Tag Archives: God

Pinterest…are you interested?

I’m so excited!  I have discovered Pinterest! 

There is a red button on the right hand side of the blog if you want to check it out and follow me on Pinterest.  I suggest blocking off some time…I suggest HOURS…it’s that exciting!  Go ahead and take a sneak peek, it’s so much fun! 

Here’s an image I found:

And another:

You make bulletin boards with all the things you love on them.  You can have one for books, one for decorating, one for inspirational quotes, one for fashion, etc.  It’s creative! It’s fun!  It’s all your favorite things in one place.  I’m thinking it will help save me money on all those decorating magazines and books of quotes. 

I was thinking about this new “time waster” and wondering if God would approve.  You know the game, “What do you think God would think of this?” 

If God didn’t want Pinterest, (Facebook, Twitter) why would He give us all these creative geniuses that come up with these things!?  Plus, it helps me to dream, it’s inspiring!

Everything we have can be used for good.  TV can be good or it can be really bad!  Video games like Nintendo DS can be good.  Okay this one’s a stretch, give me a minute …Oh, I know! They can be good for the times when they occupy the kids so the mom doesn’t go ABSOLUTELY INSANE like in the waiting room or on long car rides.   However, not so good if your son is holed up with the DS all weekend.   Wii can be fun if you use it with friends or for Wii Fit or at least set a time limit.  Oh and it’s great that you can use it for Netflix too.  Netflix is of course, to be used sparingly.  This is fun, let’s continue.  Wine can be good…at weddings, fancy dinners, girl’s weekends, 5 o’clock on a Friday…but we all know it can also be bad when you drink too much of it.  Magazines can be lovely and informative or they can be Star or Us Weekly.  We could continue with everything in our lives including the Internet, chocolate, medicine, dieting, working, the list goes on.  You get the point.

Everything in moderation.

So, today I’m asking, how do I want to spend my time?  I mean, how do I want to spend the last couple hours of the day?  Have I had enough Pinterest for one night? 

And then I see this: 

So, that’s my prayer tonight.  “God, be my guide.  Even when (especially when?) I’m engaged in leisurely pursuits.  Help me to make good choices.  Choices that are pleasing to you and life affirming.  Help me to encourage others and always use my words to bring hope and peace and justice.  Help me to channel this creative energy that I have into positive things.  Please help us all (and our kids!) as we navigate this world of Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and blogs and google.  We have no idea what else is in store for us.  Help us to be good stewards.  Thank you for the computer in the first place and for the time to actually engage in leisurely pursuits which we know is a luxury.  We are grateful.  Amen.”      P.S. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for creating the people who created Pinterest!

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

The Summons

We are all searching for truth. 

Here’s a question for you.  When you find truth, will you have the courage to follow where it leads you? 

When you know something for sure…when every fiber of your being is certain of something…when you really understand…when you find answers that satisfy you…what will you do then?

What if you find truth somewhere new?  What if the truth you find has nothing to do with what you were taught when you were a child?  What if your eyes and heart are opened in ways that you could have never imagined?  What if you are inspired by people and places that are in disagreement with what you previously thought? 

I heard someone say that we all long to know God.  This is the one thing all human beings have in common.  We all want to know God.  It is the thing we want most and it is the thing we fear most. 

If I know God, if I really know Him and let Him into my life, will He ask me to do something? 

Will we be like the fishermen? 

Mark 1:16 – 1:20 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

This is our hope and this is our fear. 

We cry “Know me God” but we are afraid to reveal the darkest corners of our hearts. 

We offer “Use me God” but we are only available to a certain point.  We have families and jobs and bills to pay and commitments.  We think “I can’t do that!” or “Who, me?” or “Not now!” or “But that will offend my parents/friends/siblings (fill in the blank)”. 

God is in a box.  He is safely ensconced on Sunday morning in the church.  We speak of Him but we don’t speak to Him.  He is benign like an old relative or a treasured old teacher.  We respect Him.  Sometimes we remember Him.  We think of Him fondly. 

Well, God does not have us in a box.  He has a plan and a purpose for us and it is bigger than anything we could ever imagine.  He wants to know us too and He wants to use us.  He wants to change us so we can change the world. 

We are told in the Bible “Do not be afraid” 365 times.  One time for every day of the year!  I take this as a reminder that God wants to banish our fear.  He’s asking us to “fear not” – every single day!

We sang the song, The Summons,  in church today and it reminded me of the challenge we all face.  What we want most we fear most. 

All of us are absolutely being summoned by God.   What’s your answer? 

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

 

The Summons

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
 
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
 
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
 
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 

The Beginning

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

-1 Corinthians 14:33

The other day,  I learned a little more about the first book of Genesis.  How wonderful that God created the light and then He created the sun and moon and stars to bring the light.  He created the sea and the sky and then the fish and the birds to dwell in them.  He created land and vegetation and then he created animals and humans to live on the land and take care of the land. 

Two things I love about this. 

  1.  Everything has a purpose.   
  2. It is all good. 

Can you picture it?  God steps onto the scene and it’s black and formless and empty.  (I want to point out here that the Bible says “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”.  So the Spirit was already there which helps make my point that the Spirit is everywhere and always has been.)  Back to the scene…God says, “Let there be light” and there is light.  Ta – Da!!!

We could spend hours, days, months, years discussing the account of Creation in Genesis.  Scholars can argue over whether it’s true or myth or just a made up sweet story.  You can tell me it doesn’t make sense or try to figure out if a day really means 24 hours.  We can talk about the significance of 7 days.  We can talk about evolution.  We can ponder the dark void that was and wonder how long God let that go on.  We can try to explain where God came from and why He’s called the alpha and the omega.  But let’s not. 

Let’s get back to my two points. 

  1. Everything has a purpose.
  2. It is all good.

They say when you read the Bible, you should think of 3 things: What does this passage tell me about God?  What does this passage tell me about human beings?  What does it tell me a Christian should do?  In other words, we should observe, interpret and apply.

I could go through these questions and I will during my study but for today, I’d like to just start at the beginning and what that beginning has to do with me…here…in my kitchen on my computer…in 2011. 

God created me.  He loves me.  He has a divine purpose and plan for me.  I have all I need.  I am good. 

Same goes for you…and for all of us. 

It’s the beginning of His story and it’s the beginning of our story too…and it’s all good.     

©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved