Thursday, September 29, 2016

God in the Paderno

Ever wake up in the middle of the night, deeply troubled by all the needs of people you love, burdened by the wait for the Spirit of God to move in some of their lives? 

I do.

I did the night before last. Lost much sleep, but gained hours of prayer. I begged God to reveal himself to me somehow, not in a charismatic way, but in a real, "here I am" way. Just to know He is really there, hearing my prayers and  working to answer all of them. We humans get that way sometimes...we crave communication. I read my Bible looking desperately for Him to jump out at me...and He often does. But I wasn't sure I "heard Him" that tiring morning.
 Later that morning, during our homeschool readings, I came upon this quote...by Teresa of Avila...whoever she is:

"Know that even when you are in the kitchen,
God moves among the pots and pans."
 Well that is kind of weird, but I liked it. I laughed and pondered it's meaning. I get that God is everywhere, even in the kitchen, but what does she mean by "in the pots and pans"? I guess she's just being artistic, I get that too. I thought about it all that day, off and on.

After Prayer Meeting that night, some very special friends (who shall remain nameless...because they are the humble kind) dropped by for a quick visit. They had noticed with their selfless eye, one time we were dining together, that most of my pots and pans no longer had handles on them. After 25 years, they had worn out and left me with steam burned hands for memories of the lovely wedding gift. Pots and pans have not made it to the top of our priority list to replace yet. So, our friends, family really, brought this gift:


Yep. Brand spankin' new Paderno pots and pans. Six pieces of beautiful silver, domestic gems. This is the kind of bling I like to wear. We hugged, I teared up, they laughed, the kids eyes wide with the vision of Jesus' love in the flesh. It's not the pans really, we all know that (although I can't put them in the cupboard yet, they are too beautiful), it's the care and sacrifice of my friends and the ridiculously quiet revelation of Almighty God to this little homemaker, wanting to be near to Him. 

I had read 1 Samuel during the long night before because of Samuel's similar waking and questioning. He said "Speak Lord for your servant is listening." It took three episodes of little Samuel looking for God in the night, then He heard Him. He didn't roll back over and ignore the voice. He responded until He finally got it. It was quiet and ordinary communication...just like mine yesterday. I almost missed it though, because I stopped listening. It wasn't until this morning, while I was waking up, that I was reminded of the Avila quote that puzzled me. He was showing himself to me through His church, my friends, His hands and feet, through pots and pans...and they didn't even know the fullness of their actions toward me. It took all day, but He answered, in a beautiful, generous way. 

I wasn't looking for stuff, I was looking for Him and He gives all good things to those who ask. 
More than we even expect.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" Ephesians 3:20

Look and listen, wait for His obvious moving. Don't try to MAKE something up, wait for Him to SHOW up.

He always does, in His time.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Terraroma!!



After decades of realizing that I am not an athlete, nor a singer, which seems to be what most of those around me are, I have accepted that God planted a love of beauty deep inside of me. This love leaks out in creating visually beautiful things. At the ripe old age of forty, I painted my first picture. Still loving it, I get to pour my passion onto a canvas and then let my eyes feast on beauty...unless I hate it, then I get to throw more color on it to cover and start again...that's fun too.

Another fun thing I have discovered to create beauty are these necklaces. I've always loved terra cotta...anything earthy like that attracts me...wood, rocks, earth, leaves...all of it. With the essential oil fad in full swing right now, creating these sculpted little artworks with the pleasure of beautiful, euphoric scents has been another joy and release for me this year. They've made beautiful gifts and now, I am able to share them with many others by selling them and popping them in the mail for shipment. Such a fun little venture!

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."
2 Corinthians 2:14-15

After Paul realizes that he "went the wrong way" and corrected his direction, He praises God for always using him, through Jesus victory, to spread the knowledge of God to the world...even when we mess up. I love these verses. When we spread the knowledge of Him, we are a sweet aroma of Christ to the world...a stench to those perishing. I desire nothing more than to please God and to make His true character known to the world. His character is being tarnished, lied about, so much in the church today. A false God is being portrayed and we need to get back to the truth about who He is, what He is like and what He requires of us. What a beautiful scent we are to Him when we do this! 

I have a better understanding now of the significance of the burnt offerings of the old testament, good and bad. The sense of smell is designed by God, for pleasure, for Him. Every time I catch a whiff of the oils I put on my necklace, I remember to spread the true knowledge of God to the world, through my behavior and words, so He can enjoy the sweet aroma, to please Him. 

A little spiritual twist to a simple piece of clay and oil...jewelry. Just me, always thinking about the "big picture". Just can't seem to leave anything on the ground, but have to pick it up and relate it to Jesus...to share it with Him somehow. Otherwise, it feels like I'm just wasting time...redeeming nothing. Oh how I love "for His name's sake" in everything I do!

Be a sweet aroma to the Lord!

The leather cording is adjustable for any length you want.
The charms are easily interchangeable and can be used without the cording to set an your desktop or car dash for close diffusing.








 Bracelets too!





Message me if you are interested in any of these.
$15 for necklaces
$12 for bracelets
$7 for extra charms (good for variety, desktop or car dash)