Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Let's Talk About Love

I've been thinking a lot about love lately, after all, June is the month for weddings. The birthstone are pearls and alexandrite (a purpleish color) and the flower is the rose. I see a little romance in there somewhere. Growing up, June brought the June bugs, a little brown, oval shaped bug that flew. My Mom and I convinced Baby Girl that they loved the toes of little girls, so she had to be careful not to get bit by one.

Anyway, back to the love thing. This weekend, Hunny Bunny and I will travel through three states (Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee) to witness such a reunion. It will take us about 8 hours to get there, we will spend the night, get up the next day, attend the wedding, spend another night, get up the next day and head home. I could think of a lot of other things that I could be doing, like cleaning out my clothes closet, doing some mending, scrapbooking, or just being lazy. Nevermind the time spent getting there to turn around and come back. Seems like a waste to me. But then I remember the reason - it's all in the name of Love.

You know what I'm talking about. The kind of love that makes you feel all warm inside everytime you think about that special person. Your every thought is on them, you want to spend every waking moment in their presence, you anticipate the next time you are together, and everytime you hear their voice, it just intensifies the feeling even deeper, and then before you know it, BAM! you are hooked - you have fallen in love!

I remember the first time i fell in love. I was looking in all the wrong places. Eventually I did meet the love of my life, but in the most unexpected place....

At the cross.

What's love got to do with it? Everything. Think about the moment you fell in love with Jesus. His journey was a long one, a necessary one, and if He had it His way, He would have made a detour, but the Father had other plans. He loved His son so much, He was willing to give Him up so that we could have eternal life with Him, all in the name of love. In the garden the night before Jesus was arrested, He pleaded with the Father and prayed so hard, that He sweated blod drops, in the name of love. He was beaten and spat upon. Even as He hung dying on the cross, He did it all in the name of Love. The cross displayed the kind of love that makes you feel all warm inside everytime you think about Christ dying for your sin. Your every thought is on Jesus, you want to spend every waking moment in Christ's presence, you anticipate the next time you are together, and everytime you hear His voice, it just your love for Him is even deeper, and then before you know it, BAM! you are hooked - you have fallen in love and He has stolen your heart! You are His and He is yours, eternally joined, all in the name of love.

So, let's talk about love. Are you ready to committ the rest of your life to just one person? What sacrifices have you made lately, all in the name of love? Are you ready to have your name written in red all in the name of love? Are you ready to experience the kind of love that is selfless and true? Let me know when you are ready to talk about Love. I promise, your heart will not be broken.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Does God Have a Cell Phone?

I know weird that I would blog about talking to God via a cell phone, but bear with me.

On my drive home tonight, I noticed more than usual all the people talking on their cell phone while driving. Recently I've made a new pact - not to talk/text/check my email while I am driving-not even at the stop light. It's been hard, but I've managed to be pretty good about it. I put it in my purse after I've made the "I'm on my way home, do you need anything" call to the Hunny Bunny. That way the temptation is out of sight and most importantly out of ear-shot.

I stopped at the ATM, got my pentence, and headed for Wendy's. Special request from Baby Girl because she is working longer than her schedule and we all know she gets cranky if she doesn't eat at least twice a day! Anyway, I'm pulling out of the ATM and this girl pulls up and is on her nice "pink-skin covered" phone just a yacking. She doesn't even skip a syllable and continues to walk into the lobby continuing with her conversation. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't talking very loud, in fact you wouldn't even know she was on the phone unless you saw her lips moving. I just wondered to myself what was so important that it couldn't wait until she was done inside? Was there some emergency with the other party on the other end? Was she talking to her "BFF" about her day and how she couldn't wait until the weekend so they could hang out? Was she talking to a her Mom or Dad setting them at ease "no of course I am not talking and driving?" Or was she just venting about how she just doesn't get it?

What if God had a cell phone? Would we instantly pick it up to ask him what he would like for dinner, should we go to see a movie or to dinner on Friday, or what shade of eye shadow should I wear with my new turquose dress? Would He be our Number 1 Friend in our circle of friends and would "1" be His speed dial number?

Doesn't God want us to "call" on Him for every little detail of our lives? If we are honest with ourselves, we don't. I don't. Maybe we don't want to ask Him, because we are afraid of what the answer will be. I am. I'm afraid that He will ask me to do something outside my comfort zone, like that visitation thing, or prayer meeting.

When my kids were little, one thing I always tried to make them understand, was if they wanted something, no matter what it was, all they had to do was ask. There would be times when I said no, yes, maybe or go ask your Dad, which they found out later was just another delay tactic on my part. But what I really wanted them to learn was to try, and ask. Son Boy will tell you that he doesn't ask because he already knows what the answer will be, but sometimes he does ask for the "that's a duh" thing.

You can't get an answer unless you ask. God promises to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4) all we have to do is ask, simple as that.

So what are the desires of your heart? Do you desire to have a closer relationship with God?

All you have to do is ask!