Archive for December, 2014

Giving God’s Currency

It’s Christmas and my credit card is not in the red. In fact, I’m not using it at all. Here’s how Tom and I are celebrating this year. I shared some thoughts on mtlmagazine.



Preparing for the Day

How do you prepare for the day?

Mine begins with a stout cup of Starbucks.

And then another.

After my brains shifts out of neutral, I usually pull out my Bible with anticipation.

From my understanding, that’s what Advent is all about—looking backward in order to look forward.

And I guess I did the same thing a few days ago when I read Exodus 33:12-18.

It’s a prayer of Moses. He petitions God Almighty for three things. The first is to know God:

“If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor.” (NLT)

I might feed on the junk food of the world, but when push comes to shove, there’s nothing that satisfies like knowing God.

The LORD granted his request.

Lesson #1 for Pauline in the upcoming year—take time to be holy. Ask God for more of Him.

The next request by Moses is for God to travel with them into the Promised Land. In fact, Moses basically tells the LORD he doesn’t want to go anywhere without Him:

“If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.”

God says okay. (That’s my translation.)

Lesson #2 for Pauline in 2015—If God ain’t going, don’t go.

Sometimes I drink my coffee and rush off. Leave God at home. That never turns out good.

The last request of Moses to the LORD is “Then show me your glorious presence.”

God only partially answers his petition and hides Moses in the rock and allows him to see His back.

Lesson #3 for this year—ask God to show me His glory. Every once in a while I see a sliver through His Word, or hear His heartbeat through His music, or taste His goodness through His people, and at Christmas,I see Him through His glorious Son.


So my daily preparations will begin on my knees.

After my coffee.