Peaceful Pause

You know, I cannot believe another roller coaster year has come and gone.  It was a great year and the worst of years.  But, no matter, God is still on the throne and He is sovereign.  Here is a great quote from Billy Graham:

God is unchanging in His love,

He loves you. He has a plan for your life.

Don’t let the newspaper headlines frighten you. 

God is still sovereign; He’s still on the throne.

 As a believer in Christ, it is always a comfort to know that God is always in control and His timing is perfect.  I have seen this so many times in my life.

And yet, I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of glad the holidays are over – for now.  Not that I don’t love Christmas because I do.  I mean I always over decorate, over cook, over bake plus I think I watched every Christmas Hallmark movie for this year about ten time plus some timeless old favorites like Miracle on 34th (in B&W – thank you) and White Christmas.  But, this year, I decided to try to keep it simple. To actually focus on the reason for the season and not the doing of the season.  And I did succeed pretty well.   But, no matter what, every year, good or bad, as we approach New Year’s Eve I look forward to and long for my family’s Peaceful Pause.

One of our traditions, even when our kids were little, is on New Years Day we plan and cook a special breakfast, watch the Rose Parade and then the Rose Bowl game and any other worthy football games that may be on TV. When we lived in California that meant getting up at the crack of dawn for the parade, or at least it felt like it (now that we live in Texas we even get to sleep in a little longer). But we stayed in our jammies most of the day. We may have reminisced about the previous year or what we might do in the new year or not.  The kids may have played with their new toys – but mainly we just vegged and snuck in a long, overdue nap.  Sometimes we would hang around the house or we might go outside and play.  Of course, we did that much more when the kids were little. And then last, but not least, all the Christmas decorations are taken down and packed away.  It is just one peaceful serendipitous day¸ wrapped in our own warm and cozy cocoon of peace and love and tucked in between the weeks of chaotic, joyful holiday activities, and the reboot of the rat race that is our life.  That is our own peaceful pause!

What do you do on New Year’s day?  Is making resolutions part of your new year plan? How was 2017 for you? Comment below.

And with that, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and whatever happens this year – ask the Lord to make it count.

The Shack – A Book Review/Opinion

So, it seems there is a lot of controversy again about The Shack.  Especially among those who are Christians.  Believers have been warned from all sides that this is not a movie a Christian should go see as it paints a picture of God that is unbiblical. The Shack was first introduced as a book and the author was pronounced a heretic and a deceiver. He was even accused of trying to recreate God.

Well, this is my take on it and it is short and sweet.  This is one man’s journey back to God and reconciling with the grief and loss that, yes, he will live with forever. Who are we to criticize how he got there if he professes he is where God wants him to be?

Let me tell you a little story.  My brother-in-law is a Jew. His mom, dad, brother, Nana, grandpa, everybody he grew up with was Jewish.  When The Shack came out, my husband gave him a copy. He read it!!  The man does not read anything except maybe the newspaper. What would compel him to read it not once but at least three times?  But his first reaction was – I had a dream a long time ago and God came to me as black woman!!!  What? Why?  He has never shared with my husband what happened in the dream. Just that He was a black woman!  I can’t say whether or not he has accepted Jesus as the Messiah as my husband has, but it sure opened the door to many conversations about God and all the questions concerning God and why He allows things to happen the way they do in the world we live in.

This is what I think.  If one person came to know the Lord because of the book or the movie who can criticize that? Worried about the other messages that are possibly incorrect in the book/movie?  Forget about it! God’s got it covered.  We need to stop putting God in a box and let God be God in our lives and go out and be Jesus to the world.

So, what do you think? Will you see The Shack?   If so, take lots of tissues and let me know what you think of The Shack movie. 🙂  Here’s the link to the trailer if you have not heard of it yet.