Thursday, September 20, 2012



     Some of you may remember a song that Amy Grant used to sing by that title…back before the days of being careful with our words, or at least not when you want to make a point, and when you're willing to step back and laugh a little at yourself.  Three fantastically fun friends from my youth group in high school grabbed 1st place honors in a talent show one night by performing this song in a very memorable way.  Dan, Troy and George came out from behind the stage wearing nothing but white tablecloths wrapped around themselves like diapers, with bottles in their mouths, and little baby bonnets on top of their heads.  I tried really hard to sing the song, but it wasn’t easy because everyone was roaring with laughter.  Well, maybe not the lady,  whose job it was to precisely press and neatly fold and hang the church’s tablecloths in the (off-limits) storage room…hehe.  I sure wish I had a picture to show you, but it was before everyone walked around with a camera phone, and lucky for all four of us, before YouTube…haha.

     The point of the song, if you’re not familiar with it, is that some people choose to “get saved” (their fire insurance to save them from "H-E-Double-Hockey-Stick") but stay a spiritual baby by only eating their “spiritual lunch” once a week.  Unlike lions or some snakes…humans need to eat more often than once or twice a week.  Filling our mouths and our stomachs several times a day can be a good reminder that we have the tremendous privilege and opportunity to fill up on tasty spiritual morsels throughout the day, as well. 

     The same goes for our emotional health.  We can’t grow spiritually while remaining in emotional infancy.  The series we’re starting this Sunday literally has the potential to be life-changing.  Family-changing.  Church-changing.  Community-changing.  No lie.  It’s that good.  And every single one of us, no matter where we are on our God-honoring faith walk, can benefit from applying the truths from this series to our lives.

     In addition to Pastor David’s teachings during morning worship, we’ll be sending out a weekly Constant Contact E-Newsletter that will remind you to do the recommended homework between Sundays, along with easy ways for you to integrate the main points into your family’s dinner, lunch, breakfast, or bedtime routine.  The youth group will be driving main points home with age-appropriate exercises; small groups will be studying the material together; and a new Adult Bible Class lead by Shara Martin, will be going through the workbook during the 9:30 Sunday School hour in the Courtyard Rooms.  Everyone is welcome!

     Growing up and maturing is a process.  Sometimes it’s painful, and sometimes we just can’t do it alone.  Pastor David, Sierra, and I have been praying for each one of you as we all embark on this journey together, with the Holy Spirit's leading, toward Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.  May the LORD, our awesome God do marvelous things in hearts and lives over the next nine weeks..and beyond!

     If there’s such a thing as “YouTube” in Heaven, make sure you search for “Fat Baby, Solid Rock Youth Group”.  It’ll be the one with a gazillion Heavenly views and angelic belly laughs.  ;-) 

     Some “food” for thought: 
Colossians 2:6,7 (ESV)
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Hebrews 5:13,14 (NIV)
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

I Corinthians 3:2,3 (NLT)
“I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?”

2 Peter 1:5-10 (NCV) 
“Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have these things cannot see clearly. He is blind and has forgotten that he was made clean from his past sins.  My brothers and sisters, try hard to be certain that you really are called and chosen by God. If you do all these things, you will never fall.  And you will be given a very great welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Yummm…   :-P


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

By Your Side

By Your Side

Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
" 'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,'
says the Lord, who has compassion on you."

     This was a very easy devotional to write because God has me in a very specific place of learning.  Isn’t it great when God is trying to teach you something and He is so generous with His examples and so clear with His message?  This week, His message was clear to me: “I am always with you”.

     My husband and I have been very busy lately with the move to our new home, and a new job for him, as well as a busy season for me with the new fall piano lesson schedule and the preparation for the upcoming Women’s Conference, October 19-21.  And believe it or not, the CHRISTMAS season will be here before you know it!  

     Andrew and I were having our evening devotions and sometimes I have to admit - I like to have all the right answers to all the devotional questions... the former Sunday School know-it-all coming out in me  :-/  But, this time was different.  The question was, “What do you feel is missing for your relationship right now?”  Normally I would give an answer to hint that I would like flowers, or a date night.  But tonight, the question hit me differently.  The one thing I felt like we had gotten away from was our daily devotion time and spending significant time alone and together with God.  We had a thousand things on our to-do list that week and for some reason there was an unspoken tension between us.  Was it really that simple?  Had we really just forgotten to ask God to join us?  That night, prayer time was very different.  God showed up in a big way and reminded us that all we had to do was turn to Him.  

     The next morning as I sat down to do my devotions, the scriptures I'm sharing with you today were at the heading along with the title, “I Am Always Available To You”.  Today as I sat down to write this blog, the song “By Your Side” was playing on Pandora.  I encourage you to click on the link below and listen to it.

"By Your Side", by Tenth Avenue North

   That night as I prayed, I asked God to gently remind us each day, as we wake up, clean house, go to work, or whatever we do, to make Himself known and to help us acknowledge Him.   What amazing proof that we have a loving God who never leaves us and cares specifically about us and hears our prayers. 

     My challenge for you is to make it a priority to daily meet with God.  I am excited to see what He does next and what season of learning He has for all of us.  

Genesis 28:15 (NIV)

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

"and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”