The Unquenchable Fire

There is an unquenchable fire
The Bible speaks to us about
If you are an unbeliever
A phenomenon you might doubt

Because of Sin our verdict is Guilty
The sentence we deserve is “LIFE”
Yet with a change of heart we are pardoned
Through the precious blood of Christ

Surrender your Pride and Power
Says Jeremiah 4:4
Turn from sin while there is still time
And change your hearts before the Lord

A change of heart is needed …the Angels will implore
Or God’s anger will burn
An unquenchable fire
That cannot be destroyed

For the Lord with omniscient power
Will consume in all of His wrath
With a winnowing fork He will separate
The wheat from all of the chaff

The Word assures us there is a Heaven
A horrid Hell is too spoken about
A place where worms don’t die
And the Fire never goes out (Mark 9:48)

Because of Sin our verdict is Guilty
The sentence we deserve is “LIFE”
Yet with a change of heart we are pardoned
Through the precious blood of Christ

Make a decision today to be certain
Let go of your power and pride
So when your life ends and they close the curtain
You’ll know the Eternity where you will reside

The Best Gift

Christmas wrapping red and gold
Gifts for loved ones young and old
Excitement swells and children sneak
Under the tree to take a peak

At all the mystery under foil
Don’t open now or you will spoil
The treasured moment on Christmas Day
Revealing toys with which to play

Now in the splendor of the moment
Don’t forget why we celebrate
Gifts exchanged are symbolic
of treasures given that Holy Date

When God stepped down off His throne
And entered this world, a baby…lone
To a simple young girl, this child her first
divinely conceived, a virgin birth

Such an odd place to be born a King
A stable, in a manger, no signet ring
Yet His palace is a lofty place on high
Beyond the cosmos, above the sky

Where we too will reside if we believe
The best gift of all we could ever receive

New Year’s Faithfulness

If you’re like most Americans you will start the upcoming New Year with a resolution to lose weight. The gyms across the country will be flooded with good intentions. Some will be successful in their endeavors while others will still face the same demons well into the Spring. What do you think makes the difference for those who will become a success story? I believe it’s perseverance and willingness to make changes that become new constants.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Change as: the process of becoming different; to become something else; to make radically different, to transform. Do you want to be radically different from the way you are now? Do you need transformation? I do! I’m tired of the yo-yo diets, feeling bloated, lifeless and tired! I’ve been struggling with the same health issues for several years now and much of my struggle is self-inflicted.

The Encouragement For Today devotional on 12/12/13 entitled The Place Where Disappointment Grows, was written by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa made a statement in her writing that lit up the page for me like a Christmas tree! She stated, ”The space between my reality & my expectations will only change if I do.” I love that quote and I’m claiming it as my mantra for the New Year!

Her comment motivated me to do a little more research on the word “change” to see if I might glean additional knowledge that would add a few more meaty morsels of inspiration to sink my teeth into, instead of turning to the sugar and gluten laden options that have gotten me into my current inflamed state…literally and physically.

Let’s use the word CHANGE as an acronym to further outline what is needed to be successful in making a change:

Constant – Invariable or unwavering and marked by a firm steadfast resolution or faithfulness.

Hard – Difficult. Not easy.

Alter – To cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.

Necessary – What is required to be done.

Good – Praiseworthy. Anything deserving of respect, of the highest worth. Well-being.

Effective – Producing a decided, decisive or desired effect.

In reviewing we see that change requires constant faithfulness, hard decisions or tasks. We can also take note that we may have to alter our steps in some small way to achieve our goal. There will be necessary requirements in order for us to see change and make progress, and when we accomplish our goal the results will be good and produce the effect we have desired.

I like the word “faithfulness” described above in the definition of constant, instead of resolution. It makes the process more spiritual and I need my God in the middle of everything, for me to be successful! Change is often hard and can be very difficult but the reward well worth the effort. Anything that comes too easily is usually not appreciated, as much as, the things we have to work diligently toward.

So, in this upcoming season where we are resolved to make changes, are you up for the task? Change can be good and positive change always has a positive effect!

I think this year, instead of a resolution, I’m making a “New Year’s Faithfulness” to change. I’m going to work really hard to close the space between my reality and my expectations. Will  you join me?

