Saturday, May 12, 2012

We were meant to be the moon.

The sun blazes. Its impact is seen and felt every day. Even on a cloudy day it gives light and warmth. But the sun is burning out. One day it will collapse upon itself and become a black hole.

I tried to be the sun once; it nearly killed me. I was a “good christian.” Not a fake christian, either; a true believer. My intentions were as right as they could be. In trying to be the sun (all things to all people) I burned out, collapsed upon myself and tried to draw others into the density. All because I was not meant to be the sun. Neither are you.

We were meant to be the moon.

As I child, my mother explained to me the face of the man-in-the-moon. She made the moon friendly and comforting – always there in the dark if I needed a light to see by. As I grew older, I discovered that the moon moves in cycles. While it always reflects the sun’s light, I can’t always see it. I also learned there really isn’t a man-in-the-moon.

The moon is a rock. Just a holey, dusty rock. Nothing magical or supernatural. Yet the moon’s impact on the earth is profound. The moon is vital to earth’s life. Her orbit, gravity, tidal patterns…even her weather depends on the moon’s presence. In the dark night, if we can find the moon, we can find our way.

Yet all the moon does is keep its face turned toward the sun, reflecting its light and completing its appointed rounds as determined by its Creator.

We are meant to be the moon.

We are meant to be steadfast and solid – just-a-rock – affecting our world simply by our presence. We may not see the “tide” turn or the “orbits” continue on the correct path, but our presence is an influence by those seeking purpose and direction. We may not know that we are stability in a constantly changing world, but as “just-a-rock”we provide strength for those in need. We may not realize that we are shelter in the storm, but our constancy covers others as they seek safety.

When others are lost in the dark, we are meant to be the face that reflects a greater light.

We are meant to be the moon.

Our purpose is to BE WHERE WE ARE, trusting that God knows we're there, trusting that He has placed us right where we need to be. And as we turn our faces toward the Son, reflecting His light, we will impact our environment according to His plan.

We are meant to be the moon.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Ref: Luke 1

“Zechariah, I am too old for this! My feet ache, my back aches, even my aches ache. And I’m tired, so tired. Plus, I haven’t got everything ready for this kid.” Zechariah, of course, said nothing. He still had three months to go before “his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak, praising God.”

Of course, I’m referring to Elizabeth & Zechariah, the parents of John (who became the Baptizer.) I don’t know for sure if Elizabeth complained about being pregnant, old, achy, tired and busy, but I do know that I probably would have. And maybe you would have, too. Sometimes life is like that.

But then Mary shows up.
Mary – who is young, scared and a virgin mother;
Mary – who tells Zechariah and Elizabeth a tale of a shining angel and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge that there is new life growing in her womb;
Mary – carrying NEW LIFE for every person who ever believed in the coming Messiah and who would ever believe in a Savior.

Elizabeth’s aches were set aside, her husband’s silence forgotten, her seclusion ended – the only reminder of her own situation was when “the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” She began at that moment to minister to her niece. Elizabeth pronounced blessings on Mary; she rejoiced, encouraged, and affirmed Mary. They glorified God together.

And Elizabeth let Mary stay a while, resting and marveling at the wonder of God. Sometimes, God calls us to let go of ourselves long enough to hold someone else.

So, even if you don’t wear diamonds to do the dusting (tables or cakes) or you’re your life isn’t perfect (whose life is?) you can still practice hospitality – give what you can, reach out, and value others.

That’s really what hospitality is all about.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Ref: 1 Samuel 25

Remember Abigail? “Intelligent and beautiful, but her husband [Nabal] was surly and mean in his dealings.”

When David’s men came to him and asked for provisions, Nabal was insulting, stingy and just plain rude.

“One of the servants told Abigail: “David sent messengers from the desert to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. Yet these men were good to us…the whole time we were out in the fields near them…they were a [protective] wall around us all the time we were herding our sheep.” Abigail lost no time. She took [food and drink] and loaded them on donkeys.” Then she went to meet David herself.

