Friday, May 9, 2014

Today Is The Day

Photo by Leif Abel

Several weekends ago, a man from our church approached Leif and I after the service telling us "Today is the Day" - he wasn't sure exactly what it pertained to, but urged us to just bring it before The Lord and ask what exactly He wanted to show us in that word. 
Off and on, that day, Leif and I brought it up together in prayer and weren't really hearing anything. Both of our first thoughts were about the baby.... but it was a little early for him to come that day- so that couldn't be it. Our second thoughts were both about his job... but weren't sure what about it exactly. That night I lay in bed and felt like a kid who didn't get what they wanted for Christmas. Kind of let down. I lay there really bummed and asked the Lord what the deal was? I thought something was going to happen today- but nothing did. I don't get it.  

He responded, I could feel His smile...

I did do something today. I planted the seed of expectancy in your hearts. You lived today like no other day. You both lived it with the expectancy that something big was about to go down. That's how I want you to live every day. I want you to wake up and expect me to move, expect me to use you, expect STUFF to HAPPEN! Because I do move everyday, but your eyes just aren't open to see it all the time. 

I LOVE that! I want to do that every morning.... because I've found it drastically changes my day. When I live with eyes wide open.... with baited breath.... I see the ripples in the water, I see the hand of God in little and big ways. And I am amazed. 

Today is the day
I will be used by you
That I will be poured out and you will pour in

Today is the day 
that you will move mountains
that my petitions will be heard
and boulders will be moved

Today is the day
Your children will be healed and made whole
Use me today and everyday 
to leave your handprint on their hearts

Today is the day
Relationships will be made whole
families restored
hurts healed- no offenses taken

Today is the day 
that you walk upon this land
as I reach out, we partner in creation
we join hands

Today is the day 
Let me walk in thoughtful expectancy
Looking out- help my eyes to see
Remind me that everyday- miracles are in your plan

I hope this changes how you see today, and tomorrow and every day.  Be excited! HE is moving! 


Friday, May 2, 2014

measuring cups

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)

This past Sunday, our pastor talked about this verse and unfortunately, most of the time I walk out of there saying, "Oooh, that was so good" and then by Wednesday, I really couldn't tell you what the topic of last week's sermon was. I love it though, when the Lord takes it and follows me around with it throughout the week, as if to say, "I don't think you really got this... let's review..." :)  

As I look out the big picture window in our living room from the couch in the mornings, coffee in hand, mist lifting from the water... I see this planter that my parents gave me a couple of years ago (that I have yet to plant anything in....). That verse (Luke 6:38) keeps running through my mind. It speaks of generosity, but it also offers a challenge. Do you ever read a verse that maybe you've read too much? A lot of us have been raised in the church and just fade out when we get to a verse that we know and just breeze over it... Oh, I've already read this one... "Give and it shall be...... hmmmm hmmm hmmm.... something.... measured to you."  Sounds like Charlie Brown's parents in the Peanuts. :) 

But really read it with me. Give and It shall be given to you. As we mimic  Him in His generosity- He aches to bless us in return. (only a fraction of what HE does...) But then he goes on to specify what kind of giving he's talking about." A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over" I asked the Lord this week what that meant- I've definitely faded out in that part. I didn't get it. But He gave me a picture of this cup (picture above). You know in a recipe when it's calling for brown sugar and it says something about a packed cup of brown sugar? That's what this means. When you give- don't just give a cup. Make sure it's a good quality form of measurement, pack it down, then shake it down- so you can get more in and that it's running over! That blows my conception of generosity out of the water! 

Next, He talks about the size of your "generosity measuring cup" - if you will. "For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." If I told you I was going to give you a scoop of something... your favorite food, gold coins..... whatever. What kind of scoop would you be hoping I'm going to use to measure it out? I know I'd like to be using that big blue cup in the picture as the scoop as opposed to a teaspoon!! 

So, as I sit here looking at that cup- He reminds me how he wants me to give. That excites me. It doesn't even make me think of the whole "give 'till it hurts thing" I picked up somewhere, which just doesn't sound like a lot of fun. He wants me to use that big ol' mug to measure out my generosity. He wants me to pack it down, shake it down and fill it until it runs all over the table... and then give. THEN He says he's going to take the same size measuring cup (that big ol' mug) and use that as the "generosity measuring cup" that he's going to give back to you... packed down, shaken down and running all over the table.... Cool stuff, eh? 

Have a blessed Friday! Thanks for letting me share a bit of what's been on my heart this week... other than thinking about having our baby join us in around a month now! WOHOO! Cool things the Lord is doing in preparing my heart for that time with Him in labour... He's wooing me and calling me away with Him to prepare me (Hosea 2:14,15)! Would love your prayers this month as we're getting ready for this exciting season!