January 9, 2010

Healing changes are subtle…

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:20 pm by nonalynn

The process of healing…

“It’s been a hard year, but I’m climbing out of the rubble.

These lessons are hard, healing changes are subtle,

but every day — it’s less like tearing, more like building,

less like captive, more like willing,

less like breakdown, more like surrender,

less like haunting, more like remember.

And, I feel you here, and you’re picking up the pieces – forever faithful.

Seemed out of my hands, a bad situation- you are able.

And in your hands, the pain and hurt look less like scars and more like character.

Less like a prison, more like my room, less like a casket, more like a womb,

Less like dying, more like transcending, less like fear, less like an ending.

Just a little while ago, I couldn’t feel the power or the hope, couldn’t cope, didn’t feel a thing…

Just a little while back, I was desperate, broken, laid out… hoping you would come-

And I need you    and I want you here   and I feel you

And I feel you here and you’re picking up the pieces… forever faithful” ~Sara Groves

Sara Groves is one of my favorite artists-  she has a way of identifying things with words that I have experienced.  Odd how I’ve loved her music for years, and at different seasons of life God has brought back to mind words that are in the music… I think that is why the writer of many Psalms says it is crucial to hide God’s word in his heart.  We may not identify with it at the moment, but when we are going through life, different circumstances arise that cause God’s Spirit to bring the words to mind… because we have the words in our heart.  God’s desire for me is a full and satisfying life-  In John 4:34, Jesus described great satisfaction in doing God’s will.  Fulfilling the work God had planned for his life was more satisfying than food.  So, if I want that satisfaction, then I need to do what I was created for… God has planned good works for me to do (Eph 2:10), and I have a new purpose now (2Tim 2:4-6).  “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us… the night is coming and then no one can work .”  ~John 9:4

The process of healing takes place over time, and even though at one time the wound was fresh, it has a scab now, and the new skin underneath is forming-  soon there will just be a scar that will fade with time and eventually look more like character.  In God’s hands, I am held, healed, helped.  “I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.” Psalm 51:14

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”  1Cor 13:7

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December 23, 2009

Shopping…

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:49 am by nonalynn

with girls and boy…

Today I had the fun of going to the mall with my lovely niece, Annie, age 10, and my own children, Grace -age 4 and Ethan -age 3.  We went into several stores, getting everything from open ended metric wrenches (yes, I had to have it written down) to pink lotion, a must-have for my daughter.  When we were in a store just for girls ‘Justice’, we were looking at pretty clothes with flowers and butterflies, puppies and roses, and pink curly hair ribbons, and sequin-studded fur-trimmed sweaters, and sparkly purses in hot pink and lavender…

In the midst of this feast for our senses, Ethan states “Mom, my feet are really tired of this store.”

December 20, 2009

Who’s influencing you today?

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:34 pm by nonalynn

Just thinking out loud…

So, everyone’s talking about this new movie, Avatar.  After listening to an interview with James Cameron, I decided to look into it a bit.  Avatar is the first movie he’s directed since Titanic.  In the interview, he stated that the Hindu faith influenced this movie~ that the title, Avatar, is a Hindu word meaning the incarnation/manifestation of a divine being or deity on earth… to put a consciousness into an alternate being.   Obvious difference between this and Christianity is many gods vs. only One.  Immediately, I thought, how odd?  that he would have this movie coming out at Christmas, a time when Christians around the world celebrate the appearance, human birth of a divine being, and not just any “divine being”, but the only one true living God, Jesus made flesh to dwell among us.  The Bible describes God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (see John 1) possibly confusing to those who don’t know that Jesus existed with the Father in heaven before he was born on earth many years ago.   Avatar, in the Hindu faith, actually means descents (plural, and innumerable) of Vishnu, part of the Hindu trinity.  Traditionally, there are ten avatars who are most famous for their influence on human society.  Avatar can refer to any number of gods in the flesh, who deliberately descended from heaven to earth.  This is quite different from Christianity.  In the Bible, God came to earth as a baby, as my kids are learning about Jesus in our nativity set… here is “baby God”.  Just important to note that I don’t want to make too much about a movie, as I will most likely rent it… not a huge fan of the theatre.  James Cameron’s choice for a movie title just got me thinking… I just want to be alert and know what is influencing the movies and entertainment I choose to see.  When a person is rooted in God’s Word, and His Word and Spirit lives in them, they can see the truth and the lies about them.  Have you been in God’s Word today?  More importantly, is He in you?