The Brain Eating Fly

Sunday night we were watching a movie and Hunter was laying on the couch.  All of a sudden he started hearing this buzzing noise.  So, he poked his ear and heard a quick buzz again…and again.  So, he sits up and half screams “I’ve got a fly in my ear!!!”  I toldl him to come over to me and we get the flashlight and take a look inside his ear to see.  Sure enough he has a fly that crawled into his ear.  I get my tweezers and then fly started to come out but turned around and went right back inside.  Off to the ER we go at midnight to fetch a fly out of his ear.  Mind you, this whole time he keeps asking me if it is going to be flying around inside his head or if it will eat his brain.  So, we get to the ER and the nurse has him lay on his side since they like the dark (ie why it went in his ear in the first place).  Then we start seeing this fly flying around the room.  I joked to Hunter and said it was his fly’s cousin looking for him.  So the nurse and doctor filled his ear with gobbly goop and sucked out…NOTHING!  The fly that was in the room was OUR fly.  Now the brain eating fly is loose in the hospital.  So, concluded the end of and interesting evening.

I have been mulling this over and over since it happened.  How often do we have things that fly into our ears and we can’t get it out?  Things that we listen to whether it’s music, movies, criticism, or bad leadership/advice.  It gets in and then it gets stuck.  We need to guard our ears.  Protect them from what harmful things may enter them.  Once those things are in, it is hard to get them out.  Then we have to break out the “gobbly goop” and walk through it to purge those harmful things from our ears and our minds.  God wants us to fill ourselves with things of good.  Things that will lighten our load not create worry and heartache.  So, protect your ears from the “flies” of the world that want to enter in.  It’s a lot less work in the long run. =)  Be Blessed!

The Blessing Of Friends

We had to privilege to be blessed by some friends yesterday.  It is such a HUGE relief to have one the burdens hanging over us taken care of.  Granted there is still some work to be done, but the major issue has been addressed.

When we bought our home, it was in foreclosure.  Needless to say, there was A LOT of work that had to be done.  but one of the main things was the 3 season room.  The roof was bad, windows were shot and there was some structural issues that we knew were there but couldn’t see behind the paneling.  So, we started to gut the room and we found that we had a HUGE hornets nest with bird mixed in the header above one of the windows.  Also, the wood rot that had taken hold was insane.

So, this has been looming over us for about 2 years.  There was no way we were going to be able to do this job ourselves.  With us moving and needing to get our home on the market, this was a big thing that needed to be taken care of or it would cost us dearly.  Mind you it had gotten worse since we gutted it.  The top beam over one window had actually disappeared thanks the birds coming in and out of the hole they had created.  Lovely little creatures, extremely annoying when they are stubborn.  But, we had 7 people come yesterday and worked tirelessly to get the wall demolished and rebuilt with new windows tacked in.

We still have to wrap the house, put the siding on and put the new door in, but that will be on another day.  The major job of that dreadful wall is complete.  Thank you God for the love of people who you send out way and who are willing to take time out of their Saturday’s to help us.  What a relief.  Now on to more packing!  =)  Be Blessed!

Yep, I’m Overwhelmed!

Can I just say that I am completely overwhelmed!!!!!  I have this bad habit of starting something and then moving on to something else before the first thing is finished.  And so it is with my packing of the house.  Every room has been started in and now everything is drug out and chaotic.  AHHHHH!!!!  Today, I plan to bust it to get a lot accomplished.  It’s not that we have a ton of stuff, but it’s just scattered everywhere.  Where did it all come from.  We have even hauled a bunch away to Goodwill and the dump.  Anyway, I am going to learn from this.  There is a lot of lessons that are going on right now.  I’m thankful for them.  The stress is getting to me though.  I find myself just shutting down and not being able to organize my thoughts about what it is that I need to do.  I can’t even think of how to go about doing it.  All I keep thinking about is everything that I have to get done before I can put the house on the market.

A lot of it comes from me trying to do this all in my own strength.  I am not allowing God to ordain my steps for the day.  That is ultimately where my biggest mistake has been.  We have trusted Him with everything else, we can trust him with this too.  He’s got this all under control.  I just have to let Him take the lead.  Sorry, about that Lord.  So, what is it that YOU have for me to do today?  I’m listening.  =)  Be Blessed!

