and headed for the door.  I gravitated towards my horse, then headed for an old trail I have always admired.  Like normal I had my camera with me, but everything I saw either ran or flew away too fast for my to snap a pic.  I told God all I wanted was a picture, He took things to a different level.  There had been a coyote near by off and on all morning, but I never could get his picture, then there was a nest of birds that the mother warned me away from, then squirrels and so on.  Once again, I told God that all I wanted was a picture.  Heading down the trail some more I snapped a picture of the suns rays leaking through any crevice of the trees.  Then again, there was that coyote, I finally got a pic, a blurry one, but a pic.  I looked at it and was annoyed by the outcome, then I reminded myself, all I had asked for was a picture, and that is what I got.  I veered off onto another path taking me to a large pond that broke off to a stream, I did something I love to do and let the water take me where it wants to go.  I followed the creek and to my astonishment it dropped off in a shallow pool only fit for frogs and small water snakes, then led down to a trickling waterfall over a massive bed of rocks.  The child in me won and I headed up and down all of those rocks.  Instantly regretting my footwear of leather boots it only took me a couple slips and shaky rocks to sit down next to the small fall and enjoy the view.  I sat there running my hand under the water and listening to the birds chirp while the squirrels scampered.  Finally my legs and feet were wet and cold enough I decided to head home, on my way home I got to thinking.  Beauty cannot be contained in a picture, the only way to really see it, is to go see it.  This morning I didn’t get any pictures worth keeping, but I had prayed to God about wanting a picture, I had apologized for being selfish for always asking Him for things and me only having myself to offer.  I walked through those woods.  Then the calm came, the breeze blew through and I let the water take me where it wanted to go.  God gave me a picture that I can’t show people because they weren’t there, He gave me a memory to hang onto forever.

Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion’s never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “