Monthly Archives: December 2009

” Come Unto Me”

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Hi! 

This is a stained glass window in the Methodist Church in downtown Christiansburg.  It was a beautiful sight to see and a new addition to my photo bank!  I love the richness of the colors and how Jesus is portrayed as a little darker than what we would normally see in a piece of art.  This piece beckons us to “COME…”

But do we know where we are going?  I think some of us know, others are searching and still others are lost, very lost.  My heart aches for those who are lost.  I cannot imagine living with an unbelief in God, but many do.  Those who are lost are in need of comfort, love, a human touch, someone who really cares, someone who will simply take the time to listen.  There are also those who are in need of food, clothing and shelter. The basic necessities.  Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and shelter the homeless.  All of these things require ACTION and to be in action means we must MOVE!   Whenever we lend an ear,( action) give a hand, ( action) and share the bread ( action) we are being Jesus to people!  There are so very many people who have never even experienced Jesus!  Jesus lives in each and everyone of us!  He is depending upon us to do HIS work on earth.  He will hold us accountable! 

I am reminded of a dear friend who has spent her entire life serving the Lord.  Earlier today she made the journey Home, into the arms of the One whom she dedicated her life to.  I am sure it was a glorious moment for her, although a sad one for those of us who are left behind to mourn.  She was a marker in my life.  She taught me many things about the bible and even took me to my first Christian concert at a young age.  I even remember the name of the singer- Sammi Hall.  She has always been there for my family and I, teaching, preaching, counseling, loving, laughing, marrying and baptizing.  She baptized my younger cousin and I in the same service.   I was 18. She married my best friend and her husband and then 3 years later she married Cort and I in the same little church in Tyre, NY.  Seven years later she baptized our oldest daughter at the altar where we were married. 

When I was younger and inquisitive I asked her many questions ( questions that only God can answer) about God and she told me that she didn’t have the answers…that I was to TRUST!  I didn’t really get that then, but I certainly do now!  It is never easy to trust, to have blind faith, and it takes practice, practice, practice!  Now that I am older and a little wiser I have had some experience in putting this to practice.  I now understand that not everything in the bible can be explained in human terms or even understood with the human mind.  When I get to heaven, all my questions will be answered!  I also know that I will one day get to see my dear friend again, to hug her and to tell her how much she taught me and how many she has helped to transform and mold by her own faith and trust in God. 

It will be a like beautiful ripple in the River of Life…

So, if you aren’t sure where you are going…please contact me and I will be glad to show you the way…just as one did for me by taking my hand and guiding me along the path to Life. 

Jesus said, ” Come, Follow Me…”

Will YOU?

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Let Us Love…

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Let Us Love

by Need to Breathe

We were born to embrace not accept it
We were given nothing more until we kept it
As the color of our boots keep fading
Live a life that we hate without saying

Who would listen to the cries of a poor man
Never done nothing
How can we be something

Every heart has an hour of existence
Every breath brings a chance for redemption
If somehow we could Wake Up!

Let us love (like we were children)
Make us feel (like we were living)
in a world I know is burning to the ground

It is time (to beat the system)
Live this life (like we can’t miss it)
In a world I know is burning to the ground

In the crowd of the dead and disappointed
We’re ashamed given up on what we wanted
Take a chance on a long shot this time
Aren’t we all just at least worth another try

I’m a king in the land of abuses
Under my law the promise of excuses
Whose to win if we know that it’s not fair
Who would fight when it seems that no one cares
If somehow we could Wake Up!

Let us love (like we were children)
Make us feel (like we were living)
in a world I know is burning to the ground

It is time (to beat the system)
Live this life (like we can’t miss it)
In a world I know is burning to the ground

It’s hard to stay here but where do we go?
I know I can’t feel it anymore
It’s true, time is wearing us down
Before mother and brother will wait
Waiting for our ways to change

Let us love (like we were children)
Make us feel (like we were living)
in a world I know is burning to the ground

We are hurtin’ on the road behind you
Let the wind go with you till the morning come

Yeah your sorrow, no it can’t save you
It won’t answer for what you’ve done

 

Listening…

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Well, as my kids are saying, ” Mom, it is Christmas Eve Eve!”  haha!  Only a kid would think of that!  My 8 year old is dying to open presents!  We always open one on Christmas Eve and she has tried every way possible to get us to let her open one today!  haha!   

Gifts…what are they?  Are they to be kept in a box, all wrapped up and looking pretty?  Or are they to be opened and oohed and ahhed over?  Played with and used , not to collect dust.  You know when Jesus was born, the Wisemen oohed and ahhed over Him, and they brought Him gifts!  The finest they could find!   God gave each of us the gift of His Son and he could have kept him all to himself, but he didn’t!  He wants us to open His gift with glee, excitement and JOY!  Just like the angels who were praising God when Jesus was born!  With great joy and adoration!   We are to joyfully accept His gift and unwrap it every single day of our lives! 

Today I was blessed with a wonderful gift in an unexpected visit to a shut in.  I am so amazed at our God and how He is constantly trying to get my attention.   I worked at the church office today and as I was preparing the bulletins, I had picked out a pretty bulletin to use for next Sunday’s service, after Christmas.  Well, at the last minute I decided to use a different bulletin, one with something very different on the front of it, scripture and all.  I didn’t really know why or even question it, I just did it.  Some may think this is nothing , however I believe it is the gift of discernment .  It just proves to me that I must remain in a constant conversation with God all the time, and I must listen and obey. 

Anyway, I finished all of the bulletins and I took one with me to take to the shut in.  I picked Emily up and then we stopped at this person’s home.  I had never been there before and never even met the elderly woman before.  I was doing what I was asked to do.  When I got to the door her caregiver answered and told me that she was sleeping .  I told her who I was and not to wake her up and I told her about the bulletin.  As we were talking, I felt the caregiver’s anguish over the elderly woman’s health.  She shared with me that she ( the shut-in) was simply tired and needed rest.  She had told the caregiver that morning that whatever God’s will was, she was fine with it.  She was just plain tired. 

Well, tears welled up in her eyes and then in mine and I turned the bulletin over and I said, ” you may find some comfort in this and in the scripture on the bulletin.”  She looked at it and started to cry.  Me too.  Then she looked at me and said. ” God sent you here today.” I gave her a big hug and told her Merry Christmas and cried all the way home.  It was one of those moments that you just can’t explain and I knew that I was doing the work that God had called me to do for the day.   I had never met either of these people, never been to the house before and had no idea what was in store  for me when I got there, yet I went anyway.  Discernment.  It’s not about me, it’s about GOD and listening with everything you are, in everything you DO, and how you react or not react. 

Here is what the bulletin said:

Surrounded by your glory
what will my heart feel
will I dance for you, Jesus,
or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence
or to my knees will I fall
will I sing “Hallelujah”
will I be able to speak at all…

I can only imagine,
I can only imagine…

Revelation 19:1
…after this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice
of a great multitude in heaven, crying,
HALLELUJAH!
SALVATION and GLORY and POWER belong to our GOD…

I truly believe that the caregiver was supposed to read this and be comforted by these words and this scripture…on the bulletin that I had changed at the last minute!  

 Now listen to this song…

I stand in awe!

Merry Christmas!

D.

Standing knee deep in the river…

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Hi!

I ran across this beautiful video with Kathy Mattea singing the song, ” Standing Knee Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst.”  Kind of an ironic name for a song isn’t it?  Think about it.  We can be standing right in the middle of the very thing that will sustain us, nourish us, feed us and cleanse us, yet we don’t even know it is there.  It becomes invisible to us. Why?  Are we too caught up listening to the world, doing the things that we shouldn’t be doing?  Caught in sin?  Can’t find our way out?   There IS HOPE and His name is Jesus!  Catch somebody’s hand and help them find thier way…I urge you…it is of eternal importance that we help one another in love, prayer, Godly discipline and teaching.  Our ears must be opened to the Truth of God’s Word.  Don’t be parched and thirsty any longer…

My heart is aching this Christmas season for the many, many people who are broken, bruised and lonely.  I look around me and I see all the blessings that God has poured out on my life and it makes my heart ache all the more for those who are standing in the water and are dying of thirst.   God is among us, God is with us, God is in us, we are made in God’s image. WE are to be the LIGHT of GOD to the world, especially to those who are up to thier neck  in the water and drowning.  Christmas is not about the presents we get, it is about what we GIVE to others.  God gave us  a Savior in the form of a tender little baby.  He gave us this Savior through a sweet, young girl who was holy and full of grace. John 1:14 says:  14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   Our Lord Jesus found his first home in Mary’s womb.  She knew no man.  She was willing to accept whatever God asked her to do.  She embraced God’s will with all of her being.  Our heavenly Father filled this young girl with a gift that we can attain at anytime.  All we have to do is open our eyes and see that gift! 

It is a gift that we are freely given and once we accept it, we are to live it out each and everyday of our lives.  Not just on Christmas!  EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES SHOULD BE CHRISTMAS!  Each day is a gift from God, the Creator of Light!   It means helping someone in need, shoveling a driveway for a neighbor, helping a teenager get to church, taking something as simple as a church bulletin to a shut-in, singing carols of God’s birth to the folks in the nursing homes, giving a kind word, a smile, a hug.  The list is long and it has been my experience that when I get out of myself and into others, I am blessed!!  I don’t always want to do these things and can be very selfish with my time.  It is something God is working out in me.  This week I have had many opportunities to do the work of God and I admit I started some of them with an attitude of “how did I get into this?”  ( thinking of self again!)  Once I got started with the work at hand, I realized that it was GOD who got me into it.  I have a tendency to get in my own little safe world and not want to leave my surroundings.  You could say that I, too,  was standing knee deep in a river of water and dying of thirst!  Do you get that?  When I stay in my comfort zone and pretend all is well with the world around me, I am missing it.  Thing s are not all comfy and cozy folks.  There is so much need right here in our communities that we must do what God commands us to do-to DO!  Not just sit back and watch the water run by.  Get IN the water, put on your rubber boots, get wet, fill your cup and drink!  Don’t run the other way, don’t make excuses, pull up your waders, and and press on.   Grab that hand that is reaching from just under the surface of the water and PULL!  You may be the only hand up that person ever gets!   My heart is in turmoil tonight and I know I cannot save the world, however I can provide some comfort and joy to those in need.  Our JOY is in knowing that one day we will get to BE WITH our Almighty Creator and never ever have to thirst again…

In God’s Love,

D.

 

“Come, Follow Me…”

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Monday was my 48th birthday-or the 19th anniversary of my 29th birthday-either way it was fun!

One of my friends came and spent the day with me and spoiled me!  We had a lot of fun and just spending time together was the gift!  Oh, there were other gifts, but I think there is no better gift than spending quality time together with those we love.  I’m not always good at it because there is always so much to do, and the older I get the more important that time becomes.    One of the things I wanted to do was show my friend the place I fell in love with Jesus.  One of the things we all remember is where we were when we fell in love!   Not just with our spouses, but also with Jesus, our Savior.

I’ll never forget when Cort came through the back door to my parents house one night, I thought to myself, ” that’s the man I am going to marry.”   We had just begun dating.  I remember what he had on, how he looked and what I said to him.  It’s just one of those things you never forget!  I like to tell people that we fell in love on a motorcycle!  One of our first dates was a motorcycle ride.  I don’t recall where we went, but I do recall how I felt!  Ever since that day, we have been on the adventure of a lifetime!

Today I am on the biggest adventure of all…following Christ!  We moved here 11 years ago and didn’t know a soul!  At present , we know most people and are blessed to live in this wonderful community of Mitchell’s Crossroads.  There is this little church about 2 miles down the road from us called Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church.  It is a rock church with a rich history and love for Jesus Christ.  It has been a beacon of hope for our community and for anyone who walks through the doors. My family and I were invited to walk through those doors 11 years ago.  Once we did, I felt God’s embrace like never before, through the folks at Dinwiddie.  I fell head over heels in love with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I grew up in church, SS, and all of that but I never knew what falling in love with Jesus really meant until I stepped into Dinwiddie Church.  The folks there took us in like family and treated us like they had always known us.  They have a knack for that and it comes from knowing Jesus.  Hospitality is key to being a Christian.  If people don’t feel welcome, they won’t come back.  We always want people to come back so that we can share the love of Christ with them. 

www.dinwiddiechurch.com

I wanted to go back to Dinwiddie on my birthday with my friend so she could see where I was 11 years ago.  I love that old church with all my heart.  Some people might say it is just a lot of rock and wood, and it is.  But to me, ( and many, many others) it is much more than that.  Each rock was placed in love by the builder and each board was carefully cut and nailed into position by someone who loved Jesus Christ.  To me, each stone tells a story and I said to my friend, ” can you imagine the stories these old stones could tell if they could talk?”  I see each stone as a representation of a family, or a person, who has been there before me.  That great cloud of witnesses!  Each one unique, valued, and placed on the eternal Cornerstone of Jesus Christ, our true Rock!  

