Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In His Presence

I'm sure for the common observer it would be quite comedic to watch my daily activities around the house. I get up and am followed to the bathroom by my dog, Ohno and my cat, Serendipity. I head to the kitchen to fix breakfast only to look down and see my beloved pets at my feet. I go sit down in my chair, and lo and behold, Serendipity has jumped in my lap and Ohno is laying at me feet waiting for me to pick him up. They want to be close to me. Each step I take, I can count on one or both of them to be nearby. Ohno can honestly be classified as a "momma's boy". He is my shadow, and when I am out of his sight, he grieves.

Ohno and Serendipity know that I have their best interest at heart. They know that I love and adore them. They know that I will take care of them, provide for them, and protect them. Because they have received my love for them, they have a desire to be where I am.

We are told in Psalms that in our Father God's presence is "fullness of joy". We are promised that "he who dwells in His presence, shall rest in His shadow".

Do you know that right now wherever you are God has your best interest at heart. He loves and adores you? Do you know that He will take care of you, provide for you, and protect you? If you have received His love, shouldn't you desire to be where He is?

Too often we allow ourselves to be distracted by things of this world. Kids are calling. Jobs are demanding. Who's playing football? Are my crops ready on Farmville? Facebook pulls. American Idol pulls. In all of our busy-ness we too often forget to be quiet and sit to dwell in the presence of our Most High King. At the times when we need God most, we often push Him away for something meaningless. It leaves a void in our lives, and our spirits ache and grieve.

God gives us every opportunity to be near Him. He is overjoyed when we take the time to climb up in His lap and share our life with Him. And when we do, we are given that fullness of joy for which our hearts long.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Only in Mississippi:

Honest to goodness, folks - I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that both of these pictures were taken within two to thirty miles of my home.   

Shouldn't that be "boiled" peanuts???

Well, I guess this is a matter of convenience... all you can eat fish while you wait for your tire change?

Yep, you just might be a redneck!