Time is Love

timeisloveTo Love someone – to love anyone – to love everyone,
is not  and should not be a half-hearted thing.
In James 2:14-26, James tells us that faith without deeds is dead.
Sometimes I think similarly about love.
It’s wonderful to say and hear ” I Love you”, and ” I care”.
But it is simply awesome to put the time and energy into showing that person how you feel. Showing people they matter to you.
I’m working on this. And Lord knows I’ve got a long way to go.
It’s the little things.
But the little things, can become big things.
Today, I’m particularly focused on special occasions.  We’ve just had two; Christmas and New Year’s.
On a little side note – the other day I watched a video showing New Year’s Party expectation vs. reality. One point was something like this:
Expectation: Best night of your life.
Reality: Just a Wednesday.
Maybe I’m silly. Maybe I live in a bubble. But I was a little sad by this. Yes, sometimes our expectations are too high. However, if life is what we make of it,
I want to make it special.
At least, several days a year, anyway.
Today is my husband’s birthday. I love him so much; I wanted to make it special. So I tried to make the day about him. Whatever he wanted to do, we would do. We watched the world juniors ( Disappointing game!); I made him breakfast of bacon, potatoes, and eggs; we went shopping for books; I baked him an apple crisp ( His favorite dessert); and tonight, we’ll go out for supper with good friends.
Every so often, there’s this country song that gets stuck in my head. The only words I remember are ” Time is Love”.
Perhaps one of my New Year’s resolutions could be showing people I care, by spending time.
When you give yourself, – give your time – you may find eventually that, in return, your life is enriched and blessed.
And that’s a beautiful thing.


Spring Ogre

It has been a dry Spring.
My rain barrel sits relatively empty, my skin is itchy, my contacts occasionally drive me bonkers, and, on top of that, most ‘nice’ days are followed with a 30km/hour wind.
It has been dry for me in another way too.
My creativity juice. Inspiration. Motivation.
It’s a holiday Monday. A long weekend. An extra day of freedom! An extra day to do something GREAT!
AND, there’s sunshine and No 30km winds! A few wonderful hours to do anything; to sing, to dance, walk, learn, socialize, exercise, etc.,
But I feel headachy, and rather not excited about anything at this particular moment. Maybe sleeping in messed up my day…
Or perhaps I have the beginnings of Ogre-itis.

I think it’s time to roll this verse around in my head for a while…

Psalm 118:24
24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

What does it take, for me to stop taking this life for granted?
How do You recover from Ogre-itis?

A Passing Shadow

Psalm 144:4
“4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow”

How  unexpectedly one might be reminded of this.  I’m wrapped up so tight in this life, I assume ‘tomorrow’ is just another promise to me from God. In fact, I’ve gone so far as to assume some extent of invincibility. Living like there’s all the time in the world. Living like this skin cannot tear,
these bones cannot break,
this heart won’t stop beating.
My dream in life is not so unlike that of those around me; to live a long, happy life with my husband, to have kids and grandkids and great-grandkids; to love and laugh, and not pass on until I am well advanced in years…

Confession time.
Death scares the bejeebies out of me. It overwhelms me, sends my head spinning and my heart somersaulting. Family in the hospital, a car accident that almost happened ( or could have been much worse), an unexpected phone call, etc. Diseases, trials, accidents, murder…
As Gandalf once said, ” It’s a dangerous business, walking out one’s front door.”
How easily I forget that the Lord has promised us so much more than this fleeting life!
John 14:1-7 ~ 14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

I hang on to my dreams and plans more fiercely then I hang on to Christ. Even when we’ve been promised so much more!
We need Christ.
What pulls us up from rock-bottom? What gives us purpose when all our personal endeavors have led us nowhere? When our dreams have been shattered? Who else shows us the way when we’ve been running in circles for so long?
It occurred to me the other day that, if God revealed to me that certain desires of mine would never come to be, my first reaction would be anger.
Which then caused me to ask myself,
On what foundation have I been building my faith?
On the hope that I will someday get what I want?
I don’t want to live afraid of life. Or live life afraid of death. I don’t want to balance my life on frail hopes and dreams, only to have it come crashing down in a thunderous Boom!
I want to build life on Christ the solid rock.
I need to.

Countdown… A Little Late

2013 new year sparklerWe laugh, we chat, we play games, and time ticks down…
3 hours.
1 hour.
50 minutes…
6 minutes…
We start announcing our New Years resolutions, though most of them are vague and common, but no one minds; just glad to be in the presence of friends.
A few minutes seemed to have passed…
“What’s the countdown at?” I ask.
My friend turns on her cell screen, and the bright white 12:00AM stares back at us.
We missed it!
“That’s lame…” she replies.
Oh well…
To a New Year!
I do look forward to this 2013 year. 2012 had its share of ups and downs, good and bad; but now I’m ready for change. Maybe eat less cookies and actually exercise, but also, to learn to be less selfish. To not take relationships for granted. To give 110% of myself whenever I serve. I feel hopeful and pretty optimistic that good things await us this year. Of course, there are lots of other items on my ‘agenda’ for the new year; like perhaps blog more… and clean more…
I look forward to seeing how God will work in our lives, and in the lives of friends in 2013.