Tuesday, December 6, 2016

to clap and to cheer

This morning at CBS precious Cindy shared the story of a little boy who was trying out for a role in a play. It seems that even before he went to audition, he had chosen the part that he thought was exactly right for him --and he had his heart set on that part.

When he came home from the casting call and his mother asked him what part he had been given, he said, "Oh, Mama! I've been chosen to clap and to cheer!"

Our lesson was on spiritual gifts, you see. If we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us. Purposefully, specifically He (the Holy Spirit) chooses our gifts and gives them to us.

Our gifts are not random, not an accident, and not in or of our own power or making. They are no casual matter. He is intentional; they are chosen for us, a unique blend of who we are and what they are. We are so very loved! He knows us so well, and He knows and understands the Father's heart.

What a joy! And when we ask for eyes to see, He makes them known to us, equipping us for ministry and to encourage one another ♥

Monday, December 5, 2016

show me how

"Pray that God will show you how to teach your children 
that life is meant to be lived for God."

Just that one sentence from my reading this morning has set afire my thought life today. God dreamed us up, gave us life, gave us Christ, and gave us gifts. Our life is through Him, to Him, for Him, and with Him. Asking that the Father helps us to lead them beyond the selfish, grandiose (and honestly, weak and watered-down), "you can be anything that you want to be," to the simple beauty and power and promise of becoming what He created us to be (and that is, like Christ) - what a gift and what a challenge.

"You are not the owner of your own body.
You have been bought, and at what a price!
Therefore bring glory to God in your body."

Quite a lesson for this day ♥

"Pray" quote from EE
Scripture from 1 Corinthians 6:20 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

first night

Sitting here at my desk working away at the final details for a very special adventure coming up in just a little more than twenty hours. Some of Meredith's crew will be here for the first night of December, and oh, how we are going to celebrate!

They may never know what an absolute gift I consider the blessing of spending a little time with them to be, but I am going to do my very best to try to make it plain. Pray with me? Specifically, that the Father will make Himself known in a real way as we play and laugh and share and sing.

Ho-Ho-Happy Christmas Kick-Off to you, too! ♥

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

oh, Mr. Dickens!

One of the many most precious moments of this day...

Watching my sweetlings' faces melt into joy along with old Ebenezer's heart. How they fumed and fussed at him at the beginning of the story, and they were not pleased one little bit by Jacob Marley's visit. The ghost concept was, to quote Samuel, "just plain weird," but the glimpses they gave us were "exactly right!" It was a lovely first meeting with a favorite classic.

Tipping our caps to Mr. Dickens and holding Christmas close ♥