62 years ago…

an amazing thing happened…a woman was born that carried my destiny.  She was born to wonderful parents and into a family with 2 older brothers.  From what I understand her brothers were more like fathers to her and growing up with 3 fathers creates a woman of noble character!  Wise beyond her years, an administrator, a multi-tasker, a beautiful musician, a lover of people and a lover of God. 

I am so thankful today on this Thanksgiving 2008, for November 27, 1946!  The day my mom was born:)  Without her I would not exist, without her I would not have survived my teen years, without her I would not have had the stamina to persevere during the tough times, without her I would not know how to multi-task or write amazing letters;), without her my family would not be eating turkey today!

Happy Birthday Mom!  I am most thankful for you and all the time and energy you have put into growing me into a reflection of Jesus!  You put me on the path and directed my ways and for that I am very thankful.  I’m also very thankful that you cook turkey dinner for our family and it tastes so good.  I’m thankful that someday you’ll come to my house and eat the turkey dinner I make and will encourage me all the way. I’m thankful that you love my kids with more than a grandmothers heart!  I’m thankful that you were born and chose to give life!

I love you,

Tracy

ALL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Matthew 22:37

I have read this verse time after time after time.  You can find it in Luke 10:27, Mark 12:30 and Deut 6:5.

Heart, Soul, Mind….What does it mean to love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, all my mind?  I’ll give you a clue: In the Greek ‘all’ means all, whole, every.  Contemplate with me what that means. ALL

ALL means entire, total, being the utmost possible, every, everything, completely, so much, beyond all doubt.

So I ask myself…do you love God with ALL your heart, All Your soul, All your mind?  Before we can answer that we have to know what heart, soul and mind means and determine if we are really giving ALL of those things to the Love of the Lord my God.  I’ll make it easy for you and make a list of what ALL of heart, soul and mind consists of:

thoughts, feelings, mind, breath, spirit, ability, might, power, understanding, courage, appetite, bodily: HEART< SOUL< MIND

With all these things we are to love God vehemently, wholly, speedily, diligently, exceedingly….  All 

Friends this is not meant as a message of condemnation, or a checklist of where you are falling short but I really believe it is an invitation that brings clarity.  There is really no gray area in the word all.  I say it often, “Either you are pregnant, or your not”.  This call to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind gives us permission to abandon all to CHRIST!  You don’t have to determine if you should give ‘this area’ or ‘that area’ to the Lordship of God.  You don’t have to wonder if you’re too ‘Crazy’ in love with Jesus.  It is clear.  We are to give HIM ALL.  So if you wonder about giving him your paycheck, or your time, or your resources, or your heart, or your hurts, or your loved ones, or your thanksgiving.  The answer is yes!  ALL.  Give Him your ALL. 

More than enough

inside

This is a picture taken from inside my pocket.  Now, camera’s were meant to take pictures, record events, document beauty.  But this poor camera went crazy in a pocket and didn’t capture anything except the dark underside. 

Do you kinda feel like you’re living this kind of life.  Hidden in a pocket, really not capturing the zest of life that you were intended to?  I’ve been there, but recently I’ve started a journey of Fasting from wrong thinking.  Its a 40 day fast from wrong thoughts devotional by Gregory Dickow.  Today’s thought is “I don’t have enough”.  This is a lie, but if you seem to be taking pictures from the wrong perspective you may have believed this lie.

Here’s the truth, and I believe it:

Philipians 4:19  God shall supply all my need, according to His riches

I always have enough, my God is more than enough.  He is all I need, He will take care of the rest.  Gregory Dickow says that the thought “I don’t have enough” is an invisible fence that keeps you in the backyard of lack and deficiency.  Its the barrier to documenting the beauty and provision of God in your life!

I don’t know about you, but today I’ve chosen to stop taking pictures from the pocket I lived in and decided to break down the barrier and live in the truth that GOD IS ENOUGH!