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Come to the Table

“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soulthan their simplicity might suggest. ” 
                ~ Thomas More
God loves all who hate evil,
And those who love him he keeps safe,
Snatches them from the grip of the wicked.
                 ~ Psalm 97:10
     My mom was a great believer in routine. Not obsessive, more like, “hugged” the routine.  We had dishtowels that she had been given that she loosely followed for washing, ironing, cleaning etc. But it was beyond that, we nearly always went to the same service at church, we had routines for getting ready for school, bed, church etc.  She did all of thise with love, as did my father who also was a fan of having a routine.
    When I complained, my mom would remind me that in times of trouble the routine would get me through.  And it did!  When I was newly divorced as a 20 something, my dad “walked” me to get my endorphins going, my mom handed me a basket of laundry to fold, or something to prepare for dinner. Setting the table so that it looked lovely was another mood booster. Tasks that let my mind move freely while keeping my hands busy.
     I find that I return to those things when trouble knocks as well.  Often, the first thing I do is clean, or fold laundry until my emotion is worked out, or I get so busy that I don’t even notice until much later, that things are much better.
     My habit for the past several years is to listen to K-LOVE on the way to and from work. It keeps my mind on the Lord, no matter what else is happening.  The lyrics are so right on target when I least expect it.
    No matter what you are going through, cleaning off the table, setting it with your best dinnerware and treating yourself like a guest,  having dinner with Jesus will always help to organize my mind and soul as well.
Come to the Table – Sidewalk Prophets
Come to the table!
Because of Him,

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If you always do what you always did…

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today. 

            ~ Author Unknown
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
            ~ Romans 15:13
     I guess I heard it first when I was younger.  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It was attributed to Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain.  The bottom line is it applied.  But it didn’t sink in again until I started going to Weight Watchers.  My instructor said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”
     I thought she was funny until I realized that I was trying to lose weight employing the same methods I had in the past.  This went along well and good until I was in a place where I thought I had no friends.  My daughter said, “If you always look at it the same way, you will never see anything differently.”  She was right, and wise to tell me, even though there is no way I wanted to hear it.
     Then we went on vacation (my husband and I) and I noticed that I felt better ordering certain things from the menu.  At the end of the week, I felt my body changing and I remembered those wise words.  I needed to change something up.  So, when I returned home, I started taking the “Fitbit” challenges that my family lay down, I started to do more at the gym, and in a different order.  I had no idea that it was preparing me for something else.
     Recently, my husband was in the hospital after shortness of breath.  It was a new challenge, and totally unexpected (at least for me.) But what it meant was, calling in the prayer warriors (always a good thing,) listening to the doctors in a new way, and being resolved to move forward toward health.
     The same thing applies to our faith.  If we repeat things over and over, and expect something different, we are in for no surprises. But if we start to really listen, be true to what we hear the Lord tell us, instead of wanting to please everyone around us, the change begins to occur.  As we move closer to the Lord, and our spouses, friends, sisters and brothers in faith are trying to move closer to the Lord, we inevitably move closer to each other on this journey.
    Take a look at your thinking with regard to routine, change, diet, etc.  Do you have “stinkin’ thinkin’?”  Negative self-talk?  Are you able to receive praise and say thank you, standing in the light of God’s grace?  The fingers are all pointing at me, not  you.  I am just sharing what is helping, and looking forward to your responses as you see the joy that is set before you.
     Because of Him,

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The Slumber of Routine

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.   

        ~ Henry van Dyke

The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity.
       ~ Colossians 1:28
     Common sense is so underrated, and so lacking.  And sometimes those who possess it lose their vision when encompassed with pressure and/or emotion.  I am not known for my skills with numbers, but I was taught some simple formulas and routines that work for me.  My husband is incredibly gifted with numbers (and so much else!) and he was in a quandary about a particular expense and how to estimate the number when the data was not recorded.
    I quickly came up with the formula that I was taught, and he was able to proceed.  If he had not been mired in grieving, no doubt he’d have been able to recall the formula, but the numbers would not come because of other factors.
     Sometimes we see others that we depend on lost for what to do next.  And we get frustrated because they are not who they used to be, or not who we expect them to be, and it throws off our routine.  If we return to the simple message of Christ risen and us forgiven and a new creature in Christ, we can deal more readily with the blessings of toil on earth, and be more tolerant and kinder in the long run.
     Today, pray for that one who is fallen from routine.  It may be God’s way of waking you.
Because of Him,

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Where you Lead

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.  The danger of the future is that man may become robots. 

      ~ Erich Fromm

 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
    ~ Joshua 1:9
If the Lord my God is with me, wherever I go,
then the law will not encase me like casings and bolts.
If the Lord my God is with me, wherever I go,
routine will not secure my feet like a moving stage.
If the Lord my God is with me, wherever I go,
the clock will not dictate with its tick and tock
There will be just enough room in the air 
     on the ground
            between the hands…
for the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Him,
Carol King …a worship song?!

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Daily Tasks

How much of our lives are well…so daily.  How often our hours are filled with the mundane, seemingly unimportant things that have to be done, whether at home or work.  These very “daily” tasks could become a celebration of praise.  “It is through consecration,” someone has said, “that drudgery is made divine.”

     Gigi Graham Tchvidian, 1945-    

     American Writer, Speaker, D. Billy Graham


“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,”

      Titus 2:11-12 ESV


Yesterday was the first day back to school after the vacation.  There was a lot of “Happy New Year!” in the halls, but not much joy.  We have been hit hard in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut.  Hurricane Sandy tried to knock us down with a powerful blow, and then Sandy Hook Elementary School was hit.  Joy, even after the holidays, is not as abundant as one might hope.  Except among the children.

They cheered “Happy New Year!” all day long, they told of travels, gifts, good things that happened to them. They asked about my holidays.  I went into the lunch room and heard a colleague say, “Well, one more year.” in a dull, unremarkable tone.  For me it was like standing at a crossroads.  I chose to leave the room and think about it some more.  Yes, one more year. One more year to soak up all that joy that the kids share every day.  One more year to tell someone when they look good, or how good it is to see them.  One more year to praise the name of the One who loves us.  One more year to make a difference.

Today as you go about your daily tasks, “Make it a good day.” as my pastor says.  It is a choice. A choice to make some new prints toward home on the road less taken.

Because of Him,


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