December 16, 2012

Still He is the ANSWER…

 

To a lost, wayward, messy and confused people…

He is still the WAY.

 

To a people consumed by lies, hypocrisy, deceit, and contradictions…

He is still the TRUTH.

 

To a dead, sinful, depraved, desperate, hopeless, and helpless people…

He is still the LIFE. » Read more

September 11, 2012

Thoughts on Remembering…

On the way home from dropping the girls off at school this morning I was listening to Fox News on the radio. Today is the 11-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States of America. As they shared portions of the actual footage from that dreadful day I couldn’t help but cry and remember. Here’s part of what I wrote eleven years ago:

Where were you on September 11, 2001?  Like most Americans I imagine that you can probably recite where you were and exactly what you were doing when the horrible terrorists attacks on our country began to unfold.  The morning of September 11th at approximately 8:40am I boarded a USAir flight out of Buffalo heading to Albany.  Our flight landed at Albany airport at 9:35am and we all deboarded the plane with absolutely no knowledge of what we would come to find out.  I will never forget the overwhelming sense of fear and sorrow I felt as I watched the horrific acts of hate on the United States.  » Read more

April 21, 2012

I hope we can still be friends after this…my thoughts on the “The Hunger Games”

I’m not a movie critic.

What I do here is share my heart. And that’s what I feel led to do after seeing, “The Hunger Games.” Whether you agree with me or not (and most of you might not) – this is my opinion and I feel strongly enough about this to share it publicly. In doing so, I invite criticism and comments – as I do with everything I choose to write about here.

I should’ve read “Plugged-In,” A Focus on the Family Website that reviews movies. I should’ve known that if the world is eager; bursting with anticipation, the movie is probably not for the follower of Jesus.

I could have suggested a different movie around the same time. I could’ve chosen not to blow off my oldest daughter’s words before we walked into the theater, “I don’t have a good feeling about this Mom.” » Read more

April 3, 2012

my friend, the BIG “C”…and the little “c”, a mamma bird and her babies

I just read this message from a dear friend going through chemotherapy.

Her great faith and strength in the BIG “C” – Christ in the face of the little “c” – cancer, has deeply humbled me today.

I pray that in sharing some of her experience, you too might be encouraged to persevere and trust despite whatever it might be that you’re going through today. God is greater than our greatest need. He is the ultimate Hero and Rescue Plan in every circumstance. No matter what, He will work ALL things together for good – for those who love HIM. (Romans 8:28) » Read more

January 13, 2012

Pam’s Story

(After reading my recent journal entry…my mother emailed me this letter about Pam. If you’ve never read it, I hope it inspires you to TRUST GOD for the impossible)


In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.

Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.

While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.

Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.

The University of Florida’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. His current role as quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.

Tim’s notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women’s centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters. I pray her tribe will increase!


May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!


Dr. Gerald B. (Jerry) Kieschnick

January 12, 2012

“That’s what it’s all about, right?”…Tim Tebow

It’s Christmas Eve, 2011, and the Buffalo Bills are hosting the Denver Broncos.  It’s “Tebow time” here in Buffalo, and with one of the most exciting players to take a snap this season coming to Buffalo, the atmosphere is electric with anticipation! And among the most high-voltage Tebow fans to light up the stands is Erin Marie, our firstborn.

You have to know Erin, she’s as sweet and caring as she can be and rarely asks for anything — she’s all about the giving. I felt like a broken record trying to pry a Christmas list from her, but eventually was able to squeeze one special request from her heart, she asked for one very specific thing:  “I’d really like to go to the Broncos game and meet Tim Tebow.”

Knowing that this would be an easy task for her father, I shared her request with Jim.  Now, you need to understand something about JK, he hates asking players for anything, even for his own kids. Autographs, photo-ops, souvenirs — he shies away from any of that kind of stuff because he doesn’t want the guys to think that he’s taking advantage of them.

And I get that — it’s a good rule-of-thumb. However, I think you know me well enough to know that this was the exception to the rule in my rule-book. I confess, I called a blitz and sent it all in from guilt to glamour (just to be sure)! “This is for your daughter. It’s the only thing she wants for Christmas…” Seriously, what’s a mother to do?

Needless to say, I really didn’t have to blitz, Jim is a great father and did what ever it took to bless Erin.

