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Duct Tape Doesn’t Stick.

” When you pass and come back to let me know that I am not on the list to get into heaven then I will have a problem with my life and do some things differently

Such heartbreaking words.  Heartbreaking because they were received by a sister in Christ, from her sister in the world.  Such bitter, angry, words…from the unknowing, from the natural, and the carnal.

We are all called to tell of the love of Christ.  We are to make concentrated, purposeful efforts to reach those around us. — Our friends, our neighbors, our daily contacts, but perhaps the hardest ears to hear continue to be our blood relatives.  Continue reading

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Half Full.

half full or half empty? 

I found aNOTHER gray hair this morning!  It is a new one.  I know it because it was located further back than the other four I have found.

I’m in a “pickle” because I have always blamed each of the other four gray hairs on my children — one for each of them! 

Now…I guess I can name this one “Kenneth”.  (love you, dear!!)

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Not Spam.

 

Since my last post was about WordPress and the wonderful stats page showing search engine terms, etc., I thought it would also be fun to show you a little about the “Spam Catcher” aka Askismet.

WordPress has the capability to capture spammed comments sent to your blog.  It stores them and allows you to review and delete them before they are used to inundate posts with unnecessary comments.

What is funny about most of them to me is that   THEY MAKE NO SENSE WHATSOEVER!!!

When  you read most of them, it seems to be groups of words thrown together that make no sense at all.

 For instance, here is one I received today: 

“Hay!!! best link for you to good night a resource is a class !!! if yet admin replied to letter which I wrote him much scorched tem here spam all right I went away to meeting”

Ha, Ha! and….Ha!    See what I mean?  It is hilarious to read them 🙂  I don’t think if I was the “admin” that I would reply to his letter either!! lol

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Mathematical 2.

(faith   + v  + k  + sc  + p  + G  + bk  + l) = (F x 2)

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith…”

What is faith?  Why is faith so important?  Faith in Who?  Where is faith at work?  How and when did you come to understand the importance of faith?

The basis of our hope and security…the foundation of our future…the beginning of our spiritual walk with Christ  — it must be faith.

In order to begin answering our mathematical equation, we should first understand that you can’t add to something that’s not there.  The verse above said to “add to our faith”, which means that faith is the foundation of our inheritance.   Without it, we cannot know God, the things of God, nor the purpose of our life in God. 

I expect that many of you reading this today have already made a decision to accept the free gift of salvation offered by our Savior, Jesus Christ.  However, I don’t want to proceed any further without making sure.  If you have not done this, I implore you to take a moment to pause……….God is giving you another opportunity to hear the greatest of news!   Faith in God is where it all begins.

Faith starts small and simple…confessing our sin, and believing that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to take the punishment for our sin.  Like a newborn baby drinks milk from a bottle, salvation is easy to digest (free and available), does not need chewing (no special works required), and satisfies our hunger (is permanent, filling us with the gift of life). 

From there it takes root, and starts to grow when we apply God’s Word to our lives.  At some point, we move from “milk” to “meat”.  We begin desiring more and more of God and His Word.  We crave knowledge and wisdom as only God can provide.  We read the bible, understand our purpose and calling, and live our lives in obedience to God.   The more we persevere, the more we step out of our “box”, the more we reach out to others, exhibit the characteristics of Christ, and grow our personal relationship with the Lord, the bigger our faith grows. 

Hebrews, chapter 11, defines faith as “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”   The chapter goes on to list many people in biblical times who accomplished great things for the kingdom of God.  Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses lived on the earth long ago, yet have something very much in common with today’s people —they, too, had to believe in the “unseen”.  Verse 13 says that they “all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”  If we all could just do these three things with our faith, we could surely move mountains!

A pastor once defined faith as:     

  1. Being sure God is who He says He is, and

  2. Being certain that God will do exactly what He promised He would do.

Another definition I have heard is: “Believing — no matter what the outcome or circumstance, and acting upon it.”

Faith requires action — even when you don’t like or know the outcome.  When tested through trial and affliction, faith should strengthen and grow.  A faith that stands still becomes stagnant.

If you left the earth today, what would be said of your faith?  Imagine the inscription on your tombstone, or a line in your eulogy — how would it fill these blanks?

“By faith,      (insert your name)     , when he/she was tested,        (did what?)     .

How are you exercising your faith today?  Are you regularly reading the bible?  Are  you talking to your friends, family, and neighbors about Christ?  Are you making an effort to further your relationship with God?  Do you whine and complain when God wants you to do something?  Do you rationalize or ignore your way out of the responsibilities of the “Great Commission”? 

I ask you to examine your faith today.  Look closely to see what “cracks” are in it, and allow God to make the needed repairs.  Know that “without faith, it’s impossible to please God” Hebrews 11:6, and be diligent in faith to add the next piece of our equation…

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Mathematical.

