Saturday, August 29, 2009

Speak to us--Spiritual Sunday



This week the staff at my church gathered for a two-day fall retreat. It was rejuvenating for my soul and the worship was wonderful. It is amazing when we seek God’s presence together through prayer and song. Our worship pastor open the worship time with a new song, Speak to us, it was beautiful.

I would like to share the lyrics with you for this Spiritual Sunday post. I am sorry that I could not find the song on-line to share the audio with you. The words written speak cries of the heart for each of us identify with. Following the worship song, are a few thoughts from Scripture on hearing from God.

Speak to us

What do you want from our lives? We need to know
O Lord, speak to us
Where would you want us to go for your glory?
O Lord, speak to us

For the lost and lonely people we meet each day
O Lord, speak to us
Give us the words to say, and help us listen
O Lord, speak to us

We hear the sounds of a thousands voices
The world calling our name
Remind us that you came to redeem us
O Lord, speak to us

So when we kneel before you to seek your will
O Lord, speak to us
And make our hearts still—in your presence
O Lord, speak to us

What do you want from our lives? We need to know
O Lord, speak to us
Where would you have us go for your glory?
O Lord, speak to us
O Lord, speak to us

For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it. (Job 33:13)

The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. (Psalm 50:1)

"Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. (Psalm 50:7)

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kingdom Dream Keepers

After supper tonight, I crashed! I usually do not come home from work tried, but today from having an all day staff retreat, the release from having a paper to write, and being free for the next seven weeks, I fell asleep. It was good for my soul!

I sent my last paper off yesterday to my professor. I am posting a few thoughts from my paper titled, Ethical Issues Concerning Privacy in Care Homes. One is a quote, and the other is a short thought from a book I am currently reading.

I enjoy comments!

“Our society must make it right and possible
for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them,
for the test of civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”

Pearl Buck, My Several Worlds

"God calls his people to be keepers of the kingdom," as Albert Haase writes in his book, “Living the Lord’s Prayer.” To be a keeper of the kingdom, we need to be people who keep the dream of God alive even when memories are slipping into hidden places of the mind.

As a minister of the Gospel it is my call/ministry to remind those to whom I minister, about the love God. Kingdom keepers pray the kingdom of God to come, into places like care homes, and as they enter they are to plant seeds of peace, love, and justice.

God’s people are called to be constantly aware of his love, loving others no matter what situation they are in or lifestyle they choose, and they are to be totally surrendered to the present, walking in peace and love.

These are characteristics of kingdom dream keepers. One more thing...I really like the thought of being a kingdom dream keeper! I need to write more on this topic.

Pax Robin

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Overdrive or Simiplicity


“They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off.”
Psalm 118:12

Today in our world daily life seems to be on overdrive. I am sure almost everyone who reads this post will totally agree and understand. When I decided to take up Cliff’s invitation to add a short devotional to Spiritual Sundays, I did not consider it would cause me to enter into another spiritual warfare with a swarm of bees. I seem to enter this place often! I know, I am still learning how to say, "No."

Life a few days ago was full, but manageable. However, today numerous pulls of busyness came at me like a swarm of nettlesome bees. What I need to remember is to remain in Christ when the bees of spiritual warfare surround me.

Spending time in God’s word and prayer is a daily commitment I must keep for health and peace. By being constant in my spiritual life and focused on Christ, I am able to still and silence the daily demands that bring arduous thoughts of confusion to my mind and anxious fear to my heart. Simplicity has been a goal this summer and I am learning to enter it, moment by moment.

When overdrive takes rule in my life, my focus needs to be: "Remain in Christ." A promise Jesus spoke forth in John 15:4 that I have claimed: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” Also, the writer from Psalm 118 reminds us that in the name of Christ we have the authority to silence all of the bees in this world. When I remain focused on Christ it is easier to say, "No."

What are the bees (demands) in your life that are taking away your focus on Christ and sending you into a life that is on overdrive? Will you choose today simplicity in Christ or overdrive with the bees?

Father, thank you that when I remain in your word, and seek your direction through prayer I am able to silence the anxious feelings and thoughts that swarm around me from the numerous demands in my life. Thank for teaching me to remain in Christ no matter what may come my way in a day. Jesus it is in your name we pray. Amen.

Thank you Cliff and Charlotte
for the invitation to write a spiritual thought for Sunday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

We Belong to You



Lately, I have been trying not to post others words, however, today I changed my mind!

I was longing to enter into worship and to know my God in a deeper way. The first thought I had was to go and listen to music at Spirit and Song. In my journey of listening to various worship songs, I found this song "We Belong to You" by Trevor Thompson.

I must say this song pours forth my heart desire: That as a community of people who follow Christ we will awake each day saying, "Lord God, Father in Heaven, we/I belong to you." These words are going into my journal.

I have attached the link please do listen and perhaps as I did you will join in and sing letting these words become your own.

We Belong to You
Lyrics

Refrain
We belong to you, O Lord of our longing,
We belong to you.
In our daily living, dying and rising
We belong to you.

1. In the waters of your mercy,
When the old becomes the new,
Souls united in the myst'ry:
We belong to you.

2. Filled with gifts and filled with goodness,
Spirit breathing life into
All who seek to find their purpose:
We belong to you.

3. When we share the bread you’ve broken
With the many and the few,
We are blessed and we are broken;
We belong to you.

4. We are called to share your word, Lord,
In all we say and all we do.
As our journey moves us onward,
We belong to you.

