Flights of Fancy (or faith)

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So here I am, with Joseph in Tewksbury, Massachussetts. Joseph will be guest-ministering at a service tonight and 2 services on Sunday. We enjoy coming here every year and hanging out with our friends, even though it’s a little later in the year than usual this time. But I’m not complaining – I get to see the colors of fall, just about the only thing I miss, living in Florida. What’s more, my weekend is filled with promises of awesome services, lobster and home-baked apple pie (don’t hate, appreciate!)

So as I looked out of my airplane window while we were taking off, I got to thinking… (aargh – it hurts!!) how is it that we can always entrust our lives into the hands of a perfect stranger, even if the stripes on his jacket declare his qualification to fly a metal bird over thousands of miles, and yet sometimes we find it hard to entrust those same lives into the hands of the One who gave them to us in the first place? The Captain of my airplane has control of it only as long as he can keep the law of gravity under submission to the law of lift-and-drag (whatever the fancy word for that law is). If he can’t, then what? What about the One who instituted all the laws in the first place? Surely He knows a thing or two that my flight Captain doesn’t! Surely He can be trusted with every detail of this fleeting life that He Himself gave to me? I’m just sayin’…

Happy weekend, y’all 🙂

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Bungee jumping, anyone?

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Lately I’ve been thinking about bungee jumping. “Huh?” I hear you say. I’ll explain.

Seems like I’ve been in freefall mode of late, spiritually speaking. You know, when you kinda hit that point where you get to the end of yourself and don’t know what else to do. Even words seem inadequate, and you’re thankful that God understands those “groans that words cannot express” (Rom. 8:26). That’s when you climb to the top of the highest “mountain” you can find, strap on your “bungee cord” after ensuring that it’s securely harnessed, close your eyes, spread out those arms and fall.

Sometimes the freefall seems to last an eternity, but you must remember to keep your eyes closed, otherwise the things you see whizzing by and the ground fast approaching could distract you. Even as you fall, you feel the bungee around your ankles, reassuring, reminding you that you’re still firmly anchored. Regardless of how long the freefall lasts, in real or imagined time, fixate on one truth: He’ll catch you…He always does!

Think Pink

 

A friend shared this video with me. Since I’m such a fan of Pink (the ideology, more so than the color), I thought it was very ‘a propos’. Long live strength and femininity; long live pink! Enjoy…

Riddle me this!

Life is full of riddles. You know, questions that either have no answer, or just simply leave you scratching your head. Or maybe there’s someone out there who knows the answer and can relieve your itching head. For instance:

– Why do you go into a building but get into a car?

– Why do the days go by quicker when you get older?

– Why do babies fight sleep when they’re tired?

– Why do we worry even though we say we trust God?

– Why do women have more than one baby, even after experiencing hard-core labor the first time?

– Why is it that everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die?

– Why did Adam eat the forbidden fruit at Eve’s suggestion?

And last, but not least:

– Why does my brand-new convection bread maker seem incapable of producing a decent loaf of bread, despite my numerous attempts? My husband is threatening to list it on e-bay!

[sigh]…

Anyways, happy weekend. See you on the other side of it! 🙂

Talkin’ ’bout the bad, bad girls…yeah!

And What We Can Learn from Them

So… I started a women’s study group in my home recently, on Liz Curtis Higgs’ “Bad Girls of the Bible: and what we can learn from them” Nice. I’d been looking for a fun book that would stimulate discussion and at the same time provide some “meat” and a bonding experience. Tall order? Well, I found it.

What I love, love, love about it is the way the author begins with a fictional contemporary narration of whichever “bad girl” she is focusing on in each chapter. She weaves a modern-day story that portrays the life of the lady in question. With just the right blend of humor and wisdom, each “bad girl” evolves from being a character in the Bible to you or someone you know. You totally get her! After all, every one of us, to one degree or another, is a bad girl transformed by grace. In fact, some of us are still works in progress.

The women in our group could not be more diverse. We have women ranging in age from 20-something to 60-something, black, white, hispanic… with that kind of mix, you can imagine how much fun we’re having. At the same time, we’re growing and learning to be conformed more and more to God’s image.

Oh yeah, I’m REALLY lovin’ me some Women at The Well right now!

Hooked on ‘tronics

So… yesterday we had a big old thunderstorm. I’m talking the kind that horror movies are made of. You know the kind of storm that’s so much fun to sleep through? Yeah, not that kind. I’m still amazed that our power did not get cut off. What did get cut off, though, was our internet (and our phone, but that’s not quite as dire). We got unplugged! Totally messed up my flow, I tell you. TV was working, but as much as I’m getting into the whole football thing because my son has decided that he will chase a pigskin as long as God gives him breath, I can only watch so much of it at a time. I was running out of options. There was only one thing left to do. It’s an ancient art that has lost its popularity in today’s culture. I decided to go old school and…READ!!! Something other than the Bible, I mean. I was thrilled to realize that it was like riding a bike – you never forget it.

Maybe I’ll declare an internet fast one of these days. Think my boss would go for it? I’m just sayin’…

Once upon a September 11th

 

Isn’t it amazing how one day changed our world and our lives forever? I am yet to meet someone who does not remember what they were doing on that fateful day, September 11th, 2001. No, we’ll never forget the horror, pain and devastation of 9/11. Most of all, though, we should never forget that our strength as a nation will know no bounds as long as we remain “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

God bless America, my home sweet home!

“…The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ ” – Benjamin Franklin

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson

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