Monday, August 31, 2009

Spiritual Rigor Mortis

Yesterday in church, Pastor Brad gave a wonderful sermon on Matthew 13, the parable of the sower and the seed. Jesus taught about how a farmer scattered some seed and it fell in four different places, producing four different results. Later in the chapter, He teaches how it was a parable about how God's Word is scattered and recieved in four different ways, producing four different results.

As I listened to the sermon, I was struck how I had experienced each and every soil. You see, the first example He gives is when the seed is scattered and falls on the hard path, and it never penetrates, never goes anywhere because the heart is hard. Jesus teaches it represents the enemy coming along and snatching the word right out off that cold heart. I remember feeling this, thinking this whole Bible thing was for Jesus freaks and goody-goodies. I kind of giggled to myself as I thought "I guess that would be a sort of spiritual rigor mortis!"

The second example was seed being scattered and falling on rocky soil - looks good initially but the roots are really shallow and when the heat comes (which represent tough times) it withers up and dies. I remember feeling this way, too - like I wanted to believe what the Bible said but once I was persecuted for being someone who was a Christian, I would deny it to save face. No root. No reality.

The third example was seed scattered on good soil but there were weeds planted near it and when it springs up, the weeds choke the life out of the plants. That would be an example of someone who hears the word, receives it with joy and then the cares of the world strangle the person and his or her faith is proven to be false and unable to withstand. I've been there too - as soon as I begin to worry, I focus on the worry and my life spirals out of control as I begin to trust myself (big mistake).

Finally, the seed that is planted in ready, tilled and fertile soil springs up plants and grows produces a crop that is way beyond expectation - because the example is a person whose faith is genuine, and brings with it what the Bible calls the fruit of repentance that show evidence of a new life and a changed heart.

I never realized that my life could have represented each of those soils at certain points in my walk. But they really do. I sort of said a little mini-prayer during the sermon and asked God how that could be - it seems once you're withered, choked, or hardened there would be no hope. Once spiritual rigor mortis sets in, the hope is sort of squashed! But as I prayed, I realized something really, really cool.

In Acts chapter 2, The Holy Spirit is compared to "a blowing violent wind" and often in the Bible you will hear about how God uses the wind to compare the works of the Holy Spirit (you can't see it, but you know it's there, etc..). So my thought was that the Holy Spirit, like a wind, came along and blew me right where He needed me to be so I would take root and enjoy the fruitfulness of true faith. And then I remembered something so very important - Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life - so even if you are choked or withered or even if spiritual rigor mortis has set in, He can breathe new life into even the deadest of seed.

I don't know about you - but that brings me tremendous comfort. And it also helps me to relate to those who have felt stuck in poor soil or among choking weeds. God has a plan and He will never, ever give up on us.

If you are praying for someone, never lose hope. Our Lord is faithful! He can do what others think cannot be done. One never knows when His Holy Spirit will come along, revive a lost soul and blow it into the direction of fertile soil!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Praying for a Lost Husband

I've been a fan of the band "Red" for years...they are sort of like Linkin' Park but with lyrics that are more my style. I've always loved the song "Already Over" that they sing - I actually use it in cycle class often! But today I actually watched the video of the song for the first time and realized it is about a man whose wife is praying for him. He is lost, she is a believer. There is a struggle as he moves from darkness to light. It's the most amazing video I've ever seen!

The video can be seen by clicking here. The record label won't allow embedding, but I promise the trip to Youtube will be worth it.

One last thing....if that describes you, if you are like the woman in the video and you've been praying for your husband, be encouraged today. God is faithful. He hears your prayers. 1 Peter 3:1-2 says "In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives."

God is working. Sometimes, it's not in what we say or even how we say it. It's how we live it. I pray you will be strengthened and encouraged today as you faithfully pray for your spouse.

Think Before You Speak

This was written by Greg Laurie (www.harvest.org) a couple of years ago and I copied and kept it. Today I came across it in my computer and was reminded WHY I copied it! I couldn't help but share it with you...I think we've all been victims of gossip or maybe even been the "gossiper" at some point. That's why I'm pretty sure you will be challenged and inspired by this message filled with wisdom and correction....

J. Vernon McGee used to say, "The only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions."

Slander and gossip are sins that, unfortunately, are far too common in the church today. How many times have rumors been spread that are based on information that simply is not factual, because a person did not take the time to look into it? The Bible says, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him" (Proverbs 18:13).

Gossip and slander are far easier to dish out than they are to take, aren't they? Has someone ever gossiped about you? Has something ever been said about you that simply was not true?

