His Breath

The last sentence of this quote made me cry!  God is love – He’s not like love…  He IS love, yet to Him, I’m so beautiful that I take HIS breath away???  Wow…  just WOW!  Little ol’ me does that?  Incredible!  Thank You, Lord! 

Sometimes I do sort of think of God as a sort of “Wizard of Oz” kind of computerized being in the sky.  I know we’re made in His image, so why I think He may be computerized – I have no idea.  I blame it on living in Kansas.  I’ve actually walked that yellow brick road and have seen the movie a gazillion times.

In reality, our God is a loving and compassionate God.  He’s higher than us, yes – always.  His angels are a little higher than us – but He is way higher – that’s why we worship Him.  He alone is worthy of all our praise!

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  – Romans 5:8

I taught Kindergarten children in Sunday School for a long time.  I’ve probably heard every “How come” question you can think of.  How come grass is green?  I usually answered that ours is brown and the neighbor’s is green.  I don’t know the answers to most simple questions they ask.  The most difficult question is, how old is God?

How old is God???  Try explaining the inexplicable to kids with attention spans the size of sugar ants.  I never had to answer the question because by the time I gave it some thought, they’re ready to move on to something else – the puzzle or the flannel board.  Frankly, I’m thankful for the attention span of a small child!  I remember thinking, “Whew!  Dodged that bullet!”

I’m so thankful for God’s love toward His children.  I’m thankful for childlike faith because we all have questions – some will be answered on this side of Heaven, but so many will not.  May we know when to press for answers and when to set the question aside and accept that we won’t get answers until we get to Heaven – and probably by then, it won’t matter what the answer is.

Wow!  I’m beautiful to God…  that’s probably the most encouraging bit of news I’ve heard so far this year!  You’re beautiful to God too.  You take His breath away!  Yep, you do!  🙂

 

 

 

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ECCLESIASTES 11:6 ON 11/6

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Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.  – Ecclesiastes 11:6

As tempting as it is to snuggle under the comforter and sleep until spring…  we can’t do that.  We have seed to sow and work for our hands to do.  As Solomon says, we don’t know if the seed will grow or die – and we don’t know if the work our hands find to do will prove to be successful – but we do know if we give up…  nothing will be accomplished.  That’s not good and God’s not pleased.bless-others

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Some commentaries associate the morning to youth and the evening to older folks.  The same rule of thumb applies – we work ’til Jesus comes!  We don’t do the same type of ministry in our 50’s that we did in our 20’s – that’s just the way it is.  There are more challenges as we age, but it’s not an excuse to quit.  Regardless of your age, you can ask the Lord to open doors of opportunity for you.  There’s work to be done, and maybe you’re the one for the job.

I’ve had such fun trying new ways to minister to others.  I like to write and help other writers by making designs, guest writing and ghost writing.  BOO!  😀

So even though the days are shorter and darkness falls so much earlier now, pray for ministry opportunities.  God will give your hands work to do for Him.today-is-tomorrow

A ministry doesn’t have to be large, it just has to be sincere.  Serving others for Christ is all that matters.  If you’re singing at a nursing home or helping in a homeless shelter or whatever your hands find to do…  do your best!  Trust that God will provide the increase through your efforts.dowhat-you-can

I have friends who have gone overseas to do mission work.  Sometimes I think, “Wow…  that is really putting feet to your faith!”  But do I know how much many seeds I sow decide to grow?  NO!  I write what I’m led to write and leave the rest up to God.  Isn’t that what a ministry or a mission does, whether it’s in the U.S. or abroad?  I’m so much more contented and focused in my ministry when I stop comparing the importance of my ministry to that of others.14962614_1839527242958404_872399760063475835_n

Be open to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit…  and you will be amazed (and a little surprised) at what may happen next.  It may become the great adventure of your life!  🙂

2 SAMUEL 7:21 ON 7/21

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For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.  – 2 Samuel 7:21

Here are verses 18-21 (MSG):

 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you’ve let me in on it.  2 Samuel 7:18-21

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The sake of God’s word…  what is more solid than that?  God’s humble servant has low thought of his own merits as he prays from his heart.  He is thankful to God for making him king of Israel and blessing his future and future generations with things that are freely given of God.

God is so near and wanting to lead you in His marvelous way.  He wants to “let you in on it…”  (v. 21).  How do we respond to His presence in our lives?

