I’m not sleeping thinking about computers, but I can relate over-all! How about you?
There is almost a holiday for everyday of the month. Today is “Bathtub Party Day” The day came about for the simple reason that most people today don’t have time for a leisurely bath. In fact we barely have time for a quick shower! Well December 5th is different. “Bathtub Party Day” is a time to immerse yourself in a long leisurely bath.
I have looked everywhere for this holiday on the calendar, but the only place that I found it is through the e-card industry and other blogs. I heard about it on the radio this morning. Here are some great e-cards that you might enjoy. So slow down and enjoy the bubbles.
One of my favorite things to do is watch people. Especially the elderly. I find many of the things that the elderly do are humerous. (I want to make it clear that I am in no way making fun of the elderly. In fact I have a great respect and honor for many of the elderly that I have spent time with.) Some of the things that I love to watch older people do are how older couples relate to each other, how they enjoy life, what is funny to them and what they value in life. Today I want to focus on one amazing elderly woman who God chose to use while she was in her 80’s. Check out this scripture:
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38
Many of us have read about the prophetess Anna in scripture, though we don’t know much about her, we do know that she was a devout Jew. We also know that her father was named Phanuel who was from the Tribe of Asher. She was married for seven years and then her husband passed away.
What is simply amazing to me is the devotion that Anna had to God. She wasn’t just a Sunday attender, she was devoted to worship. Night and day she could be found praying and fasting. I want us to stop and take note that she was recognized as a devout Jew because she was caught seeking after God. When people seen her, she was regularly seeking after God. I believe it was due to her devotion to God, that God could trust her to use her as a prophetees. When we place a value on prayer we hear God’s voice more clearly and God is able to use us more regularly.
Some of the keys for God to use us are:
1. Can God
trust us with the information that He reveals to us?
Will we know what to do once God reveals truth to us?
must not look to recieve the glory, God must be the focal point of our worship.
I know most people in today’s culture don’t give attenetion to the elderly as past generations did, but we can find rich understanding and insight when we choose to watch and learn how past generations were used by God. Then if we apply these timeless truths to our life, we too could be the people that are written about in todays culture due to the amazing work of God and Savior – Jesus Christ.
Ahoy, me hearty, today is international talk like a pirate day! This day happens once a year on September 19th. I know this is really exciting for some of you! You’ve been waiting all year to be able to talk like a pirate….aghrrrr! I found a sight to help you to talk like a pirate. http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html I also found a talk like a pirate blog if you would like to check it out…who would have thought someone would dedicate a whole blog to TLAPD. I might suggest not to call your wife your winch. I know my wife didn’t really care for that.
And yes there is a youtube to help you talk like a pirate! aghrrrrrr!
Last week my family and I went to Atlantic Beach in North Carolina on vacation. The amazing time at the beach was filled with tanning, swimming, tours – we saw Black Beard’s house and heard many crazy stories about this evil pirate….rrrrr, chasing crabs on the beach late at night and just being with the family. It was a week full of great memories.
For me the greatest part of the trip was spending time with my wife, Jen. Yes I enjoyed being with my two amazing daughters, but there is something special about spending time with the one that you have devoted your whole life to! We had so much fun together. One night we went on a ghost walk where the tour guide would share stories of Black Beard the pirate and other happenings in Beauford, NC. It was a great night for me because there is something in me that enjoys trying to scare Jen! The kid in me surfaced many times as we went to visit the grave yard. The guide would share stories of some of the individuals who died and haunt the grave yard. They said that the person’s spirit would even touch the back of the neck of the ladies who visit the graves. At this point in the story I would reach over and touch Jen lightly behind her neck to try to scare her. (It didn’t work, but it was fun!) Even though we didn’t see any ghost, the time with Jen was great!
My second favorite thing that I did was spending time on the beach with my daughters. We would gather sea shells that had washed up on the beach. It is like treasure hunting, you never know if the next shell that you find is the perfect shell that you have been looking for. The girls would get extremely excited as they found shells along the beach. They would rush over to me, to make sure that I saw the new shell that they had found.
Well, I don’t want to turn this into family video time. (For those who have had to endure family videos.) TTFN! Life is fun when you are making memories.
You may have notice the mynakedpastor.com tag on my blog. I just heard about Troy Gramling this morning. Troy will be on a 24-hour webcam for five weeks starting 9/9. The thought that came to me as I read about Troy was, “what would people see in my life if I had a webcam connected to me for 24 hours?” Would my life look any different than our culture? Would I display Godly characteristics that would encourage and help others to live out their faith?
I am all for reaching the post-modern / post church, BUT – yes but, I believe their is a fine line between reaching people with the gospel message and blending in with the culture so much that we no longer carry the presence and the power of God for daily living out our life as we see in 2 Peter 1. I would hope that people would see that being a believer is fun, that I take my relationship with God seriously, that I honor and interact with my family in a way that builds them up in Christ. I know for me, each morning after I spend time in scripture and prayer I go to my wife’s computer and I see digital scripture note on her desk top…that is so encouraging to read what God is doing in her life. So I would hope that my life would give honor to God (true worship) and bring encouragement to the body of Christ. What would people say about your life?