Friday, April 23, 2010

Joy Unspeakable!

(written several months ago)

Today at work was a day! I was glad it was only eight hours! I wasn’t sure it would ever end.,. Unfortunately I started off the day with a sinus tooth ache… It was almost as bad as a migraine. Nice huh? That alone was pretty bad, but then two people in my class kept arguing… loudly over the TV. They each wanted to watch their own show. At the same time…, with only one TV. Needless to say one or the other was constantly losing and protesting, loudly!

As if that were not enough, “it” chose today to hit. Yeah you ladies know exactly what I mean, that lovely monthly thing some call “Happy Time…” I was not happy!

I began to wonder “Is this day over yet? “The answer to that came in a beautiful rainbow of wax cylinders flying thru the air and landing all over the floor in my room…Yep you guessed it, someone spilled our huge box of crayons all over the floor.

Finally as the day was winding down, I had peace that I had indeed survived. As I was doing one of my last duties, helping load the busses for the trip home, one of the drivers asked me “How are you doing?”

Since I knew he was a Christian, and I knew he would understand, I said, “If I only had happiness, and didn’t have joy, I would have had a bad day! My happiness left long ago, but it left joy in its wake.”

He just kind of laughed and said, “Yeah sometimes it’s joy unspeakable huh?”

I’m not totally sure how he meant it, but I’ll tell you how I took it, Sometimes the joy that God gives, joy in the midst of struggles, joy when the world is in turmoil, joy at unexpected moments, that joy that makes absolutely no since shouldn’t even be there.

That is Joy unspeakable!

Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words

I Peter 1:8

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I am not gonna defend myself.

A funny thing happened on my way to this blog post... lol Wednesday night church, I was talking with my pastor, Mark, and I mentioned how hard it is not to defend ourselves. If someone accuses us, we want to "set them straight." Then an even funnier thing happened... I got fired. No, I don't feel like I deserved it, but we never do...

Here is what A. W. Tozer says..."Never defend yourself. We're all born with a desire to defend ourselves. And if you insist upon defending yourself, God will let you do it. But if you turn the defense of yourself over to God He will defend you. He told Moses once, in Exodus 23:22: “I will be an enemy unto thine enemies and an adversary to thine adversaries.”
A long time ago the Lord and I went through the 23rd chapter of Exodus together and He gave it to me. For 30 years now it has been a source of untold blessing to my life. I don't have to fight. The Lord does the fighting for me. And He'll do the same for you. He will be an enemy to your enemy and an adversary to your adversary, and you'll never need to defend yourself."

It was a fun place to work while it lasted... Thanks for the memories Mitchell Center.

So, Pray for me, I need a new job.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Here's what I am...

Just Mr Cocky... lol Rooster feathers. No mayo Aaron... just white highlights given by God.

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