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He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

9 Apr

This morning I was standing out on the front porch while my dog trotted around the front yard. The sky was still mostly dark, with only a sliver of light around the edges of the early morning scene.

In this morning darkness I’ve noticed the same bright light in the southeastern sky. I don’t know if it is a star or maybe another planet that is bright in the sky? I know that Venus can often be seen in the early dawn.

I’ve always been fascinated with space. As a child I remember pouring over TIME articles on black holes and dying stars. I wanted to visit the Palomar Observatory in California, and during school field trips I was the one who wanted to go the Planetarium. As an adult I’ve become more of a weather geek, tracking storms on radar, watching cloud formations, and noticing wind direction.

I worship The Creator in the quiet of the morning.

Even though I love to write, sometimes there just aren’t words……….

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 NIV

 

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The Day That Changed The World

8 Apr

Looking towards Easter…..the holiest of days.

The day of resurrection. The day that Jesus overcame.

The day that changed the world. Forever.

 

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Sin Sickness

Let’s face it.

For all the beauty that is in this world…

every gorgeous sunrise, every mountain peak, each newborn baby…

all those things that bring fleeting, tenuous, joy…

There is also pain.

This world spins crazy on its axis, and sometimes the spinning can make us sick.

Sick with worry, sick with sorrow, sick to death.

This is how the world was then, too.

When Christ came.

Sin sickness since the day the stench of it permeated the earth.

When the deceiver asked the woman and man to defy.

And their “yes”, bit hard into sin.

And ever since, mankind has known full well what sin feels like.

Roman soldiers, people crying, “Crucify Him!”, a governor who wanted no part of it.

Heavy wooden cross beam, splintered wood, and blood.

The sin of the world on His shoulders, separation from His Father……

and Jesus tasted darkness that day.

The bitterness of a world gone bad.

His perfect sacrifice, for a world that knew Him not.

Killed. Buried. Left in a dark and silent tomb.

Sin mocked. The deceiver lied. The world waited.

The disciples questioned, the women cried. The world waited.

On the third day, the tomb was empty.

Jesus was not there. Death could not keep Him. The tomb could not hold Him.

He is alive! He stands victorious.

We can face this world on days that are hard and uncertain

Because our Savior lives!

 

11 Now Mary (Magdalene) stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.      —John 20 NIV

It Changes Me

7 Apr

Today I am thankful that I am feeling at least a little better. It is no fun being sick! Even when I am not feeling up to par, I still have a lot to be thankful for. When I am thankful it changes me, for the better. When I focus on the blessings, I see God in the midst.

 

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Today I am thankful for: 

*being able to breathe

*warm clothes

*good books

*a husband that is understanding when I’m sick and miserable

*a chance to rest

*clean laundry

*Netflix

*dark morning hours

*walking the dog

*crunchy toast

*Jesus, who loves me

 

A Woman Of Words

4 Apr

Over at Lisa-Jo’s, this week’s prompt is “WRITER.”

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As a child she sat on the front porch steps with the autumn leaves falling softly to the ground all around her… Daydreaming, the pictures in her mind as crisp as those newly fallen leaves. She wrote in her journal about stories and doodles and life.

As a teen she wrote of first love, and hurt feelings and giggles and growing up.

Later it was cards and encouragements, baby book entries, and snippets of poetry.

Writing was her thing, and she loved it. Words that allowed happy memories to flourish, and words that understood brokenness.

Powerful, they were…… those words.

Typed or penned or blogged. Private or public. Funny or sad.

Looking back she sees her life. She relives parts of the journey through the words that she wrote over the years.

She smiles, she cries….she remembers.

They are part of her.

A teller of stories. A woman of words. A developer of dreams.

She is, and always will be, a writer.

 

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It Wouldn’t Be Easy

3 Apr

This Thursday’s 4/3/14 writing prompt:
Carrying Your Cross

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What does it mean to carry your cross?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23  NIV

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  Matthew 16:24  NIV

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves.

Jesus knew that wouldn’t be easy.

He knew that choosing to follow Him would cost.

That taking up one’s cross would be difficult. Somedays more difficult than others.

Called to be different than the world around us.

Called to be His.

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Hot Tea and Old Movies

2 Apr

I think I am getting sick. Coughing. Chest congestion. Bummer. I really do not have the time or inclination to be sick. Mind over matter, right?

