The Coming Storm

Exodus 20:18-21 (KJV) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

I watched a tornado form in the sky as I drove home from work tonight. Cloud-to-ground lightning struck all around and strong winds blew debris against the car.

Traffic was light on the road--just me, the highway patrol and the storm chasers. Once I crossed the city limits, though, there were cars lining the street, with families out watching the storm move in. It seemed to be a carnival atmosphere. The storm sirens sounded as I made my way home.

Heed what Moses …

Sharing a Recipe

Last month was my boss' birthday. His favorite candies are Snickers and Rolos, so I determined in my mind to find the perfect birthday cake that had all the best elements of those confections.
If you know me at all, you know I'm busy and try to do what I can in the most efficient way. So I found myself in the baking aisle of Dillons. And there it was. A Betty Crocker Delights Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix. And I knew what I had to do.
While searching Pinterest for a quick and simple frosting recipe, I ran across this peanut butter masterpiece by the JavaCupcake blog--so light, so fluffy, so decadent!
Once I chopped up a bunch of Snickers bars and dropped on some Rolos, the cake was perfect. The way my co-workers inhaled it, I knew it was a hit.
I tried the new recipe again, which I have named Candy Bar Cake, at a church dinner last weekend. Again to rave reviews. Friends begged for the recipe, so now I share it with all of you. 
Oh, yeah--I haven't had a piece of that ca…

Things Too High For Me

Psalm 131:1-3 (KJV) LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

Public speaking is something I can do. When I had to make a short presentation before a group of new hires at work last month, I was confident. Until later, when someone gave me some constructive criticism. Swallowing hard, the words soaked in and I realized there was room for improvement. I was humbled.

It's not a new condition. I'm humbled quite often. Life can be filled with teachable moments.

Think about Moses. He was destined to be Pharaoh: strong, ambitious and perfectly positioned. And then he found himself alone in the desert, chasing sheep, ignored and unknown...for forty years. The Lord used this humbling time to educate Moses in servant leadership…

Be Quiet!

1 Thessalonians 4:11 (KJV) And that ye study to be quiet...

Recently, God has been pressing on me the concept of intimacy. Closeness with my Creator and Savior is a priority and a goal. I also crave intimacy with my family and The Hubster--true, close relationships. No holds barred.

In order to achieve this goal, I will need to get quiet. Shutting down the white noise of the world, work, electronic chaos and even the battle within has to happen.

Silence has never been my forte. When my mouth isn't open, my throat is humming. When I'm not busy purring a tune, a googolplex of thoughts plays dodgems in my brain. Quiet is an unknown entity.

I want to be ready to accept God's guidance, as well as His encouragement and admonition. My takeaways are intimacy and progress.


Notable Quote:

"Progress, not perfection."--A common phrase in 12-step programs

Girls Day Out

Acts 27:3 (KJV) And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

Sometimes, you just need a day away to breathe, laugh, get pampered; a day of refreshment.

I am Known by God

John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

There were a few Bible prophets that "walked with God." This signified a much deeper relationship than mere belief in our Heavenly Father. These men were known by the Creator of the world.

Us knowing Him is one thing, but Him knowing us is completely different. God knows everything because He is God.

To know and be known by anyone is remarkable. Intimacy is gained when we invite others into our lives--pull back the curtain. When we reveal our true selves, it makes us vulnerable; but the by-product is a much deeper and closer relationship.

If we wish to live a life of significance, we must be transparent with our Savior and our loved ones. Only then will we hear, "I've never loved you more than I do now."


Notable Quote:

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Kneeling at the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

What is so good about Good Friday? Growing up in church, I thought it was a mean joke. How could it be a good day if Jesus died?

It was all the Christians fault--the Crucifixion. They should have stopped the Jews...right? Only thing is, He wasn't murdered. He willingly gave His life up.

So, why did He do it? The sacrifice that Jesus perfected on the cross was all about love--agape, free, all-compassing, unmerited grace-filled love. The big kind.

He's all about the love.

Just say thanks.


Notable Quote:

"To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings."--Author unknown