Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thankful for Adam

Often I read Scripture and think of a person or have a connection with a certain event or time of my life. As I was thinking of Adam (which I do often), my mind went to Psalm 1.  He would never say that he has perfected the words of this Psalm, but they remind me of him: 
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Today, I am thankful for a man who has chosen the way of the Lord over the things of this world! Adam delights in the law of the Lord and makes the Word his mediation. Adam, you are a man of integrity and of God's Word! I am truly thankful for God's blessing of you in my life!! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

To My Sweet Arkansas Family (from the archives)

Originally posted April 11, 2009. I spent the day with most of my Arkansas family today. (Missed you Dad and Linda). The sentiments are as true today as they were two years ago!

I just returned from a few days in Arkansas. When I was a teenager and even in my early 20's, I couldn't really stand going to Arkansas or being there. It was like some kind of obligation. Thankfully as time progresses, I've grown up and don't feel that way anymore. So, I thought I would share how I feel about my family (immediate and extended) who I get to see when I am Arkansas.

Even though it is not my home there anymore, you make me feel right at home. You invite me to come, kick off my shoes, and stay awhile. You care more about my life than most would even venture to ask. You celebrate the little joys in life and are so excited about what the future holds. You ask questions, sometimes you are nosy, but I think it is just because you care more than most. You are a safe place for me, where I don't have to worry.  You allow me to talk freely and openly about ministry, but never ask me to minister in a specific situation. However, you minister to me. I am served and loved in the most incredible ways. The little things you do bring me great joy. You recharge me and encourage me. You notice little things and listen to my stories, but most of all you just let me be me. Thanks for understanding when I want to be alone and when I can stay awake till 1 am talking about everything. Thank you for saying sweet things about my Mom and helping me remember things about her. Thank you for making me laugh and laughing at me when I say or do something stupid. Thank you for reminding how blessed I truly am with an incredible family. Thank you for sacrificing your time for me, your investment in my life has not gone unnoticed. You remind me of Philippians 1. I do thank my God with every remembrance of you, and I hold you deeply in my heart.

Just in case you didn't realize or I failed to tell you, You are my favorite thing about coming home.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Jesus, I Am Resting

A blog I regularly read, posted this song the other day. I am trying to practice "rest" more in my life as things around me are crazy busy! I love the truth of resting in the joy of my Savior. These words are old, but quite beautiful.

Jesus, I am resting, resting  in the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transfoming power Thou hast made me whole.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart –
Satisfies its deepest longings, meets, supplies its ev’ry need,
Compasseth me round with blessings: Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory, Sunshine of my father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting, Fill me with Thy grace.

Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art,
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
( Jean Sophia Pigott, 1845-1882)