Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Planner... and best laid vs. natural plans....

Anyone who carries one of these: (see picture at right) Is serious. Organized. I've heard that they can become a "second brain" to some. They are highly valued.

This afternoon, on the way home from picking up my son, we noticed a woman in the middle of a fairly busy street, frantically picking up pieces of paper- (the look on her face, said they were pieces of her life) while she dodged in and out of traffic, chasing down what she could salvage.

Her car was across the road, and, on our side of the street- I noticed a freshly run-over Franklin Planner--- pages blowing-off in the breeze.

All I could think, was "If that were me- I'd want some help"

We pulled over, and joined in her chase. I thought she would cry. She was surprised we'd chase her pieces of paper around a busy road. We found a blank check- (ouch, that would have been a BAD thing to lose) notecards, and many pages from her upcoming year. July 24th was one of the days we caught. I've already put her on my calendar, to pray for her on July 24th. ;)

Some of her plans, we could salvage, others were lost way below, on the freeway. (Did I mention we were racing to catch the pages before they blew off the overpass?) I'm sure she'll survive. But it will mean a lot of work. She had just left a group home, (where she supervises the workers) had placed her planner ON TOP of her car----- and well... you know the rest of the carnage. She asked what she could do for me... I said I was a Christian, and just wanted to help- it's what Jesus would want. I also said- if it was me- I'd have wanted HELP! We laighed- I hugged her- and we took off.

When I stopped, I had fully desired to just bless this woman. To help her. To pick up some of the pieces that were blowing on the road. But, what did God do with the whole situation? He turned it around to bless me.

My oldest son was with me, he helped pick up the papers. As we drove into the driveway, at home, (after finding more papers further down the road, and rusing back to find the lady...) he said this...

"I'm impressed Mom, not everybody would stop, that was the right thing to do, even if it was a pain. "

I can't tell you how many times, I've attempted and planned to teach him that lesson. Hundreds, I'm guessing, over the years. Little ways I've set out to SHOW him, that caring isn't convenient- but we do it anyway...... little lectures on giving, on helping how you can and sharing the gospel, where ever God opens. I've bought books and videos, to teach that message. Most of which he has only gotten- parts of.

Yet- today, while fully intending to bless someone else- he got the full message, written on the face of a woman in distress, who was helped, by him!

The bible says we're to- live WITH our children, and teach them through modeling, as well as with our words- at all times.

Deuteronomy 6:6-8
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

As part of our missional mom journey- we need to allow our kids to be part of what God does- so they can see His hand extended, through us!

Dear Lord- I pray for the woman with the planner- I pray that you'd bless her work, and help her to gather her plans, and needed information. I pray that she'd know that the help she received today- wasn't from us- but directly from you. I pray also that the lesson my guy experienced today- would take a deep root in his heart- I love you Lord- and thank you for every opportunity! amen.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Mission to Mars... I mean MEN.

final day--- home we go.... 057 They don't LOOK like aliens... do they?

Well, not in this picture, but trust me, often I feel like they are just that, ALIENS. Of the outer space sort. ;)

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a Mom. That means I'm a FEMALE. I'm a girl.

Yet- I am called as a missionary- to MEN. (not ALL men-this isn't that kind of blog! I mean my own men, my 3 sons and hubby;) It's wondeful, funny and strange being a woman surrounded by men, in all phases of development. Mostly it's odd.

The oldest one- is my Husband. He lives in a world of business, and travel. He also plays VIDEO games. And Golfs, and camps.

Then there is the Oldest Son/alien- He's a "gamer" and a massive fisherman.

Next up- is the "Middle Child"- He's creative and a math whiz (if I go back to college- as I'd like- he'll be the one helping me with my homework)

Finally we have the little one. My Rockin' Roll Show, Everybody loves him, Preschooler.

All these men, each one unique, and different- and yet- from my perspective a bit strange as well- because they share certain characteristics that God implanted in each of them- long before my or their Fathers influence ever came into play!

Like- making everything into weapons. (yes- even dinner)
Leaving the Lid up. (I'm out numbered here- I say NOTHING, after 18 years, if I don't have sense enough to look before I sit, it's my own fault!)
Like gravitating toward super hero's and justice.
Like thinking burping is a second language.

We Mom's sometimes feel like our kids and spouses are as alien as any aboriginal tribe... (ok- so MINE are pretty close!) Yet- the truth is, we just need to understand.

Leaving the Lid up- Hello, if thats how you USE it. Then it makes sense. (mostly)
Making everything into weapons? and Super Hero's? Men are designed by God- to protect defend and provide. (contrary to my peac/animal loving nature!)
Burping as a second language?

Well, Ok- THAT one I don't GET. But- I can belch my name. (and pretty much anything on demand)

It isn't my job, as a Missional Mom, to convert my men... into WOMEN. It's my job to help them become the Men that God has planned for them to be, and live out before them, and example of what one (slightly crazy- but loving ) Woman is like.

I'm learning to LEARN from the natives. ;)

Dear Lord- help me to appreciate the differences between myself and my guys, help me to love them in a way that honors YOU, and who You've determined each of them to be, setting aside my own agenda- I love you Lord- amen!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Invitation to worship

Lion of Judah
Isaiah 11, Revelation 11

You're the Lion of Judah,
the Lamb that was slain,
You ascended to heaven and ever more will reign;
At the end of the age when the earth You reclaim,
You will gather the nations before You.
And the eyes of all men will be fixed on the Lamb
Who was crucified,For with wisdom and mercy and justice
You'll reignAt Your Father's side.
And the angels will cry: 'Hail the Lamb
Who was slain for the world, Rule in power.'
And the earth will reply:
'You shall reign
As the King of all kings
And the Lord of all lords.'

There's a shield in our hand and a sword at our side,
There's a fire in our spirits that cannot be denied;
As the Father has told us for these You have died,
For the nations that gather before You.
And the ears of all men need to hear of the Lamb
Who was crucified,
Who descended to hell yet was raised up to reign
At the Father's side.

Copyright © 1993 Daybreak Music Ltd.
If your church holds a current CCL license, you may use these lyrics for overheads or song sheets for congregational or group worship under the terms of your license.
The studio version of this song is available on Not By Might.
Live versions of the song are available on Room for Grace and Revival in Belfast.
Sheet music of this song is available in the Revival in Belfast Songbook and on the enhanced CD Room for Grace.

Ancient of Days
by Jamie Harvill & Gary Sadler©1992 Integrity's Hosanna! Music/ASCAP & Integrity's Praise! Music/BMIAll Rights Reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.This performance © 2002 Rocks Cry Out


Blessing and honor, glory and power,
be unto the Ancient of Days!
From every nation, all of creation, bow before the Ancient of Days!

Every tongue in Heaven and earth
shall declare Your glory!
Every knee will bow at Your throne in worship!
You will be exalted, O God!
And Your Kingdom shall not pass away,
O Ancient of Days!

Your kingdom shall reign over all the earth,
Sing unto the Ancient of Days!
For none can compare to Your matchless worth, Sing unto the Ancient of Days!

Days Of Elijah

These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
nd though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying'
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!'
Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it's the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion's hill salvation comes.
These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord!

There's no God like Jehovah.There's no God like Jehovah!
Copyright © 1997 Daybreak Music Ltd.

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Shout To The Lord
My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love
My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord All the Earth,
let us sing Power and majesty
Praise to the King Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work Of Your hand
Forever I'll love You Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares To the promise I have In You