Are You Willing To Jump?

I am lacking inspiration.  We are trying to get our house packed and ready to put on the market and so my brain is mush.  Tevis resigned a little over a week ago.  We had felt the tugging of our hearts to someplace else for a few months.  God had told us that we would be moving.  We didn’t know when or where but that he had a new assignment for us.  As of today, we still don’t know the where.  The when will be soon.  He just wanted us to be obedient and leap without knowing the destination beforehand.

It’s a scary thing to jump out of a nice safe boat into the waters of the complete unknown.  Yet, it is strangely calming to know that you did and that God’s hand was there to catch you.  There has been a peace with the unknown in the house.  It has washed over Tevis and I.  Destiny is good too.  Hunter is another story.  There has been some days where he has had a hard time regulating himself.  He’s excited yet fearful.  His anxiety is rising with not knowing where we are going and not knowing what it looks like.  That and everything is getting put in boxes.  He has been overly concerned about one thing.  His Lava Lamp.  Why he has honed in on that one thing, I will never know.  So, this will be a transition of popsicles, blankets and a lot of brushing for him to help keep his neurological system in check.

God has given us a new exciting journey to go on though.  I love the things that seem crazy and ludicrous.  The ones that makes no logical sense at all.  Mainly because I know that those are the moments where God is going to shine.  We want to do it all in God’s will though.  Exodus 33:15 says, Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”  That is what we have been praying.  It is what we will continue to pray.  We will continue to pray for the place He is planning to send us to.  God is in control.  Always has been and He always will be.  We just have to be willing to jump out of the boat when he calls us to.  To be audacious and have an audacious faith (as so Steven Furtick would say).  Why do we have to have all the answers before we completely trust God?  He has a better plan for us that we have for ourselves.  We just have to be ready and listening.  So, are you willing to jump?  =)  Be Blessed!

Being God’s Design

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.  We ask ourselves ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Your are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  -Marianne Williamson

 

What stops you from reaching your full potential?  Who is missing out of the blessing that you are to bring?  The world needs you to be the you that God designed you to be.  We need to quit trying to be like everybody else.  When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives, we harness a power that is unstoppable.  So, stop walking in fear, stand up and embrace (with God’s guidance) the you He needs you to be.  All for His glory!  The world is waiting!   =)  Be Blessed!

How Awesome Is He

There are moments where the mind just shuts down.  It’s when our human intellect can’t truly comprehend the vast expanse of God’s glory.  When we try to think too deeply and realize that His awesomeness is beyond what we can fathom.  We can get glimpses, but to think too deeply is mind boggling.  Yet, when the Spirit of the Lord falls on us, it’s as if we are Moses, standing on the mountain in the presence of God.  Oh what a glorious time to be had: the amazing filling of the Spirit that takes over and exudes the beauty of our God.  It’s in that moment that we can somewhat have an understanding of what Heaven will be like.  We were created to worship Him.  We were created to exalt His greatness.  To proclaim Him, in His entire splendor.  Do you know the working of your makeup is so intricate that only a creator beyond this world could design you?  He instilled in us a longing.  A longing for Him.  That quiet connection that he has with us, his children.  The way he speaks to us.  Can you hear it?  Are you able to see all the wonder that He is?  We just need to STOP the busy and sit still and take it all in and listen.  Really, really listen.  Let His Spirit flow over you.  Let the presence of the Lord rain down and just soak you.  Dance in his Almighty rain.  Shout for joy the greatness of our King.  For He is worthy!  =)  Be Blessed!

Worship- Follow David’s Lead

I’ve been wanting to do a series on worship for awhile.  Yet, right now I don’t have the time to devote to a post every single day.  That reason will be explained in another post on a different day, but, I came across this article and found that it was VERY well written.  Enjoy.  Be Blessed!  =)

 

Nine Expressions of Worship

 by Stephen M. Newman

Pastor of Worship and Arts

August 26, 2010

 

David’s Lead

 It’s captivating to read through the Psalms and see the variety of ways in which David worshiped. When we pause to ask ourselves what we are doing during our worship times today, we are often faced with several questions. How do we worship? What are we able to do and still be reverent before the Lord? What is God’s desire for our worship? Does God give us the right to pick and choose how we worship? 