Proverbs 18:8 says, "The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body." Gossip is like that. "Did you hear about this?" someone might say. So we take that tasty little trifle of information. We may swallow it easily, but in the end, it is like a wound. It hurts other people, and it can hurt us.So when we hear gossip or slander, what should we do?

Here is a little acronym that we need to remember: THINK. Is it true? If it is not true, then don't repeat it. Will it help? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?"Well Greg," you might be thinking, "If I applied that principle all the time, there would be a lot of things I wouldn't say." Good. Then don't say them. You will be better for it. And so will many other people.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Facing Fear

I turned on my computer today and lo and behold I was confronted with doom and gloom yet again. Yahoo had a front page story about how the swine flu epidemic is going to get so much worse - infecting millions and potentially killing 90 thousand people in the US alone this fall. Geez. Could the news be any more grim?

I began to panic first. My kids are in school - should I homeschool so they are not exposed to this? Should I hunker down in my house with my family, protecting them from this evil virus? What if one of them gets sick - I don't think I can handle that! I began to allow my mind to "go there" and my heart raced, my breathing quickened and fear began to paralyze my mommy mind.

Then almost as quickly as the whirlwind of fear came upon me it was stilled when I began to meditate on scripture..."Do not fear"..."Take Courage"..."God does not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind"..."even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"..."do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday"..."He (God) is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe"...and the list goes on.

My point is this. I know how hard it is to trust God in times like these, especially for us moms who want so desperately to protect and shelter our children from the big, bad world. But instead of focusing on what I don't know (the future...the what if's), I want to focus instead on what I do know. I am a child of God. I'm not going anywhere and neither are my children or my loved ones, until God says so. He will give me courage when needed, strength to perservere and wisdom to make decisions. I cannot live my life being afraid of anything - including the future - for it will paralyze me and render me completely useless.

I'll admit - it seems the news gets worse and worse - not just diseases, but natural disasters, political wars, and rampant evil in the world. But we must be strong and courageous. We must remember that we cannot think the way we used to (Isaiah 8:11-13). Our lives are in His hands - and so are our children's lives.

God doesn't promise rosy times here on the earth. He actually reminds us quite frequently that times will be difficult. But we can go through each trial with the perspective that He has a plan, He is in control and He doesn't make mistakes. We must trust Him and let go. If we suffocate ourselves or our children out of fear, what are we teaching them? Do we really trust God in times like these?

It's time we learn the answer to that question in our lives. I urge you to fill your mind with TRUTH from God's Word and fight the temptation to fall into fear. I urge you to teach these truths to your children. We do not know the answers to all of life's tough questions or what the future holds - but we are the children of the One who does. That gives my mommy mind tremendous peace!

1 Peter 1:6-7
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though you faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I Can't Do it Daddy!


My husband and I took the girls on our walk around Tega Cay the other day. They were on their bikes and we walked the hilly trails. Kennedy has a bike that can change gears, so she had no problems getting up the hills but Peyton has a bike that has only one gear so she struggled after awhile.

As we walked, my sweet Peyton would get about half way up the hills and then she'd yell out "I can't do it Daddy!" and my superman husband would run up to her bike and give her a big push so she could get up the hill. He did this over and over. It was just precious. He was her big, strong hero! Those are times Peyton will never forget in her life. I have a feeling he'll be helping push her up some other hills in her life in the future but right now they are literal.

As I watched him, I realized that my husband has done that for me a lot in life, too. He's the one God uses to push me up the hills that get too tough to get up myself in life. I'm so thankful to have such a blessing in my life - one I never want to take for granted. I shared that with him on our walk "Honey, as I watch you give her a big push, I realized that you do the same thing for me and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you." He smiled. Then he said, "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

I love that man. :)

God is like that in our lives, too. Not only does He send people to help get us through the hard times like He did when He sent my husband into my life, but He also gets us through the tough times by giving us a little push Himself every now and then. Tough times are inevitable. But getting through them alone is not. I pray you will recieve the help God offers you today if you are going through a difficult time. You do not need to struggle alone! Just tell Him "I can't do it Daddy!" and wait and see how quickly He runs to you to help get you up the hills of life.

He wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Isaiah 41:10 Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Passion Lived Out

Yesterday my teenage son came home from school and was very excited about some of the stuff he was learning about in school (yes, I was in shock, but that's a whole other story!). He is in an environmental science class and the teacher is apparently really good at helping the students understand the importance of recycling and the carbon footprint they are leaving on the earth through choices they make in life.

