EAT ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

TL 2-18 EAT ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFASTICE CREAM FOR BREAKFASTWhat is your favorite flavor???  Strawberry, vanilla, chocolate – or maybe all three – NEAPOLITAN!  I am eating a bowl of low-fat, no sugar added mint chocolate chip from my local Braum’s store.  Oh, it’s good!   While eating ice cream for breakfast is such a great idea, the most important part of this is WHY I’m eating ice cream for breakfast – and why you should too…

I invite you to click on the link below to find out more about this great holiday – and it would be a great idea to contribute to a children’s hospital such as St. Jude’s today – and give in honor of one of the children they are helping there.

https://eaticecreamforbreakfast.com/

In the comments below, let me know what flavor ice cream you are having for breakfast this morning – and who you’re eating it in honor of.

My special little person is Bella.  Her daddy is a minister here in Wichita.  My friend attends their church and reports that the whole church is praying in faith and trusting in our Lord to heal this little girl…  she’s a precious and brave little soldier she has so much faith!

Sometimes her counts will be down so she’ll come to church wearing a mask with her hands raised up high praising the Lord she’s such an inspiration to us all.   – Denna Bowmaker

Bella was diagnosed at 18 months old with a brain tumor.  They did surgery when she was 22 months old to take as much of the tumor out as they safely could.  Since the tumor is attached to the optic nerve, the entire tumor could not be removed surgically.  She’s gone through several rounds of chemo in her young life.  At times the tumor stops growing.  Unfortunately, it’s currently growing so she is going back to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennessee for more chemotherapy.

Recently the enzyme levels in her liver were elevated so they had to stop chemo.  Once they get the levels back to normal they resume treatment.

Her church family is constantly lifting her to God in prayer.  They even wear shirts!  Isn’t that great?12439263_1092000810831817_1893896791231558060_nThe photo is dark – but it says, FIGHT AGAINST BRAIN CANCER BECAUSE I NEED BELLA IN MY LIFE – SUPPORTING BELLA’S BATTLE.

Please visit BELLA’S BATTLE on facebook!  There are photos and updates from Bella’s parents.  Above all, please join your prayers with ours – because our God is the GREAT PHYSICIAN!

https://www.facebook.com/BellasBattle/?fref=ts

As I enjoy ice cream, I’m thinking of her, praying for her and hoping that God will touch this sweet six-year-old and heal her.  She’s so brave and has such BIG faith!

https://www.stjude.org/

May God richly bless you as you bless these little ones.  We overlook so many blessings and take for granted that which many of these children would appreciate so much.  The health we enjoy (although yes as we get older we creak and pop) is what these children would consider a miracle in their lives.  Do you have a child who is in good health?  Give thanks and make a donation to St. Jude to help those families who are concentrating on regaining good health for their child.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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LUKE 7:13 ON 7/13

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When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”  – Luke 7:13

I love the writings of Dr. Luke!  He observes and writes about the awesome and tender moments between Jesus and women.  The compassion that our LORD extends to us goes beyond any other, and there are times when I need to read these accounts and be reminded that there is a friend who sticks  closer than a brother.  He loves me above anything that I can ask or think.  He knows me better than anyone.  He comforts my aching soul and encourages me with the words, “Don’t cry.”

I wish Jesus could come and sit beside me and hold my hand – I mean really hold my hand, you know?  But we heard him say He would not leave us alone, didn’t we?  Before He ascended to heaven, we heard Him say He would leave His Holy Spirit with us.  It is His Holy Spirit that tells us that it’s going to be okay – and we need to stay strong until the end.

Can you imagine the grief of this mother?  Her only son was being carried out – dead.  She feels so hopeless and can’t believe this is happening to her again.  Dr. Luke said that she is already a widow – so she has gone through the funeral for her husband.

The good doctor tells us that there is a sizeable crowd from the city weeping with her.  We’re thankful for neighbors and friends when we suffer loss, aren’t we?  They were there to support her, and she’s so glad because she apparently has no other family left.

