Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Holy Spirit Spa

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Have you ever been to the spa? I don’t go very often unless there’s a special occasion like a wedding or a special family vacation where all the girls get to go. When I think back about my spa experiences, I’m brought back to a place of peace. A place of tranquility and rest. I love to walk in and feel safe. I love to get naked (tmi?) and put on those soft white fluffy robes with the soft slippers. They hand you an ice-cold beverage with lemons in it and a straw to top it off. I remember thinking, “does this have to end?” I mean really, picture it- there’s soft piano music playing, the room is dark, the large waterfall to the left is slowly trickling down. With each rub I feel the stress and pressures of the world slowly melt away. For an hour or two I am relaxed, at peace and all is well with my world. But then, like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end…or do they?

What if there was a place we could go whenever we wanted. It would be a place of rejuvenation, rest, and peace. What if we didn’t have to go to a spa and pay top dollar for that experience? Would we go often?  Heck yeah! What if we didn’t even have to leave our home? Bonus, right?!

I am here to tell you that God’s Holy Spirit Spa awaits you. Try to get there early, before your kids wake for the best experience possible. Leave your shoes at the door. Come naked- with all your troubles, insecurities, and fears. Let Him put on your robe of righteousness as you enter in. Stop for a moment. Do you hear that? It’s the fountain of living water.  Go to this fountain and you will never thirst again. But this fountain isn’t trickling down, it’s gushing, pouring over. No reservation needed here. God’s already written your name in the book. Oh wait, what’s that music? No, not your stock cd of melodic piano music. Oh no, this is much, much more glorious. Look up. It’s the heavenly host of angels singing holy, holy, holy is the Lamb of God who is worthy to be praised. Instead of feeling awkward and naked in front of a stranger and telling them where the pressure points are in your body, you can begin this experience by telling the Lord- who saw you in your mothers womb, who knew you before you were even formed, and who says, “my child, you are no stranger to me”- begin by telling Him where it hurts. Tell Him your pressure points. Let Him anoint you with oil. This isn’t store bought oil from a bottle. This is healing oil from heaven. Ask Him to release the tension in your shoulders. He already knows you’ve been uptight about some things.

And when this Holy Spirit spa comes to end and your feeling relaxed, at peace. Rested. There will be an angel at the door. She will hand you a coupon (we all love a good coupon, right?). And the coupon reads “This coupon is good for unlimited sessions at the Holy Spirit Spa. No reservations needed. Just come. I love you and I can’t wait for our time together again. Love, God. Expiration: Never.”

Isaiah 61:10 (NIV) “I delight greatly in the LORD;  my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness”

John 4:14  (MSG) “anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

Isaiah 6:3 (NIV) “And they were calling to one another:  ”Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Psalm 23:5 (NIV) “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Psalm 68:9 (NIV)

“You gave abundant showers, O God;

You refreshed your weary inheritance.”

 

Enjoy your spa day!

Outer Piece or Inner Peace

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We had the neighbor boys come over tonight to play with my kids. My daughter Hope and her friend Thomas were working diligently on a puzzle of the United States of America. He said something that really got my attention. He told Hope he was looking for an outer piece.

And a thought occurred to me- How many of us are looking for outer ‘peace’. I just need one more scrapbook toy, I just need to buy some new clothes, I just need my house to be completely clean- then I will be happy and at peace! (Trust me, I’m preaching to the choir here).

The problem is that all these things can never bring inner peace. Moments of temporary happiness, maybe. But there’s a peace that God gives that is on the inside (inner). Even those times when your life feels like the waves are crashing in all around you. God says in John 14:27 (NIV)

“27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

So next time you find yourself going back into your old habits looking into outer ‘piece’, stop yourself and ask the Lord to fill you up with more of Him. When I read His word, He gives me peace. When I stop and quiet myself before Him in prayer, He gives me peace. He is the only One that can fill you with inner ‘peace’ that is not temporary.

Psalm 4:8 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

God Confidence

I remember growing up. The memories I have are not pleasant ones. They are filled with unsafe people.  Some people tell me their childhood was so depressing, that they have blacked much of it out. If only I were so lucky. I remember. In the past, I have struggled with self esteem issues due to much of my haunting past. As a child, I never remember feeling pretty. I do remember being a bit chunky and going through the awkward JR High years. Plain face, boys haircut, and a few extra pounds. Not very promising for a JR high girl. Then in High School I figured out the whole make up thing, lost weight, and found my identity in being some what of a rebel. I often tried to be the class clown and was always in trouble. I liked this new found image. I enjoyed the attention (although negative from many) and started getting noticed from the boys. The only problem was, I was still that insecure little girl on the inside who had to grow up way too fast. My idea of beauty and of love was very distorted.

