Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Prayer of Passion

There seems to be no other explanation other than: God is teaching me to pray for others.

Our neighbor's wife was waiting for lung cancer to take her life within six months, but she died suddenly from a brain aneurysm on Saturday evening. We only found out last night, although I had a gut feeling on Sunday that something had happened. Did I act on this? Of course not.

How much had I been praying for her...not just a simple little “Lord, heal her body” prayer, but a deep, heart-wrenching prayer for salvation and peace. Sadly, very little.

Now, a family member may be facing a brain tumor; tests to confirm this are scheduled for tomorrow morning at 6:50. Please pray during this time. God can heal absolutely. Amazingly, this person has expressed a desire for God's will to be done and is thankful for the blessings thus far. There is not even a hint of anger.

I am speechless.

Before I heard this news, I read Jesus' prayer for himself, his disciples, and the world in John 17. The passion here is nearly audible. Jesus loved these men deeply; they were his closest friends—the ones with whom he spent the most rigorous times, yet the most joyful times. I can imagine that they shared an equal amount of tears as well as laughs together. This was his family on earth, whom he dearly loved.

Prayer is sometimes a last resort, when it should never cease in the first place.

Lord, teach me to pray with passion and fervency for Your people.

Peace of Christ to you,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cockadoodledoo to you too!

I was reminded of this story today and wanted to share it here. I hope it makes you smile!

Keagan had just learned what a rooster was and how it says, "Cockadoodledoo." Each time he would see one, he'd immediately and uncontrollably start yelling and pointing while dancing in place. We call his slick move "The Running Man."

Matt and I were eating at a restaurant with him and Fallon one day(remember this, Fallon?), and he kept turning around in his seat, yelling loudly, "Cockadoodledoo!" We couldn't figure out where the rooster was and tried to quiet him with more food, so as to spare us of further embarrassment. After he rather loudly refused to recant, I turned around and followed the path of his pointed index finger. Only it was no rooster...it was a man wearing a cowboy hat with a Kentucky waterfall mullet spilling out the back! I couldn't argue...I could see the resemblance!

Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Practical Proverbs: On Being “Teacher”

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
(Prov. 9:10).

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning”
(Prov. 9:9).

“Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray”
(Prov. 10:17).

“My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching”
(Prov. 6:20).

“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life”
(Prov. 6:23).

“...keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye”
(Prov. 7:2).

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher”
(Luke 6:40).

Okay, so that last one isn't in Proverbs, but it's one of those wise nuggets that holds much truth.
Let me explain...

I seem to think that Keagan will not emulate my actions or words that are not so good...just the ones that are righteous. Keep dreaming.

I've recently figured out just how much I say, “Oh my gosh.”

Keagan was working himself into a frenzy trying to get a box, mind you, to ride steadily on the back of a truck. An empty box. No big deal, right? Not to him. This is a Hot Wheels race track, extra long...box.

When it was looking like the world would end, he collapsed onto the floor, face down, and shrieked, “Oh no, Oh gosh!”

I nearly died. Yeah, that's what you sound like, I heard from deep down.

Note to self: Every moment is a teaching moment.

Peace of Christ to you,

All scripture taken from:
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Practical Proverbs: On Being "Mom"

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it"
(Prov. 22:6).

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him”

(Prov. 22:15).

“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart”
(Prov. 29:17).

“Whoever pampers his servant [child] from childhood will in the end find him his heir”
(Prov. 29:21).

“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die”
(Prov. 23:13).

“Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright”
(Prov. 20:11).

She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet"
(Prov. 31:21).

"Her children rise up and call her blessed..."
(Prov. 31:28a).

Lord, hide Your word in my heart, that I will have wisdom to raise up my children to love and honor You.


All scripture taken from:
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.