Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Call this my midlife crisis, but AGE has certainly crept up on me. All of the sudden, like in the last couple of months, I'm OLD. The gradual recognition has been there.....
being finished having children
15 year reunion
going to weddings and baby showers of people I used to BABYSIT!!!!

It wasn't until I walked into a room for a couple's wedding shower that I realized I was not one of the young girls that was a part of the wedding party. No, sadly, I wasn't one of the young marrieds that had just had a baby for everyone to gawk over either. I was over in the crowd with the parents of the one's getting married. I'm old.

I'm actually doing talk of, "I used to be able to eat like that!" or "I didn't ever have to exercise!" But, it's like that day just flew past me and here I am thinking about life.... all of it. (however long it is for each of us.) My hands are getting wrinkled and one day they'll be baby soft like they were when they were chubby and learning how to grab.

I've needed a bit of perspective. The Bible tells us that our life is but a vapor! Think of all eternity! Spending not the rest of our lives with Jesus, but ALL eternity..... the rest of our lives is still in the vapor that vanishes so quickly!!! So, about that dash which represents our time between life and death.....how do we spend it? How do we choose to live our days? I want to do it with my eyes fixed on Jesus and eternity and worshipping the ONE who sits on the throne. He sits there now! While we plug away and wash the dishes, the clothes, the house. While we watch our children grow, He is there reigning!!! He is above all Kings and Kingdoms.

I think of the movie "Click" often. There are so many times I've just wanted to fast forward my way through certain seasons of life. I never really want to pause, stop or rewind. It's like I have this drive to make it to the end. I believe that spiritually, I am driven to run the race with endurance and perseverance and make it. But, I am often so focused on the end that I am missing so much of my now. May I learn to relish in the NOW! Wrinkles and Acceptance and ALL :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

No Wonder

I've heard it once said that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. No wonder I am so tired every day. I sure do frown a LOT. I am trying to smile more. I want my children to see a smiling mother. Not one with a frown on her face throughout the day a glass of wine in her hand at the end of each day. If I am in fact using more energy to frown, then I need to be using more of the Spirit's Power within me to smile.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Riding my Trial

Today, I finished the Grace study I've referred to a few times on here. I sat in the class where ladies shared what they learned and are applying from the 10 week study. Defeat began to come over me as I realized that once again, I poured myself into a study and I'm walking out the other side of it unchanged. So badly I wanted to stand up with a transformation testimony. Something like:
"I came here not knowing how grace could be appropriated in a day to day life. I learned it as we searched the scripture. And since then, I have applied it. Now that grace has been activated in my life I am experiencing victory!"

Well, this is not me. I see it and understand it a bit more but have no difference in how my life looks. I know most of it is in my head and just deciding to do it, but really I must be stubborn or lazy but I don't want to do anything.

Pretend for a moment that I didn't like roller coaster rides. (in fact, I do and that is one of the many reasons I am "ridermeyergirl") But, IF I didn't and I knew clearly that God was calling me to get on that ride (or for analogy sake: hop into that trial.) In obedience I get on. BUT, I grit my teeth, close my eyes and grab with a death grip and decide to do just that until the ride is over. Would you say kudos for even getting on? Yay for obeying? Well, I am sure that I missed ALL that roller coaster rides are intended for.

In my life, I have said that I would obey God by "doing" what He has called. But, I am gritting my teeth and holding on in a survival mode. My eyes are closed most of the time. I'm sure that I could have an exhilarating time full of adrenaline and love and excitement if I would but let go of something that is so hard for me.

In humility and weakness, I surrender that grip that is holding me back from being filled with joy right where I am. Here we go.... even if it is one finger at a time and one eye open for the first part. I desperately want applied obedience from my study! Lord, give me all that I need to glorify you in this transition!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Gifts and Grace

I have always loved the analogy that the Word uses to describe the believers as members of ONE Body!!! It just makes such great sense to me. Because of the picture, I truly get how our giftedness is used in the Body of Christ.
I am Rachel. I need my liver, my brain, my pinky toe, my heart, my eyes, etc... They all work to do different things but for the benefit and purpose of Rachel.
Believers (Jesus followers) all work for the purpose of glorying and serving God. One may be evangelistical... bringing the gospel to people who have not heard. Some may rock babies during a church service so that the parents can worship and grow. You know that the list could go on.... So, to my new revelation:

I've been in a Bible Study on GRACE. As you read the scriptures that talk about our Spiritual Gifts you find that each gift is given by grace. The amount of grace that is given FOR each gift is appropriate to each gift given. Sooo..... to apply GRACE to the already wonderful analogy of the body of Christ.....Picture Grace as the blood flow!!! If I am the pinky toe in the body of Christ, then I don't NEED as much blood flow as say the Heart. The amount of blood given to each part is the perfect amount.

