Tuesday, May 22, 2012

'Til We Meet Again

The Love Shack has suffered two incredible losses this week.  First, our wonderful cat Pixie passed away, and then today we had to say 'goodbye' to Kudzu.  Keep our family especially the precious children in your prayers as we grieve for two much loved family members.

Rest in peace, Pix-a-kitty.

Run free, Zu.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #36 - Damaged Goods

I shared a few weeks ago about how butterflies and caterpillars have become a recent fascination to me.  At the beginning of the year, I began a weight loss journey.  So far I have lost 32 pounds.  My son told me last week that I'm not a caterpillar anymore but am not a butterfly yet.  He said, "Right now, Momma, you're in your cocoon."  I loved the analogy.

You can imagine my delight when a few days after that conversation my son caught a butterfly and brought to me.

I was a bit curious as to why the lovely creature allowed itself to be captured and sit with us without flying away.  Upon further inspection, I realized that this graceful beauty had a hole in its wing making it incapable of flight.  A storm that had passed through our area in recent days had damaged its wings leaving it battered and torn.  It was a sad reality that often reflects the state of our own hearts.

We tend to think if we can just get that promotion, just have that dream home, just be understood, or just lose that weight our lives will be hunky-dory.  It is not so.  We will always have another mountain to climb and another test to pass.

The Word says,  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Have the storms of life brought you down and kept you from soaring?  Is there something in your past that is holding you back from all that God intended you to be?  Give it to Him.  He makes beauty from ashes and, 
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  (Psalm 147:3)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 assures us, "He has made everything beautiful in its time."  That includes you, friend.

Have a blessed week!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #35 - The Good Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1

Shortly before my youngest son's third birthday, he snuck out of the house one night.  I had left to run an errand.  Connor was playing quietly in his bedroom with his siblings and my husband was in the back of the house.  Several minutes past before the older kids informed their dad that Connor was nowhere to be found.

Frantically they searched each and every room and nook and cranny in the house.  Connor had disappeared.  As they darted outside to see if he'd indeed wondered from within the safety of our four walls, they were greeted by a kind police officer, Connor, and our faithful dog, Scarlet. Before leaving the house, Connor had let Scarlet out of her crate so that she could join him on his grand adventure.

The officer told my husband that he'd found the pair about a block from home.  As he approached Connor to assist him, Scarlet began circling him not allowing the officer to come any closer.  The police officer asked Connor if he could take him home, and Connor walked back to our yard with Scarlet at his side and the officer close behind them.  

Usually when Scarlet is allowed to roam free outside of a fenced enclosure, she is "gone with the wind".  Her instincts carry her as she glides as though she were flying.  She is always soon to return, but first, she always runs to her heart's delight.  Not this time though.  One of her pack was in danger.  She set her sights on safely guarding him and guiding him back home again.  She stayed in step with him preventing him from becoming lost or stolen.

Matthew 18 tells a similar story -  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."

Are you the one that has wandered away and maybe even lost your way?  Jesus came to find you.  He is just a prayer away and when you ask, He will happily lead you back.  He went to the grave to insure that you didn't have to.  He came so that you wouldn't be lost forever.  Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”   And 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

Won't you come to Him?

Have a blessed week, furiends!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #34 - Light Unto My Feet

One of the biggest obstacles of having such a large family and so many dogs comes in the middle of the night -it's at that nightly 2 A.M trek to the bathroom when you are greeted by UFO's such as toys, legos, and ginormous Golden Retrievers blocking your path that get you tripped up and possibly falling flat on your hind-end.  Thankfully with today's technology the trip doesn't have to be so treacherous.  We have our handy, little cell phones in reach at all times working hard to illuminate the way in front of us, guiding our steps keeping us free from such peril.

We have another such tool available for daily use.  It too can help you find your way even down the darkest path.  And, yes, you can even download it as an app to your smart phone making it easily accessible wherever and whenever you are.  It's the Word of God.

Proverbs 119:105 tells us, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

For every step we take, there is direction in God's Word.

In Job 23:10 we are assured, "But he knows the way that I take; 
    when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." 

And Psalm 37:23 tells us, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way."

Whatever you are facing today, God has an answer for.  Seek Him.  He is there.  Let His Word shine light in your life and your situation.

Have a blessed week, friends.

(We use the Android app from www.youversion.com for all of our Bible on the go needs.)