LIGHTS, ACTION… Huh?

28 03 2012

So when it was day six of my various electronic malfunctions, I got to thinking:  Wait… huh, day six? Yes, I know: Compared to the horrible, tragic things going on in the world today (near and far); my household electronic malaise seem quite trivial.

However, when you get up a full head of steam, finally stop procrastinating and drag out the “Pet Eradicator” (that would be the vacuum cleaner since all three pets abhor the thing-they’re now caucusing to contact the P.P.P. ~ Pet Protection Patrol on me for scaring them weekly), but the ‘Pet Eradicator’ doesn’t work… click-click, nothing.

Mumbling incoherently, I march off to do some other useful, necessary task: Make lunch for Dear Hubby and me. So okay– it’s after two o’clock, but there was all of that Emailing and E-replying and the most important of all, the E-Courtesy O.P.B. (Other People’s Blogs) to review.

Hmm, what’s that dripping sound? Why is the frozen grape juice slushy? That’s odd: Also, the turkey breast lunch meat and Provolone cheese are flavorful and room temp instead of tasteless, cold and difficult to peel off into slices… how curious.

My last coherent, normalized words that I can recall from six days ago ended with, “Want some ice in your juice, Hon?” Positioning the cup, I was prepared to do my usual juggling act of catching stray cubes that are determined to commit suicide-by-floor. Instead, however, slightly cool water came streaming out of the in-door-ice dispenser…click, click…huh?

More incoherent mumbling, as I march over to the phone to call whatshisname, you know…the repair guy from… you know; as my Dear One sits quietly munching his room temp turkey on wheat with warm grape juice; mildly interested.

Okay, maybe whatshername remembers the repair guys name so I can give him a call; I can remember her number, but my brain seems to be flickering in and out in spurts like static irritation. There is no dial tone…click, click…huh?

Okay, has the world ended? Are we ‘Left Behind?’ It’s time to turn on the TV. That’s right; you guessed it… click, click…Oforgetaboutit!

Fleetingly, I recall Blogging about “Decisions” and being responsible for making “Choices.” Yeah, right, uh huh. So I decided to sit down, finish my sandwich, drink my warm juice and say, “Thank you Jesus.” My Dear One has respiratory situations and should not be unduly stressed; that’s why he has me: I get stressed enough for a family of six (but that’s another posting).

While munching the sandwich (being room temperature really brings out the flavor-that’s so interesting), the other side of my brain is hatching a plan to get in the car and drive 2 miles next door to see if their phone lines are still working… All of us out here are connected to phone, television, satellite/Wi-Fi: Happy Bundling! Why, why did I fall for bundling? That service rep girl was so sweet, she was in college, a nice American girl with a job (in America—Hallelujah) and she found the most wonderful discounts for us… what a cute little accent from deep down South she had…aww. Now I’m bundled! Ugh!

O, I hear you snickering out there: ‘Just use your cell and call the phone company, silly goose!’ Well, Star Tech, I haven’t fulfilled that part of my to-do list, cell-battery-wise, since December or something. Okay?

Unceremoniously arriving at my neighbors, they were offline too, but wonder-of-wonders… their cell phone worked! I called the phone company (yeah, take a number whydoncha), called whatshisname the frig repair guy since I was already at whatshername’s house. She gave me a cold diet 7Up (ahhbless you my child) and allowed me to whine all over her kitchen table unencumbered.

Weary and disconnected, I returned home to Dear Hubby, dog, dog and cat (my family). Suddenly my Dear One says, “Quick, what Scripture comes to mind for this situation?” Blinking, I was amazed that, ‘NOW,’ now, of all times you want to play our little game of “Name That Scripture?” I restrained myself from replying, “Jesus wept.”

Later I couldn’t stop thinking of his question and here are just a few of the answers that the Holy Spirit floated to me when I simply sat peacefully: TV-free; PC-free and phone-free. I believe these Scriptures need no explanation. I believe my Heavenly Father wanted some quality-face-time with me and He didn’t want to be fit into my abundant E-schedule:

  • You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
  • “…because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. I John 4:4(b)
  • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…  I John 4:18 (a)
  • To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens  Ecclesiastes 3:1 –Author’s note: If you hear a faint harmonious chorus of: “Turn, turn, turn” whenever this Scripture is quoted (via the Back Door Majority) then in the voice of Jeff Foxworthy: ‘Then you might be over 50!’
  • And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive…  Matthew 21:22   (One of the Author’s favorites)

Day six, as I orchestrate comings and goings for the installation of the Frig-thingy; change the whatchamacallit on the Pet Eradicator  and chat with the  Satellite/Phone repair guy swinging precariously from a cherry picker high above my house; I smile and think of that old, lovely hymn: “Learning to Lean, I’m learning to lean; I’m learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I’ve ever seen; I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”

Be Blessed!  The Lightkeeper

 

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Along the Way

18 03 2012
"The Temptation of Christ

"The Temptation of Christ" by Liturgical artist, painter Eric Armusik http://www.ericarmusik.com

(Disciple) Greek- “Learner” Unger’s also adds, “…one who professes to have learned certain principles from another and maintains them on that other’s authority.”

Discipleship is what we do “Along the Way” as we live our life in Christ. We don’t get it perfect every day (personally, nowhere near perfect), but it’s what we strive toward by following the One who is perfect.