God gives us the perfect amount of grace to exercise our spiritual gifts. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? I just took a test to re-discover mine (it had been a few years.) You can take it here. Share your gift with me and tell me if you have always had enough grace to practice that gift!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bad Mood

No kidding. I took my girls to the dentist for a check up today and just came home in a plain, flat-out bad mood. They aren't brushing correctly. They don't floss. They need fluoride treatments because their teeth are on "watch." One has a cavity and sealant needs. It just made me in a bad mood. I came home and opened an email from my brother with this link. I'm not in a bad mood anymore. It was perfectly timed and perfectly hilarious to me!!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm a NINE with a ONE wing

I've been reading a book called "The ENNEAGRAM A Christian Perspective" by Richard Rohr. As I've been reading about the nine types of the Enneagram I was afraid to discover things about myself because I didn't want to have a label and then use it as a crutch. And, essentially it is what I have done. I read about the unhealthy NINE and it sounds like me exactly. Then, I read about the healthy NINE and I feel nowhere close to what they describe. Thankfully the Christian perspective directs each individual to how God can use this "wiring" within us to make us better. (Which I know really happens by dying to self!)

So, I'm putting it out there that in my journey of discovering a bit more about myself, I've been saddened. I am finally going to read specifically about the other types so I can know and understand those around me a bit better. But for those of you who don't know me IRL (in real life) and just through this blog, you'll see how some of my stuff written makes sense because of who I am. Check this out:

"The defense mechanism of NINEs is narcosis, or numbing. Because they often don't feel adequate to the many strains and challenges of life, they take refuge more than other types do in some sort of addiction. They have a hard time getting going... and seek stimulants and strong sensations from outside."
"The root sin of NINEs is laziness."
"The pitfall of NINEs is lethargy and comfort."

The ONE wing side is my organizational, anal retentive, ocd, clean-freak, perfectionists side.

It's just interesting. I need to get out of this title becasuse it feels more like a diagnosis. Right now I'm going to leave this with the tone of:
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you."
Psalm 139:13-18

Friday, April 3, 2009


Can a person study their whole lives and learn the "how to's" but never actually know "how to" actually apply it? Countless Bible Studies I've done. Thousands of sermon notes I've taken. What good has any of it done if in one INSTANT I'm so capable of losing it? That kind of action, or better word: REACTION shows no sign of a trained student of the Word. If in one moment you can UNDO what you've spent so much time trying to DO in the first place then isn't something really wrong?

This concept of undoing something or screwing up something can be applied to anything --- Art, Baking, Sewing, A 10 hour road trip, a Marriage, a game, a journal, a LIFE!
From something as small as a canvas. Say I spend hours with tiny, perfect precise pen strokes creating something pleasing to the eye..... a creation no doubt made with time and hard work. Then, I got tired or angry and took a broad-tip sharpie right across the entire picture. In an instant of laziness or anger or any number of things really, the hours of hard work prior to the split second of rage or whatever-ness, it truly was ruined.
Or to something as large as a marriage that had years of prayer, counseling, hard talks, good choices, etc... to come crumbling because of deciding in one instant to be done. This could be played out any number of ways (of which I won't even list.)
Or there's something in the middle like a road trip. Let's say you are in the van for 10 hours with your family. You work really hard for 9 hours and 55 minutes. You speak kindly. You serve. You sacrifice. You are creative and play games and make it fun. Got the picture? In the last 5 minutes, something triggers your anger and frustration and you drop the "F" bomb within ear shot of your children. What's remembered from that road trip 10 years later?

It just seems way too easy to UNDO everything you work so hard towards. For years I've taken notes and done the studies - but what good are all those pages of time spent writing all that stuff if your efforts are squashed the moment you do whatever action you do that destroys your work?

Why follow a recipe and put all those ingredients in if you can waste and ruin them all when the rat poison spills in causing you to have to throw it all away?

DISCLAIMER!!!!!! None of these events actually happened. I have just thought them up as I realized how quickly something could be ruined. All of this was brewing in my head on a 10 hour road trip :)