Showing posts from February, 2010

The Answer to Anxiety

'May my life be one unbroken gaze, fixed upon the beauty of Your face.' says Vicky Beeching in her worship song "Captivated". That lyric captivated me a few months ago so I copied it down in my prayer journal. I couldn't remember why I wrote it down initially, but it popped out at me a few weeks ago while re-reading the journal.

When I read the lyric again, it rang true. I had an epiphany. If I keep my life as an unbroken gaze fixed upon Jesus’ face; then the circumstantial chaos swirling around me is meaningless. However, I couldn't wrap my head around what that would look like in real life.

Over the weeks that ensued, I have had some ups and downs as far as focusing on the Almighty. It's almost as if I've been jumping on a trampoline looking through a window at God rather than fixing my eyes on Him. I'd bound upward to get a quick glimpse of his face through the window. Then, naturally, I'd return to the trampoline's surface and do it a…

Cookie Failure

"My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father [b] the son he delights in". Proverbs 3:11 - 12 (NIV)

One week prior to an German Competition, my oldest daughter states, "Mom, I have to make cookies for the German Competition. I got Kate's book. Look at the cookies are they 'prettyful'? "
"Yes, they are, but they look awfully hard to make. Wouldn't you prefer to make some real tasty cookies that are easy to make, but crowd favorites?"
"Oh, Momma, I can do it."
 "I'm sure you can. How can I help and when are they due?" I said, not ready to commit to doing it for her.
"One week. I already have the ones I want to make picked out. See?" she held out the Williams Sonoma Pastry book.
"Are you sure you want to do these?" My panic level was rising to warning level. "Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!"

I could …

There's No Such Thing as Giants

I'm officially on an adventure to go where God is calling me. As an act of pure worship, I will be writing devotionals, God stories, life lessons, or whatever else He puts on my heart. It seems simple to say, "I'll go where you say to go, Lord," but is it really? 

Simple by definition means to be composed of one thing, element, or part. Simplicity demands that you take it at face value. Either it is or it ain't. Either you go or you don't. Well, I'm going.

When Jesus called the disciples, He didn't say, "After you get your stuff together, lose weight, sell the house, and raise the kids, meet me in Galilee; then we will do this whole redeeming the world gig." It wasn't complicated. He simply said, "Follow Me." They did not hesitate. They did not ask questions. The Bible says that they went at once. Matthew 4: 18 -20

The decision was coming for years. The jumping off point occurred in January. It was like a long winter, followe…

Love is the Only House

Reposting this one...just because my heart is full and I want to share again that  Love Never Fails.

I hang out with teenagers of every size, shape, and gender.  I have a soft spot for young ladies since I once was one and have two teenage daughters of my own.  I guess you could say that God has softened my heart in a Titus 2 kind of way.  I love to listen to them and to mentor them.  The girls ask me the funniest most heart felt questions:
"Robin, really, how do you do it?"  "Do what?" "Be an adult?  I mean, how do I just go from being a kid to doing all of  this stuff on my own?" "Robin, how did you and Chris meet?  How did you know that Chris was THE One?"

"What do you mean wait to have sex until I get married? What if he's not good at it?"Most of these questions lead to frank discussions. For the girls to really respect and hear the answers to their questions, I have to open myself up.  I have to be honest and vulnerable about my…

Empty Boxes

The second lesson I learned was about Money.  Here's a blog from a few months ago that illustrates this.

One magnificient May morning a few years ago, while visiting friends in Maryland, I arose early to take a walk. I couldn’t wait to get outside because Maryland is delightful in the springtime. The brisk wind spurs the Chesapeake to dance on the shore.The emerald grass rushes from side to side. The flowering trees on the rolling hills sway like a southern belle carrying a jug of sweet tea to her man plowing the field.  Talk about inviting. It's gorgeous.

As I strolled through my friend’s neighborhood, I observed home after attractive home. Some of the buildings were brick contemporaries. Others were crisp, white farm houses, or Mid-Atlantic salt boxes. I pondered deeply about my love affair with architecture and Better Homes and Gardens.

All my life I’ve been drawn to beautiful homes. As a teenager, I drove through the “uptown” neighborhoods and fawned over the sprawling, so…

Eat Like Someone Else is Paying

Saturday's blog ("Heart Problems") was the 30,000 foot view of some lessons I I've learned over the past eight years. I'd like to take the next few days and unpack these "Heart Problems" and the basic cause. 

Let's start with the big problem the Lord has me working on right now...Food.  

A seminal moment in this struggle happened a few weeks back. I was at a fast food chain. I saw signs posted throughout the establishment that read, "eat like someone else is paying". I stopped. What do they mean? They want us to eat more of this unhealthy food and not worry about it? At some point, I will pay for eating this stuff, not someone else. I will be the one with diabetes or heart disease, not someone else. I wanted to run away as fast as possible.

God has provided food since the beginning. Remember the creation story?
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, &q…

Heart Problems

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".-- Luke 12: 34, Matthew 6:21 (NIV)A few years ago, I was trying to get in shape.  I made a decision to go to the gym next door to my office and work out during lunch. During this time, I got on an elliptical machine and frantically pumped my feet and arms back and forth and up and down for 30 minutes.  (Envision a chubby little hamster running for his life on a wheel that goes nowhere.)

Sometimes, I listened to music. Sometimes, a friend came with me and we chatted.  One day, I had neither my iPod nor a friend to keep me company; so, I tuned into one of the four televisions suspended over the exercise machines. You could pick the channel you wanted to listen to via headphones.  "There were four shows on, which one should I choose", I thought to myself. " eyes darted back and forth......Bloomberg, Food Network, a news segment about tantric sex, or religious programming". 

I selected Blo…

Ish Way Part 2

A while back I published a blog called "Ish Way." It was the way my 3 year old said "this way." However, when I spelled out how he said it, I saw an anagram for something bigger, something that could either be a blessing or a curse... "HIS WAY."
"I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."-- Deuteronomy 30:18 - 20 (MSG)
"His way," "ish way," or "my way", when you boil it down, is ususally rebellion in disguise. Going off the path to do my own thing has cost me greatly. It has also cost others greatly. Take for example Timothy McVeigh the notorious Oklahoma City Bomber.

From an article on B…