A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Traditionally, we observe these events in the life of Christ on Passion Week:  His triumphal entry, His last supper, His death, burial and resurrection.  What is Easter all about?  We serve a RISEN SAVIOR!  God raised Christ from the dead on the 3rd day – and He sits at God’s right hand.  There’s something else that happened before Christ ascended to Heaven…  He left us the greatest gift – His Holy Spirit – the comforter and our guide through this crazy life.

The Holy Spirit of God is filled with goodness and wisdom.  God wants us to be kind and quick to forgive one another.  It’s only with His help that we can do these things.

We are loved by God – and are to be loving and kind to one another.  As we rely on God’s Holy Spirit to help us, we can accomplish so much as we plant seeds along the way.  It’s so nice to make friends with like-minded believers, knowing that no matter what, you can go back to the fact that you both have God’s Holy Spirit and can work anything out as you rely on Him for guidance and direction.

It’s nearly impossible to talk about God’s Holy Spirit without mentioning the fruits of His Spirit:

Does that mean that we will be perfect?  Um…  nope.  Does it mean that we can love perfectly?  Well, as we live by God’s precepts that certainly could and should happen.  If we will lean fully on God’s Holy Spirit, we can have some beautiful attitudes and be a blessing to others.  We want the fruits of the Spirit to be clear in our lives.  God’s more than happy to reveal to us how that can happen.

If you could imagine a pyramid in your mind – sort of like the food pyramid (which seems to be changing with every diet that comes along).  The good thing about this pyramid is that it never changes.

God’s Holy Spirit is at the TOP of the pyramid.  No surprise there.  At the other two corners are you and another person – any person you come in contact with.  God’s Spirit gives love, comfort, power, peace, wisdom and the ability to control things like temper.  Because He’s given us these things, we are able to share them with others in our lives, with evidence of the fruits showing through in the process.

Remember that the Lord did not leave us here as orphans to figure out how to live.  He has everything we need to live an abundant life…  if we’ll just ask Him to help us.  🙂

 

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HIGH FIVE DAY

TL 4-21 HIGH FIVE DAYIt’s thought that the HIGH FIVE started in professional sports.  It’s a way to celebrate a great moment or an accomplishment.  It’s like saying WAY TO GO to a team mate for a job well done.  High five the ones you love today, because they may not be around to celebrate with tomorrow – jus’ sayin’…

I’d give anything to high five my parents today.  They were married on this day in 1943.  Marriage is tough under the best of circumstances – and they stayed together and took their vows seriously.  Now they’re together in eternity.  I wish them an eternity of happiness and joy in the hereafter – and give them an air five today!

If you don’t have humans in your realm of influence, you can most certainly high five the cat!

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Get a high five from the kiddo out on the playground!

girl-586988_1280And you probably won’t run into this guy today – you have to wait until Christmas, ‘cuz he’s back at the North Pole trying to get rested up…  but if you could find Santa – you might get to high five him!

santa-claus-579113_1920I just think that is TOO CUTE!  🙂

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Who will you high five today?  What moments will you celebrate?  I’ll celebrate an exercise session when it’s over.  I’ll celebrate a pound lost – or even a half or quarter pound lost – as long as I lose and not gain.  It’s great to be going in the right direction!

http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/

Visit this link to find out how you can buy gear and help support some great causes.  And don’t forget to high five everybody for all sorts of reasons today!  🙂

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:13 ON 4/13

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  – Philippians 4:13

We lose fear and gain faith every time we say this verse because of one little inclusive word – all.  Does it say we can do things only on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Christ who strengthens us?  Are there any limits whatsoever in this verse?  Does it say only men can do all things through Christ who strengthens them?  No – there are absolutely no restrictions of any kind in this verse.

When this passage says I CAN DO, it’s not necessarily talking about doing things, rather it means that Christ will give us the strength to handle the speed bumps in life.  If, however, the things you need to handle with His help involve you doing things, then that’s part of it.  Got that?  LOL…  Tim will explain.

There is a catch though.  You’re thinking, “I knew there would be a catch.”   Yeah, but it’s okay.  You have to make sure you stay connected with the source, Christ Jesus.  It’s a total deal breaker if you don’t do that.  Keep reading your Bible and praying.

Every character has an inward spring; let Christ be that spring.  Every action has a keynote; let Christ be that note, to which your whole life is attuned.   – Henry Drummond

If you feel like maybe your strength quotient is not where it needs to be, check the plug.  If you are unplugged, you will not have power – strength.  The outlet is always good, but sometimes the plug wiggles loose – and sometimes the cord frays and that’s a really bad problem to have.

 We faintly hear, we dimly see,
In differing phrase we pray;
But dim or clear, we own in Him
The life, the truth, the way.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

Have you ever been afraid you’d mess something up if you jumped in and tried to lend a hand?  Well, I am a complete klutz in the kitchen.  When we joined a local Southern Baptist congregation a few years ago, they were in need of help in the kitchen on Wednesday nights, preparing the mid-week meals.  I can’t slice a tomato without cutting my finger!  My husband and I reluctantly agreed to help – and it wasn’t too bad.  I am happy to report I still have all ten of those digits (which is good because I need all of them to play the piano).

My no-nonsense mother used to say, “Make yourself useful.”  It referred to clearing the table or taking out the trash.  But as my ability to be useful expanded, so did the opportunities.  Add something to a meeting, a party, or a project.  Being useful is so widely applicable and enormously satisfying.  – Kelly Corrigan

We really cannot accomplish anything without Christ – the source – providing the strength and wisdom to us.  His ways are not only higher than our ways, but most of the time they leave me saying, “Wow, Lord – I never would have thought to do it THAT way!”  He comes up with the most creative solutions for life’s speed bumps!  Thank You, Jesus!  🙂