Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Serve the Children

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
(3 John 4 NIV)

Bible Study Fellowship met Wednesday mornings at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. I was the Secretary, maintaining membership rolls and assisting with class administration.

One day my husband came home from work and announced, “You need to get a job!” Three years of being a stay-at-home mom was skidding to an abrupt halt. No more Newcomers’ Club, no more party bridge, no more tennis, no more school volunteer. I returned to the world of checks and balances.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

God's Instrument

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
(Matthew 5:42 NIV)

The piano is my instrument. I am God’s instrument. He coats my mind and the piano’s stretched strings with tones to bless others and point them to Him. Every time I look down at black and white keys I confess, “Lord, I cannot do this. Please do it through me.” I don’t understand how it works, how He meticulously deposits harmonious vibrations into His creation. It’s a mystery. He gets all the glory.

The Georgia Music Educators Association’s Large Group Performance Evaluation was held the second week of March at Newton High School in Covington, Georgia. The Morgan County Middle and High School choruses produced magnificent, intricate melodies on the auditorium’s stage with me at the piano.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bless This House

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
(Proverbs 16:3 NIV)

Bible verses are inscribed on the wooden frames of our new house. God’s words above doorways and windows, hidden under sheetrock and paint, remind my husband and me who the legitimate property-owner is.

Our new home took 3 years, 3 sets of plans and 3 builders to complete. We had our plans, our timetable, but God had something better in mind.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
(Proverbs 19:21 NIV)

I grew up near the water. Relocating to Birmingham in 1992 forced us to leave behind our beloved Catalina 22 sailboat. Five years later we invested in a pontoon boat to enjoy Alabama lakes. A weekend place on Lake Martin and twin jet skis soon followed. Unpacking boxes in Georgia in 2009 I declared, “no more vacation homes.”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Least-Likely Servant

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I,
that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’”
(Exodus 3:11 NIV)

“Not me, Lord! Surely someone else is better suited.” Have you ever uttered those words? If so, you’re in good company.

Moses was rescued from certain death, adopted as a son in Egypt’s royal family, and called by God to lead His people out of slavery. He had a lot on his plate, including a silver spoon. When Moses tried to fulfill God’s calling his own way, murderous actions forced a desert escape. Forty years later, Moses, well past his prime, was again called by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. “I’m not qualified! I’m a failure.” he argued.

Wait a minute! What other Hebrew had been miraculously raised in an imperial palace since infancy? Which Israelite knew the accepted protocols, people and culture better than Moses? Who better knew how to lead a horde of broken people through the desert than a humbled shepherd who had toiled there 40 years?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Out of Your Comfort Zone

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
(Isaiah 6:8 NIV)

What is a Child Passenger Safety Technician? Three months ago I didn’t know. Our local crisis pregnancy center director asked, “Who will take my place as CPST?” I accepted the call.

My first assignment was to observe a class. The second was to attend three days of intense training two hours away. Off I go to Cartersville, Georgia for three nights at the Hampton Inn.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Leaning on the Holy Spirit

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
(1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV)

My family likes to tease me. I’m a klutz. When we are out together and come upon a curb in the parking lot, they become circus clowns tripping over the tiny blob of raised cement.

It all started on a trip to Washington, DC several years ago. Strolling through a restaurant parking lot, I stumbled over a curb and clumsily danced in a circle to avoid falling. What a scene!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Good Shepherd

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
(John 10:14 NIV)

Christ’s followers are “Sheep In Training (SIT)”. They sit and wait on Jesus, the perfect Shepherd. He tends His sheep, placing their needs before His. They faithfully follow Him wherever He leads, eternally connected, the sheep and the Shepherd.

The audience at the Morgan County High School production of “Godspell” was reminded how silly and foolish sheep can be. In one scene Jesus directed his followers to sit at his right side as they would, like sheep, in eternity. The players slowly made their way across the stage on hands and knees, “baa”ing back and forth to each other like children playing a game. Jesus abruptly stood in front of them and “baa”ed to get their attention. This sidesplitting scene in the show revealed that Jesus speaks our language, whatever it is, and will get our attention.