Roomba…

My man bought me a Roomba for Christmas. I love it and must admit that I find my Roomba fascinating.

Roomba has a very sporadic way of cleaning and just when you think that the he (yes, our Roomba is a male) is going to forget an entire area, he finds his way and finishes the job. Roomba returns to home base for charging, especially during a more strenuous cleaning pass. He also returns to home base when his trash bin is full and he alerts me when he needs assistance. Let’s face it, life can be tough for Roomba: wheels get stuck; doors to rooms close on him; and Lord help him if he finds his way under our bed!

I think I am a lot like my Roomba. From God’s vantage point, my life journey has been sporadic and I have taken quite a few off road detours, leaving Him wondering when I am going to find my way back and finish the job. Along the way, I have found that I need to return to home base and allow Him to charge me back up. In fact, life just seems to work better the more time I spend charging on my “docking station”.

Oh and God definitely cleans my trash bin, when I let my sinful nature take over. I also need Him when my wheels get stuck, a door closes or when I venture under a bed, where I know I have no business being. Let’s face it, life can be tough for this ‘ole gal and I need His help, love, grace, mercy and guidance daily. Hourly. Every minute.

Yep, I sure do love my Roomba. And I sure am thankful for my Father, my home base, my docking station and the lessons He is teaching me.

Be joyful!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17‭-‬18 NIV

Life360…

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As I mentioned before, my daughter is now a driver. This past weekend, I told her that we were going to try out this new app as a family, called life360 and that the app will allow us to track each other via our phones.

Believe me, I was ready for the complete teenage “jelly fish” moment (to borrow a term from my Pastor). Those of you with teenagers know this one well…moaning, gnashing of teeth, the cry of injustice that comes from a teenager being put out by their overbearing parents. But, instead, I was met with complete obedience, almost a jovial response and the app was immediately downloaded onto her phone. I must admit I was a bit bewildered, until my daughter exclaimed, “now I will know when you are at home and simply ignoring my texts. You know that really makes me crazy mom, when you ignore my texts and I know you are just simply sitting at home.” As if. She went on to tell me that she has always wanted to see exactly what I do during the day. I started to think that this life360 app was a bad idea.

On Monday, I had a pretty normal day. I taught a class at the gym first thing in the morning, did a couple of errands and headed home to get cleaned up. I had a nail appointment right after lunch and left my phone in my car during the appointment. The last thing on my mind was life360.  I came out of the salon an hour later (with gorgeously polished nails I might add) to find a text from my daughter asking what I was having done at the salon and why I had not responded promptly, thank you very much. I responded “stop stalking me.” Indeed, this life360 app really might be a bad idea.

It occurred to me that this is a lot like how our Father in heaven must feel. He knocks, we invite Him into our heart and He “downloads” His Holy Spirit into us. The heavens rejoice and He has so many blessings in store! Then, we set out to live our lives and sometimes we forget that He has a perfect plan for us.

There was a significant season of my life that I was so busy doing things my way that I never even considered God or His plan for my life. He was there. He was tracking me. He was watching and waiting. He tried several times to get my attention, to get me to answer “His texts”. Yet, I was convinced that my way was the best way. You see, I left my phone in my car. I didn’t really need Him. I had this, thank you very much. When I finally hit rock bottom, I looked up and realized what a mess that I had made of things. And you know what? He met me there, helped me up, dusted me off and restored a new Spirit within me. Glory!

The only way this thing called life works is with Jesus front and center.. I sure do hope that you “download” the app and give your life over to Him. Life360 is only possible with His love, grace, forgiveness and mighty hand leading, watching. tracking, guiding, and protecting.

And on that note, my final analysis is simple: Jesus at the center of my life360 is indeed the only way. He is the Way. The Truth. and the Life. I hope it is true for you too!

Be joyful!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not o your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6