The invitation arrives when you least expect it, folded neatly like fresh towels still warm from the dryer and it wraps, unexpectedly, around your heart. The invitation reads something like this: Dear Mom: You are cordially invited to a party. An After Party. Your children are growing up. They’re heading out of the nest soon and all […]
It stopped me in my tracks the first time I read it. My circumstances were not particularly pleasant at that moment in time and I felt like my life was anything but good but I flipped open my bible anyway. I felt passed over, ignored, left out by God and completely alone until I read these precious words King David wrote centuries ago:
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot. The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance. Psalm 16:5-8
As I thought about what God was saying here it grasped ahold of my heart and in all these years it’s never let go. For me, this is one of my top ‘life scriptures’ and I pray it regularly because I know it’s the absolute, take-it-to-the-bank truth….
Oh what a year it’s been! Lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations. We had one of our best years ever in business and one of our most disappointing for unfaithfulness from surprising sources.
Our house was on the market for six months and didn’t sell which means we didn’t get to move to Nashville to be closer to our daughter and grandchildren. We traveled, a lot, much more than the year before and as business increased, so did our travel schedule….
I almost titled this post, “To know and not to do means not really to know” because I say all the right Christian words but I don’t always do what I know to do. Am I truly following in His footsteps, am I living to bring glory to His name, do I choose to live low and selflessly put others first, am I walking the narrow road?
I’ve noticed some things lately, trends maybe, leading me to conclude this:
We are careless.
It may not be intentional but for many of us our standards reflect the world and not the Word. As I’ve thought about this, I’ve come up with a list of ten ways we’re careless with our Christianity…
I picked the perfect hot pink polish and relaxed into the big cushy massage chair as the glorious warm water swirled about my feet. Oh sweet pedicure! What heaven to escape for an hour with a fashion magazine, solitude and an awesome leg massage!
At least it’s what I thought.Typically an anonymous Asian woman starts the water in the foot bath as I check Instagram on my phone, or answer emails or texts. It’s easy to remain distant, disconnected and disinterested in the human being who is dutifully washing my feet. Today though, I felt the Lord prompt me to engage. “Talk to her, ask her name.” I’m fully aware…