And the greatest of these is Love ...

And the greatest of these is Love ...
1 Corinthians 13:13

Love Song - Third Day

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Right there ...

Being the mom of one that is tormented by the demons of substance abuse, the judgement of the world is hurtful. Addiction to anything – drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, food, video games, etc etc – is the mind control of the real enemy … Satan … and it’s been around for as long as history has been recorded. 
Look at Judas ... He was a disciple with Jesus and he was a known thief!
Why did he steal? 
He had a walking, talking, living, breathing relationship as one of the hand-picked and chosen disciples of Jesus Christ!! He had the very touch of the messiah, literally, at his fingertips. Nevertheless, something – some addiction to something – made him steal to get what he thought he needed! Imagine that … walking side by side with Jesus and still thinking he needed something more!
Ironic? 
I think not … we do it every single day! The very Spirit of the living God is alive IN you and me, yet we seek, search, crave for things that we think we need that He can’t fulfill.
                                                                                                                                      
Now, let me say, there are SOME parents fighting their own demons and trying to find their own fix. For those, I pray fervently for healing. 
On the other side, however, you have the parents that are fighting and trying everything within their power to save their child! Yes, doing everything within their power to get the ones busted that their child is getting drugs from. If their child is there at the time the bust unfolds, well, that's OK, too, because I guarantee those parents would rather visit their child behind bars than at the cemetery!

Unless you have dealt with this personally, you cannot fully understand the heartache of the parents of one tormented by the enemies' lies and substance abuse. Truth is, everybody judges right off the bat without knowing the story. That is hurtful and wrong! 

WHERE WAS THE MOM???

Right there...
At the pre-natal class.
At the parenting class.
Laboring to give birth.
Soothing her crying baby.
Rocking her baby.
Watching her baby sleep.

Right there...
Recording her baby’s milestones.
Child-proofing her house.
Preserving a tiny tooth, a clip of hair.
Strapping her baby in the car seat.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
At the open house for school.
At the store buying new shoes.
Reading a bedtime story.
Cooking dinner.
Packing lunch.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
Holding a chubby hand.
Walking to the school bus.
At the dinner table.
Helping with homework.
Driving the carpool.
At the Scout meeting.
At the teacher/parent conference.
At the baseball game.
At the dance recital.
In Sunday church.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
At the pediatrician.
At the orthodontist.
Driving to the music lesson.
Filling a prescription.
Wiping a runny nose.
Bandaging a scraped knee.

Right there...
Placing her child on Santa’s lap.
Wrapping presents.
Hiding Easter eggs.
Baking a birthday cake.
Lighting candles.
Trick-or-treating.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
Taking a prom picture.
Ordering a cap and gown.
Touring a college campus.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
On the phone with the addiction specialist.
At the NA meeting.
Driving to the treatment center.
At the emergency room.
In the prison waiting room.
At the Psychiatrist.
In personal and family therapy.
Driving up and down the night streets.
In her bedroom, crying.

Where Was the Mom?

Right there...
At the Coroner’s.
At the funeral parlor.
Weeping in a dark room.
Placing flowers on a headstone.
Tracing her child’s name with her fingertips.
                       

Where Was the Mom???
RIGHT THERE. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I'm Going To Praise Him







Habakkuk 3:17-19

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

#lifeatcfbc

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

She Kneels on a Thousand Surrenders



"She Kneels on a Thousand Surrenders" 
 Luke 1:26-38 
 A Holy, Life Changing, Life Giving, Electrifying, Surrendered and Humble Conversation. 

In reading Luke one (Message Bible) and writing down phrases that stood out to me like gold, I narrowed it down to this: Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her ... 
1. You are beautiful with God's beauty. 
2. God be with you. 
3. God has a surprise for you. 
4. You will give birth to a son and call him Jesus. 
5. Your son will be the Son of God. 
6. Nothing you see is impossible with God. 

 And Mary's humble and brave response: "I am the Lord's servant; may it be to me as you have said."  What a response! 
She could have argued, bartered, asked more questions, doubted. She could have been paralyzed with fear. But instead, she chose to surrender and humbly accept what Gabriel told her. 
 She probably had a million questions running through her head as she thought about "Your son will be the Son of God.” 
But she trusted. She surrendered. 
Little did she know that, with each surrender, there would be never ending Hallelujahs! 
Her precious Son, Jesus, would be the Rescuer of the world. 
 Her Son would be perfect Love and perfect Peace. 

