Tuesday, February 28, 2012


So I have always been mystified by King David who said, "I love you commandments, Oh Lord."
Because every time I look at those things I feel oppressed...and depressed

Because look at some of these babies:
Don't lie (guilty)
Don't want things that other people have and you don't (coveting) Damn those Jonses.
Don't murder (okay, the only one I haven't done)EXCEPT for that Jesus said if you hate anyone you have more or less killed them...okay, so I'm GUILTY again.
Honor your parents (I blew that one out of the water when I was in High School)
Love God more than anyone else (okay, if it weren't for loving myself so much, I might have this one pegged)
No idols (I guess I'll have to get rid of my shrine to Justin Bieber now)
Rest once a week (REST????  I have four kids, I can't rest)
Don't steal (I "borrowed" money from Oz the other day without asking...hmmmmmm.)
Don't swear by using God's name (sigh)
Don't commit adultery (sleep with someone who is not Oz)

So on this test I've got a 10 out or 10!!!!! (p.s. I've been faithful to my Oz...so let's not talk about this embarrassing subject any more).
Except this is the kind of test that's like golf, the lower your score the better!

So here is my score......FAIL.

So why would that crazy King David love God's law so much.  I think it's kind of a bummer.

Then I remember something in Romans 6
Here goes:  
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass(bad stuff) might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So that's good?  God wants us to sin???

What the heck?
Well, we know God doesn't want us to sin, he wants us to know we can't help but sin.  Because if we know that, maybe we will look for another way to be good...we will fall at his feet and cry for mercy.

And He promises to give it to us...so I REALLY REALLY like this God guy.

Back to King David...I read something the other day that made me realize how David could love the law.

"Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, it is forbidden because it it hurtful"
A guy named Benjamin Franklin said that.

God does not want us to hurt.

And sin, though it is alluring and pleasurable for a little while, has the end result of biting one back doulbe for any pleasure it gave out.


I don't want to hurt, so I think I do love the law.

But I love the grace of God even more, because I have broken the law so many times and will continue to do so until the day I die.

Go grace go!!!!

And thanks Jesus.

Monday, February 27, 2012

God, Can I have a Waffle?

Sometimes praying is like talking to someone on a cell phone when they are in a basement, or a building made of cinder block or in a dreaded dead zone.

You know, you talk and you can't hear the person on the other end.
So you don't know if they can hear you.

I had a conversation with Oz like that tonight.

I was at the local grocery store and he called me.  I could hear him loud and clear.

But the giant grocery store bunker type walls wouldn't let my voice out.

So I heard this:

"Will you get me some waffles?  Can you hear me?
Will you get me some waffles?
I can't hear you, so if you can hear me will you get me some waffles?
Okay, I hope you can hear me."

Of course I was on the other end of the phone hearing everything just fine.
Laughing and thinking, "I'll get your waffles." 
But this is how I feel sometimes when I pray.

Can you hear me God?  If you can hear me can you help me with______?
Okay, I know you can help me with _________, I'll talk with you later.
Okay, Amen.

But when I stop to think about it, I wonder if God heard my request.  'Cause there could be dead zones or God might be in a cinder block heavenly building or something.

And sometimes I wonder if He can hear me.

All the while God is probably laughing thinking; I can hear you just fine.
I hear your request and it's as easy for me to get it to you as it is for you to get waffles for Oz.

And that's true.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Once upon a time I thought of an idol as being a carved primitive looking human like statue made of wood with raffia hair that strange people sat in a semi-prominent area of their home.  There were candles around it and maybe some flowers and pictures of stuff they needed or wanted.

No more.

Idols have become something far more real.
Far more scary.

Oz came home tonight and announced, "I have an idol."

What? I expected him to pull out a strange wood carving from behind his back, but instead he said, "My idol is my life...I like being alive too much."

Well I like being alive too.

My idol isn't life itself...my idols go like this:
Me, what I want to do, my kids and what I want for them, Oz and his life....and then....
Well, let's just say there are a lot of them.

But then I remember that and idol is something that takes the place of the real God.

The real God.

It's a fake, a forgery, a deception.

So to undermine the idols, we have to know the real thing.
Because who would want a fake when you could know the real thing?

Not me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

God is like TOM-TOM


My computer cord was bent all to pieces.
Last week it decided it had had enough.

So I ordered a new cord.  

It took a while to get to my house.

But now I have it, and I can write again.

God is like TOM-TOM.

Do you have a GPS for your car?  I do not, and I do not want one, but I am sure at some point that I will have no choice.  

Oz has one.

I'm more the map type.  I regularly carry a map of the cities that surround me AND a map of the state I live in.  

I have also been known to carry around a map of the United States.

Because you never know when you might need that thing.

It is good to be able to have a big picture of where you are going, what obstacles may be in your way (ie, small towns with excessively slow speed limits) what cross roads are near where you are turning and what major intersection will mark the "I've gone too far and need to turn around" point.

Maps are great.  One can really get a full picture of where one has been and where one is going.

God is like that sometimes.

He's especially like that when it comes to the important things.

But lately God has been a TOM-TOM.

You probably know how the TOM-TOM is.  TOM-TOM has ALL the information in his little box like body.  TOM-TOM knows exactly where to turn, TOM-TOM gives directions as you need them, TOM-TOM can even tell you how fast you are going in the small towns with excessively slow speed limits.


The TOM-TOM infuriates me sometimes, but I have learned that the TOM-TOM is rarely incorrect.
I have leaned that I can trust the TOM-TOM to give me highly accurate directions that get me where I need to go. 

God has been like TOM-TOM lately.

For the life of me, I cannot get the big picture of what he is trying to do in my life.

I only know that I can't seem to get any long range views of anything.

God has allowed me to see only one turn ahead (if that).

 He has never given me inaccurate directions or accidentally steered me over a cliff.

I am learning to trust Him even when the way seems uncertain to me.

God has all the information, the whole map inside his brainy mind.

It infuriates me that sometimes he won't just unfold the whole map for me to look at, but I know he is not going to guide me off course.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Little break from Hebrews.

Sometimes life seems to come crashing in.  Mine seems to be not so much crashing as sliding.  But it's still not very fun.

I keep thinking of my dad and what he used to say when I was facing difficult situations.  He would have a smile that was suppressing a laugh and he'd say, "Nobody said it was going to be easy."  Then he'd put his arm around my shoulder and give me a squeeze.

It always made me feel better.

Jesus said the same thing...almost.  But I always imagine him looking at me with piercing eyes when he says it.
Here's his saying, "In this world you will have many troubles, but take heart, for I have overcome the world."

I want to overcome the world right now, but I think it's going to be a slow road.

But I read a story this morning...an e-mail really from a man who goes to our fellowship.   Recently he and his wife adopted a little girl from Haiti (who is something special).  Through the process he and his wife got to know people who work in Haiti.

One man (who was a friend of one of there friends) was recently shot after getting money from an ATM.  He was in Haiti helping to build houses.

A few days later he passed away.

His wife wrote this:
Feb 2, 2012 2:47 PM 
Just a few brief moments ago the love of my life went to be with someone who loves him more than me.  Today is the day I never hoped would come and these are the words I never hoped to type.   

I don't understand as I know you will not as well. Why?  With all of our prayers and praises God still chose to take David home.   What I do know is David will be our fourth biggest cheerleader  (after the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit).  Do not loose heart.  Prayer still changes things. 

I, Mack, Daniella and my family will need your strength in the days ahead.  We will need to hear your stories, see your pictures and we will need you to walk with us through to healing.   

The road is going to be very hard!  I can't even imagine how painful it will be.  But we are not alone!  We are NEVER alone.  Jesus promises to be with us always and is close to the broken hearted.  I know because I have already walked the widows road once before.  God healed me and brought me David.  A man after God's own heart. 

Please do not loose heart and take your pain to God.  He knows our pain better than anyone.  He knows our heartbreak better than anyone.  He knows our anger and our outrage and He can handle it.  Cry out to Him and please with all of your heart if you do not know Jesus.  If you have never made a decision to follow Him, consider it today.   

David "Big Dave" has loved each one of you.  Know that he has prayer for you.  Each smile and each hug he was giving in the name of Jesus. He wants us to know how much he loves us and how much God loves us.   

Never Ever stop praying.  Prayer changes things! 

With a grateful Heart, 

I am amazed at this woman's faith as she looks squarely into reality.  A reality that will be very difficult.
What strikes me most is her admonishion to never ever stop praying.

She is right...prayer changes things.