IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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I don’t pay attention to how many people follow this blog, but if you are reading this post today, I humbly ask for your prayers on behalf of my talented friend, Lucinda Berry Hill.  We don’t know what the problem is, but we most definitely know WHO the Great Physician is…  Amen!

I want to share this bit of writing with you today.  I read it and had two thoughts:

(1) This is a long piece, and (2) I must share this even if it’s not in the form of a design.

Please read and pray.  Thank you!

MY FIRST NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL

Lucinda Berry Hill, author of “Coffee with Jesus”& “A Second Cup with Jesus” © 2015

I’m sitting in this hospital bed looking for a pen.

I asked for my phone, some number, and oh yes,

My glasses.

But how could I forget a pen and some paper?

I am a writer, after all!

So I pray.

I pray that God will help my daughter sleep.

That she won’t feel tears in her eyes like I am,

And wonder where they’re coming from.

But that He’ll give her peace and help her sleep.

I pray that my husband will be comforted.

I know being in this hospital must bring back memories

Of the last time he saw his beautiful mother.

I pray for the person out in the hall.

Whoever works a mop at 12:00 at night needs prayers.

How do I know it’s a mop?

I’ve been professional cleaning for over 27 years.

I know a mop when I hear one.

And oh, those trash bags!!!

So, I pray for them.

Maybe they’re paying for college,

Maybe their little ones are home in bed.

Maybe they like the night shift.

Praying for all possibilities out in the hallway.

I hear someone nearby faintly crying.

I pray for their comfort

And the comfort of their loved ones at home.

I pray for my mom, 400 miles away;

I know as a mom now myself, she’s hurting.

I pray for her comfort.

I pray that maybe my night in the hospital

Will reunite some estranged family members.

I wonder what’s going on with me.

Is God gonna make me better than I was when I came in?

Will I have my strength back,

Being able to live a better and more vibrant life than before?

And then I wonder,

If it were my time to go,

(I’m sitting by myself in a hospital bed, of course I’m gonna go there)…

And I say yes!

My daughter is my main concern,

And if I don’t have her covered,

I can rest assured my God does!

She couldn’t be in better hands.

I know she will have a beautiful life.

Maybe not with beautiful things and people,

But with God’s beautiful,

With love, joy, peace and hope!

And then “she” enters;

A pretty young girl coming to draw more blood,

Part of an every 2 hour cycle.

And she asks,

“Do you need anything while I’m here?”

I said, with a giggle, “Do you have a pen?”

She did and said I could keep it.

Good thing, because I had a lot to write about and then

I prayed the Lord would keep her in His hands also.

I did a lot of praying that night

For so many people I didn’t even know;

And when in pain

I sang with Jesus.

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Lucinda, this is my favorite writing to date!  You are in my prayers, sweet friend!  May God richly bless you!  ❤

 

 

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2 CHRONICLES 7:14 ON 7/14

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Bible is known as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.), and of all the instructions in there, these are, in my opinion, the most important ones of all.  In America, we have become the most torn, divided, weak, ungodly nation.  We need to humble ourselves before God and pray with humble hearts and spirits, asking forgiveness for wrong attitudes, seeking His answers.  He promises to heal our land…  but there’s something we have to do first.

AMERICA'S IN HIS HAND

So often we are tempted to seek answers from other sources.  Just today I watched an advertisement on television for physic readings.  Of course, they cost $1 per minute, but promise that all your answers will be revealed to you in the reading.

We must seek answers for ourselves and our nation from a higher being – God!  We don’t need to speak with people who read stars – but to God who made them!  Putting all pride aside, humbly bow before the heavenly Father with no hidden agenda – but a genuine desire for His wisdom for our future.  Humility is something you can fake before other people, but remember, it’s not something that you can fake in front of God.  He already knows your heart before you begin to pray.

Do Americans even admit to wrongdoing anymore?  Do we feel any degree of shame?  Do we say the word SIN?  Is everything just a mistake… an OOPS – as we half-heartedly laugh it off?  Is God laughing at sin?  I don’t think so.

There’s a reward for faithfulness…  He will HEAL our Land!  Does it need healed?  Do we understand that if we do this – He will do that?  Do we care?  Does it matter?  Hello…  is this thing on?

