Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Not On My Gift Registry

I'm fascinated by the life of Solomon (the current topic of my 'Bible in a Year' plan). He pulled out all the stops to build a magnificent temple for God and a grand palace for himself. There is one parenthetical passage that just floored me, though:

16 (Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter, Solomon's wife. 17 And Solomon rebuilt Gezer.) (NIV, 1 Kings 9:16-17)

Now I don't know about you, but I don't think I'd be really happy to receive a town from my father for a wedding present -- especially if I knew that all the inhabitants had been killed and then the whole town had been burned down! I am glad Solomon rebuilt the town for his bride, but I would still feel horribly guilty every time I walked in the place if I were her.

As I continued reading the text for today (1 Kings 9-11), it told of the vast riches Solomon received...absolutely amazing. I had to laugh, though, when I read that:

3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.(NIV, 1 Kings 11:3)

Well of course they led him astray, what WAS he thinking????

I hope you enjoyed your Bible reading for the day...let me know what you read and what you learned!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Checking In - Bible In A Year

Are you still with us? I haven't sent any notes out to those of us who had decided to read the Bible in a year in a while, so I thought I'd check up on you! (One of us has dropped out of the program because of massive Bible study required to prepare lessons...just checking to see if you are doing daily reading...).

I've had my good weeks and bad weeks, but after a couple of marathon reading sessions I am back on track. Today's reading (in the plan I'm on) was really good -- Solomon had just finished building the temple and he said this:

56 "Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. 59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day's need, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. 61 But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time." (1 Kings 8:56-61, NIV).


Sunday, April 22, 2007

We'll Miss You, Maddie

Maddie Bayer died yesterday. She is the 7 year-old girl mentioned in a post a couple of days ago. Her death won't be covered by any news organization. Her life won't be discussed much on-line like those of the victims at Virginia Tech. Yet the loss of her life shows the loss of potential just as their did. Her death seems just as senseless, just as tragic. She was the most beautiful, most brave little girl I've ever met.

Yet, as I struggle to explain death to my 7 year old boys, her friends, I know my struggle is so much less than that of her parents and her two brothers. My prayers continue to be with them.

I know Maddie was looking forward to being in heaven, she talked about wanting to laugh, play, and not hurt. A child should never have to think of those things. I hear stories about being met in heaven by those you knew who had gone on before you...who meets a young child that has not been touched by the death of others?

I suppose Jesus himself meets her. I imagine her pain has gone and she is smiling that big, beautiful smile. We'll miss you, Maddie.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Thousand Gifts, continued

  1. the smell of fresh cut grass
  2. the feeling of cool, fresh cut grass on bare feet
  3. bright blue skies
  4. seeing the moon in the daylight

Friday, April 20, 2007

Let's Pray

I cannot help but think about the families of those killed earlier this week at Virginia Tech...each of those thirty-two families, all their neighbors and friends, those who suffered injuries, and the parents of Cho Seung-Hui are all facing pain I can't imagine. Although they can point fingers and try to find reasons behind this senseless killing, ultimately there is no one with whom they can reconcile.

I'd like to ask that you pray for all of those effected by this tragedy. Pray not only for the families of the victims, but for every person who touched Cho's life trying to help. They must be second guessing every interaction, wondering if there was some way they should have known. I can't imagine the guilt they may be feeling...even though they really couldn't have realized it would come to this. Pray for those who's last interaction with someone who died was less than pleasant...those people who wanted to share their love but didn't...those who had to be involved in the clean up...those who have to somehow go on with their lives.

Each one of these precious people needs to find the ability to forgive so they can move forward with their lives. All we can do is pray.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A tangible help

Sometimes you want to help other people, but you have no idea what to do. Boomama and some others have found a way to help Heather with the expenses she faces as she heads to the Mayo Clinic for more tests and possible surgery. You can read her story at

If you would like to help out with a love offering, click on the 'For Heather' button on the left. I'm sure they would really appreciate your help!

  1. Great neighbors
  2. Cookies
  3. People who want to help others (especially when they have never met)
  4. Clean spring air

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Do It Anyway

As I sit here the house is finally quiet after our usual morning frenzy. It is a beautiful day and I can hear the birds singing outside my window. I have Martina McBride's song, Anyway, running through my head today. Specifically:

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good,
and when I pray, it doesn't always turn out like I think it should,
but I do it anyway.

