Friday, September 24, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

Caleb is afraid of dogs. He used to love them.

One day while playing a dog snapped at him and ever since, he wants nothing to do with them.

At grandma's house, there is an outside dog and that dog will chase and jump all over you.

One day while we were visiting, the dog started running after Caleb and trying to jump all over him.

What did Caleb do? He took off for Daddy. He jumped in my arms with tears rolling down his face.

At that moment, no dog in the world was going to mess with my boy.

His weakness was met with my strength.

Psalm 5: 1-2 says, "Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray."

The enemy has attacked and continues to pursue, but we have run into the arms of our Almighty God.

When we let our cry, our groaning, our weakness appeal to the strength of our almighty King, no dog in hell can or will overtake us.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Photographer

The Photographer, originally uploaded by DocUNC.

saiah got a camera for his birthday. Thought I would showcase a few of his first photos.

Can't help but love that tongue sticking out. He's concentrating on getting the shot!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

Our family went to see a Star Wars exhibit at the museum in Durham recently.

It had me thinking of the wisdom of Yoda a little.

I know I'm a nerd but, I actually thought about an exchange Yoda had with Luke.

Yoda said, "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you? And well you should not! For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is."

What a cool guy.

We don't serve the Force. We serve God. We don't look to see who is doing better or worse than ourselves. We don't seek to be the big dog, because size matters not. We don't turn our heads to the left or to the right to find our strength.

We look up. That is where our help comes from. And a powerful ally the Lord is.

The problem comes when we start worrying about everything around us rather than the God who surrounds us.

When Luke was having difficulty learning the ways of the Force he said, "I don't believe it..."

Yoda's response, "That is why you fail."

It may be a little green man, but Yoda is right. When things are tough and life is crumbling, stop looking left and right and start looking up.

Speak what you know is true. Read scripture. Pray.

Jesus is the most powerful ally you will ever know.

And may the LORD be with you.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Food For Thought Fridays

The Family

Psalm 135: 5-6 says, "For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps."

We took a short trip to the beach last weekend. As I was sitting on our balcony looking at the ocean, I did a quick word study on oceans. I did it with my phone - they are amazing little jokers.

I looked at about five or six verses and this one jumped off the page. I started thinking about what we think makes God great and what the psalmist thought made the Lord great.

What makes God great to you?

Sometimes, I imagine we all think God is great when things go the way we want. When God doesn't make our lives too terribly uncomfortable.

But, this is the exact opposite reason according to this verse. The Lord is great because He does what pleases Him.

And the amazing thing is this: it pleases the Lord to take care of His children.

How great is the Lord.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bye Bye Three, Hello Four!

Bye Bye Three, Hello Four!, originally uploaded by DocUNC.

Isaiah is no longer three years old. Happy birthday to the coolest four year old I know.