Archive for July, 2011

Watch Your Step

The Monument Steps
Image by Plbmak via Flickr



“Watch Your Step” is a common sign we see when we are out and about at a public venue. We sometimes see the sign, know what we need to do and yet we still miss the step! Then, there is embarrassment  as we  get up trying to act like nothing happened!

.  Proverbs 20:24 says; “A man’s steps are of the Lord, How then can man understand his own way?” As Christians, we are challenged with where we step every day.  God has given us many caution signs throughout scripture. The Ten Commandments are instructions on how we are to live and walk in our daily lives.  There are the parables that Jesus told that teach us about our faith walk. We know how we are to walk, where to watch our step but there are times when we still fall. Once we fall, we are sometimes embarrassed and don’t know how to move on. We just stand there with embarrassment.

As Christians, we know about the love, grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Though we may miss the step, He is there helping us get back up.  He brushes us off with His grace and encourages us to move on.  Also, we don’t have to be embarrassed or  pretend like nothing happened. Once we ask Christ to help us back up, we are covered by His grace and given a new slate.  We are able to get up, stand erect and walk confidently with Him.

As you journey out today in your faith walk, be sure to “Watch Your Step.” Commit each step to God and know He is there to pick you up when you do miss a step!


You Never Know What You Will Find In A Red Tool Box!

red tool box

Where is your invitation?

In about two weeks, our son, Drew will be getting married. Needless to say, we are busy putting together the rehearsal dinner. As part of the preparations, Jim and I sent invitations with a response card for those invited to let us know if the invited guest will attend or not.

In the process of getting correspondence back on who would attend this very special dinner, my mom asks my brother if he had sent in his RSVP for the dinner. My brother responded with “no, because I have not received the invitation.” Then, my mom responds by pulling her invitation out of her purse and asking “are you sure? Dad and I got ours last week.” My brother once again declared he had not gotten nor seen anything that resembled what mom was showing him.

As this conversation was taking place, my brother’s oldest son comes through the room and sees the invitation. He says “we got one of those!””I opened it when I checked the mail.” Promptly,  my brother asks his son where is this invitation. My nephew’s response; “oh, it is out in the garage somewhere!” When hearing this response my brother and sister-n-law begin searching the garage while my parents call me laughing and asking me to send them another one. The chances of finding the original were very grim and you would understand if you knew my nephew.

The following day I receive an email from my brother. The email read; “found the invitation.” ” It was in the red tool box.” I still roll with laughter at the very thought of what they went through to find the invitation and to get the RSVP back to me.

In reflecting of what happened to the invitation I sent my brother,  it made me realized each one of us are given an invitation. It was sent on the day of Calvary. Jesus died and opened the doors to paradise so that we could all attend a very special banquet. However, there are some of us who have the invitation and have laid it aside. Or, better yet, we think we cannot respond because it is too late. But, the fact is it is never too late. God just wants us to RSVP by giving Him our hearts and accepting His son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

My question for you today is where is your invitation? Have you RSVP’d? Or, is your invitation in the red tool box?  The invitation has been sent. God is waiting for your reply. He really wants you to be at His banquet table.

Just in case you have not RSVP’d or think it is in the garage somewhere like maybe the red tool box, I am  sending you one now on our Father’s behalf.

Your Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ

request the honor of your presence at their banquet table.

Date and Time: TBA

RSVP: Today-through prayer asking Jesus into your heart.

“And Jesus said to them, ” I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have not seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:35-38

Smile! It’s Just Another Day In Paradise!

“Living by faith is not easy, but it is essential. It is the only weapon for adversity that cannot fail.” Dorothy Kelley Patterson

One of Jim’s and my favorite country songs is Phil Vassar‘s Just Another Day in Paradise.’ In this song, Phil talks about all the things that go wrong at home but to just smile, laugh, love one another and keep moving forward. This summer has been ‘another day in paradise’ for the Hawkins’ home. Our summer began with saying good-bye to a loved one, then a couple of trips out-of-town as we shared with my dad closing one chapter in his life to begin a new one. Dad retired from 47 years of ministry. Along with saying good-bye to a friend, retirement events, Jim and I are also planning our son’s wedding that will take place in a few weeks out-of-town.

In the midst of all that is going on, Jim and I took our annual Fourth of July trip to Lake Junaluska to spend time with the family. Yet, before we were to head out, we discover we needed a new roof and the ice machine in the fridge had quit working. As Jim comes in from talking with the roofing people and I show him the non-existence of ice in the bucket, we simply smiled at one another and closed the door. Onward and forward was our motto. “Let’s just get out-of-town, rest and take care of this when we get home.” We both agreed worse things could happen and have happened. Jim and I were determined not to get upset.

As we were relaxing in the mountains with family, my dad receives a call that his brother is in critical condition. Again, “‘another day in paradise‘ just took place. My dad began to try to figure out how to get to Michigan, get Mom home, us back to Kentucky and be at our place for a bridal shower this weekend. Again, we all smile. Mom and Dad pack up go home to Georgia to regroup, pack and head for Michigan. Unfortunately, my uncle does not make it through the weekend. He had left his earthly home for the eternal paradise that we are promised.

Jim and I pack up the car, close the cottage and head for home. We arrive home safe and sound only to be greeted by extreme heat and humidity! Again, we smile, go inside the house turn on the air, and without thinking go to make a cold drink. Then, we open the freezer only to remember we had no ice and a broken ice machine. It was just ‘another day in paradise.’

Yesterday, Jim and I begin our week with a smile and with wonder of what will happen next. Our score pad of Murphy’s Law was on a roll. We asked God to protect us, provide for our needs and to bless our home. Then, today ‘just another day in paradise’ happens again!

It is the hottest day of the summer. Jim and I acknowledge that we needed to get a couple of oscillating fans for the house to help take some of the strain off the air conditioner. Along with fans, there were a couple of other items I needed to get for the home front. So, early this morning to avoid the heat of the day, I am off to Wal-Mart to get what is needed. Successfully, in an amazing short amount of time I have my items, checked out, loaded in the car and headed for home. As I leave the drive of Wal-Mart, there are utility trucks working in the area and positioned just so that I had to go around them. “No problem!” I say to myself as I went around them and over to the turn lane I needed to be in. The traffic light was red. As I waited for the light to turn green, I hear a crunch! Yep! The utility truck decided to move. When moving the truck, the driver did not see me and backed right into me.

“Great!” I say to myself as I get my registration, insurance and license out for the police. I get out of the car and ask if they knew they had hit me. I wanted to get angry but I knew that becoming angry and irate would not accomplish a thing. As we waited for a half hour for police and Jim to show up, the workmen and myself began to melt from the heat. Realizing that a voice within had told me to pick up some popsicles before leaving the store, I got out the purchased popsicles and began to share. There wasn’t anything else to do while waiting but I knew I could smile, offering a popsicle and realize again it is ‘just another day in paradise.’

Yes, I now have to take my car in for estimates. Then, find a rental as my car is repaired. Frustrating as it all is and how much I just want to sit down and cry “why God?!”, I know that I must smile, move forward and know I am being molded more into my Father’s image. This afternoon, I open my bible to Romans 5:3-4. As I read this scripture, I was once again reminded that it is through tribulations that I must persevere. It is through perseverance that one day I will be victorious and will be with my Heavenly Father. It will be not ‘just another day in paradise’but it will be forever paradise!

‘And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ Romans 5:3-4

Have you had days where you want to throw your hands up and give up?! Or, you just want to yell at God? When faced with tribulation, smile and know it is ‘just another day in paradise’ getting you ready for the ultimate paradise!


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