Archive for November, 2012

Jesus Eyes.

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

A few years ago I read a book by Karen Kingsbury, called Divine.  The part of that book that really spoke to me was when one of the main characters referred to people with faith as having “Jesus eyes.”  Here’s an excerpt:

“There’s something different in the eyes of people with faith. I can see it, but I can’t figure out what it is. You called it Jesus eyes.” Nigel smiled. “It’s the Holy Spirit. When people give their lives to Christ, He gives them His Spirit. It breathes from the center of the soul, giving life to the heart and shining bright through the eyes of believers.”

I remember thinking to myself, WOW, how amazing it would be to have Jesus eyes!  I’ve thought about it on and off; especially when I see people with those “eyes.”  But it never became more clear than the other night when I was washing my face before bed. When I looked up in the mirror after drying my face, I thought to myself, “hmmmm you look….different….something about my eyes…”  I studied for a minute..looked this way and that and then….it hit me.  I have Jesus Eyes.  “I” have Jesus eyes!

I can’t explain to you in words, really, the experience I had, but it was amazing.  I hope to continue to see “Jesus eyes” every time I look in the mirror, and more importantly, I hope others see it too!

We are not alone.

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Friday I was having a really bad day.  Was home with the flu and got a message that my son was in trouble at school, again.  Sigh.  I was pretty upset to say the least.  I cried.  Then cried some more. Then prayed, then prayed some more.  Then I got a little…ummm….angry.  Angry because I have been praying and praying for circumstances to change for YEARS.  I’ve been doing “all the right things”, walking as straight of a line as I can and there I was again.  In the same circumstance as I had been years before.  I cried out to God “seriously God, what is up with all this?”  I said “if you are trying to give me a message, clearly I am not hearing it.  Can you help me out?  I mean, really, send me an email or something!”

Two heartbeats later, my phone rang.  It was Klove radio.  Asking me if I needed prayers that day.  KLove Radio.  A national radio station called me out of the thousands of listeners to ask me if I needed prayers seconds after I asked God to send me a message.  Seconds.  Wow.  I can’t make this stuff up!  I cried to the sweet lady who called me.  I told her that I was just in prayer asking God for help, asking him to let me know that He hears me and then this phone call happened.  This lady didn’t seem surprised at all.  She said, “I never know who I’m going to to call each day, but I do know that God wants you to know that you are not alone.”

If I didn’t know that before, I certainly do now! Thanks for the direct message Lord! 🙂

Grow to Go!

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have a teenage son.  I could probably stop the blog here and every parent who has survived raising a teenage son would just immediately know I am need of some prayer.  This is just such a difficult age for kids.  And it’s a difficult time for us parents too!

But can I tell you just how thankful I am to know that no matter what, God will get me through this time.  He’ll get my son through it. I wish that kids didn’t have to go through these awful teenage years, but I know that it’s necessary because in our struggles, there is growth.  And that’s what life is all about.  Growing.  Growing closer to each other, growing closer to God.

And as I’ve heard it said, “you gotta grow up, to go up!”

Love is the answer.

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I’m slowly learning that “love” is the answer.  It doesn’t matter what the question is.  Have a problem at home?  Respond with love.  Have a problem at work?  Respond with love.  Have a problem at church (hey, it happens!) respond with love.

Now, I’m not talking about the romantic love.  I’m talking about loving people the way God loves us.  In John 13:34, God says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must
love one another.”

Sometimes I get so mad at my teenage son, that I forget to “love” him.  I’ve noticed that the more I respond in love, the better he is, the better I am, and the better our relationship is.  Sure, he still has consequences to his actions, but I try to remove the anger I feel and replace it with love.    I’ll admit, it’s not always easy to do, but when you see how effective it is, how much peace it brings you, you’ll want to love on everybody!

Feels like Christmas.

Posted: November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Last night as I was about to drift off to sleep, I had the feeling of Christmas.  I didn’t know what would be under my tree in the morning (Obama or Romney, Gay Marriage, Slots) and I was excited to wake up and find out.  It was almost a giddy experience.

When I woke up and googled the election results I was pretty dissapointed.  But, like all good Christians, I decided I would make the best of the decisions and continue to walk the Good walk to the best of my ability, despite the outcome of the election.

Then I checked Facebook.  WOW.  My heart sank.  So many people writing mean, hurtful posts.   I would guess that there will be a lot of unnecessary ruined relationships because of this election.  And for no reason, really.  God tells us to love one another, yet, I really didn’t see any love – anywhere – during this whole process.

My prayer now is that everyone can start new and focus on what is important.  Pray for leaders and in the meantime, just do what you can do to love each other and make the world a better place.  You don’t need an election to do that!  Then every day can feel like Christmas!