If Ever I Am Remembered

If ever I have failed you
Forgotten whose I am… assailed you
‘Twas not Me that you have heard
But hate through Me that spoke these words

If ever I have cursed you
Pursed my lips…said things to hurt you
‘Twas not Me that you have heard
But hate through Me that spoke these words

If ever I have inspired you
To act on something good inside you
‘Twas not Me that spoke these words
But love through Me that you have heard

If ever I have played a part
In the leading of your heart
To put aside your selfish pride
And let the love of God inside

If ever I have loved you
The agape love above you
Speaks through Me and you have heard
The breath of Jesus…those are His words

So If ever I am remembered
In your thoughts come some September
I pray in remembering Me you will find
More words of love from The Divine

For ‘Twas not Me that you have heard
But love through Me that spoke His words.

The Final Hour

I contemplate
This life ending
The number of days left
I’ll be spending

On this earth
In human form
Flesh and blood
The body warm

I think about
The final hour
When Glory reveals
Its resurrection power

I concentrate
on the last breath taken
And where I will be
When I awaken

From the slumber
Beneath the trees
From blinded eyes
That finally see

The brilliant light
From heaven above
Shinning down
A radiant love

Now filled with Peace
Hard to explain
That I’ve been given
A brand new name

A name that signifies
And proves
That our belief is
Indeed the truth

Proof revealed by
Omniscient power
Passing from this life
In the final hour

Where time and space
Transcend and lend
Everlasting moments
Again and again and again…

The Qualifying Round

IMG_1142We spent part of our Thanksgiving Holiday weekend at the Indoor Karting Championship, at the Civic Center in Batesville, MS. GoKart racers from miles around converged on the site for an exciting weekend of racing. We were told there were over 700 racers there this past weekend, all vying for the title.

My son, Cody, has been a fan since he was a little boy and just really began to take his interest to a new level within the past several years. He enjoys the competition and has had some success over the years as well. However, with a full class schedule at Mississippi State University and holding down a part-time job during the summer, he is not able to race as often as he would like.

The indoor series is the stomping ground of future NASCAR drivers. These kiddos, mostly young boys, (but there were a few pink karts driven by some savvy young girls in the mix as well) all get their feet wet on the dirt tracks of their local sanctioned races and then try to win big at the nationals.

In order to win, you have to qualify first. Kart racers are broken down into weight classes, similar to boxing (light, welter, heavy). Each class is then broken down into manageable groups of racers on the track for safety.

Each driver is given a transponder, which is used in motorsports for lap timing purposes. A cable loop is dug into the race circuit near to the start/finish line. Each kart has an active transponder with a unique id code. During qualifying rounds, when the racing kart passes the start/finish line, the lap time is recorded and determines those eligible to race for the championship. Only the top 24 in each class advance or “qualify” to race for the title.

Each class is given a couple of practice rounds to get the feel for the track. Just like NASCAR drivers, these kids use their downtime between practice and qualifying rounds, to work on the setup of their karts, hoping to fix problems or make adjustments that will give them more speed on the track and an edge over the competition. My husband Lee, is a former motorcross and powerboat racer, so he and Cody share a love for speed and bond well in this arena. Cody listens intently to the advice from his Dad. He may not always take it, but it is a great platform for Father/Son interaction.

After the first practice round, Cody was told by the officials that his kart was underweight for his class by about 4 pounds. Yet during the down time between practice and qualifying, Cody failed to add weights to his cart, which can be done easily by bolting additional weights to the body of the kart. He was more concerned with the setup and spent his downtime making other adjustments. As a result, he not only didn’t qualify for the race but he was disqualified due to the weight issue. It was very disappointing for Cody and a tough lesson learned.

Life is like that. Do you ever find yourself working so hard for something, only to be disqualified in the smallest of details? We can spend all of our days on earth, busying ourselves and focusing on the things that in the end don’t matter and won’t qualify us for the race ahead either.

Luckily for believers, Christ has already run the race of life for us. He has gone before us to make our crooked places straight. We don’t need a transponder to keep track of how fast we are going. All we need in the qualifying round is a heart that believes in the Lord. Our Faith alone will propel us to the Finish Line. The bible tells us that Christ Jesus will return in the twinkling of an eye, for those who believe in Him. Now that’s what I call Fast! See you at the Finish Line!