Beauty Stolen

26 06 2009

So many of you know the beach is my spot. It’s one of the main (or only reasons) to live in an area of the country where the humidity and temperature can both hit triple digits…and often do.

This morning I woke up early as usual to catch God’s handy work in the skies. As you can see the view from the front porch was amazing. Just as I’m breathing it all in and sighing away the stress from the week…BAM!! Or I should say BATS!

They were dong their last fly arounds of the night before working their way into the roofline hole a few feet away. Now if you know me, you know I don’t dig on anything flying around me…near me…or on me!

So I wandered down the walkway to the front of the condo building where I could take in the beach and the intercoastal river. Also where I would meet one of these blood sucking creatures face to face! Just as I got there…again breathing in God’s beauty…BAT! He buzzed my head…flew back and landed at my feet. Miraculously I didn’t scream like a girl…but I did spill half my coffee. Fear and anger swelled within as I scurried back to the condo…hearing little bat squeks all the way.

So my point to all this is we have an enemy who wants to steal beauty. At every turn in life he is there to destroy it…especially God’s beauty that is connectng with our spirit. The enemy knows our fears and will use them to steal the beauty.

I wish I could say I rebuked the bats…they all fell dead immediately and my beautiful view was restored. I did find refuge on the back porch…with a great view…and realization that God’s beauty doesn’t end where the enemy tries to steal it.

His beauty goes with us. It surrounds us. It dwells within us. It provides a place of shelter and refuge if we seek it.

Find your beauty this week, don’t let the enemy steal it…and don’t think bats are cute…they are ugly God forsaken creatures up close 🙂

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





No Excuses

25 06 2009

We’ve all read a twee or two with some motivation to have “no excuses.” Or we’ve read a blog dedicated to not having any excuses…I read this one today and then watched this video below.

It’s a matter of perspective. Either we have an excuse or motivation…they both require some level of energy to move forward or stay back. This week I’m moving forward, how about you?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Challenge Assumptions

24 06 2009

I read recently that Orville and Wilbur Wright had a father who was a Bishop in the church. Bishop Wright publicly challenged the idea of flight during a church conference saying “The Bible tells us that flight is reserved for the angels.” He went as far as beating the speaker over the head with the accusation of heresy.
These guys didn’t by into that assumption

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They didn’t sink in the quicksand of assumptions. They didn’t see a ceiling to possibilities. Surely they heard Dad challenge the thought, which motivated them even more. They never stopped staring in the blue sky and imagining the possibility. Then on December 17, 1903 the possibility became reality. I would have loved to see the Bishop’s face then 🙂

What ever is holding you back this week, look beyond it. What ever ceiling you feel under, peek outside of it. We live and serve a God who does not see impossibilities. Challenge the standard assumptions…dream outside of the walls….make history along the way.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





A Lesson From My Magnolia Tree

4 06 2009

So I have this magnolia tree that my family has called Maggie. She is not your typical magnolia. She is short…some would say dainty….i would say dwarfed…but, she is the only tree in our front yard. For years she has grown maybe an inch. Not really dead, but not really thriving. So we decided to spruce her up a bit,

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The lillies and elephant ear plants crowded around Maggie’s feet to make for a nice little front yard greenery. As you can see, they started to dominate little Maggie’s space…especially the lilly grass that grew half of her size. Something interesting happened this year —

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For the first time ever, Maggie is growing! There is new life, she is thriving!! All it took was some competition. It took some resistance. It took some competition. It took a little struggle. It’s like that in life. When resistance, struggle, competition come our way we can either shrink back and be dominated….or we can be strengthened and grow.

What life struggles are you dealing with today? Know there is a God who loves you more “than the grains of sand on the beach.” He knows your struggles, and He wants you to thrive in them. He wants to pour strength into your body. He wants you to grow like Maggie.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris