Monthly Archives: March 2015

Signs…Signs…

Hello there,

Here a sign.  There a sign.  Everywhere a sign, sign…sigh…

Have you ever asked for a sign?  Then you get what you think is a sign and believe, “Aha, this is it!”  And, then you sadly discover, “Oh, this wasn’t it.”

As a single lady, I find myself looking for signs, not for the “one” because that’s lame, but for the guy I am to marry . (Okay, maybe this is still “the one” sign dressed up as a lovely, yet clear sign of denial, disguise.)

In the past I have ignored the signs, the obvious signs that ‘this guy is NOT the one’.  I am a smart girl, but for some reason, I will ignore these blatant signs in favor for the sign that I want to be THE sign.

It probably has something to do with my density.  Or perhaps my stubborn heart.  I don’t really know what it has to do with, but in the past I have felt God letting me know that the “sign” I am looking for is actually an idol.

I put more hope in the sign, than I do in God.

Romans 15:8-13 says, “For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised (Israel) to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,  and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”  And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”  And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.”  And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

I am finding more peace lately.  I feel like God has grounded me.  I am seeing things more clearly lately, and I don’t think this is of my doing.

I still struggle, but I find myself praying for wisdom and knowledge – considering my density, this is not a bad prayer to pray.

James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (NLT).

I have no idea what God’s plans for me are, but “Aslan is on the move”.  (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.)  I think my job is to choose to have hope in God.  I have to actually take a step toward him in faith, trusting He is good and that He has my best interest at heart – always!

As to signs, here is the song coincidentally called “Signs” from the Five Man Electric Band just for the fun of it.  I heard it at the gym and it made me recall a recent conversation about “signs”.

Enjoy!

Ellie

I’ve Lost Me Head…

Good Morning!

I have lost me head, and not via guillotine courtesy of the Radicals in The French Revolution.

Nope, ’twas a migraine, which literally hit me as I was writing the last blog.  So, if there are any discrepancies or oddities, I can safely say my brain was not functioning properly.

How wonderful to have a valid excuse for a change.  🙂  Migraines are crazy things!  The problem for me is that I get them so infrequently that I don’t realize what it is, so I continue doing things like writing blogs, leave lights on in the kitchen causing the white counter-tops (not my choice!) to become as glaringly bright as the bloody sun!

So, yesterday I came up with a Top 10 List of Things Not To Do When You Have a Migraine Headache…

10.  Write a Top 10 List of Things Not To Do When You Have a Migraine
9.    Stare into a light bulb (sometimes I feel like I’m part bug, attracted to the “light”)
8.    Cut the pomegranate and then try and separate all those darn seeds, wondering why the hell you bought it in the first place…Pomegranate is a ridiculous fruit…
7.   Operate any kind of moving vehicle, including but not limited to a shopping cart
6.    Attempt to use any form of social media, i.e texting, sexting, whatevering…
5.   Have sex, regardless of what your spouse may claim about ‘cures for headaches’
4.   Watch re-runs of I Love Lucy
3.   Get a Brazilian wax (Although, sometimes causing pain in other areas of one’s body helps to negate the original pain, so this one might not be so bad to do…)
2.  Listen to country music
1.  Practice your knife juggling act *

And, for those of you who like the trivia questions – Forgiveness is a Four Letter Word “mystery” (mostly because I forgot to say it plainly in the last blog) is “Love”.

That’s all for now.  A short blog.

A little inspiration from Michael Jackson!  Keep the Faith –

Blessings,

Ellie

* Please note, when the above list was compiled, I was suffering from a migraine hangover.

Forgiveness is a Four Letter Word

Hello there!

I know I have said before how I cannot stand the news media. But, it bears repeating, over and over again, especially since they seem to love to repeat the “latest breaking news stories” ad nauseam.

I have noticed that things are heating up with North Korea.  The ridiculous film about assassinating their President.  Brilliant!  (Note sarcasm…)  I watched the trailer for the movie – it looked really bad – from the plot line to the acting, to just about everything.

Then, today the US Ambassador to South Korea was attacked by a crazed-militant.   He seems to be doing alright, almost a little too alright for being attacked with a knife, but hey…kudos to him.

Maybe it’s that brave face one naturally puts on when someone tries to knock you down. You rise up stronger.

It reminded me of this blog post that I had started – Forgiveness is a Four Letter Word.

Forgiveness hardly seems to be a part of our vocabulary.  I think on the personal level, it plays its part.  It kind of has to, otherwise no relationship could survive.

Forgiveness is essential.

I remember when the attacks on America happened on September 11, 2001.  As I tried not to watch/listen to the news, I thought about how it could be a time for America to step out and offer forgiveness.  To act differently this time…

When George Bush declared, “War on terror”, I knew forgiveness was not going to happen. Sure, it happened on the personal level.  Again, I think it had to for those who were most directly affected by the tragedy.

 

Psychologists (and Oprah) will talk about forgiveness as an essential part of healing.  I agree. We only hold ourselves in chains when we choose not to forgive.  And, if we put things into God’s perspective, (a little too much to do in this blog post) but the essential, is that we forgive because God has forgiven us (See Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 7:40-50).

So, if I am encouraged to forgive those who hurt me, why is it that nations are not held to the same standard?  Why are nations not encouraged to forgive their enemies?

I realize the news media would have us believe that all is lost.  I know it is not all lost.

I can open the pages of the Bible and read about God’s faithfulness to Israel, to King David, God’s mercy to Saul (the Apostle Paul), and I can make it personal by putting my name in there.  Isaiah writes,

8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
    Jacob, whom I have chosen,
    the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
    and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You, [Elizabeth] are my servant,
    I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 Behold, all who are incensed against you
    shall be put to shame and confounded;
those who strive against you
    shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you,
    but you shall not find them;
those who war against you
    shall be as nothing at all.
13 For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you” (Isaiah 41:8-13).

I realize this verse has nothing to do with forgiveness as such, but I like it because it reminds me that God is my comforter in times of turmoil and chaos.  No matter how much the news tries to beat me down with its message of hopelessness, God is there…I know to some, I am a crazy person, (but hey, your own belief system tells me, ‘If I’m not hurting anyone…’)    🙂

This passage from Isaiah reminds me that God is not only savior but also comforter.

I was telling someone how I recently went on the web and looked up photos of our galaxy. It reminds me how small I am, compared to God, how I need God because even though I would like to declare myself strong, my body, mind and heart tell me otherwise.

Then, a wonderful friend encouraged me to watch a talk by Pastor Louie Giglio on “How Great is our God”.  I am passing the link onto you, just ‘cos it’s super cool.

We serve a BIG God!  Let’s not put Him in a box this Lent season, but believe Him for big things!

And, oh yes, let’s forgive someone today!!

Blessings,

Ellie