Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Message to My Heart

The condition my heart must live in is this: 
"Do not be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me."      
If we can keep our hearts in a state of confident peace, 
trusting in Father and in Jesus, 
how beautiful our lives would be! 
The waters would always be still, 
as the sea of glass before the throne. 

Heart, stay at peace!
Jesus has commanded me to rule over you, 
and I must watch that you are not troubled.
May my trust in You go perfect peace.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

To Stand

To be sane is more dramatic than to be mad.
It is easy to be a madman.
It is always easy to be a heretic.
It is always easy to be a modernist.
It is always easy to fall.
There are an infinity of angles 
at which one falls, 
only one at which one stands.
~GK Chesterton
The angle which keeps one standing 
is rooted in the unchangeable nature of Christ. 
Paul tells us to stand firm and let nothing move us.

"To have fallen into any one of the fads 
from Gnosticism to Christian Science 
would indeed have been obvious and tame. 
But to have avoided them all 
has been one whirling adventure;
 and in my vision the heavenly chariot 
flies thundering through the ages, 
the dull heresies sprawling and prostrate, 
The wild truth reeling but erect."   
~G.K. Chesterton

I love the way Chesterton talks about 
the obvious fall into fads. 
Avoiding them is the wild ride 
of following Christ on the narrow road, 
listening as the Holy Spirit leads and guides 
us on this great adventure. 
The picture of heresies sprawling and prostrate. 
Wild truth standing erect. 
On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand, 
all other ground is shifting sand. 


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Getting Stared...Again

I have wanted to start this blog called
Up is Better for a while now, 
a place to share all that the Lord 
shares with me everyday. 
I have kept journals since the mid-80s and when 
I read some of those old journal entires, 
I sometimes forget that I was the one writing. 
The way He has encouraged me through all 
life's ups and downs never ceases to amaze me. 
I love the Lord with all my heart 
and am grateful for His mercy in my life. 
I pray these pages become buckets of water 
to all who read them, myself included.
I am a fellow sojourner with everyone 
who is out to find the fullness 
of a life worth living all for Him. 
I am: a lover of Jesus,
wife to my awesome husband, Dave, of almost 25 years,
mother of five amazing kids, 24 through 16 years old--
Morgan, Davidson, Tyson, Evan and Hunter. 


Back in the day, 
I got a BA in Communications from Rider University, 
an MA in Rhetoric from Colorado State University 
and did a year of doctoral work in Rhetoric 
at the University of Washington. 
It was all about getting me to where I am now. 
I have been teaching junior high and 
high school for almost 20 years. 
Because it is a classical Christian school, 
I teach wild subjects like logic, Latin and rhetoric. 
I love teaching and
I love my students like crazy.
Every day is a testimony of God's grace, 
a life filled with "sun shining" days 
and "desert place" days like everyone else. 
This blog will inevitably link to those days 
because they are what God has used 
to teach me more about Himself and
to call me to become more like Him.
Lord, I give you my heart. 
All I ask is that You help me to share Yours.