 I painted her kneeling in prayer, in a surrendered posture but with stars glittering around her because she was starting a very holy journey. 
The Journey to bring our Savior into the world … Our Savior, Emmanuel, God with us. 
Tricia Robinson

Monday, October 10, 2016

I ponder if the materialism and materialistic mindset of so many "Christians" breaks Gods heart? He sacrificed His only son for the salvation of the world ... and we say "THANK YOU" by being self serving, self sufficient, self absorbed, social club church go-ers who are more concerned with how we look, where we live, what we drive, perfect kids, and our next vacation or sporting event than we are growing His kingdom and abiding in His presence 24/7/365. I seriously don't think God cares about a Christmas tree or decorations, gifts, photos and greeting cards.
I looked in the mirror today and was sad and sickened by the shallowness of the face looking back at me.
People are hungry, homeless, broken and they need a Savior!
A Healer!
A Comforter!
A Redeemer!
My purpose in this life is spread His Word and bring Glory and Praise to Him. I fail miserably! My checkbook will attest to that. My selfishness will attest to it, as well.
I don't want to be accepted and like this world! This world and everything in it is temporary.
My hope is in Heaven and it is with reverence and fear, respect and awe, honor and complete surrender that I desire serve Him and walk in His unending, perfect love and grace.
My treasure is not temporary, it's eternal.
So, if I don't seem in the "holiday spirit" with all the decorations, shopping and sales and Santa stuff ... I'm not. I'm seriously over it. And I'm not even going to give that blasted Elf enough of my energy to be upset. It's all mockery in my opinion and it has nothing to do with celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Shame on me for it taking me so long to follow the convictions of my heart.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Holy Spirit, YOU are Welcome Here ...

I have wrestled mightily with the enemy in my thoughts today.
When it has been ME, I have failed miserably. When I have captured them and given them to God, the outcome has been much better! This is not a 'one time' thing for me. It is REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT ... see, sometimes, I bring sin suffering on myself when my big ole "I" gets in focus instead of having my focus where it should be - not on myself, but on God! It's a flesh battle - a mind struggle and it's spiritual warfare. If the enemy, who IS NOT omnipresent like my God, can get his minions inside my brain with fear and doubt and anxiety and depression and comparing my life to others or my worth to anything other than HIS LOVE for me .. my own sin nature will kick in and we've got us a big ole' WAR between emotions, untruths, and THE TRUTH that I KNOW!!!
Let me just give you a couple of examples:
Enemy: You are a horrible parent ... look, your child isn't 'perfect' - it's because you divorced and worked and she wasn't raised with both parents and you were never home, and and and and and... you've read Proverbs 22:6!
The Holy Spirit: That is a Proverb. A Proverb IS NOT a PROMISE! However, you did TRAIN her ... and I gave her free will. I created her and lent her to you for a time; along with everything else, she is mine.
Enemy: Your days are purposeless. You don't 'do' anything to glorify God - you sit in an office all day. You're fat. You're clothes are old and you don't look look like your 'friends' with their pretty stylish clothes and perfect houses and perfect kids. You have wrinkles. I mean, to have all the 'stuff' going on in your life, you can't be a disciple for the Lord! Who are YOU?! To be 'useful' in the kingdom of God, you have DO more!
The Holy Spirit: YOU ARE CHOSEN! YOU ARE (MY) CHILD! YOU are justified, sanctified, redeemed. YOU are an heir with an inheritance in Heaven! IN CHRIST, YOU ARE COMPLETE! Nothing can take you away from ME! IT IS YOUR HEART THAT I LOVE because I AM the LOVE IN YOUR HEART! MY WORD IS TRUTH and I DESIRED YOU AND CALL YOU BY NAME ... YOUR WORTH IS IN ME AND YOU ARE MINE!
This is my relationship with The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. It is intimate. I talk to HIM all the time .... home, work, car, shower, grocery store ... I don't go anywhere without Him! When I say "Holy Spirit, YOU are welcome here" - 'here' is everywhere and anywhere that I am, doing whatever it is that I am doing, with whomever it is that I am with! HE IS THERE! His Word promises me that HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME and I believe it! I depend on it!
If you don't know Jesus, you may think I'm crazy and that this post is insane. That's OK, because Jesus' family thought he was crazy, too. The Word of God, His very breath breathed into it, clearly tells me that this world will think that I, too, am crazy because I follow Him and live my life according to His Word. Unless a person's heart, eyes, and ears are open to God, they will not understand. Though I try, I fail daily, but I am not utterly cast down because HE holds me in HIS righteous hands.
Ephesians clearly defines who I am in Christ. It describes in detail the armor that I need to fight the battle of spiritual warfare just like I described above! The more I stay IN HIM, the more aware I am of the enemy attacks. Make no mistake, I can't defeat the enemy on my own, but my REDEEMER and SAVIOR already has! I have a WAR ROOM where I go for strength and wisdom; guidance and understand; knowledge and rest because I am fully aware that the enemy is not resting - he is plotting, manipulating, lying, deceiving and waiting to pounce because he knows which buttons to push to get my attention!
I praise God for allowing me to love HIM and for being my ARMOR in these battles! YOU ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!