Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The meeting went well.
Actually, there were several meetings and they all went just fine, but one in particular had me worried, and it went great! Praise God!
Most of my meetings are with customers. This worrisome meeting followed a meeting last week that hadn't gone so well. Tech talk had regressed into compaining. No one was happy. The root cause was probably just lack of communication, two sides of the conversation having different understanding of the scope and purpose.
For the follow-up yesterday, I was going to be on-point. Somehow I sensed it was an opportunity. Marilyn and I prayed for the Lord to open doors, give me words and wisdom, and soften hearts. The lead executive from the customer side drove the meeting and did really well. Lots of gotta-do-next but noone was unhappy. Praise God!
I carry the emotion of my own load and that of others. I am so incredibly blessed. There's really nothing to complain about, nothing to worry over, and certainly nothing to fear. (If God is for us, who can be against us?) Yet every day I find the feelings. There's much to do and much still waiting on one thing or another. While I'm largely content, I sometimes get stuck behind circumstances. And there are others who are really discouraged; I feel their pain.
We're supposed to live by faith and not by feelings. Just now, while praying, God reminded me of His victories, what he has done in my life. So I choose to hold onto the small things which remind me of God's hand in all of this. I will focus on fact.
God is good.
-- R; <><
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The region where we live is often cloudy. Lack of direct, unclouded sunshine has an effect on people. I worked with a man who had come here from Texas. I too had at that time recently moved from Texas. There is more unobstructed sunlight in Texas than here. (No offense to my dear friends who are native to this area.) My coworker suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Pronounce that acronym; you get the idea. It's a real thing. It's treatable.
In our household, we do herbs, teas, essential oils, and supplements. Not a replacement for nutrition by food, but they all seem to help. (Got a diffuser for Christmas. Thanks honey.)
Today ... oh so cold. High of only 15 Farenheit. (That's minus ten for my friends across the pond.) But sunny. Thank God for the sun. (Thank God for the Son too, we'll discuss later.) Just before its daily approach of the Western horizon, the orb cast a glorious glare through our wonderful den windows onto the kitchen wall. (You know, high ceiling, windows above your main windows, great views.) I just stood there for a few minutes letting the rays hit my face. (Layered up for to shortlyl take the dog walking, that was the only exposed skin available.)
I don't know how much better natural vitamin D impacts us than supplements. I have been told "yeah, it's better". There's certainly the termal difference, meaning the warmth feels nice. (Especially as a narcotic against the seasonal chill.) Anyway, thanks Lord God for the solar supply. Needed that. It made an improvement on my own disorder of this season.
-- R; <><
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Our daughter recently took a job (something to be thankful for) in a different town, so now she has her own place away from "the nest". Good. That means holidays like Thanksgiving are all that much more special. She came home for Thanksgiving. We've had a great visit.
It's a uniquely American holiday. There are other festivities which go by the same name. My knowledge is limited; I can't speak about them. I hope those celebrations are as meaningful as ours in the US. Historically, those we call the Pilgrims arrived on these shores, and had a really difficult time at first. After enduring hardship and heartbreak, they made it to a second year. With help from the locals, they began to prosper.
It's a fundamentally Christian holiday. These people gave credit to the Creator for all of it: food, family, and friends. They planned and prepared a meal to formally thank God for their blessings, and invited their new friends to join the party. Enshrinement of Thanksgiving by US federal and state government is obligated to be "non-sectarian", but the roots remain.
They were Puritans and their legacy became a major pillar in what would become the United States.
Give Thanks to God
Not to belabor the point about faith, if you're not a Beliiever, to whom are you giving thanks? Go ahead and have fun with family, make it a nice turkey day, but think about this.The natives were not (at least originally) Christian. Those early thanks-givers didn't beat their new neighbors over the head with the Bible. They simply invited everyone to come along. And so it is with us.
I'm not talking about a random diety of choice. What would be the point? See James chapter 1 verses 17 and 18.
I thank God for salvation, my wife, children, parents, in-laws, extended family. I also thank him for my job, which is truly amazing. (I should elaborate on God's hand in the job. That would make another blog post.) I thank God that I live in the US of A, where I can thank God without someone lopping off my head.
The day after Thanksgiving, we put up the outdoor nativity scene.
I thank Jesus for taking on flesh, living among us, and enduring the Cross.
-- R; <><
Thursday, November 2, 2017
I woke up early. Couldn't sleep, so I got up. As I stepped out of the bedroom I saw a neighbor's car drive past outside. It was about 6:30, so this was nothing unusual.
Something happened as a result of my carelessness which affected a number of people, one friend in particular. There is also stuff at work and stuff with family. I found myself anxious about those and other things. As I stepped onto the landing, I wondered why I was up so early, then realized that things can be seen at this hour which one doesn't usually see. God reminded me that I need to see things from HIS perspective, which I don't usually see.
It struck me that the Lord is patiently nudging His children to see things from His perspective, to look at things as He does, to see others as He sees them.
-- R; <><
I Sam 16:7, John 4:35 and 36, I Cor 2:9
Friday, September 8, 2017
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
one small step for a man
Sometimes one small misstep can cascade into profound angst. Sometimes the day starts out great and then you literally wish you could turn back time and change one little thing.
By the way, Neil Armstrong famously said "for a man", but there was static on the transmission so we don’t remember it that way. Other than that, a lot of things went right on that day, including some software most people know nothing about. It's the small things that go right that get so little notice.
But for me, God why?
Why do these missteps continue to get center stage?
Dear Lord, please help. We're on this foreign soil on a mission. Please bring us home soon.
-- R: <><