Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Mother's Dream!

When Eve held her babies in her arms I am sure it is much like we all do when we have our own children. We begin to hope and dream a bright future for each of them. Eve didn't dream that one child would grow up to be jealous of the other. She certainly never dreamed that one would grow up to kill the other one. As parents we are so devastated when our dreams for our children begin to unravel and we find ourselves grieving instead at the loss of those dreams.

Adam and Eve passed on the curse of their own sin to their children as we do ourselves. Fortunately, God in His mercy gave them another child named Seth and hope for the future. It is easy for us to look at other parents and see all their mistakes but not always our own. Before we blame Eve for the demise of her son or any other parents for their own weaknesses we have to realize how truly broken we ourselves are too. 

For ALL have sinned and that means ALL.....I look back now on my own life and can see more of my own mistakes as a mom than the mistakes of all the other moms around me. When I was a young mom I didn't see my own mistakes but I do now, it's called hindsight. If I had advice as a grandmother to younger mom's it would be not to judge other parents because there is so much more going on than you yourself can possibly know or see. It will be revealed later in your life so until that time just be kind to everyone and ask God to guide you moment by moment with your children.

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”  And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord. Genesis 4:25-26

This picture was taken on a road along the Mediterranean Sea leading to 
Nerja Spain when I visited in 2007.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Recovering Resentment

 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! Genesis 45:4
Life is full of resentment and wounds when people hurt us instead of being a blessing to us. How we heal is more up to us than the ones who have wounded us. We have to learn how to recover from our resentment with God's help. 

Resentment is like cancer where it starts out small and needs to be released and removed immediately. If not, it will eat away at us and eventually destroy us.

Resentment focuses on the past. It replays the past over and over. It won't change the past but if not dealt with it can certainly have long lasting negative affects on our future. A happy, healthy life cannot be lived holding on to the past and certainly not holding on to our resentment.

Joseph had every right to be resentful of his brothers when they sold him into slavery but he recognized God's presence in his life even when things went so terribly wrong. In spite of all that was happening to him for so many years he trusted that God loved him and would be there for him. After many years, God blessed him and reconciled him to his family. It is impossible to have love and forgiveness where there is resentment. 

 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Genesis 45:8

 This picture was taken from my hotel window in Atlanta 
at night on January 2014.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What Is My Gift?

I Peter 4:10  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God

written October 17, 2007 by my good friend Charlotte Hawkins:
Peter said that each believer has been given at least one gift to serve others. We are told to be good servants of those gifts. What do we do with these gifts? We’re supposed to use these gifts to serve others, as good stewards of God’s grace.

Whoever speaks, if that is your gift God has given you, use speaking to serve others. Whoever serves, if that is your gift God has given you, use practical acts of service to serve others. God not only gives us gifts but He also gives us the strength to use those gifts for Him.

“Biblical Servanthood is faithfully using whatever gifts God has given me by His grace. Using them, not squandering them, not wasting them, not ignoring them, not hoping someone else will use those gifts; but using whatever gifts God has given me for the benefit of others, to serve others.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

How do we do it? By God’s strength, not my own. For His Glory, not mine. Faithfully using whatever gifts God has given me. The servant-hearted person is a discerning, observant person who looks around and sees that person who needs help, that person who needs encouragement, and that person who has other needs.

What is the purpose? “In order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belongs glory and dominion forever and forever.” Vs. 11

 This picture was taken while visiting friends in Mississippi in 2009.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

All About Integrity!

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
3awhose tongue utters no slander....Psalm 15:1-3a

From the sermon by Rick Warren: 

God Blesses A Heart Of Integrity

Anytime we slander someone for their lifestyle or any other differences culturally or otherwise we lose our integrity.

This is a picture I took of my youngest daughter and her family ~ their reflection in a puddle after the rain.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Don't Be Afraid

If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:9-10

When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty,
Trust Him fully,
Because two things can happen:
Either He'll catch you when you fall,
or He will teach you how to fly!
~Author Unknown 

Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms us instead. Fear grips our hearts and minds when we least expect it.  It can overcome us, paralyze us and depress us. Thank God for Jesus!