Our Great God

The Psalmist’s understanding of God was firsthand. He writes. “For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.” (Ps 135:5)
God is persuasive. The psalmist had the utmost confidence in God’s greatness. He had experienced it.
God is personal. The writer knew that this was “our” Lord. God’s greatness is a shared expression with His children.
God is prominent. There is no one like our God. His excellence is above all.
Today, have the confidence and conviction of knowing YOUR GOD IS GREAT.

Making Room For The Right Stuff

Recently, we sold our home and moved into a much smaller house. It’s where we raised our girls for the last 21 years, so we had collected a lot of stuff. The closing process was long, so we had plenty of opportunity to clean out closets, attics, basement and other storage units. I was amazed at all we had acquired . . . and never got rid of.

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The cleaning out process was overwhelming. Finding everything, determine the value of it and the deciding if we wanted to keep it or had room to keep it was paralyzing. Clothes, books, memorabilia, toys (don’t even ask about the Beanie Babies), the girl’s old school papers . . . I needed a 12 Step program for hoarders. And, because of moving into less space, we needed to get rid of some items tat we liked, wanted to keep, and even enjoyed . . . but, there wasn’t room in our lives for them, anymore.

Leaders often measure effectiveness and impact by things accomplished, acquired or attained.

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Blessing God

We often use the phrase, “God bless you”.  It’s an acknowledgment that there is a need for God’s provision, protection and presence in each of our lives.
However, when we “bless God”, we come up short because our power to provide or protect Him doesn’t
So what does the psalmist mean in Ps 134, “Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!  Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!”? (Ps 134:1, 2)
John Piper writes, “To bless God means to recognize His great richness, strength, and gracious bounty and to express our gratitude and delight in seeing and experiencing it.”
Essentially, it always being grateful for all He has done, is doing and will do.
In confusing times, thank Him.
In challenging times, thank Him.
In sparse times, thank Him.
In painful times, thank Him.
In weak times, thank Him.
In weary times, thank Him.
And, in good, meaningful, growing times, thank Him.
You fill in the blank . . . and thank Him.
Take a moment to “lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!”

It Always Hurts

For the last few years, I’ve had a recurring heel pain.  It’s years of bad shoes, not enough exercise, too much weight and I’m sure some other things.  It usually comes and stays around for 2 to 3 weeks and then gets better.

I feel so awkward because when it “flares up”, I’m always walking with a limp and the pain is always there.  It really bothers me that people can “SEE” that I’m in pain. 

When our kids were younger, we did everything we could to protect them from ever experiencing pain, loss, wounds or hurt.  Sometimes, it was inevitable.  One of our daughters lost a pregnancy, another cut off the tip of her finger, while another burned the back of her leg with hot cooking grease.  There have been lost relationships, banged up cars, stitches, scars and a host of things that have caused paid, hurt and loss.

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Harmonious Unity

The psalmist describes the benefits of pursuing unity in our Kingdom relationships.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”) Ps 133:1)

A relationship characterized by harmonious unity is extraordinary and excellent.
The result of unity produces a spiritual anointing of blessing and a sense of accepting refreshment.
It’s Family.
It’s the Father’s business.
Different responsibilities.
Same Relationship.
It’s not about us, it’s about Him.
It’s not about differences, it’s about loving deference.
It’s not about uniformity, it’s about unity.
This kind of unity is modeled by the Kingdom, mandated by our King and motivated by kinship.
In building toward unity, it always good to remember that “love covers a multitude sin.”

Love Covers All

A few months ago, all of kids were home, with grandkids for our youngest daughter’s wedding . . . Andrea, Brandon, Bentley & Arrington . . . Alyssa and Jason . . . Amanda, Kenny, Sammy and Aria . . . and Alydia & Mitchell 

Sitting around the dinner table is so different now.  It’s large . . . it’s loud . . . it’s chaotic . . . it’s just good.

Without exception, we find ourselves talking about how the older girls feel the younger girls got away with more “stuff”.   And, everyone thinks Alydia gets away with too much.  Honestly, we love it.

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