Monday, October 21, 2013

Archimedes' Principle

Do you know Archimedes' principle? Guarantee you'll remember it after watching this video!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Challenge Center at California State University Sacramento

I had the pleasure of chaperoning a field trip to California State University Sacramento to watch the kiddos participate at the "Peak Adventures" Challenge Center.  It was such a fun experience and I think the students truly had a wonderful time!  Check it out!

Healing to Your Flesh

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nothing Will Be Able to Separate Us From the Love of Jesus

Washed by Jesus

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." (John 13:3-10 ESV)

As I sat and listened to this event for what seemed like the umpteenth time, suddenly it took on a new feeling and I began to think, "This is how I view faith." Jesus calls --- for the sake of this, he wraps a towel around his waist, pours water into a basin and begins to wash the feet of the one he calls. The individual being summoned responds --- with either, "Yes, Lord, wash my feet. I love you!" or "Oh okay, if you must but really it makes no difference to me." or "Excuse me, please don't touch my feet!"

As in this recount of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus initiates things. The bible shows it time and again as each disciple is going about his own business when Jesus shows up and says, "Follow me."

When we are invited to church by a friend, Jesus is beckoning. When we are dragged to worship or bible study by a spouse, Jesus is whispering. Jesus seeks us because left to our own devices, we would not desire Him. We would just go on about our day. Look at how often (or not) we are in God's word daily, for example. Do we make time for Jesus or just squeeze Him in when it's convenient?

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matthew 9:9-13 ESV)

That's us! Sinners! Every last one of us. I am so thankful to have a Lord, Savior, King, Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Provider, Protector who sought me out. God does not need me. He can produce followers from the rocks if He so choses. Yet, the creator became like His creation, He can empathize with us in our struggles, He suffered torture, and died for our sins so we can have a love story with Him and commune with Him at His throne of grace. Truly, that is an amazing, indescribable blessing!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

You Have the Words of Eternal Life


Being my "free time" and "social media" time is limited (when I'm not doing wife, mother, student, substitute teacher stuff), I have picked one --- Instagram --- and would love to meet up with you there!  What is your account name?  Mine is Matt5verse6. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

No God Besides You

The Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

The body truly is amazing!  Feel better soon, Ralph!

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

[Jesus Is] With You Always

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 ESV.)

Jesus is with me, always. I do not doubt that. And, the Holy Spirit convicts me when needed...which is very unpleasant, by the way. Generally, I am not anxious about each day and what is to come. But, every once in a while, when I least expect it, the shadow of doubt slithers into my consciousness and causes a wave of discomfort to wash over me. But why?

Jesus is my provider, my protector, my King, and Heavenly Father. He loves me, yet He is just. He does not give me everything I want rather all that I need. His hedge of protection is regularly around me, my loved ones, and all who are His. And, He will not neglect nor forsake me. All that I have was given to me, by Him, through His servants. "All things are His servants" (Psalm 119:91) whether they want to be, or not.

He opens doors and closes others. Sometimes the ones He opens are not quite what I have in mind...but I am obedient because He truly knows what is best! The times I have broken down the wrong door and determined to take what was not for me, did not go well, at all! So I have learned to be thankful for the path that is mine and to not offend the Holy Spirit!

The unknown is unpredictable, but it does not have to be scary. God goes before and paves the way. He wrote, orchestrated all that is to come and He did it before the foundations of the world. For me, that is a comfort...and I pray it is (or may be) for you, as well.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3 ESV)
He will not let me stumble.

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Then Peter said in reply, "See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?"... And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:26, 27, 29 ESV)

Moody Tuesday

Time to get back to studying...but I am really not in the mood.  I am so thankful, though, for the privilege.

Friday, October 04, 2013

I am Going to Be Honest...

I am going to be honest, when I go to volunteer at the school my children attend it is not truly with the intent of helping out. It is primarily to be near my kiddos, actually. That might sound creepy, dramatic, or a little over the top...(I volunteer nearly everyday but the school staff is happy to have me assist).

They are only young for so long then my time with them (on a regular basis) will be over. The older ones have moved out and don't live that far away (maybe 30-45 minutes) yet I hardly ever see them. We're all so BUSY---Being Under satan's Yoke, perhaps or walking the path God has placed before each of us--- we pass each other like ships in the night...though we text moderately often, I guess. Come to think of it, I wonder if the teenage years are engineered (wired) to aid parents and kids to make the transition of separation a little easier. Maybe. ???

I have noticed in my focus to study, get decent (if not good) grades, and earn a Bachelor's degree, I tell my children, "Not now. I have to do this first." What a terrible thing to say to them! They deserve my all, my everything...and yet don't receive it. They feel the burden of it...especially (I believe) the Little Chef who tells me we don't spend mommy/child time together anymore. How heart breaking. We are used to my life revolving around them. Now it does not and the Little Leaguer has become even more ornery than before (if you, who know him, can imagine that)?!

The house schedule has been changed. I always said nothing was to get in the way of the "house schedule" but my school work has. The earth has shifted and everyone in the household feels it. A lot has been sacrificed and I really hope it is all worth it in the end!

But, at the close of the day (no matter how much I second guess myself) this is where I feel lead...this point, right here. It is a layover on route to my next destination. (Not quite what I had in mind, but okay.) And, God goes before me like He did with the Israelites (as a pillar of smoke by day and fire by night). As long as I never lose sight of Him, all will be okay. I cannot veer off the path or hit a rock with my own walking stick and expect water.

The final goal (in this matter) is to be an attorney for children. I have always (for as long as I can remember) said, "I want to be a lawyer." I thought being a court appointed child advocate would curb or satisfy the hunger. No such luck. And God knows how to push my buttons (of course)! He keeps me motivated! In one way, there is a child molester who hangs out at a baseball/softball field among a bunch of children. It irks me almost to the core! I do not believe he should be allowed anywhere near God's precious little lambs. Yet, there he is...a wolf among the sheep...dismissed, tolerated, until it is too late...again. NOT ON MY WATCH! God knows what drives me...and uses it!

For all things are His servants. (Psalm 119:91. ESV.)

Indeed! Thank You, Lord!!!

The Lord is Your Keeper


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