Light For Dark Days

We have seen many difficulties in recent days.  Situations such as the shooting in Las Vegas last week, nuclear threats, religious persecution, health struggles and let’s face it – our own selfishness can take us down a path of darkness.  However, there is a light that shines bright when we choose to see.  The light is Jesus Christ.  When we allow God to permeate our lives, we have a light that can penetrate any darkness.  So before you get too focused on the dark parts of life, focus on the light of Christ.  He will take you through the dark and give light for the way.

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Torn Like Herbs

I have found an interesting lesson from using herbs.  Many times herbs are chopped or ripped in order to release the flavor.  How true is this in real life?  The sweet flavor of Godly character is developed through trials.  I usually feel torn through those times. 

So when you feel the pain of being torn by trials, know that God is preparing something wonderful.

Christ is Worthy

Those of us who grew up going to church have often heard about Jesus Christ being worthy of our worship.  That is very true.  Christ is the perfect Creator of all things.  He deserves our glory and praise.

My concern is that we lose sight of the joy of worshipping Christ.  Too often we get caught up in the difficulties that come with service to Christ (and there are many challenges).  However, there are many joys.  Some come as we serve Jesus.  Some will wait until we stand before Him and begin our eternal time of praising Him face to face.  So in this sunset picture I give Christ the praise for his worthiness and I thank Him for giving me blessings as the result of His worthiness.

God is so good.

God’s Beauty and Grace

God painted a magnificent sunset last night and allowed me to capture several photos.  This is God’s beauty shining above my church building.  My church is Grace Baptist.  I thought of God’s grace shining in our lives as I took the picture.  God gives us beautiful reminders of who He is and what He desires for our lives.

Praise His Name!

I Want More

LORD God (Yahweh Elohim),

I want more of You.  More of who You are.  More of what you offer.  More of You. 

Please remove the obstacles to my becoming more like You.  Help me to identify the issues in my life and deal with them as You would have me.  Show me Your path and give me the strength to stay on it and not stray from it.  Send the people who will direct me to You every time I falter (and even when I don’t falter).  Keep me safe as I deal with people who would seek to take me from Your path.  Please help me to love them as You do.  

Father LORD God (Abba Yahweh Elohim), 

I want more of You.

Socks in the Fridge

Crazy you say?  Yes.  Socks in the fridge are a bit ridiculous. However, this is another one of my “little things” stories.  I hope you can join in the fun.

This story starts with a fun surprise.  A friend of mine gave me some fun socks to use as “mug hugs” (see pic below).  I had talked about finding some socks for that purpose, but forgot about it.  Her gift was so much fun.  

A few weeks later I was looking for a way to distinguish the difference between decaf coffee and regular.  I went to these fun socks.  I then had the chance to send a picture text with a wisecrack about socks in the fridge (this coffee was meant to be iced so it lived in the fridge for a time).  I mean who doesn’t have seeing socks in the fridge on their bucket list?  (OK, no one, but that is part of the fun.)  My friend laughed.

The point to this silly story (yes, there is a point) is if you have a chance to make someone laugh, go for it!  The laughter will make their day and likely yours.

Laughter is the best medicine.  The Bible says so (Proverbs 17:22).  Give some and take some as soon as you can and as often as you can.

Just make sure the socks in the fridge are clean. 🙂

God’s Gifts

Gifts from God come in all shapes and sizes. The picture behind this verse is from friends who are on vacation. They sent me a few pictures and said that they thought I should put a verse with this one. 

I was so touched that they were thinking of me while on vacation. I was also blessed by their encouragement of one of my hobbies. I very much enjoy scenic pictures and putting verses with them. So please enjoy my gift with me.

God is so good.

Christian Friends

Today I had the chance to talk to Christian friends that I haven’t seen for a while.  I enjoyed the blessing of a relationship that God put together.  I meet this couple 20 years ago when I was their son’s 4th grade teacher.  Over the years we have seen each other here and there (we live in a town of 25,000 people).  Each time we have talked I have been blessed.  They have life experiences that give them a unique understanding of mine.  They are able to sympathize with me in ways others could not.  Only God can arrange that.  He set up their lives and mine in such a way to honor and glorify His name.  I am awestruck that God would choose to bless me this way.

Praise His name!

 

Life Lessons from Imperfectly Spaced Flowers

P_20170713_173111I love flowers.  They are happy and cheerful.  Most of the time.  This bunch is a bit wilted after being transplanted from my friend’s yard, but they will perk up.

I often have good intentions of putting things in “perfect order”.  I am a perfectionist after all.  However, I am a very, very, flawed perfectionist.  I do not always have the energy or desire to put in the amount of work required for “perfection”.  I used to chide myself for that.  I now have a different view.

I should seek Christ honoring standards in everything I do. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) I think we can lose sight of the object of this verse.  If I start seeking man-made, man-honoring perfection, then I miss the God honoring life that I am supposed to seek.

I will not be perfect in this life.  No matter how hard I try.  I will attain perfection when God calls me home to heaven. He will then give me Christlike perfection.  In the meantime, I need to give my life over to God and He will correct my imperfections.

Now back to the flowers.  Some things do not require “perfection”.  It is acceptable that my flowers are not evenly spaced.  I need to spend my time and energy elsewhere.  I think God smiles on my imperfectly spaced flowers. He knows who I am (flawed and quirky), and loves me anyway.