Do we acknowledge the promises of God?  Are we truly grateful for all the wonderful and miraculous things He does in our lives?  I wonder if we even stop to notice most of them.  When we are suddenly impressed to zig instead of zag – and can’t put our finger on the exact reason – do we ever stop to think that it might be A GOD THING?

Many times we don’t stop right in the moment to thank God for His divine intervention in our lives.  I know that I often thank God in hindsight – after the time has passed – sometimes a long while afterwards…  I’ll be sitting quietly, just thinking back.  It will hit me just how closely God stayed to me during difficult days.  I cry out and thank Him for looking out for me.

I thank Him for the friends He sends my way just when I need them.  I thank Him for working every step out for me before I take it.  He walks ahead of me and clears the path.  He works all things out for my good and I wouldn’t change the relationship I have with the Lord for anything this world has to offer!

Angels watch over me and God’s Holy Spirit leads me through life situations and circumstances I know would be impossible for me to get through without Him.  He sees me through and blesses my life.  His provision is perfect, and  I thank Him for loving me so much!  🙂

 

 

NO SALT DAY

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The week of October third through the tenth is NO SALT WEEK. The emphasis, of course, is to make us think before we pick up the salt shaker and begin mindlessly pouring salt on our eggs in the morning before even tasting them. We all know someone who does that – maybe you do that. But the idea of no salt made me think of a familiar Bible verse on the subject.

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
– Matthew 5:13

To have a salty personality is to be bold and strong. My dad was in the Navy with a guy who earned the nickname “Salty”. He wears it as a badge of honor that his buddies gave him. Salty people influence others the most. They are the ones that leave a lasting impression, whether good or bad. They stand by their principles and won’t back down. A stubborn streak runs through them and no amount of debate will change their minds. They are admired and followed by people because they are usually so sure of themselves and their belief system. They attract others – and that’s a good thing.

I used to put a salt lick out for Grandpa Frank’s horses, goats and cattle. If you’ve ever tried to move a salt lick, you know how solid, strong and secure the block is. Salt in large doses is very heavy and very solid. There is a place for salt in large doses, but that one block can take care of a lot of animals at the same time.

It just takes one LULU THE PIG to bust up the goat party! LOL!!!

From a distance I watched as the horses and cattle enjoyed the salt lick. They walked up to it as expected, but once in a while, a wild deer or other critter would find it too! Salt is attractive but must be tempered with sugar to be effective and helpful to others. If the salty people of God are going to reach out to the lost with the good news of Christ, we must sprinkle some sincere compassion and understanding – some sugar, in with the boldness of the salt. The cornerstone of our message is Christ and He loved everyone.

Besides, I am more attracted to a salty-sweet friendship than a salty one, aren’t you? I’m not suggesting that we let go of the salt, but I hope we never let it overpower the sugar.

I think I made myself hungry for a salty-sweet snack! 😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A FERVENT PRAYER

In the Bible, God’s Holy Word, New Testament, book of James chapter 5 verse 16, we are reminded that fervent prayer makes things happen. How fervent are your prayers and how frequently do you pray that way?

Have you been praying for a lost loved one? Does it feel like nothing is really happening in your life? Try praying with intensity of spirit. Pray with spunk. No, that was spunk, not skunk. There is enough stinkin’ thinkin’ in this society, thank you.

God is the only one who really knows when you pour your whole spirit into your prayers. You could act like you are around me and I would not know differently. I’m easily fooled, but God is not. I hate to tell you this, but He can tell if you are sincere. If there is sincerity, love and faith along with the words you pray to the Father, then back up because something is going to happen! Yes, I said back up. Get out of God’s way because you’ve asked Him to handle something, so quit trying to handle it. Be still, believe He’s got it, let go and let Him have it.

Pray like the prophet Elijah. If you have a sincere loving and faithful spirit, God will hear and answer your prayers.

Genesis 32:26 gives us Jacob’s instructive prayer to. God: “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” This is the type of persistence needed in our prayer life. So often we have a need and either do not ask because we lack faith, or we ask with a wrong attitude. We go into prayer with the thought that God won’t do anything anyway, so why even ask? We ask with a confidence in our God. Remember all the times He saw you through in the past? How can you possibly doubt that God will see you through when you need Him now? Don’t give up on the ones you are praying for because in heaven’s eyes there are no losers and no hopeless causes. There are just people and we are amazed by God’s amazing grace once we find it. ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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So that’s what they were filming in Lawrence, KS in the 1950’s.  Huh…

When I was little my mom used to tease me because I was so observant. I don’t know if it’s nature or nurture, but for some reason I have always been keenly aware of my surroundings. I make mental notes of tiny details and notice immediately when something has changed. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse when I see a picture hanging crooked and I am not at liberty to straighten it. That can drive me crazy!