There’s a lot more to the story than this, but the point here is that sometimes you have to show hospitality away from your own home. There may be some circumstance in your family that doesn’t allow you to have others come in, but you can always reach out. It can be as easy as sharing a table with other shoppers at the Costco cafeteria or helping a little kid reach the drinking fountain.

Now you may not end up being the king’s next wife, but God will honor your efforts at hospitality by blessing you.

Saturday, January 1, 2011



When she looked in her cupboards, they were bare except for ‘handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.’

When Elijah asked her for a little water and a piece of bread, the Sidonian widow was afraid to share the last of her food. She needed it to feed her son the last meal she thought she’d ever feed him. There was no hope for more – the entire country was being consumed by drought and famine.

She voiced her fears to Elijah, who said, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and you son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah told her. There was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

When we say, “But I don’t have enough,” God says, “That’s okay, use it what you have and I’ll supply all you need.”

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Okay, I admit it! I’m not the Suzy Homemaker type. I barely know the difference between a colander and a custard. Did you know that dusting can mean putting something on something OR taking something off something? You dust the coffee table – you dust the coffee cake. No wonder I’m confused.

I don’t really have any excuses for not being more domestic, either. We live in a world where appliances do all the hard work for us. The grocery store has food – it’s not like we have to plant and harvest it ourselves. I just don’t really enjoy it very much. I love the results, but getting there is not fun for me.

However, my friends still hang out at my house occasionally; my kids (when they lived at home as teens) invited their friends over and nobody got sick; and I’ve even been known to host an occasional Tupperware® party. I guess I’m somewhat hospitable, but I’m sure there’s room for improvement.

Hospitality is important to God. After all, He’s in heaven preparing a home and a banquet for us. He wants us to practice hospitality here as well. Romans 12:13b says it plainly: “Practice hospitality.” Over the next three days, I want to introduce you to three women who were hospitable in ttheir own ways.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bible Reading Challenge

Yesterday I met with three of my girlfriends to touch base and pray. We talked about the changes we'd like to see in our spiritual lives in 2011. One thing we all mentioned is that we'd like to be reading our Bibles more.

Excuses I've heard - and used myself - for not reading the Bible:
I don't have time - my schedule is too busy.
I need sleep - my body and mind is too tired.
I don't understand what I read - the Bible is too

The word of God changes us. I was a christian for over 12 years before I started reading my Bible regularly. It wasn't until that time that I started to really understand who Jesus is and how He loves me. I learned that I must not let the "tyranny of the urgent" crowd out what is really important.

The priorities of life become clearer and I was able to let go of the assumptions, expectations and obligations that really weren't worth my time and effort.

Rest and refreshing came when I spent time reading and meditating on the Bible. I slept better and became a more cheerful and positive person. Even if this was the only benefit, it was worth it.

The more I read the Bible, the more I was able to make connections between the Old and New Testaments. I learned to understand and apply the principles outlined there. It became less complicated and more cohesive. I came to understand how important context is and how the contradictions I thought I saw weren't really contradictions at all. I also learned that Jesus loves me unconditionally, and without restraint. His promises are for me.

AND...they are for you. But you won't know what they are unless you read your Bible regularly.

A Challenge: Read Your Bible Every Day For A Month
(Get a translation you understand. I use the New International Version (NIV))

Go to for a Bible Reading Plan. I suggest choosing a New Testament one to start.

Keep a notebook with your insights, thoughts and questions. I'd like to know what changes occur after reading every day for one month and I'd like to know if you plan to keep reading.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry CHRISTmas!

Today I choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He is my God, my King, my Lord, my

Savior, my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my Friend, my Brother, my Husband, my Father, my Peace, my Hope, my Joy...He is EVERYTHING to me!

I am so very, very grateful for His grace and mercy. For His choice to come to earth and make Himself subject to my situation (human-ness), so that eventually I can be 'subject' to His situation (heaven.) For His sacrifice (death on the cross) for me so I can sacrifice for Him (give my life.) For His good plans for me, for a hope and a future. He has made the way. I declare today that I trust Him with my life, my heart, my family and friends.

Mere words cannot express my love for Him. My heart is full.

Thank you, My Jesus, for loving me so. It's amazing and wonderful and more than I could ever express in human words. I love you, My Jesus.