Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, March 31, 2008

March 31, 2008

The empty nest

"Adolescence is perhaps nature's way
of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest."
- Karen Savage and Patricia Adams
(The Good Stepmother)

Coping with the Empty nest

1. Re-invest in your marriage.
As many joys as they bring...
children can sometimes be hard on a marriage...
now you have the time to spend with your mate.
Do things together again.

2. Pursue an interest.
Learn something new that you have been
wanting to do but never had the time before
or renew an old interest.
Go back to school,
pick up a part-time job,
do volunteer work,
get more involved with your church,
concentrate on your spirtual life
and spend more quality time with God.

3. Go places and see things
that you had always talked about.
Travel... as long as you are able,
get out and see the world...
see some of God's glorious creation.
It need not be far from home.
Get a camera (digital cameras help make things
easier and more cost efficient),
photograph and record a journal/scrapbook
if you feel so inclined.

Some of these same ideas can be applied
to someone entering retirement.

Your life's journey is not over.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

March 30, 2008

Northern Mockingbird
photo by Bob Johnson
(courageous bird at defending its nest and its territory)

"They're certainly entitled to think that,
and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions...
but before I can live with other folks
I've got to live with myself.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule
is a person's conscience."
- Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird,
Chapter 11,
spoken by the character Atticus

"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down
below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us,
'Something is out of tune.'"
- Carl Jung

"To sin by silence when they should protest
makes cowards of men."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Last, but by no means least,
courage—moral courage,
the courage of one's convictions,
the courage to see things through.
The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave.
It's the age-old struggle...
the roar of the crowd on one side
and the voice of your conscience on the other.
- Douglas MacArthur

Saturday, March 29, 2008

March 29, 2008

reconstruct and use

"After this I will return,
and will build again the tabernacle of David,
which is fallen down;
and I will build again the ruins thereof,
and I will set it up."
- Acts 15:16,17 KJV

"God's expertise is reconstruction.
After all, Christ was a carpenter by trade.
Nothing has ever been allowed to crumble
in a Christian's life or heritage
that God can't reconstruct and use."
- Beth Moore

Friday, March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

wholly lean on Jesus' name
original photo by Jack Moyer

"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand, I stand.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
Tho’ all around is sinking sand,
On the solid Rock I stand."
from: The Solid Rock

Thursday, March 27, 2008

March 27, 2008

What's out there?

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates
the mysteries of eternity, of life,
of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend
a littleof this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity."
- Albert Einstein

"Curiosity is the very basis of education
and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat,
I say only the cat died nobly."
- Arnold Edinborough

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008

growing and productive

"A rolling stone gathers no moss."
- Publilius Syrus(100 BC)

An interesting quote we have all heard, but what does it mean?

The original meaning of the quote was to imply
that people always moving, with no roots in one place,
avoid responsibilities and cares.

Another, more modern interpretation is that a person
always on the move
develops a certain "polish" becoming wise in the ways of the world.

From a biblical point of view
it is actually a combination of the two.

If we want to have a solid "rooted" faith in the Lord (the rock)
we must be still, accept our responsibility as His servant
and thus become productive...bearing fruit.

If we are a rolling stone, polished in the "ways of the world",
we will bear no productive fruit
and our life will be spent smashing into things.
Eventually we will end upbroken apart.

"I don't know what to say, because it hurts to know the truth,
there, there's a darkness inside, but I don't want to know...
I'm confusing myself, I don't know where to go."
- Artist: Severd lyrics
Album: Other Song Lyrics
Title: Broken Apart

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..."
- 1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

March 25, 2008

Is it clean yet?
photo by Bob Johnson

Have you done any spring house cleaning?

It's always time to do some spring house cleaning
and never a better time to clean up your act.
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
- Psalm 51:10 NIV

"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles...
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
- Hebrews 12:1,2,3 NIV