Chuck E. Jesus

 

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

“Where’s Chuck E. Jesus?” asks one of the girls at my son’s three year-old party.  Her interpretation of a kid’s theme restaurant is a place where she might see Jesus. The motto for this celebratory place is, “Where a kid can be a kid.” Sure enough, it’s crammed with kids elbow to elbow. The lights, games, cotton candy, rides, pizza, sounds, tokens, tickets and prizes are a bit overwhelming to the average adult. It’s no wonder a newbie child at Chuck E. might associate Jesus.

Our everyday busyness is portrayed much like the land of Chuck E. Cheese. It’s jam packed with events, food, children’s activities, working motions to produce the sound of coins falling into a piggy bank, and the lights don’t turn out until we’re fully overwhelmed with a day’s worth of activities. Where does Jesus fit into the portrayal of Chuck E. Cheese? Jesus modeled it for us. He got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

You may go to Chuck E. Cheese one day. You’ll be thankful you modeled after Jesus and prayed yourself up for such an event. Jesus knows our busyness and what lies ahead. Have you encountered the land of Chuck E. and asked, “Where’s Chuck E. Jesus? He wants to be included in the first part of our day—early. Have you put Jesus first in your day?

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I Wear Many Hats

“Don’t flush ittttttt!”, my two year-old screamed at me.

My two-year-old held his hands high in the air as big alligator tears rolled down his cheeks, but it was too late; my forefinger had pushed down the forbidden silver handle…. Join me at Incourage as I share my heart.

Obviously, one of my passions is cooking, but I also love to write. My desire is to share the Word of God with others through writing about my family. Because I’ve been blessed with four children, I have many, many stories to tell and lessons I’ve learned through mothering. We all have a story to tell.

What’s your story? Perhaps you might enjoy writing as much as I do.

The SON Shined

  

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 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
   where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
   the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Good news—after four bouts of vomiting and three changed beds, the “Son”shine helped my son. He enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine and he soaked it up like a sponge. It’s amazing how much better the sun will make you feel. Not only did the sun shine on my son, but God’s son, Jesus shined. He gave him comfort and mercy and caused a turnaround in his once lifeless body. He perked up like a lifeless flower receiving a drink of water.

Before long I was holding his legs while he was crossing the monkey bars, and he was squealing out, “More…do it again”. Not only can the physical sun revive a child, but the spiritual Son, can do it as well.

God’s Son can provide the twinkle, refreshment and renewal we all need in our daily walk. If we feel down and out and need a lift, all we have to do is look up to our Father and look for Jesus. The Son will shine brighter and straighter through our inner being to give us the strength and support we need to make it through our most difficult days.

Have you lifted your eyes up to look for the Son? Will you ask the radiant Son to shine upon your day?

Holey Clothes

    

I am dusting with my preteen daughter’s favorite yoga pants and she is fuming. She delivered them to me with a hole in the seat. I knew a hole, not in the seam, would not sew well so I immediately cut them into useful scraps. She was horrified when she heard the sound of shears rather than the sweet hum of my sewing machine.

After a sewing tutorial on seams, I managed to reassure her with the thought, nothing lasts forever. She got her use out of the pants and they were replaceable.  I immediately thought of God’s Word. The Bible says nothing lasts forever. Even flowers wilt and the grass dies, but only the Word of God stands true forever.

Sometimes our favorite pants, shirt or magazine, television show, blog, hobby or sport can come before God. We start to idolize our favorites, meaning we spend more time with them than we do in God’s Word. We find ourselves thinking about them more often than God. Next, we’re showing more emotion over them verses God.

Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21). Have we put too much stock into things of this world instead of eternity? Nothing lasts forever. No man-made object or hobby. Even our own children one day will go on to be with the Lord. Keeping this in mind, shouldn’t we pause and ask ourselves, “Are we spending more time with things of this earth rather than eternal items, such as God’s Word?” Stop and give thanks for God’s Word, which lasts an eternity.

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