November 21st, 2011
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Saturday night, our dog Peppy woke me up about 3 a.m. whimpering and restless.
Peppy has been our dog since the kids were small, and his age is showing in many ways.
His back right leg is limp, his eyes look tired, and he can’t hop up on the couch anymore (we have to lift him).
But he still follows me all through the house.
When I go to bed, he’s right behind me, ready to climb on his pillow on the floor right next to where I sleep.
So when I heard him whining in the night, I stumbled through the darkness to see what he needed.
He didn’t want to go out.
He didn’t want his pillow adjusted.
He wanted water.
I went to the kitchen to get the water dish, and he immediately became excited.
As soon as I sat it on the floor, he was gulping. Snoopy, our other old, faithful dog, joined him and they both began gulping.
I felt horrible, wondering how long they had been thirsty. We must have let the dishes run out of water during the day.
As I heard them both drinking and drinking, I thought about the verse above…..
Do I thirst for righteousness like my dogs thirst for water?
Am I restless until my thirst is quenched??
I love that God promises that when we thirst (and hunger) for righteousness, WE WILL BE FILLED!!
That means that He is waiting to fill our bowl!
That means that He hears our cries and takes care of us.
We don’t even have to wake God up!
Psalm 121:3-4 says this,
He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
I am so thankful this morning that God is my Master and my Guide.
I am reading a book called “The Dream Giver” right now, and I am so thankful that when God places dreams inside of us He leads the way in making those dreams come true when the dreams involve His glory not our own.
If you are thirsty for righteousness today, there is only One who can truly satisfy your need.
Any other thirst may be quenched temporarily, but it will not last for long.
Please do not waste your time thirsting for things of this world.
Friday night at the prison, we sat around a table with a group of women dressed in orange jumpsuits who are ready to change their lives. They each had Bibles and lots and lots of questions. They are thirsting for righteousness, and I know God is with them. As we closed in prayer, arms wrapped around each other, you could feel God’s presence in a mighty way. He is leading these women from darkness to light.
He longs to lead us too.
Today, as you venture into the week of Thanksgiving, I’m praying for you.
Praying that you can feel God’s presence in every step of your day.
It’s time to get ready for school. Today I interview at Mitch Albom at 1:20. Please say a prayer. I’m nervous about speaking to him for some reason. I want to ask the right questions about his book and the upcoming movie, “Have a Little Faith.” I want to interview him during my class time, so that the students can be a part of the experience, so please also pray that the students will be on their best behavior.
I love you all so much.
Remember these promises as you step out into another week of life on this planet.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
Because of Him,
April 13th, 2011
When you hear the words “duct tape,” you probably don’t think of something as cute as a hair bow, but at the school where I teach girls are making cute fashion designs with assorted colors and styles of this heavy-duty hardware supply.
As I was looking at some of their creations the other day, I thought to myself, “If humans can take something like duct-tape and create something cute and useful, why are we surprised when the Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in His time?” God longs to take every practical part of us and use it for His glory.
Yesterday, Olivia had a good first day at my school. The girls welcomed her with open arms and the teachers embraced her with love. It was a hard day in some ways. She was nervous about the new schedule, the new work. Shew……….what a journey this has been.
By the end of the day, she had made some new little friends that I know will be a blessing for these last six weeks of school.
God is going to turn a duct-tape kind-of spring into a beautiful hair bow for Olivia, and I am thankful.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
If you feel like you are in a duct-tape season, remember this promise.
We are waiting, trusting, and learning as we continue to cling to Him for our daily strength.
Praying for you today as you do the same.
Thank you again for every prayer.
I love you all so much,
November 27th, 2008
Nick was determined to sleep in his bed tonight which meant going up a flight of stairs which he has not attempted in about two weeks. Erich, my oldest son, was such an encourager practically carrying him as they made it up the staircase together. Nick was so out of breath at the top of the stairs, yet he managed to walk to his bed and get into it before giving up.
Where does he get his determination?
Where does his will to conquer the unconquerable come from?
How does he stay so funny in spite of his physical battle?
Nick is handling this journey better than I am right now. He just amazes me. Here I sit, fighting back tears and wanting to scream while he is sleeping oh, so peacefully, in his Titans’ bedroom.
