Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Spirit World... it's real.  We can't see it, but then again we can't see "love" either, but it's real.  I am convinced that when we die our eyes are going to be opened in a way akin to the idea of a baby exiting the womb.  "Wow!  This is life... I thought I knew before, but now I really know." 

I imagine the spirit world looking down on us, knowing how little we know and yet how proud we are in our ignorance, thinking, "If they only understood...". 

A fly lives approximately 21 days--a seemingly insignificant amount of time compared to our average 29,200 (had to use the calculator!).  So, we have fly-swatters to rid ourselves of the pesky little things. 

Think about the length of our lives--approximately 80 years--to that of known history.  When taking the young earth view of the world (which says we've been around for about 6,000 years) our lives account for 0.01333 of that time.  We are less significant than the fly!!!

No wonder many people cry out, "There must be more to life than this."  Even living the life of a devoted Christ-follower, I'm thinking there must be more.  I'm married to a godly man with whom I grow deeper in love every year. I have kids seeking the Lord, academically and daily.  Those 6 children scan an age gap of 17 years which throws our hearts and minds in multiple directions hourly! And yet, I'm convinced there is more.

And that more, I believe, is that Spirit World.  As I already said, I can't see it, but I know it exists.  I met a woman once who told me to be careful of how I spoke about the Lord because someone might take me away in a white jacket.  I was telling her about how He communicates with me through His Word, His creation, His people.  She thought I was nuts! 

Clearly, to believe in something I cannot see, puts me in a questionable camp.  And yet, most of my dear friends are in that same camp.  And we live our lives trusting that our faith in the unseen world will one day usher us into the presence of a holy God based on His work to draw us, not our own work. 

So, what is this physical life for?  If we are going to leave this earth and enter the spiritual world when we die, what ever are we here for?  That's what I am searching out.  And I think the answer lies in entering the Spirit World while we are still in the physical, i.e. worship and prayer. 

I haven't been what you might call a "prayer warrior" these first 45 years.  You might have thought I was. After all, I've been living for Jesus since I was 17, I went to Bible college, and even married a pastor!  But, really, not so much.  But I want to be. 

I say that, but I don't really know what it means.  I have this crazy picture in my head (and this may get long, so if you feel like getting a cold drink of water or hot coffee, feel free to take a break and come back later!)... I tried to explain this to Aaron (the pastor husband), and he looked at me with a, "I'm glad that works for you but I'm not really sure what you're saying" look.  But imagine if every physical person in the world had an invisible container on their head (in the spirit world). 

The spirits could look at that container and by it's shape, or color, or marking, somehow know immediately if the person were a Christian or non-Christian.  (This is all being made up in my head, so don't imagine that I'm saying this is how it really works and get mad at me if I've broken some Biblical thingy somewhere!)  Okay, so that vessel on our head is like a vase and we all get to decide how we're going to fill it.  I'm only going to talk about my own vase and what I imagine it is like.

My vase has two options of flavors... ME or JESUS.  The first flavor is delicious!  I have filled my vase up with me for years and it seems awful yummy...until I've ingested too much.  You see, what I forgot to mention is that at the base of that container, there's a hole that goes directly into my head and therefore affects me spiritually, mentally, and physically.  And therein lies the problem, too much of me pleasing me is disgusting.  When I'm only seeking to make myself happy, healthy, and wise, I get sick of me pretty quick.  There is no rest of wanting for more of the flavor of "me."

Now the second flavor, Jesus, is one that I have yet to get sick of, but it seems much harder to keep full.  I know when it's full, I'm at peace--the Jesus flavor brings rest, joy, peace.  And remember that hole?  When my vase is full of Him, His love for the people around me oozes out (not so much with the first flavor!).  When I am continually full of Him, through prayer and worship, and the washing of my mind with the Word, then I am truly happy in this physical world--regardless of the circumstances. 

This is why my desire to learn more about, and immerse myself in the Spirit World through prayer and communion with the invisible Creator has grown lately.  I think the more we can know about that world, the more this world will line up in it's rightful order of importance.  Remember our 0.01333 contribution to the known physical world??  It must have some importance since it's Creator sent His one and only Son to die for it's inhabitants. I think that the more we tap into the eternal spiritual world (that that Son has made our entrance into possible), the more we'll discover what the "more to this life" is. (Sorry to end a sentence with a preposition!) 

There's more in this head of mine.  But I doubt anyone needs more of that right now... Blessings to you if you read this far!  Want to join me in my journey?  I'm not sure what that invitation means... just throwing it out there!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Problem with Birthdays!!

Today is my birthday.  Hip hip hooray!! 45 years old.  I am a summer baby, and a true baby I am.  The youngest of the whole lot (and I mean a lot...that's another story, though!).  Every year I get to my birthday with a loving, gift-giving husband and a lot of angst.  There is so much pressure in birthdays.  What do I want?  What do I want to do??  What will make it a perfect day for me??? 

And therein lies the problem.  ME!  Every year I get to my birthday and there I am.  Still wanting, wishing, and waiting for the perfect day.  And yet all the while, trying hard not to put my hope in that day or in certain expectations or attitudes. 

I have so many amazing people in my life wanting to fulfill all my dreams!  My husband with a date in a borrowed Corvette, driving country roads at sunset, followed by a yummy dinner and even a pedicure (he watched!).  Then, a sweet sister and mom blessing me with snacks and a movie on the eve of my birthday.  Another friend offered me the moon today, I accepted a lunch date instead.  She actually offered me two days in a row of "whatever" I wanted, because I am the birthday girl!

Okay, so here is the problem.  When I succumb to the temptation, buy in to the press about me, and try to fill my day up with me... I. Am. Miserable!  I know this to be true thanks to years and years of practice... and not just on my birthday, that's for sure!  For awhile, I wanted to declare that my kids' birthdays should be a holiday for me, too.  After all, I carried them those 9+ months! 

I'd love to say that "In my Bible reading today, I found..." but the fact is I didn't have to read my Bible today to know what I know about filling myself up with me.  I know that God made me, loves me, delights in me, even!  Why else would He have gone to such lengths to demonstrate His love for me??  But when I love me, I'm left empty, disappointed, and cranky (no need to take a poll--I'm sure close friends and family would vouch for that--except for my mom, she still thinks I'm perfect!). 

So today, I'm hoping not to focus on me. I'd like to focus on the One worthy of focus.  The One who demonstrated His love ultimately through death on the cross, but also daily through gifts such as singing birds, a spotted fawn on my walk with a dear friend this morning, a day of being able to open the house because it's not too hot or humid, strong and healthy sons, a godly and caring daughter, way more friends than I deserve, ... and the list goes on and on and on. 

I'd invite you to do the same today.  Don't look to me or you or any other created being. Look to the One true God who loves and provides for us so abundantly and graciously.  Praise Him with me today!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Let It Be Known...

That my husband is amazing! I just want all of cyberspace to know that I have been sick this weekend and my husband worked miracles in my home and with my kids. I would write it all but in my dazed state I know I missed a lot on Sunday but let me just fill you in on Aaron's Monday...

For breakfast he made waffles... then cleaned it up.
He did the laundry... 6-8 loads throughout the day--including all of our sheets.
He went to the hardware store and hung some speakers in our living room.
He made chicken nuggets and carrot sticks for lunch... then cleaned it up.
He read with the kids during rest time.
He helped my 12 year old with a bridge for a class.
He took the boys bowling and brought home Pizza... then cleaned it up!
Then he went upstairs and made all of the beds.
And after all the little guys were down for the night, he sat down and folded all of the laundry.

(I think I'll try to get it put away today!)

I am totally amazed at his ability to work. And to work with joy! He wasn't crabby to anyone all day. He stopped and helped or played as necessary. He was like "SUPER-MOM" Except not the Mom part.

So, I am here to say I am getting better and more in love with my loving husband than ever! God was incredibly gracious to put Aaron into my life!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Could It Be True?

Could it be true that I have a minute to sit here and "blog" about life? I have often wanted to get back here to blog on things like: The Biggest Loser contest; Homeschooling; Winter Blahs; Addictions~~Sleep and Facebook... but this is my first time in a long time to have a quiet house and energy to type!!

Let's start with the Biggest Loser contest which brought me back to this blog site. Well, I won--having lost 7 lbs (but could only report 4ish b/c I had weighed in late that day) and lots of inches. But, did I feel like a winner?... not so much. I enjoyed the checks that rolled in, yes, but I knew that it was only the competitive nature in me that won in the long run. I am back up to my pre-contest weight. The exercising stopped the minute the competition was over.

This is how it went down... I had seen that the competition wasn't too stiff. Not a lot of pounds had been dropped so I thought, "I could drop #s if I just stop eating!" So I did (stop eating). And I did (drop pounds). And I won. During the competition a friend asked, "So, who's glory is this for?" Bingo... my own. I really looked good! I really liked the attention. But it was really for me.

So now, recently I was wondering how to be "healthier", as in exercising for God's glory and not my own. And so I asked God to help me find something in His Word and guess what... He did!

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now may the God of peace (not stressing out about everything I do or do not eat)
Himself (He'll do this FOR me)
santify you entirely, (spiritually and physically)
and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, (He usually means COMPLETE when He says complete)
without blame (this is where I can get in here and mess it all up if I choose)
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is He who calls you, (don't I know it)
and He will also bring it to pass.

So there it is, God's Word is so rich. He expects me to (dant, dant, DAAAH) OBEY HIM. And then He'll complete my sanctification, entirely. If He prompts me to get my not-so-little hiney out of bed and exercise, then I should do it. If He whispers, "No more M&M's" then I shouldn't take just one more handful. And then guess what... HE GETS THE GLORY!!!

And, since that is what it's all about, I guess that's how I'm going to try to leave it. Pray for me!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blog #2

Well... we've had this "site" for nearly a year and I've never posted another thing...
I can't imagine why. I got back "involved" because of the Emmaus Biggest Loser contest whereby I am to work out 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week with the penalty being $2/day for each day I skip. I am not really sure why I got myself into this. I had hardly been on the EBCalumni site and lo and behold the day I got on I didn't get off without making a 3 month commitment to EXERCISE! All I can say is that I'm glad it will be over before the Christmas season! I really have not intention of winning as there are ladies and gentlemen out there really dieting and working their rears off (literally), but I'm in and now I'm here, too.

What I think would be cool is if I'd post stuff on here periodically regarding my life as a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter of the Most High God... whatever I'm learning about at any particular time. That way, someday I'll have a bit of memory of these whirlwind years. You might ask why I consider it a whirlwind. You might. And someday I might answer. But for now, I am going to post this and see what it looks like and decide if I'll ever write another web log again (aka. blog). Blessings to you!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Just real quick I am going to see if I can type on here a little more often. I am checking to see what this blog looks like when I post it!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Isn't this Fun!

Well... here we are, our first blog on the first Telecky Crew web page! It should be fun to see how it turns out! Blessings to all who visit us here!