July 10, 2015: Bittersweet birthdays. Celebrating who is present in your life and reminiscing about those who have left. Spent the evening watching the sunset. Always reminded that the One who floods the evening sky with soul-quenching light and vibrant … Continue reading
One Thanksgiving our family sat around the table and at the time when we would all normally share what we were thankful for, Rob changed it up and asked everyone to share their dreams. The kids shared about finishing college, getting jobs, finding love etc.. When they finished, Rob shook his head. “Nope, those are not dreams. Those are all things that are already within your grasp and almost inevitably will happen. I want to hear dreams that most certainly will involve God working on your behalf. Dreams that that you don’t conceive any way of them happening without God. Now start over.” Wow! That threw us for a loop. Everyone sat thinking about this new dream level. Madison Kamalei was the first to speak. She had just started singing on the worship team and taking vocal lessons. She said, “I don’t know how this would ever happen because I have never heard any vision or direction for it, but if our church worship band ever went on tour it is my dream that I would be able to go.” Everyone else also shared some equally amazing far-reaching dreams and dinner was over. We took a million family photos that day and laughed together until we cried. As wonder-filled as it was, it was to be our last time together as a family. As unlikely as it would seem, Rob unexpectedly died of a heart attack a few short days later. Our family’s grief and the remaining holidays took all of our capacity to survive. The following April, we came to Rob’s birthday. He would have been 53. Madison Kamalei came into the study with tears in her eyes. “Mom, I just got an email. The Elevate Life Worship Team is going on tour this summer and I have asked to be a part of it!” God whispered a reminder of that Thanksgiving dinner conversation to my ear. I reminisced with Madison Kamalei about that day and asked her if she remembered the dream in her heart that she shared with her daddy. She burst out crying and said, “He gave me the BEST gift for his birthday!” Her dreams are coming true and we celebrate a father who would intentionally lead us to reach for the MORE that God has for us and always reminds us that God is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think.” #askmore #moretour #elevateyourthinking
His hands. I so loved his hands. Whether he was anointing my forehead with oil to pray for my headaches, caressing my shoulders to magically release all the tension or just letting me curl my fingers in his while we sat together in church, his hands will be forever etched in my mind. Seeing his wedding ring on that masculine hairy paw gave me a thrill. Even enough to take this picture a year ago while we were parked at a Starbucks. He thought I was crazy but I sooo loved his hands!
Hands are so significant in the Word of God. The priest poured oil in his left palm before dipping into it to bless and anoint (Levitucus 14) , God measures the oceans by the palm of his hand (Isaiah 40:2), and the Word calls us a crown of splendor in his hands (Isaiah 62:3). I like to remind myself that he can hide me in His palm (Isaiah 49:2) but I will forever associate this verse with my husbands hands: “When you fall, you won’t be hurled headlong because the Lord is the One who holds your hand now.” (Psalm 37:4) #thankyouJesus #holdingon #mooredivinefingerprint
March 10, 2016: .
Weddings are important to God. Marriage represents a powerful union.
A man and woman take on the nature of the relationship between Christ and his Church. He lays his life down in love and she honors and respects. Taking on that nature also earns a couple the hatred of all hell. It creates an enemy on the prowl to dissolve that union.
Unwittingly, couples take the bait 50% of the time. They forget the primal admonition to “Stand Firm” and “Resist the Enemy” and to “Not Allow a Foothold of the Enemy by going to bed with unresolved anger”. They don’t go to the Word of God to get the tools they need. They allow the flesh to rise up and dictate their “feelings”. They are deceived. And defeated. Then the enemy uses their failed marriages to lord it over them and beat them down.
Their once greatest joy and excitement becomes their greatest pain and shame. It should not be so. Our job of the witnesses at these weddings it to champion the upholding of the vows and the walking it out. God is counting on you to stand with that couple when all hell breaks loose against them.
If you are blessed enough to be invited to be present at someone’s wedding, take your role seriously. They are vow ceremonies between God and man and they are very important to Him. #weddingbells #shefellforOdell
[19 year old Rob at his cousin Linda’s wedding.]
April 20, 2016:
#hellopromdate. Don’t you love prom season when everyone puts forth their best effort to impress and leave a lasting good memory?
When we make an effort, we want to be rewarded. But God says, “Do not grow weary in doing good.”
When we do our part, we expect our spouse to meet us half-way. But God says, “Sow for yourselves seeds of righteousness to reap the fruit of unfailing love,” which has nothing to do with your spouse’s actions.
God goes contrary to our human nature. He gives the husband the arduous task of laying down his life for his woman and the woman gets this charge: “Respect and delight in your husband [notice him and prefer him and treat him with loving concern, treasuring him, honoring him, and holding him dear]”.
Do you see the design? Neither man or woman is able to do what God commanded without God’s divine assistance. Women instinctively lay down their lives and men can show respect as easily as breathing, but we are given the charge to elevate from our flesh to God’s spirit. So, you want a supernaturally charged marriage? Put your effort into seeking God’s power to do what you cannot do by yourself. Then #everydayispromday #seekhispresence #betransformedbytherenewingofyourmind
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God, the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and also those who are perishing. To one, we are the smell of death; to the other the fragrance of life.”
💐 Jesus gave himself as the first fragrant offering. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Desire to be in relationships of love this Resurrection Sunday and surround yourself with God’s precious creations. Spread your aroma of love even to those who are perishing. Inhale deeply today and be grateful to be living. 💜💐💜💐💜 #lovemore #hyacinth #2corinthians2:14 #ephesians5:2
May 1/2015: Happy Lei Day! 🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺 . In Hawaii, May 1st is not only May Day but also Lei Day! Along with celebrations of flowers all over the islands, people also go out of their way to celebrate someone’s … Continue reading