Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Where two or three are gathered in My name, there I will be."

My auditioned ensemble performed at the Music Festival last week. The second selection they performed was entitled, "Esto Les Digo" and is a contemporary work in Spanish. The English translation is the scripture below:

Matthew 18:19-20
"Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

We warmed up in the warm-up room after lunch and had about 10 minutes to spare before we performed. They gathered in a circle holding hands and began to pray. One after the other....20 individuals.....all gathered together in Jesus' name. I heard each student pray from the depths of their souls that their Father in Heaven would be glorified through their preparation and through their singing. Each one prayed for unity of hearts and minds. Each one prayed for the audience to be stirred by the music and point them to God alone. I was truly blessed to witness this picture of Matthew 18. It wasn't until the day was over that they realized what they had done....lived out the scripture they were singing. It profoundly impacted their hearts. What a blessing. Not one prayed to get a good score. Not one prayed to be great. Their prayers turned to what God would want...and that included no selfishness on their parts.

There are a few times in our lives that we will remember so profoundly....and most of those if not all, will be times when God's presence was the center of the moment. Mile markers on our journey. Places marked by God's presence and His intervention.

In the words of a teenager...."good stuff."

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My Protector

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—

he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—

the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—

he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming
going both now and forevermore.

Isn't that beautiful? I think I've read this Psalm hundreds of times. God has such a special way of making things fresh and new. Hebrews 4:12 tells us: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. As we allow God's word to penetrate and dwell in us....over and over again....God breathes new life into the passages we read. The meaning never changes....but the understanding becomes deeper. No other book has that power.

I have been reading the Psalms of Ascent in a study by Beth Moore entitled "Stepping Up". A friend of mine had the Cd's and I have been using them along with the book. The past two days I have been working and meditating on Psalm 121. I have been reminded of how God is my protector. The Maker of heaven and earth, and (as my book said this week) "owns the highways of both turfs". He sees what we don't. He knows what lies ahead around every corner...every decision....and He has already been there before me. He goes there with me. He follows behind me. He gives me shade. He protects me from things I cannot see. I must....I must be in His word so I can hear His voice and listen to his gentle nudging. He should lead me through this dance.

I received an email from my Mother today and I've included it below. It is so timely in my study of My Protector.

Legend of the Cherokee Indian

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.He cannot tell the other boys of this experience because each lad must come into manhood on his own.The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.It would be the only way he could become a man!Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, perhaps you took off your blindfold before dawn.Moral of the Story:Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Snowman....take two!

Here he is........Frosty, himself, in our very own backyard. He swiped my scarf and Brad's hat!
It took the sun melting things a little to make the snow the right consistency for making this masterpiece!


Trying to make a snowman.....but the snow was a bit fine!
Brad's footprints on the way to start his car this morning!

The "no school today" faces!

So beautiful!
A view down the pretty.

Meredith posing by the tree....if the sun doesn't melt it this afternoon, the branches will definitely break!

Our home.

We've waited for three years for a REAL SNOW. Not a dusting, but one that dumps it all over us! We woke up to 6 inches of beauiful powdery snow! So fun! Enjoy the pictures! (even though the camera dates are wrong...I'm getting better, but still miss the technical details) We are enjoying a day off from our busy life. God is good......and such an artist!