Clinton Door

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Long day....tired...yet I am reminded of God's goodness. How He keeps his hand on each of us...He gives us nuggets of love - like a phone call or message from a friend who truly cares and loves me...just as I am:), encouraging me to "just think about it"...and that "think about it" a good thing... to think about:) And just like another friend said, our book is already written. He sees me, he knows my next step. I find myself thanking Him for providing employment for our oldest son, Josh. That each "quiet" moment Josh has been resting in, has been a time of reflection and trusting. Thanking God for opening doors in our youngest son, Jake's him the opportunity to use his gifts and "do" what he loves to do: music....having a conversation with Jake that is all about God's hand doing His thing and trusting Him in that. And looking on the table across the room and seeing the beautiful, red roses Buddy picked off our tree outside, put in a vase, gave to me..just because. These roses brighten the room in many ways..they are a reflection of a man who gives selflessly...finds quiet ways to encourage and love me; the color red is a happy color and truly helps me rest in the end of a busy day. Thank you Father for loving me even more than all of these.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Greater things are yet to come....

My hometown is Montgomery...and although I have been gone for eleven years, I love this place, it's history and the people. Just reminded again tonight, that God is not finished yet...there is still more to come. There is a revival brewing...God is trying to wake the dead....He desires freedom, forgiveness and joy in the hearts of all people...I love this video footage created by Paul Bryant for Christ City Church in Birmingham (lyrics/music by Blue Tree). This song is relevant for Montgomery, for Auburn, for Birmingham, for Belfast...because He is the King of the nations!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Doing Life Together

Doing life together means you look at the clock and it's 2 wonder where did the time go and do you have to go home now?
Doing life together means you have a crisis that involves a "sad cake" and your friend says they are the best cakes ever.
Doing life together is when you have a real crisis and your friend is there for you with a hug, a "I'm in this for the long haul", speaks the truth in love because they know it's best for you, love you no matter how ugly you get in that crisis, and know that words just don't work...but a look of compassion and prayer does.
Doing life together means giving all you got for the benefit of the other and it sometimes means sacrifice that you do with a smile because you love them like a sister or brother.
Doing life together means you are all about being the hands and feet of Christ.
And last but certainly not least.....doing life together is bringing your friend chocolate even when they don't need it but just because.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Being Intentional

I woke up very 2:30 am early. We are on vacation in Destin. It has been a great week, but just like every other vacation, it is coming to a close. Why does it take four-five days to unwind...just when it gets good, it is time to go home! Maybe that is why I woke so early...I do my best thinking in the wee hours of the morning. So this is what is on my heart:

Thinking about who I am I growing...what can I do to make my life more intentional and committed in my faith

How to focus more on my relationship with the Lord, what hinders me:
1. How I spend my time
Just plain "nothing-ness"
Lack of commitment
Don't make time to spend with the Lord
No Bible study
Being non-intentional
Being unfocused - Floating without thought

2. What changes can I make that will focus my heart
One step at a time:
Slow down on facebook or twitter - stop using it as my escape and use this
time to focus on my relationship with the Lord
Be intentional on my blog..use this as a tool to journal my spiritual trip.
Find ways to be intentional in the way I treat others
Focus on the positive not negative
Encourage one another daily...
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Bible - take a moment daily to focus in on the Word....find a good study this fall....and be committed to that study for the purpose of growing/stretching my faith.

I want to fall in love with Jesus Christ all over again.....