Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Flight to San Francisco...

       4:45 am, my alarm started blaring in my ear jolting me from my precious little sleep I was trying to catch... jumping outta bed with a start and one of those sinking feelings that your late for something, even though you don't know what. I scrambled around the room racking my brain for anything I might have forgot and stuffing last minute odds and ends into my carry-on! I grabbed my two bags and my brain {cell phone} and dashed for the car... 30 min later I find myself standing in a security line yanking off my belt, shoes and anything else that looks suspicious to the TSA . I take a moment to look and survey my surroundings... bustle and hustle, people everywhere, someone could easily compare it to organized chaos.
        It was one of those moment when the world seemed to be twirling around you. It was then, she caught my eye, she had long soft hair and big brown eyes! She probably wasn't older than 6, she didn't look tired or cranky, she didn't look like she was in a hurry, she was excited. She had a big smile that lit up her face from ear to ear and as she stood in the security line with her parents and sister, she seemed at peace. More than likely, she didn't fully understand where she was going, how she would get there or even who would provide for the necessary components of her flight... the truth is she probably didn't even care! She was excited! She was going on trip and had full confidence  that all her needs would be met.
        Then it hit me, that's exactly what God wants us to be like with Him. The essence of child like faith. Belief and trust in divine providence with joy and enthusiasm. Truly stated, " the more you know, the more you care". Childlike faith is easier seen than performed. And yet that is the only way to Jesus Christ, in the midst of failure, doubt and discouragement. A faith that holds and weathers it, with excitement to see what He has for us in the coming future.
        "Next" ! The words jolted me back into reality and got my feet moving in the direction of the scanners, I watched as she serenely placed her jacket and purse in a tray and waltzed through security to her fate on the other side. I will more than likely never see that girl again in this life, but, the thoughts will go on in my head and I hope to apply that same serene trust and faith on my journey and walk with Jesus, even in moments of chaos.

"Wherever you are, be all there."

Psalm 37:3-7

Sunday, June 10, 2012

At the foot of the Smoky's ~

        The first thing that hits you is the fresh air... no smog, pollution or rancid smell of rain and rubbish. early morning sunrises are often obscured by the thick pine trees that grow along the sides of the hills, not by tall buildings or factories. You can hear birds often singing before the first light ever touches the countryside, not the sounds of cars and garbage trucks jarring you from your sleep. Water can be heard quickly moving to it's destination somewhere down, down, down in the valley's gulches giving life to everything it touches... all is calm at the foot of the Smoky's.
        At times it's worse then others but I found myself wondering why... I love the country, wide open spaces and fresh clean air, pickup trucks, clean running streams and trees. And reality sets in. I live in one of the biggest cities of america where I see new faces everyday, can hardly find a place alone and cool clean and refreshing seem to be far far away. It's amazing to me the work that the Lord will do in your heart and the places that he will take you as you learn to yield and trust.
        I was grateful for the week that I was able to spend with my family in TN, I also spent a good majority of time with the Bates family. gilbatesfamily.com .  They blessed me and my family in amazing ways...they really know how to pack activities into a week. From whitewater rafting to playing volleyball, we lived life to the fullest. I was encouraged by the Bates in so many ways, how their family works together and all that is accomplished for the Lord. I pray that they will continue to show others how to live a transparent life and be an example of Christ to others even in a world that dying without him.
        I wish I had the time to tell all of what went on, but God is faithful, even in the midst of personal failures and time of struggle, God sends people and situations along to encourages us in our walks with him. I need him so much, everyday I'm seeing how I can't do it on my own and that it's by His strength that we can stand victorious.

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man 
You are high and lifted up; that all the world will praise your great name

-7homas  <><
Psalm 37:3-7

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Then there was the Nashville Conference...

Don't get me wrong but ... traveling different places and seeing different people is exciting as well as draining at times. Distant serene an peaceful places of solitude come to mind amidst a crazy conference full of people and places packed with human life forms. Even Jesus escaped the crouds to be alone with just him, creation and the father. I felt a little crowded this week and mixed with allot of different emotions. Even through it all, God was faithfull. The conference was a success and families were touched and changed. And even though we may be tired... we stand victorious in Christ. God has reminded of one imporant truth during this conference ... realationships is all that life is about... your relationshipwith God first and foremost and then your relationship with others... learn to take care of them and you will understand the importance of life.

Psalm 37:3-7