A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”  – Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Karley holding her mammoth cabbage… wow!!!

 

That’s a lot of coleslaw…

I have the most COOL facebook friends!!!  Can you believe the size of this cabbage???  She posted this photo the other day and of course it got me to thinking about how much BIGGER our blessings are when we belong to God.

Bigger blessings???  You bet!  God has blessed His own in a big way since the beginning of time.

Have you ever heard the saying…  I’m too blessed to be stressed – ???  It’s true!  When we focus on all of the many blessings from the LORD, we just spend time loving our family and friends – instead of thinking about the things we lack.  With God in our corner, we lack nothing.  We have what we need because we know He provides for our every need.

You know, if there is something you think you need and God has not brought it your way (like, say…  a million dollars) – it’s because He knows it’s not what you need.  How many times do we hear about folks who win the lottery and have nothing but grief after they get all that money?  I’ve heard story after story about tragedy that stems from having too much money and being used – or some even lose their life over it.  God wants the very best for us – we have to trust His wisdom for our lives.

Money doesn’t solve every problem – it really doesn’t.

 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.  – Psalm 29:11

Bigger blessings from God – of strength and peace.  Strength to face our daily trials and peace as we keep living.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART 35

 

DON'T TRY TO SPIN GOD'S WORD

Well – I have to admit when I first heard this I thought, “Oh, he’s quoting from the Billy Joel version of the Bible.”  Back in the day, the famous album GLASS HOUSES was one of my favorites.  It was the seventh studio album by Billy Joel, released on March 10, 1980.

Look, the bottom line is…  Christians have to be very careful when quoting Scripture from God’s Holy Word.  There is a passage in Revelation that says it all very clearly:

 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.  And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.  – Revelation 22:18-19

We need to take God’s Word very seriously and believe every bit of it.  When we think we know what “The Good Book” says, we had better look it up to be sure the passage says what we think it says.  This is an example of a failed attempt to quote Scripture that was not in the Bible, but is really an old saying – (and provided inspiration for Billy Joel in 1980 as well, apparently).

So who first used that proverb?

The proverb has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ (1385). George Herbert wrote in 1651: ‘Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.‘ This saying is first cited in the United States in ‘William & Mary College Quarterly’ (1710). Twenty-six later Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Don’t throw stones at your neighbors’, if your own windows are glass.’ ‘To live in a glass house’ is used as a figure of speech referring to vulnerability.” From “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

Now the log in my eye…  I’ve always heard it referred to as a beam, but yes that passage explaining judging and fruit inspection (they are not the same thing) is in Matthew 7:

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Of if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in the day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:  for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell:  and great was the fall of it.  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.    – The Book of Matthew Chapter 7

Are we to judge if we are in sin ourselves?  No.  God alone is the JUDGE of all of us.  Are we to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing and observe the fruit that other people bear?  Yes!  Yes we are!   I’m thankful for the reminder that people in glass houses should not throw stones.  Thank you for reminding me that my brother’s eye has a tiny speck in it and my eye has a huge log in it.

Although we are not to JUDGE anyone, this passage of Scripture warns us to watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing and inspect fruit trees so we don’t get duped.  God gives the gift of discernment to His children.  If we are wise, we will use that precious gift.  Just make sure that log or beam or whatever is out of your eye first.  My Bible tells me that I am to be aware and alert to the wolves in sheep’s clothing that will come along and try to push me off the narrow path that I’m on.  That is NOT judging!  I will vote for a Christian Republican candidate in 2016.  This is nuts.  He can nearly break our Constitution with executive action and break all sorts of laws, but we’re not supposed to judge?  🙂

Let’s recap:

Billy Joel – ALBUM – GLASS HOUSES

Released March 1980 and will eventually be forgotten.

God’s Holy Word – THE HOLY BIBLE

Timeless and unchanging – will never be forgotten.

