July 31, 2013
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.– Oscar Wilde –
Wilde has it right! Jesus desires us to live LARGE and in Him and with Him this is simple. Rejoice and surrender and leave the direction to Him.
It’s vacation season as I write this. When I was small it was so much fun, but as an adult all the fuss and bother of planning rather spoiled things. Life is that way in all things if we fly solo, but we weren’t meant to!
The sky’s the limit! Choose Jesus!
Just as our child-selves enjoyed the life our parents planned and lead us through, so too can we as children of the Beloved Jesus, our personal Lord and Savior, have joy and TRULY live IN HIM. Why choose to merely exist when in Him we live???
April 5, 2013
All I wish? Life with Jesus!
February 26, 2013
One of my favorite people quoted this to me and I’d forgotten who said it. Love it. This is life in Christ!
You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
– William W. Purkey –
December 27, 2012
This cost me just a dollar or at the most two, yet it is worth more to me than money. It represents everything Jesus came to do and everything He did . . . for me. When I hold it in my hand, the entire circular base of the basket depicts all of the characters in the Bible story we heard a day or two ago. The scented dried florals in it remind me of both the gifts brought to Him at Epiphany and the perfume later used to wash His feet. The handle looks, to me, like a crown of thorns which, we know all too well, was later placed on His head as He was mocked and killed for each one of us. They say a baby changes everything . . . this one did.
October 16, 2012
When we give ourselves to Christ and invite Him to live in us and through us, we are changed in ways we alone never could imagine. Not only that but together we can participate in changing the world for and with Him:
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. – Paulo Cohelo –
August 11, 2012
Okay, I was craving pizza. There’s one place that’s very expensive but the pizza’s best around, then there’s the places making claims to “fresh” pizza available IMMEDIATELY and for only 5.00 . . . . so they don’t know I’m coming or what I will want but mystically my pizza will be conceived of by them and made “fresh” before I even drive into the lot, and this happens HOW?
I’m not fussy in the way some people are. You know . . . the ones who never seem happy with anything they’ve got. But of late I’m finding that I’ve lived a lot of my life being molded by what others deemed sensible and what others wanted for me. Well, the Lord had a plan for my life before I was born and well, sorry all you folks who want what you want me to be, but I’m not God nor are you and when I do what He has planned for me, He is glorified, I am anointed and His joy fills my heart.
It’s kinda like settling for someone else’s pizza. It’s okay . . . it fills my tummy . . . it tastes pretty good, really it does, but from the contents of my own kitchen I made my own homemade pizza. I’ve always and I do mean ALWAYS ordered my pizza “out” and somehow it was a whole lot like living someone else’s life. It was okay. I was made for more than that! So, at an age when some people are thinking about a smaller house now that junior’s in college . . . I’m working hand-in-hand with Jesus and finding out how amazing His plan for my life is. It’s new! It’s different! He doesn’t reveal much by way of details and I’m learning what the word trust REALLY means, but all that being said, I can already tell you it’s amazing. I’m learning that when I am having a sleepless night over how the bank account’s gonna get me through another month, I can pray for more faith, more trust, and to feel His peace and He understands and delivers and I slip gently to sleep in His arms.
My life isn’t making everyone who knows me happy all the time. Some people grew a bit used to me being compliant and available. But life in this world is too short and I don’t want to wander in circles for 40 years trying to get to my promised land . . . I want to live the life He selected for me. I gave Him my heart and He gave me His. I’m not going to live a life meant for somebody else anymore and I’m not gonna settle for somebody else’s pizza! Life can be delicious!
Regarding my pizza, I always have Bisquick on hand for last-minute wonders . . . and pancakes. lol So, liking a light and flaky crust, I mixed 1/3 cup of hot water and about 1 1/2 cups of Bisquick (don’t over mix it) and pressed into a greased pizza pan. I used my favorite tomato sauce and topped it with mozzarella and feta cheese, then some calamatta olives. Put into a 450 degree oven with the rack at the lowest level in the oven and cooked it for about 12 minutes. But I encourage you to be wild and make your pizza your way. I’m planning to use the same crust next time with spinach and a heavier handful of feta . . . maybe some roasted garlic in pieces big enough to know you’re eating it . . . a white pizza . . . lots of calamatta olives too! From there, who knows???
August 8, 2012
Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.
– Saul Bellow –
I love LOVE LOVE this quote. It is so relevent to my heart, soul, and mind. I like to think I’m pretty smart and I can “handle it.” What does this mean? It means the Lord has the answer to my prayers in hand and is waiting for me to stop chasing my tail and let Him pour out His grace on me! When I stop spinning, I am often interrupted. Interrupted by Him. When I truly stop, become quiet, and listen – the beauty of His love and grace so fills me I am left breathless! This is what life in Christ is!