Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rotini Faith

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."     I Corinthians 10:5

“Sometimes you just have to buckle up your pasta salad.”  That’s what I thought as I strapped in a couple of really big bowls of it into my minivan.  It was enough to generously feed at least fifty.  And the last thing I wanted to happen towards the end of a busy day was to have pasta salad slipping and sliding all over the place.  Noodles going one way, veggies another, and mayo coating all else.  No, I wanted it all together in its respective bowls, safely buckled in for the ten minute drive to church.

Sometimes you just have to buckle up your thoughts as well.  Life can be going smoothly, just riding along--thoughts on the day’s blessings, even throwing in a “Thank you, Jesus” for His goodness.  It’s amazing how quickly one bump in life’s road can cause the whole thing to just fly in the air causing a big ol’ mess.  One seed of doubt creeps in and suddenly I have fears spilling out, worry pouring in, and self-doubt sliming its way all over me. These are times to not let my faith spiral, but to trust that He has me safely buckled in His grasp.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Everyday Life

"Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths."  Psalm 25:4

In a house filled with my hubby, three young boys, two goldfish, and me, whether it’s the volume, stacks of papers, tempers, or quite frankly, the potty lid, something is generally up.  While we are up and going, life somehow quickly passes by and before we know it, we’re turning the calendar up another month.

I don’t know about you, but it often feels like plenty of my days are just ordinary ones--filled with routines and ruts.  Rolling out of bed, finding the coffee, laundry, mealtimes, dishes, homework, laundry, night-time tuck-ins.  Did I mention laundry?  But it’s there, in those everydays, that I seem to learn the most.  The unplanned, run of the mill moments when life offers up a lesson needing to be learned.  I know God still does miracles and makes rainbows but more often in my life, I see His hand moving and His voice whispering while I’m busy doing the things that make up my everydays.

      It’s the times when I’m kissing a boo boo that He soothes, “I’ll heal your heart.”  It’s in the piles of laundry that He reminds me, “I can move mountains.”  It’s during the excitement of a basket scored that He exclaims, “My joy is your strength.”  It’s when the budget doesn’t balance that He declares, “I am your portion.”  It’s the times when I repeat over and over, “Don’t hit your brother!  Brush your teeth.  Do your homework.  Put the lid down! Remember I love you!”  that I hear Him calling, “Be kind.  Keep your way pure. Read my Word.  I forgive you.”  And oh, “Remember, I love you!”