Thursday, September 11, 2014

Exciting News Spawning a Big Question

Already I love this Baby!

December 9, 2014—not only our 42nd anniversary, also the due date for our next GRAND-child. We are thrilled that Jeff and Aubrey are expecting their third little one.

With the announcement of each baby, my habit is to ask God for a scripture to pray for that child.
Psalm 22:30-31 was his answer this time.

“Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.”

God’s answer led to a question …

How do you do that? How do you proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn?

I love God’s words to Jeremiah. He records for us in 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;” And Paul’s words too, “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Ephesians 1:4

Precious Baby Feet
And the familiar words of Psalm 139 speak of God’s activity as well in the lives of the unborn. "For
you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Wonderful are your works; … My frame was not hidden from you, … Your eyes saw my unformed substance;” (phrases from verses 14-16)

What does it look like to join with God in his activity before a child is born?

Moms, grandmas, everyone—I’d love to hear your thoughts.

“Our children and their children will get in on this. As the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news—that God does what he says.”                                        Psalm 22:30 and 31, The Message

Thursday, September 4, 2014

School or Church



School or church. That was the choice. 

Our sons were in grade school and as a former grade school teacher it seemed natural to respond to the call for parent volunteers. 

And then there was my desire to be involved in the women’s ministry of our church. I enjoy leading Bible studies and I think I’m pretty good in that arena.

And then the rest of life—hospitality, neighbors, extended family—there was always something good to give my time to.

With so many options presenting themselves that fall, my husband stepped in and suggested I choose between a more formal commitment at the boys’ school or at our church. That was hard! I wanted to do both. I wanted to be super-woman. 

In the end, I chose our church.

But with my decision, I felt a bit of awkwardness, a bit of fear even. What will the teachers and other parents think when I’m not volunteering at the school carnival? That people-pleaser tendency is very real.

I felt a bit guilty as well. I really should be helping. 

This crazy thought kept circling, I should be able to do it all. Ahhh, should the key that unlocked my predicament. The word that when heard steers decisions. Possibly in the wrong direction.

Years later as I ponder other involvement opportunities, I finally get it. Our sons are grown and married now, but good opportunities continue to abound. Should does not enter the decision. 

Desire does; capacity does; calling does; but not should.

For years I meditated on the first words of I Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,” and that’s where I stopped. Today I looked at the rest of the verse, “that you may proclaim the excellences’ of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (Emphasis mine) Out of the darkness of confusion, out of the shoulds, into his marvelous light!

I love the way Eugene Peterson in The Message Bible sums up the fruit of the Spirit verses in Galatians 5, "We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely." (Emphasis mine)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”                                                                                                                       (Matthew 11:28-30)




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sally Breedlove

I'm: so excited! Sally Breedlove is coming to Colorado Springs! More info coming soon. But you may want to check out her website:

www.sallybreedlove.com

Back with you in a few weeks. Thoughts are piling up!     Love, sue

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Choosing Rest


If you don't have this book, RUN ... don't walk ... to Amazon and order it.

 http://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Rest-Cultivating-Sunday-Monday/dp/1576832929/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407206762&sr=1-1

It's a hint of the blessing ahead.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unscrewing My Big Toe








“We all need space, time, and place to ponder our Rubber band balls.”

That’s what August is for us—for Bill and me.

It is space to listen for the voice of God without the hammers of life competing for our attention. It is time away from the normal of life; the mail is on hold; the newspapers have been stopped; the responsibilities of home left behind.                                                                                                And it is a special place away from our home.

It is vacation.

Ocracoke, a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina was where this habit began. Bill loved walking the beach alone each morning. My choice was this wonderful coffee shop. After claiming my brew of the day, I found a comfortable Adirondack chair to be with God.


Then we discovered Los Vados, a rental home tucked in a canyon near Moab, Utah. Los Vados (The crossings … we crossed three streams before finding it.) offered solitude in the midst of the desert. I loved the covered front porch and spent many mornings lingering in desert beauty.




 

Most recently, our Sanctuary provides the haven we need to recharge. The property, an inholding in the San Isabel National Forest, boasts of a sea of green with majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

All three, places of solitude and silence for us; places to be and places to listen. They are places to connect with God. They are some of my favorite “S-C” places.

 

I remember my friend Carole Mayhall calling places like this, places to unscrew your big toe and let it all flow out. Her picture communicated. And as the all of the busyness of the last year flows out, there is room for the new and the next to come in. Ahhhh, refreshing rejuvenation.





So as Bill and I are away for the month of August, Echoes of Grace is taking its annual vacation along with us. There will be no regular posts during August. But do check in each Thursday for special announcements. And I look forward to reconnecting with you on September 4 with a post about all our many choices.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He
leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 2 and 3


I hear it'll cure just about anything. ;)
I hear it'll cure just about anything.

Remember, to check in each Thursday in August. You won't want to miss the invitation you find there.