Life is sometimes that way. Just as I’m plowing through, getting things done on the list, trying to get ahead….boom… I’m sick and tired. And sick of being tired. Sigh.

I think that for today I’m turning off. Tuning out. Resting.

I might make myself a hot drink, wrap up in a blanket and watch old movies, like Steel Magnolias (which I just found on NetFlix).

 

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30 

Today I Am Thankful

31 Mar

I was outside, walking the dog, when my attention was drawn to the field across the road. A dozen deer were grazing quietly in the early morning sunlight, streaks of purple and pink in the sky behind them. Ever so quiet, frozen in a perfect picture moment. I ran inside to grab my camera. It is for moments like these that I enjoy getting up early. God is always giving me beautiful pictures of His creativity.

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Today I am thankful for: 

*honking geese flying low

*sunlight sparkling on the winter lake

*deer grazing in the field across the road

*quiet morning when the world is just waking up

*purple and pink sky

*fuzzy kitten curled in my arms

*barking dog

*praying with my son

*safe travels

*a job interview for one

*a new job for another

*a husband still wrapped up in sleep

*Spring Break

*a college tour

*handsome senior pictures

*God, who makes all things possible

 

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Mighty Warrior

28 Mar

And the word for Five Minute Friday today? It’s MIGHTY because you are.

Ready, set, go!  Write…….

 

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The word mighty, by definition, means possessing great and impressive power or strength. Honestly, it would not be the word I would choose to describe myself. On most mornings, the best I can do is push the covers back and face the day after washing away the sleep and brushing my teeth. I find my comfy jeans and t-shirt, and pad out to the kitchen in my stocking feet. The dog needs walked and fed and I need to find something to eat, before I check my email. Nothing yet that is showing great and impressive power……..

Then I am reminded….right there on the front porch in the still dark hour, the wind whipping my hair all wild.

Mighty is not my own power and strength, but He who lives in me.

I am a child of the King!

I am a warrior!

I am an overcomer!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galation 2:20 NIV

 

Wounded

27 Mar

*Today’s Thursday’s 3/27/14 Writing prompt : 
Wounded
This prompt is inspired by themes of Lent. Week #3 of {The Journey Series}, the journey to Easter.

 

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Wounded. A difficult word to write about. To be honest, I don’t enjoy writing about topics that come from the word, wounded.

Wounds aren’t like scratches. Wounds aren’t fixed by a Band-aid. They are deep and often times painful. In most cases it takes a long time, if ever, for a wound to heal….and scars can still show as reminders of what happened.

There are a multitude of the walking wounded wandering through this life. It doesn’t take much to notice them, if one walks with their eyes wide open.

Jesus understood the wounded. The downcast. The hurting. He met them where they were at. He gave them hope where there seemed to be none. He gave them love when they felt unlovable. He healed the brokenhearted.

As Christians our goal should be to be more like Jesus, reaching out to a wounded world…

Showing them the love of The Great Physician who binds hurts and heals even the deepest of wounds.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NIV

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We Need To Get Over Ourselves

26 Mar

I read something recently that left me feeling uneasy. The article contained some controversial material, but what really bothered me was the way Christians were fighting with each other. It grieved my heart. There is a world watching us, and when we fight amongst ourselves, tear each other down, what does that tell the greater population? Now, I’m not saying believers should ever water down the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not saying to compromise core values and beliefs. What I am saying is that, as Christ followers, in many circumstances we need to get over ourselves. We are not, nor have we ever been, perfect. Sinners…..each of us, deserving of Hell.

I am a sinner…saved only by the unmerited grace of a living and loving God. I never deserved Christ’s forgiveness and I sure couldn’t earn it. In fact scripture reminds me that, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6  NIV   In other words, none of us are perfect and even when we try to do “the right thing”, we can never meet the standards of a Holy and Just God. That is the whole reason Christ came to this broken, sin cursed world. He came to save us. We needed Him to stand in the gap between us and God. When God looks at me, He no longer sees Dawn covered in her sin, but He instead looks at me in the shadow of His perfect and righteous Son. Jesus has me covered.

Instead of arguing and condemning, maybe we need not be so scared to extend grace to others. The more we, as individuals, realize how lost we were before Christ found us, the more likely we will be to give a hand to others who are desperately in need of Him.

 

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