A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Not all preachers stand behind a pulpit on Sunday morning at 10:45 am and again at 6 pm.  Anyone who claims the name of Christ is to be sharing the good news of His gospel with others in any way possible.  Sometimes it means writing a blog post every day, feeling humbled in your heart and a bit jumbled in your brain because of dyslexia.  God can use what I write though – not because it’s so riveting and exciting…  but because it’s what God wants me to write.  A wise writer once told me that I need to share what I write whether I think it’s good or not because God knows somebody who needs to read it.  He’ll make sure what I write gets seen by the right people.

Have you ever seen someone get reproved or rebuked by someone with patience?  It’s rare that a person can actually do that because there’s usually some degree of emotion involved and sadly, it’s generally anger.  But I got to witness a pastor reprove and rebuke someone on his staff once and by the time he was finished, I felt as if I’d been in the most wonderful class ever on diplomacy and tact.  I knew that God’s Holy Spirit was guiding every gesture he made and every word he said.  He got the point across and there were absolutely no hurt feelings and he didn’t have a bit of damage control to worry about.  Thank God! 

To exhort means to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.  It can be dicey to do this, but there are times when it’s necessary.  Again, if we will take time before rushing in to seek God’s Holy Spirit and let Him guide our words and actions, it’s amazing how much better things will go.  Nobody wants to hurt feelings, but when there are differences of opinion, rather than knock heads together as you’d do in your own wisdom – ask God to help you as you negotiate a compromise in the situation.  Blessed are the peacemakers.  There’s a blessing waiting for you if you’ll do things God’s way.  Have you read the story of Jonah?  I rest my case. 

I keep thinking about that last phrase…  with COMPLETE patience and teaching.  That’s impossible to do in our own strength!  The natural man has nearly zero patience.  If you don’t believe me, drive around downtown Wichita at 5 pm on any weeknight.  Horns honk and fingers flip…  um, exercise.  Yep – road rage…  the struggle is real, folks.

God gave His all for me – He just keeps on loving me.  He hasn’t given up on me, so I need to hang in there with others.  Only through God’s Holy Spirit can we develop COMPLETE patience and teaching.  It’s a preacher’s job to lead by example and while yes they’re human (we do get that) – but like every Christian who has been a Christian for a number of years, there should be that desire to be patient with the congregation.  Is it easy?  Nope.  Is it possible with God’s help?  Yep.

Today is the first day of CONSIDER CHRISTIANITY WEEK!!!  I hope you will accept Jesus into your heart and life today.   If you are a Christian, don’t forget to share your faith with someone this week.   

Well, 2 Timothy 4:2 is my birthday verse.  I’m 56 years old today – woo-hoo!  I wrote a silly little poem from my silly little heart.

I really do love the rain.  I loved it more before I wore glasses because the rain messes my lenses up – but I still love the rain.  I can remember having snow a couple of times on my birthday, which I’m not a big fan of – one time I had to cancel a birthday party because we had so much snow.  That was a major bummer all the way around.

You know I love donkeys, right?  Well – if you didn’t know before, now you do.  Look what I found…

Keep sharing your faith wherever you go, and ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you have COMPLETE patience and teaching with everyone.  Just plant the gospel seeds.  The world won’t be forced with an iron fist and we can’t yell anyone to the altar.  We just have to love folks and pray for them.  🙂

 

 

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SQUARE DANCING DAY

TL 11-29 SQUARE DANCING DAY

Imagine this little pig calling:

Bow to your partner, bow to your corner, circle left, alemand left … swing and promenade home.

 

11-29 LIFE ENHANCING

A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square and has roots that stretch back to 15-century Europe.   Singing calls were introduced in traditional square dancing before World War II.  It’s the singing calls that make square dancing unique.

SQUARE DANCING DAY is a day to celebrate this fun dance.  There are an estimated 191 calories burned by doing 30 minutes of  square dancing, so the health benefit alone is worth cheering for!  When I was a kid we had neighbors who were members of a square dancing club and went out once a week to do si do.  They were in great shape and it seemed to enrich their marriage.

You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.  – Nikos Kazantzakis

There are social advantages to being part of a club and square dancing sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  You get to wear cute outfits and dance to some of the best music (in my opinion).  Everyone needs to get out of the house and socialize once in a while.

Aren’t they cute?  It’s never too early to learn to square dance.  It’s a good way to socialize, exercise and stay mentally sharp.

 If we dance amongst the rooftops, is it not that much further to jig into the starshine?   – Terri Guillemets

There are square dancing clubs across the nation.  If you don’t know how to square dance, your local club probably offers lessons and there are many helps online as well.  There’s no excuse to sit on the sidelines and watch anymore.  Put your prettiest square dance dress on, fix your hair and make-up and get out there!

It seems like being part of a square dancing club might be the last place to find a “partner”, but many singles have been successful by joining a square dancing club.  If you are single, the idea is to enjoy your life and if you like to square dance, just do it and if that special someone shares your passion for square dancing, that’s great!  Swing your partner and do si do!  Wink!   😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (17)

UNIQUELY GIFTED

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service; so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

Since my surgery back in July, my health has not been the greatest. Because I was basically on bed rest for two months, I gained about 10 pounds. It was significant enough to affect my A1c and my blood pressure. My A1c is clear up to 8.4 now. You can’t convince me that exercise does not play a vital role in blood glucose levels. There is no way to separate the two – you can not keep that number in check without daily exercise.

I had more lab work done today. Sometimes I give the lab techs fits because my veins are so tiny. They don’t always hit the right spot and have to (heaven forbid) “fish” or “dig” around once the needle is in my arm. Today was one of the worst experiences I’ve had since I’ve gone to this doctor’s office. The tech tried to draw blood from FOUR different sites before throwing up her hands and declaring that she could not get it. She wrote up an order and sent me to LabCorp to get the blood drawn.

This was a fasting blood draw and by the time I got to LabCorp I had not only not had breakfast, I had not even had a cup of coffee! I don’t remember driving the car around this morning. Should drivers in Wichita be afraid??? Yes, be afraid…

In an attempt to keep what little sense of humor I had left intact, I announced to the receptionist that I needed to visit the head vampire to have blood drawn. She seemed amused. I’m sure they haven’t heard that one before (yeah, right). Hey, what do you want from me when I’m coffee-less – wit???

There are some people who really enjoy their work – and the head vampire enjoyed her job a little too much! She grinned from ear to ear when I explained my less than productive visit with the lab techs at my doctor’s office. She said, “I don’t guarantee that I’ll get blood on the first try either.” I swallowed hard and looked her straight in the eyes and said, “But you’ll sure try, right?” She laughed and said, “Yep – I sure will.” Well, what more could I ask?

Honestly – I didn’t feel a thing. She said “poke” – but it was not bad at all. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when the needle is placed in the right hands? I told her, “You know, everyone at my doctor’s office told me you are gifted at drawing blood – and I believe you really are!”

To some He gives a gift for preaching or teaching. To some He gives a gift for drawing blood from people with tiny veins. I’m sure glad He gives those gifts, aren’t you? ❤