Then there’s verse 13 – When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

The story doesn’t end there…  Jesus was not finished yet.

And He (Jesus) came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”

This mother got her son back.  She was no longer alone, but better still, she and the large crowd witnessed first-hand the miracle that Jesus performed.  He went about doing good to glorify His Father in heaven.

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So hear God’s Holy Spirit speak to your spirit today…  don’t cry.  God has every situation under control.  We’re broken today – but one day in heaven, we will be whole and together.  🙂

 

 

BUTTERFLY AWARENESS DAY

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On a September afternoon long ago, I was made aware of butterflies.  I knew that God sent miracles on request because He loves us.  Today is BUTTERFLY AWARENESS DAY!!!  Thank You, God, for butterflies and the joy they bring.

In those moments where I’ve thought, ‘I need a sign,’ a butterfly appears, whether it’s a real one, an image on a T-shirt or a tattoo on a waiter’s neck.  – Roma Downey

I spent a week with my mom in the hospital.  On high doses of morphine for pain, she was blissfully unaware of anything, sleeping.  I sat and thought, “This is it.  I have to say goodbye now.”  I put Vaseline on her lips once in a while and tried to focus on a book.  I think I read each page about ten times.  I couldn’t think about what I was reading.  My mama was dying, and my life was about to change in so many ways.

Prayer:  The world’s greatest wireless connection.  – @JesusGraces on Twitter

You know, those phone calls you get at 3 am?  Those phone calls are never the Publisher’s Clearing House letting you know you won.  They are never good news.  No – and if someone passes in the night, what good does it really do to wake the family while they are sleeping and fortunately unaware of what has transpired?  Can this news not wait until the next morning?  At any rate, the phone call came.  My mother went home.

Her home going celebration was simple, as she wanted.  She was never one for fancy doings.  I knew what to do because she told me many times.  What dress she wanted to be buried in and what kind of flowers to order.  It was as if I was just carrying out the orders she’d given me.  I did it without much effort because I was so numb.  I tried not to think about the fact that I’d never get to have a talk over tea with her again on this earth.  I couldn’t think about that.  There would be time to grieve later.  Right now – details.  I have to attend to the details.  It must be right.  I had to make her proud.

At the viewing, friends and family were kind.  I just kept thinking I wanted to jump in that casket with her.  Dive right in there and go with her.  They frown on that though – turns out those caskets are made for one.  They don’t do twofer funerals.  So I moved on to plan B.  Wait…  what was plan B?  Oh…  well – prayer.  I prayed.  I prayed for a sign.

Dear God,

I am so sad today.  Would you mind just sending me a small sign to let me know that You are here and that you still love me – and that mama’s ok?  Thank You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God answered that little prayer.  I looked up from praying and saw some turquoise blue butterflies right around the bouquet of turquoise blue hydrangeas I arranged in a large vase beside the casket.  I’ve never seen turquoise blue butterflies in Kansas before – and I have not seen them since that day.  It’s my very special sign from God that everything is alright – with me – and with my mom.

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Oh – did I mention that the dress my mom wanted to be buried in was a turquoise blue dress?  Did I also mention that turquoise blue was her favorite color?  And – all of my family and friends honored that sweet woman by wearing turquoise blue to her graveside service.  Yes – God made sure those butterflies were the perfect color.  Don’t even try to persuade me that there is no God – and that He does not care deeply for His children.  I know better.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A DIFFICULT PRAYER
Some prayers come so easily. The prayers of thanksgiving just sort of flow in an effortless fashion. Thanking God for the bounty He provides is so easy! Praying on the behalf of those who are ill is not even that hard. The prayer of repentance is a bit more difficult because that is hitting mighty close to home. There’s one even more difficult prayer to pray and that is the one that says, “Lord, change ME.”

Everyone has an ego. I don’t care who you are, there is some degree of ego. We don’t like to think that we are the problem. We like to think that we live our lives in such a way that we are the contributors, the do-gooders and the peacemakers. The fact is, sometimes it is not the other person who needs the adjustment, but sometimes… it’s me. I need to change an attitude or a behavior or something.