Unfortunately, this carried into my adult life. I felt like my self worth was based on how good I looked. My image. I opened up credit cards I couldn’t afford to pay. I wore things that didn’t leave much to the imagination. There was still a little girl on the inside crying out…’Do you think I’m beautiful?’

It wasn’t until I had tried everything else, that I had decided to give this Jesus a try. A friend kept inviting me to a Bible Study, and I finally said yes. (There’s SO much more to my testimony, but we will save that for another blog!) I started reading His Word, and found out that God was crazy about me. I found out that He loved me just the way I was. I didn’t have to do anything to make Him love me. He just did, because I was His.  I didn’t have to wear designer clothes or even do my make up for that matter. God thinks I’m beautiful! Wow! The King is enthralled by your beauty. –Psalm 45:11

As I read, I learned that while the world looks at the outside, that God looks on the inside. He looks at our heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 – “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I wish I could say that this was a quick lesson in my life, but it took me many years to overcome some of the insecurities from my past. I will never forget when I was in Bible College. The Lord did such a mighty work there. We were having a special evening speaker, and I still remember it so clearly. I was sobbing, worshiping Him. And I remember feeling something on the  inside of me. Something changed. And I heard Him say to me “you are free from the fear of man”. You see, for my whole life, I lived  with a certain insecurity that no one would have ever known. You see, I’ve always been funny and outgoing. I always made people laugh. But what no one knew, was that I would get nervous around people or worry that I would have nothing to say in conversation.  The Lord freed me that night.

I have made a full circle today. I still love to make people laugh, it’s His gift inside of me. But I don’t feel the pressure to do so. And I love to wear cute clothes but it’s not my identity and it’s not who I am. It’s only a small part of me. And also, If I’m in a quiet mood, I don’t have to apologize for not being the life of the party. God just thinks I’m so stinkin beautiful just the way I am! Do I think too highly of myself? Heck no, I’ve come to the realization that I am NOTHING apart from Him- and I’m so glad!

The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah 3:17

  • God thinks you are beautiful.
  • He is wild in love with YOU.
  • He is crazy about you.
  • He loves you so much that He can’t wait to spend more time with you.

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you. — Isaiah 62:5

For more about this topic I highly recommend Angela Thomas‘ book Do You Think I’m Beautiful?

Time To Clean The Fish Bowl

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I was trying to clean my beta fish today. If you know anything about Beta fish, they are very resilient. I am amazed at how long this little fishy has lived. I have to admit (please don’t call the SPCA on me) there have been times when we went out of town and no one fed or checked on fishy.Every time we would get home I would just pray he would be alive so I could feed him!
I was noticing today as I changed his extremely dirty little bowl his fear to get scooped up. Now, I tried to imagine if it was me, and I was going about my day like every other day and a big scooper just appeared in my house. I might be a little freaked out. So I stuck his greenish muddled bowl next to the bigger, cleaner bowl. He still wouldn’t let me scoop him! Doesn’t he see I only have the best intentions for him? Doesn’t he realize that I have something better for him?!
And so it is with us. We are Gods kids. He has something better for us. He wants us to allow Him to scoop us up and put us in a better place, but fear holds us back. We are so plagued by..what if it doesn’t work out, what if I don’t like change..what if..what if… And we choose to live in our safe (although sometimes dirty) little world.
I want to challenge you today: Next time you find yourself fearing that change that is about to take place, the unknown- Remind yourself of this: If it doesn’t work out, you are a better person for trying and if it does…aren’t you glad?!

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
ps. Fishy is much happier now in his big clean bowl!

The Perfect Egg

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As I was making eggs, sunny side up I realized that I almost always break the yoke when I try to turn the egg too soon. I get impatient and think surely the yoke must be ready by now. And quickly I flip it and the yoke has broken. But today I waited. And guess what? Perfect egg yoke- not one broken!
How many times have we tried to rush God or rush what we want only to find it’s not God’s time yet. And sometimes we end up broken. Like the broken egg, our impatience can make quite the mess!
And don’t get me wrong. The egg tastes “okay”. But had I waited, the egg would be full of yoke and rich with flavor. God doesn’t just want us to settle for “okay” in our lives, He wants the best for us. He wants our lives to be rich and full of flavor- not just “okay”.
Today, if it’s not yet time to flip the egg, just wait. It will be time and if you wait patiently on the Lord He will make you a perfect egg.