Here’s what happened…

During pre-game warm-ups Jim brought all of us (Erin, Camryn, our nephew Chad, my sister-in-law Tricia, and me) down on the field. After watching some of the players practice for a while we made our way over to the tunnel (where all the players enter the playing field). While we were waiting for Tim to come out of the locker room (I kind of felt like a crazy fan with just a touch of stalker) Jim stopped to talk to the Broncos Head Coach, John Fox and John Elway (a friend and former Denver Bronco quarterback during the same era as Jim). You would’ve thought Jim and John were ready to pull up some chairs and order drinks — they talked like two women who hadn’t seen each other in years. It was fun listening to them reminisce but I’ll admit, we were anxious to meet Tim.

Just as Jim and John ended their conversation, Tim walked out of the locker room. When he noticed Jim, he immediately stopped and extended his hand. It all happened so fast, (I guess warm-ups and a very important game took precedence over our group meeting — of course it did, hello, it’s football season). There were cameras everywhere, so it wasn’t like Jim and Tim could have any sort of deep conversation. After a quick hello and the routine small talk, Jim turned towards us and introduced us to Tim. You should have seen the look on Erin’s face. Priceless.

After we were introduced, I couldn’t help but say one more thing before Tim walked away. As he started to walk towards the end of the tunnel I said, “Thank you for loving Jesus so much.”

And he responded, “That’s what it’s all about, right?!”

That’s what it’s all about — RIGHT.

Here’s the deal, it’s all about loving Jesus!

Tim Tebow apparently gets this. I don’t know him. But, what I’ve seen, read and heard tell me that this man is on fire for the Lord. And because he is, everyone and their brother seem to think they have to answer this question: What are you going to do with Tim Tebow?

He’s all over the news. Not by choice— it simply sells! So the media is having a field day with everything Tim Tebow. And because of this, people have started to share how they feel about him.

Just this morning, when I logged into my AOL account there was an article with this headline: Tim Tebow Wins Again And Charles Barkley Says ‘The National Nightmare Continues’


Part of the article reads:


Missanelli then asked Barkley if he has had enough of Tebow.

“I think the world has,” Barkley replied. “First of all, Mike, I don’t know anything you said about Tebow but let’s just say the jury is still out on Tebow. He seems like a nice kid but these ups and downs are so different. The jury is still out on Tebow…”


Hmmm, I think it’s more like the world “has had enough” of Jesus. Needless to say, the media is all over Tebow. Why?


I’ll tell you what I think. First of all God has elevated Tim and given him the platform he has. God gave him talent — the ability to play exceptional football (yes, even JK says the guy can play so let’s not even go there — wink, wink.) God placed him on the Denver Broncos. God has allowed this team to win and lose (remember it’s a team sport). And God has allowed the media frenzy.


The frenzy we hear and see is not even about Tim Tebow. It’s about Jesus. If Tim didn’t chose to be so open about thanking Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, the media wouldn’t be all over him. Twitter wouldn’t be trending #TimTebow. Google wouldn’t be posting a record number of searches for John 3:16.  YouTube wouldn’t have thousands of hits on #15 singing “Lord I lift Your Name on high” during a football game. The mayor of Pittsburg wouldn’t have lost a bet and had to wear a #15 Broncos jersey while Tebowing (bending down on one knee with head down — looking as though one is praying).


None of this is really about Tim at all. It’s about the One he loves — Jesus.


Because at the end of the day, it’s always going to be all about Jesus. Wherever His Name is proclaimed, and He is legitimately honored from the heart, there is controversy.


The interesting thing about all this is the fact that all Tim has done is thank God.  Whether verbally after a win (or loss, yes, he still thanks Jesus after a loss), or physically by bending the knee in prayer, or pointing to the heavens in praise. He hasn’t stomped his feet with conviction and intolerance on some soap box insisting that everyone repent or go straight to the fires of hell. No, all he’s done is thank and praise God. it’s crazy how much this drives people to such intense verbal abuse and condemnation.

The thing is, God doesn’t need Tim Tebow. He spoke and light existed, and He knows the number of hairs on your head. As if He needs any one of us. He doesn’t. But Tim Tebow, you, me, and everyone else breathing right now — we need Him.


We need God.


So, instead of asking or contemplating what we’re going to do with all of the Tebowmania, I guess we should ask ourselves the very question Tim asked me:

That’s what it’s all about right?


Maybe we should focus beyond the man to the One greater…


What are you going to do with the One it’s all about?


What are you going to do with Jesus?

December 14, 2011

…but only one thing is needed

The story of Mary and Martha will help me explain what’s on my heart right now.

For those of you who might not be familiar with this story, it’s found in the Gospel of Luke and it’s short enough for me to share it all here.


As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:38-42

There are layers and layers of truth in this story but I’m not going to get into all of that (although I would love to and maybe will another time).

Here’s the deal… I’ve been running like Martha but I crave the life and love of Mary.