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Any questions?  ❤

 

 
 
 

FORGET ME NOT DAY

TL 11-10 FORGET-ME-NOT DAY

11-10 THE FORGET-ME-NOT KNOT

Perfect isn’t normal, nor is it interesting.  – Amy Adams

Forget-me-nots are fragile little blue flowers with unassuming faces.  They are far from demanding and could easily be overlooked; however, to those of us who are attracted by the color blue and for whom the color has meaning (diabetics understand the meaning of blue), these little beauties are absolute perfection.

On FORGET-ME-NOT DAY we have an opportunity to let our loved ones, friends and family know how special they are to us.  Now, that doesn’t mean you have to contact Tele-flora to order them a bouquet of forget-me-nots.  You can remember them with something as simple (and inexpensive) as an e-card from any number of places.  I like to send cards from http://www.crosscards.com/ and yes, this site is in my favorites on my computer.  Wink!  😉  I know some of you make homemade cards – and I can’t imagine it would be difficult to make a forget-me-not.  Be creative and shine God’s love on a friend in the process.

God has given us folks who love and support us.  All too soon our loved ones die and our friends may not stay.  Even if you have friends that you’ve lost touch with, what better way to rekindle friendship than with a lovely e-card?  As long as you have an email address, you are set to send!

And what of our loved ones who have passed?  Well, as a general rule I place yellow flowers on my folks’ graves, but I may take a few little blue flowers out today to add an accent to the yellow flowers!  They won’t know, of course – but we don’t know.  God might allow them to see what I’m doing – who knows for sure?

Do you have children?  You know, I think it would be a great deal of fun as a mom or a grandmother to help a child plant some forget-me-not seeds in a pot!  Interact with those precious babies just as much as you can!  The seeds are so inexpensive and the project sounds like a good way to teach youngsters to appreciate flowers!  Isn’t God’s creation miraculous?

Whatever you decide to do today, make sure you share some love and make someone’s day brighter!  ❤

NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

TL 10-19 NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

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Today is NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY!  I started teaching Sunday School when I was only 12 years old, about the same time I began playing piano for church.  Believe me when I tell you it’s not for wimps!  God gives us what we need, and most of the time we need a sense of humor!

I appreciate those times when you have worked all day Friday, come home to fix supper for your family, get your Sunday School packet out and begin to organize the lesson in your mind – and put together all the fun games included in the lesson packet.  Hey, we do laundry and cook-ahead on Saturday, so the lesson plan has to be done on Friday night.

I appreciate the moments when you realize that there’s no way you’re going to teach this lesson on a level that is going to be understood by your kids.  Sometimes you literally have to take the words used in the lesson book and re-write them.  It’s a definite waste of time for you, but the kids will benefit from it  because at least they will get something out of it.

I appreciate the days when you smile even though you walk into your Sunday School class and Tommy has already spit gum into Suzie’s pretty brown hair.  See what I mean about praying for a sense of humor?  You handle this rather sticky situation with grace and finesse – you send Suzie to her mom and set Tommy in the corner for a time out.  Yep – all better now.  Of course, the first bell has now rung and you haven’t gotten around to doing any teaching, but hey…  stuff happens.

I appreciate the dedication you have for your kids.  They are a charge given to you.  When you walk in ready to evangelize to them and let them know they are loved not only by their Savior, Jesus Christ, but by you as well, it’s a very good and productive day.  Well done!

I appreciate the time you take to teach children.  In our church we had a lot of bus kids – kids whose parents didn’t think it was important to bring their kids to church, but they could ride our bus.  One little girl will be in my mind forever – Virginia.  For some reason, Virginia decided I was her favorite person on the planet.  She never wanted to go to Children’s Church after Sunday School.  She wanted to go into BIG CHURCH with me.  I think she would have come home with me if she could get away with it.  I’ll tell you a little secret – I would have let her!  That little girl is not so little anymore.  She’s probably a mother herself now.  I pray for her every day.  I pray that the words she heard in Sunday School (and in BIG CHURCH) stayed with her and that somewhere along the way, she accepted Jesus into her heart and life.  ❤

SOUTHERN FOOD HERITAGE DAY

TL 10-11 SOUTHERN FOOD HERITAGE DAY (USED 2014)

10-11 SOUTHERN FRIED YUM

Today is SOUTHERN FOOD HERITAGE DAY!!!

