Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Is God Number One In Your Life?

Everyday we all speak of busy schedules and rush hither and yon to get everything on our extensive lists done. But how many of those stress creating, busy makers, are really heavenward focused? How many of those "have-to-get-done-s" are done because they are expected of us by others, and we want to look good in the eyes of those same others? If I told you that you would die before today was over, which items on that to-do list would you like most to accomplish? How is that for putting your life into perspective?

I do not know about you, but I would like to die knowing that I had taken time for God this morning, and that all was right between us.

When you look at you list of things to do, do you have items like: check Facebook, watch a (specific) T.V. show, go shopping at the mall with you girlfriends. If so, maybe you need to take some time to look over you priorities and tweak your list of "to-dos." Taking time for fun is not always a bad thing, in fact it is often times a good thing, so long as we do not go overboard. We all need down times and rest, and I do not think God begrudges us either of those, or fun. At the same time, if we are not making God our number one priority each day, then I have a feeling He would have a thing or two to say to us about it. :)

"Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33).

Friday, January 21, 2011

What Are We Missing?

My brother and I were talking not long ago about how easy it is to judge others for living differently then we do, and how even how if there is nothing Biblically wrong with how others live, we often judge them harshly. False pride tells us that we are better somehow. How foolish we humans can be! As I go through each day, and each stage of life, I am finding more and more how pride plays a huge roll in the fallen-ness (if you will) of our world at large, as well as our own little personal worlds.

Again and again God brings to mind the verses from Matthew 7 that tell us to not always be jumping to point out the speck in our brothers eye, while ignoring the beam in our own. How many times I find myself saying, well she/he has a problem and this is the root of it, and this is what needs to be done to fix it. Stop. Wait! What does God say. Look at my life first. Seek out the wicked ways in me. And oh, how many there are!

God has a way of reaching down and shaking us, opening our eyes to our half-blinded view of things, and saying, "Hey, this is the whole picture."

Have you heard the song by Brandon Heath, Give Me Your Eyes? It talks about God giving us His eyes so we might see. I really like the lines where it talks about us having God's eyes. It reminds me to look deeper, to seek Him in what is happening. There are so many things that we are either too busy to see, or to prideful to see. To see others through His eyes... Just thinking about it makes me smile. How much better our world could be if we could learn to see each other through the eye of our Heavenly Father.

"Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me love for humility."
~Brandon Heath Give Me Your Eyes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Super Yummy Chocolate Frosting
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 - 1 cup milk (I found 1/2 c. is just right)
4 cups powdered sugar
The original recipe said to add the milk last, but I found that it is best to mix 1/2 cup of milk with softened and creamed butter and the vanilla. Then add the cocoa. Mix in well. Then add the sugar slowly. Otherwise you end up with lots of clumps of cocoa and sugar. :)
This is so good you might just want to eat it by itself. Frosts a three layer round cake.

Hello to 2011 (Finally)

Dear Readers,

I know that all of you probably thought that I had dropped off the planet, but no, I am still every much on earth, and very much alive.

Wow! January is almost over already and I am just posting!

The truth is that I have thought about sitting down to write numerous times in the last several weeks, but have been so busy with some changes that are happening in my life that I have not had the time.

I am sorry if you have been checking in each week and have been disappointed at my lack of activity. I will try to make it up to you in the best way I know how. Posts here we come!

Thanks for always being so understanding.
God Bless,