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Archive for September, 2003

Out in the Fields with God

Time does not heal all wounds. Sometimes time just goes on by, while your wounds fester and rot. What I would say is true about time and healing is that Time spent with God can heal all wounds.
I got to spend a little quiet time with God at home in the past couple of days which was good, but it seems better to me when I get to spend time with God out in nature, with the wind blowing past my face and the birds chirping and calling in the trees. I came across this poem that I would like to share with you.
Out in the Fields with God

The little cares which fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fear of what might happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay,
Among the husking of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod
Where ill thoughts die and good are born–
Out in the fields with God.

–Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1 Peter 5:7 says Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. and 1Peter 4:8 says Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I kind of wonder if that means it covers over my sins or the sins of someone against me. I guess it’s good either way. If I am loving you deeply it is hard to keep remembering whatever you have done to hurt me. I think that is how it works. What do you think? Love, Debbie

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Okay I’ll tell you even if you don’t want to know. I just read someone else’s blog and I found myself in the story. I feel like the ball. Well, let me rephrase that… I know what the ball feels like and it still hurts when I think about it. Bounced around off the irregular surfaces of the church. I don’t say this to make anyone feel bad. I know that all that comes in my life comes to train me somehow. I just need to figure out what I am supposed to be learning and then let Jesus do his transforming work in me. JUST!! hum, easier said than done.
I must warn you that if you are going to read this guy’s blog to find out what I am talking about He is a pastor who uses some very raw language. Most likely because life is very raw sometimes.
If any of you have been deeply involved in church work you may understand why, in my opinion pastors have very good reasons to curse and swear and throw things around. So do their wives for that matter. (I’m not saying that we should let ourselves be controlled by our emotions. Just saying that we have some very strong emotions at times for good reason.) Don’t we all feel like that? We really need the grace of God to transform us, especially if we have been called to full time ministry. :-/
Oh, the things we see… and get dumped on us… and the things that are done to us and others in the name of God or church… I am sorry if I have been one that has dumped on any of you for any reason. I am sorry for anyone who is feeling bounced around in chaos. Please hold tight to your firm foundation.
If you are interested in reading the blog that I am talking about go to RealLivePreacher.com and look for an article titiled “Superball Spirituality” Look on the right hand side of his website under the calendar. There you will see some purple words The Preachers Stories click there then go down the list to the story titled Superball Spirituality.

Praying that you all get healing from the bouncing around. Debbie

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