Seems that many of my posts are written in a “down” time for me. Actually it is easier to write when my emotions are running strong and the Lord is dealing with me in some area or two or three!! When things are stable, it’s just plain hard to come up with a good blog post. But I am going to try this time. [I was, however, overshadowed by a sense of sadness earlier today. Stacey and I talked, I cried just a little and I felt better.]
Last weekend, Labor Day, Daddy rented a pontoon boat and Mike, Stacey, Daddy, me and the kiddos went out on the sound for 4 hours. It was fun to be on the water again. It’s been a while. We enjoyed looking at all the houses on the shore and the boats that passed us. At least 3 times we spotted dolphins. Lesley was able to see them, but T just isn’t old enough to understand where we were pointing. But T had a great time anyway. We pulled up to the shore for a while, got out and played in the water. The tide was up so there weren’t many places to stop. On the way back, T stood at the front gate of the boat, holding on to the rail, taking it all in. He actually fell asleep standing there. After coaxing him to sit with either his mom or me, he chose to go to the back of the boat and sit with Pa Burnie. That was worth every dollar Daddy spent on the boat!!!!! We even ate our lunch on the boat before returning back to the marina. It was a good morning. The weather was beautiful and the water was very calm. We couldn’t have ordered a better day. Thanks, Daddy, for the treat.
I never thought about it like this before, but studying the Bible and and spending daily time with the Lord is how we pursue our “Master’s Degree.” (per David Jeremiah devo dated today) So the next time someone asks me what I do, I am going to try to remember to tell them I am working on my Master’s Degree! I hope you are in the same class with me. This degree will bring satisfaction, guaranteed.
There has been a lot said about “success” lately. It is the American way to succeed; big jobs with big salaries, big houses, big boats, big bank accounts. But did you know that when Joseph was working as a slave in Potiphar’s house and then in prison (Genesis 39), the Bible tells us that he “prospered in all that he did.” Prospered? How could he be successful in those situations? Maybe you’ve wondered how you can succeed in your present situation. Well, I’ve got good news for you! Success isn’t based on who you are or what you do. It is based on WHO’S you are. Jesus is all we need. He is my Shepherd, so I will not want. (from Lord, I Give You This Day, 9-8/Kay Arthur) Doesn’t that take a load off of your shoulders? It should. The world doesn’t really understand true success. Open your heart to Jesus and He will teach you real success.
One more thing: In EVERY area of our lives as believers in Jesus Christ, we should use His Word as our yard stick. Being a follower of Christ isn’t something to do only on Sunday. It is to be a lifestyle. It means you take Jesus to work, to school, to visit friends, to the movies, to the library, to the grocery store, to the mall, and YES, even to the voting booth. Just as we should make sure our books and movies and daily choices line up with God’s Word, so should our decisions as to whom we choose to hold political offices locally, state-wide and in our federal government. Don’t just listen to the speeches. They are designed to sound good, but tend to leave out a lot of truth. Look at the facts, please. Make sure the standards the person upholds lines up with God’s standard. God’s standard is the only one that matters.
Enough meddling for now!
Lots of love, Sharon