I don’t know if it’s the season or the fact that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew —or both.

Regardless of the details that have brought me to this place, I’m choosing to do something about it. I’ve been distracted, worried and upset about many things. Like Martha, I’ve assumed that all of the things I’ve been doing are good because…they’re for Him. But they’re not what is better. The Doing is never better than the Being. I need to focus my heart, soul, mind and strength on the one thing that’s needed. Jesus.

And although this is a struggle, I’m so thankful that God chose today, during this time of year, to bring me back to my first Love… To bring me back to the feet of Jesus so that I can listen to what He’s saying instead of assuming that I already know.

I imagine that most of us have pulled a Martha… Maybe you’re stuck in her shadow right now.


Read the story again.


And again.


Hear Jesus speak into your distraction…  “…only one thing is needed.” Like Mary then, choose what is better. And don’t let doing good become opposed to choosing better.

December 6, 2011

A Prayer Can Change A Life…

I was looking for a Bible study this morning on the book of Esther when I came across a few papers tucked into a folder. All typed up in bold purple, from the heart of my young one.

A Prayer Can Change A Life

When I was little I had problems with body aches and pain. Well, I noticed that if you pray to God it will change you and me forever. When I was about 8 years old, I had a tooth problem and right now I am 9 years old and still have a problem with my tooth. So every night from now on my mommy, daddy and my sister pray for me.

I am so thankful that we can pray and ask God to heal us and take away our pain. You know what I love about God – is that He is the Name above all names and He reigns over heaven and earth.

So this day, just go to the Bible and pray to God – please heal me Lord Jesus and He will do this. It will take some time. But God’s timing is perfect!

I am so thankful that I can pray to God every day and every time I want to. He is so good to us.

God please help me because I am struggling with difficult things in my life and I need You every day at every time.

We all need you to come into our lives and save us from our sins.

Please Lord, help us to trust in You and not be afraid because You are strong, courageous, powerful, wonderful, and most of all Healer and Protector!

Thank You so much for listening on how to pray to the Lord and to believe in Him.

Love Miss Camryn Kelly,

JESUS ROCKS

I want to have child-like faith…don’t you?

Not a faith that isn’t growing but a faith that believes without hindrance.

A faith that trusts that God’s timing is perfect.

A faith that knows that Jesus is the answer for everything…all the time.

Let the words of a nine-year old inspire you today!

November 2, 2011

Some thoughts…in the wake of the 72-day Kardashian Wedding

I’m not big on staying connected to the media frenzy that follows the celebrities of this world.  But I couldn’t help but ponder over the recent 72-day marriage of the infamous Kim Kardashian. I suppose I could share all that I understand regarding the covenant of marriage that God has purposefully created – but that’s not what I’ve been pondering.

Here’s what I’ve been thinking…

Have You Found what You’ve been Looking For?

Why do we run hard after the things of this world that can never satisfy?

Why do we heap the burden of our expectations on people who can never fulfill them?

Why does God allow us to search high and low before we come to the end of ourselves where He is?

Love.

His love let’s us go.

Go here and there and everywhere.

Searching for this and that and everything.

For freedom and loves sake, He let’s us go.

Go and find what you’re missing.

Search for the things in this life that will satisfy your deepest longing.

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October 6, 2011

The Death of Steve Jobs…and how it might affect YOU.

After I dropped my daughters off at school this morning, I tuned into FOX News on my radio.

“Steve Jobs dies at 56.”

As I continued to listen to the presentation of this man’s life and legacy over the airwaves, I started to weep. Tears poured down my cheeks as I listened intently and made my way home.

I’m a hug Apple fan.

Love my IPhone.

On numerous occasions I’ve said, “Once you go Mac, you never go back.”

But even so, my mini obsession for gadgets could not possibly move me to tears over this loss.

So I started to pray and talk to God about the overwhelming emotion I was feeling for this man I’ve never met and know nothing about.

What is this? Why am I overcome with sorrow because of this man’s death?” I prayed.

Certainly it’s not because of my phone or computer…it’s not about the gadgets.”

Lord, maybe it’s about the creativity, the genius and the passion. Is this man Yours? Did he meet You face to face when he breathed his last here on this earth?”

I continued to weep and wonder.

Though I know very little about Steve Jobs, it’s obvious that he’s passionate and outrageously creative. Oddly this all reminds me of how I felt when Steve Irwin died (The Crocodile Hunter). Hunter (my son) loved watching Steve get crazy excited over the crocodiles and creatures – we all did. Because Steve loved the crocs –we did too.

Passion.

Creativity.

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