Before we entered the sanctuary I asked my friend to close her eyes.  She did.  I opened the door and we stepped through the entrance into the sanctuary and when she opened her eyes she caught her breath and exclaimed, ” Oh!! it is beautiful!”    We sat down on the pew in the sunshine and just took it all in.  Memories flooded back to my mind of the people, the preaching, the music, the prayers, the children, and the love.  She asked me why we left and I told her that God was calling us somewhere else.   Sometimes we don’t really understand things until later and this is one of those things.  It is hard for people to understand why we would leave a place that we loved so much, and still do.   God knows the plans he has for us and it is up to us to walk in discernment to HIS will, not ours.  We have been away from Dinwiddie for 3 years and my life has been a rollercoaster ride since!  I have realized and accepted the call that God has on my life and I am now in pursuit of GOD.  I wasn’t before.   God placed us at Dinwiddie so I could fall deeply in love with Him.  It was a steppingstone to something greater and it is all in God’s glory!  Just like each stone on that old church has a specific job to do until the steeple reaches the sky…each part of our journey has the same purpose until we reach our Heavenly Father with everything He made us to be.  The first step is realizing His love for us.  Dinwiddie was that first  stone-the Cornerstone of my life. 

Dinwiddie is the Cornerstone for my kids too!

Which ones are mine?

We walked to the altar and we both placed our hands on the stones and thought about all of the people who had been there before us with thier concerns, celebrations, grief and joy.  I’ll never forget the day that one of my dear friends accepted Christ and was baptized at that rock wall…he was so reverent and holy and I could see the light of Christ in his countenance.  He was glowing with it.  As the preacher dipped his very large hands into the baptismal water and poured the water over my friend,  it was like the River of Living Water was right there in that sanctuary.  It flowed over his head and down his face like a refreshing and cleansing rain from Christ.  I will never forget it, ever.  I was moved to sobbing.  This person had been faithfully prayed for for years.   The people at Dinwiddie are faithful prayer warriors and this person and myself are a testament to thier commitment to pray. 

There are people at Dinwiddie who have prayed for God to reveal His call on my life…not just once, but everyday for YEARS!  They are faithful in thier prayer life and it is because of these prayers that I am where I am at today.  I don’t think people realize this, but I take that old rock church with me everywhere I go.  To me it SHOUTS, ” JESUS IS LORD! Come follow me!”  I remember when they bought the church van and were deciding what scripture to put on it…” Follow me, I will make you Fishers of Men!”    I am here today to say that I am one of those fishers of men!    Let us never forget where we came from or who we are and let us always carry Christ in our hearts.  Denomination does not matter, we are all part of the body of Christ – fully loved and embraced by our Father in Heaven.

It is no coincidence that I chalked this while in Slovakia…”Come, Follow Me…”  You were right there with me Dinwiddie Folks! 

It was a wonderful birthday visit to one of my most loved places and I am so thankful that I met Jesus there.   I love you all!  Happy Birthday to me! 

In Christ’s all consuming love,

Donna

SHOUT to the LORD!

God uses music to speak to our soul…

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I had an awesome day yesterday!  I love the way that God uses music to speak to my soul!  Yesterday, as I was in the choir, looking out over the congregation, I saw my teenage daughter and her friend singing and grinning to the music.  They were all smiles and were making up little hand motions to go along with the music.  They were having fun.  I loved seeing their bright beautiful smiles and twinkling eyes- a little mischevious and very joyful!   It warmed my heart. 

Yesterday afternoon I had the extreme pleasure of going to listen to the Highland Camerata perform thier Winter Concert at Galax Presbyterian Church.  The church was full to overflowing and beautifully decorated.  Fresh green swags of pine boughs adorned with red bows were gracefully hanging over the old wood framed doorways.  It was simple, yet elegant.    I went with a friend and we sat in the second row, providing a perfect vantage point!   We snuggled in close next to some other FUMC folks and it was cozy!  When the group came in I leaned over and told my friend that they were going to “blow us away!”  I said that because there were so many of them!  ( approx.40)  The women were all dressed in black dresses with see through sleeves and the men were wearing tuxes.  They were a handsome group!

