Tuesday, June 27, 2017

INFINITELY MORE!

It was 1995 when the first Toy Story Movie hit the big screen.  By 1999 Toy Story 2 was being released, and we had a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old in the house.   It didn't take long for those famous words of Buzz Lightyear to become a frequent part of our household vocabulary.  "To infinity and beyond".

In our meager attempts as parents to quantify the great love we had for our small children, it often became a Saturday morning (and even sometimes, a bedtime) ritual.

Cushions removed and placed on the floor (for safe landing), their tiny legs would climb up the couch and they would wait.
"How much do we love you?"  With gleeful, "fullness of life" squeals, they would take flight,  leaping through the air (just like Buzz), proclaiming proudly and joyfully, "to finity and byond!" (that was the 2-year-old). 

The couch and the kids. Couldn't find an action shot, sorry :)

The word infinity has many forms. Infinite, infinitely, finite... all defined by some means of endlessness, boundlessness, limitlessness, or without measure.   In other words, the love for our children was and still is so big and so great it never ends, it is without limits...."To Infinity and Beyond!" 

It isn't surprising that God (in all of His perfectness) uses the words of the Apostle Paul to reveal his great love for us.  As a young wife and mother then,  his words found a resounding place in my heart.   Words that would confidently carry me thru many miles and changing seasons.  Words that have profoundly marked my walk. 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  Now glory be to God!  By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.   Ephesians 3:18-20

As I sit on "that couch" (one of the few remaining pieces of furniture in our home today, from that era),  I am keenly aware... despite life's fears and failures, despite any obstacles or unfulfilled dreams...
HE IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH INFINITELY MORE THAN I COULD EVER DARE TO ASK OR HOPE FOR! 

What are you daring to ask for?  What are you hoping for?  His mighty power is at work!  
Even when we don't fully understand it, we can be filled with the fullness of life that comes from it!  Walk with confidence in his "infinitely more". 

Crystal








Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CAN YOU HEAR IT? CAN YOU SEE IT? IT'S ALL AROUND YOU!

Consider intently, the life all around you..... your neighborhood, your community,  your job, and yes, even your church... 
 One doesn't have to look far to see it or listen long to hear it.......
There's a hunger!  There's a need!  There's a passion!  
FOR MORE!
  MORE WHAT?  
Encouragement...  Strength....  Inspiration...  Understanding...  Depth...  Unity....
Fulfillment...   Joy...   Contentment...   Togetherness...    Hope...

I recently prepared and shared some scrolls with a group of beautiful women (and moms)  in my life. 
The scrolls held a three-fold purpose...

1.  To offer an intentional focus 
2.  To spur them on and encourage their hearts 
3.   To inspire them to read, to write and to pray....HIS WORD 
(and I'm leading the way) 

Writing Psalm 119: 90 this morning, reminds me that, "his faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth He created".  

This brings great comfort and peace to my heart as I prepare to celebrate my own daughter becoming a mama.  I hold onto this great truth for my precious first grandbaby.  

I'm so grateful for the things in our lives that bring us the "MORE" we all desire. 
But I want to encourage you today,  through all of the busy-ness, through all of the striving, 
Consider intently....
To Read His Word!  To Write His Word!  To Pray His Word!  

You'll be amazed at what you hear, at what you see....an how it will change your hunger, your needs and your passion.  




My child, keep my words and store up my commands within you, guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Proverbs 3:1-3

Crystal


Friday, May 12, 2017

BLESSED ARE YOU --- A MOTHER'S DAY TRIBUTE


The hallways of time hold dear a treasure chest of memories.  Each treasure and every memory, tell a story.   The rows and rows of neatly stacked, brilliantly colored boxes are filled with unfailing love, laughter and the warmth and comfort of togetherness.  These boxes by far outnumber the other boxes, but to be heartfelt, is to examine ALL of the   treasures.  There are some slightly tarnished silver tools in one corner.  They represent the values and lessons of hard work.  The
empty space over to the side represents the discipline of doing without or making the most of what little we did have.  Scattered throughout various places in my treasure chest are some grey looking boxes, tattered and worn from tears and struggles that adversity and heartache rendered.  
           A cracked and delicate teapot wrapped in a lace doily signifies to me the never ending pouring out of wisdom thru gentle words, and sometimes necessarily harsh words.  At the center of it all lies the most cherished treasure of all....a small leather bible.  This is a constant reminder to grow in faith and worship and praise, and to always know where to find "guidance in" or "shelter from" the storm.  Your example, your love and your encouragement have remained steady through the good and the bad, through doors opening, and yes, even some doors closing. Thru the ever changing seasons in our lives, you have given to me as a daughter.....as a friend.....as a wife.....and as a MOTHER, more than I could ever have asked for!
You have sacrificed much to give me tangible treasures!  But, the ones that are most precious go to the depth of my being and make me who I am today.  These are by far.....more precious than rubies. 


My daughter Sarah, My mother Julia, and Me

BLESSED ARE YOU! 
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 
Love, 
Crystal