Friday, January 30, 2009

I love God's word and art - historical art especially - wish I could remember all I learned. so... could one say one has learned?

"John's Gospel is designed to bring you to your knees in wonder, love and praise. Luke's is meant to make you sit up and think hard about Jesus as Lord of the whole world. Matthew's is like a beautifully bound book which the Christian must study and ponder at leisure. Mark's is like a hastily printed revolutionary tract, read by torchlight, and whispered to one's co-conspirators" by: Tom Wright (contemporary scholar)

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& ebenezer

Monday, January 26, 2009

what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

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& ebenezer

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Church Sunday !!! Important!

I am always amazed at how God encourages me to stay the course. Some of you might not view these things as God's intervention in one's life. I do. And I love finding His hand guiding me and protecting me regularly.

Yesterday I had a wonderful visit with a young friend of mine. She came to meet Ebenezer and to 'hang out'. Catching up after both of us had been to see family over Christmas. She is someone that I believe will be in my life for many years. She returns to her home country in March and I will miss her - but it is just an Easy Jet ticket away... giggle.
After our visit I was very tired. This doggie thing has worn me out... can we say TODDLER!!!!

I'm no less in love with the little guy - he is just a handful - reminding me of my 3 when they were in their toddler years. You know, where are they? what are they doing? it is too quiet? what was that sound I just heard? do I have time to take a bath now?

I had planned on my German family coming over later last evening - but I was just tuckered out. I decided to call and cancel. But, cancelling wouldn't come out of my mouth. I called, yes, but what was decided - perhaps 30 minutes later.

I can say no, I can't do this tonight, my body is telling me to stop. But, this time I listened to my heart and it said, "no... don't even wait 30 minutes." Now, mind you I had not been the grocery yet, it was 6:00 and they were coming at 7:30 - but it was impressed on me to not even wait for 30 minutes. So, I didn't."

My friends came, it was delightful, I was tired, the meal was good and the company better. But, what I think was really interesting...

I had been wondering what to do with Ebenezer for the morning worship service. Now, last week I stayed home. I had only had him for a few days, I was still incredibly jet-lagged, and I listened to a sermon on the internet from Steve Hixon: CBC (see churches). It was just what I needed. But, I also know I cannot continue to not go to meet with a body of believers on Sunday. It is vital! So, considering I have not left this puppy alone yet - I was a bit perplexed. He is not really ready yet to be alone, and where will I put him since he is still such a puppy? Another week and I will have a plan - but right now... we are just not there yet.

During our conversation last evening, I found out that there is a church in a nearby town that allows dogs. My ears pricked up. Maybe I could take my little guy there in the morning. But, I didn't find out the hours.

This morning, I called my Germany family and asked what time the service started at this church. Low and behold, they had decided to go to this church service as well. (Our pastor has just returned from the states and we will resume soon - but not yet)

They called me back after I began my mad dash to complete the last minute tasks needed to prepare to take Ebenezer out. And God gave me such a gift. They had not been sure about the times and had called to make sure. The person from the church said that they are having a special service this Sunday. It will be an evening service lead by their young people and he thought it would be wonderful for my puppy to have this special service to be introduced to church. (my friend said, he said: We welcome all God's creatures into our services.... cute huh!

So we will be trying out Ebenezer's anti-barking collar this evening. And we will see how he responds to a church service. And I didn't have to rush out the door jamming baggies in my basket in preparation for unmentionable times --- giggle!

So all that to say - I will be attending a new church's church service this evening. I love how God orchestrates my life.

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and ebenezer (i.e. stone of help) JUST a DOG! pictures added upon request.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Open Roads signal new directions. Windows remind us that there is a world out there. What journey does He have me on in this new year?

Recently I returned to the USA for an emergency shot in the arm of love and care by my children and my mom. It was such a blessing to sit with my loved ones and just 'be'. Sharing laughter, conversation, conflict, and even beds, I was reminded how important relationships are.
I returned home to Germany and promptly picked up a new bundle of joy. I had investigated and found a little puppy to bring to live with me right before I left. He was ready to join me 3 days after I arrived back home.

My youngest son thinks I am crazy. He just shakes his head and says, "MOM, you know how much work a dog is! Why are you doing this?"

