Friday, September 9, 2011
i feel like i have, in some ways and to some degree, traded personal, deep connections with people for social media and technical relationships. don't get me wrong, facebook, twitter, google+ hangouts, buzz, skype, text messaging and instant messaging are all great for quick check-ins or whatnot but not so much for deep, personal friendships and relationships. i want real life. i want deep. i want personal. not fluff.
i have been relating such things to food. (imagine that, right?)
when compared with a face to face chat over coffee, a phone call or even a hand written letter (yes, people still write letters, and who doesn't love getting something other than junk mail!?) the rest kinda seems like junk food. and one cannot live on greasy pizza alone. you need a salad to go with it. and sometimes, you just need to drop the pizza all together.
that is where i am. i am going on a diet.
i am swapping out facebook and texting (for the most part. i will still be texting, but more for a quick "hey you" than for conversations) for phone calls.
buzz, google+ hangouts and im-ing for hand written letters.
and dropping the rest all together. facebook and twitter will be deactivated after the weekend, so if you would like my email, address or phone number, shoot me a message before monday.
i will still be blogging and if you were to email me, i would defiantly reply. if you text me, i will respond but it might be with a phone call sometimes. after this weekend, life is going to get just a little simpler.
so, if you are local, lets go to the park or go have coffee. ( i am pretty much broke right now so i will be drinking filtered ice water, but i think it is possible to get a caffeine buzz just from the smell...)
lets plan a movie night or a scrabble game.
i know you are busy and so am i, but let's make time.
i may even buy some new pens just for the occasion.
Monday, September 5, 2011
i have been reminded over and over this week that the store houses of heaven are full to the brim. ready to be poured out on those who ask.
just waiting .
i have been reminded over and over this week that God does not force His will or His blessings upon us, He wants us and needs us to ask. (you receive not, because you ask not)
i have been reminded over and over this week that prayer enables heavenly beings to act on our behalf, against darkness. how many times have i had the opportunity to ask God to send angels to fight for me or another (something they love to do on God's behalf ) and failed to do so?
i have been reminded over and over this week that just because an answer does not come immediately does not mean that it is not on its way. the story of Daniel anyone? it took, what? three weeks for Michael to break through the heavenly battle to get to Daniel? what if Daniel had stopped praying and waiting for God to answer after one week?
i have been thinking about these things ( and many more) this week. i have been reminded, reaffirmed and flat out told about the importance of being faithful in prayer.
God is ready, His warriors are ready, the storehouses of heaven are ready!
if i would just seek Him. ask Him. trust Him.
there are battles to be fought and battles to be won.
all of heaven is waiting to act. waiting to be sent. ready to answer the prayers of God's people.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Matthew 7:7
"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
the weather is glorious this morning.
after weeks and weeks of 100* or more, 70* just makes me happy.
and it makes me want to
- go camping
- plan my garden and get my hands dirty
- read a book on the swing
- throw open all the windows
- go for a walk with my puppy
- write letters (yes, really)
- make a pot of soup with some homemade bread
- go play Frisbee at the park
- go to the drive-in
- clean up around the farm
my favorite time of the year is right around the corner.
of course, knowing Texas, it will be 110* next week..
a girl can dream though.