Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving (written on Thursday - posting today)

Thanksgiving:



Even though I live so far away - in a country that doesn't celebrate our family-filled National Holiday, I celebrated in my own way today...

How? you might ask: with God.
all in all an interesting Thanksgiving...

Thankful?

for Him - the God of the Universe - the One that holds me - captures my heart - shields me in protection. But also the One that helps me make it through a very tough day - away from my family and assures me - I am here for a reason. And gives my loved ones enough Love for Him to say the same.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

thanksgiving no-nos?????


I'm sorry...
I will - I promise I will - write a really thankful post tomorrow or Friday... but today I am just laughing over one of those infomercials that was on the internet. You might have read it:

10 of the most unhealthy foods to eat during Thanksgiving...

I laughed so hard. Why have Thanksgiving? I think I will just stay in Germany - if America is getting rid of a one day (ok maybe two with the leftovers) tradition that could not make that much difference in anyone's diet ... come on... one or two days. With Christmas that makes three and then we have Easter - just eat right the rest of the year and enjoy on these few days of celebration and fellowship - breaking bread together is a human fellowship thing - all families should do it!
  • Turkey with skin. (maybe we should skin them all and make them look really sad)
  • White wheat bread rolls (you know the kind that melt in your mouth. - the kind that even cafeterias know how to bake)
  • Sweet Potatoes (candied ... naturlich!!! - how else would you eat them - maybe with some nice butter atop?)
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy (I can't imagine the turkey without this... anybody else with me?)
  • Pecan Pie (Considering I can't even buy Pecan's here - wow! to have the opportunity and not take it - these guys are crazy!!!!!!

there were 4 more that I thought were totally way out of line - these foods are the staples of a Thanksgiving dinner. Who decides these things? Cut them off is my view point - cut them off.

mutating - mutating - mutating

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Death O Death where is thy sting?



I just received word that a friend’s friend lost her battle with illness. Even as I type those words I find them contradictory. Why, because this woman knows the Lord. I say that in the present tense - because she is in the most present tense of present tenses!

O Death where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin. This woman through her confession of faith in the one and only triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - is washed clean of sin. The one sin preventing us from entering the gates of Heaven - that sin of Unbelief.

I am thankful that I have been able to be involved in the prayers for this woman. I am thankful that I have asked God to allow her to be healed. I am thankful that I know that she is a believer. But most of all, I am thankful that at this point in time - upon hearing what others who don't know Him might consider a tragedy (husband left with children) - I know that God Triumphs and He will handle all the details.

There is a song I have been listening to... sorry don't know author, artist, or title - but love these words about dying:

I don't know if there are harps in heaven, or the process of getting your wings, and I don't know if there is a light in a tunnel or any of those things. But I do know to be absent from this body is to be present with the LORD. And from what I know of Him, that must be Very Good.

And really... isn't that what we are all waiting for. Death. It comes. It is for sure. We don't know how or when. But it comes. And living life unafraid of the one thing that is for sure - certainly makes life worth LIVING. By not being afraid of dying - we can truly live.

I too don't know for sure all of the things that will come in the future. I have ideas, thoughts, considerations - but I would not stack them into the ABSOLUTELY certain box. Angels? I know they're here. Heaven? I know it exists. Me? What will I be after I am no longer with this body? Suppositions, thoughts, intrigues... yes! But absolutes? Like the song says: To be absent from this body is to be present with the LORD. And from what I know of Him - that must be VERY GOOD!

Death O Death where is thy sting?
mutating...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

being well gives you a whole new perspective... Humm I could think of so many spiritual analogies to that. But not today...

flowers on a wall close the the language school in Radolfszell... notice anything fun?

Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don't necessarily understand, just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk. - Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

I think this is one of the funniest quotes I have heard in a while. That and the whole frisbee one I quoted a while back. I love this reality. Sometimes the mind...
And doesn't it. I mean, sometimes the mind is right there with us and all of a sudden we are remembering that we needed to get the icecream out of the car, take the keys out of the front door (where they have hung all night long), or even more fun out of the car where they have sat waiting for some wonderful theif to come and drive our car off. I don't know. Maybe I am the only one that has had these things happen. I do know that it has nothing to do with old age, because I have been doing this since my 20's... But, maybe, maybe, maybe it has to do with other things. Things like hormonal changes? or thyroid not working? or because as many a person has told me, "MM you think too much.", or maybe you haven't lived the absent minded professor's life... but I have :-0
And you know what, today I am thankful for it. I have a mind that never stops working. Sometimes it isn't on the most day in day out things - but it is always working. And I am grateful for that. I have eyes that see, hands that move, fingers that can play the strings of my harp, feet that sometimes hurt when I walk on them in the morning - but I can feel my toes...

I love this body that God has given me. I pray it can be used for Him. I want to sing His praises, teach His word, and love on the people that He has given me to love on. I want to encourage, and basically be light in a dark world. I love helping when I can. I love knowing that I don't have to when I can't. I know that God is pleased with me and that He finds pleasure in my songs of delight and praise to Him. I am overwhelmed with the joys of living. Maybe, because for the last week I have felt like I was going to die any minute. Yep, it is always a good thing to be sick. Then you remember how good it feels to be well.
mutating...
Frau Is..scki's hands while sitting on the docks in Horn - am Bodensee drinking a glass of neu wine...
Frau I... 's hands drinking a glass of neu wine while sitting on the docks at a cafe am Bodensee.

A random boat met me when driving home from school one day...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Because He IS GOD!


"I have to learn that the aim in life is God's not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all he asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say -- Lord, this gives me such heart-ache. To talk in that way makes me a clog. When I stop telling God what I want, He can catch me up for what He wants without let or hindrance. He can crumple me up or exalt me. He can do anything He chooses He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. Self-pity is of the devil, if I go off on that line I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world. I have "a world within the world" in which I live, and God will never be able to get me outside it because I am afraid of being frost-bitten." Oswald Chambers
I have a new suite-mate. She lives in the room next to mine in this guest house. Tok.... is Jananese. She came to Germany to study German for 3 months. She is a secretary in Japan, in her 40's and never been married. She is absolutely darling. I took her home with me this last weekend. I don't know why. It happened. We were talking and she loves seeing Germany but has no car and well... it just happened. It is difficult because she speaks no English and I speak no Japanese and we both struggle speaking German. But we went. The time was sweet. On Saturday morning we went for breakfast (I have absolutely no food in my house)... Sitting in the local diner I asked her a few questions. She had said that she prayed before during one of our conversations. That she was praying that morning or something like that. I asked her, "When you pray, who do you pray to?" She expalined about her idol that sits in her tiny apartment. She prays every morning for her family and friends. She sometimes takes rice and burns it at this alter she has in her tiny home. I said that is so interesting. She was hesitant in sharing because she knows that I am a Christian and this is a 'Christian Western World'... haha!
Anyway she shared and I enjoyed learning about her ways.
Later that evening we were having coffee (I love my coffee - miss making it - miss drinking it...)

I don't know how it happened but we got to talking about God... my God. I told her that I believed what the Bible says about God, that He is the one who created all things. She was a bit confused as to why that was important. And also said that the bible was a good book but she had never read any of it. I shared some information from Josh McDowell about the bible and its beginnings, its validity... etc. She was more interested so I continued. Telling her about the 3-in-one Trinity was really interesting - but she listened. She kept asking questions - so I kept talking. The she said that she thought Jesus was a good man. I told her I didn't. That one really set her on her heels. I referred to C. S. Lewis and his Liar, Lunatic or LORD statement. I told her that other religions had 'good men' at their head - but they didn't claim to be the Son of God. etc. etc.
She got very quiet. She then said, "if I were to agree with this than I would be saying that my culture has been wrong for centuries and has not been with God and has been left out. (paraphrased - it was broken German)... I told her that was really hard. Because if she believed this than she would have to admit her family and all of her friends were wrong - and what kind of a god would leave out a whole culture?
I told her I understood her question. That there are people in my life that are not Christians and it is hard - but... then I have the God of the Universe to trust. I shared the difference between an idol and a Creator - and the underlining pinnings of that. You know... that God is the one that created me, He is good and wise and has everlasting love toward this world. We were sharing coffee and I used the old illustration of the potter with the coffee cup - does the coffee cup ask "why did you make me red inside and black outside? Why did you make me big and round? Why did you make red lines across my outside? I want to be like that other cup - black and thin and sleek..." No the coffee cup isn't capable of making these decisions - only the creator of the coffee cup is.
So....
You get all of this, right? It was great coversation. She went with me to church the next day and listened to praise music, read the scriptures and kept thinking...
and she still is.
But, what I find interesting is that I came to Oswald's words this morning and found myself on my face before my God. Because - I start asking why so often... Oh how can He have so much patience with me? How can He really care about such a wanderer? a questioner? How can He love some wierd woman that gets caught up in her own selfish ideas? How can He...

