Monthly Archives: April 2012

Young Moms Are Important (Answering the Everyday Question Everyday)

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Many of you who read this blog are young mothers. I thought of you this afternoon and I knew what I wanted to write about this week.

Today I had the privilege of playing with a not quite twenty-two month old little girl and a three-year old little boy. We jabbered kidspeak to each other, played with cars, nibbled on treats, and bounced on an ottoman during a women’s ministry brunch. I love it when the kids get to come to meetings. They bring such joy and teach me so many lessons. Thanks Emma and Luke.

My children are grown and my grandsons are growing up quickly and sometimes, if I am honest, I miss my little ones. Those were the best of days and the most tiring of times.   

I read something this week that I hope you will find encouraging. It will be worth your time to go to this link (below). This is a profound pensee…it also parallels the recent blog post I wrote “Pour Out Your Life.” Enjoy and send me your comments and thoughts as you joyfully pour out your life as a fragrant offering before the Lord for the benefit of your children?

Heavenly Father, Please encourage each young mother today. Give them Your eyes to see the beauty of these simple days. In Jesus Name, Amen

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Crossing the Line

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Okay, I have never shared a pet peeve with my readers but there is a first time for everything! 

Here is the first pet peeve. I hate meeting cars head on and then notice that the driver is texting. How do I know a driver I am meeting head on is texting? Well, they cross the line right before they pass me and then they look up horrified (like a deer in the headlights) when they realize they are about to hit me head on! Then, they swerve and nearly side swipe the car next to them. That’s how I know!

It happens all the time.  My route to work everyday is also the main route to the local high school. This week, I actually saw a teenage driver crash into the back of a man’s car because she was looking down texting. The man did not slow down to turn or anything, she was so distracted that she hit him full speed without ever using her break. She was still holding her cell phone when she got out of the car to see if the man was okay. And guess what she did? She actually finished the text as she walked to the man’s car. No, I am not kidding!

I did a little research to find out that teenage drivers are ending up in more accidents than ever, the Department of Motor Vehicles blames the increase on cell phone usage while driving. Head-on collisions in some states have doubled due to texters crossing the center line.

Some states have passed laws against using a cell phone to talk or text while driving. They have added paved areas for drivers to park so they can talk or text while traveling on some of the major highways. The no texting laws are in a driver’s best interest. It is dangerous to text and drive, breaking this law could cost someone their life. 

I couldn’t help but think this lesson can apply to us as Christ-followers. As we go through our daily lives, living life in the fast lane, we get distracted with the ways of the world. God has given His Word to direct our actions. But it is easy for us to ignore or break  God’s laws or rules. We can easily get into the habit of disobeying God’s Word and pretty soon we cross that deadly  line of sin and disobedience.  If we are not careful our lives are destroyed.

Just like the civil law, God’s Word gives rules and laws for our protection. Deuteronomy 30:19-20, God is speaking to Israel but He is also speaking to us, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days,…”

What worldly things are distracting you? What from God’s Word are you ignoring? Where have you crossed the line? What steps will you take to start obeying God’s Word?

Heavenly Father, Thank you for protecting us when we are driven by disobedience and distracted by the world. Forgive us when we cross that dangerous line and put us back on the track of obedience and life. In Jesus Name, Amen

Stumbling Over Easter

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My friend Tracy was enticed by a bag of brightly colored Easter candy at the local grocery store.  Little did she know when she took the bag of jelly beans from the shelf, that the bag had a big hole in it. The entire bag of candy scattered all across the floor of the store and down the aisle, creating a huge commotion. Tracy was afraid the jelly beans might cause an elderly person to stumble and fall so she desperately tried to clean up. She told me that’s what she gets for giving into the sweet temptation. The good news is no one tripped and fell in her Easter mess.

My friend’s jelly bean dilemma reminded me of something that has crept into our American culture. When I look around at the various stores and watch the ads on television, Easter is becoming more commercialized each year. Easter break is now called Spring Break. Easter is about bunny rabbits, eggs, flowers, candy, ham dinners, and new clothes. Easter is no longer a Christian holiday and our pagan society entices us away from the true meaning and message. Our worldliness tempts us to forget the centrality of the Cross and makes an Easter mess of the single most important event in history.

Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  Most people don’t want to hear the message of the cross anymore. Liberal thinkers stumble over Easter and say the cross represents weakness and a mean-spirited God. They trip over the message of the cross and it is foolishness to them.

But to those of us who know, the cross is the ultimate statement of love, sacrifice, and grace. And what followed the cross, the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  that event is the ultimate statement of power!  

What part of Easter is causing you to stumble? What part will you play in cleaning up this Easter mess?

Heavenly Father,  Remind us daily of the true meaning of Easter. Show us how to clean up this mess so no one else will stumble. In the name of the Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, Amen