God's Roadmap

Sharing God's roadmap of grace to avoid the pitfalls and potholes of life.

"Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart" (Proverbs 3:3).


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Remember

Andersonville National Cemetary
Memorial Day. A time to pay homage to those who have paid with their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. It takes only a visit to a national cemetary to see the evidence of the cost. As we enjoy the benefits of their sacrifice, let us never forget to appreciate what we have.

In honor of those who have lost their lives fighting for the founding of this nation and the continued defense of its freedoms (military, police, and fire departments), I dedicate this poem.

A Hero's Tribute
Andersonville National Cemetary
The plane's engines hum as it rolls to a stop
The rear hatch opens and the door slowly drops.
Uniforms march two by two, side by side,
Gloved hands raise to salute those who died.
Flages drape the coffins as they are carried away
Comrades in arms they will be to this day.
Heroes of war who have paid the price
Coming back home to their loved ones cries.
They are moved to the grave as the bugler plays taps
Young children watch from their mother's laps.
The rifles' repeat echoes off the banks
Our heroes are resting as the nation says "thanks."
 
Do you have a Memorial Day story to share? Remember your hero here.





Sunday, May 19, 2013

Construction vs. Destruction

Construction barrels. It seems they are everywhere. No matter where I go,
the road is being worked on and all the traffic is re-routed and hazards have to be navigated. But where would we be without progress, right? We would still be on the old broken down, pot-hole filled asphalt we were complaining about before.

When we come across these road projects in our vehicle, we have to slow down or mayhem will result. You cannot navigate a highway full of concrete barricades and heavy machinery while traveling at high speed without a tragedy occuring.

The same thing is true in our decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

If we plunge ahead when making decisions, whether large or small, we can run into a lot of trouble. For example, if I am facing a decision about a major purchase and I rush into it because it sounds good, but I don't have peace about it, I just ran into a construction barrel.

Just as those warning signs are on the highway to slow us down because of danger ahead, that check in our spirit is a warning sign to lean on the Lord and not our own understanding. Doing things our own way if we don't have God's peace about it can lead to destruction.

After road repairs are completed, all the barricades are removed and we travel on a smooth surface free of potential hazards. All the warnings and slow travel were worth it now that it is over and we can enjoy the benefits of the new highway. Likewise, once our decisions are made in with the light of God's reflection, all the carefulness and time we put into it will be worth it.  We can enjoy the result of making choices according to our trust in Him.

What are some hazards you have faced when making difficult decisions?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thanks, Mom

For my Mom this Mother's Day.

Hands
 
Loving hands held me when I was small, cuddled and fed me and tucked me in at night with a good story. They would pick me up when I would fall, kiss away the hurt and wipe away the tears. Hands would feel my head when I had a fever, dispensing bad tasting medicene with a spoon. Those hands would be there all night in case a cough or fever returned.
 
Hands would cook good food each day and a finger would shake in my face if I didn't eat. "What about all those starving children in the world?"
 
Hands would clean and scrub each day making our home sparkle and shine while my brothers and I would invite the dirt back in with each step we took. Those hands would work at the sewing maching making clothes for me and even my dolls.
 
Hands would hold mine when I was afraid, pack my lunch and wave good-bye when I went to school. Those same hands would spank me when I was bad. But it was for my own good. It kept me from being bad again.
 
Hands would work hard planting flowers then I would pick them and bring them in for a vase. Those hands let me think that was ok. Those hands endured a pet turtle in my room and even helped clean out the bowl. Those hands made the puppy stay outside.
 
Hands taught me to peel a potato, sew a stitch and wash a dish.  They held the book while it was read and pointed to words I could learn.
 
Those hands are older now and slower to move, sometimes swollen and filled with pain. The wisdom of those hands has held my babies and caressed their faces.
 
Those hands taught me to love.
 
 
Share some of your Mother's Day memories.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Does Self-Discipline Have to be Painful?

Self-discipline is hard work no matter what task you are applying it to. It takes retraining our minds to go in another direction. It takes us out of our comfort zones and requires giving up certain things to accomplish our goals.

Take this blog, for instance. I made the decision to write about things God was showing me about myself in the hopes it would help someone else. I committed to a weekly post and I have let myself and my blog down a few times by skipping a week. So I am sharing a few parameters I am applying to myself to become more consistent in writing, as well as other areas of my life. 

To become more disciplined we need to:

1. Make a commitment to the task. Whatever it is, decide how much we will do. If it is exercise,
 will it be 3 days a week, or every day?

2. Do it on a regular time basis. Will I work on this task in the morning? What time and how long?

3. Keep a record of  accomplishments. If it is cleaning out closets or the attic, mark it off the list so we can see what has been done.

4.. Unless it is an emergency, don't let anything else interfere with keeping the commitment.

5. If we do have to miss sometimes, it shouldn't encourage slackness in our discipline.

6. And above all, we shouldn't allow self-condemnation to infiltrate our thinking when we aren't perfect in our commitments.

These are a few suggestions to help keep us on track in whatever our goals are.

What works for you? Share your ideas and add to this list.