Yearly Archives: 2011

The Blessings of Now

When my belly is all round and full and inhabited…. my mind isn’t.

So sorry for the silence.

I’ve longed to sit still here and let my mind park for a while on blog writing – but there’s a babe filling out my belly who seems to be taking in all of me. Including my ability to form rational, coherent thoughts 🙂

This boy – he should be here within a month. And his Mama is ready. His room isn’t. Our house isn’t. His closet isn’t. The family vehicle isn’t. His crib isn’t. But my dazed mind and heavy body – they are ready, yes 🙂

However….

The blonds and their Daddy and I went to a small, intimate little Christmas concert a few nights ago. And with the house lights down low and the band ringing out Jesus – my two little fair-haired babes lounged on my lap. With one on each leg – they reclined over my blossoming mid-section…their wombed baby brother kicking their backs the whole time.

And it hit me….”I’m holding all three of them.”

And hit again as this thought dawned – “only a few more weeks – with my few.”

“I’ll have…three?”

And the sentiment of it all….the realization….left me teary. In all of my hurrying along….in all of my wishing this boy were already here….wishing that the birth pains were over….wishing that I was back in my good jeans – I’ve neglected the gift of sharing this time with my two.

As of today….I have a leg for each bottom. A shoulder for each head. A hand for each hand. An eye for each child’s action. An ear for each child’s song. I have that right now. And I’m rushing it, wishing it – away?

Foolishness? No….immature, selfish…foolishness.

How dare I? How dare I wish away the moments with my first two loves.

And while I wallow in the fact that I’ve already wasted precious, precious moments – I’m grateful that I’ve realized it before it’s too, too late.

So in these weeks leading up to labor – Lord, help me to shift my focus. Help me to love on the loves I can wrap around and hold. Just the two of them. And all the while – prepare me…prepare us – for the addition. And as we welcome him into our home…into our hearts….let us have sweet remembrances of the few weeks leading up to no longer just being a few.

And Father….as we become a family of five….pour out Your grace on this household. The five year old…the two year old…the little one…their Daddy…and this Mama – can’t love without Love. And we can’t give of self without the Giver. And we can’t share and model and embrace and exhault and pass down joy – real joy….without realizing Jesus.

It’s perfect timing, really….

Oh God, as we count down to the birth of Christ….(and the birth of this babe burying his foot in my ribcage) – empower me to love and enjoy and embrace and realize….the gift that is coming – yes, but also the gifts that are already here:



An Event

Quiet again in these parts. Yes, yes. We have another women’s event tonight. And as always – prayers are much needed and much appreciated. May the Spirit move among us tonight and may the women in attendance gleefully receive Him! My friend, Phyllis, is doing the teaching this time. Pray for her? I hope you have a lovely weekend, friends.… Read more →

Permission to Enjoy

It’s okay to enter into the glee of things. Really. It’s alright. It’s all right. Because when we enter into the glee of things – we enter into gratefulness. He’s been whispering it lately…… “Enjoy Me.” He knows that I don’t. And He knows why. It’s the being aware of the sick and the starving and the stricken. It’s the waking… Read more →

Forgiveness Talk (Part 2 of 2)

May the Lord raise us up into women (and men!) who are known for extending grace to the world. Enjoy part 2 of my notes….and again….forgive the random messyness. ************************* Point 1: Know that forgiveness is for YOU. On many levels.    *Level 1: The obvious….He forgives you. Of it all. Yes…of it ALL. Get that.    *Level 2: It’s… Read more →

Forgiveness Talk (Part 1 of 2)

Sometimes we strangle our own selves.A tree was dying in my parent’s yard, and upon investigation….it’s very own root was wrapped around itself. All twisted and tight and blocking goodness. As the tentacle was loosened – the tree thrived and produced and lives, still.And I think about this tree – how it’s own apendage of sorts reaked havoc on it’s… Read more →

A Request for Prayer

Ah yes. Things have been quiet in my corner – in my little nook of the Internet. Here’s why: I’ve got a women’s event coming up this week. And I’m teaching on….forgiveness. Come to find out…the Lord has a lot to say on this topic. To me especially, it seems 🙂 (If you don’t want to be messed with in a… Read more →

Offended

Sometimes, we have to see it in others to see it in ourselves. The vileness of it is only considered violent when we’re the victim. Ungratefulness. Entitlement. A scoffing directed right at you. When our actions towards another are met with a shrug, a lofty grimace – it runs deep and stabs at the center of us. At the center of… Read more →

Words

When I search the scriptures of Luke, the first chapter, I see my reflection. Gabriel reveals news, marvelous news, to an old Zacharias: …the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” …he will be filled with the… Read more →

My Beloved

With one hand lifted high to heaven, and the other resting on the small of my back – he worships. With his palms he praises. With reverence and awe, he stands. And while doing this – he steadies me. This man, this God-seeker, this worshiper – wears the wedding band that matches mine. And when I see it there –… Read more →

Discipleship

A devotional I wrote for my church last week. Enjoy! Love and blessings and revelations to you all 🙂 *************** A humble heart. I truly believe that discipleship must start with a heart that exudes humbleness. Think about it. Discipleship is the process of becoming more like Christ. It is the purposed journey of the believer. It is falling into… Read more →