Friday, June 17, 2011

Permanency. Worth Pondering...


This image found at whatwouldmomsay.com. I think it is a lovely piece of practical, recycled art. (Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to take something old and find a new use for it. Makes for added character.) :-)

Funny thing... I wrote this post in text language to myself and saved it on my cell phone. Never expected to do that, especially to myself; but at the time, I was deep in thought and did not want to forget this thought as I have so many other private conversations with myself. I was busy... Okay, I was cleaning the bathroom.

Do YOU find that your mind wanders as you are doing your chores? I mean, is it really that much fun to think about every bitty part of the process of cleaning something you have cleaned over and over for years? hahaha... So, I allow my mind to wander. I have some of my best pondering moments in those free-thought moments. I just often forget them before I remember to write them down. I hope this one makes sense to you as it did to me as I was... Um, cleaning the royal throne. (Giggling inserted here)

"we hav a fals sens of permanenc. As I ws clening da bathrm ths morn, I thaut..."

Oh, excuse me, that is what my first line said. ;-)

Now I will go ahead and translate the rest. Hah!

"We have a false sense of permanency. As I was cleaning the bathroom this morning, I thought about how tubs and toilets stay with a house when one transfers from one house to live in another. They are considered a permanent fixture. Right? Yet, how often have I seen one of these objects on the curb to send to the dump, or old tubs used for potting plants, watering animals, or on standby against a shed until an oversized comforter needs to be washed by hand (since it does not fit in the washing machine)?

I think that this lack of understanding of permanence affects our perspective of eternity. When Jesus makes the statement, "until the end of the age", does it fill me with a surge of excitement or am I so filled with doubt or complacency that I say in the deepest, private parts of myself, "We will see"? When the Bible speaks of "eternal life", do I ache with longing or does it get lost in the mix of things in my brain?

"per·ma·nent [pur-muh-nuhnt]
adjective
1. existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
2. intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
3. long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink."

(I got this definition from Dictionary.com)

I hope you will notice with me the examples they give for things that are "permanent", and yet, we know that ultimately these things are still only temporary. They may last in a certain location or position for a long time, but that is not the same thing as PERMANENT.

The Bible is clear that all things rust, get destroyed, fail to function at some point or another. That is why we have RUINS. Moths will destroy cloth, water will cause mold or rust, fire will burn, etc... Nothing lasts forever. Or is that completely true?

We can hold on to this!! There is something that is constant, sure, and true. There is something that will never let us down. Or rather SomeONE. His name is Jesus.

While every other person can and, most likely, will let me down at one point or another in my life, He has promised that His love will never fail. While I may feel lonely and abandoned by others, He has promised to never leave or forsake me. While I may make so many mistakes and have the hardest time getting back on my feet, Jesus is there ready to help me up, to encourage me, to just say "I love you" in ways that He knows touch me to the deepest parts of MY soul. Jesus has said in His word that He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)He never changes. He is... and that is it.

That overwhelms me with awe and joy. Our Abba Papa loves us THAT much. He is ALWAYS there. ALWAYS. Everlasting. Forever. For all eternity.

Now that is what I call Faithful. That is what I will trust in. That is a permanent Love. Permanency expressed in the fullest sense.

Trust Him. Hope in Him. Talk to Him. Never let go of Him. Seek Him. Desire Him more than anyone or anything else. Watch Him make something beautiful out of your days, out of your life. He will, because... He is what He said He is.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hard Decisions, Battling, And Seeing Fruit For The Faith-Waiting...

Sometimes doing what is right... stings. It is not always easy. Sometimes, it is a matter of choosing the best of two evils, and leaving the result in God's capable hands. Sometimes it is to protect, to preserve, to assist, to prevent. Sometimes it is just something that has to be dealt with because it has crossed our path.

Whatever it is, perhaps this will give you hope, as it has to me...

Philippians 1:6 says,
"being confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion."

I have no control... We have no control... over much of anything, really. Think about it, when you think you DO have control is when the dishwasher breaks down, your car dies, your kid starts to act up in school, you realize you forgot to pay that bill, the flu hits, your job lays you off, there is a storm when the weather man said it would be sunny so you have to cancel that outing, etc...etc...etc... There are so many things.

I have come to see, though, that as I trust in God for each moment of the day, He is teaching me to be more flexible, which does not come easily for me. I am seeing how He is slowly, oh so slowly, teaching me to pass on through trials with some grace, and a good measure of hope to keep going. I am seeing, above all, that HE is faithful, good, always faithful, and NEVER fails.

Today He answered a very important prayer request for me. I am so blessed that He has heard my heart's cry after so many months. What I said in the first paragraph is what happened for me. I took a step out in faith, in a direction that I believed was the correct path, but still seemed uncertain and painful and hard, and He met me. Today.

While the future is still full of unknowns; While fear and doubt still play havoc on my peace; While I wait for direction and wisdom, I can rest assured that as He has been faithful in the past, He will continue to be today and in every tomorrow. He is, after all, the same Yesterday, Today, and Always.

May You come to see how very much He loves you and wants to be a part of your life, to give you hope, fill you with peace and a new song in your heart. Blessings on your own spiritual journey. May you find the One-and-Only Way- Jesus. He is sufficient for ALL of your needs. The real ones, not the ones that are dust covers over them.

Sincerely,
Celita

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mommy Maestra: Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People {GIVEAWAY}

Mommy Maestra: Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People {GIVEAWAY}

I cannot resist this giveaway. I have recently become aware of and become a fan of this poet, and knowing that I have enjoyed his work as I have, I could not pass up sharing this giveaway with you as well... You very likely will enjoy this blog in general. I do. It is such a fun and pleasant place to visit. Go see...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Go See...

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Vecchia??? Old???...


Anyone else think this is a little funny. I will now say. I AM NOT OLD! Okay, now to backstep for just a moment. This restaurant not too far from us is called Vecchia Taverna, which means Old Tavern. You with me, right? Now, do you not think it awfully odd that old now means 1978??? hahahahahahahahah.... I felt it was... hm... odd, to say the least.

(Now, the food is good, but... if you prefer a relaxed environment, that is not the place to be.)

The Nutella Incident Of Early May...






I never knew that Nutella had so much grease in it, but this confirms it. This is the work of my youngest son who is three years old. This is what happens when mommy is not paying attention as she should. Sigh... Who knew that Nutella and dry wall do not make a good mix? How do I know? Those handprints are still there, minus the chocolate, of course! :-) Reminder to me: silence means possible trouble. ;-)