Friday, February 24, 2012

Visitors, Speaking and a Thanks

I've noticed that I'm not the only one who has neglected Blog World because of life's craziness. It's been a busy few weeks. Busy is not always good, but this busy really has been pretty good. It's also made me feel like it's been longer since I've blogged because the temperature is in the 70's outside! I walked out this morning and literally got hot. Crazy.
 
 
So, what's been happening? This past weekend Dr. Black, Mrs. Black and my dear friend from the Alaba, Ethiopian church, Nigusee visited. It was wonderful having them here. They arrived Saturday afternoon and stayed through Sunday lunch. Saturday we sat around after supper and sang songs that we have sang in Ethiopia in years past. It was glorious. I missed Ethiopia worse at that moment than I have in a long time. I missed all my Ethiopian friends and sitting around in the cool night air with the smoky smell of Africa and the raised voices of Amharic in song. There is nothing like it anywhere, ever.
Mrs. Black and Nigusee spoke Sunday morning. It was amazing to say the least. The presence of the Lord was so real there. I learned that when the Lord is "with you" like Nigusee said He was "with" Joseph in the Bible, then we can do many things. With Him only.
 
 
I can't tell you what a blessing it was to have such wonderful friends and honestly, family, here.
 
 
Then, last night, my Dad and I spoke at a Father Daughter banquet. I got the privilege to teach on a great passion of mine: saving your heart. It was a dream come true to get to stand in front of many young ladies and share with them what the Lord has revealed to me about dating, relationships and such. It was a beautiful evening, indeed.
Kandace and me singing

Well, thank you for taking precious time out of your day to read my blog. I don't think I thank my readers enough for following my life and ramblings about things the Lord is showing me. You could be cleaning your house (if you're like me, you're like, "Yeah, right") or something else right now, but you are here reading this. Thanks. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Enjoy the blessings of life and remember to live each day like it's your last. Life shouldn't be measured in years, but rather by what you do with the years you're given. I can't believe it's already almost March! Time flies, but God is outside of time. Makes, life seem mighty sweet, indeed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is More

I didn't fall off the earth! It's been almost two weeks since I've blogged. I'm pretty sure that is a record. But today is a special day, Valentine's Day and I must blog about it! Today is the "day" of love. For me, Valentine's Day has never meant that much, but this year I see especially that love is something that is unconfined to a single day in February. It is also something that doesn't have to be just romantic. In English we have one word for love... love. You can "love" pizza like you can "love" your wife. You can "love" your brother and "love" your neighbor. We "love" that movie and "love" God. What is love? Dictionary.com came up with these three as the top definitions for the noun and verb "love":
1.
a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2.
a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3.
sexual passion or desire. 

I believe that love in our culture has been put down, trampled upon and overused. We love everything regardless of whether we should. It amazes me how young couples will tell each other they love each other but they don't even know if they really do. They've dated for a week. They are attracted to each other and may like each other, but isn't there a time and a place for love? Love is so much bigger than what we've made it. True love was shown upon a filthy cross over 2,000 years ago when God's Son died for our sins. That is love. Love is a man willing to lay down his life for his wife. Love is a Christian telling her persecutor that she forgives him. Love is huge. True love is unconditional. There is a time and place for the that word. And it doesn't belong where we often place it.

Jesus tells us to love. Often when He talks about love, He isn't telling us just to "say" it, but to show it. Maybe we could stop saying that we love things so much and live it. If you love someone, show them. If you love the lost, find them and tell them of the greatest Lover of all time. If you love something it will be bigger and greater than "like." You will do anything for that person or that thing.

This Valentine's Day, remember true love, not the muddied version of the world. Show your love all the time and remember the greatest example of love. God sent His Son to the world. Why? Because He loves us. Did He have to? No. He meant His love and He showed us. If you mean you love someone or something. Show it. Show it always, when it's hard, when it's easy, when you feel like it, when you don't feel like it. Show it and they'll know.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Running in Water

I can't believe it is actually February 1st! It's been over a year now since I began this blog and actually a year ago today I wrote the blog Dating? Can't believe it's been a year! It's amazing to me that in the moment, time stands still. It literally feels like time won't move.... at least it feels that way to me. But when I look back I am amazed how time really has flown. Have you ever tried to run in a swimming pool? I used to do that all the time. It was nearly impossible. The water is so much thicker than air and it pulls you back. That's how life feels sometimes, like I'm running in water. I'm running the race set before me, but I feel like it's in the ocean instead. Then at other times it feels like I'm soaring on wings like eagles.

Clara and Andrew were going to play outside and asked me about which areas in the woods are good places to play. See, my home is surrounded, to an extent, by rather thick forests. It wasn't so many years ago that my cousins, Taylor and Leah, my sister Kandace and I played in those woods. We had countless hideouts. There was the "fallen log" (which was simply a large tree fallen over to make a bridge), there were "the clearings" (just areas in the woods where there were few trees), the "dam" at the creek, there were "churches" in the woods, houses, and stores. You name it, we probably had it if it would have been around in the 1800s.

So, Clara and Andrew wanted to know where to go. I had one of those "re-live my childhood in like 10 seconds" moments. I couldn't believe they're almost the age I was when I was playing out there. I wanted to go dress up in a prairie dress and play with them! But then I thought, "I'm almost 18... that's not normal." So, I went on the tell them about where they could play. Most of our hideouts were grown up, or the paths are bocked by trees.

My point? I don't really know myself. I guess it's just to say, enjoy life for the moment you're in. We can always be hoping for tomorrow or next month, but what what about today? Last month I was looking forward to February, so I'm going to try to not get caught up in March! Each day is a blessing of its own. I fail at this so often, but I want to live in the moment. That doesn't mean never think about the future... you have to plan ahead, but I guess it means, don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has enough worry of its own. God is not so concerned about the destinations in our lives as He is the journey to them. Enjoy the journey and run the race.... even if you feel like you're running in water.... with seaweed and jellyfish and sharks and..... Yeah, you get the point.