Thoughts and emotions are swarming inside of my head. The fear of getting stung by any of these thoughts or feelings keeps me running. It’s as if one thought that is frightening flies through my head, and I shoo it away just in time for another to take its place. There is a fine line between holding it together and having a nervous breakdown. A very fine line. I sometimes think I teeter there.
Then I look at the clock and realize that most normal people are asleep by now (no offense if you are still awake), and I justify my wandering mind as a symptom of fatigue.
Sleep doesn’t always come easily when you know the sun is coming up to a home that holds a child fighting for his life.
But deep inside I know that God promises rest for the weary. I am reminded of the verses from Psalm 63 that are hanging on my bedroom door,
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
Cancer seeks Nick’s life in a physical sense.
I know that ultimately cancer will be destroyed.
It will go down to the depths of the earth.
Until that day, I must cling to God, trusting His right hand to uphold me.
So, I head to bed and literally remember God through the watches of the night.
He is my help.
He does cause me to sing in the shadow of His wings.
Thankful for each of you who lifts our family up even through the night……..
Thankful for Nick’s determined spirit……..
Thankful for Erich’s tender brotherly love……….
Thankful for Evan’s ability to make Nick laugh………
Thankful for Olivia’s sweet heart……..
Thankful for Todd’s high school friends who keep him encouraged………
Thankful for my mom who shares this journey so closely with me……….
Thankful for my husband who endures my mood swings (who else would?)………..
Thankful for you and Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love and laughter!
March 2nd, 2008
This morning as I worked the yard sale for our mission team from Grayson (we were raising money to help them travel to Mexico in a couple of weeks), I was struck by the reality that no matter how much something is worth when it is new you will more than likely not get anything near that price at a yard sale. I especially noticed this when someone brought over an adorable Ty Beanie baby that probably sold for around $15 when it was new! Many people had come and gone from the yard sale, but NOONE seemed interested in this little guy even at the hot price of $.50!
As I thought about this, it occurred to me that as humans we value something that is new! Many times the worth of something is measured by the price we pay for it and unfortunately whether or not it has been used and/or enjoyed by someone else.
Isn’t it amazing that God knew this quality about us long ago when He said that He would take our dirty, sin-filled lives and through the blood of His Son Jesus be able to promise this in II Corinthians 5, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
Wow! God knew that in this life the devil would allow us to become “worthless and used” in a spiritual sense through our selfishness and sinful nature. He knew that this feeling of unworthiness would cause us to struggle to feel valued in His eyes. So, He didn’t just promise Heaven and the forgiveness of our sins. He promised that we would literally become a NEW CREATION! That’s powerful!
Do you feel unworthy? Do you feel inadequate? Do you feel like a worn-out Ty Beanie Baby beaten down by your choices and life’s struggles?
There’s good news for you in II Corinthians 5. Christ came and not only paid the price for your sin, He gave you the opportunity to actually be restored to a state of “NEWNESS!” Can you imagine being a Ty beanie baby sitting on the shelf in a department store, sparkling new, being offered at the top-dollar price? Well, that’s what God wants to help you become!
If you are not sure how to do this, please read the book of Acts and see how person after person became a new creation in Christ! If you are still struggling, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you find a church in your area that can lead you to life that is 100% BRAND NEW!
I love you all!
February 25th, 2008
Okay, maybe I’m a sucker. I went to a bookstore and bought the book Oprah is pushing like a madwoman everyday on her show. The reason I broke down and made the purchase had to do more with wanting to know what in the world was in this book that made Oprah so ignited, so convinced that it was going to change EVERYONE who read it than it did with thinking that it might in some way change me! After hearing testimony after testimony on her show from men and women who had read the book and then felt “enlightened, awakened, alive, etc.” I thought to myself and actually said to a friend, “every Christian needs to know what this book is about.” Well, after reading 120 pages of this book “A New Earth” I am convinced that ministers, teachers, Christians in general need to be well-informed and confident in their faith before trying to discuss this book with someone who is sold out on it.
The author does a good job of slipping in Scripture from time to time and even referring to God enough to keep you thinking “maybe this isn’t so bad,” but I have to tell you that what he is teaching seems to be in every essence of the phrase “new age.” Not that I am an expert on “new age” philosophy, but I do think that trying to convince myself that “I Am” is “me” is rather scary. I only know one “I Am” and He created me. He is the Truth, not me. He is life, not me.
I will write more when I have read more, but I felt compelled to share a little note now in case some of you are reading this book too.
What do you think?
God Bless you all! Tammy