Here’s what trips us up…  TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS…  we don’t WANT to do that because we’re having too much fun!  There’s even debate among Christians as to what IS considered sinful these days!  Are there consequences to sin?  You have to ask?  Look around you.  Is it easy to walk the straight and narrow?  Of course it isn’t.  Is it worth trying?  Well…  yeah.  The thing is, we have a loving and kind heavenly Father who will forgive our SIN in Jesus’ Name.  Every time we slip – He will forgive us – but we need to humble ourselves before Him and ask.

OK – so we have our B.I.B.L.E. and we’ve read the instructions to ensure that America gets healed by God – His promise to us.  What are we waiting for?   🙂

 

LUKE 5:31 ON 5/31

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Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”  – Luke 5:31 

I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss an issue.  When I attended church at a building with a group of people, I often heard this about church attendance:

You are not too bad to come in.  You are not too good to stay out. 

Ugh…  sometimes it is just a matter of not fitting in or feeling like an outcast.  It’s not about too bad or too good…  it’s about being a puzzle piece that tries to fit into the wrong puzzle.  I’m a puzzle piece without a puzzle.  I’m leaning on Dr. Jesus to help me find the right puzzle.

Dr. Jesus is on-call 24/7 for all the sick.  All who need His love, care, compassion and Salvation.

When your soul was saved by Jesus, did anything change?  That’s a question I’ve heard time and again.  Did you get wings?  Well, yes – in a way you probably did get wings – in your soul.  Dr. Jesus did that for you!  The moment you gave your life to Christ, you felt lighter and wanted to smile all the time.  You looked the brightest you’ve ever looked.  I know – me too!

Dr. Jesus does more than save souls – He keeps them safe and filled with joy!  He does a better job than the tea tree oil in Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo!

Healing of hearts, souls and minds…  Dr. Jesus is interested in us.  He cares about our lives and wants to help us.

Once Dr. Jesus has helped us, it’s up to us to let others know He wants to help them too.  If the thought of witnessing makes you break out in a cold sweat, you’re not alone.  It really comes down to sharing the best thing that’s ever happened to you – with someone else.  Suddenly it’s not as scary.  Dr. Jesus will help you.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

This reminds us of our responsibility to humble ourselves before Almighty God.  We cannot expect healing to come to our nation apart from obedience to God through His Holy Word.

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?  – Brad Johnston

We believe that when God is in the midst, nothing is impossible.  No problem is too great for Him.  Seasons of distress, uncertainty and hardship call for faithful, fervent prayer by God’s people.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.  – Psalm 33:12

We pray this prayer together in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord:

Almighty God, You have given us this good land for our heritage. We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will. Bless our land with honorable endeavor, sound learning and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitude brought here out of many nations and tongues. Endow with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in Your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Your law we may show forth Your praise among the nations on earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble do not allow our trust in You to fail. Amen.

~~ by Thomas Jefferson, taken from “Prayers for Today,” published by Leaflet Missal Co.

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  – I Timothy 2:1-2

GOD HEARS ALL

 We pray for healing, peace, solidarity of purpose, wisdom and freedom in America.  🙂

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

I was only 2 years old then.  Toddling around, blissfully unaware of the need for civil rights in this country, unaware of something called war, or as they liked to call it, conflict in Vietnam.  From the photos I saw on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, I’d say it was war, but what does a toddler know?MLK QUOTE (3)Mine was the generation that underwent mandatory desegregation.  Many families, both black and white, no longer saw grade point average as a priority, but were more concerned about whether their son or daughter would be on the “list” to be bussed across town to attend school.  It was a true concern for parents.  I was never on the list, not that it mattered.  I was busy with my own kind of integration program.  It was nice because it came so naturally – I love friendships that God creates, don’t you?

My best friend was Johnette, the P.E. teacher’s daughter.  We met in Bible club at school.  I loved hanging out with her because she loved Jesus and knew His wonderful law.  We talked and laughed and sang Sunday School songs together.   We had a common bond that could not keep us apart because we both loved Jesus.  It was Johnette’s character I adored and wanted to be around.  She never had a bad day and wore a big smile on her face!