It's really quite interesting to see my son get so excited about what he's learning. He's already told me that we need to start buying local fruits and vegetables and that we shouldn't eat meat every single day because of what our over-dose in meat in America is doing to the environment. My son takes after me in that he gets very passionate about certain things and I can see his passion has awakened him to do a better job at taking care of our planet - after only 2 days in an environmental science class!

I told him to be careful, though. If he jumped around and yelled at other people about their behavior or tried to tell everyone what they should be doing by sending them on a guilt trip and pointing out all their imperfections, he would run them off. We can have passions in life and make a difference, but we can make the most difference by living it out ourselves, not imposing our beliefs and convictions on others to the point of making them feel more wretched than they already feel. I watch how people walk it out way more than I listen to their rantings about how things need to change. When we feel passionate about something, this can happen quickly, even to well-meaning folks with good motives who just want to make a difference.

I told Tommy to live it out himself, to keep studying and learning what he can do to make a difference and to be ready to answer questions when people ask about cleaning up the earth. I told him to look for opportunities to share his knowledge and experience, but not to be pushy. When people see my son making important changes in his life, see him making healthier changes and choices for the earth, they will ask questions and he can answer them gently and respectfully. He can model this good behavior and be consistent in his life and I guarantee people will notice and follow him. He can inform them as they see his passion lived out, not shouted out.

Sound familiar?

1 Peter 3:15-17

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hands and Feet

School started yesterday and my almost 9 year old and 10 year old were so excited to be going back to their old school. Last year, we left mid-spring and moved to Asheville and they missed everyone so much. It was pitiful. But now they are back - and I'm continuing to see the way God used the experience of our move and return back to Tega Cay to teach my girls some pretty important life lessons.

This morning as they were getting ready, Kennedy mentioned she has some new kids in her class. She has been making extra efforts to talk to them, to make them feel accepted and like they are a part of the "crew" so they don't feel so weird about being new. Peyton is doing the same thing. I suppose after being the "new kid" and feeling the sting of trying to make your way through a school that has established friendships and relationships, they have learned how to relate to people who are going through the same things. I love that.

You know, God can use your story, too. Whatever you've been through in your life, whether it be childhood abuse, addiction, rejection, poor habits or whatever it might be - you can empathize with those who are going through it right now. Who knows? Maybe the Lord helped you to overcome those trials and struggles for such a time as this? We have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ here on earth!

We cannot forget that the hands and feet of Jesus Christ were pierced on the cross. When we look at the Greek word for pierced, we find the word nyusso, which means "to pierce through, often of severe or deadly wounds given one". Our severe and seemingly deadly wounds have been nailed to the cross and our new lives reflect the same resurrection power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead! We are a new creation, created to do good works in Christ which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)

Are you feeling pierced today? I want to encourage you to read John 19-20. John 19 is the dark, frightening time in Jesus' life when He was scourged, beaten, pierced, scoffed, whipped and ultimately crucified. Things looked bleak. All seemed lost. It seemed as if the enemy was winning. But then came John 20. Hope. Truth. Victory. Resurrection! There is a "John 20 moment" coming in your life - hang on and wait for the Lord. Resurrection is a beautiful thing - but death must precede it. Our piercing is part of our story and our story is what God can use to reach out to a hurting, hopeless world.

Today let's pray that God gives us opportunities to be His hands and feet - to relate to those who might be feeling the same pains and frustrations we feel as we are pierced by the worries and cares of the world. Kennedy & Peyton have the right idea - they are reaching out to others who are feeling the same pain they have felt. They know this pain all too well and they don't want others to feel it as deeply as they did. God will never allow pain into our lives without an eternal purpose. And that purpose always includes reaching out and helping His children - being His hands and feet.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Dark Cloud

Ever have one of those days when you feel that there is a dark cloud following you around? I mean, it's like a heaviness that keeps you almost paralyzed with fear or frustration and it can be quite overwhelming. Am I speaking your language?

These "cloudy" days come at such unexpected times - usually the most inopportune time, if you ask me. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I had this overwhelming feeling of dread, like there was a dark cloud following me around. All day I tried to figure it out, but was so busy getting things done to get the kids in school today that I couldn't really stop and try to figure it out. Last night, my husband and I took a long walk and we talked about it. He said "Just be still and rest tomorrow - slow down and just try to get alone, you will figure it out."

