Thursday, December 4, 2008


I am homesick...homesick for Heaven. I want my Jesus to come back so that I can be with a place where there are no tears, no trials, no pain, no struggles, just love. Never ending, unconditional Love. I look at my own pain and my friends' pain (which often hurts me more than my own pain does) and I long for Heaven. I long for the day when we can sit together around His throne, singing His praises for eternity with absolutely nothing to come between us and Him. When will that day come?! I wish I knew, and I wish it was soon. I am growing wearing of having our faith tested and I am ready for it to become sight.

...but then I think of all of those who don't know Him yet. Those who have absolutely nothing to look forward to when He comes back. Those people aren't just strangers. They are my friends. They are my family. How can I ask Him to come back so that I can at last taste the perfection of Heaven, when I know what awaits them if He comes now? I cannot be that selfish! I will wait, patiently but expectantly, for Him to come back when He knows the time is right for Him to do so.

Lord, give me strength as I wait for You, and use me in whatever way You wish in order to bring others to know you, so that when You do come back, as many as possible will go Home with us.

"I wait for the lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning." Psalm 130:5-6

Monday, December 1, 2008

Conversations with Emilie

Our small group bonfire was cancelled last night because of the wind (I know, that's such a shocker in Oklahoma!), so Chad and Brenda and their kids came over for dinner. We had a great time! We played a game called Mad Gab, which, if you haven't played it, is absolutely hilarious! I'm not going to try to explain it, but suffice it to say that everyone yells out guesses as to what the card is supposed to say.

In the middle of all the craziness and fun, Emilie threw out her arms dramatically and said, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" We all laughed and I, wanting to test her history knowledge, asked, "So, Emilie, who said that?" She gave me that look that says "duh" and said, "Uh, me!" I see a history major in the making! :-)