Friday, July 25, 2014

"Uni-TEA"

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! (Psalm 133:1, ESV)

Just a hold the place/date blog entry til I can find my glasses (LOST at beach, I think) or borrow hubby's so I can see to type---this is too hard to write without eyesight help.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Ecs-TEA-cy"

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,...(Psalm 127:3, ESV)
A cuppa ecs-TEA-cy is sweetened during time with family, especially 7 little (& not so little) grands---

“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.”  Chuck Swindoll
Pictures on the beach feels like a lot of "hammering" and sometimes requires a little solace from one's thumb!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prac-TEA-cing Thy Presence

Back soon---gone to prac-TEA-ce what I'm preaching (writing).

Found out that it's much easier to type "Prac-TEA-cing Thy Presence" than to actually experience it.
At home, it's quiet and my prayer chair beckons....at the beach, needs of others beckon. AND in many ways, that's a good thing. Like Richard Foster I "honestly fill thee pull of many obligations and try to fulfill them all, " (Freedom of Simplicity e-book p. 347) and describing such actions as trying to live "lives of frantic faithfulness. (Ibid, p. 362)

 It's just hard to sip a cuppa with Him when my mind is elsewhere. Reali-TEA is the cuppa at hand. BUT.....

Oswald Chambers obviously realized this when he penned, "Dependent of God's Presence." (MUFHH, 7/20)
The reality of God's Presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us.

Brother Lawrence certainly experience the Lord each day "among the clatter of his kitchen, while several persons ...at the same time called for different things." His heart was at focused (in great tranquility) on the Lord in the midst of the hubbub as if he were on his knees." (Practice of the Presence of God, p 26)
Taking my cuppa reali-TEA to the 2nd floor balcony---where family can join me---time with family and communion with Him.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

T-shirt "TEA-ology"

Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes, (Nehemiah 4:14, NIV)
A beach vacation with all one's family is full of fun and frolic with a little "family feuding" thrown in (think 7 kids ages 13-2)---which is understandable with many under the same roof and "gray-cation" days (Josh dubbed)---days not allowing for much "sun" time.
Feuding topics flow from brother to brother, cousin to cousin, or parent to child.---Nothing major---who gets which scooter, who goes first, I don't need a nap, because I said so, pool-ocean-ocean-pool-pool-ocean, tubby time. Nothing worth a fight.
But...it was a great reminder of the things in life that are worth fighting for. Godly family values are worth fighting for---at home or at the beach.
A prayerful T-shirt reminder over a cuppa of familial tea-ology.

BTW--SUN's out---Ocean wins.

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEA-ckles

...and a time to laugh...(Ecclesiastes 3:4, NIV)
Time with family...brings giggles, squeals and lots of laughter---esp. with 19 in the same beach house most of the time.
Instagram pic of oldest to youngest cousin--with its own hashtag. The younger ones are trying to teach this "old lady." #bigwater2014
Lottsa cuppas "TEA-ckles" (*) at the beach---just not as many sippy cups as in the past, which is a little hard for this Shug to swallow.

Tomorrow....the rest of the story---so you'll know how "real" we Liles are.

*TEA-ckles--a tea word coined and shared by Batesville, MS Carolyn. Doncha luv it!!1!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SABBATH SNAPSHOT : "in-TEA-rruptions"

Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer is sub-titled Navigating the Unexpected. Isn't that what life all about??? The unexpected! It certainly is at my house---always has been! In fact, I started reading this book 3 years ago and life got in the way of me finishing it. An interruption!
Shirer's book enables the reader to see the "short" book of Jonah in a new light----but with plenty of life-long applications. We could all compile a LONG list. The tele marketer who calls at dinner time. The cell beep indicating a text just as a night of sleep begins. The gal in the grocery line with way more then 10 items, when one is in a hurry to check our her meager 3. The interstate "on-going" construction (think I-40 and Sam Cooper that cause an almost daily reroute.

