Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sunrises and Truth

This morning as I came downstairs at 6:30am and made my cup of tea, I glanced outside at the sunrise. Now that daylight standard time has ended, it is actually beginning to get light out when I wake up. I had to go outside to see this gorgeous sunrise because it filled the sky with deep pinks and purples. After pausing a few moments to take it all in, I came inside to spend some time with God. I just happened to be on Psalm 19 which says: "The heavens are telling of the glory of God: and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge." I thought about how often I look at the starry sky and think about God's glory but not much during the day, until this morning and I realized His sunrises and sunsets are beautiful paintings He gives to me everyday as a gift. Then I thought about how David who wrote that psalkm did nto know that the earth rotated around the sun and thought the exact opposite, that the sun rotated around the earth. To even consider such wasn't even anywhere on their radar because it looked like an impossibility (just put yourself in his shoes, er, sandels)and yet it is truth.
How often do I look at a situation and only see it from my one perspective and believe that that is the only way it is, the only truth? And yet the truth is often diametrically opposed to my perspective. I need to ask God for His perpsective more and more because He does know the real truth (He IS Truth) . . . His perspective is the only one I need to see from.
Lord, open my eyes to Your truth about myself, others and my circumstances today.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Vampire Christian

I've been loving this new book Falling for God by Gary Moon and in it he quotes Dallas Willard, another of my favorite authors, who is describing the above. He states: "A vampire Christian is one who wants just enough of the blood of Christ to have eternal life but not the full transfusion that would make him into a new creature, living life in a perpetual state of "As you wish." (from Princess Bride, only doing whatever the Father wishes) Our desire to live as ruler in our own realms of influence gets in the way of our desire to live life in God's Kingdom. We willingly follow Jesus up to the cross and admire His love, but our false self resists following Him onto the cross and participating in His example of absolute surrender. Give us the fire insurance policy. Keep the Refiner's fire."

How often this describes me when I get in a comfortable place in my lifestyle. Not willing to make the sacrifices that God may be asking of me, because I fear death, but knowing that He will bring life out of my death. I had to think through the things I fear losing when I totally surrender and once I listed them, they lost a lot of their power. In my heart I DO want to surrender and have to ask God to give me His perspective of the joy beyond the Cross, so I will surrender to Him.
Think about whether or not you are a vampire Christian as you watch the Trick or Treaters in a few weeks.

A Great Quick Read.

I loved this book as much as the first one: Dinner with a Perfect Stranger. Definitely worth your time to read it. Here's the summary:

What if a fascinating stranger knew you better than you know yourself?

When her husband comes home with a farfetched story about eating dinner with someone he believes to be Jesus, Mattie Cominsky thinks this may signal the end of her shaky marriage. Convinced that Nick is, at best, turning into a religious nut, the self-described agnostic hopes that a quick business trip will give her time to think things through.

On board the plane, Mattie strikes up a conversation with a fellow passenger. When she discovers their shared scorn for religion, she confides her frustration over her husband’s recent conversion. The stranger suggests that perhaps her husband isn’t seeking religion but true spiritual connection, an idea that prompts her to reflect on her own search for fulfillment.

As their conversation turns to issues of spiritual longing and deeper questions about the nature of God, Mattie finds herself increasingly drawn to this insightful stranger. But when the discussion unexpectedly turns personal, touching on things she’s never told anyone, Mattie is startled and disturbed. Who is this man who seems to peer straight into her soul?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Photo Shoot!

While I was in Tennessee watching the girls for 10 days (while Aimee and Justin celebrated their 10th anniversary in Turks and Cacoas, I had fun with the camera while the girls posed for me. Here's a just brief result. Stay tuned for more!