The Director’s name was Mary Whartenby and her accompanist was Patty Davis.  God has truly gifted these two beautiful ladies with a love for music!  Mary’s countenance was one of grace and joy and you could tell by her body language, expression, hand movements, etc. that she was in her element!   I loved, loved, loved watching her “perform.”    I noticed a connection right away and as I sat and listened and watched I could see and feel the connection between her, Patty and the group.  It was like a dance.  Beautiful!  Flowing, graceful and filled with pure joy.  Her eyes twinkled as she talked and her smile was contagious!  As Mary’s arms and hands did thier conducting dance between her accompanist, and the sopranos, tenors, basses and altos I was reminded of how God conducts us!   The north, south, east and west;  the sun, moon and stars; the surf, wind, rain and fire.   God is always moving gracefully among His people on earth, just as Mary did with her elegant chorus and musicians!   Oh it was beautiful music for my soul.  At times I could not contain myself and I wanted to jump and shout with glee, like a little kid on Christmas morning!   I found myself making a connection with a woman in the back row.  At one point our eyes made contact and she grinned at me and I grinned right back.  From that point on we kept glancing at one another from time to time.  I realized that I was her feedback, just as she was mine. 

I recently joined our choir and have been made aware of how important it is for us, in the choir, to put on a joyful face and have fun singing!  If we don’t do it, then how will the congregation?   We are to send the Christ light out into the world and this is one of the ways we can do that!  One of our choir members is a perfect example of this and she sings with great joy and enthusiasm.   I saw that  in this group also.  Many of the members of this group were singing with great facial expressions and it was hard for me to NOT respond with mine.  God gave us the gift of JOY and we need to express it more openly, not hold it in, stop sitting on our hands.  Last night during our SNL service Jay said that we were all their to worship and if we wanted to dance in the aisles, then go ahead and do it!   We have so much to be joyful about!!!!!!!!!  Christ the King came to the earth as a baby in a manger and He grew up here.  He died here.  He returned here, fully resurrected and He has promised that He will come back to get us one day too!  Today He lives in eternity with God the Father and there He spends His time preparing a home for us  and one day we will get to spend all of eternity with Him!   He will take away all of our sorrows, fears, hurts, and pain and replace them with a new body;  one that is pure, holy and sinless!  Don’t worry! Be Happy!  Isn’t that worth singing about?

Today is my 48th birthday and I have to say that I am looking FORWARD, with great anticipation, to this next year.  Every year that I get older, I grow a little more in Christ and I look forward to the day when I can sit in eternity and be fully filled with His love, peace and joy!  It will be a day of wonderment….just like a child on Christmas morning!  I want to spend everyday from here on out, gleefully unwrapping the gift of another day, expectantly waiting to see what God has in store for each new day and embracing it with all my might!   Thank you Lord for another day, another year and another chance to work for your Kingdom with JOY! 

Thank you Mary Whartenby and the Highland Camerata group!  You were all amazing and your performance was the best birthday present I could ask for!  I looked forward to hearing you all week long!  I know that God saved those two seats in the front just for us!  God has gifted you all and I thank Him for your commitment, reverence and joy!  It has made this Christmas season one that I will never forget!  Never underestimate the power of music!  Every good and wonderful gift comes down from the Father of Lights and I thank Him for your gifts!  You use them well!

I stand in awe!

 With much gratitude,

Donna

The Wise men & Shepherds

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This morning I met a friend for a very early 6 am cup of coffee at Shoney’s.  It was really too early to eat so we ordered a biscuit and coffee and just sat and talked.  We had both noticed the beauty of the moon on our way into town.  The sky was black and the stars were bright and clear.  The moon was like this beautiful sliver of light in the sky.  From my house I could see it through my naked trees and I love looking at the moon through the spindly and bare tree branches.  I am always inspired to paint it, but haven’t taken the time to do that yet.

I wonder…

I wonder what the sky was like on the night that the wisemen arrived into Bethlehem…

Was it cold?  Was it clear?  Were they expectantly waiting to find a King? 

I wonder what the night air smelled like…if it was crisp and did it smell like hay? 

