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Come Fly With Me, Won’t You?

When I was a child I used to want to fly.

So much.

Sometimes I would even jump off my bed longing to fly

when no one was looking.

But every time I painfully hit the ground awakening to the fact that

that I didn’t have the ability to fly.

I’d watch the birds with perfect faith wing their way to skies overhead.

I even remember going to the huge airport in Kansas City at eight or nine

 and watching the big planes take off and land.

Deep within me was a hunger for higher.

For more than walking on land.

 Then there was the time I boarded a gigantic plane to fly to Russia

on a mission to adopt my baby girl.

High above the clouds we flew that night-

for it was in the black of the night that that plane took off.

Above all the ‘how in the world are you’ questions..

Above my own fears and doubts.

Yes, there way up high I surrendered my fears to the Lord.

Whatever your Will is, Lord. I accept it. Your Will; not mine.

And with that unspoken surrender there was peace.

An amazing peace.

Yes, He has always provided.

Has always made a way where there seems to be no way.

Teaching me to wing my prayers to Him

And to receive the answers.

Rising above the earthly weights that can all too easily ground us.

You know – ‘You just can’t do it’.

‘Give up’. ‘It won’t work’.

‘Never. Never’. ‘It’s just not been done that way before’.

Weights that limit our imagination

And destroy faith that soars high.

Today I wandered by the old playground.

The one where my daughters used to laugh and play

and swing high to the moon and back.

My eyes fell on the childhood plane.

The one that they used to ride high into the sky

 and fly to Maine or Florida or China.

It’s looking older these days but still there for children to fly.

I thought to myself “You too can still fly.”

“Yes, you can.”    And then I had a little conversation with myself.

“Where would you like to go?” I wondered.

I have no idea but deep within is still that longing to fly high-

To soar above the clouds.

To do what might even seem impossible to others

Because God loves to do what seems impossible to us.

Yes, He still calls us to soar high with Him.

To use those wings of faith and pray prayers that move mountains.

He whispers that more things are possible than we can even imagine.

Much more.

So lets stir our faith and blow that dust off those dreams.

And let’s open our hearts to possibilities.

What would you do if you could do it?

Think long and hard. Let that thought stay with you for awhile.

And so will I.

Let’s keep flying, my friends.

For the Lord of life loves to lift us out of the here and now,

ordinary living

and breathe new ideas, fresh dreams within us.

Listen and follow.

You can trust Him to lead you safely.

 

God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction. Ps. 23:2 Message

Help, Lord! I’m Going Crazy!

It’s funny how just an overload of tough things can cause you to feel over your head.

Water pipes burst.

 Baby with an ear infection.

Washer breaks down and a check bounces.

And at that moment….at that particular moment

you feel completely overwhelmed.

Too much. It’s all just too much.

At least that’s how it feels at that moment.

But can we trust out feelings?

Honestly, my feelings have proved to be wrong again and again and again.

The Lord says “Do not fear for I am with you.

Do not be dismayed for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10

Upheld by Him?

The Lord of all Creation.

King of Kings.

The Everlasting One.

He is the One Who promises to be with and help

those who call out to Him.

Every mishap, every overload is another opportunity

to come to Him in your need

and find Him faithful.

So when faced with a crisis

take a moment to breathe

and to lift your thoughts to Him.

Call out your need;

Cry out your petition;

Come to Him with those crazy feelings.

He will help you.

This is His promise and He cares for you.

 

 

 

 

Can We Please Fast Forward This Change?

Have you ever wanted to fast forward through change

just to get it over with?

It often seems like the day to day change is almost more painful.

Years ago I changed careers.

After over twenty some years as a first grade teacher

I was moved by my awareness that my students were

getting older.

Married.

Raising children of their own.

They knew how to read and write but didn’t know how to have

a healthy relationship.

So I went back to school and studied hard

finally opening the doors to my private counseling practice.

I will never forget those days of waiting for the phone to ring.

Looking at an empty appointment book

Just longing for someone to call.

Change can be so hard.

Whereas in the past every year I was given a class of boys and girls

now I had to make my services known. And wait to serve.

I had to depend upon the Lord completely

and I sure did. But it was never easy.

Then there were the times I’d go to church or downtown

and someone would mention that I needed to be back in teaching,

or I had missed my true calling,

or imply that they knew best.

Sometimes I would try to respond graciously that I’m still a teacher.

Other times I’d just say something to get out of that situation.

But the truth was the change was hard for me as well as others.

We are more than what we do or where we live

Or our marital status

Or how many children we have.

Those all are aspects of our lives but life is filled with change.

Part of the transition is grieving our losses

and embracing the new.

Some of you reading this might be going through a transition right now.

Take time to grieve your losses

but also see the positives in today.

Praise the One Who is Lord of all of your life –

The past. The present. And the future.

Let Him lead you as you follow Him

through all the twists and turns of life.

Yes, through all the belly-flopping moments

where you wonder if you will ever be ok.

The Shepherd will provide for all of your needs

each step of the way.

Tenderly. Carefully. Ever so personally.

Lean upon Him and He will carry you through.

 

Psalm 23    The Lord IS my Shepherd