2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: July 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Morning Walk

The early morning dew glistened on the field as the woman and her puppy strolled along the road. Birds twittered. An occasional dove sang to its mate. Peace and harmony reigned supreme. The woman glanced to her left. In the recently mowed field two black cats sat patiently in wait for their prey. Neither looked at the other. Distance and posture allowed them to focus on their specific area. The puppy stopped to sniff the ground. The woman watched the cats, bemused by their intent focus. 

When the puppy decided to move on, the woman was startled to find a white cat sitting on the fence watching her. The woman had been so focused beyond the fence to the cats in the field that she’d missed the cat who only sat a few feet from her.

Sometimes we are like that in our lives. We look to the future so far ahead of where we are, that we don’t see what is going on around us at this very moment. We’re taught from childhood to think about what we will do when we grow up. When we grow up, we must set goals and work towards them. We’re always focused on the next turn in the road, never in the here and now. So often I’ve heard older folks say how they regretted what they had taken for granted and missed out because they were focused on the future.

Do you walk in the moment? Would you like to walk in the moment? Do you allow God to be in each moment? If not, why not? I’d love to chat with you about that or anything else yo
u might have on your mind.

Friday, July 18, 2014

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

Who was Will Rogers? The following quote was taken from a review of the book, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers.

       Will Rogers was America. Part Cherokee Indian and former cowboy, he captivated audiences around  the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks.
      A simple, plain-spoken man, he was the voice of a nation during the '20s and '30s. Movie star, vaudeville headliner, radio commentator, his views and observations were syndicated daily and weekly in  over 600 newspapers across the country.

Will Rogers was born in the late 1800’s. He became known as the Cowboy Philosopher as he gained fame traveling the world in different Wild West shows and then to Vaudeville where his homilies became more famous than his rope tricks. People identified with him during the depression where nothing but doom and gloom permeated their lives.

Today, is no different than then. Everywhere we look, there is gloom; and a sense of fear grips the world. But if we take what Mr. Rogers said to heart and look forward and not backwards, life can be enjoyed.

The Bible states in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”

A truth about God is stated. The word ‘therefore’ is used to tell what our course of action will be. You noticed I didn’t say ‘should be’. ‘Will’ is an act of doing; we’ve made up our mind to do something. In this case; we will not fear.

We can decide to worry about yesterday and the past events. We can worry about what will be coming in the next few days, months, years…or we can put our trust in God for today and keep our eyes, heart and mind on Him.

Who do you put your trust in?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Regaining our Strength

“But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.”   Isaiah 40:31   The Voice

This is one of my favorite verses to meditate on when I’m feeling burned out. “The Voice” words this a little different from the NIV or NAS. The meaning isn’t changed but it’s the use of a certain word that help me to understand the verse better. That word is ‘regain’. Those who ‘trust’ God can regain their strength. But how do we do that? We do it by trusting God. The NAS says ‘those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Trusting and waiting on God are similar. One must have confidence in order to trust. Waiting means there is an expectation that something will happen.

Trusting and waiting is never easy. However, it’s an important aspect of our journey with God.

The few verses before verse 30 says this about God:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might He increases power.  Isaiah 40: 28-29 NAS

God’s Word gives us the assurance that we need to continue with Him. Do you need reassurance in your life? We all do at times. Search God’s Word and seek out those who can help you in your quest. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacations take us away from our daily routine. This is a good thing. It allows us to recharge our batteries. You may have noticed I have not written a blog for the last few weeks. That’s because I was on vacation. We had a family member graduate from medical school and then marry his fiancĂ©e the next day. This brought family together from all over the United States to Des Moines, IA and was a fantastic time of celebrating both achievement and moving into a new phase of life.

I’m on a mission board which meets once a year and it just so happened that the following weekend my meeting would occur in Ft. Myers, FL, so rather than travel back and forth, we chose to drive from Des Moines, IA to Ft. Myers, FL. This way we were able to see some of the countryside as well. Our first night on the road had us in Hannibal, MO. Now if you are a fan of Mark Twain, you will know that this was his home town and his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are set in that area. The next night found us in Nashville, TN. We visited the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry began. As a child, our family watched it on our black and white TV. I’m not sure my sister or I were very impressed with the musicians back in the day but now it’s a nostalgia kind of thing. My husband and I spent a lot of time remembering some of the famous people who performed on the stage behind us.

We finally arrived in Ft. Myers where I met up with our board members and had our meeting. Once we were finished there, we traveled to the east side of Florida to visit with another family member for a few more days before flying home.

The sights and sounds of this trip will linger with us for a long time and the memories made will last a lifetime.

Have you gone on a vacation that exceeded your expectations? Are you going on a vacation this summer? I’d love to hear what you experienced.