In Matthew chapter four, focusing on verses 1-4 where Jesus is tempted by Satan. Let’s take a look at what happens:

1.     Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2.     After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

3.     The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these  stones to become bread.”

4.     Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

That got me to thinking about accomplishing by having clear: Direction; goal(s); vision and focus. To go through life without these attributes, we (absolutely) will be…

Tempted by Satan to be:

  • Distracted from our goal.
  • Discouraged about our goal.
  • Doubt our ability to achieve our goal.
  • Doubt God’s will and love for our lives.
  • Negative regarding the reality of God’s word about His presence; His provision and His peace for our lives, our calling and our tasks in the earth.

Out there in the wilderness, Jesus showed us the way for our lives today. Jesus was tempted just like we are today to ‘throw in the towel,’ blame our Mother/Father/Others; blame the circumstances of our birth; our past and our present; get stressed and pick up the double-fudge ice cream (okay, maybe that’s T.M.I.), but you get my drift.

In today’s society, mega-bucks are made by selling us on the lie that we should ‘throw in the towel,’ blame Mom and Dad, blame the fact that we are tall, short, skinny, fat, black, white, underprivileged, too rich, or too poor. In fact, extreme time and money is spent on marketing campaigns targeting us all to ‘do’ something about it by buying their products.

Additionally, there are folks keeping secrets in the Church pews. Whenever the Minister teaches on the temptation of Christ from the book of Matthew; the secret-thinking says:  “Yeah, that’s fine for Jesus, but He’s the Son of God; I’m just me.” 

We have forgotten that Jesus’ example is for us to imitate. How do we combat the temptations of Satan, the ‘Prince of the Power-of-the-Air’ himself; when he was up against Jesus: The carpenter’s kid, born out-of-wedlock, working-class, uneducated, from a small, poor township; a young guy who was out there in the wilderness with (seemingly) no one to help Him, but all of heaven watching?  That was a big [hold your breath and lean forward] moment if ever there was one, but Jesus quoted the word of God at each and every instance of Satan’s temptation. The main lesson is that the word of God is our only winning defense against the temptations of Satan-then, now and forever.

That’s it; just the word of God-nothing else. That seems way too easy doesn’t it? However, Jesus also said regarding our being His disciple (a disciplined follower); which we are if we are Christians: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:30. Our ‘yoke’ then is the service required and our ‘burden’ is to fulfill that requirement in order to live abundantly in the earth: Take Him at His word; believe His word; apply His word to our life and speak His word about our life. That’s all folks!

However, this all calls for a basic decision; we must decide to: Hear that word, agree with that word; live that word; behave that word and speak that word in relation to our own lives and where we stand today. In fact Joshua said it best:  “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b

To bring this out further, we will be taking a look at the book of James chapter one, verse eight (8); where James declares: “A double-minded man (person) is unstable in all his ways.”

Until next time: Be Blessed! The Lightkeeper

By the way: Isn’t this a FABULOUS painting by Eric Armusik? Visit his website and see what else he’s up to.  Liturgical artist, painter Eric Armusik  http://www.ericarmusik.com

 





CAPTURING THOUGHTS

9 03 2012
Capturing Every Thought

Capturing Every Thought

“Demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  II Cor. 10:5 NIV 

So okay… Most of us admit we fall down a lot when it comes to  actually applying the above referenced Scripture, right?  What’s that? Did I see some raised eyebrows back there among you? Well, here’s another question: How well have the last 70 days been since making that New Year’s Resolution? How is Lent going? Umhmm, thought so (me too).

Be sure to read the entirety of the second letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth. His letter taught us about putting on the armour of God. Verse 5 describes what that armour empowers us to “DO” if we use it. Keep in mind that the armour isn’t againstfolks out there,” but it is to protect the Believer (us) from satan getting his hooks into us: body, soul and spirit.

We can be just like Garfield’s friend, Little Odie – out there bouncing-back and going after his goal. As Believer’s in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the advantage of being able to always seek Him through His Word so that we can train ourselves to: Think like God thinks; speak like God speaks, and do what God does.

Alright, I could hear you cheering until you got to that last one: Do what God does.” We know it’s true, but we (gulp) agree and then rarely take Him at His word; like when He said:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 NIV

Just a small side note: Notice Jesus says “anyone?” That pretty much includes YOU and me; not just Apostles or ancient folks in ancient times. Similarly, Jesus said, ‘whoever’ or ‘whosoever’ ~ depending on your Bible translation. It’s an all-inclusive pronoun. However, let’s also note that it is dependent upon some action on our part… Faith.

Sometimes it can feel lonely as we walk this ‘narrow way’, but Jesus is with us every step of the way.  Know this too, that somewhere out there I’m jumping like Odie, after my own life-butterflies… Capturing thoughts and imaginations and every high thing that would (try) to exalt itself in my mind and heart against the knowledge ~ against what is sure enough known to be true ~ in the Word of God.

Let’s say it together… Let’s get in one of those holy huddles like they do during the NFL Championship games… Let’s all put our hearts and hands together saying:

“… I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME !”                     Phil. 4:13 NIV

Now let’s get out there with our own butterfly nets and start capturing those negative thoughts, imaginations and everything the enemy of our soul throws our way in his desire to make the Word of God a lie in order to defeat our faith.

TN Lighthouse Ministries is praying for you, and  there are folks connected with this Ministry from all over the world praying for you… India, Greece, Japan, El Salvador, all over the United States of America, Canada, Africa, Brazil… the list goes on and on…

Let us lift each other in prayer as we lift up the name of the only One who died for us and lives forever; making intercession for us all: JESUS, our Lord and Savior.

To Him be Glory forever~ Amen!       Be Blessed, The Lightkeeper 








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