Archive for October, 2012

Real Reality—Not Show

“You’d hate the show, Mom.” was my adult son’s comment.

“What’s it about?”

“A bunch of people partying all the time.”

“And people watch it?”

“It’s the most popular show on MTV.”


The Real Reality Show would be to follow the same characters ten years from now. Or twenty.

But then, no one would want to watch that. Because it’s real–not a show.

People get old. Trouble comes. Health deteriorates. Beauty fades.

I wish people would watch the real life and death of a friend of mine.

His house is modest. He’d never grace the cover of GQ. Bought his clothes at second-hand shops. Once had a high-powered job and quit to be home with his family more.

And it showed.

His family  adored him. So when he was diagnosed with cancer, many wondered why he didn’t seek treatment.

I’ve never had to make that decision, and I’m not so sure I wouldn’t go the same route. I’ve seen so many people suffer more with treatment than with the disease. At least longer. Plus, everything costs so much.

The real reason, I think is that my friend understood that our life is just a mist. It appears for a while and then is gone. His hope is not in this old world, but in heaven.

Not because he’s earned it. His life was like those on Jersey Shore. Then, the God of the universe, called Bill to Himself. I was a Jersey girl, too.

Bill admitted his sin, humbled himself, and by faith believed that Jesus was the only way to God. The only way he could be saved.

And his life and the lives of those around him changed drastically.

Before he died, about 30 of us gathered around his frail body that lay in a Hospice bed. On his back porch we sang and prayed and said good-bye. He couldn’t speak, but he held our hand, and with a swollen face, looked us in the eyes.

We thanked him for the legacy he’d left for all of us.

I hear that his neighbors listened as we sang. They loved him, too.

This Saturday, is his funeral. I’m going to go early to be sure and get a seat. After the service, we’re going to gather and have a meal together and there will be an open mic to share how Bill touched our lives.

It’s gonna be a long night.

But good.

You see, the reality is that we will all face death, and according to God’s Word, then judgment. The only way we pass that test is through the shed blood of Christ.

I pray that for the cast of Jersey Shore. One of their own just passed. He’d tell them the same thing.

Live for the Real Reality.




Recite Romans, 1:1-7

Welcome to the journey of Recite Romans! Today, we’re looking at Romans 1:1-7.

Remember, Invest in Heaven by reciting Romans.


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Top 10 Ways to Memorize Romans

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, and I quote, “ARE YOU CRAZY?’ I would have as much of a chance of being crowned queen as I could memorize Romans.

I feel your pain.

I’m over 50, slightly menopausal and extremely forgetful, but I’m gonna try.

Top ten ways to memorize Romans

10—Divide and conquer. Take the chapters and divide them into paragraphs that make sense. Remember your old English teacher, “One thought per paragraph!” And use the translation that is easiest for you.

9—Do you learn by listening? That is auditory learning. Try recording the passage on your phone, listening to it in the car, and then saying it back. You won’t look any weirder than those folks who have a Bluetooth hanging out of their ear as they drive.

8—Do you learn visually? Write, write, write. Plaster it on your bathroom mirror, on your dashboard, and make a copy on notecards you carry with you. Picture where each word is on the page. Look for patterns in the verses. Is there a repeating word? How about a repeating phrase? Use colored markers to help you.

7—Do you learn by doing? You’re a kinesthetic learner. Try acting out a verse, or picturing what Paul was doing when he wrote it. Maybe you could think of symbols for the words for instance, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” You might picture the #1 along with the Roman believers speaking to a globe. Draw a picture of a globe on the sheet you’re using to memorize. (Note: it can be stick people on a lop-sided sphere.)

6—More than likely, you’re a combination of all three so mix and match, just like the combo at Panera. Use whatever you need to memorize God’s Word.

5—Get an accountability partner. When I memorized James, my friend Carolyn and I walked and recited. If you don’t have time for that, ask a family member to keep you accountable once a week. My husband helped me with that. Then, both people are blessed by hearing God’s Word!

4—Set goals. During our memorization of Romans, I’ll encourage you to memorize 4-7 verses a week, but you do what you can! Decide ahead, set your goal, then be accountable.

3—Plan. I do most of my memorizing in the early morning when I’m still fresh. My friend does hers in the middle of the night when she can’t sleep. (I hope you don’t have that problem.) I also re-joined the gym. I take my sheet with me while I do the elliptical. I read, say it out loud and sweat. A great combination! (Bring a towel.)

2—Review. Say what you’ve already finished. I know, I know, it’s hard. But what’s hard is good!

1—Most importantly, Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. It is God’s will that you know His Word. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Ps. 119:11 (NIV)

Scripture memory helps us in all areas of life. It is eternal. It is Divine. Scripture is God’s Word to us.

It’s a worthy goal, my friend.

Let the memorizing begin!


All I Have is Christ

The beginning of the dream was fuzzy. People. Events. I wore a white shirt and jeans. Someone led me to an opening. rectangular in shape, it measured about 6′ by 4′. They pushed in the door and there was blackness.

I smiled.

Somehow, I knew this would be my new home, and I wasn’t afraid.

I knew I would not be alone.

Then, I awoke.

The song, “All I Have is Christ,” by Sovereign Grace Music played in my head.

“Alleluia, all I have is Christ.

Alleluia, Jesus is my life.”

Someone I know who’s close to my age is going to meet Jesus very soon. Hard for the family. Not as much for him.

He’s lived his life for this moment. Living to die.

He’s invested well.

How’s your heavenly portfolio?

Don’t leave this earth without it.