Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
October 25th, 2007
Good Mornin' Good MORRRNin'

I feel like a doorknob.  Sorry to Linda I – when I linked to you, it went to a comment box instead of your actual page.  This is why, when I was younger, every one of my report cards said, “Little Jenny talks too much and she never pays attention to what she’s doing”. 

 

In other news, we still don’t have any change in our car situation.  No van fell from the heavens or rolled sparkling up out of our pond.  I think God has been teaching me that I can handle a lot more than I think I can — and also that He is truly trust worthy. I really liked the comment that Susan  left – it was a great encouragement to me because it reminded me that God works in different ways — and most certainly not always in lightning bolts and grandeur.  Her family had to limp along, deal with annoyances and inconveniences BUT all their needs were met and I imagine they were strengthened in the process to step up and deal with things that were harder than they preferred.

 

There’s this church in town, and they have a tagline under their sign that says: Expect a Miracle and every time I see it, I cringe.  It’s bad theology if it’s taken how it’s implied.  We are never told to expect miracles.  We are to know fully that our God is capable to do anything He wishes, but it is not our place to dictate to Him what we think is best for ourselves and then “expect Him to do something about it”.  If I were to put up a competing sign it would say: Math 4: 6-8 “Do not put the Lord God to the test”.  He’s sovereign for a reason.  So that’s been an interesting train of thought over the last couple of days.  Anyhow, I feel silly dedicating another part of a post to a non-working car – which in the larger scheme of things is laughable.  Besides, I still get to go to the Abingdon Barn Dance so I am as happy as an aardvark  I’ll post pictures early next week.

 

Also, thanks to my lovely sophistikated friend, on Tuesday, Coie and I spent the evening watching Singing in the Rain.  Even better, it was actually raining while we watched it. Cozy, no?  And now for the last two days (and nights) I have THIS song running thru my head.  I don’t mind, I like it.  That was one funny movie, but I didn’t let my boys watch it.  Some of the ladies outfits were, um, sculptured.

 

Lastly, I get Haptoon updates sent to me.  Mike Halpin is a dear friend and a talented guy. If you want to be put on the mailing list to get his cartoons, just let him know by sending him an email that says, “Please send me the Haptoon updates”. haptoon@juno.com I really love his latest ‘cartoon’:

 

 

 

Scary Halloween Heart Attitudes

   What is really scary is that we have all these characters lurking around in our sinful hearts:

   We look to our own righteousness and compare ourselves to others.

   Even though Christ saved us and forgiven us all our sins, we still willfully sin against Him in thoughts and deeds.

   We love and serve the things of the world more than the things of God.

   And because of our religious pride, we would rather live by a set of rules than walk humbly before the Living God.

   How we need the Gospel. How we need to repent and believe upon Jesus. 

   He is calling us to walk in the light, even as He is in the light. (1John 1:6-7)

   So let us put off the scary old self with his evil ways and put on the new self, which is being renewed by the Spirit into the image of Jesus Christ.  -Hap

 

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  1. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Hey there

    Just popping in to say "Good Morning.. Good Morning.." LOL – it's from Singing in the Rain –

    We love that movie. Have you seen Hatari with John Wayne? I'm not a big John Wayne fan – but I love Hatari.. check it out.

    I love your thoughts on the church sign. You go girl.. so true.!

  2. HeartForHome said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    God's Provision

    I really identify with where you are in regards to relying on God for His provision and trusting Him with your need for a car. I had an amazing experience with this a couple of weeks ago. My husband makes a modest but comfortable living, however, due to out of the ordinary expenses, we actually were in a temporary position where we could not buy groceries! But, instead of panicking, I had a peace I could not explain and knew God would provide for the two weeks until the next paycheck came. Sure enough, dinner invitations began to roll in (unusual for us) and we were sent home from said dinner-dates with abundant leftovers. Then, the inlaws visited with BAGS of groceries and hand-me-downs from the cousins. Then we went to a weekend retreat (gift from my dad) where two days of meals were provided. The entire span was completely covered. I am so humbled by His love and kindness – and what an awesome testament of His provision. I just LOVE His gentle lessons.

