It's been almost a month since I have posted - not that I haven't thought about it, and not that I don't have at least half a dozen unfinished blogs. I would like to believe that I am free to write whatever comes off the top of my head but know myself too well - and I must process first - although this is one where I am inspired to just put it down and send it out.
Over the past month our life has been filled with summer activities, swimming and baseball. We bounce from one thing to the next very content to be where we are. I have spent time with my parents, uninterrupted time with my husband, some time with friends, my children and by myself. I have stepped back into the collegiate world and taken a deep breath while I try to determine where to head next. All the while the world moves on around us and we struggle to stay on the path that God desires for us and we search for the road that He would have us take.
Something that has caught our entire family's attention lately is the house next door. Unfortunately, our neighbor came upon some hard times that caused his house to become in disarray and facilitated his moving. As we would speak with him over the fence and offer assistance it was clear that he did not desire the hope that may be found in Christ and believed that God was not watching out for him or that there could be no God that would leave him in this situation. Sadly, this is not a lone view of our heavenly father. All to often here in the U.S.A. if our life is good - we love to take the credit and when life becomes hard we jump to be angry at a God we don't even believe in.
As a mother I struggle to find the words to teach my children of God's truths, I fight to be an example of Christ's love and I am sure that many times they turn a deaf hear to the "preaching" of higher standards. I pray that by the time they leave my home they will have a foundation that is not built on sand but is built on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
Which brings me back to the house next door - last week we were headed to the movies and in the next door yard sat a HUGE bulldozer - after inquiring we discovered that the house was coming down - with many shouts and yells from the back seat it was quickly decided that
watching the bulldozing would be much more fun than a movie. (Score one for real entertainment). We watched for about an hour and were completely amazed at how fast the walls turned to rubble. The house has been a home to three families over the last 45 years and emotions were strong by family members who still live in the neighborhood. The crew worked for about 3 hours that day and since
have spent an additional 4 hours finishing. (I am posting pictures of before and after.) Watching this house being reduced rubble has reminded me that we are on this earth for an incredibly short time. That we must live each day as if it is our last and that material things will all be turned to dust in the end. Relationships especially those with others who believe on the name of Jesus Christ will endure forever. We must not get caught up in the day to day of survival but we must joyously live in the day that was created to worship our Heavenly Father.
Make this your day to escape from the trappings that will bury you and live in the joy of simply worshipping our Savior. Share this joy with all those that you come in contact with and you will be blessed.
Our Heavenly Dwelling 2 Corinthians 51For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.