It’s true, and it’s painful. No matter what relationship it is, work, church, school, even more personal relationships like marriage or a sibling or a parent – sometimes we need to pray “Lord, change ME.”

Without going into detail, I know for a fact that little three-word prayer works. God takes that heart-felt prayer and performs what I consider to be a real miracle with it! And, the funny thing is, the more often you pray it, the easier it gets to pray it! That ego just begins to shrink and there’s a sort of attitude “shift” that takes place. The other person gets viewed not as a problem, but as someone who you need to understand better. In order to understand where they are coming from, you need God to tweak your sense of understanding toward them. LORD, CHANGE ME.

I love how God works and the prayers He uses. It’s our willingness to let our ego shrink and accept the fact that we need an attitude adjustment from God that allows God to do the work. Once that concept becomes clear, it’s not a difficult prayer to pray. At first, it’s probably the most difficult prayer you’ll ever pray. Don’t give up, just try it and see if God doesn’t perform a real miracle for you too. ❤

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have promised – look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as You said.” – Judges 6:36-37

WHEN YOU PUT DOWN A FLEECE

My parents were great people. Our family was law-abiding and church going. One day in the early 1980’s that all changed. There was a very evil split in our church and my parents decided to never darken the doors of another church. I was grown and out of the house by then, but the trauma was real nonetheless.

No one knows better than I that it’s not necessary to have your name on a church roll to have your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. My parents had not attended church for several years when my dad got sick. When he died on November 3, 1988, I had some questions about where he was spending eternity. Of course I wanted to believe he was in heaven. I suppose I should have accepted on faith that he was there.

We received the call that my daddy had passed at 3:00am (those 3am calls are never good news!) When we got home from the hospital, I decided to stay overnight with my mama so she would not have to be alone. When mama finally got to sleep, I began to earnestly cry out to God. I let Him know – my faith was not enough – I needed a sign from Him.

The next morning I went to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee for us. As I turned to look at the anniversary clock I gave my folks for their 40th wedding anniversary, I noticed it had stopped running. That clock ran well for nearly ten years and I thought it was odd that it should stop now. I think my real thought was, “Oh great!”

I still get chills when I think about it. I looked at the time on the clock. It stopped at 3:00am.

I know many scholars think that throwing down a fleece is a complete lack of faith. I know better. Throwing down a fleece to gain reassurance from God is not the same as throwing it down to discern the Will of God, as Gideon did. I know that God knows what I need and when I need it. He knew my faith was weak at that time. He knew I needed a sign to reassure me that my daddy was safe with Him. I’m not the type of person who just goes around asking God for signs all the time. I know that we walk by faith and not by sight. But God knew I needed to know. I’ve never questioned since that day that my daddy is in heaven. Thank You, LORD! ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Dick Van Dyke is uninjured after his Jaguar caught fire while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway.

I read that he was laughing and cracking jokes with the off-duty firefighter that pulled him from his burning car!!! This man is amazing – and what a great attitude he has!

I agreed with his thesis that God was not an all-powerful “cosmic superman” looking down from the penthouse as much as He was Love.”  – Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

There is an old saying that you will reap what you sow. That does not mean that bad things will not happen, but it does mean that if you are living right (good clean livin’), when those bad things do happen, God is going to take care of you.

You can spread jelly on the peanut butter but you can’t spread peanut butter on the jelly.
– Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business    

This is the most clear-cut example of the rewards that come with good clean livin’ that I’ve ever seen! I have been a fan of Dick Van Dyke’s for decades! While I don’t want to portray the man as a saint, I would be very quick to say that he has always entertained us with no hint of compromise on his part. His integrity and moral judgment in choosing roles has always been above-board. Not many people would take the time to thank him – but I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU, Mr. Van Dyke – for being the funniest entertainer ever – and keeping it clean and wholesome without getting downright cheesy.

I am so glad he was not hurt! Thankful too for the guys who stopped to pull him to safety! God surely had His hand in it – no doubt!

May God continue to send His angels to watch over you!