Monday, August 24, 2015

Worm Dance....

Text exchange this morning..... 

Mikey: "You up?"
Me: "Hi Mikey- you ready for Junior High?!!?!"
Mikey: "I think so!"
Me: "You are gonna be great!"
Mikey: "I hope so. I did "the worm" at the dance on Saturday night. So, there's that."

Me: "Never underestimate the power of The Worm at your first dance." 

It hit me, at end of our conversation....we're ALL starting something new...
Today, for many it's school....
But it's not just's each time the sun rises again......

We're all trying to put our best foot forward....
we're all bringing our best "Worm Dance." 

Flashback to 2009.....Hey Howard Kindergarten, Meet Big Mike D.
Mikey: "I was in the front row. I even made a friend. She was on my bus....also, she's a girl."
Me: "I've got one thing to say...Peas and Carrots."

*Truth by known, I prefer him to be "peas in carrots" with a different girl. 
Who by the way is also enjoying her first day of Kindergarten! 

Ok...back to Howard...
First stroll of the Kindergarten halls and his head's in the game...

Well, until he got to the actual classroom.

Hmmm....Fear of the unknown.

"Fear Nothing, I Am with you always." ~Isaiah 41:10

ALL of you.

God, Thank You for being with all of us, all the time. For fresh starts each and every day.

In His Dust,


Monday, August 10, 2015

God's Shade....

"The Lord Himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade."
~Psalm 121:5

    I used to picture God's "protective shade" in the desert, as a humongous sequoia. However, after standing in the actual Negev Desert-
I quickly realized I was sorely mistaken.
Oh, there was shade, but not exactly a comforting amount of it....
and certainly not what I had pictured. 

THIS is a broom tree.

I took this picture as I was blown away by the small size of it and the large lesson in it.

God used broom trees in the Bible as a symbol of renewal and for shade.
This is the "shade" King David writes about. 

Remember the story of Elijah?
(I didn't either)
When Elijah arrived at the broom tree- he was "exhausted, depressed and ready to die"
and that is when and where God renewed him....under a broom tree.

For times like this in our lives...God Himself, had Isaiah write,
 "those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength." ~Isaiah 40:31
you down....or that might just be circumstances?

If you find yourself in "that desert" today.

Some days, shade feels more necessary than others.

August in Texas...people are cranky...fuses are short...judgement is high...for some it feels like the sun is literally smothering you....
Emotionally melting....
Where you can't imagine one more minute.....

God is right there.

As close as the very breath you just took.

He promises to, "stand beside you as your protective shade" 

I sat under the above broom tree 
Would it surprise you to know that in the midst of rocks and rocks for miles and miles....
God was able to give me just enough shade to continue the hike. 
More importantly that day, I learned....that God has, God does and God will continue, to give us just enough shade.

For the moment.

For the day. 

It may not look like much from afar, but when you recognize it and "sit under it,"
you will is Him.

God might be putting a broom tree in your path today...and it might look different than expected.

We are to be the shade for one another. 

Don't know what that looks like? You might be surprised to know- it looks smaller than you think. 

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing." ~Thessalonians 5:11

God, Thank You for providing exactly the amount of shade we need.

In His Dust,