Only because He Is GOD!

I love Him so... and amazingly enough He loves this wounded woman. And somehow wants to use me for His purposes. If I can only get out of the way.

mutating

Sunday, November 9, 2008

birthdays...




Joel 2:12-13
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping, and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness, and relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him,

Revelations 2:4-5
"But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 'Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, adn will remove your lampstand out of its place -- unless you repent."

Last Wednesday was my birthday. I was greeted on my birthday morning at about 5:30 with a text message from one of my daughter's-in-love, "Obama is our new President."
Fortunately, my day was filled with wonderful surprises. Several wonderful text messages, e-mails, facebook notes, phone calls with my children, phone call from our bible study group - and one serendipitious few hours with God, the Lover of my Soul...

The next day I received a wonderful card from my heart friend/sister here in Germany. She had discovered some birthday cards from particular days in the past that reprinted that day and that year's entry from the Evengelische 'Die Losung'. (a daily devotional in German). My friend had purchased the day I was born and found the above verses in it.

These verses and her sweet words in her card encouraged me so.

and then I got word that a sweet young friend of mine has recently given her life to the Lord. YIPPEEEE!!!! Another birthday... She has not done this whimsically, she has not done it without thought. After speaking to her today, I believe that she has made this decision because her heart has been called to it. And I am thrilled. I am so thankful to God. I am so amazed at His wooing abilities. I have prayed for this young women for a little less than two years. I have wept over her, I have asked God to give me words of wisdom to share, I have laughed and I have cried with her. But tonight I rejoice with her (and so many others that have been praying for her way longer than I have!!!)

Why?
Because she begins a new Life. A life of learning how to follow Him. She will not know it all in a moment... a decade... hummmm a lifetime! But in the learning, she will begin to ask Him to guide her, to take Him as the one whose counsel she seeks! She will learn how to listen to His still small voice. Sometimes she will think, "This is the best thing for me!" and that 'thing' will not work out. Later down the road, she will marvel at how God protected her from herself. She will revel in the joys that He brings along her path. The gifts in relationship, in husband, children...

What a privilege to be part of her life in this growth stage. And I believe that she will seek Him. WOW! It will be fun to watch what God does.
I repeated words from the sermon we heard today... Guard your heart. I ask that you pray for her heart to be guarded and that she will find God's faithfulness and loving care to be an incredible new adventure!!!
mutating missionary

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

keep clear the exit!!!!




He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. - Rudyard Kipling
Das ist mich fuer 5 wochen... this is me for the last 5 weeks...

He was a genius - that is to say, a man who does superlatively and without obvious effort something that most people cannot do by the uttermost exertion of their abilities. - Robertson Davies

Ahhhh ich kenne einege von ihnen... hier in Deutschland und in USA... I know a few of these people... here in Deutschland and in the USA ... amazing

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan

Hummmm ... ich denke das ist ein guter Witz... Hummmm ... I think this is a funny statement.

Ich mag nicht die Wahlen... Das ist das erste Fragen in letzter Ziet. Ich habe gewaehlt. Aber es ist fuer mich privat. Ich bete. Gott weisst - und Er ist vertrauenswuerdig!

I don't like the elections. That is the first question in the last few weeks. I have voted. But it is for me PRIVATE! I pray. God knows. and He is trustworthy!
Lesen Romans 13 :-)
Read Romans 13 :-)

Danke
dein Mutating Missionary...