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May 18, 2003

Remember me?

Psalm 115: 12,13
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us;...He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.

He remembers me. There are times that it feels like God has forgotten me and my family. Not an "out of sight, out of mind" type thing. More like a procrastination, alack of attention. Like we keep getting cut in on in line and others have thier turn before me. I begin to wonder if He's ever going to get around to me?

But He remembers. Not that He has ever forgotten. The only thing He has ever forgotten about me is the sin from which He has forgiven me. He is not overlooking me or ignoring me. Instead He is fixed on me more when I am not distracted by the trappings of what I consider to be the symbols of His blessing.

He remembers His covenant to me; to bless and not to harm. To bless my comings and goings. To bless the works of my hands.

So I'll remember. And I'll bless Him.

May 30, 2003

God's Wonderfulness

Proverbs:30:18-19
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin.

It's amazing how the simple things are profound; how they impact our lives and remind us of God's awesome goodness. Here's some things that are wonderful to me...
A well struck golf shot...An empty laundry hamper...Driving through Trabuco Canyon...Dinner with the "Ya Ya" families...The stillness of 5:00 am...My bed and a good Grisham novel...a Dodger game with the Hamilton men (Dad, Brad, Tim and my son)...My Grandma's love...A good softball game...Clean sheets...Santa Maria style BBQ..."Daddy days"...

It's the simple stuff that matters. But then there is the stuff that that is so big that it completely penetrates every ares of my life."There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand:"
The love and beauty of my wife, The blessing of being a father, The priviledge of being a son, And the favor of God that rests on my life. Thanks God.

July 10, 2003

When I Consider...

Psalm 8:3-5
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

The last two weeks haven't been full of a lot of contemplation. The kids have been out of school so we're spending some time at the pool and the park. I've been taking every other weekend off from preaching at the church and even gone from the church a couple of Sundays. My daily routine has loosened to include a few mornings lingering in bed and watching cartoons with my kids, Joyce Meyer with Jayme, and ESPN just for me. This will soon change as school starts again in two weeks and our family's life boundaries tighten again. But for now, life has been a little laid back and I haven't really pressed in to anything recently.

But last night I visited one of my pastor friend's church and worship was awesome! I didn't realize how thirsty I has become for God's presence. My devotions have been very dry. My prayer life has been dispassionate. So it's like I have just downshifted and set things on cruise control. But I don't do well when the RPMs of my life are down. So I being to consider....

I think about what an honor it is to be a dad. I think about what a priviledge it is to have friends. I can't even begin to explain how blessed I am to be a husband to the wonderful woman God has given me. I think about the trust He has placed in me in calling me to shepherd. God has truly crowned me with glory and honor. And I'm left to wonder why I have recieved this attention. So again I drawn into worship, my only response to the contemplation of God's goodness. How excellent is Your name in all the earth.

July 30, 2003

He Restores Me

Psalm 23:3
He restores my soul...

Sandwiched between the tender ways God leads (besides still waters...in the paths of righteousness...) is this thought, He restores my soul. My health - not just spiritually, but emotionally and physically, my complete wellness, is important to my Shepherd. He does not want me functioning at less than 100%. He also realizes that there are many things that drain me. Piled up, they become things that wear and break me down. So with attention and affection He has placed in my life some things that are restorative to my life.

One of the largest contributions to my restoration is friendship. To feel God's acceptance and enjoyment of you expresed through the hands and smile of a friend is very restoring. Creativity is something thatis also refreshing and restorative for me. Writing a piece of music, or messing with my blog site brings something of significant value to my life. In my personal list of life values, creativity is very high - "creativity is when I feel most 'like' God" (in His image).Solitude is also important to me. There is a reason why solitude is considered to be a spiritual discipline. It doesn't happen by accident. But in a quiet moment of the day, like right now, my "system" is being flushed of the residue that clogs the flow of His life in me.

My wellness is important to my Heavenly Father. Not just my "health," but my wholeness. Lord, thanks for restoring me today.

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