When I saw this photo of my two grandsons…my heart did a little leap and a happy dance.
Of course, I know these boys very well…and there is nothing about them that is ordinary.
Both of them are special.
From head to toe…I love them.
Which is the same way God loves you and me.
As the holidays approach…I am reminded of God’s extra-ordinary love for each of us. And no one says it with more eloquence than Max Lucado.
An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of ordinary, the night would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.
But God dances amidst the common. And that night he did a waltz…The night was ordinary no more.
I came to give life…life in all its fullness. John 10:10
I’m making it a pledge to not miss out on the splendor of this season. How about you?
And….it’s a good day for a little Max Lucado to get us started.
Speak, Lord, I am your servant and I am listening.1 Samuel 3:9
We expect God to speak through peace, but sometimes he speaks through pain…
We think we hear him in the sunrise, but he is also heard in the darkness.
We listen for him in triumph, but he speaks even more distinctly through tragedy.
After waiting for about a year, I realized another dream come true….another signed book contact!
For most people, writing (and reading) is a chore to be avoided at all costs.
I love reading.
I love writing.
But most of all, I want my words to help people.
As Max Lucado says…
“You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body.”
Amen to that!
So here’s to working hard for the next few months so that my words do make my readers stronger by giving them a boost to their soul.
Been feeling some anxiety about tomorrow or even later today?
Been wrestling with the unknowns or the weights of the world?
Been tossing and turning through the night?
Then join lots of other folks…
Here are two spiritual RX’s to help you settle down, calm down, and stay that way.
Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me.
If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules: 1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there. 2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind.
Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
Maybe you don’t want to trouble God with your hurts. After all, he’s got famines and pestilence and wars; he won’t care about my little struggles, you think. Why don’t you let him decide that? He cared enough about a wedding to provide the wine. He cared enough about Peter’s tax payment to give him a coin. He cared enough about the woman at the well to give her answers.
Author Max Lucado has just released a terrific new book on prayer…one that will encourage folks to take a completely different look at how they view prayer in general and in particular, how they can re-learn how to pray more effectively (and without all the associated guilt that comes with prayer.)
Who can say, “Amen!!!” ???
On that topic…here’s another tidbit of wisdom from Max…
He is my defender, I will not be defeated. Psalm 62:6
What does God do when we are in a bind?
…He fights for us. He steps into the ring and points us to our corner and takes over. “Remain calm; the Lord will fight for you,” Exod. 14:14
His job is to fight. Our job is to trust.
Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait.
Who can say, “Amen!!!” ???
Yes, life is an upward climb.
Doesn’t matter how old you are, how rich you are, how healthy you are…life is an upward climb…because as a good friend once reminded me long ago…there will always be people around you in need of help. Always.
So…press on…knowing that God can handle whatever troubles begin to pile on your shoulders…and you’ll be able to offer some measure of comfort to others in the midst of your own pain and hurt. Press on!!!
Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders…he’ll carry your load. Psalm 55:22
Max Lucado writes—
I wonder, how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about? We’re aware of some. He carries our sin. He carries our shame. He carries our eternal debt. But are there others? Has He lifted fears before we felt them?
Those times when we have been surprised by our own sense of peace? Could it be that Jesus has lifted our anxiety onto His shoulders and placed a yoke of kindness on ours?
Feeling bad about a bad choice you made?
Feeling sorry you didn’t speak up when you should have?
Feeling down about neglected relationships when you chose work over the people you love?
Feeling distressed about the state of the world?
And often, I ask myself, what can I do?
The answer, I know, starts with dealing rightly with myself first.
And Max Lucado, once again, says it all…
The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin. 1 John 1:7
The cleansing is not a promise for the future but a reality in the present. Let a speck of dust fall on the soul of a saint, and it is washed away. Let a spot of filth land on the heart of God’s child, and the filth is wiped away…
Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, “I can clean that if you want.”