Friday, June 7, 2013

A Prepared Table

This morning I sat on the kitchen floor in the door way between the boys room and the kitchen; between the big dog and the little dog; between the old and the new and I was reminded of a bible verse.

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies"  Psalm 23:5a
Our little dog Charlie is afraid to eat her food or more so that she is afraid Bourbon will eat her food and so for the last week I have sat on the floor gently encouraging her that it is safe to eat.  Today Bourbon wanted to try a bite too, as if his multiple cup feedings a day is not enough.  I sent him into the other room to lay down and with me seated between the two Charlie proceeded to eat her breakfast.
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
 You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
 Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live."  Psalm 23:5-6 HCSB
Many times we can be in a situation like Charlie and feel like the enemy is staring us down.  We stand on the other side of fear, danger, sin, temptation even death.   But we should not stand there alone cowering like a little puppy scarfing down our meal in haste for we have a great promise from God.  Look at that verse again that David wrote.   A table was prepared, a meal was enjoyed and the oil of rejoicing was brought out to even welcome guests, he overflowed with blessing.
The LORD sat in the doorway between life and death, fear and peace, temptation and resistance.  He sits today in that gap for you as well.  He welcomes you to the table he has prepared with the very pain of his own flesh, his sacrifice on the cross.  Would you please come?  Enjoy the feast he has prepared.  Rest in the peace he has given and take joy in his presence!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Joy of the Lord! A Picture Update

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him. 
Psalm 28:7
Levi, Ty, Toby, Mommy and Seth May 2013
No matter what the day or the week has been like to see these faces and how they grow steadily before my eyes, I rejoice in God who has sustained us.  Though I continue to struggle to love, to be patient, to show mercy, the LORD is still my strength. 
Mother's Day 2013
1st Family Photo

Toby after a birthday party with a photo booth

1st trip to Sweet Frog

Resting after a walk on the River Walk

My pale baby

Ty and Bourbon
Levi doing a "Hey Mom watch this!"

Our newest additon.  Bourbon.  A lab/mastiff mix.

Memorial Day 2013

Playing with fire errrrrr....sparklers!