Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
"I wonder if I could leap this row in front of me."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
When God opened the eyes of Elisha's servant, he still saw the Syrian army charging ahead at full speed. But he also saw God's chariots of fire all around him. Knowing what he knew after that had to have been a huge relief! Elisha prayed and God blinded the eyes of the Syrian army so that they could not see. The part that I think is hilarious is that Elisha walked right up to them and said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me and I will take you to the man who you seek," and he led them to Samaria instead.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Of course in real life I would have turned the TV off before you arrived because we don't watch TV. We spend our days reciting poetry and discussing current events.
Let's get real. If you walked through my door right now, this is what you would really see:Toys on the floor. Unfolded laundry on the loveseat. And this is putting it pretty mildly, actually because the kids and I have been gone all day. So this is actually just only from about an hour of living. You should see the living room on a Saturday morning.
We try so hard to put forth such a picture perfect image. I issued a request to you, my friends, to send me photos of the room where you spend most of your time... and I asked you not to tiddy up before snapping the photo. Some of you were brave enough to actually do this! And most of photos of homes with toys on the floor, laundry on the couch, etc like mine came with a disclaimer of something like "this is so embarrasing."
Why are we so embarrassed? I'll tell you. Because I visit your house and it looks like the home magazine photo. Like me, you have spent the morning cleaning from floor to ceiling, you've lit the candles and turned on the nice music. It looks... perfect. Immediately I begin to feel envy and I imagine my own house, which looks nothing like your masterpiece. I just don't measure up. Little do I know that just hours earlier, our houses probably looked very similar.
It's not just our houses. It's the way we look. It's the way we dress. It's our lives. We think things like, "Wow, she is such a cool mom. I wish I had all those creative ideas of things to do with the kids." Or, "Their marriage seems so perfect. My spouse and I just got in an argument on the way over here."
Even though we are in the era of reality TV, we as human beings are afraid to be "real" with each other. Instead, we suffer in silence. We are afraid to admit to even our closest friends sometimes that we are struggling until it's too late. You hear the stories all the time.
I remember a few years ago, I saw on the news that the weatherman on the local news channel I used to watch every morning had committed suicide. I was shocked. I didn't know him personally but I was deeply saddened by the news. He always looked so happy and joked around with the morning anchors all the time. But inside, underneath that happy facade was a man who was deeply wounded.
Recently I've learned of couples who had been married for years, separating. Good Christian couples. Families you would look at and think, "Wow, they really have it all." But they were hurting and nobody knew. On Sunday morning they sat in front of you in the pew with smiles on their faces. Their children played little league with your children.
What I'm saying is, let's get real here. God does not desire a white picket fence and happy, smiling faces. He desires TRUTH in our innermost parts. Not the power of positive thinking. Truth. "Finally brothers, whatever is true...think on these things." (Philippians 4:8). The truth is, sometimes life hurts. We are guaranteed to have suffering in this world. If Jesus Christ himself didn't escape suffering on this earth, then we can expect it as well.
I would like to come visit you in your house looking very "real." It sure would make me feel better about my own lived-in house and would make me feel a lot more comfortable being real with you. I want to know that you struggle, too. I want to know that I am not alone. I want to know that I am not the only one who feels so out of control sometimes.
So I sent out this request for photos of your lived-in homes...as-is when you received the assignment. These are pictures of real life. The Reality Project.
(I don't know why this one is upside down).
Reality. There you have it. And for the record, the last photo is of a home that doesn't have children.
I'm not talking about living a life of negativity. Quite the opposite, actually. By being real with people, we afford them the opportunity to be real with us. In effect, relationships are strengthened. Lives are impacted. By opening up and sharing with someone, a great weight can be lifted. Satan's lies can be exposed. Struggles can be worked through. There is nothing more comforting than to hear someone say, "I understand. I've been there, too."
Don't have someone you feel you can be real with and confide in? Start asking God to send someone. Buy a notebook and start journaling your thoughts. Did you know that when you write (not typing on a keyboard) that the longer you write, the more things that are stored deep down inside of you (your innermost parts) come out? This is a great way to discover the hidden things and also a great way to have a very honest dialogue with God.
"Behold, thou desirest truth..."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.