Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
"Thin places are those times where the division between this world and the eternal fades"~Mary DeMuth
My dad taught me that we can get a glimpse of Heaven every day. We can make the choice to live a life full of Jesus, and experience Heaven here. There are a lot of reasons that we can complain, or instead we can look beyond our circumstances, and see Jesus.
He was born with a hole in his heart. He found out when my mom was pregnant with my older brother. My dad was sick my entire life. He never complained. He died when I was 13. He showed me that we can live in that thin place where we feel like we experience a piece of Heaven often.
It happens daily. I get a glimpse of Heaven every time I watch my son. I was experiencing the thin place feeling the other day when I was outside playing in the snow with my 3 year old. He decided it would be fun to stand on the corner and wave at the cars driving by. He waved in expectation. He expected the people in the cars to wave back at him. I saw a lot of people smiling that day. I felt a lot of joy playing in the snow with my son.
I was lost in the significance of the moment. My son expected. I should expect more. I want to expect more from God. I expect him to wave back when I wave at him.
I experience that thin place often. I am blessed. I thank God for allowing me to experience Heaven in simple things.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
i've had some random thoughts floating in my head. here, i write. i shall put everything into 3 points.
- Mazerick... hilarious, growing up, learning new things, figuring things out on his own. Yesterday, we went sledding. When we came in I helped him get all unbundled... We do that in the kitchen, so we don't drag snow through the house. Anyway, he was all unbundled before I was, so he came into the living room before me. He turned on the tv, got it on the right input, and turned on the wii. (this was a first) I heard the wii, but didn't figure he really knew what he was doing. All of a sudden I heard animal crossing. I could tell he was actually in the game, and he yelled... "Hey mom, i'm you!" I didn't mind so I let him play on my character. I didn't figure he was actually doing anything. He had rearranged my furniture in my house, and went to the city and bought a lawnmower out of Redds shop. These are all very complex things to complete. I was like, "Aw, I didn't want that lawn mower." And, he said, "Well, you got it anyway." Dude, my kid is growing up. He's funny.
- My thoughts on this blog... I write because my mind is cluttered. I like to write. It helps my mind unclutter a bit. Sometimes, I write pretty specific posts, but just know this... they are not meant for any one specific person. If they were, I would just talk to that person. Makes sense to me.
- God. Is. Good. So, the church that my family attends is great. It's been growing like mad, though, and I've been having these growing pains. Which is weird, because I grew up in a mega church. So, you'd think I would be used to it. Anyway, I just have been bogged down. But then yesterday, God spoke to me through his word. I LOVE the message! I felt like I got like a million nuggets from this one chapter last night. I've decided it's my life chapter for a while... It really helped me to put things into perspective.
3-4Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
5-8And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It's because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn't long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
9-11Don't lie to one another. You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.
12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
15-17Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
my laptop. it's awesome, but it's not connecting to the internet. minor irritation #1.
the library. it's great, but i just spent an hour and a half there working on the middle school lesson. i made it look awesome. it was great. i went to sent it, after saving it... and couldn't find it anywhere. so, the last 1 1/2 hour... wasted. irritation #2.
ummmmm.... i can't really think of any more irritations right now. i guess if it's just those 2 right now than life is pretty stinking great! God is good. i'm blessed :)
oh yeah, and it made it all better when i drove throught the drive through at mcdonalds and used my coupon for my free caramel frappe....