Archive for June, 2010

REFLECTION: Was it You who touched me?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

As Eva and I discussed our deeper thoughts, more intriguing ones bubbled up to the surface.  At times, I wonder what others would think if they overheard the excitement and thrill we share.  Perhaps some would think that we were school girls, sharing the romance each of us are experiencing.  The truth is, both of us are over 50 and if I am not mistaken, there is at least 20 years between us.  …and yet, we still are able to share shrieks of joy and euphoric ecstasy.  Romance, you may ask.  Yes, deep romance…deeper than all other romance… for it is one with the Father.

My thoughts now move on to my best buddy, Nancy, and then to Shawna.  As I reflect on our times together, I realize that our conversations are similar in that pure excitement and joy begin to flow when we share and when we recognize what the Father is doing in our lives.

Would you consider us insane?  Perhaps on my part since I know I am a bit wonky and goofy, but the others, I don’t think so.  I don’t think they qualify to receive that title yet.

Like a movie camera quickly withdrawing from a close-up to one that reflects a panoramic view, the picture in my mind’s eye now is on a group of Spirit-filled Christians singing their hearts out  to the Father.  At times, I notice tears rolling down the face of one or another and yet a smile still radiates from their faces.  I must admit that many times, tears roll down my face, too, as  I sing of how the Father has touched my life.

The song “Shout to the Lord” now comes to mind and with your permission, I share a few stanzas….

“My Jesus, My Savior,
Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days
I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
Let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand,
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.”

With my mind’s eye, I can see and hear individuals, men and women, young and old alike, singing their hearts out lovingly to the Father, expressing their heartfelt sentiments because they know, without a doubt, Who touched them.  I am confident each one would admit that they have a true and loving romance with the Father.

You ARE welcome to join us if you so choose.  You, too, are free to engage in the truest romance… with the Father.  And so I extend the invitation and say…”taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” (Psalm 34:8)

God bless,

Melissa – June 28, 2010

Reflection in the Garden: I sure am glad you aren’t God!

Saturday, June 12th, 2010
About two weeks ago, I had my encounter with a 24 hour blood pressure gadget.  “Our” first encounter started out all wrong and I wondered why the gadget didn’t do anything for the first 2 hours.  Nicole came to my rescue and with her pragmatic mind, she very quickly discovered that the clinic had forgotten to include the batteries for it.

With the batteries finally intact, my 24 hour journey attached to the gadget began.  Because of its novelty and having the motor tucked into a casing similar to a holster, I began humming the tune of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.  I was so tempted to bring along a hose “pistol head” along with me when we went out and pretend it was my gun.  Much to our children’s delight, I left that behind.

“Our” first 24 hours “together” proved that the gadget and I didn’t see eye to eye.  The print out from the clinic revealed that only 15 valid readings were taken.  The kids said it was probably because I moved around too much.

Four days later, my second “walk” with the 24 hour blood pressure gadget began.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t move too much, but I didn’t want to give up gardening all together.  The clinic did mention that I should continue doing what I normally did so that they could determine what my blood pressure was throughout the day.  And so I did…
Although it was extremely irritating and I felt totally shackled, I promised myself that I would stand still whenever my blood pressure was being taken.  So…the moment the whrrrr of the machine started, I would stand still.  I didn’t mind stopping for a while, but when the gadget decided to pump itself up 2 or more times (as if it wanted to make sure that it was reading what it “saw” correctly), my patience wore thin.  I finally “told” it to hurry up because I couldn’t stand still any longer.  Nevertheless, that gadget seemed to have a mind of its own and it decided to take one reading after another, leaving me with only a few free minutes in between.  As my frustration grew while I tried to remain still, I finally told the Father that I am so glad He wasn’t like the darn gadget.  He knows me so well and He knows all my shortcomings and yet some how,  He lovingly works around my quirks and all…giving me the freedom to be me.

As if on cue, the blood pressure monitor pumped up again and I muttered…“I sure am glad you aren’t God!!!!”

God bless,

Melissa – June 9 , 2010