Love to all
Robin

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rainbow

I am not sure if I prefer a rainy summer or a summer of drought. This year on/in the Northern Prairies rain has been abundantly released! It has rained non-stop for the last three days, craziness.

The bonus:

My flowers are huge! However, because of the wet weather they are just starting to bloom and it is August.


And there has been some amazing declarations of God's goodness towards us displayed in the heavens. Following are a few pictures (which are not the greatest, but will show the awesomeness of God's greatness) and verses on what God's word has to say about rainbows:

Genesis 9:13--"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth."

Genesis 9:16--"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

Ezekiel 1:28--"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking."

Revelation 4:3--"And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne."

Revelation 10:1--"Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars."

I am back from my week at the lake, which was incredible! My husband and I have been married 27 years, and this is the first time we had no children with us, or a mission. All we had to do was enjoy the sun, which by the way lasted right until we came home on Friday.

We were truly blessed by the warm weather, finding rest in God, and being in each others company.

I now enter fall mode...and summer still has not fully arrived on the Prairies...go figure!

With Love
Robin

P.S. Life without internet is/was wonderful!

However, unlike the television it won't be a habit I can forget or get rid of completely. Moderation is the key!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Choices


Over the last three years, my youngest son has been contemplating enlisting into the Royal Canadian Army. He is now twenty, and decided this summer it was time. We just received a call today that he will be starting his training at the end of September. This means he will be going to Ontario and leaving home for about three years.

As a mom, I am trying to be brave (not showing to much emotion) and encouraging (not saying to much concerning how I really feel.) My husband is being strong and encouraging with his counsel. It is terribly hard sometimes to let your children make choices for their lives that are contrary to what you want for them. I believe, God is in control of my son's life, and this decision will be for God's glory.

One more thought in closing: Over the last few years I have felt a need to either write prayers in a book to share with others or to start a prayer blog. I am not alone in this heart passion. I personally had kept a hard prayer journal for 12 years. I have added a link to my new blog dedicated to prayer and God's word (Feeding a Hungry Soul.) On that site there are other links to friends blogs who have a similar heart call. If you have a prayer blog please let me know and I will add it to the link.

Love Robin


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Whale or Mermaid



I have never posted one of those emails that come from friends into my in box, but this one is too good to not post. I do not know who wrote it, but they must have been middle aged. I am not a mermaid and never will be, so I will be happy being a whale! The world does have a pull that tells us to be loved we need to be skinny. NOT! My God and my husband love me just the way I am. If I do become slimmer it will be for health not for image.

I have been blessed with many wonderful experiences in life, and I am grateful for each one. Tonight, I visited my now five week old grandson, he is beautiful and a treasure! With his birth I have a new weekly appointment, my goal is to visit him weekly.

I would enjoy reading comments.



Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It read:

THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern;

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life; they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am.”

Monday, August 03, 2009

A Brain Vacation


July was an extremely crazy, out of control month in my world. With the arrival of a new grandbaby, company, visiting patients in the hospital, deadlines both at work, and academically, I hit a period of needing to pull back. I was asked in a comment last week, “Where are you.” Well, I was hiding. Thank you Sojourner for asking.

My brain decided to take a holiday from the numerous stressors that had build up before, and within the month of July. With this vacation of the brain, the creative process that I needed to write on the blog went completely on hold. Even reading has been an interesting experience, I just could not comprehend what I was trying to understand. Try reading a 600 page Theological book when you are in this place of numbness. I told my husband yesterday, my brain just does not want to click into motion to catch the creative sparrows that flutter around within my mind.

Yesterday, while writing I felt like the imaginative thoughts were flying so fast, yet I just could not catch them to make sense of what needed to be written. With my brain vacation experience, I had the chance to reevaluate what is important and what things need to be completed or released in my life.

I have come to one conclusion: Christ needs to come first, which means more time in God’s word and prayer. If I am feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities, I than need to remember this is a signal it is time to reevaluate my commitments. In the fall, all new ministries and responsibilities will need to be in alignment with bringing balance (time with Christ) not craziness. Changes are coming to my fall schedule.

Blogging for me has been a joy, and brings balance. It is wonderful to meet people from all over the world and to touch others by sharing our life journeys. I am here, just quiet and learning by spending more time at the feet of Jesus. Simplicity is my desire.

I have been writing three daily hard copy pages in my journal, so there are great thoughts to go back to when the time is right. Oh, I need to say that some pages are full with, "How will I ever write three pages?" or "God help me, I have nothing to write."

I will be slow at writing on the blog over the next few weeks, I am still completing over due papers, then Murray and I will be going north to hide from all responsibilities for a week. We both need to turn off the noise.

I have a confession: I seem to be addicted to the craziness of life, and making life simpler is not easy.

Has your life felt overwhelming with responsibilities? How have you taken a break this summer and in what ways are you making life simpler?

Heart Prayer: Jesus you call us to come, follow you, and to experience life the way you desire for us to live. For each person who is reading this post help them to draw near to you and to experience rest for their soul by spending time with you. Thank you that your way is easy and light. Reveal to us what needs to be completed or released from our life. Thank you for these thoughts and the ability to write them down. Jesus I love you and in your name I pray. Amen.

Matthew 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Love to all, Robin