Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hiatus

Sorry for the inconsistent posting of late. The children have been out of their various schools on various days for various reasons; we have at least two major personal projects in process right now; and to top it off, it's spring in North Carolina. We must enjoy these rare glorious days of dogwoods and cool breezes before summer's mosquitos and humidity descend.

From where I'm now sitting I can see five white dogwood trees and at least six pink and red azaleas in bloom, floating above a spring green carpet of, well, sorta grass, sorta weeds. In spite of the weeds, some of which like the dandelions even augment the view, God's handiwork is stunning. Did you know he made you like a work of art, fashioned in your mother's womb? Even if you're an identical twin, there is no one else like you in the entire universe. You are awesome, so awesome He created you and He died for you and He welcomes you into His presence 24/7.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. ... All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Bloggers for Christ

I recently discovered a weekly "Christian Carnival" of blog posts. It's a compilation of highlighted posts by Christian bloggers - all linked together on one host blog's site. The host moves around week by week, giving them exposure and giving the bloggers who submit entries extra traffic as well. This week's carnival is here.

As I looked through this week's entries, I noticed one (of many) I thought you might enjoy reading. The blog is called Marginal Comments. The specific post describes the author's teenage conversion to Christ. In a column titled Just Say Yes, he addresses a similar theme to yesterday's Grace Note post about our indecisive puppy. So click on Just Say Yes and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Puppy Love

We have a 4-month-old puppy who brings our family lots of joy and a good measure of irritation. She reminds me of a book character named Chewy Louie, who chewed his way through his family’s home – literally. We do okay as long as we remember to provide what the vets call appropriate chew toys. But nobody’s perfect, and so we’ve lost our son’s favorite socks (I had no idea those grody things were so special until too late), an indoor/outdoor thermometer, a couple cookbooks and the like. No homework yet, praise God.

Recently she has been rounding up big sticks in the yard. Good girl! That's an appropriate chew toy in my book. And I’ve noticed that she suddenly cannot decide how much she likes fetching tennis balls. If I throw one for her, she’ll go after it, but tends to carry her latest stick along with her. She gets to the ball, stick in mouth, and can’t figure out what to do. Today she dropped the stick. Picked up the ball, then started to run back, but stopped. Her eyes swiveled toward the stick. She dropped the ball and edged toward the stick. Her head shifted back and forth, as she tried to make up her mind.

Aren’t we like this sometimes? We know what our Master wants but we have a hard time letting go of something we already have. Or we swivel indecisively between two alternatives and sometimes try unsuccessfully to mesh the two together. The Bible is clear that we cannot serve both God and the world. We must choose which we will follow. Trying to please both - God and the world - gets us in trouble.

Has He given you clear direction on a matter? Will you drop the stick and go after His will with determination? He is waiting to bless the one whose heart is right toward Him.

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." Matthew 6:33