Tuesday, May 26, 2009

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Matthew 6:25-27

When I awaken this morning at about 4:45 am, outside my bedroom window I heard a bird singing its little heart out. I said to myself “Come on now, it’s not even 5:00 am; you can’t be THAT happy this time of morning!” As I dragged myself out of bed and made my way to the bathroom, I could hear it still singing. I have to admit the bird was giving it it’s all and all. And though I could not interpret what it was saying, I just knew that it was doing what God had created it to do. The bird was singing with such gusto that after a period of time I began to enjoy it.

When I went downstairs to put on the coffee, I decided to open up my windows and back door to let in some fresh air. And don’t you know it? I could hear more birds singing their hearts out! The sun was just coming up and it was a bit on the cool side, but they did not let that hinder them. After the coffee was ready I went out on the back porch with a cup and sat down to enjoy the early morning. There I was sitting in what sounded like birds singing in surround sound and it made me smile.

In this early morning sanctuary amongst the serenade of birds, my spirit was quiet and at peace. As I allowed myself to relax and sit in this gift that God had given me, I was comforted to be reminded that these creations of God, these birds, their first agenda of the day was to give God, their creator, the Glory. They did not worry about where their next meal was coming from, nor did they care if it was before sun rise and it was cool outside. All they knew was first thing: we’re going to praise God!

God has done so much more for me than He has for those birds…so what is my excuse? The first thing on my agenda for the day, is not to worry nor fret but I should give God the Glory! Amen and Amen.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
I Corinthians 2:9

A couple of weeks ago I took my car for an oil change. This was my first time back to the dealer since purchasing the car last November. When I purchased the car, I noticed that the sales men and staff were very cordial and accommodating, but I chalked this up as them wanting to make a sale. I mean after all they didn’t know me and probably did not care other than making that money.
So upon returning to get the oil change, I expected the regular treatment you get at most dealerships and service stations. Not service with a smile but instead the usual treatment is with a bad attitude and little or no patience. And don’t ask the mechanic any questions! First they look at you like you’re nuts, then the smirk and the response is usually full of sarcasm as if to say “I’m the specialist here!!”
But when I arrived at this dealership that happen to be in a very upscale township, not only did I get service with a smile but one of the many customer service persons met me dressed in clean khaki pants that were belted (No grease spots) nice polo shirt tucked inside with the Dealer’s Logo. His white teeth sparkled as he gave me an easy smile and directed me to “Drive right in.” I have to tell you, it threw me for a loop, and it gets better. After he took my keys and information at his counter, he then…now get this, directed me to the LOUNGE! I was like “Wha?” (while taking my hand to close my mouth).
Upon entering the LOUNGE I was greeted by another smiling person that showed me there were 3 sections, the TV area, the Quiet area (if I wanted to read), and the Computer area where there were several computer stations set up and internet ready, all for our convenience. Again I said “Wha?” Oh! And of course what LOUNGE would be without a coffee and tea bar stocked with fresh coffee (honestly the guy said “If the coffee is not fresh I’ll be glad to put on a new pot for you.” And there were fresh Danish and muffins. And don’t forget the stack of CLEAN paper cups and napkins. Now you KNOW in most service stations, the coffee pot is usually empty or questionable, like “and HOW long has that been sitting there?” There are usually no cups to be found and forget about the napkins.
I tell you this visit was getting better and better. Even the 2 people at the Parts counter were very nice when I stopped over to get a tube of touchup paint (Yes I need touch up paint after just 6 months owning the car) (sigh) But with all this Royal treatment I was beginning to feel like I was in “Stepford Land”.
After spending some time at the computer station and making a trip to the clean, well decorated bathroom, another smiling customer service person greeted me with a clip board to go over point by point the status of my car condition and maintenance schedule. As he accompanied me to the check out counter, he asked with a sparkling smile “Are there any questions?” Again I said “Wha?” and it threw me so much I could not think of a thing, because they had covered it all.
After paying my bill and given my keys, I was directed to where my car was parked and as I exited I could hear “Thank you”, “Hope you come back” and “Nice meeting you m’am”. Wow what a pleasant experience that was! It made my whole day seem better. It even restores some of my belief that there really are good business people out there. All the excellent treatment that I received was really a reflection of the owner of that Dealership. In conversation with my son, we both said that we would love to be a fly on the wall in one of those staff meetings. The owner must really put a high premium on treating the customer right.
Now I’ve said all this to say that even though that was a highlight in my day, it still cannot compare with what God has stored up for those of us that will live with Him. I mean we cannot fathom what it will be like. Going to that dealership that day I had no idea I would be treated so well. Guess what? It has not entered our minds what it will be like in heaven, it will be totally beyond what we can conceive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t you miss it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. In You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them. They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed.
Psalms 22:3-5

“You’ll never be disappointed”. That’s what I heard in my heart today as I talked to the Lord.

Rejection and disappointment are two awful emotional feelings. Rejection can have long lasting effects on a person’s life. And if there is no healing there, the person can continuously carry that feeling of not being accepted or wanted. Then comes the disappointment, and feelings of not ever being able to “fit in”. The enemy of our souls can have a heyday with this weakness…if he is allow to.

I have had my share of rejection and disappointments. Note* as I share this please know that I am not whining, but being transparent. So don't try to play "Dr. Phil"...I'm just being real. :)

As far back as my early childhood, growing up a middle child (not the oldest and not the youngest), I did not know where exactly I fit in. Even in school, because I liked to “dress up” and did not hang with the rowdy group, I was an outcast with the popular kids, called teacher’s pet and often threatened by the school bullies. And as an adult ,I knew that my parents loved me,but I often thought that I was a disappointment to them, because of some choices that I made along the way.

After becoming a Christian, the Lord healed me of a lot of emotional hurts, but it is an ongoing process. This morning as I was worshipping the Lord and thanking Him for bringing me through so many things I was reminded of a particular disappointment that I had. The feelings of rejection came rushing back in like a tsunami. The tears flowed as I remembered the hurt and disappointment and I even wondered if God had forgotten me during that time. It was then that I heard His still small voice speaking to me in the depths of that pain as only He can do. You see, no one else in this ole world knows how or what you feel like our God, He knows every hurt, every rejection, and Jesus came to prove it. He spoke to me in the quietness of my spirit and said “ I will NEVER disappoint you…man will…but I will NEVER disappoint you...trust me”.

What more can I say? I must trust Him with my pain, my hurts, and my rejection. I can no longer strive to “fit in”. I must keep my hand in His as I walk this journey. I must be whom He created me to be, even if no one else understands…He does. To God be the Glory!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ's sake.
Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
Philippians 3:7-8

Simply said, I am nothing without Christ. It really is very simple, I mean without Him, I am absolutely nothing…NUTHIN’ HONEY!

With all my so called accomplishments, they really aren’t worth a hill of beans in the light of what Christ has done for me. In the early morning hour before I dress for work, I get down on my face and declare before Him simply that “Lord, if you don’t go with me today, if You don’t be with me, I might as well stay down here on my face because none of what I may do will amount to anything!”

I don’t have low esteem, or a bad complex about myself. In fact there was a time that I thought I was “All that and a bag of chips”. But, since I have met the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and over time learning the sacrifice He gave for me; I now see, I am nothing without Him!

With Him I can do great things, but I must always remember that it is for His purpose, not mine. The more I “lay down” my agenda before Him, the more I see how wonderful it is to let Him carry it.

I am nothing without you Lord, what I have accomplished is worth nothing without you. You alone give me worth; I would have no righteousness if you did not give it to me. To You alone deserve the Glory, Honor and Praise…Amen