This morning, I decided it was time. So I prayed, opened my Bible and began my search for answers. I don't want another day like yesterday! I read my daily Bible reading and came across this verse in Psalm 105:39 "The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness." He was talking about the Israelites during their Exodus out of Egypt. I like the thought that God "covered" them with this cloud - it almost seemed protective, not scary at all. I thought that was very interesting, so I decided to look up on Bible Gateway (http://www.biblegateway.com/) all the instances where the word "cloud" was mentioned.

The word cloud is mentioned 153 times in the Bible and the vast majority of those times, it was mentioned as describing God's presence. Interesting. When God's presence was in the form of a thick cloud at the Tabernacle, the Israelites camped out and didn't move. Once the cloud would lift, they would pack up camp and move on.

Numbers 9:20-22 says this: Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the LORD's command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out.

The Israelites were commanded by God to be still when the cloud was present. This is not lost on me at all. I think my husband was absolutely right. God may be trying to get my attention with this heavy, dark cloud He has allowed to come over me. I need to camp out, slow down and seek Him with everything in me until the cloud lifts.

How cool is the Word of God to show me this today, of all days?! I mean, that just blows my mind on so many levels. I can't say the cloud has completely lifted as of yet, but I can certainly say with confidence that I have met with the Creator of the Universe in my dark, cloudy day and He has shown me great fire to light the darkness! When He blacked out the rest of the world, He slowed me down so I could focus on His promises and He has shown me Light in this darkness that I would not have seen had I not experienced it. If you have a cloud hovering over you today, seek Him. He is in the cloud and He is waiting to meet with you. The cloud could just be His blessed invitation to meet one on one with Him! What a privilege!

'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. Ezekiel 34:11-12

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Compliments

I can be a people pleaser. I have always struggled in this area and it is very difficult at times because you cannot please everyone all the time - especially if they have expectations on you that you have absolutely no idea you are supposed to live up to. I fight this every day. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone!

That's why I'm so excited about something I heard in a song today during my run. I was listening to Collective Soul's song "Compliment" and realized that we all sort of deal with it to some degree. The words to this song basically tell us that we all sit around and beg for compliments, feeling like we're dying unless we get them. But once we gather them up, we lose our innocence and begin to lie to ourselves if that is all we are living for. He ends up singing "there's something more than the world out there". How true.

We all like a good compliement every now and then - it's a wonderful feeling. When we get out of balance though, and begin to live for them (or die without them) we are lost and completely missing the point. We make others little gods in our lives, as we live to please them and strive for their acceptance. Plus, if we live to hear how great we are, we are missing the fact that the glory isn't ours anyway - it all belongs to the Lord. He is the One to be praised! What a joy though, when people see Him in us. I couldn't ask for a better compliment than that.

There is something More than the world out there. And He loves us so much that He gave His life for us. Now there's someone I want to please.

Compliment Lyrics:
Now, Ive taken the side
Of a beautiful calm
Can you see this disguise
Fading to a resolve

And there it goes, my innocence
While gathering up a compliment
And here I lie with words to swear
Theres something more than the world out there
The world out there

And hesitation compounds
Ive nothing left to sustain
My worries here have allowed
A momentary refrain

And there it goes, my innocence
I'm dying here for a compliment
And here I lie with words to swear
Theres something more than the world out there
The world out there

Proverbs 28:23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I Don't Want it to be Real!

My husband and two teens and I decided to take one last trip to the beach this weekend since my two youngest girls are at Disney with Grandma & Grandpa (lucky ducks). We had a great time - went to the beach, slept in, ate seafood, shopped & visited the aquarium. I felt like a little kid again at the aquarium - it was absolutely one of the most amazing things I've done in a while.

While we were going through the tunnel with all the sharks, we came across this strange looking shark who was literally just plastered to the glass just above our heads and we just cracked up laughing because it looked like he was doing it on purpose - everyone was taking pictures of him and he just seemed to be smiling and soaking in all the glory. That's him you see in the photo!

I suppose he looked a little scary though, and as a little 5 year old girl strolled through the aquarium holding her daddy's big hand (ok, squeezing it until it turned pale white), she said "Daddy is it real?" He answered "Yes, honey, all of them are. Isn't it amazing?" In her innocence and fear, she cried out "No, Daddy! I don't want it to be real!" as if that would change it all and make everything become unreal. I still see the look on her face - absolute fear was written all over it and she was doing something I do quite often in life - denying the truth to make herself feel better.

Ever wish something wasn't true? Me too. I think we all do that. I've heard the saying (and have even said it many times) that "ignorance is bliss" because knowing something is true not only means we have to face that truth but also act on it. It's easier to bury our head in the sand and continue in life just the way we always did. It's easier to say "I don't want it to be real!" and just walk through life oblivious.

