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God's Plumbline Ministries is called to repair devastation in the lives of God's people allowing restoration both physically and spiritually. Providing creative solutions for employment, education and life skills allowing God to repair and restore hope.  Empowering each community to establish a secure foundation both inside and out, while keeping in tact God given talents and uniqueness, not focusing on man's ways but God's ways.  Developing working relationships within social and economic circles, working hand in hand with community leaders to bring the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Dad Is Just Really Rich

I have never met any one like him.
We didn't really hang out all that much.
Truthfully, I am not sure I really liked him.
My first take away from this guy was, he is a little too stuck on himself.
Insert Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" playing in the back ground when he walked the room.
We hang out in the same circles.
Not on purpose.
Only on a few occasion did I really ever say more than a hand full of words to him.

I mostly listened to the stories he told.
I am not sure that after listening to his stories that I didn't have to admit I had become a bit jealous.
He had the opportunity to do some really awesome things in life.
It was as if he had a sign around his neck that said:
I have a really good life, with really good stuff, full of really awesome experiences and people.
To which he would explain, he had these chances in life because his dad was really rich.
Yes, that is exactly what he would say, "yeah, my dad is just really rich".
Who says that?
I once heard someone say to him, "you take really good pictures".
To which he said, No, I just have a really expensive camera.
Oh right, we know, your dad is really rich.
How can that not make you not want to kick someone.
Really, just punch them.

But after more listening and more stories, I am not sure he was being ugly, rude or all that vain.
He was just stating a fact.
Don't get me wrong, the fact that he sang Puff the Magic Dragon while driving, only wore swimming trunks and flip flops added to the wonder of it all.
He had this crazy confidence.
No, wasn't really a word in his vocabulary.
No didn't seem to exist and money wasn't an obstacle.
He did and experienced everything single thing he wanted.

I say all of this because I think I learned something from him.
Simply, it is how I should look at life.
Now I know the Lord says, he owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
He also give us good gifts.
But do you ever say, I have a really good life, with really good stuff, full of really awesome experiences and people because my dad is really rich.
Isn't this the same kind of Father?
Like isn't this the God that says you are my temple and I dwell in you.
Me, the creator of the universe, I choose you.

So, why? 
Why are you not doing what you love?
Don't kick me.
Like I wanted to do with the guy with the really rich dad.
Just ask yourself.
What if I dare to think of my life in these terms.
There nothing I can't do and no weapon formed against me.
Because, well, my dad is rich.

We are not in the same circles any longer.
His dad is, I am guessing still really rich, so is mine.
I have a really good life, with really good stuff, full of really awesome experiences and people.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What Wisdom Looks Like

I have lost track of the numbers of times I have prayed, make that begged for wisdom.
So many times life stuff had gotten the best of me. 
I needed wisdom in ministry, with my children, in my marriage and friendship.
Dear Lord, just give me wisdom in everything!  

The other day I came across this scripture in the book of James and it seemed to jump off the page at me. I thought to myself, sure is a good thing you did the Beth Moore study on the book of James.
It was obvious that I had read it because I underlined it. 
 But, I was coming up empty.
 I am reading James 3:17-18 and it seemed to me Beth had left out these verses . 
For some reason it all seemed new; had I ever seen these before. 

I stopped.
I read it again and again and again. 
I even took out my journal and wrote it out with my pencil.
It was so rich and full of life to me. 
All of a sudden wisdom seemed to be a real person.
Someone I should know, recognize face to face.
All this time I could have been physically looking for and asking for these specific things to be fruit in my life. 
If I was a list person here was the list. 
I could have been checking off boxes all this time. 
In all the times I have asked for wisdom I never thought about what it should look like (in me) or how it should act (in me).  
I just thought I would wake up and be way smarter than I was the day before. 
All of a sudden I would have the ability to be a really great wife and give really great advise to friends and never get mad at my children because I would have wisdom. 

Here is what James says, 

Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure

then peace-loving 



full of mercy  

good fruit 



It was so simple. This is what I should be have been looking for all along.