 

 

Well, as my friend and I were having our coffee, we discussed these things.  As we were discussing them, we had our own encounter with some modern day wise men, right there in Shoney’s, in little old Carroll County, Virginia.  You see, there were three men in the little room in the back and they were reading and studying the bible together.  As we talked, these men got down on thier knees in prayer right there in Shoney’s.  My friend and I bowed our heads and had some time with the Lord as these men were having thiers.  It was very reverent and breathtaking to see these gentleman ( by this time there were five of them) down on thier knees in the resteraunt.  On the other side of the wall were a different set of men.  You could say that these men were the Shepherds. 

We have had a lot of wind and power outages and the electric company has been very busy, 24 hours a day, restoring power to people.  These Shepherds were those linemen who were doing the repairs.   They were in Shoney’s eating breakfast. They could have been out all night, or just getting ready to go back out.  These men don’t sleep much  and when there is a need there they are.  When they get called, they leave thier homes and go out to take care of our needs, just like the shepherds care for the needs of thier sheep in the field.

It was one of those moments that you never want to end.  It was divine.  We were both humbled to be in the presence of God in the middle of Shoney’s on a very cold Saturday morning.  As we sat there and reflected on the things going on around us, we realized that this was all in God’s plan.  You see, we were reminded of a need that we were feeling called to meet and we realized that the men on thier knees could possibly help us.  So, my friend, who was filled with the Holy Spirit , decided to ask these men if they could help us meet this need.  Once she explained the need, they responded with a resounding YES, WHEN, WHERE and HOW MANY!    Like I said, it was divine.

So, just like the wisemen who were called to find a King, AND WILLINGLY RESPONDED, these men followed suit and did the same.  No questions asked, they heard the need and were compelled by God to fill it.  I don’t know thier names and that doesn’t matter, but God certainly does.   Thank you gentlemen!  You just never know what might happen over a cup of coffee!  Ask and you shall receive.

I thank God for the linemen who risk thier lives daily to provide electricity of all of us.  I have heard some very hairy stories of the risk that these men take.  So the next time you see an electric worker, give them a word of thanks.  We have no idea what they go through everyday and night in the weather and in times of distress.  They hear the call and they willingly respond.  Thank you!

Are you a willing responder?

I thank God for friends who like to have coffee and who can find Jesus in Shoney’s!  Wow! 

You know, if I had turned down the invitation coffee, I would have missed a blessing!  I am glad I was willing to get up instead of sleep in! 

I thank God for the Wisemen who sought the baby Jesus 2000 years ago and for the wise men of today, who are still seeking and reaching with willing hearts and arms open wide.  May our Creator shower many blessings upon you as you go out and spread the Good News of the little baby born in a barn with the cattle lowing and the lambs baaaaaing…thank you, thank you, thank you!

And I thank GOD the FATHER for giving me the opportunity  to be a willing responder…to open my arms wide and receive HIS free gift of life! 

Enjoy the song!

Blessings to you and yours,

Donna

I DARE YOU!

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I have been searching for a song to go with my message at FCA.  I will be drawing about “running the race.”  ( Hebrews 12)  I have been thinking about Ronnie’s passion for running and exactly what it means to RUN TOWARDS CHRIST .  Paul tells us to run with endurance and to never give up.  He didn’t.  He considered his trials pure joy because he wanted us to “get it.”  Paul was willing to take a beating, an imprisonment, and torture for the sake of getting the message of Christ out to the world.  I call this endurance.  Persistence. Perseverence. Patience.  Passion. 

This song is called ” I Dare You To Move.” 

Are you moving in the right direction?

Are you running , with all your might, to the Savior, who came into the world as a helpless babe to show us how to love one another?

Are you committed to that run?

Are your eyes on the prize?

Do you know what the prize is?

It is the gift that God gives us when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior…a life eternal with Him. 

When we run in the right direction-TOWARDS GOD- we keep our focus on Christ. We walk the talk and not just talk about it.  We put our thoughts, words and prayers into action…WE MOVE!  Some of us physcially RUN like Ronnie while other people run in different ways…like being pure, watching what comes out of our mouths, as well as going in!   We are to be IMITATORS of CHRIST.  If Jesus didn’t do it, then why would you?  It takes a lot of training to be like Jesus.  We must pursue Him with our entire being.  If we don’t…well, you know what will happen, don’t you? 

So, having said that…

I DARE YOU TO MOVE TOWARDS JESUS CHRIST!

RUN like the wind and never stop!

d.

” I Dare You to Move”

by SWITCHFOOT

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next?
What happens next?


I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before