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Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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Friday, January 2, 2009

THE KING AND I

Based on the story Anna and the King, THE KING AND I tells the story, in song, of a British teacher hired to tutor the children of the royal household in Siam. Before the story is over Anna and the king fall in love.

I see many spiritual similarities between my life and the life of the main character, Anna.

Like Anna
-I am a teacher
-I left my home to teach in a foreign place
(This may be a stretch. This world is not my home. I am here to serve the
king – God. )
-I am not always happy or content with my job description (mainly
because the world’s ways are not God’s ways)
- I find Christian customs to be different from the ways of the world which
too often brings me into conflict with the king
-Sometimes I disagree with God’s calling on my life and argue with him
-But, the more time I spend with Him and get to know Him, the more I
admire Him
-The king – God has fallen in love with me
-I am falling more deeply in love with my Lord

because I am getting to know Him…

Read some of the lines of this song sung in the musical, The King and I:

GETTING TO KNOW YOU by Oscar Hammerstein

Anna speaks: It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought…
As a teacher I've been learning
And I've now become an expert,
On the subject I like most.

I am by no means an expert on God, but as I get to know Him I want to know Him more.
Getting to know you.
Getting to know you,
getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you, putting it my way,
But nicely, You are precisely,
My cup of tea.
I don’t have to hope that God likes me. As I become more acquainted with Him I learn that He thinks I am the best. He loves me beyond my imagination.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy.
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say
Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you Day by day.
Freedom comes from knowing God. I know it. As I experience my time with Him day by day, I learn from Him. I learn what to say to Him as we speak, and although life can be very hard and I can be very awkward, my relationship with God not only makes my life free and easy, I see each new day as bright and
breezy.

Now, you may be thinking and wondering, “How theological is this entry?”

Well, unless you have read what the Old Testament prophets have to say about our relationship with God your thoughts would stand to reason.
But last fall, while reading Hosea I noticed something.
"Know God "

Popped up time and time again!

Hosea 2:20, “I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord.” Hosea 2:20

Hosea 4:6, “Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel! The Lord has brought charges against you, saying: ‘There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land.’”

Hosea 5:4, “Your deeds won’t let you return to your God. You are a prostitute through and through, and you do not know the Lord.”

Hosea 6:3, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

Hosea 6:6, “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”

Five times I read that God wants me to know Him.

I've chosen my New Year’s Resolution – Become more deeply acquainted with Jesus.

How? I am going to read through the gospels four times this year. Why four? There are a total of 91 chapters. If I read a chapter each day, I can, more or less, read the four gospels four times this year.

Want to know Jesus? Get to know Him! Read His biography in

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John





4 comments:

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Van that is a great post. I never really thought about that song that way yet I was for some reason drawn to that movie/play. That is probably why.

Blessings,
Angela

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Van:
Knowing God is my lifelong desire and privilege as his daughter. My life verse (one that struck me with the magnitude and force of heaven upon reading it) is Jeremiah 9:23-24. It talks about knowing God. We serve the only God who can be intimately known and loved.

He's my treasure and my portion.

Happy New Year.

peace~elaine

B His Girl said...

Hi Van,

Thank you for visiting my blog. God is moving in great ways in my heart and I want to know Him also. I am not a singer by any means but I enjoyed singing the song from The King and I in my mind. I am banned from singing in my house by my children. :) As I was humming the words, the phrase "You are precisely my cup of tea" stood out to me. I am a Christian Speaker also. I stepped out of my comfort zone and put together a Christmas Tea called Tea for Two in a very poor crime ridden part of town. ck out this post if you can.
http://bhisgirl.blogspot.com/2008/12/more-than-cup-full.html

The Holy Spirit was moving there speaking to those women about who He is and who they are in Him. Maybe you were sent to my blog to share that song. He is my cup of tea. I am going to give more tea parties. The King has issued an invitation for all. God is looking for people who will walk in the dark places with their candle burning bright.
I pray you walk in the fullness of what God has called you to do Van. It all starts with knowing Him, doesn't it. May you go new places with God this year.
B His Girl...Barbara

Tammy said...

My desire is to know God so much more in 2009.

I've been inspired by the words that you wrote and the scriptures you shared.

God has been tugging on my heart to go deeper in to His Word.so,I joined in reading the bible in a year by linking up with Wendy Pope's blog.

Blessings ,
Tammy
PS- Thank you for visiting!