    I know that God will provide for your need in a similarly awesome and humbling way.

    Blessings,

    Courtney

  3. UndertheSky said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Jen,

    So glad you liked the movie! I'm SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGing in the rain… :+)

    I will keep praying for your situation. It is wonderful to hear your attitude. God is bigger than all our problems.

    I sent you several emails – did thoust get them?

    Warmly,

    Kate

  4. momtofive said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    guess I never thought of that one…

    So sorry to hear that your van issue hasn't been solved. It really has made me think of a neat story in our family.

    My brother and his wife spent a summer in South Carolina with no A/C in their van. They simply could not afford to fix it and refused to pay with credit. They had three small children, and we all thought they were positively nuts. I think I would have been applying for those credit cards or hollering at my husband to become more mechanically inclined by the time July hit. I still remember being humbled by my sister-in-law's patience. In September of that year, a family in their church (who didn't know they were without A/C) stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and said they had recently got a new vehicle, and now felt God was telling them to give my brother and his wife their vehicle. Not just an old clunker…a three-year-old Ford Expedition…the fance kind. With leather seats and everything.

    Now…my brother didn't expect a miracle. He was just a guy trying to figure out how to repair his van. And God did perform a miracle.

    I probably would have missed that miracle because I would have fixed the A/C by whatever means possible. I just don't wait long enough to see God move, sometimes.

    In all my years of reading church signs, I never really thought about the statement "expect a miracle". You've got my spiritual mind flowing….

    Now, since you said we have a lot in common, I'm assuming you'll understand why I find myself weighing your statement that we are testing God. At first I agreed with you. How dare we expect God to do a miracle? How presumptuous we are.

    But…

    Didn't the men who lowered their sick friend through a hole in the roof expect Jesus to heal him?

    Didn't the blind and lame expect Jesus to heal them?

    In fact, even Jesus' mother must have expected him to do something miraculous when she was out of wine at a wedding.

    I don't know…I guess I'm just curious what your opinion is on these instances. Is is ok to expect a miracle…sometimes?

    Really, I'll have to study this out on my own a little more and I'm not in any way trying to be confrontational. You just got me thinkin'.

    Loved the cartoon…and it is so true that we all struggle with those issues…but I can see myself in two of them in particular. If we knew each other better I might have shared which two those were. 🙂

    Anxious to see what God is doing in your lives through the van situation,

    Tori

  5. quietcajun said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 3:01 pm

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    When I got to go to a play of Singin' in the Rain I rented the video afterwards and after that Noah wanted to run up walls and over chairs. I think the song was "Make Em Laugh"!

  6. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

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    I've never seen that movie…but now I want to! 😉

    …and I love Haptoons…i didn't know you could subscribe – I'll have to check that out!

    Also, I'll keep praying for you regarding the van situation. I know it's tough… (BTDT before.) I know it sounds odd, but there were times when we had the 'least' that I felt blessed the most. And don't forget…"consider the lilies and the birds…."

    He cares for YOU!

    Blessings,

    Michelle

  7. JenIG said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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    Tori, yes, your thoughts are interesting. When Christ walked among men and provided great signs and wonders it was not because people 'expected' it — rather He chose to respond to their faith / requests for a larger purpose than healing blindness, providing wine or supplying lunches on a large scale. It was distinctly during a set period of time in order to "back up what He said". Anybody could make the 'claims' He made, but by showing His ability by being backed up by Heaven itself (even the wind obeyed Him) it showed that without a doubt He was who He claimed.

    While i believe (and have seen) that God can and does provide miraculously now-a-days, it is always in His timing and for His glory. To know He can do it and pray that He does it is completely appropriate, but to "expect" something puts us on a slippery and dangerous path.

