Sometimes it’s good to look stupid


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“And David danced before the Lord with all his might…As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul loked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart…And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord — and I will make merry before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes.”
2 Samuel 6:14, 16, 20-22.

[W[e preach Christ crucified, a stumbling blog to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:23-25

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29

And the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:21-23

A Tea Party


Last year, a tornado – “the” tornado – destroyed Alberta Baptist Church’s building. Open Door Baptist (my church) has been sharing a building with them ever since. While we have not combined our church families, we have been doing more and more together as time has gone on. Our children and youth groups do a lot together. So much that many of them refer to joint activities as “OpenBerta.” I love it!

Last year, because of the tornado, neither church held a women’s event. They were scheduled; however, they had to be cancelled because: a) Alberta no longer had a safe facility, and, b) both churches’ women were too busy serving in various areas throughout Tuscaloosa to play dress-up and eat chicken salad.  In fact, every event in Tuscaloosa was cancelled or postponed for months. So, you can understand why 2012’s spring events are special.

This past Saturday, OpenBerta women enjoyed a ladies’ luncheon together. Some of us put on pretty hats to eat our chicken salad. I have a garden hat. The only problem is that it looks like a garden hat; it is not fit to wear to banquets.

A handful of women decorated and hosted the tables. Each table had a unique theme and dessert. I wish I had taken the time to photo of each one. You can see more tea party photos at Lynn’s blog and Mary Kathryn’s blog.

Debbie Skinner, founder of Wisdom in Watercolor, shared from Psalm 1 about the importance of planting God’s word deep in our minds and hearts so that, when times of suffering and difficulty come along, the Holy Spirit can comfort us.

She painted while she talked.

Upon arriving in T-town, Skinner, a Tuscaloosa native, drove through some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the tornado. She noticed that many home-less lots were dotted with beautifully blooming flower beds. The residents and their homes were gone, but flowers planted years before still bloomed. She reminded us that God’s word will be like those perennial flowers to us. Plant it deep, and the Holy Spirit will bring it up when it’s needed.

It was a nice way to spend a Saturday with my girls.

(I took this picture on a hike through Oak Mountain State Park, May 2011, when the Hollingsworths and Wiggins went camping to take a break from Tuscaloosa.)

Thankful Thursday


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Giving thanks today for

~ sweet, juicy cantaloupe ~

~ trustworthy doctors and medicine ~

~ an encouraging husband ~

~ a messy house to clean ~

~ a big family ~

~ the comfort of God’s Spirit ~

~ a verdant spring ~

Finding Delight — Week 9


I read Isaiah 46 this week. A short chapter, but so good and God-exalting. In this chapter, Isaiah contrasts the idols of Babylon and the One True God. The idols of Babylon, weighed out by men, then fashioned by goldsmiths, are heavy burdens transported on the backs of oxen and cattle and carried about on the shoulders of men. They are mute, blind, dumb, immobile, and unworthy of our worship.

But our God, who does not age, reminds us that, unlike idols which must be carried by men, he carries us from before birth, from the womb, even to old age when our heads are covered with gray. He has made us, he will carry us, and he will save (verse 4). He hears when we cry out, he answers, and he saves. What he speaks, comes to pass. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). What he purposes, he will do. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst’…When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John19:28, 30). Indeed, God’s promised salvation has come.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).

Isaiah 46
Bel bows down; Nebo stoops; their idols are on beasts and livestock; these things you carry are borne as burdens on weary beasts. They stoop; they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity.

Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear;    I will carry and will save.

To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike? Those who lavish gold from the purse, and weigh out silver in the scales, hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god; then they fall down and worship! 

They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it, they set it in its place, and it stands there; it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer or save him from his trouble.

Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.

Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.

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Finding Delight — Week 8



Earlier this week, I read Luke’s account of Jesus’ celebrating the Passover with his disciples. Luke 22:15-16 reads,

“And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.'”

Those verses caused me to stop and consider how earnestly Jesus desires even now to have all of his family gathered together for a meal. I meditated on several verses that describe how Jesus himself will pull out a chair for me (‘I have a chair at his table,’ is a delightful thought!), serve and anoint me. We will feast together and enjoy unhindered fellowship. Then, I realized, as I sat at the table — my patio table — that Jesus was already engaged in serving and filling me through His Word. That was a delightful moment.

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