Nov 29, 2009


We have a squirrel infestation. I used to like squirrels. Now they are living in our chimney and our attic. They are chewing electrical wires and tormenting the dogs. The companies that eradicate squirrels in our area of the country charge about $5,000! So I have started trapping and releasing these rodents-in-cute-disguise.

Now don't get me wrong, I am a real softie when it comes to animals. So I'm driving out to the country with a small squirrel in my trunk, imagining the stress he will have to go through trying to find food and shelter before he even gets his bearings in a new environment. I imagine him in the rain that is coming later this afternoon. I think of him in the trunk experiencing the unfamiliar motion of a car and being very frightened, and it bothers me.

It bothers me, that is, until I think, Squirrel, this is your lucky day! The alternative to an unplanned move to the country is being euthanized in some way. This journey is actually saving the little rodent's life.

In the same way, when God allows unpleasant circumstances into our lives, we can be sure He is saving us from something even worse. When a trial comes, we can say, "Self, this is your lucky day!" (James 1:2). He might even be saving your life.

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Nov 15, 2009


One of the things I strive for in life is to be childlike. Childlikeness is different than childishness, a term which conveys the negative aspects of being a child, such as self-centeredness and immaturity. When someone is childlike, she displays the positive characteristics of a child, such as innocence and trust. The Bible teaches it is important to be childlike: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”(Matthew 18:3). Following is a list of some of the attributes of childlikeness that I have observed.

A child ...

Is absolutely honest
Is utterly himself
Accepts things at face value
Doesn't over-analyze, but accepts and trusts
Speaks from the heart
Gives freely
Is without pretense
Exudes joy
Loves shamelessly
Laughs easily
Puts a priority on play
Lives in the moment
Doesn't question the promises of those she loves and trusts

When you look at this list, do you see yourself in any of it? I see more "adult" in me than I would like. Join me in doing an "about face," and becoming more like a little child in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Nov 7, 2009

Puzzle pieces

At times, life is like a box of puzzle pieces. But only God can see the lid and know the final outcome of all the things that come together to form our destinies. I believe with all my heart, that if I could see what God sees, even the most difficult things in life I would choose for myself. And I think you just might, as well.

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