Saturday, November 28, 2020

Ancient of Days

Ancient of Days... respect, honor, beauty, power, authority, justice, dominion, kingdom, judgment, reign, glory... these are a few of the words that come to mind. I have always found great comfort and deep affection for this name of God. I visualize a weathered older man with a big flowing white beard sitting and waiting for those who seek him. His lap and arms are always welcoming and his chest is the best place to rest a weary head. As my head lay upon his chest, I can hear the rhythm of his heart beat. Comforting love envelopes me and I know it is a love not just for me but for all nations. Every tongue and tribe. I am not afraid of His power or authority because He is good and He is kind. He is the Ancient of Days.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Faith Over Fear: The Courage to Fight Spiritual Battles

Turkey Escapes 2020

I heard a thud! Swoosh! "Ugh, Oh! I was afraid something like that would happen!" I quickly walked into the family room and saw the turkey in the tin but sitting on the floor by the door, but all of the brine covered my wood floor midway into the room. I ran to grab towels. Three beach towels should do! We stopped and mopped and stopped and mopped. Did you know salt brine is very quick to peel wood floors?  We redress the turkey and finally put it into the smoker. Phew!  But, No! Wait!  An hour goes by and the smoker is not getting hot enough! Two hours! Ugh! Really? Did you know that when it is cold a smoker doesn't get hot enough? So, we preheat the oven. How long do we cook it now?  Will it taste like a smoked turkey? In goes the turkey for two and a half hours at 375. Oh wait! We have to go the airport to get Grant. One will have to stay. Ugh! I said, "Hey, let's just check it and see if it is done." Greg donned the rubber gloves and pulls the 20 pound bird from the oven as the mesquite aroma from the smoker fills our senses with yumminess!  He sticks in the thermometer as we lean in looking to see, "Is it done?" Eureka! Bird one is done!  Now to make bird number two!


When Greg asked me to marry him he said, "We have synergy. We will be better together than we would apart." I confess that I did not get it fully then. Synergy did not sound like a romantic word to me! Lol! However. I have mulled on that word for over 29 years now. And wow! As I reflect on Deborah, a prophet, judge, and military leader in the Bible, synergy is the word that came to mind. I noticed that Deborah had a relationship with God that enjoyed a mutual give and take. What causes this to happen? A few words came to mind: agreement, concession, collaboration, reciprocity, and exchange. Then it hit me. She lived out a synergistic relationship with God that then allowed her to live out a synergistic relationship with others. See synergy creates unique outcomes. Together is better than apart. Without the other, you cannot accomplish what could be done. Synergy releases power and strengthens unity. This is how a community is built and as the communal relationship grows the load is lightened which gives more room to welcome others in to grow generationally. Without mutual concession and collaboration, the exchange will die. There are so many levels to this thought, What does synergy look like in my walk with God? Am I partnering with Him so He can create something unique in and through me? What about in my marriage, friendships, work, or ministry? If so, I will see a release of power, unity, community, and generational growth. Praying I live in synergistic partnership with God and others. You willing to pray that, too?