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Happy Dancing for God


You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they out number the grains of sand!  And when I wake up, you are still with me!    *Psalm 139:16-18

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.     *Jeremiah 1:4-5

See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.  *Isaiah 49:16

It’s Friday.  I can’t really explain it, but I woke this morning feeling completely loved.  Giddy almost.   I decided it was time to reflect on the One responsible for this joy overflowing in my heart.  Look at today’s verses and meditate on them.  Truly think about what they say.

I’ve read these scriptures many times before, but today, as I reflected on the depth of their meaning, I sat in awe.  I don’t know how many times I have sat in church and heard someone say, “God loves you.”  As a matter of fact, I hear that so often, I take it for granted.  I don’t think about what that truly means.  Let’s put this into proper perspective…… God— created every star, every galaxy, every planet, every person, every plant/mountain/rainforest, every living creature, every cell on this earth……saw YOU before you were born.  His thoughts about YOU are so great, they cannot be numbered.  YOUR name is written on the palm of His hand.  Even though this almighty, all-powerful, all encompassing God has everything ever created to care for, his thoughts about YOU are so many they are compared to grains of sand.

When I sit and really take it all in, this overwhelming love God has for me, it brings to mind another question.  This being, who loves me, thinks about me, walks with me, holds me, and has my name written on the palm of His hand…… do I love Him??  Sure I say I love God.  But do I truly LOVE God?  Do I fix my thoughts on Him?  Do I praise Him?  Do I give Him the kind of attention He gives to me?  It’s easy to get caught up in asking God for everything we need.  We call to Him and want Him to fix all the problems of our life.  Are we faithful and loyal to the Creator who loves us more than ANY person on earth?  Do we truly show Him love, thank Him for all the blessings He has given?

Today, reflect on God’s amazing, abundant love for you.  It’s so great, it’s overwhelming.  Know that as you walk through your day that God is there with you, cheering you on to do GREAT things for Him.  You are not alone.  When things go wrong, He is there to pick you up.  He is there to comfort you in times of trouble.  His thoughts are on YOU.  He loves YOU.   It makes me wanna sing and dance!  Today REJOICE over God.  PRAISE Him for His mighty love.   Go out into the world today and get your happy dance on for God!!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Hey, Momma


Tomorrow morning I will drive to Houston to pick up the baby boy.  Well, he’s not really a baby anymore.  He is almost a junior in college… and he’s actually the second baby boy of five.  This is the same baby boy that kept me up virtually every night for the first two years of his life screaming in my ear.  The only way that kid could sleep is on my shoulder with me sitting straight up in a rocking chair.  I remember me worrying if I was bonding properly with him, did I give him enough love?  Did I show him enough attention?  Would I survive him screaming at me for the first years of his life?

The same kid who was obsessed with Barney….then by the time he was two, it was Batman.  For years, he wore black rubber boots, his batman mask and cape to Wal-mart and everywhere else I would let him.  That obsession stuck.  He still LOVES Batman.  He is something else, that boy of mine.

When I was going through my divorce, he would ask me if we could afford to pick up a pizza on Friday night….worried that his mom was not adhering to a budget.  He was six then.  He still worries about his mom sticking to budget!  I guess it was about the same time he started calculating mpg for my car (something I wasn’t the least bit concerned about at the time) and comparing gas prices.  I honestly don’t know how he came here being so responsible.  It is something I’ve had to acquire over the years.  He has it natural.

He has a quietness about him.  You’re not sure what he’s thinking.  That can worry you sometimes.  It worried me a lot.  I remember worrying myself over his salvation.  Oh, he had professed his faith and followed in baptism.  But he was so quiet, so guarded in his emotions, I just wasn’t convinced.  As he entered into his teen years, he became much more social.  He is successful in everything he does.  He shares with me, I guess like a daughter might if I had one.

This past summer, I talked him into going with the youth to church camp.  He is an awesome kid but he had begun to be drawn in to the party scene.  I was worried.   Through some strange events that could only be attributed to God, he ended up going to camp.  It changed his life.  No, really, it did.  That sweet boy of mine is on fire for God unlike any teen I’ve seen. We moved him into his dorm at University of Houston last month.  I was so worried he would let that zeal he had for God fade.  Forget about his experience at camp and go back to his old life.  I carried his Bible up to his room and placed it in a spot he was sure to see.  Cause, you know, I am all powerful like that.  Me placing that Bible there was gonna be what made the difference.  Pshh.

How little faith I have in the Almighty sometimes.  That baby boy of mine called me tonight to tell me he is really struggling with going into full time ministry.  God is snickering at me right now I’m sure.  It seems He is still in control and has been all along.  This sweet kid with such a rocky start to life… we bonded just fine.  Tomorrow I will go pick him up so he can visit for the weekend.  I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to hearing ,

“Hey, momma.”

and getting a big hug from ONE of the sweetest baby boys God put on this earth.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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