Jonah …. Aaahhhh Jonah. I am not certain I like the fact that I can so easily and quickly relate to this man.
Jonah was given direction by God– he was told to go to Nineveh and “preach against it”. Nineveh was a very large and important city in that day. It would soon become the head of the great Assyrian empire. It was also a city of great sin.
In the book of Jonah, we are not given very much information about the town or the people of this place. Because I love the history of the Bible, I’m almost tempted to seek out what was going on in Nineveh during this time. However, when God was speaking to me about Jonah, it wasn’t the “other people or the other place” He was talking to me about. It was all about me. And this book in the Bible is about Jonah.
We are not told specifically in God’s Word what it was that offended Jonah so much about his assignment. Was it the people he disliked? They were not “his people”. The Assyrians were a very fierce and wicked people at this time in history. They were about to become a world power and the prophet Nahum does tell us they conquered viciously and took over lands everywhere they went.
Maybe I can understand … am I supposed to admit this? Maybe they looked different on the outside… Heaven forbid they had a different skin color. Perhaps they had a different “culture” and just weren’t raised the same as Jonah was. We don’t know why Jonah had such a distaste for these Assyrians. Maybe it went back generations and he was just raised to dislike them… Continue reading “Racing Jonah or Embracing God?”
The last year has been a whirlwind for me. I have had more things shake my secure little life than I can ever remember in years past. “Wait a minute”, you might say, “I remember when this or that happened. Certainly THAT was more disturbing than anything that happened this year.” Yes, yes the past always likes to rear it’s head and remind us of something we thought, at that time, we’d never get through. But I have survived all of that garbage and I am strong. I’m not afraid of satan’s reminders. He’s such a loser.
So why was this year different…. Even more difficult? I’m just learning myself. Let me share…
This was my oldest son’s senior year of high school. I honestly didn’t see it coming! Yes, I watched him grow everyday into this amazing young man, who I just can’t believe was given to me to raise. Certainly one of God’s greatest blessings on my life. It leaves me speechless. More than once in my life I’ve grabbed the hand of Denial and walked for miles and miles. This was one of those times… Continue reading “It’s time to fly…”
Last Friday I spent an amazing day with my honey in Great Falls. We were not there for any special occasion; we were not celebrating a certain anniversary, or birthday, or anything like that. Honestly, we were in town to get groceries. It was definitely not a “romantic” or celebratory trip at all, haha! However, I had the best day!
Just after we arrived in Great Falls, I reached over and touched Lonnie’s arm as he was driving and said, “I’m so happy to be spending the day with you in Great Falls. I’ve been lonely for you.” Those words, as they were escaping my lips, struck my heart in a very unexpected way. Continue reading “You are missing from me…”
One thing about our kids growing older is that as parents, we look a bit ridiculous going to the theater to watch cartoons without little kids. I’m not saying it has stopped me, I’m just sayin’… haha! However, I will admit that these trips are much less often than when the boys were younger. I remember well when they were still my “babies” and their room was all decorated with Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. My oldest son was a fan of Woody, my youngest of Buzz. We had the action figures, the VCR tapes (remember those?), the sheets and comforter sets, all of it! So, when Toy Story 3 came out in theaters, I was very excited. “The sequel!! Andy’s going to college…!” I announced, excitedly. My oldest son informed me that it was a little “creepy” how excited I was about this movie. Bah-humbug!! Or whatever you say when it’s not Christmas!! Anyway, we didn’t go. So, last spring during our month of rain, you can only imagine my excitement when Toy Story 3 was on TV! You can bet that movie was set up in our DVR schedule right away! I figured it would be a great movie for a rainy day, which we were having our share of, to say the least. I was planning a family evening with popcorn. What I got was a very good lesson from ol’ Woody and Buzz. For those of you that haven’t been fortunate enough to see this movie, let me give you a bit of a recap. Continue reading “To Infinity and Beyond!!”
One of the books I’m reading is Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I am currently in a chapter called, “Your Best Life… Later”. I’ve typed a bit of this chapter out for you… here, have a read:
“What does running toward Christ and pursuing Love look like in daily life?
The best place I know to look is in Scripture; here we gather wisdom and study the examples of those who followed God wholeheartedly. The best passage is probably Hebrews 11, a chapter often called the “hall of faith.” It is tempting to assume that the people listed there were super human, or supersaints, and that you and I could never do the kinds of things they did. … Continue reading “Running toward Jesus”
You’re treading on scary ground going here, you know that, right? Hehe! I’m only kidding. Don’t be afraid, come on back… don’t run away! I have no idea how to title this entry… but a peek inside my head is what it is, so here goes… (hang on, haha!) Continue reading “Just a little peek inside….”
Last Monday, my cat Cletus Bub was diagnosed with Diabetes and now requires two shots of insulin a day. The list of my frustrations with this situation is looong and I won’t go there. My list of hopes and anticipations for what God is going to do in this situation is ten times as long and I already see Him at work! But this is not so much about Cletus Bub as it is about the lessons God is teaching me right in the middle of this situation. Continue reading “Starving to death in the midst of plenty…”
The smell of freshly baked bread. Football. Jeans and sweatshirts. Back to school. Not flip-flops. HaHa! How is it that these are the things on my mind? Fall is the air. I can feel it. I’m having a harder time explaining that feeling though, especially because I am the one who loves summer. It seems I am in search of a long, hot summer day nine months out of the year, and when summer comes, I never want it to end. I love the lazy days. I love that all the horses are not in the barn needing to be fed, but rather out in the pasture, grazing. I cherish the days when my two teenage boys say, “Mom, let’s go to the creek and go swimming.” My garden is flourishing… and my war with the grasshoppers is on! Our lawn that we’ve worked so hard for came in so well this year and is now in constant need of watering. Ahhh, summer! Bare feet in the grass. Cooking outdoors on the grill. No homework!! I spend many a waking hour wondering what it would be like to have days like this every day… if winter would never come! I can only imagine it to be blissful! So why the thoughts of fall?
Continue reading “For Everything There Is a Season…”
Domesticated Elephants! Yes, this is really gonna talk about domesticated elephants!! Ha Ha ! …. I bet that peaks your curiosity, huh? When an elephant is still young, the trainer will put a metal band around the elephant’s ankle and attach it to a stake in the ground with a huge chain. After the elephant grows up a bit, the metal band and chain are removed, yet the stake remains. By this time, the elephant has learned that he can only move a certain amount of distance from the stake. He will never move out of that circle unless led by a trainer. When I first heard this, it was huge to me… how many stakes in the ground are we circling in our life right now?
Continue reading “Domesticated Elephants”