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Friday, June 27, 2008

dynamic tension of relationship

there is a theme running thru things i read lately and coming from people i respect

beware of rules and formulas and anything that substitutes itself for the
dangerous, risky, death to self, life that looks something like this

out of a place of knowing that i am loved, i choose to do the work of abiding in His Presence,
i choose to wait for His voice, I choose to wait until i see what "Papa" is doing in any given
situation, before i act,

relationship with Him

so freeing, in the yoke,
it makes no sense
the world would say freedom is not found in a yoke
and they would be wrong again!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

thank you daddy

i was looking for a place to turn in my "parenting card" and quit yesterday
there is no harder job,
if we truly understand it, it will drive us to our knees seeking wisdom and
understanding very very often

my youngest, the one in the picture was in charge of my "teaching time" yesterday
something was occuring which caused him to scream, to make his need known,
i believe his sister was blocking his exit from the table
my "cup" was running low, and so i quickly and in anger, scooped him up and over
her and plopped him down on the floor ( i try to keep this blog open and honest)

his response was my lesson, in complete purity and innocence, he said, "thank you, daddy"
and went on his merry way, totally overlooking the fact that the "service" had been
performed in anger and not gently

O God help us, help us, when we wrongly think that something has come to us
that is too harsh too overwhelming, too much for us to handle, help us O God, to
look up and with all innoncency and trusting love, say "Thank you, Daddy"

a book i am reading uses one of the main characters to refer to God as "Papa"
i like it, i think it would benefit me and soften and make more intimate my interactions
with God, if ... from my heart... i can say "Papa"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

the touchstone

"Drugery is the touchstone of character."
thanks oswald
touchstone, the ultimate test,
do you go about your daily tasks with the attitude
"for me to live is Christ", aware of what His will
is for you in the moment, cherishing silence, valuing
speech, realizing every moment has eternal consequences
living above the average
seeing the eternal in the commonplace

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

all the difference

Psalm 11 turns on this verse
and so may it cause some of our
days to turn also

Psa 11:4
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.