You know, I don’t know to this day if Johnette rode a bus to school or not.  Was she part of the social experiment?  I don’t know.  I assume (and yes, I know what that means) she was in the neighborhood around the school since her mom worked there.  I don’t know – and I don’t care!  Johnette and I were best friends.  Nobody made us spend time together, but I believe God allowed us to cross paths.  For that gift, I will always be grateful.

No matter what a person’s race is, it is their character that will shine and attract others.  Johnette and I were friends in Christ.  We sharpened each other’s iron and grew to be very close friends.  She is African-American and I’m so Caucasian I can’t even pay to get a good tan.

Color blindness begins with me – and I refuse to see anything but a person’s character.  It should be our common like-mindedness that binds us in the Lord and nothing else.  I have brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all have a unique quirk especially from Him.  We look for that quirk in each other – that is when we begin to sharpen each other’s iron – and that is when great things for God begin to happen. 

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wish I could have found the entire episode, but here is the last part of “Black Like Monica” from the CBS series, “Touched By An Angel”.  I hope you get a chance to watch the whole thing.  Monica was in a situation where she was a black human being for one day – but what a lesson she learned.

The Color of racism is fear.  – Monica, Touched by an Angel

I believe if we can keep our communication honest instead of ugly, God can help any relationship improve and eventually heal, don’t you?  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (13)It’s cold and flu season again!  I hope everyone in your family is well, but it’s a good idea to have a great recipe for chicken noodle soup or chicken and noodles.  It’s a mystery, but something in the broth makes you feel better almost instantly!

Here’s our favorite recipe for chicken and noodles:

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles (serves 8)

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can chicken stock

1 package egg noodles (16 oz. bag)

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Place the chicken breasts in a 6-qt. slow cooker, then add the soups and stock
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and turn the heat setting to low.  Cook for 8 hours
  • Boil 1 bag of egg noodles according to the package directions
  • While the noodles are boiling, shred the chicken with two forks, directly in the crock pot
  • Drain the cooked noodles, add to the slow cooker, and gently stir.  Cover the crock pot and continue to heat on low for 15 minutes before serving.  Add some parsley for color if you want to.

When we’re sick we surely don’t mean to share, but there are just viruses going around this year.  Part of taking care of yourself is to feed your body what it needs.  Make sure you also take your meds and get plenty of rest.  It’s not always easy to declare to everyone around you that you’re going to bed for an undetermined amount of time until you feel better, but that’s part of what it takes to feel better.

Sleep has restorative properties.  We don’t give it the credit it deserves in our society.  We’re so determined to tough it out – working through it instead of taking a time-out.  I give you permission…  if you feel sick, please give yourself a time-out.  🙂

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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ALOE VERA FOR MY SOUL
I’m one of the lucky ones. I was blessed with the kind of skin that will not tan in the summertime. Nope, I go straight from lily-white to lobster red! Do not pass “GO”, do not collect $200 – go directly to Lobster Jail! I have a truckload of Aloe Vera gel beside the gauze bandages – and I know how to use them. My poor burned skin needs immediate relief and nothing takes the sting out of a burn quite like Aloe Vera gel.

Have you ever done your best and been misunderstood? The best of intentions do not guarantee the best results. The sooner you can forgive wrongs done to you the better. Making allowances for others is part of Christian maturity. We all have off days and can come across as rude or insensitive at times.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15

Whether you are angry or have hurt feelings, forgiveness is essential for true healing to take place. I think of these times as strength training. Much like a person trains physically, we as Christians need to make sure our relationships with others remain good so our relationship with God can be the way it should be.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

Sometimes we are insulted or more often “teased” because of our faith in God through Christ. It seems unfair and unjustified, but it’s at those times we need to rise above it and show God’s love in return. Many times we are jabbed with a stick just to see what we’re really made of. We get tested like that by non-Christians. Our witness needs to be at its best then because non-Christians don’t understand what we’re about, and we dare not blow our witness. Take it – then run to Jesus for His Aloe Vera gel. He will apply it to the burns you’ve suffered.

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. – Billy Graham

We all need the Aloe Vera of God’s love. That’s why it’s so important to have daily quiet time with the Lord. God covers us with His love and forgiveness so we can share His love and forgiveness with others. ❤