>> Sunday, July 28, 2013

The hot tub at our condo became our gathering place each morning and evening. The rules said only eight people at a time could enjoy it. Sometimes we broke that rule. We met folks from New Zealand, Germany, Japan… and many other places. Their stories were fascinating.

One morning, when the bell tolled 8:00 (opening time), we gathered our towels and headed out. No one else was there. My husband and I were taking advantage of some couple time, when a lady walked through the doorway, turned right and headed to the swimming pool.
“Oh my goodness. There’s a mouse swimming in the pool.”

She went into action. A “Caution, slippery when wet” board was nearby. The board barely touched the water, when the mouse scampered up it, across the concrete and into the bushes.


Have you ever felt like you were futilely swimming…round and round…and getting nowhere? Your legs moved as fast as they could, but were tiring. Soon you would drown.
I’ve experienced being rescued, both in my life and in my soul.

I didn’t scamper up the board to escape my robotic existence. But with the help of others who loved me, I slowly emerged and became a whole person. My soul was bloody and bruised from false teachings about God. There were others who gently lifted me into a relationship with a loving God.

“Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish!” Ephesians 2:8 (MSG)


All Seeing Sensor

>> Saturday, July 6, 2013

A phenomenon occurred at the grocery store this morning … and that doesn’t happen often. I needed something in the frozen food section. I turned my grocery cart into the darkened aisle and suddenly the first frozen food case on each side of me was illuminated. When my cart moved further into the aisle, the next two cases lit up.
It was amazing, like someone was watching me and giving me light when I needed it.

I know … I know.  Somewhere there was a sensor. But as I continued shopping, my thoughts returned to that aisle.

As a Christ-follower, we have an all-seeing Sensor. Sometimes the way seems really dark as we step into the test being given us and we can’t see ahead. But all that is required of us is that we just take that next step. When the illumination is needed, it will be provided.

Every time. 

“By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” Psalm 119:105 (MSG)


Declaration of Independence

>> Thursday, July 4, 2013

Come with me to the dark, wind-swept land of my childhood. In that barren place, it was decreed that all Christians must be devoid of emotions. My church and my widowed mother were in agreement. To have feelings was to sin. My mother never touched me nor told me she loved me.

I moved through my days detached from life.

I remained stoic when Mother told me whom I would be marrying and when. I was only 15 when plans were put in motion for my marriage before the completion of my senior year in high school. I registered no feelings as I walked down the aisle during my wedding ceremony.

Pledging to love, honor and obey the man standing at the end of that aisle was no different than being told to love, honor and obey my mother. In either case, I was to do as I was told.

That barren land is a distant memory.

It took years … hard work … and God … for me to overcome the hold my upbringing had on me. But there came a day when freedom was within my grasp. Inner fireworks exploded and my face reflected the glow.

Just as on the 4th of July our country celebrates its independence, I rejoice in mine.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)


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