Monday, August 30, 2010

A Little Sports Trivia

Drew Brees brought some relief and excitement to the city of New Orleans last year. For a city flooded with despair and in desperate need of renewal, Super Bowl XLIV was a time for this city and its team to be in the center spotlight.

Now, there's a tract in which Brees shares his testimony, and we see the impact he has made on his team and the love he has for his family. LifeWay bookstores are selling these tracts for a little over a dollar, and offering to send them to local high schools. Brees' journey has been marked by struggles and triumphs. Leading the Saints to win the Super Bowl is by far one of his best accomplishments. I actually saw it on TV. (I watched the end!)

Football is all about struggle and triumph. Rugby definitely seems more grueling. But football has its metaphors. To work as a team, to overcome the opposition together, to keep plowing forward even when the way is blocked. The nice thing is that there's padding, unlike rugby.

Life can be grueling, too. But God plows the way before us. Our part is to follow hard and keep running strong. "And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV)

Don't let fear stop you in your tracks, or any other hurdles that Satan or the world may throw at us. I hope God's Word acts as your blockers this week, whatever you face. Keep plowing, keep running the race!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fellow Musicians

In the song of life, there are many musicians. As I learn to play the guitar again, I'm excited about the possibility of being in a band for the first time. It's a bit hard to remember all the chords and notes, but it reminds me about the "soundtrack" of life. So many people have contributed to the music in my life, and I am grateful for every one of them.

It seems that we crisscross paths at just the right time. An old friend, a new one. We work together to make life sing, to share the gospel, to encourage hearts. A friend is there when you need them. To send you an encouraging note, to save you a seat when you're late, to cheer you up when you're down. Some pop in and out of our lives, but One always remains constant and is always close (Proverbs 18:24).

Jesus is the conductor, harmonizing our voices, uniting our talents. We have the opportunity to have a strong voice for God when we pray, speak, and write. When we love and make a difference. When one heart needs some love, or when a thousand need just the right word. So God bless you this week as you serve Him wherever you are, and don't stop singing for the Lord!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Person, One Story

I got an idea in the middle of the night. Can one person change the course of history?

We know Jesus did. He took on the mission that God have Him, a difficult mission, and He ran the race set before Him (Heb. 12:1-2). He fought with honor, defeated the foe, and rescued us from sin and death. He changed history forever.

What about us? What part do we play in God's storyline? As a part of God's kingdom army, we are trained to wage spiritual warfare. As members of His team, we run alongside each other, following His calling, running for His cause.

As a writer, I enjoy the chance to decide the plot of a story. Who will the characters be? What is the plot line? How will the story end? Real life is much more complicated. Our stories intertwine with other people's lives. The plot has twists and turns we didn't expect. A happy ending may allude us. But God knows all.

God writes the best stories. And we get to follow. He knows every plot turn, every twist. And He prepares us. He helps us all along life's journey. So wherever the journey finds you, I hope that you can make a difference wherever you are.

The Hero is coming, once again, to take us home. Before He does, let's make that difference that will shape history, touching one heart at a time, one soul after another for the kingdom.

Can one person make a difference? When one person joins another, joins another, and joins another, the spiritual team expands, the impact strengthens. History will not be the same. And we won't be either.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Beautiful Layers

I'm entering another scrapbooking contest. This one is through my favorite scrappin' store, and the ladies there told me and my mom about it personally. Stores from across the nation will send the best of their scrapbooked projects to a national show. The employees already entered a special contest just for them, and now it's the customers' turn. It will be the scrapbook event of the year. If it were only closer...

So this week I am working on the project. Once again, it has layers of paint, paper, buttons, and flowers. This one is pure girl, blue's and green's and pink's. And don't forget the stickles. As I work on this second contest project, I think about the layers it takes to make something sparkle. Many layers, many embellishments, much time.

So it is with writing. Many layers of understanding, many "embellishments," and much, much time! But the end result is a beautiful piece of art. As writers, we can easily get caught up in the technical aspects, like grammar, that missing comma, and what is that synonym? As believers in Christ, we get to learn from Him the truth of His Word and share that with others. And actually live the stories that are the medium of that truth, like those devotions that are so fun to write.

So whether you're a writer, scrapbooker, or artist, remember the layers of understanding. Be encouraged that it will be worth the time. I'm hoping something beautiful will come from it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Little Devotional Reading

I got to go canoeing this weekend. It was a fun time with my dad. The big or little adventures we take are good fodder for writing. This one was, too.

One of the things I enjoyed was the calmness of the water. As we worked together, I saw that we could go farther as a team. And just glide on the water, until the boat gave out. Fortunately, our muscles didn't give out, and we made it back to shore. Working with my dad was the favorite part of the trip.

Our adventure reminds me of some writer friends I know. I get to read their blogs or stories, and it's a little refresher in the middle of my own writing. So thanks for the reading, and a little devotional time each day.

If you've got an adventure moment, don't hesitate to write it down. It could be some good fodder for a devotion later. You never know...