I resolve not to resolve

I am not generally one for New Year’s resolutions, they usually get broken anyway. Plus anything worth making a New Year’s Resolution about is worth making a part of your life year round.

 

If I was a resolution maker one of the resolutions certainly would be to read my Bible more, understand it better and live it faithfully. But I am not so hang with me here.

 

This is something that I try to do daily but it is hard isn’t it? It is intimidating even before I open my Bible. I am a super-duper excuse maker; quite good at it I am told.

 

I’m tired, I’m busy, it’s boring, it’s too big, I don’t know where to start, I already know what it says, I hear it at church, or the best of all, I cannot understand it. I have probably said them all and I know I have heard them all and many more from others.

 

“I’m tired and I’m busy”. Yes, we live in a busy world and busy makes for tired. However, we always have time to eat and sleep. We never seem to lack the time to get on Facebook, watch movies, go fishing, camping, and motorcycle riding (sorry). We always find time for the things that are important to us, or the things we have fun doing.

 

“I don’t know where to start”, start at the beginning, in the middle, start right where a reading plan tells you to. I don’t think where you start reading your bible matters as much as when and if you start reading your bible.

 

“I already know what it says, I hear it at church” Yep but going to church for an hour a week will NEVER replace  reading and studying it for yourself, no matter how you try to spin it. After buying the newest, glitziest  handi-dandi gadget or the latest technology do you go home, put it together and use it as it was supposed to be used without reading the instructions (men please don’t answer this).

 

Then the excuse that is the granddaddy of them all, “I could never understand the Bible, it is ancient, irrelevant, confusing and over my head.  So I am not even going to try. I am going to give up before I crack a cover. Well, all I can say to this one is God has addressed it directly and it really leaves us very little wiggle room. Psalm 119:130 makes it pretty plain. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

If we dig in the Bible and unfold the words God has given us, we will understand. Our eyes will be opened and our mind illuminated as soon as we dig into the Bible.

I know it hurts to be called simple but seriously, think about it, when you read the above paragraph, you agreed (you know you did) that “not understanding” is a viable excuse to get out of reading your bible. God is simply telling us to come to Him as we are and He will provide us with the understanding we need.

 

Pretty cool huh!

 

Dottie

 

…………………….and so I ride

A Father’s Greatest Gift

A Father’s Greatest Gift

Christmas was always my Dad and Mom’s holiday. Mom had dozens of boxes of Christmas decorations and her and Dad spent weeks putting them up. Dad’s expertise was the outside lights. Oh he complained but all we had to do was look at his eyes and see the sparkle and joy there and we knew it meant as much to him as it did to Mom and to us. It was something he did because he loved us but I know that he did it also because he loved to do it.

How I miss those meaningful days of holiday sparkle.

As hubby and I were riding around looking at Christmas lights in our town, most specifically the lights at Camplex Park, I thought to myself oh how I miss my Dad and his Christmas splendor. A sadness settled on my shoulders that was hard to ignore. The hurt runs deep at this time of year.  But almost instantly I heard a voice in my head that said to me, I have gone Sis but I have not gone far. Look around you. Don’t be sad, enjoy what I have left you with.

I knew then that somehow, some way, every Christmas light display I saw, Dad had helped with from heaven, if only to trigger memories for me of cherished times past. Suddenly driving around town gave me joy instead of sadness because with each bright and beautiful display came a cherished memory.

Everywhere I look now I see beautiful lights and I am gifted with beautiful memories. My Dad gave that to his kids, he leaves with us the wonder of Christmas. It was a gift that will last forever.

Just because he is not here to put up his display does not mean that the legacy ends. Where there are Christmas lights I will always find my Dad. Thank you Dad for instilling the wonder of Christmas in me and helping me to see that even though you are gone, you did not go far. I imagine the Christmas lights are extremely beautiful in heaven and I also know that you helped hang them star by star.

Merry Christmas to all

Dottie

………………………………and so I ride3D_christmas_trees

When Christmas Isn’t Merry

When Christmas isn’t merry.

Christmas comes every year, same day year after year. Some years it comes along when we are full of joy and ready to celebrate the season in full dressed out fashion. Some years it comes along when we are tattered and torn and don’t feel like getting out of bed let alone celebrating with all the glitz and glamor the season seems to attract.

Rest assured however, whether you are party ready or whether your heart is not in it this year, Christmas is coming, no matter the state of your heart and soul.

It might help to think about it this way. No matter the state of YOUR heart, realize that what matters is the state of God’s heart at the beginning of all this.

There is a quote I came across that is absolutely beautiful and ripe with meaning.

“Christmas is the holiday for the broken, because it exists to mark the day Hope was born.”

Take a moment in the midst of the mountains of presents, food and other outward shows of the holiday to consider that Christ was born because we experience the bad along with the good. Christ was born to give us the gift of life. So although our hearts may not be in Christmas this year, thank God that His heart was in it both then and now. There has never been nor ever will be a greater gift given than what God gave us when He sent His son to this earth.

So even if you have a heavy heart this Christmas and just cannot get into the glitz and glamor that is the Christmas season these days, sit back and rest in the gift you have already been given.

Reach for the one who has given it to you.

I love this scripture in Malachi. Take and keep the gift of the rising of the sun of righteousness with healing in its wings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible– Malachi 4:2
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

 

Dottie

………………………..and so I ride

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