>> Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My iPhone rings with a different sound. Not sure what it is, I look at the screen. My husband, John, is requesting FaceTime. I have no idea where he is calling from or who is with him. But if I accept his request, then he can see me and where I am…in the bathtub.

I accept, but hold the phone real close to my face.

I’ve done FaceTime on the iPad and the computer. I’m still not clear on how to call someone else and request FaceTime with them. But it is available. Suddenly someone else is there with you.

All of that FaceTime stuff makes me think of God. We can have FaceTime with Him whenever and wherever we are. We don’t have to understand how it works. We say His name and He’s right there with us.

He always accepts our request for communication with Him.

“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. 
Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”  Psalm 4:1 (NIV)


Work in Progress

>> Tuesday, August 20, 2013

When my husband and I had our home built three years ago, we didn’t quite understand the wind patterns and the tunnel effect that would occur between our house and the one to the south. Sometimes our winds blow 40-50 miles per hour from the southwest. Soon we learned that those winds would cause our lawn swing and chairs on the patio to take wing and fly over the fire pit.

We talked it over and decided to wall off the south end of the patio…stucco with tile in the center.  Good idea.
Plans were put in motion…tile chosen…and the design for placement of those tiles laid out on our patio floor. We took a ten-day vacation expecting the wall to be complete when we returned.

It wasn’t.

Days passed.  And then a week.  And then two. Work has begun with completion promised tonight.

As I’ve watched and waited, my thoughts have turned to my personal progress in life. But the delays and stagnation in my growth were not a matter of days…or even weeks. This project has taken years. And God is not through with me yet.

I can hardly wait to see the finished me!

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished….” Philippians 1:6 (NLT)


Buckled In

>> Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today I have a guest blogger…my husband, John.

I was only going a few blocks down a side street. As I started to buckle my seat belt, I stopped just short of inserting it in the clasp. I held the V of the strap in my thumb near the clasp for the short trip. I figured if I passed a policeman, it would look like I had my seatbelt secured.

What would have happened if I had been in a wreck? I’m sure holding the strap in my hand would have done little to keep me from being injured or perhaps killed.

That got me thinking of some people who go to church on Sunday with their Bibles in hand…

How many of them go to church to “look good”, meet other nice people, or perhaps even feel like they have done the right thing like their parents told them to. (I did that for a number of years).

But until they have inserted their lives into the solid clasp of Jesus Christ as their Savior and King they are in danger of an inevitable crash (short of the Rapture) that could separate them from eternal life.

I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’” Matthew 7:22-23 (MSG)



>> Thursday, August 8, 2013

To my right, as my husband and I drove north toward Banff, Canada, I spotted a sign that said, “Columbia Lake”. Since I live in a city with the Columbia River flowing through it, the name caught my attention. Soon, I noticed another sign to the left of the highway stating we were traveling along the Columbia River. 

How cool. That river is flowing south and will go within blocks of my home.

We enjoyed our fabulous weeklong stay…even journeying to the Columbia Ice Fields.

My “duh” moment came after our return home. As I studied the Canadian Rockies map I had purchased, I noticed the Columbia River did NOT go south from Columbia Lake. It traveled northwest.

Research ensued.

From its headwaters at Columbia Lake, the river flows northwest for 200 miles through the Columbia Valley…including the ice fields. Then it turns sharply south, crossing the U. S. border into eastern Washington. The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and the fourth largest in the United States. And its course takes it all four directions.

How had I lived beside it for 27 years and not known that?

Yet how many people live for years within blocks of a church and have no idea that the headwaters of abundant living is available within? The flow of God’s grace is the largest in the universe and travels all directions. The Bible is available to anyone who is interested in understanding about that flow and clearly shows the course of God’s love.

It is up to me as a Christ-follower to help others reach that “duh” moment when they are eager to discover more about the perpetual headwaters of life.

“Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” John 4:10 (MSG)


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