Don’t Want to Leap Frog a God Lesson!

Are you old enough to have played the old fashioned game of Leapfrog?  Or young enough to have learned from someone who can still play it?  If you don’t know the game or need a refresher course, here is the game:

LEAPFROG

What You Will Need:

  • 2 or more Players (the more players, the more fun!)
  • Backyard or other open space

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What You Do:

  • To play, have one or more players stand in a line (all facing forward), spaced 4 or more feet apart.
  • All the players in the line should bend their backs while placing their hands on their knees to make a “high back”, or place their elbows on their knees to make a “small back”. Make sure to have players bend their head down, as well.
  • The jumper selected to go first, stands behind the back of the last player, then leaps over the backs of all the players, one at a time by placing his hands on the back of the person at the back of the line. He must press on the person’s back and leap over the person, spreading his legs apart and hopping like a frog.
  • When the leaper has arrived at the front of the line, he stops and forms either a “high back” or a “low back”.
  • The last player in line now becomes the leaper, and leaps over the backs of all the other players.
  • Continue playing until all players have had a chance to be the leaper.

So, what does this have to do with a “Playdate with God”, you ask?

I have often tried to skip over a step, a lesson, in life because it isn’t what I wanted to do or I did not feel up to it or for a variety of other reasons.  Purposefully skipping over a life step is like losing out on a piece of life, a lesson from God, an important growth moment.  I am purposing to live “set apart”, distinctly different, from the world in which I live because I am one of His children.  I cannot live that way and dare to miss a life moment, one of God’s lessons.  They are each and all too important as God has a plan for me and each moment is part of His plan for my life.

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'”  Jeremiah 29:11-13 NASB

I want to miss nothing!  Life gets busy and suddenly I have missed much, but my desire is to miss as little as possible, so I need to be in the Word, on my knees, at His side.  I do not want to beat up on myself when I fall and fail at this, but I must pick myself up and ready myself to leap up onto and not over each lesson, each moment.  I have had a lot of seriousness in my life lately so playing a little childhood “Leapfrog” seems like a good thing for me right now, but my body won’t allow that.  So, instead, I shall sit with the Lord in the beauty of His days and learn from Him all that He will teach me.

Abiding with the Lord, rejoicing with Him, being able to glorify Him, and skipping over as little as I can, missing little or very little, is what I need for my peace.

LORD, I pray I stay near to You, am obedient to Your commands, follow Your steps so that I may grow more like You.  I ask for Your gentleness to hold me close in these days, Your lovingkindness to comfort me, Your love to live in me, and Your peace to reign in my heart.  Amen.

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Photo: University of Tennessee, Knoxville – http://www.lib.utk.edu/arrowmont/Steve/Thumbnails/Access/arm00000072001.jpg

Graphic: St Anne’s Edgeside Primary School 2011 website- http://www.st-annes45.lancsngfl.ac.uk/prospectus/afterschool.html

Set Apart

Set Apart

פָּלָה

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to be distinct, marked out, be separated, be distinguished, to be wonderful, to make separate, to set apart

Although it is March, I have reasons for this late start on choosing a word to walk into and by for this year.  But those reasons are not important because with God, there is no time that matters when it comes to following Him as long as I am doing just that.  So here I am, LORD.  Please, take me as I am and lead me along the path of Your will for my life.  Amen.

My word(s) for pondering, for desiring to live by in 2013, and for always, are “set apart”.  God sets us apart when we come to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, set apart  from the world to live and to love as He lived and loved.   “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”  John 17:25-26  Jesus prayed this for me.

We are called “….to step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.” (Henry David Thoreau)  There is a distinction, a separation from the world that I am called to be, that beat of the different drummer.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.”  John 17:14-19

john17_17He calls us to be holy as He is holy…because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44,45)  The word holy, קָדַשׁ , qadash, in Hebrew, meansto consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be sanctified, be separate,” even tabooed.  To be so different from this world in which we live, I am called.

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.  Psalm 4:3

I am not to conform to the worldly standards set before me in my daily life.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2

WOW!  This is not easy to even realize, let alone live every day, every moment.  And I must know that I won’t.  I will fail, but I want to do my best to live the life to which I have been called as a Christ follower.

I have been sanctified, set apart, raised with Christ in His Resurrection as a new woman, and am to always look upward, fix my eyes on Jesus.  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Colossians 3:1

There is much to ponder here, much to live.  I am to pick up my cross daily if I am to remain “set apart” for God.  ‘Tis a HUGE assignment, but I want to be set apart for the One True God. And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  Luke 9:23

LORD, I need You to guide me, direct my paths every moment of every day.  I desire to be obedient to You and only You.  Be my Light, Lord.  Be my Light.  Amen.