Kansans have an advantage when it comes to food. We take a little dab from Nebraska, add a sprinkle of this from Colorado, mix together with a touch of Oklahoma and shake it up with a bit of Missouri! Mama used to call that “Guess What I Am”. Trust me, you haven’t really lived until you’ve eaten it.

My folks had deep Southern Oklahoma roots. Even though my dad was raised in the city and mama was a farm girl, both grew up appreciating certain foods and styles of cooking. We lived on the cheap when it came to food, especially in the summertime. We raised okra, squash of all kinds, tomatoes, peas, carrots and melons. We went to the market for bread and butter, only because we didn’t have enough acreage to let a milk cow graze or plant our own wheat. There was, however, a wheat field right across the street from us for many years. Us kids used to go out and play in it (I’m sure the farmer appreciated that).

My dad also planted fruit trees in the back yard. We had our own cherries, apples, pears and (my personal favorite) apricots! There is nothing like a fresh apricot right off the tree – mmm! Good stuff, Maynard!

With all this bounty, we enjoyed Southern delicacies such as fried okra, fried green tomatoes (maters), cream peas and honey-glazed carrots. That reminds me – we also raised our own honey bees. My dad kept bees out behind his shed for years!

Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy.  – Author Unknown

We had meat at every meal and mama fried it in her electric skillet and covered it with cream gravy. There was a potato, either fried (what a surprise), baked or boiled. We were meat and potato, down to earth, nothin’ fancy ’bout us – folks.

We usually waited a little while to eat dessert, but my favorite was mama’s apricot cobbler! Ah, it was good! When it was al a mode it was even better. We didn’t have artificial sweetener back then – it was sugar, baby! But we ate in moderation and nobody worried about blood glucose. We worked hard back then raising our food – so we got some exercise before eating supper and dessert. Exercise makes a big difference!

Those are precious memories. I’m so thankful to God for putting me with the Turner family. They taught me first hand about God’s wonderful provision. Love you, Mom & Dad! ❤

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

TL 10-4 WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10

Do you enjoy being crafty and making a friend’s day? So do I! Today is WORLD CARD MAKING DAY, so let’s get busy making some happy cards!

How cute is that? It’s a real birthday candle!

I like this get well card! I’m sure receiving this would put a smile on my face!

Nowadays there are many methods to create cards of all types! Stamps and ink, punches and other ways to cut shapes, or maybe like me, you want to make your cards digitally. There is no right or wrong way to make a card and the type of card you make is limited only by your imagination!

I’ve never made an interactive card before, have you?

I like to make Thanksgiving cards. I’m so thankful for my friends and like to make them something special to let them know I care about them. I’m not sure if I could do all the drawing for this, but I’d be willing to try this:

How about sending some Thanksgiving Blessings?

Fall is the time of year we begin to think about warmth and nothing catches my eye faster than a cozy quilt. I don’t know how to make a quilt, but I think I could do this cute card:

There are literally TONS of ideas for cards of all kinds on the internet. Pinterest alone can keep you busy searching for just the right idea!

Oh – take a look at this one. I think I could even do this!

So many cute ideas! Get a group of friends together and start making some cards today! I’m sure you can think of someone who could use a handmade card just from you. Many years ago my pastor told me that when you give a gift, it reflects your personality. It’s the same principle with a handmade card. That card is something you took time to make especially for someone. When you take time – time you will never get back – to show someone how special they are, it means a great deal. Have fun making cards today! 😀

LOVE NOTE DAY

TL 9-26 LOVE NOTE DAY

It’s LOVE NOTE DAY, a great time to tuck a little note somewhere for your mate or significant other. There is one special love letter that I keep close to my heart. Your God loves you so much! Please take a moment to read this slowly and meticulously. Let the truth of God’s precious promises sink into your spirit. Apply His love to your life. In this day of fear – uncertain days – let the love of God make a home in your heart and mind.

My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

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