Thursday, July 24, 2008
We all know that green beans are nutritious and good for our physical health. I've learned that they can be good for your spiritual health, as well.
Since my father-in-law has had to go for chemo, he cannot always work on the farm. One day when I was there, I got out in the field at 5:30 and started picking beans. I picked beans off and on most of the day, and then, helped sort them for market. The ones that had bug bites or were too small were not sent to market. I didn't think a whole lot about it. It was just something that needed doing. Because I love the man and I love the Lord, I wanted to help. I didn't know that I was showing him God's love. He commented on it later in front of my husband. He also told me how it had helped my mother-in-law to have us there.
I have been praying for his physical healing, but also for his spiritual healing. I'm not sure that he loves Jesus; so any chance I get to show him the love of Jesus is great. He doesn't want to talk about faith and feels that churches are just full of hypocrites.
Isn't it just like God to use something as simple as a green bean to show someone His love! I am reminded about how God used the wheat field to put Ruth and Boaz together. He sent word to Gideon at the threshing floor. He so often uses the ordinary to reach us. We look for bolts from Heaven and He's showing us His love and grace through the common things. Thank you, Lord, for green beans!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
In June, my husband and I celebrated thirty years of marriage. One of the amazing things about this anniversary was that I could wear my wedding dress again. I was so excited that I was that magical size again.
I looked back and thought, "When I originally wore that dress, I thought that I was fat." Isn't it funny how we view ourselves?! Now I am elated that I am that size again.
A lot has happened in thirty years. Most of it has been good. I can see the hand of God in my life. He has been more gracious than I deserve. He has given me so much - salvation, unconditional love and a husband who loves me. I am truly blessed. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
A Fountain of Love
This is what real love is: . . . it is Gods love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 (NCV)
You've had enough of human love. Haven't you? Enough guys wooing you with Elvis-impersonator sincerity. Enough tabloids telling you that true love is just a diet away. Enough helium-filled expectations of bosses and parents and pastors. Enough mornings smelling like the mistakes you made while searching for love the night before.
Don't you need a fountain of love that won't run dry? You'll find one on a stone-cropped hill outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus hangs, cross- nailed and thorn-crowned. When you feel unloved, ascend this mount. Meditate long and hard on heaven's love for you. Both eyes beaten shut, shoulders as raw as ground beef, lips bloody and split. Fists of hair yanked from his beard. Gasps of air escaping his lungs. As you peer into the crimsoned face of heaven's only Son, remember this: "God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Rom. 5:8).
From: Come Thirsty
Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2004)
Remind your people to obey the rulers and authorities and not to be rebellious. They must always be ready to do something helpful and not say cruel things or argue. They should be gentle and kind to everyone. We used to be stupid, disobedient, and foolish, as well as slaves of all sorts of desires and pleasures. We were evil and jealous. Everyone hated us, and we hated everyone.
God our Savior showed us
how good and kind he is.
He saved us because
of his mercy,
and not because
of any good things
that we have done.
God washed us by the power
of the Holy Spirit.
He gave us new birth
and a fresh beginning.
God sent Jesus Christ
to give us his Spirit.
Jesus treated us much better
than we deserve.
He made us acceptable to God
and gave us the hope
of eternal life.
Titus 3:1-7 CEV
Friday, June 27, 2008
Daily Devotional by Max Lucado
“the One who came still comes and the One who spoke still speaks”
God Goes with Us
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”
Genesis 28:15 (NIV)
When God calls us into the deep valley of death, he will be with us. Dare we think that he would abandon us in the moment of death?...Would the shepherd require his sheep to journey to the highlands alone? Of course not. Would God require his child to journey to eternity alone? Absolutely not! He is with you!
What God said to Moses, he says to you: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exod. 33:14 NIV).
What God said to Jacob, he says to you: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go” (Gen 28:15 NIV).
What God said to Joshua, he says to you: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:5 NIV).
From: Traveling Light
Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2000)
Friday, June 06, 2008
To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- EE Cummings, poet
How awesome to be a nonconformist in a world of conformity. For me this is to be Christlike in a world that tells me that is nonsense. Also, being me means that it's OK to be who I am - warts and all.
Not long after first posting this blog, I had a problem with me and went into self loathing. Thank goodness, that has passed, and I realize that to be me is to be imperfect - that's the warts and all part.
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