Archive for September, 2012

Recite Romans R2 Starts Soon

When my daughter was in K5, her entire class recited the second chapter of Matthew. It wowed me!

Because my new BFF, Beth Moore suggested I could memorize James, my walking partner and I took her up on it. It took us almost 5 months, but it was worth it. I have a treasury of Scriptural knowledge in my head–along with old phone numbers and locker combinations–that will last for eternity.

Why do I say that? The Bible says it, that’s why. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.” Is. 40:8 Memorizing God’s Word is an investment in eternity.

So I’m throwing down the Bible gauntlet. If a 50+ woman can memorize James, maybe we can all memorize Romans.

I’m scared. What if I can’t do it? What if I give up? What if I start in on Romans, and locker combinations come pouring out?

Why am I going to try? Because it’s worth it. I love football, but I can’t remember who won the Super Bowl last year. I’m almost addicted to NCIS, but if a friend has a problem, Gibbs can’t help me with an answer.

Romans contains answers to all life’s questions. Why am I here? How did I get here? Is there a God? Does He care about me? How should I live?

That’s better than sports or TV or old phone numbers.

Will you join me?

 

Faltering Faith

The song rang in my ears as my standard poodle, Sam and I walked the park:

“I am thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;

But I long to rise in the arms of faith, And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side.”

 

Ever had a day where you wake up worrying, go to sleep fretting, and feel sick to your stomach? It’s been like that for me. Faltering Faith, I call it.

I know in my head that God is in control, but I don’t feel it in my heart.

I’m praying to be raised with those arms of faith, while I have my toes lowered for ballast.

I guess I think if I’m not in control of a situation, God can’t handle it.

I know that’s not true, so I cry out to Him while I walk.

“Lord. I’m weak. I want to trust You.” A jogger passes me and pauses as he sees my tears. “So, I’m gonna use Scripture back to You. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

And He does. As I purpose in my heart to obey and believe, the feelings come.

The funny thing about trust, is you have to trust before you can trust.

So, by His grace, I’m trusting. Just for today. That’s all He asks.

What about you? How do you trust God with your heart when you don’t feel it?

 

 

 

An Unforgettable Anniversary

Besides the fact that for our anniversary, Tom and I drive to our local card store, peruse the rack together, pick out a card, show it to each other, kiss, then put them back, we’re pretty typical. We have a nice dinner out, or spend the night in a hotel. For our 25th, we took a cruise to Alaska.

However, the anniversary present we bought for each other this time, trumps any I’ve heard of. We bought a tractor. It’s orange. And for those of you who understand tractors, you’ll know what kind we bought. The salesman asked if we wanted to “take it for a spin.”

“No!” We shouted in unison. The reason is we don’t know how to drive one. Nor do we know how to farm. But we’re gonna try.

We inherited about 65 acres of land in a remote county in North Carolina. It’s hilly, and quiet, and covered with red clay that is almost impossible to get out of clothes.

But we can’t stop smiling.

After 30 years, most are winding down. Sealing up their 401K. We’ve had our own business for our married life, so there is no 401K, no health insurance, no retirement.

We’re moving from fishing to farming. Both businesses depend on weather and the economy and are back-breaking. But we feel “called.”

Called to a business that makes money in order to share with others. I call it our IIH stock. Investing in heaven. We don’t want to retire, we want to keep going until we drop in the field.

We’ve instructed our kids to till us into the land.

Because we know that this earth will pass away. James, the brother of Jesus says we’re just a mist that appears for a while and then vanishes.

I’m okay with that.

So for the next 30 years, we’ll be in a remote place of North Carolina, investing our lives in IIH stock while living on earth.

I h0pe they have card shops in the country.