Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Tablet

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a geek at heart.  Having spent the last fourteen months working as a real estate software support specialist, I have acquired a greater appreciation of technology and been exposed to new gadgets and gizmos which make doing business a little more convenient and a whole lot more fun!  Recently I upgraded my smartphone to one that not only keeps me connected with family, friends, and clients, but which also allows me to have my quiet time anywhere I go, without having to lug around my Bible and the assortment of devotional books I use each day.  It hasn't taken long for me to decide that a tablet is a must-have for this author/speaker wannabe.

I am not sure why owning a tablet has become such an obsession for me.  Perhaps it is because I have seen how much I can do with a smartphone and want to take my productivity to the next level with a tablet.  Or maybe I think that having something as portable and handy as a tablet will make it easier and more convenient to read and study in preparation for writing and speaking engagements.  Whatever the reason, for me this has become the year of the tablet.

While some of us may be preoccupied with our new iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets, God is interested in a different kind of tablet.  In 2 Corinthians 3:3, Paul writes, "You show that you are a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts."  In Ezekiel 36:26, the Lord says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

As we all enjoy our new tablets, iPads, and smartphones, let us pray that God will write His letter of love on the tablets of our hearts.  Let us resolve not to become so enamored with our new tech toys that our hearts grow stony and cold toward the people in our lives who matter most.  Make it a practice to "unplug" every once in awhile and spend time with those you love -- you won't need an app for that!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday S'mores Recipe

HOLIDAY S’MORES (recipe from Land O Lakes) – shared by my friend, Carol.
· 12 chocolate (5x2 1/2-inch) graham crackers

· 3/4 cup butter

· 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

· 3 cups miniature marshmallows

· 1 cup M&Ms in whatever holiday colors you wish

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray. Place graham crackers onto foil so sides touch. Melt butter and brown sugar in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and mixture just comes to a boil (4 to 6 minutes). Pour evenly over crackers. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until bubbly. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows. Continue baking until marshmallows begin to soften (2 to 3 minutes). Sprinkle with M&Ms. Cool completely. Lift out of pan using foil ends. Cut into bars using a knife that has been sprayed with Pam.

Bake, eat, and have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Christmas Prayer

For all the blessings that at Christmas we share,
For those we love and those who care
We thank Thee, Lord, and ask that we
May ever live so joyfully.
For those whose hearts are broken by loss,
Whose burdens are heavy, who carry a cross
That they never asked for or would choose to bear,
Lord, give us Your love and compassion to share
That they, like we, may come to know
That You are with them wherever they go.
At Christmas You came down from heaven as a babe.
Forsaking Your throne of glory You gave
Us the greatest gift that God could give
By choosing among humankind to live,
In a world full of sorrow and pain and loss
As a man, yet as God, never counting the cost.
Subjected to suffering, temptation, and such
You taught us forgiveness and loved us so much
That You willingly laid down Your life on the tree,
Our sins taking on so that we could be free
To love as You loved, Your mercy extending
To those who with heartbreak and need never-ending
Search for hope as the wisemen once searched for the star.
Oh, Lord, help them to see what a wonder You are!
In their darkness and sorrow give them eyes to see
God's Gift of love in Your nativity,
A love ever-constant and faithful and true
With power divine to make all things new.
Lord, may Your great love within us shine as a beacon bright
Of the Love that came down that first Christmas night.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Before My Soul Should Perish

My heart, once warm, has turned so cold,
Feelings now forever gone --
Golden memories quickly fading
Like the setting of the winter sun.
The song my soul once sang
No longer resonates its tune.
The passion of true love is lost --
You left me far too soon.
Life goes on and so have I
Who loved you so once so dear.
If e'er you should my love return
You'll find me waiting here.
Released are you to go your way,
Another's love to cherish.
I hope one day that you'll return
Before my soul should perish.

Dee Dee Wike

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Scenic Route

It has been said that life is a journey,
A great adventure without a doubt,
And though we oft prefer a straight road
God takes us on the scenic route.
It never fails, the more we plan
The greater the obstacles, it seems.
Too easily we lose all hope
And give up on our dreams.
Yet God, behind the scenes, is doing
Things we cannot fathom.
To learn to trust and wait on Him
Must be our first reaction.
Rather than let discouragement
Cause fear, frustration, doubt --
We need to trust that God has planned
For us a scenic route
With glorious wonders we would miss
By following our own plan,
And greater blessings reserved for us
Who trust and take His hand.
When next you feel the plans you made
Have turned and headed south,
Give God the wheel, sit back, relax
And enjoy the scenic route.

Dee Dee Wike