Thursday, October 21, 2010
I recently won a prize at church. The children’s camping ministry had a baby picture contest. We go to vote on the cutest baby picture. They women in charge kept a tally of who was the most recognized, the least recognized, the one who correctly guessed the most pictures, and the cutest baby picture. I won for having the most recognized picture.
My prize was a kid’s bubble set soap, tray and wand and a blue ribbon with the word ‘outstanding’ on it. After I had lunch that Sunday, I took my prize and went outside and tried to enjoy it. Some thoughts came to me.
Bubble soap is transparent on the wand. Our hearts and souls are to be transparent in order for people to see Jesus in us.
When the bubbles form, they ride away on the breeze and disperse into the air. As we turn our problems over to God, they also float away and become His to deal with.
As the newly formed bubble rise in the breeze, I think of our prayer requests as they leave our hearts or our mouths and drift to God’s throne through our Intercessor, Jesus Christ.
I didn’t fare very well in my bubble-making session. The wand was a big circle with a recognizably shaped head for the different bubble formers. All I could get out of the wand was a few bubbles-usually one at a time.
If I keep my heart and soul transparent, others will be able to see Jesus in me. When I have issues, I have to allow God to work them out; it is up to me to turn them over to Him. I have to keep my heart in tune with God’s will for me in order for my prayer requests to float up to heaven for God to hear and answer.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Genesis 15:1 (NIV)
In our Christian walk we experience times we can’t foresee, plan for, or explain. They are sweet times that stand out in the tapestry of our lives.
When we realize we’ve had these snippets of time, we feel encouraged and know they enrich our lives. I believe they are God’s rewards to us. I say this because I recently received one of these ‘God moments.’
I had gone through a rather difficult weekend. Saturday morning,I had three times where I had felt I was the recipient of verbal mistreatment from different people. One I could forgive because I know her very well. Another person just set me back with her words. The third one, I almost expect it from.
I didn’t sleep at all that night. The next day, I had a very small part in a special service at church. I needed to be there to help set up and man a display table for the faith based nonprofit ministry in which I work. God saw to it I got through both services and Sunday school.
Part of my Sunday afternoon activity was to take a nap. I awoke feeling worse than I felt before I slept. I decided I needed to attend a service on the other side of our town. I am in a class studying the book of Jonaha very enlightening study.
A man came into our class who looked familiar to me. I couldn’t say for sure but I felt I knew him. As we discussed the chapter, he spoke with Biblical wisdom. As we prepared to leave, I asked him his name. He was the man that I email the newsletters to for proofreading. We talked about my issue with a computer program. We exchanged thoughts about the Lectionary. We spoke of mutual friends. He talked of him and his wife being able to help at the nonprofit ministry’s Jesus Birthday Party.
As we exited the church and headed for our individual cars, I realized I had been through a ‘God moment.’
I feel God rewarded me for staying on track and being where He needed or wanted me to be. I believe God chose to honor me not because of anything I asked but out of His grace for my life.
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