Waterers and fear of mud

My pastor used a metaphor today that caught my interest. His illustration was in relation to non-christians… saying that we aren’t responsible for making the plant grow, only to plant and water the seed and leave growth to God.

Now, I’m not so sure we even are responsible for planting. The seed is either going to be there, or it isn’t, and I don’t think we can put it there is it isn’t.

But the more I think about watering, the more I think that’s exactly what we need to do. But not only towards the “seeds”, but also towards the plants when bigger. The same nurture that helps a seed also helps a plant thats wilting from the summer heat.

God plants, God grows, we help water his plants until their time has come for harvest.

But going back to the seed focus, I think it also bears pointing out that the mud that sometimes results is supposed to happen.

I think sometimes I’m overly scared of the mud. Scared the ground isn’t ready to instantly absorb and readily use the water, and so it going to be messy.

I need to water anyway.

If it’s a plant, the water will eventually seep its way in. If it’s a seed, no telling how deep it might be hidden.

And if it’s just a hardened mud puddle, well, it has bigger issues than just a little more wet in it’s life.

Cabinet

This cracked me up…. because I could so easily see this happening from the operator’s side… and if you work at a cabinet store and get this call, what else are you going to assume?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1027656.ece

A TEENAGER called directory inquiries to book a taxi but ended up having a cabinet delivered – because she asked for a “cab, innit”.

The 19-year-old Londoner wanted a taxi to take her from her home to Bristol airport, and first asked for the number using the Cockney rhyming slang “Joe Baxi”.

When the baffled operator told her she could not find anyone listed by that name, the teen snapped back: “It ain’t a person, it’s a cab, innit.”

The operator then found the nearest cabinet shop, Displaysense, and put the girl through.

She then spoke to an equally bemused saleswoman and eventually fumed: “Look love, how hard is it? All I want is your cheapest cab, innit.

I need it for 10am. How much is it?”

The sales adviser said it would be £180 and the girl gave her address and paid with a credit card.

The next morning, the company delivered an office cabinet to her home in South London.

The girl then called back in a fury and Displaysense finally realised the mistake.

The firm, of Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, has now apologised and refunded her cash after the mix-up two weeks ago.

Marketing manager Steve Whittle said yesterday: “We thought it was a joke at first but the girl was absolutely livid.

“We have suggested that maybe she should speak a bit clearer on the phone.”

Nature 2; Kid 0

For some reason my daughter’s power struggles have gotten worse than usual as of late.

But, now she’s started picking on an opponent she’s sure to lose against.. the forces of nature.

Round 1: the kite. You can’t fly a kite with no wind. It doesn’t matter how much you pout, or how big of a fit you throw. Nobody can change this. Wind is wind, it’s there or it isn’t.

Round 2: hot stove. Yes, my 6 year old actually deliberately stuck her finger on a hot stove. 10 seconds after my mother told her not to…. and just because my mother told her not to. Needless to say, hot burns, whether or not you are trying to defy authority in your contact with it.

I thought kids were supposed to get over the don’t touch the stove thing by the time they were like 2 or so….  but I guess not. Or at least not mine anyway.

I have to wonder if she has figured out yet that when she takes on physical laws, she’s not going to change them just by sheer stubborness.

Tacos and Tava

The other day my daughter was pestering for taco bell, so we grabbed dinner there, and I decided to try their bacon club chalupa.

I was impressed! I actually decided to hit there again the next day, and add guacamole… very yummy.

Then I came home…. and I made a mistake. I checked the nutrition stats. Almost 500 calories each, almost 300 of which are from fat! YIKES!  (and that was before the guacamole)

Um… yeah, that will cure a budding addiction really fast!

In a much better choice, I’m also really liking the bottles of tava… particularly the brazillian named passionfruit one (the orangeish one). Much better… 0 calories. Still not the best thing in the world…. but compared to those tacos? I’m allowing it. LOL

Discouraged, courageous, encourage. Words.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

This verse caught my attention the other day. One of several times in a row Joshua gets told to be couragoeus.

But what caught my attention first was the word discouraged. Discouraged is a good word.

Ok, well, really it usually isn’t a good thing. But as a word, it’s useful. I found myself noticing how many times I’ve used other words to try and replace it… disappointed, frustrated, depressed, hopeless, annoyed…. but really… sometimes what it ought to be called is just that. Discouraged.

So after this though, I ran into the word courageous once again. And I couldn’t help but notice the similarity… half the word is the same.

I’m not an english teacher…. and I know just enough about using greek references in strongs to make myself look like a doof…. but same base of a word to me usually means a relation.

So maybe courageous is when you have what you lack when you are discouraged? Would make sense.

And what is that? Well, I’m gonna look at the word and say its courage. But then, courage is another word I don’t use much. To me, it basically has the same meaning as bravery (using it as a noun).

The next day I went to a prayer meeting, and someone had randomly used the word encourage. Ah ha! More courage based words… this totally sidetracked my thoughts for like half an hour.

Discourage, encourage…. easily enough opposites. And words I understand fairly well. One takes away, one adds… but what is it that they add or take away?

Again, looking at the words, I’m going to say courage. But that’s not the way I use the word courage. Though, it’s hard for me to put into words what it is that they effect…. outlook? positive feeling? mood? hope?

Passion i suppose comes the closest. Discouragement being a drop in passion from a disappointment… encouragement being an increase in passion from, well, an encouragement.

But if you take that word passion, and you take it back over to the word courageous…. it seems to work well there as well. The courageous warrior is usually the one so passionate about whatever hes fighting for that it pushing him on.

Maybe I misunderstand courage. Maybe its not so much the bravery (that you don’t have the fear)…. maybe its actually the passion of your cause outweighing the fear.

Not a clue if there is any linguistic basis for this. But it makes the verse a bit more meaningful to me. I suck at being brave… and even at pretending to be. But passion? That I can work with.

“Trust again”(?)

This is a song that Michael sang several times on the cruise last summer, most of the time with the members of Leeland and their family on stage. Actually, I don’t think Michael sang, it was actually Leeland’s mom singing most of the time.

I don’t know if she is the “she” from Texas he says wrote it or not, but that’s my best guess anyway. For that matter, we’re trying to figure out the name of the song too.. best guess being Trust again, second guess being Love in his right hand, and about 3 other guesses… LOL  

Anyway, it’s a really cool song, and several of us were googling lyrics after the cruise with no luck… but apparently it’s going to be on his next album! Yay!  (The music was from a chapel service he did recently that was available to download)

 

Trust again (I think is the title anyway…) song in mp3

He accepts you at your worst

He is looking for the best

Jesus loves you

Jesus loves you

 

He will never ever leave

He will never ever forsake

Jesus loves you

Jesus loves you

 

He is proud of who you are

And he has faith in who you’ll become

He’s not like us

He loves you just because

He’s not like us

He loves you just because

 

 

Broken hearted

Do you want your healing?

Trust again

There is love in his right hand

 

Broken hearted

Do you want your healing?

Trust again

There is love in his right hand

 

 

He believes your dreams are true

And what a plan he has for you

Jesus loves you

Jesus loves you

 

When you want to walk away

He is asking you to stay

Jesus loves you

Jesus loves you

 

You will never be alone

He’s made your heart his loving home

He’s not like us

He loves you just because

He’s not like us

He loves you just because

 

 

Broken hearted

Do you want your healing?

Trust again

There is love in his right hand

 

Broken hearted

Do you want your healing?

Trust again

There is love in his right hand