Hello!! Happy Thanksgiving week! I don’t know what it’s like where you are but over here…it’s freezing and raining and bleh. I don’t enjoy this type of weather. At. All. Ideally, I like it to be no less than 60 degrees at any given time and no more than 95 at most. My happy place is right at 70-75 but…alas…I live in South Texas and days like those come very rarely. However, so do days like these where it’s in the 30’s and raining so…I guess I can’t complain…much. And…thankfully…I don’t have to go anywhere because school is out for the week so yay for that!
At the prompting of Mama Kat from Mama Kat’s Losin’ It…I decided to sit in the silence and simply listen…and then write what I hear. So, I sat…and listened. And wrote.
I heard the clock tick…and as I listened, I started singing in my mind… “I hear the clock tick and think of you…”
No, Nancy…you’re not supposed to be singing…you’re supposed to be listening and writing down deep reflections of what you hear. Let’s try this again…
I heard the sound of what seemed like rushing wind…and again…I started to sing in my mind…”Rushing wind blow through this temple, blowing out the dust within…”
Ugh…stop it! I have to write something amazingly brilliant! This is my golden opportunity to write the next prolific literary masterpiece, dang it! Now, focus! Listen…
I heard the sound of a bird chirping…I looked out the window and saw a pretty bird sitting on the top of a tree…here we go again… “He sits on the treetop all the day long. Hopping and a bopping and a’singing his song”
Oh…forget it! All I can hear is music! I wish that was as deep as it sounds but truly…at this moment…it isn’t. And I realize that my brain is 70% song lyrics. I have a song for pretty much EVERYTHING! Except math…which may explain why that was always my least favorite subject. Wait a minute…I just thought of a math song…
“I know my calculus…it says you plus me equals us!” – Yep…I even have a math song. Pretty sure that particular ditty wouldn’t have actually been helpful had I taken calculus (which I didn’t) but…case in point…I have a song for everything.
So much for a literary masterpiece. Oh well. I’ll just finish typing this post and get back to singing something…not sure what yet but…it’ll come to me. It always does. Always.
Until next time…
It’s Stop and Smell the Roses time! I love this link up with Mandy at House of Rose Blog because it’s such a lovely way to interact with all of you! I especially love it because it motivates us to take a minute to share what we’re happy about or thankful for and that helps us put our thoughts on good and positive things! Isn’t that wonderful? I think so.
I led worship this week at our women’s ministry meeting and in preparation for it, I came across this scripture:
For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord ? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord ? (Psalms 89:6 NLT)
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord ? You are entirely faithful. You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. You crushed the great sea monster. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all. Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong. (Psalms 89:8-11, 13-17 NLT)
It inspired me to write the following passage which I shared before worship and thought it might be encouraging to someone.
We praise Him because of who He is and what he’s done. We praise Him because we were created to do so. We worship Him because we continuously stand in awe that the creator of the Universe, the all-powerful, all-sufficient, all-knowing One and only God…sees fit to allow us to be in His presence. His presence is always there. He IS ever-present. He’s present in the glory of his majestic works and his beautiful creation. The oceans, the sun, the infinite universe…all His creation…we are always in His presence. And we stand in awe of Him. We stand amazed that He is this magnificent God and yet He chose to care about each one of us and have a relationship with each one of us. The created…the only ones of His creation that can worship HIM of our own will. We desire to worship Him. And our worship, our praise…stills the enemy and strengthens our faith to believe God is truly faithful and will do what he says He will do.
Let us not lose our awe of Him!
Let us not take for granted our freedom to worship Him!
Worship changes our perspective. It helps us to stop looking at our situation and instead look to the God that is above every situation. To look away from our problems and look to the problem solver. There is healing in worship. There is joy in worship. There is peace in worship. There is power in worship. He inhabits the praises of His people!
This is why I worship…because I was created for that purpose and guess what?? So were YOU!
It’s not about singing beautifully or playing an instrument skillfully. Those are good things but they are not THE thing. Worship is simply admiring and giving honor to our Creator as we stand and stay in awe of Him.
No pictures this week, friends…I hope that’s okay. I just wanted to share my heart in words. So, there you have it. My heart is worship.
Until next time…
Trying something new…I’m calling it “Friday Fun” where I just share a little fun story with you to end your week with a smile. I thought it’d be…well…fun! I’m going to take a chance here and pretty much guarantee that most of these stories will include my children (mostly the girl as she keeps us laughing around here) and the things they say or do that just have to be shared. So, there’s your fair warning…if you don’t like stories involving children…you may not enjoy this post. If you do then…this is for you!!
Lots of funny things happen around my
zoo house and sometimes I post them on Facebook and sometimes I don’t. Last night, we had a little funny moment that I thought I’d share here since I didn’t on Facebook.
Every night, we have devotion time before bed where the kids each read from the Bible and do a little devotional about whatever they read. The boy is now 13 so he does his on his own and then comes downstairs and shares what he read and learned with us. The girl is still with me and we do devotions together. After devotions, the girl child very nonchalantly says:
“Mommy, when did Jesus write the Bible?”
“Umm…Lexi, Jesus did not write the Bible,” I reply.
“What? I thought He wrote it and then buried it in the dirt and then people came and dug it up and made lots of copies.”
After I take a moment to hold back laughter…
“Nope. He didn’t write any of it. Other people wrote about Him.”
“Well, did He at least sign His name in it?”
This conversation lasted for quite awhile as she couldn’t quite wrap her head around the fact that Jesus did not write the Bible. Then, somehow, we ended up talking about dinosaurs and why they aren’t mentioned in the Bible…don’t ask me how.
And when I finally said, “Okay, enough talking…we need to pray and get you guys in bed. Why do we always have these kinds of discussions when it’s bedtime, by the way?”
The girl child quickly answers, “Because that’s our “God” part of the day!”
Happy Friday, everybody! We’ll be working on making sure every part of the day is our “God” part this weekend…what are your plans?
Until next time,
Hello again, blog friends! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve sat down at my computer and typed anything. My mind has been preoccupied with a lot of things but today…today, I decided to write. It’s not that I haven’t had any ideas of what to write about. In fact, I’ve had so many thoughts running through my brain that it was almost overwhelming to the point I was unable or unwilling to write anything. I suppose the trouble was and perhaps is…is that I really want everything I share with you to be authentic and yet, I always want my blog to be a source of joy so…if I’m struggling or not feeling my best, I tend to sink into myself and not share anything at all. Don’t misunderstand…I’m fine, really. I’ve just been over-thinking a little too much which tends to paralyze me creatively. It happens from time to time.