Or is it?

I used to think it was easier to pretend God wasn't real. That hell was some made up place and evil was something I could elude. But once I was faced with the reality that there is a God, I am accountable to Him, there is a hell and evil is unavoidable, I realized I had some decisions to make. Instead of wishing it all away and living in denial, I finally realized that ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is a choice I made. And it was not doing me any favors. So I started to search for Truth in the pages of God's Word - and I found it.

According to Romans 1:18-20, "God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made they can clearly see His invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."

Then it goes on to say (vs 21-22) "Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused."

I see so many folks trying to figure out God outside of the Bible, with supplementary writings by people who claim to know Him. Everyone wants a god on their terms. It reminds me of people who look for the perfect diet that allows them to eat whatever they want and not exercise. Hellllloooo?! Not gonna happen. It takes discipline, hard work and a healthy diet, no way around it. Everything else is a deception that usually takes our money right out of our pockets and even if it works for a little while, eventually, it will fail. There are no short cuts.

Then there are those that are saying "I don't want it to be real" and just say there is no God at all. If the sky is blue but I would prefer it not be blue, but green, would that change the truth that it is blue? Just because I say it's green does not make it so. It just is what it is.

God says "I am." He is making Himself known to us, and our denying He's there is not going to change anything at all. We must confront this at some point in our lives - every one of us. Pretending it is not an issue will not make it go away - it will only "suppress the truth by our wickedness" and I believe the wickedness that suppresses the truth that the bible speaks about is our stubborn, hardened hearts.

My prayer is that we all open our hearts and minds to the Truth of God's Word. I pray that hearts will be softened and penetrable. I pray we will all embrace it, learn, grow and walk in the freedom of knowing that God is real and He desperately desires a relationship with us. I pray we will take His hand, walk through this life and instead of saying "Daddy, I don't want it to be real" that we will say "Daddy, thank you for telling me the Truth - now show me how to live my life, holding tightly to Your hand."

Proverbs 14:8 The prudent understand where they are going, but fools decieve themselves.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Is Jesus a Crutch?

Someone asked me once if Jesus was just a "crutch" in my life. The person thought it was weak of me to depend on something other than myself and that he thought people who claim to follow Jesus were just using Him as a crutch - an excuse to not deal with the reality of life.
When he first asked me this, I was really taken back. Of course I said "NO way! He's not a crutch to me at all!" I never thought of Jesus as a "crutch" and certainly didn't feel like I was using Him as an excuse to not deal with the reality of life.

So as I thought about it and prayed, I realized something. The dictionary definition of crutch is this: a staff or support to assist a lame or infirm person in walking, now usually with a crosspiece at one end to fit under the armpit. This really amazed me as I read it for many reasons.

It immediately made me think of the 23rd Psalm where it says "Your rod and Your staff - they comfort me". The dictionary describes a staff as this: a stick, pole, or rod for aid in walking or climbing, for use as a weapon. In the hand of Almighty God, a staff can protect us and defend us! And I don't know about you, but that sure does give me comfort.

I could not help but notice that a crutch is used for the lame or infirm person in walking. Honestly, I love this. I'm fully aware of the fact that without Jesus Christ, I am lame and completely infirm. That is why I came to Him. In order to walk out this life, I need Him to help me. Without Him nothing is possible, but with Him, all things are possible.

I love that line "a crosspiece at one end to fit under the armpit." That, to me, is so rich in meaning when I apply it to the kind of support that Jesus offers me. There are days when I just don't feel like I can go on. Those are the days when He lifts me up by the armpits and carries me on! Psalm 28:8-9 says "The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever."

The fact that the crutch has a "crosspiece" is not lost on me. How is it possible that Christ can carry me, support me, have a relationship with me and give me strength for this weary life? Only because of what happened on that Cross on Calvary. The crosspiece on the crutch is a reminder of the gospel that sets me free!

So, I suppose if you asked me today if Jesus was my "crutch" I'd say absolutely. He paid a great price to be my "crutch" and I gladly take Him up every day and lean on Him so my lame feet can walk on this earth. I can't do it alone! Thank God He provided The Way so I don't have to!

Isaiah 35:1-6 says "...they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you." Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Study Time? (Yeah, Right!)

This is the kinda stuff that happens when I try to study during the summer and the kids are home! My 10 year old decided to sit down beside me and hang out "on the roof"....

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