Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I can't believe she just said that to me!" "She calls herself a Christian and acts like that?"
Yep, it's true; friends on the inside of the church can be just as irritating as those on the outside.
Sometimes, they make us want to run away from the whole Sunday thing!
But then I can't help think how much Christ loved His church, warts and all. He must have for crying out loud; He went and died for her. Check out Ephesians 5:25-27 for yourself. Jesus deeply cared for His followers and He knew it would be a lifelong process of learning how to trust and obey Him before they looked even close to His image.
Look at Paul, one of the greatest teachers in the New Testament church. He knew he had not reached perfection. So how much do you look like the God who died for you? I know I have a long way to go! But Jesus still adores me, even when I fall short of His great desires for me.
I guess I'll stick close to this crazy group that calls itself "Christians" and begin to forgive some of the same behavior I'm guilty of displaying. If it's good enough for Christ, than it's good enough for me.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Courtesy of her wonderful mommy!
Happy Valentine's Day...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

We talked about letters last week. They still count!
We never want to miss the opportunity to speak blessing over each other's lives.
May I leave some words for you today?

My sweet girls,
You are so very precious to me. I think of you so often during the week and try each day to pray over your day. You are a light in your classroom, on your team, on your facebook wall, so I want you strengthened against the enemy's attack. There is NOT ONE thing that you could do that would separate you from my love and esteem for you.
Thank you for putting up with my gray hair, my hearing loss and my lack of relevance at times. I'm trying to figure out all of the new technology and the latest musical group, but of course, I need your help!!! But this I hope you know, my passion for you and God's Truth is never out of style. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and my desire for you to cling to Him is renewed every single day.
Each one of you is beautiful and unique, God's cherished treasure! Thank you for the honor of walking with you. We are on an amazing journey, each of us at a different pace, but together we, even the "Old One" will grow in wisdom and grace.
May the Father who delights in and sings over you, protect and bless you until we gather again.
Always in need of Grace,