I had some testing done yesterday which left me feeling a little under the weather. I didn’t feel like cooking so we went out for lunch after the appointment. We went to my favorite Chinese buffet because I had a craving for Lemon Chicken.

As the waitress seated us, I noticed that she did not speak much English. She knew how to say “table or booth” and “what to drink?” She spoke Chinese to the other workers and to another couple in the restaurant who were Chinese.

We were enjoying our lunch when I heard a different language being spoken right behind me. I wanted to turn around and look at the people, but mama always told me it was rude to turn around and stare at people behind you. When I was a kid I used to get in trouble for turning around in church to see who was sitting behind us (gee mom, I was just trying to be sociable).

I listened intently… it was Spanish. Now I was really curious. Then I heard something quite familiar – a baby crying! It was the Mexican couple’s child. It wasn’t just a baby’s cry – it was a newborn baby’s cry – that’s a distinct sound! No language barrier there!

Since it was a buffet, the Mexican couple did not have to give the waitress instructions. They took water from the pitcher on the buffet so there was not even a drink order. They went to get their food one at a time since obviously someone had to stay with the wee one.

The waitress came around to ask, “Everything Okay?” We politely nodded since our mouths were busy eating delicious food. Then she walked behind us to the Mexican couple. I heard her talking in the sweetest tone, her voice rising and lowering as though she was talking baby talk. She was making over the baby, but not in Spanish. She was speaking Chinese!

I’m sure the couple had no idea what the waitress was saying – but they knew it was a loving tone of voice. I could not see what was happening, but I heard a smile in her voice as she spoke. I could not stand it one more minute – I had to turn around and look! The waitress was smiling – I knew it! I think it’s the sweetest display of love I’ve ever seen! A smile and sweet tone of voice transcend all language, don’t they???

Now I know some of you are sitting there reading this saying, “Yeah, better tip for the waitress” but I honestly don’t think that was the motive for her actions! As I said, it was a buffet and most people don’t leave much of a tip for a waitress when it’s a buffet. I think she felt compelled to reach out and I’m glad she did. It doesn’t cost one thin dime to be nice to somebody. She could have just walked by, but chose to stop and dote on the newborn. It was so special. Thank you Lord for allowing me to observe genuine sweetness.

When I read the fortune inside my fortune cookie – that summed it up perfectly!

You need only to understand that it is not necessary to understand but only enjoy. 

WORLD FORGIVENESS DAY

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On the farm, it seems that honesty is second nature and a big part of honesty is granting forgiveness. It’s a simple life that demands little more than the golden rule. Just treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated. So why is that so difficult in some circles?

Today is WORLD FORGIVENESS DAY, and how much true forgiveness needs to happen in our world?  In our country?  In our state?  In our city?  In our community?  In my heart?

Ah – now we get down to the nitty-gritty – my heart.  If I do not forgive others their trespasses against me, God can not forgive my trespasses against Him.  I know these things yet I hold on to grudges and hurt feelings.  Until this head knowledge reaches my heart, it’s just more information I have stored that is of no use until acted upon.
I have to let it go – and pray every day that God will help me not ever take it back again.  How much happier would I be without any grudges or hurt feelings?  What if I could look back on the past and not feel like a knife is twisting in my back?  How great would that be?
I need God’s forgiveness for some pretty awful transgressions.  In order to get His forgiveness and be clean and fit for eternity, I need to forgive some folks and ditch some sinful behavior.  No, I’ll never be perfect – no one will.  That’s not to be an excuse for sinful behavior.  We don’t compare our lives to others, we compare our lives to the standard set by God Himself.  When I look at my life in the light of God’s Word, I am lacking.
I need to forgive others so God can forgive me.  So on this special day, I’m letting it go and embracing the freedom that only comes from good clean living and a clear conscience.  Oh, and God forgives me – hope you do too.
What are my sins?  Well – that’s ‘tween me and my maker.
When sins are confessed, there needs to be a change.

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