Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2008|
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At 5:15 p.m. tonight, I am being picked up to go on a religious retreat through my church. This retreat requires you to leave your purse, which for a woman is her lifeline, cellphone, watch, etc. at home or in the possession of your sponsor. This is done so they can have your undivided attention for the next 3 days. It is a time for growing closer in your walk to God.
Before I even leave, I have discovered a very interesting fact about myself. I thought I had completely entrusted myself to God. But, this morning, I realized I had entrusted Him with everything as long as I had control of some things. Now, knowing I’m totally having to put myself in His hands and His control has been very eye-opening. Before leaving, I checked my email and in one of my devotionals from Guideposts was this Scripture:
|And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
|— Isaiah 42:16
Gee, do you think He’s trying to tell me something!! Yes, I’ve already thanked Him for showing me I truly had not entrusted Him with my whole self. Now, I go knowing in His hands I am truly safe and my lessons have begun. Oh, no computers either!!! How technology dependent I have become. See you next week!!
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2008|
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In my previous life, I was a purchasing agent for a municipality. Each state has statutes pertaining to purchasing. For several years, I was in a municipality on the East coast and this state also had regulations controlling purchasing. This is fine except the regulations in several places were in direct opposition to the statutes. When I asked the Attorney General of the state which had precedence over the other, he told me they both carried equal weight in a court of law. It depended on the judge. EEEK!!! Needless to say, this left you in a very precarious position as a purchasing agent.
Jesus was asked a very similar question by a Pharisee, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” We ask it in a different way. Which is a greater sin, murder or a lie? robbing a bank or stealing a piece of candy? lying or telling a white lie? Jesus response wasn’t at all what anyone expected then or even now. His response was “Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second commandent is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus knew if you loved God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul and you loved your neighbor as yourself, it covered all your behavior.
It was true then, it is true now. Put these two commandments on your refrigerator door where everyone in the family can see them and watch your life change. Children to young to read, simplify it for them and tell it to them every morning and every night before they go to bed. As the Schullers instruct their congregation every Sunday, tell them “God loves you and so do I.”
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2008|
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I look around me and You are everywhere. I hear You in the birds as they sing. I see You in the puffy white clouds as they float pass. I see Your artistry in the leaves as they change colors. You are in the beauty of the falls as they drop gracefully to the ground. “….the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” The fields and roadsides are painted with the beauty of Your wildflowers. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets painted across the skies extol Your handiwork. The moon and starlit skies are but a small measure of the width and heighth of Your love for us. And, the seas and oceans only touch on the depth of the Your love have for us.
A newborn baby’s cry tells us You are near. The fellowship of friends tells me You are near. The hugs of loved ones tells me You are near. Lord, don’t ever let me stop seeing, hearing, and feeling Your Presence in my life. Yes Lord, You are good!!
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged life, treasures, wealth on October 20, 2008|
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Yesterday, several of my friends and I went to Perkins after church for breakfast. One of the conversations between two of the people caught my attention. It was about a man who asked some his friends if he could store his restored vintage car in their garage while they were gone. The friends said yes and while they were gone there was a thunderstorm. Lightning hit the garage, started a fire, and the man’s car–worth several thousand dollars– was destroyed. It was like he was reading my mind. During these last few weeks, people have seen their treasures disappear. Their retirements, people’s savings and treasures for the future wiped out.
As hard as it may be, God is more concerned about the treasures you lay up in heaven. If you are His child, He will take care of your day to day needs. In Matthew 6: 19-20, Jesus tells us: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Since we were little children, we have been told over and over, “God only helps those who help themselves”. Let us do away with this lie right now. There is NO Biblical foundation for it. You won’t find it in any of your paraphrased Bibles or any of your translation Bibles. It’s not there because God does want you to turn to Him for everything. Just as you want to give your children everything you possibly can, He wants to give His children everything He possibly can. Don’t worry! The same way we don’t want to spoil our children, God does NOT want to spoil us!!! Just as we want to be involved in our child’s life, God wants to be involved in ours.
As Paul said to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” I couldn’t say it any better.
This post is dedicated to Pastor Tom. I hope I did you proud. Thank you.
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A friend gave me two tickets to attend a concert the other night. So, I invited my travelling buddy to attend with me. As we entered the auditorium, the usher and I recognized each other and gave each other a hug. When we were seated, I turned to my friend and said, “I don’t know who that is. I wish we could talk more, then maybe I could remember who it is.” Unfortunately, I was having one of those senior moments where I knew his face; I just couldn’t place where I knew him from or his name. Very shortly, he came and stood in front of our seats and we conversed for a few minutes. As soon as he turned away, I told Evelyn, “I know who it is! It’s E_ _ _ _ _ _! He went to our church!” You see, I recognized him by his voice.
Immediately, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the verses in John 10 where Jesus talks to His followers about the sheep and their shepherd. He tells them, “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice (emphasis mine).” In these times, it is of utmost importance we know our Shepherd’s voice. The only way to know His voice is to become one of His sheep. Jesus goes on to say, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture……I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
You’ve already entered the gate? Then, I have this question for you; have you talked with Him (not to Him) and studied His Word so you will recognize His voice? Christ does not want a single one of His sheep to be deceived by false doctrine or a false teacher and suffer hardships because they did not know His voice.
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2008|
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Ever since I started my ministry of writing and using pictures to enhance my writing, I have been attempting to get a good picture of a butterfly. Sounds easy doesn’t it? For most people, it probably is, but for me, not so easy. You see, due to a near-fatal accident when I was a young adult, I’m limited in what my legs will allow me to do. One of those limitations is being able to get down to their level. Another limitation is I’m legally blind in one eye. This makes it difficult for me to see through the little viewfinder and be able to focus on the picture before the butterfly flies away. For 5 years, I have taken hundreds of pictures of butterflies with their wings together, a small or large blur in my picture as they fly away, a blank picture of sky, or pretty pictures of flowers. I can’t count the number of times I would cry, “But God, just one picture. That’s all I want!”
Now, I realize not getting a picture of a butterfly is not a major catastrophe. However, we all face those times in our life when we are crying out to God and it seems like He’s not listening. A marriage breaking up, a sudden death of a loved one, a loved one dying much too soon, a child dying….The list could go on forever. The important truth to remember is “God hears you, God cares, God loves you.” The gospel singer Ivan Parker in his song DON’T GIVE UP summarizes it well: “Don’t give up. Things could change at any moment. There will come a time when you will find your past the pain. And, though you may not see it now, I promise you someway, somehow our God will be enough. Don’t give up!”
As with all trials and tribulations I have encountered on my walk with my blessed Saviour and Heavenly Father, no matter how big or how small, He has said the same words to me every time and I say them to you now, “Don’t give up! You are in My arms. Trust Me! Hang in there! Your picture is coming.”
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Once again I received an email that couldn’t be deleted. Hopefully, it will provide much “food for thought”.
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!
Trust in the Lord and *ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)
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