September 27, 2011

Wow, I Loved This!

For those of us who struggle with our quest to be Wonder Woman in our flesh... Ok, even if you do not I definitely do...
I found this great post about being a Superwoman or an abiding woman. It is a must read...

September 26, 2011

Caught in the Crossfire

Boys are unique creatures.
Being the only girl in a home filled with testosterone can be challenging at times. Yesterday necessitated me hiding behind a locked door for a half an hour.

You see, we celebrated my husband's birthday.
Harmless as it sounds, the new tradition in our home is that all male-type humans receive nerf guns and extra amunition for their big day. My husband reminded me of this tradition while in the same breath describing the weapon he would like to possess.

Call me sucker. GO ahead.

September 22, 2011

Time for an Oil Change

It's that time again. Every 3 months or so I have the oil changed in my car, and right now it's over due. I have honestly let a few things slide, so not only does the oil need changing, the pumpkins (rear differential) need lubrication, the spark plugs need swapping, and the whole engine needs a good tune up. I know if I neglect it much longer the car will begin to grumble, miss-fire, stall, and eventually break down along the side of the road.

Spiritually I find myself in same place as my car these days. I'm over due for an "oil change". In my case I've got to pause from my rut of a routine. Instead of checking email and Facebook each morning, I need to open my God mail and sit in the presence of His face. I find my life sputtering and miss-firing because I have been skimping on my devotional time, reading commentaries rather than studying scripture, and rushing through prayer rather than basking in the Son.

In a low a few days ago I dug my Bible out. It was under 2 books and an alarm clock and has been there for an embarrassingly long time. (In my fleshly defense, it's so thick it hurts my wounded arm to carry it, so I've been reading on my iPhone). I opened the cover and a note page fell out. Over the past 13 years, the Lord has given me words of encouragement for my son who struggles with a benign tumor. This is the page that fell out...

Funny how the Lord works, those promises given to my son, written in my own handwriting, now spoke volumes to my heart. It was like warm healing oil washing over my heart.

Well, like my car needs more than an oil change, my soul needs more than a short encounter with a piece of paper. I need a tune up spiritually. So I'm off to dig back into the word. I expect I have a few filters to swap out. I've been watching too much TV lately. I know I need new spark plugs. My body needs more exercise. To me, not much is sweeter than prayer walking.

I'd encourage you to take a good look at your own spiritual vehicle as well. Are you stopping by the scriptural drive thru like me? Neglecting the only One who can keep you running? Filling up on cheap substitutes; like TV?
Start your tune up today! Christians should never be stranded by the side of the road of their own lives out of neglect, Amen?

Enough for now, I gotta call Jiffy Lube and get my car serviced so I do not need to call you for a ride!

Click here for my free gift to you: An Oil Change Jumpstart

September 21, 2011

Headline: Wonder Woman Exposed!

Ah, humility.

I am reflecting about last week and I find that I am in fact a complete fool.
Don't laugh! You too may suffer from the same pride-flu that I caught at conception.

You see, I am wonder woman cloaked in a few more layers of clothing than the old TV Star. I can do everything myself, better than anyone I know. (Do you hear Him snicker?)

I injured myself over a year ago and finally had surgery last week. I find my superior, self-sufficient self bound by a cast on my dominant arm, and cannot even wiggle my fingers without pain. This is no problem for wonder woman.

I've prepped many meals and have them stored away, I found a brush/hairdryer combination for frustrating, I mean self-sufficient hair styling, and I even solved the most baffling of challenges for the one-armed modern wonder woman: bra fastening. That's right! A few athletic tank-tops with built in support make my quest for not needing help from anyone perfect. I won't need help. Yeah for me!

Did you hear the explosion?
My plan blew up in my face. Graciously, and with humor I might add, our gracious Lord allowed me to see that even Super Heroes need help.

Can you guess what happened? My pride-flu in full force had me delusional. I thought I could do it all. My "fever" led me to total stupidity. Are you ready? Pay attention, I want you to avoid the same humiliation...

I was dressing myself with my new "wonder woman tank-top". I successfully managed to get my casted arm into the proper hole and maneuver my head into the neck of the top. All I had left to do was to slip my left arm up into the shirt and then to pull everything down and into place...

"oh husband... Could you please come here?"

Husband walks into the bathroom and tries not to laugh. I am hopelessly trapped in my new tank-top. My casted-right-arm stuck in a useless right-angle and unable to reach anything helpful. My left arm was twisted and bound in a beautifully ridiculous way leaving me half covered half exposed and completely unable to move.

My husband rescued me (mades me mad because, brace your pride, "This is What he finds Irresistible") and smiles as he quickly leaves me alone to deal with my attitude.

The Lord is so good. Although my pride died a totally humiliating death that day, He allowed it to happen with my best friend and love. Although my husband would never publically reveal my stupidity, I will. In hopes that you will not fall victim to the same cruel fate as me.
(Darn. Is it me or I? Someone grab a dictionary. Mine's too heavy)

Ask for help. Ask the Lord to send it to you when you need it.
Kicker: You need to accept the help sooner than I did... or risk being trapped by your own underwear!

September 11, 2011

Standing in the Middle of the Bermuda Triangle

I was standing outside with my 13 year old last night and we literally felt like we were in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. On one side we had a huge rain storm moving toward us, behind us we had a "holy crud" level lightning storm, and directly in front of us a wild fire was licking the tops of the mountains behind our home threatening to come our way and force an evacuation. It was incredible!

My husband walked out and began praying outloud that the Lord would move the massive raincloud to downpour above the fire and squelch it's flame.

God is an amazing God. No matter what impending doom is surrounding me, He is always there; forever faithful. Now, He could have allowed the massive forces of nature to overtake us, yet He didn't.

How cool is that? Even if you find yourself in the center of the Bermuda Triangle, there is nothing to fear...