Monday, January 18, 2016

Questions With The Brain God Gave Me

There was a time before sin and after sin for Adam and Eve. Before sin they were comfortable with their nakedness, did not fear the animals, did not need to toil the land for food and childbirth was not painful.  Then they ate from the tree of life God instructed them not to eat and all changed.

Sometimes I hear people say, we were intended to be like Adam and Eve before sin. When I hear this I get the idea that God either didn't know they would make the choice to eat the apple or he knew all along life would be good then bad, then worse (too many people are sinful, must flood the earth). Or it could be one of those things I must accept without understanding, I guess that is where faith comes in.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

God's Way of Teaching

I love the way God drives a point home. You have a revelation during your morning devotion, then the song you hear on the way to work is related to the same verse. Later in the week you are tested in the area and recall your study. On Sunday, the week wraps up with a sermon that somehow ties it all up in a big bow. God is so good.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Can I Sleep In Heaven?

I read that Heaven is only light, there is no darkness. I realize that God knows what's best and how we will be filled with immense joy. But, I love to sleep and can't imagine I could be happy without it. Am I the only one who looks forward to bedtime? Oh, and then there is naptime which I have to admit I think I've outgrown.

Maybe we will still sleep but will sleep in the light. Hmmm, I guess that is better than none.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Person

In my study of the book of James, I'm learning the impact words can have and the instruction on how to control your tongue. The comparison of our tongue to a rudder on a ship shows how something small can have a large impact.

I am grateful for the wise women I know who are quick to listen and slow to speak. There is encouragement, instruction and even careful correction. We all need a wise one to speak into our lives in a Godly way. And we all need to have our 'person' we can tell everything to and still be loved. You find out quickly by what someone talks about if they are a prospect for  secrecy. Chances are if they talk about others to you they are talking about you  to others.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I Guessed Wrong

It is amazing to me that Steve did not win over death. He seemed to get his way a lot. I think he thought he would be saved. And while he was saved spiritually which is big, cancer won over life.

What further amazes me is that he did not come back. I know it sounds crazy. But, to the handful of us who knew him well, it's hard to believe. I guess I thought he would get up there and explain he made a promise and was going to have to go back. He always pulled through for me,  Now, over 2 years later, I need to give up. I guess everyone has limits.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Storm Will Happen

Long ago shipbuilders would select a tree at the top of a hill for the mast of military and merchant ships. All the surrounding trees were brought down in a effort to strengthen the chosen one with gusts of wind and storms. The tree would grow stronger as years went by until it was ready to be the foremast of a ship.

Such is the life of a person of faith. We can topple under temptation and trials or dig our roots down deep so we can stand strong against any storm. The storms will happen, what we do in them is our choice.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thankful In All Things

To me, standing firm in my faith means I let God be in charge regardless of what my feelings say or how things look. That's not always easy to do when circumstances seem dire. The choice is mine to believe He controls all or nothing at all. There is no gray area.

The Bible says we are to praise Him in everything. And as weird as it seems, I've begun thanking Him for those things of lesser value. In a book I read recently, Power in Praise, Merlin Carothers says if we dwell too much in fear and doubt we block God from entering the situation. On the other hand, thanking and praising Him for it releases his power. And it seems to change how I feel about it. I'm kind of excited to see what He does.