Monthly Archives: April 2010

Worry into wonder…

Are you worrying about something right now?

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 25:6-34…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty good at worrying sometimes, especially if I’m concerned about the well-being of my kids.

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Prodigal Love

“The suddenly there dawns upon us the vast, entire endowment of God’s free love and forgiveness…It is this which bowls us over…frees us…transforms us.” Paul Tournier

Saved by Grace.

Christians throw that phrase around to express their faith, but do they really know what Grace is? I’ve come to a deeper appreciation and revelation about God’s Grace. It’s so amazing, even my seven-year-old is still too young to understand it’s power and meaning.

I’ve come to understand through my own Christian walk the difference between Grace and Mercy in these simple terms:

Grace is getting some reward I don’t deserve. Mercy is being forgiven or pardoned from a wrong I did and a punishment I deserve.

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Hardest to Love

I keep a book at my desk titled, On Things That Really Matter, by H. Jackson Brown Jr. It is filled with thoughts and quotes. Whenever I find myself with a case of writer’s block, I flip open this little book and find words of inspiration. Today’s words came from an unnamed seventy nine year old individual: I’ve learned that . . . children need loving the most when they are the hardest to love.

That is a truism for everyone! I believe we each need the most love when we are the hardest to love. How blessed we are that God’s love is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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Hold on to Your Fork

This was a true story in my family. A distant cousin of mine was failing physically. He knew he hadn’t been doing well and probably had not long to live. He and my mom were talking about things one day and this cousin, who was a godly man and ready to go and meet His Savior, told my mom he wanted to be buried with his fork in his hand.

Why?

When he was growing up, they went to his Grandma’s for Sunday dinner. As the meal was being finished and plates were being cleared, sometimes Grandma would say the words everyone wanted to hear, “Hold on to your fork.” The family all liked to hear this because they knew that meant Grandma had made dessert that Sunday and they needed to keep the fork for the good things that were coming.

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He Is Risen

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Matthew 28:5-6

I have often tried to imagine that moment. The tidal wave of emotions that had to have flooded over the women.
* Fear – afterall it wasn’t everyday they met angels.
* Joy – that Jesus was alive!
* Anticipation – of seeing Him again.
* Doubt – that this was real and not just a dream or hallucination.

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Keeping It Simple

All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86:9-10

Have you thought about your purpose lately? Pastor Rick Warren has invited many of us to examine our purpose and allow it to guide our day. He says that we have been made for five purposes: 1. God’s Pleasure. 2. God’s Family. 3. To Be Christ-like. 4. To Serve God. 5. Missions.

I have determined that for me it comes down to only one purpose: To glorify God!

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