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Taste and See

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At Church we often say, “Good is good — all the time.”  And He is.  That is easy to say when life is going good for us.  But what about when life seems more than we can bear?

Well, God is good — all the time.  Even in the hard times.  Even in times that we don’t understand what’s happening or why something is happening.  God is still good!

Thankfully, the Bible teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, that is so comforting!  We are told to taste and see that the Lord is good because He is.  This is followed up by the words “happy is the man who trusts in Him! because we are.

This does not mean that life is never hard.  The Bible teaches us that life is hard no matter what and will be harder for the believer.  BUT GOD (my favorite words in scripture) did not leave us alone to face this world.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us, not only as a reminder that He is coming back to get us, but to give us power and strength so that we, too, can overcome this hard life.

Whew!  Aren’t you glad?!  I sure am!  This week, as you face your specific struggles, take a few minutes each day and “taste and see that the Lord is good“, because He is!

Blessings, Wendy

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Are You a Pessimist or Optimist?

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I think we all would like to say we are optimists but even the true optimist has pessimistic moments.

If you are a true pessimist then like Chicken Little the sky is always falling. The glass is always half empty… I have certainly known a few people like that, haven’t you?

What about the optimist?  Are they the ones who always have sunny skies?  The glass is always half full… I’ve know very few of these.

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.  But we tend to lean more toward one side of the spectrum or the other.  Have you ever noticed that you will start to think and act more one way or the other simply by who you are around?  I have!

So, what’s a person to do? We need to draw close to the ONE who never changes; the ONE who is the Author and Finisher of our faith; the ONE who creates, heals and restores!

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Jesus came to give us life and not only life, but life to the full!  Abundant life!  My how I have to be reminded of that!

Do you want to see opportunity in difficulties rather than difficulties in opportunities? Then change your focus! Focus on the ONE who gives LIFE- Life to the Full!

 

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Prayer – The Power of God

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My pastor often says, “What God can do , prayer can do.”  How true!

I read a book once in which the author said that God has His angels standing at the “ready”, He’s just waiting for us to fervently ask in prayer for Him to act.  I think that is true, but we often have the wrong attitude toward prayer.

Let me explain.  I think we often act as if Jesus is our “genie” in a bottle so when life goes awry, we want to pray for Him to “fix” it.  Or when we want something really badly, we pray for Him to “give” it to us.

So then, because we have been praying in the wrong motive and not seeing the power of God in our prayer lives we begin to doubt that prayer really works.  But when we pray in accordance with His will… we will see the hand of God in action!

It may not always be His will to heal the sick, even though He can.  But it is His will that He be glorified in every situation.  So when we pray, we can ask for healing but not my will be done- His will be done. And then be on the look out for His will.  Ask Him to show you His answer.  You may be surprised!

I know that often Jesus has done so much more than I could have dreamed.  My desire is to learn to pray strictly in accordance to the will of God and see His power at work in and through me!

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16

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Are You Ashamed?

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Have you ever felt ashamed? Of anything? Then you know the awful feeling it is.  Have you ever felt that someone you love was ashamed of you?  Maybe you disappointed them in some way or was an embarrassment to them and they told you they were ashamed of you.  If so, you know the devastation it is!

Jesus said if we deny Him before men, He will deny us before the Father. Now THAT would be horrific and permanent! No one wants that (even if they don’t know it, yet).

Go back with me to when you became a believer, when you were saved.  What PEACE, what JOY, what burning desire to tell the world about your NEW LIFE!!  Remember?

How about now?  Still have the PEACE of God, the JOY of your NEW LIFE and still want to tell the world about your Saviour? Sometimes as we get further from our salvation experience our fervor fades.  Maybe we’ve gotten embarrassed or picked on or even persecuted when we talked about and faith and so now we just don’t talk about it much.

SNAP. OUT. OF. IT!  The gospel of Christ is THE power of God unto salvation!  Don’t be ashamed!  Don’t be silent!  People’s eternity are hanging in the balance!

Life is NOT about you (and me).  It’s all about Jesus Christ.  It’s about His kingdom. We must tell them!  Share the gospel.  Tell people about when you were saved AND what Christ means to you today.  Tell them how you are different.  Tell them about His PEACE and His JOY even in the midst of this life.

The gospel of Christ is THE power of God unto salvation!  Don’t be silent.

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Sewing and Serving

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Sew…what’s your hobby? I have a lot, but one of my hobbies is sewing. And I have recently been in the mood to sew, but I don’t have any particular project I’m working on.

You gotta love Pinterest and YouTube, right! While I was looking for ideas to appease my mood for sewing, I ran across port pillows.  These are small pillows that will gently cover an infusaport for patients who have those implanted in their chest.

Often times an infusaport is related to cancer treatment, but may be for other medical conditions as well.  In the basket above are 28 small heart-shaped, square or rectangular pillows that can be put on one’s chest under a seat belt in the car for pain/discomfort relief.  Small pillows like this may help offset pain after mastectomies or other chest surgeries and can be used under the arm of the affected side.

I decided to make some pillows and donate them to a local cancer center to hopefully meet a need, both physical and spiritual.  The pillow will help offset physical pain or discomfort and the gospel tract will offer hope for salvation.

Who knows, maybe someone will give their life to Jesus because they were introduced to Him while in a time of need.  At the very least, a seed has been planted!

But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.   Romans 7:6
What’s you hobby?  Is it something you can use to serve others?  I’ll just be it is!
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The Throne of Grace

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Wow!  I think this may be my new favorite verse!

You see, I am in NEED of mercy, grace and help from Christ right now as I am helping someone in need of mercy, grace and help. I don’t even know if that makes sense to anyone but me.

My mother used to tell me, “Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!”  I’ve always thought that was a funny little saying and I have used it myself.  But for years now I have been praying for someone I love who has made some poor choices and is now reaping the consequences of those choices.

My prayer has been that God would send someone, in some way, to help this person get their life right with Him and get beyond the muck and mire they are in.  Well, it’s been six years and I am seeing Him answer that prayer!

But, as my pastor said, “Sometimes the way God chooses to answer our prayer is not how we expect.”  Sometimes God chooses to use you and those you love to be His hands and feet in the very thing you’ve been praying about!  Hence, “Be careful what you pray for – YOU just might get it!”

To clear the record – if I knew God would choose to use me and those I love to help this person find their way back to Christ and to walk the very difficult road on getting beyond the muck and mire they are in, I would still pray that prayer!

God is so merciful to us.  He lavished grace upon us.  How can we not do that for others? I have been guilty of thinking that I can serve Him by serving others and it be easy, neat and ‘clean’.  But in His mercy and grace Christ died a violent, bloody death separated from His Father (when God would not look on sin) to pay our sin debt so that we could experience God’s mercy and grace.

How naive’ I was to think you can ‘serve’ and ‘work’ for the kingdom and not get your hands ‘dirty’? Trust me, it has not been and is not easy being a “player” in the prayer I have so long prayed. But if one soul is reconciled to my God, my Savior, my LORD, Jesus Christ, IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

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By Whose Definition Will You Live?

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The Christian faith is meant to be lived out loud.  We are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus daily.  We are to go and make disciples.  There is NO such thing as a “closet Christian”.

Sometimes God’s call is tough – most of the time it’s tough.  God always seems to call us to go and do (with seasons of stay and do).  Notice that doing is constant.

Let’s look at a few examples:

  • God called Abraham to leave his country
  • God called Moses to go back to Egypt
  • God called Noah to build a boat for a flood when it had NEVER rained
  • God called Ruth to follow Naomi

John Cowling said in effect, “When you stop doing, you start doubting.”  Think about that. Isn’t it true?  When we are busy doing what God has called us to do we are confident in our calling, but when we stop we start doubting.

Don’t you know in the examples above folks told them that surely they had misunderstood God’s call.  Why He wouldn’t want you to leave, go back or build while preaching about doom. But that’s precisely what He had called them to do.

It’s hard to go against what our family or friends think, especially when God’s call seems a little “out there”.  The choice is yours.

By whose definition will you live?