Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cup Overflowed

I think it was the song writer & sausage mogul Jimmy Dean who said it best, "I am drinking from my saucer cause my up overflowed."

I am a saucer drinker.
Oh, sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I get focused on the wrong things. Sometimes I get to thinking, "poor little old me." But the truth is if I just will stop and look I will see that "I am drinking from my saucer because my cup is overflowed."

I have so much to be thankful for. I am blessed. I am too blessed to stress. God provides me with everything that I need. He gives me way more than I deserve. My cup is so full of things for me to be thankful for that it overflows.

I am a saucer drinker. I thank my God for that because he is the one who fills my cup to over flowing.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

DRINKING FROM MY SAUCER aka MY CUP RUNNETH OVER; DRINK FROM THE SAUCER
Jimmy Dean

never made a fortune and it's probably too late now
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's journey, I'm reaping better than I sowed
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

I ain't got a lot of riches, and sometimes the goings tough
but I've got kids who love me and that makes me rich enough
I just thank God for his blessings and the mercies he's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong, and my faith got a little thin
but then all at once the dark clouds broke, and the sun peeked through again
so Lord help me not to gripe about the tough rows I hoed
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

And if God gives me strength and courage, when the way grows steep and rough
I'll not ask for another blessing, I'm already blessed enough
And may I never be too busy to help another bear his load
I'll keep drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Love is HARD

The love that Christ calls is to is not easy.
He calls us to love unconditionally. Just like he does.
He calls us to love everyone. Just like he does.
He calls me to love my enemies. Just like he does.
He calls me to love those who are mean to me. Just like he does.
He calls me to love those who say hurtful things and do hurtful things to me and the people I love. Just like he does.
He calls me to love without expecting love in return. Just like he does.
He calls me to love with my actions. Just like he does.
He calls me to love always. Just like he does

He invited me to have my heart transformed to be like his by doing the hard work of love.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hanging Out

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NIV

The Psalmist reminds us that we can find rest when we dwell in the shelter of God. The word dwell conjures up images for me that are more than just temporary moments with God or now and again thinking about God, but long term hanging out with God. Spending time in God's presence. Spending time with God. Spending my days and my night drawing near to and offering my life to God. It is not a one hour a week thing. It is not a when I am in trouble thing. It is when I hang out in the shelter of God that I will rest in him and find rest in him. It is when I hang out with God daily that I have a rest and a peace in the midst of the troubles that come my way. It is when I dwell with God I then see that he works in all things for good.

Life is about dwelling in the shelter of the most high. Each day we have the opportunity to hang out there or hang out some place else. The reality is that God is will us all the time and is there for us but we must choose to seek our shelter in him every day.

Choose today to find rest by hanging out with God.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Friday, June 17, 2011

God Morning

"God Morning"

This is not a typo. I did not mean to right good morning and forget an "o". I meant to say "God morning.

As I woke this morning I wanted more than anything for today to be a God day. I woke with what seemed to be an invitation from within my soul inviting me to have a God day. A day that I seek to be aware of God working all around and me and allow him to work in and through me. An invitation to live today for God and for no one else but God. An invitation to live by God's will and not by my will. An invitation to seek first God's kingdom and righteousness. An invitation to lay down my life for him.

This invitation is whispered by that still small voice every morning to each and every one of us. Too often we settle for just having and hoping for good mornings or good days rather than reaching and striving to have the day that God desires for us and that is truly good. My prayer for me and for you is that we will have a God Day! A day where we encounter and live in the presence and power of the living God. A day where we die to ourselves and live for God.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Aaron Brown

During our service on Sunday, I told you about a friend of mine, Aaron Brown, who lives in Joplin and is the pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Aaron brought the message at the community memorial service for the community of Joplin after the devastating tornado. As I mentioned on Sunday, his message is worth the time spent listening to it and I just wanted to share it with others. Please pray for the people of Joplin and all of those who have been effected by the spring storms. Pray also for God to reveal a way to come along side those that are need and to be a tangible visible sign that God is with them. If you would like to watch the video of Aaron's message please click the link below.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

click her for Arron's video

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thank God it's Friday!

God,
I thank you that you have made me. I am thankful that you are forming and shaping me into the person that you want me to be. I am thankful that you are a loving, caring and forgiving God. I am grateful that you are full of grace and mercy and that your grace is wider than I can even imagine. I thank you that you are a transforming God and that you are at work transforming my life. I am grateful that you are a generous God. I am awed to think that you care for me and humbled to to be called your child. Thank you that you are always with me and that your Spirit is working in me to make me more generous, more caring, more loving, more grace filled and merciful. More like you. Thank you that you never give up on me. Thank you for being with us through out all of life. Thank you for being with us in the storms and the troubles and thank you for leading us to places of peace and rest and joy. Thank you for your comfort. Thank you for taking our punishment for us. Thank you that death does not win but life does. Lord, my list can go on and on and on. I am overflowing with gratitude to know that you are with me and care for me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Amen.

Tell God how much you are grateful today.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I think I am back

If you are a regular follower of my ramblings you have probably noticed that I have spent some time off from writing since Easter. This has been a season for me that I just felt that I needed to step back from daily posting and be recreated in other ways.

I have always felt that this blog was about me being intentional about my own personal relationship with God and about me continuing to do daily disciplines to connect deeper with God and think about what it means for me to follow Jesus and not play church. It is a blessing that people also receive some inspiration and may grow deeper in their own relationships with God through reading my (often times grammatically incorrect) writings. I have taken time away to make sure that I still am using this for the purpose that God has for me to use it. I do love the way that it connects me to others and that others do read it, but for me, it is important that I always stay true to using this forum to help me stay intentional about being real about my relationship with God. I am humbled to know that people have missed it while I have taken this break and I am grateful for anyway that God might work through me to connect others to Him.

I intend to be back writing on a regular basis for as long as this continues to be a means for me to practice spiritual disciplines in my everyday life.

It is important that from time to time we evaluate and re-evaluate our spiritual life to make sure that we have not moved from living in relationship with God to playing church. Have the things that we do just become empty ritual or are they still connecting us to God? Do we need a fresh start? Are we doing things out of habit or obligation or are we doing them as followers of Jesus? Are we growing? Is Christ bearing fruit in our lives? Are we going through the motions? Who are we lifting up? Who is being honored and praised by our practices? Am I being real about my love of God? Am I being real about myself? Am I being real about my love of others?

Take time to evaluate your relationship with God and what you are doing to invest your time and energy--- your life in that relationship.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug