Monday, September 23, 2013

He Is Here....

He was there.
He is at birthday parties that start in laughter and end in unspeakable tragedy-
He is in lakes and hospital rooms and living rooms-
He is at dining room tables where funerals are planned for children who should be sitting down to dinner.

He is in bedrooms with children and parents who toss and turn over what they could've, would've, should've done.

Where there is complete chaos-
He is our Shalom

When we feel forgotten-
Our Hope and Refuge is with us.

Where there are absolutely no answers-
He IS here.

"I know The Lord is always with me. 
I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me." ~Psalm 16:8

God, Let us be Your hands and feet for the Kelley family and all those involved.

In His Dust,

Monday, September 16, 2013

Use Your Blinker...

I am not new to lights in my rear view mirror. 
However the ones that I saw last week, surprised me, because I wasn't speeding.

And then, I got to meet a very angry and rude policeman that was none to happy about the way I changed from one lane to the other. 
So unhappy, that he decided to give me 2 tickets for it.  
(Improper lane change and improper use of signal=$400.00) 

I thought I was going to have to bust out a "Don't Taze Me Bro."     
     ...but I refrained.

On the bright side, when I told my mom how rude the policeman was
  she informed me that she wanted to call the sheriff. 
(Yes, my mommy wanted to call the sheriff, of the 7th largest city in the US,
 to report someone being rude to her baby.
This is one of 6 gazillion reasons I love my mama.)

That is what a good parent does- they pull for you,
 while allowing justice to be meted out.

It is certainly what Our Father, God does.
He gives us free will and doesn't stop the consequences that come from our choices. 
If we don't put on our blinker, then we break a law and we get a ticket.
But we have a father pulling for us...and cheering us on. 
He is for us, not might be for us....
 or should be for us....
But IS for us.

His loyalty or love does not waver, even if you don't put on your turn signal.
When you are tired and anxious and overwhelmed...He is saying Your Name

"I have written your name on my hand." -Isaiah 49:16

God, Thank You for cheering for me, no matter what...and for parents that do the same. 

In His Dust,

Monday, September 9, 2013

White Jeans....

Ok, so here's the deal...I am struggling with the season change. 

And by season change, I refer only to the calendar month....
not the temperature....because according to the temp, it is July 4th.
Which leads me to....

Dear Fall, I am not playing with you. At least until you start treating me better.
Yes, I know full well the law of no white shoes and no more linen...
Being raised by Momo and Weezie, leaves no room for doubt on these rules.
Francie, Kakie, Matthew and I have dished out many a fashion ticket over the years to offenders.....
But dang, my white jeans too? (It is 400 degrees outside!!!)

Please don't misunderstand....I am very happy for the change of season- 
I get anxious in Summer, so the structure of Fall is very comforting to me.

This past summer, God reminded me who I am.
He also showed me, "Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b

So, whether your schedule is jam packed, or clear....
Whether you are in running shorts in July or white jeans in Sept.
May you be reminded of who you are today.

You are a child of The One True & Living God. 
King of kings 
Controller of our calendars 
You are the one He loves. 
A Son or Daughter of The God of all seasons.

God, Thank You for loving me for who I am...including anxious days that I wear white jeans after Labor Day. 

In His Dust,