Monday, November 24, 2008

Fiddle-dee-dee again!

Janey had her third violin recital this month. Her teacher uses this beautiful old chapel of an Episcopal church here in downtown Greensboro. It's just the right size for a nice recital. There were probably 100 or more in attendance.

Janey and her friend, Hollins, played a little duet first, then Janey did her recital piece alone. Her Noni and Papa were here for the recital and we all went to Panera afterward...Janey's pick!

(she loves the soup...and it was about 20 degrees outside!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Open my eyes...that I may see...

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!
(Clara H. Scott)

I've been thinking about the miracle of our senses. There is a teenager at our school who has just found out that he is going blind quite rapidly. That will make you stop and really think about the gift of sight. My eyes are not that good. Without my contacts or glasses, things are very blurry. I could not drive safely for sure! Without my glasses, images on the television screen have outlines, but no faces or definition (even in HIGH DEF!). Our senses are miracles of creation! I wonder what I would do if I found out I was losing my sight. I think I would "look" at things from a totally different perspective.

Maybe I would gaze more.

Maybe I would linger while watching a sunset.....or actually take the time to notice one.

Maybe I would memorize every line of my husband's face and the smiles of my children.

I would probably get up earlier to see the day begin.

I think I would see differently. I would notice....

Maybe I would be more sensitive to others because I would actually notice them instead of being so lost in my own thoughts and concerns that I look past them.

How often do I look past my own children or husband when they are talking to me?

How often do I look past the beauty of God's creation?

Oh God, that I might take the time to really SEE!

I think that if I take time to really SEE with my eyes...
practice and exercise really noticing others....
look at things in deeper detail....
maybe then the eyes of my soul and spiritual understanding will deepen so that the eyes of my heart will open to see Jesus in a way I've never seen Him before!

Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Dresses...New Attitudes

Well, the dresses speak for themselves. Don't you just love a really good sale? The kind where you get two for the price of one? In today's economy, I just get a little giddy over them! So, when I went to Meredith's closet to get out some fall things and NOTHING fit her, I happened upon the great 50% off sale at dear old Penny's. So each girl got two dresses to last the season.

On to the new ATTITUDE. Even with the extra hour of sleep, it seemed my oldest was in a rare funk this morning and decided to have an attitude.....and not a very good one. This is very unlike her. She is usually very pleasant and happy. After two soft reprimands on the way to church about her attitude (isn't that typical....always on the way to church), she had reached her limit in my book. She decides to try and turn the tide by asking if I'd like her to read me a Bible verse.....and I ever so sarcasitically (sinfully) said, "Maybe you ought to read yourself a Bible verse." (I know, uncalled for, but timely)

"Tell me where to look", she says.

"Anywhere!", I quipped.

"Anywhere? Can't you just TELL me where to read from?"

"Proverbs! Read from Proverbs. Anything from there will help you!", I said.

So she opens her Bible and reads from Proverbs with conviction....

"Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise." Proverbs 20:1

Now, that may not be a funny verse, but after all the attitude from the child, and the sarcasm from the Mother.....I just cracked up in hysterical laughter. Of all the verses for her to read.....

Maybe next time, I'll worry more about my own attitude and give her a verse to read and not just send her to the Word with no guidance. Afterall, isn't that our job as parents?

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

This leads me to another point. In order for us to lead our children to the Word and to scriptures for daily instruction, we must first be knowledgable in the scripture ourselves.

I think today's adults are lazy...and I include myself in that assumption. We have scripture at our fingertips. Literally. We can pick up our Bible (the good OLD FASHIONED way), we can listen to the Bible on CD in our cars "on the fly" and "on the go", and we can go to our computer and find Bible websites that allow us to type in key words that take us directly to the passage or scripture we are looking for. It's so easy. Almost too easy. This wonderful technology has made us lazy in memorizing scripture. We can just open our laptop, pop in a CD, do a quick search and there it is.

It scares me to think that I'll be sitting with someone trying to witness to them someday, and want to quote and share a particular scripture passage and will instinctively want to reach for my laptop and not my Bible. It also scares me to think that I have wasted so much time searching but never memorizing.

A friend sent me a devotion recently on the importance of memorizing scripture. The devotion came within a day of me having this same conversation with myself about laziness in memorizing scripture. God is placing seeds along the way on a daily basis. We have Bibles (plural) in our possession in every translation available.

I say lets turn off the CD, close up the laptop, and get out our Bible and some good old fashioned index cards and....

"Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." ~ Deuteronomy 6:7-9