Too often, I go out of my way to avoid these interruptions---often avoiding even stopping to talk to folks one aisle over in the grocery store. Might I be missing something or someone God has had to cross my path by purposely AVOIDING these interruptions? Interruptions that would slow down my plan. Impede my progress. Get in the way of "my" schedule. 

Like Jonah, am I rarely where God would have me, at the time he wants me there and doing what He wants me to do? (p. 205) I, the reader of Shirer's book and the writer of this blog, am in need of transformation. A God perspective of interruptions.

Interruptions call for submission---submitting to the "divine one." (p. 206) Will I listen for His call and quit "clinging to comforts and entitlements even when I know they are hindering more thatn helping?" (p.209)
LIFE INTERRUPTIONS= DIVINE INTERVENTIONS....as the book jacket states.


An easy read for difficult times.

I actually re-read parts of this book "pre-beach week" so that "my" reading wouldn't "interrupt" Frog and Toad, Olivia, Tikki-Tikki-Tembo and other kiddie beach reads.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Regulari-TEA

And they devoted themselves to.....teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul,.....And all who believed were together...... And they were selling their possessions......and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received......with glad and generous hearts, praising God....(Acts 2:42-47, ESV)

Many aspects of regularli-TEAs beneficial to a believer's life are listed in this section of Acts 2---

  • Devotion to teaching
  • Devotion to fellowship
  • Prayer
  • Sharing with others
  • Attending "temple"
  • Praising God

Along with regular quiet times, I see the need in my life for regular times of interaction with other believers, as well. Times of fun and fellowship hemmed in prayer. For me the best result would be service to others. Service which leads to a soul full of awe and a grateful and generous heart which praises the Lord.

A cuppa regulari-TEA, a perfect blend of Acts 2.

Friday, July 18, 2014

"antic-TEA-pation"

   The sea is His, for it was He who made it,....(Psalm 95:5, NASB)

I know that's a stretch on a "tea" word play but I'm so excited and filled with anticipation about our upcoming trip to Seagrove, FL that I cut myself some slack. Only 1 more day 'til we ALL meet up beachside. We just have to start heading that way today---so everything is ready for tomorrow---the big day at "Big Water."
We're ALL going to be together at "Big Water" as Nathan dubbed the beach in 2003.
The emerald ocean and white sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see would certainly look like "BIG water" to an 18 month old.  
Almost choking on my cuppa of antic-TEA-pation this morning because it is so full!!

HOORAY! HOORAY! OUR FAMILY VACATION BEGINS TODAY!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"futili-TEA"

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2, ESV)
I should have been spewing my cuppa futili-TEA all over the patio table these last few mornings---because I know better! I need to be sipping mugs of trust in Him.


But...these last few days I have been spinning---trying to get everything done. Up early, trouble even going to sleep and sometimes anxious thoughts begin again when I awaken for my nightly urine trek. 
I've been sipping from my very own cuppa futili-TEA as I've struggled in my own strength. 

Seeking the unattainable "perfection" of packing and preparation for our upcoming trip.

Goal oriented not God oriented.

But God....took me to task thru His word. He reminded me---once again, that He is in control.
Then, he sent help from hubby, goodies for the trip from one friend, and prayers from another that came via a 3:07 am email -- I'm awake praying that you are asleep. 

Tonight, no more working by the moonlight, I'm going to bed---packed or not because H gives to His beloved even in their sleep.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"sal-TEA"

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16, NASB)
Part of a Christian's identity is being salt and light. Being salt and light is not optional. It's a way of saying that our actions should show what we believe---so much so, that others are drawn to the Lord.

During recent travels, I witnessed 2 shops, one in Sand Rock, AL and one in Dahlonega, GA  that not only sold gifts, but also provided salt and light for their community through a prayer wall. Prayers needed. Prayers answered. Posted for all to see---even out-of-towners. 
"Salt" and "Light" in a gift shop to draw others in their community to the Lord.


All of our lives should be so "sal-TEA" that others become thirsty and desire to sip from whatever our cuppa holds. Living water.