Monday, February 7, 2011

Have you ever wondered why...

...it takes such a long time walking with the Father before you can learn to filter out life's noise so that you can listen to Him and develop the patience to wait on Him?

I'm learning....


I'm praying for you today, as I'm on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Just Let Me Be a Field Hand


One of the ladies in my Sunday School class attended a revival meeting last week during which the speaker emphasized the moral decline of our nation and suggested some ways for Christians to respond.

She spoke as if this was her first revelation regarding just how far we have fallen, although I think her true intent was really to convey that she has now been truly convicted in her spirit about the current state of affairs. This conviction has been arriving upon many of us, in varying degrees; in my view, the "Tea Party" movement is about more than just reducing the size of our government - it is also about returning our country to the morals and values that once made us great.

Over the last few years I have also felt a change in my outlook as a Christian. Back in the mid- to late-90's (while reading the Left Behind series with so many others), I was just another Christian looking for Christ's return as an event that is certain, but not necessarily eminent. After 9-11, I was convicted that perhaps my Savior might not tell me, "Well done, good and faithful servant," (Matthew 25:21, NIV) as I have always prayed that He will - that I could be a better worker in His harvest field.

I began to pray that I would be more sensitive to the opportunities presented to me to share God's love and be a witness. I am happy to say that I am doing much better now, but I continue to struggle with many things, and I fear that there are far too many times when my actions and attitudes lead others away from Christ rather than toward him. However, I have learned to seek His forgiveness and to be grateful for His grace. My highest sense of accomplishment would be met if someone else could only see Jesus in me.

Do you remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24:6-8? He says, "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains." There has always been war and earthquakes and famines, but have you noticed how these major natural disasters are beginning to happen more and more frequently? Beginning with the terrible tsunami that struck on Christmas Day, 2004, through Hurricane Katrina, to deadly floods and wildfires and more earthquakes and other tsunami, they have become so commonplace that even the devastation and loss of life in Haiti last year was soon dropped from the news cycle and forgotten by most Americans. It's as if it's almost time to start pushing...

My sense of urgency increased exponentially with the elections of November, 2008, to the point that I began to feel a sense of despair. I began to pray, "Not yet, Lord, please give us more time." When you walk through a Wal-Mart on a Saturday afternoon and see all those people, does it ever strike you how many of those people are probably lost? When you sit in your church on a Sunday morning, have you ever considered that if the Rapture were to occur right then that there would still be many people sitting in those pews?

We have reached the point in our nation when Romans Chapter One describes us. And I fear that changing the course of our nation now may be like trying to stop the tides. There is no doubt that the labor pains are increasing in intensity and frequency, and it is as if the Earth itself is yearning to hasten Christ's coming. As the evil around us increases, I find myself praying more often, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!" But the still, small voice of the Spirit tells me, "No, not yet." There is still work left for me to do.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Checking In...

...after my way-too-long absence! I have been remiss in the past week as we have dealt with snow and ice here in the Deep South (we haven't had snow/ice on the ground this long since the Blizzard of '93!) and as my children have been transitioning back into school after the holidays - not an easy task when that ever-elusive white stuff is hanging around!

Here's a couple of pics:


These first two were taken Monday, January 11, after the storm Sunday night. The roads were an absolute mess Monday; Tuesday they were passable, but by no means anywhere near completely safe. If you have ever traveled through the Birmingham area, you know that most of our interstates are elevated through the city, and the city proper is in a valley surrounded by the Appalachian foothills (where most everyone lives). This made travel extremely difficult, and there were icy patches on overpasses even yesterday.

I took this picture yesterday after we had been out at lunchtime. That icicle was over two feet long!

I am also sending my deepest apologies for my neglect to post the Daily Bible Readings this past Sunday. I am working a plan to post these where they are accessible even if I am not able to make a blog post. Please stay tuned...

Thank you for taking the time today to visit with me...I pray that I am not away so long before my next post.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year, Everyone! & Daily Bible Readings


Well, the calendar has rolled over again to bring us to a new year...new beginnings, new resolutions, new chances. Plus, we start a new journey through the Word. Here are the Daily Bible Readings for the first days of January:

Bible Readings: January 1-9, 2011


Family
Private
1
Genesis
1
Matthew
1
Ezra
1
Acts
1
2
Genesis
2
Matthew
2
Ezra
2
Acts
2
3
Genesis
3
Matthew
3
Ezra
3
Acts
3
4
Genesis
4
Matthew
4
Ezra
4
Acts
4
5
Genesis
5
Matthew
5
Ezra
5
Acts
5
6
Genesis
6
Matthew
6
Ezra
6
Acts
6
7
Genesis
7
Matthew
7
Ezra
7
Acts
7
8
Genesis
8
Matthew
8
Ezra
8
Acts
8
9
Genesis
9
Matthew
9
Ezra
9
Acts
9
from Robert Murray M'Cheyne's "Calendar for reading through the Word of God in a year"


"He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'"
(Revelation 21:5, NIV)

May your new year be blessed...
There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><
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