    My mom was hyper-pentacostal. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she felt that if she did not "expect" to be healed then she would not be. And when she was not healed, people from her church blamed HER for a lack of faith rather than encourage her to trust in God and know that whatever happens He has a reason and knows best… no matter what the outcome. She would not even write a will or directions of what to do with my little sister, jessica (who was 11 at the time), because she felt that would be "doubting". When she died it made things much more difficult because nothing was put into place. When we 'expect', it takes the focus off of God's soveriegn will and somehow makes us responsible (having enough faith) to "will" what we want into existance.

    Hope that makes sense. And I don't think anybody necessarily 'expected' a miracle during the time of Christ… I think they saw first hand the incredible ability that He had, and flocked to HIm with "hope" and fervent petition — which is no less than what we should be doing now in 2006.

    🙂 thanks for the thought provoking comment!

  8. mominpa said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    hmmmm

    “Little Jenny talks too much and she never pays attention to what she’s doing”.

    My report cards always said that too—except the name change– we must have had the same teacher! :p

  9. Christy said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 9:16 pm

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    Um, Jen? It's 2007. (Said in a hushed wisper… 'Look at the end of your response a couple comments above').

    ANYWAY… I just love reading your blog each day. You're such a ray of sunshine! I have you added to my GoogleReader so I don't miss anything you blog about. How's THAT for dedication? *big smile*

    We survived for nearly three years with only one vehicle, then the AC went out in it and we couldn't afford to have it fixed for TWO YEARS! Whoo doggies was it hot during the summers, but guess what? We made it. And now, we're back down to only one vehicle after being given one by a precious family member. Sigh… but, we're still making it!

    I've learned that God is really good at gently nudging us out of our comfort zone to get our attention and make us totally dependent upon Him. Sadly, that's the only time we DO become 110% dependent upon Him sometimes.

  10. JenIG said,

    on October 26th, 2007 at 8:09 am

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    2007? 2007???? since when??? when in the world did *that* happen?? seriously, i have been getting that mixed up all year. i don't know what i'm gonna do when 08 gets here. Maybe subconciously i'm trying to put off a Hillary dictatorship….

  11. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 26th, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Good Mornin'!

    I love that song!!! It always reminds me of my classic-movie-lovin' littlest sister. And she's one of those people that makes you SMILE when the mere thought of her crosses your mind. She truly has a golden heart.

    Anyoo, I suppose that is a good a reminder as any to e-mail her at work and harass her for a little bit. After all, that's what little sister's are for, right?

    But first I must catch up on this van thing with you. See what happens when I take a little break from blogland? BAD things happen!

    Love ya,

    Marshie– who has been van-less for 2 weeks now but my dear friend has blessed me by loaning me hers for a few days this week.

  12. CommunicationFUNdamentals said,

    on October 26th, 2007 at 10:15 am

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    Praying a van will fall from Heaven for you…or at least something similar. We were a one car family for a few years and in S. California that was a tough waiting on the Lord. We now have three cars..one too many. Anyone wanna buy an overpriced but very reliable gas guzzling SUV?

    JoJo

  13. kellieann said,

    on October 26th, 2007 at 11:27 am

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    Yeah…that cartoon IS scary, but so true!

  14. HeartnSoul said,

    on October 26th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

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    Thanks for sharing the Haptoons! I love those.

    Praying for God's provision and direction for you. One time when I "had" to humble myself (so prideful!) and receive rides from someone I realized after a couple of days it was for me to share my faith/ testimony/ life with the driver. It was very uncomfortable, we were from opposite ends of the world so to speak, and I'm not totally sure what ever happened with that but when that was over, a friend offered to pay for fixing my own car. As you say, I never expected either scenario to appear.

    Also our van's A/C is just now going out, with no dollars to repair, what does God do? Moves us to a coastal town with 70F year-round temp lol. This is not a planned move of our choice but a "you move or you don't have a job" which is how things seem to have to happen here lol…

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