 

The Psalms have given us nine different expressions of worship, and these expressions stem from David’s desire to worship the Lord wholeheartedly and without reservation. Oddly enough, these expressions are not foreign to us, but we fail to practice them in our corporate worship for one reason or another. 

 

Listed below are the nine expressions of worship that we will focus on in this article. They can be broken down further into three physical expressions. 

The Spoken Voice 

 

1. Speaking – 

Psalm 34:1 says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always 

be on my lips.” 

 

2. Shouting – Psalm 

27:6 says, “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround 

me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will 

sing and make music to the Lord.” 

 

3. Singing – Psalm 

47:6 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises.” 

Our Posture 

 

1. Bowing – 

Psalm 95:6 says, “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before 

the Lord our Maker.” 

 

2. Standing 

– Psalm 119:120 says, “My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand 

in awe of your laws.” 

 

3. Dancing 

– Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise his name with dancing and make 

music to him with tambourine and harp.” 

Our Hands 

 

1. Playing Instruments 

– Psalm 33:2, 3 says, “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him 

on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, 

and shout for joy.” 

 

2. Clapping 

– Psalm 47:1 says, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God 

with cries of joy.” 

 

3. Lifting Hands 

– Psalm 63:4 says, “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your 

name I will lift up my hands.”

 None of these expressions of worship are foreign to us. They may be foreign to our present worship experiences, but not to our culture. When there is a wedding and the bridal march begins, what do people do without thinking twice? They stand in honor of the bride and groom on this special day. When a man asks a woman to marry him, he gets on his knee to propose to her. Why? Because he wants to show her that this is an important event and that she is being honored as someone very special. Dancing plays a part of our culture in that it expresses celebration, intimacy, and individuality. We clap with enthusiasm for everything that pleases us. Musicians will play their instruments for hours on end with no one listening. Speaking doesn’t need to be mentioned at all. Have you ever been to a ball game where the parents of the players were present? If so, you’ve experienced shouting at it’s best. Singing is done by the talented and untalented alike, and is often done in cars, showers, and on stage. We are a musical people. Lastly, we look at lifted hands. In sporting events or competitions we see this quite often. Whenever a player scores a basket or touchdown the hands go up. It a natural response to an amazing task performed. 

 Why share all this? We know it, right? Yet, we fail to exercise all these in public worship. David used these expressions because he wanted to worship God with his entire being. His heart was to worship the Lord with everything he had, and he held nothing back in his worship. He wanted to share with us his heart and desire to worship, and he wanted us to enjoy pleasing the Lord through God’s creation…our bodies and souls. 

 What else can we learn from David? He not only practiced these expressions regularly, he didn’t really care what others thought about it. Even his own wife thought he was nuts and yet, God thought enough of it to call him “a man after His own heart”. Who is our audience? Who is it that we are trying to please in worship? It better be God. Is He pleased with our worship? I hope He is with mine. 

 I challenge you to seek the Lord in these expressions. Ask Him what He would have you do in your times of worship. Is your heart moved to dance before the Lord and yet you choose to sit? Are you moved to get on your face before the Lord and yet stand because you are afraid of what the person next to you will say? Remember worship is not about you, and it’s not about imitating your neighbor. It’s about letting the Lord lead you to worship Him in a manner that He desires and that we need. What benefit could we possibly gain from kneeling before the Lord? How about humility? What could be gained from shouting to the Lord? How about boldness to speak His name in public? What could we learn about lifting our hands to the Lord? How about submission to Him? James 4:6 tells us, “But He gives us more grace. That is why the scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” 

 Let us always seek to grow in our worship to the Lord. May we ever allow His spirit to move in us as He directs our actions and responses in worship. After all, it’s about Him and for Him. What we receive is a heart of humility, grace, and reverence before the God who saved us from sin to be His children forever.