Saturday, May 31, 2008

YeEEHaa

YeEEHaa! Yep, that was me last night. We had our bi-monthly FUN Night at the church last night for the gals. This month we did (drum roll please) Line Dancing! What a HOOT!

Sporting white capri pants and my denim jean jacket I was ready. However, I think I giggled more than I did really move my body. To know that there are a few women BEHIND me actually seeing this giggle fest of mine, and my attempt at good rhythm, made me laugh all the more!

By the very last round of "Let's do it again..." I think I had it down.

Yes, I can testify that even the geekiest of Theology junkies can country boogie with the best. It may not be pretty, but I had a blast!

"Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with strings and flute." Ps. 150:4

~ DeDe

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Still Swinging into Action

I LOVE the Indiana Jones movie series. My favorite, is the search for the Ark of the Covenant, a DANDY! My hubby and I slipped away today to see the newest to the list, the search for the Crystal Skull.

As true to character, Harrison Ford swings into action. However, a little slower these days and sporting a grey head of hair. Yet he still knows how to capture the audience. Twists and turns, Russians, bugs and of COURSE there is a snake.

As he went on his adventure, I thought of Caleb in the book of Joshua, where he was older now, yet still 'ready to go'. Joshua chapter 14, it has been 44 years, since he and Joshua spied out The Promise Land. Caleb is now 85, and they do possess the Land. Caleb approaches Joshua (now in charge), reminding him of the promise God had made to him, that he WOULD possess land.

His words are full of conviction and energy. “So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then."

Caleb and Indy Jones have two things in common that we can learn from ~ Oh, that we too would approach life and battles with such vigor. There may not be a truck load of Russians chasing us, or a people group on the hill to overtake. But there is enough in our day that requires our energy, passion and battle tactics.

So put on the holy garments, cinch up your belt of truth and head on out!

~ DeDe

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Power from Heaven

WhaooOO. We had some major thunder and lightning last night. The kind you can see approaching from the distance. Yet, doesn't really make it to you until you are no longer paying attention. This is NOT a common sight for the skies of Northwestern Oregon!

At one point it hit so hard and loud it shook the house. I was actually waiting to hear car alarms go off, instead the dogs began to bark throughout the neighborhood, 'something' had entered their territory, and they didn't like it.

Sure (wink) it was an atmospheric collision between the elements of cold and hot, dry and wet, but by golly, it is these times that you really remember WHO is indeed in charge. In my vast and wild imagination, I can see the angels as they look down and comment, "There goes the reminder again."

The power of God ~ wouldn't it be great if we could put it in a bottle and save it for those days that just swinging your feet over the side of the bed is the maximum of strength you can muster.

If we could just muster enough brain activity, heart awareness, and a bit of the bowing of head, perhaps we would know the power of God. Knowing simply:

God is.

Thank you for Your display of power, continue to reminds us Lord!

~ DeDe

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Landslide

I once heard that "A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind." If this statement is true, then I am doing okay for myself and I am "... in my right mind." Keeping my desk clean is a major discipline for me ~ that I continually fail to uphold.

The pile behind my laptop has grown and become so heavy, it has indeed slid down and now rests against my lamp. I MUST confess, that this photo does not display the pile of books going up the legs of the folding table.

Need you ask "Why not clean it?" Well, I actually have a method to this landslide of a mess:

1. Materials needing a 'look at now and then' behind laptop
2. Material needing attention NOW, off to right of laptop
3. Bible and current study material on folding table

PULEEZE, do not write and ask me to find any research material from last year, because "... honey it ain't gonna be found."

Yep, I am a geeky, messy - method to my madness gal ! And to think, some wonder why I have a hard time keeping track of my glasses.

~ DeDe

Friday, May 16, 2008

A Strong Ox Am I


This is good, I HAD to share this. This morning in my devotion time, I read briefly from a Hebrew Rabbi ~ (I paraphrase).

When going through a rough time or trial, we tend to question God "why?" Psalm 11:5 says "...The Lord tests (examines) the righteous...", the Rabbi had this to say, "When a man possesses 2 oxen, one strong the other feeble, upon which does he put the yoke? Surely upon the strong one. Similarly God tests none but the righteous. In our trials we ask not "why", but "HOW?" Continuing on with "will I grow stronger through this?"

I summarize it this way ... as God allows testing and rough times to come my way, He considers me the strong one, and wants me even stronger. God's favor on my life is evident in many ways, this IS one of those ways. Deut. 32:4 "The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He."

Not only are we to ask "How can I grow through this?" Perhaps consider David's example as he takes it a step further. Requesting WITH an invitation "Search me O God, and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts." (Ps. 139:23)

Jesus says this about the yoke, Matthew 11:29 "Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you". (The Message)

As our perspective changes IN the rough times, not only are we strengthened, but we will be able to testify as Job did, "But He knows the way that I take when He has tested me, I will come forth as GOLD."

Jesus bring on that unforced rhythm of grace, make me even stronger and may I shine as pure gold in Your sight.

A strong ox am I

~DeDe

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oh the SUN!


The sun was out today, shining wonderfully and there is promise of it tomorrow. May I offer words of excitement ~ WHAHOO! I SOOO need to work on my tan. I have the faded Oregonian look not-much-seasonal-sun skin tone again.

I have all the books laid out ready, with notebook, pen and highlighter. All I need is a few minutes, to soak it in, enjoy the warmth, then I dawn my sunglasses and begin to read.

There is something to be said about the warm breeze, the rays of the sun, and the wind chimes singing their song. What a wonderful back drop to study Hermeneutics and Exegesis. Yep, I am a sun-lovin NERD. BUT, I will soon be a TANNED sun-lovin nerd!

"From the rising of the sun to the going down of it and from east to west the name of LORD be praised!" (Ps. 113:3)

~ DeDe

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Stop ~ Pause

How often we are running so fast through life that we miss some of the good stuff? Run right by something or someone that if we were to stop or at least pause, we'd receive a dandy of a blessing.

I was reminded of this, just this morning. My youngest son was sitting just a few feet from me playing playstation, while I was at the computer. He was really into it. So, I got up, grabbed an orange, and took a seat in one of the tippy chair thingies, (quite comfortable actually) next to him on the floor, as I peeled my orange, I watched him play. He told me all about the characters, the goal and yes the weapons! Hm, he's quite good. Now I was really into it.

We sat there for a few minutes. Didnt take long, but it was worth the time. I am purposing to do more stopping, and pausing, and yep get a dandy of a blessing in and through it!

~ DeDe