There are two people who are constantly on my mind, and I ask God why bad things happen to good people. One is Heather (see button on left). She has been a momma bear protecting her cubs for years...especially Emma Grace who has had a heart transplant and who blesses others through her hardships. Now Heather has discovered a brain tumor and her future is full of tests, difficult treatments, and uncertainty.

The other is the sweetest little girl, Maddie. She has been in Kevin and Chris's Sunday School class for a few years, and she has suffered through difficult treatments for cancer. You can read her story at Maddie is currently in hospice care and she is in a lot of pain.

I know we aren't supposed to understand the world on this side of Heaven, but it just seems so unfair. Even though the answer I want doesn't always come, I know that God is in control. He tells us to pray, so I do it anyway.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thank You

  1. Grocery stores that have so many choices of wonderful things
  2. Tangible heritage I gained because I was able to know my grandparents and great grandparents
  3. Good Christian fiction
  4. Cars that start right away and take me where I want to go

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What a Difference A Day Makes

Some days we struggle with problems all day long...disobedient children, dinner that just doesn't turn out like you want, dogs that make messes on the carpet, and people who are jerks when they drive. Then, in the blink of an eye, we wish that those 'crises' were all we had to face.

I am in tears today over a woman I never met. Heather (at had an MRI just a day or so ago to see what was causing dizziness, and she found out she has a brain tumor. My heart breaks for how her world is turning upside down. She's facing a series of doctor visits and further tests to even understands what is really going on. Heather is a woman who has devoted her life to her children and working to ensure that her daughter with special needs gets the medical care and educational attention she needs. She cares about moms and the things they go through, and her love is demonstrated daily in her work.

Please pray for Heather and her family. They are in shock as they learn about terminology and treatments they never heard before. Heather, we stand behind you with prayer.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Walking to the Dreaded End

In our Sunday School class we are reading verses daily in preparation for a discussion on the reality of the resurrection. As I go through the verses where Jesus tells his disciples what will happen in the next few weeks, I am trying to understand his emotions during that time.

One of the last times he mentioned that he would be persecuted, killed, and then would rise after three days was on his final trip to Jerusalem. A day or two before his triumphal entry, he had this conversation in between healings, discussions with Pharisees who were trying to trip him up, and with the young rich ruler who wanted to know how to gain eternal life.

I believe Jesus made peace with his destiny in the Garden of Gethsemane, butwas he wavering prior to that time? Did he tell about his future in an attempt to convince himself to go through with it? He was fully man, and therefore I believe he was probably scared of the pain and suffering he would have to go through. I bet each step on that final journey brought him one step closer to something he was dreading.

I praise God that he continued on the path so that we can follow!

Thursday, April 05, 2007


I am 46 years old and I've finally decided to give up trying to figure out what to be when I grow up. From now on I'm only going to work to figure out what God wants me to be next (or even right now...).

I'm not sure why society wants us to figure out one thing we can 'be'...especially at age 18. I know very few people who actually used their college degrees as intended. Most changed majors several times, then changed careers once out of college. If that's the way we tend to live, why do we make people choose? In fact, in the next ten years the 'gurus' say that many of the types of jobs available today won't event exist and thousands more will be available to take their place.

I spend more time struggling with what I should do or what a I want to do that I spend on just 'doing' what's in front of me. I still plan to set goals and shoot to continually improve myself, and I'll listen more closely for God's nudges. (Remind me of this next week!).

  1. Grocery stores full of fabulous treats
  2. Bright purple flowers on kelly green stems
  3. Hail that bounces like super balls but doesn't do any damage

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A Thousand Gifts

At Moms of Grace, I met a woman named Lundie. She has a terrific post where she is creating a list of one thousand gifts she's received from God. This is something started in 2006 as a way to appreciate our daily gifts instead of buying into the craziness of a commercial Christmas (click the button below to see where it all started). She shared her posts with us and I want to jump on the bandwagon to be sure I pay attention to the little daily gifts I receive that are awesome representations of God's love.

You can read Lundie's blog at
(sorry I can't make the link work...check out Lundie's comment for a direct link)

  1. Salvation offered by Jesus
  2. The bright green color of spring grass
  3. Daffodils that don't care if the temperature drops to 29 degrees
  4. Little boys who think it is hilarious to make noises with their armpits (well, it's not the noises I'm thankful for, but the giggles they produce)