And I do. I know the hours of training, the times that must be spent in feeding, watering, bathing, walking and even loving on a dog. I love animals. After divorce we had many dogs, cats, and rabbits that came across our path. Our longest relationships were Merry and Jubilee. They were taken care of the majority of the time by my youngest son. Not because he was told to, but just because he is an animal magnet and they were drawn to him. Merry we got specifically for him. But Jubilee was supposed to be mine. NOPE - she was my youngest son's. He ended up taking her to Texas A&M with him and Jubilee passed away there.

For me, I have never had a dog without family. I have always had someone to share the load. We all made sure that the dogs were watered, feed, and even taken outside when they needed to go. (even though Grant was main caretaker - we all cared for these animals)... But, this time I decided I needed something to do besides work. I needed something that would make me get away from my job and take some time to breath some fresh air. Yep, I needed a dog.

Now, this was a decision that did not come easily. What do you do about... and ... and ...? Finally, I decided any relationship worth having is going to take work and I need practice in between these four walls on just that! giggle!

So. I have a puppy. He is named Ebenezer: i.e. Stone of Help. He is a standard poodle and will get very big. His ancestors were the hunting dogs of kings and princes. His breed is supposed to be the second most intellegent dogs (first being border collie) and He is darling. Right now we are getting down letting me know when he needs to go outside by knocking my keys that hand on the doorknob of my front door. He already knows how to sit. And he is learning to wait patiently for his food.

He loves riding in the car and has gone with me everywhere so far (except when he has been babysat by my dear German family here).

I have not stopped moving since he arrived. Except at night, and thankfully he sleeps all night long! What does this mean in the future? I don't know. I just know that God has given me a gift. And when he comes and lies beside me I am thankful.

The King of Kings has bestowed a precious creature for me to have dominion over. May I do it well.

Your Mutating Missionary

Thursday, January 22, 2009

He invites me...

He sets a table before me.
Some questions I have been asking myself:

Will I come to His table?
Will I enjoy the meal?
Will I question the Chef?
Will I come to His table and sup?
Will I balk at the dessert?
Will I stop for a moment?
Will I come to His table and sup with Him?
Will I invite the neighbors?
Will I have a coffee afterwards?
Will I come to His table and sup with Him, laugh with Him, cry with Him?
Will I come to His table?
Oh LORD, I desire a meal with you - not in a hurry, not in a rush. A delightfully delicate delicious dinner. Would you take me there?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sing to the LORD a new song. Rejoicing in Judgment.

For the better part of the last 18 years I have read 5 Psalms a day. Not every day, but most days. Someone suggested taking the Psalms and dividing them up into 5 a day, reading them as a devotional. This allows you to finish Psalms in a month. They also suggested one Proverbs chapter a day - finishing that also in a month.
This morning brings me to one of my favorite themes: Sing a new Song! It is riddled throughout Psalms 96-100. Singing and shouting praises to our righteous God. Several things out of these verses I pondered on this morning due to the times in my home country - new governmental leaders, recession, a country continuing to walk away from God in deed and heart:
  1. Worship the LORD in holy attire (I come before Him dressed in the knowledge of my dependence upon Him.)
  2. The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. (Judgment is not harsh when it is equitable - judgment when served on a righteous platter is all good; it clarifies.)
  3. The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice. (What a marvelous vision. Because He reigns we are encouraged to rejoice, with the trees, the islands, the sea, the field. AND why? because He is coming to judge the earth. Rejoicing in Judgment.)
  4. Hate evil, you who love the LORD, who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is sown like seed for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones; and give thanks to His holy name. ( I really needed this reminder right now. I live in a dark country - so many walk independently from God. As a friend reminded me: It begins to stick to you, the negativism, the darkness, the junk. But God will deliver me from the hand of the wicked. I actually experienced this in the last month. He picked me up and took me away to a place of refreshment and recuperation.)
  5. Serve the LORD with gladness (may I enter into this with all of my heart - this year of 2009)
  6. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations. (the LORD is good and with that reality I know all is well with the world, my country, my friends, my family, and with me. I rejoice.)

What a wonderful peace overcomes me when I meditate on these truths - I sing a new song. May God grant you peace this day as you stop and worship HIM.

sing a new song

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