How many math buffs do we have out there?  Do you remember when your high school teacher explained that the algebra, geometry, and calculus you were learning was going to be very useful after graduation in the “real world”?!  ha ha  Ok….SOME of it is, right?!

As a banker, I used quite a bit of math.   As a homemaker, I find that it is equally practical.  I now add and count to 2 every time I match socks, subtract hours of missed sleep, multiply one chicken into five meals, and am learning to divide my time between four children, a husband, extended family, and many wonderful friends. 

Word problems are when my five year old comes home from school sharing his new-found vocabulary!  Then, there’s the constant search for the missing equation….the need for more time to make the triangle between the grocery store, Wal-Mart, and the donut shop! 

I constantly work on figuring out how to inspire the high school girls in my Sunday School class to spend even a fraction of their time reading their bible each week.  Since I never have time to bake, I figure that “pi” is found in the bakery department, but….I have most importantly learned that the common denominator is my morning cup of coffee (and my Lord, of course)!

How about that?…Our teachers WERE right!  Math is important, and is used in pretty much everything we do!  God also uses math to teach us life lessons —He is mathematical in His admonition to grow in faith. 

So…for a while, I will be posting the answer to the following equation:

 (  + v  + k  + sc  + p  + G  + bk  + l) = (F x 2)

It will be a series of 10 posts based upon a biblical example of the growth we should all be experiencing in our walk with Christ.  Because of time constraints, I will probably have to extend it over several weeks, but will post as often as I can.  

In the meantime, I pray that God will prepare your heart and mind to apply the practical, everyday math He so divinely presents to us in His Word. 

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  2 Peter 1:2-4     

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Risen!

Our ultimate praise to the Lord Jesus Christ!  It’s Easter once again, and we are reminded of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord!  Without it, we would have no chance for life.  I pray that  you are planning a wonderful Christ-filled celebration this weekend!

Phil, a blogger friend from Wisconsin is writing a series of posts regarding the events that surrounded this most important week in history.  They are very creatively written from the viewpoint of Peter, and I encourage you to check it out.  The posts started on March 30th, and have continued since then, so use the calendar on his page to find the posts chronologically.  You are sure to relate with the feelings and emotions of Peter as he contemplated his role in the betrayal, capture, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and …Happy Easter! 🙂 

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A Bump on the Head.

I know…..you’re saying, “God Is….A Bump on the Head?”  You probably think I am losing “it”, huh?!!  Well, I probably did 🙂  Probably because tonight I received a big BANG on my forehead, compliments of a falling pizza stone!! 

I was reaching up to the top kitchen cabinet, which is above my head, and as soon as I opened the door, the stone came rolling out and landed on my forehead.  I barely even saw it coming, and then after it hit, I could not believe that it didn’t just knock me out completely?! 

To understand the frame of what was left of my mind at the time, you have to understand that the stone was large and round –15 inches in diameter, made from the finest of clay, and very heavy.  There was no escaping!

Now that I have had a few hours to regain my composure, I want to share with you why I probably needed this to happen…

For about an hour before the “rolling stone” incident (ha ha), I was engulfed in spiritual despair.  At about 5:00 p.m. tonight, as I was getting ready for choir practice, my son collapsed into his 16th febrile seizure. 

Thankfully, it was not a violent one, and only lasted about two minutes, but it came at a time when I had just been proclaiming victory over his illness.  Strangely enough, one of my first thoughts after it happened was, “I shouldn’t have blogged about it”, because my previous blog, “God Is…Holding Brett” was just written a few days before.  It was as if I had not blogged about it, then maybe he wouldn’t be having another one!!?  But….I know that’s not true.

Still…it is just so frustrating watching your son in such a helpless and fragile state….so frustrating that you can’t do anything about it…and, so frustrating that when we had gone so long without one, here it is again? 

The worst part of this, though, was my response.  How quickly we change from being publicly and spiritually victorious when things are “right”, to being defeated when things go “wrong”!  I sunk right into that frame of mind.  I turned my eyes away from God in the midst of my agony over continued seizures, and momentarily forgot to stand on my faith in Him.  (I’m sorry, Lord.) 

Now…after “regrouping” my thoughts, I realize that there are still praises to be made.  My son is still with us.  He actually was semi-conscious during this seizure, responding to several things I asked of him during the episode.  (Something new and wonderful because all of the other seizures were pretty violent and he was non-responsive.) 

My bump on the head really hurt, but is serving a purpose in reminding me of God’s hand, still holding onto Brett, taking care of him and blessing our family another time. 

I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”

We have to remember that the war has already been won, and Jesus Christ is the victorious One!  Whatever the circumstance, I pray that God will allow you a “bump” on the head — just like mine, if that’s what it takes, to keep us focused on things above, instead of our problems below! 

…just don’t make fun of my bruise when you see me! (ouch!) 

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