Thursday, August 30, 2012

Christian Devotions and Unplugging


 

Today, one of my devotions is featured on christiandevotions. In it I talk about one of my favorite passages in Isaiah. I invite you to pop over there and see it.

Also, I am going to be unplugged from today until September, 5th Our son is going to be visiting over the Labor Day weekend and we haven’t been together for a while and it will be a while before we will see him again.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Golden Rule and Me



“So in everything, do to others as you would want them to do to you.”

 Matthew 7:12
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               We received word that a young relative’s boyfriend had succumbed to Cancer. Hubby’s sister wanted us to go to the funeral with her. I had qualms about attending. The young relative chose to live differently than we.

               I was drawn to my Bible. I found the Golden Rule; it had to be a “God- thing”. I found it in 2 gospels, Matthew and Luke. I compared the verses and noticed the beginning phrase-“So, in everything,”

               I thought about how I couldn’t say to or do the right things, the “Christian” things for my church family and neglect or treat my family with disdain when there was a need.

               We felt the need to attend this funeral, got ready, and headed out the door. The leaves looked greener than I had ever seen them. The lawns had lushness like I had never seen before. I thanked God for his teaching me the lesson that I learned that morning.

               Each time the Golden Rule comes to mind, I think of the first phrase- “So in everything,”   

 

Monday, August 27, 2012

God Instructs and Counsels





“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

 I will counsel you and watch over you.”

 Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

               
               Our Father doesn’t leave us to deal with our messes alone. He goes before us and guides us through the mazes we have to go through.
               He keeps His eye on each of us. A friend and I recently went to a gospel concert at a local theater. We heard the song, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” twice. The first time, it was sung by a young woman who sang soprano- her treatment was almost operatic. The gentleman who followed her sang it but in the bass range. I loved both treatments. The line that stayed with me was this: “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me.”  I found a blog label for Ethel Waters on Closed Doors, Open Windows. I went to a meeting three days later, after the meeting I saw a CD player on one of the tables. The tune being played as I stood there was, you guessed it, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” I believe God is trying to tell me something.

               As I sit here in my computer room/office I am thankful that God does instruct me and guide me.  I need Him to do these things for me. 

               A few minutes before writing this, I turned on my laptop and discovered a new feature that I believe I will use on a regular basis. It’s called “sticky notes” One click and a yellow sticky note appeared on my desktop. (I sometimes forget what I plan to do when I get online.) I typed on one the things I need to do for “following my king.”  I then added a second one to remind myself to post my column. I will add this discovery to my blessing list for today.

              As I prepared to advance post my entries, I realized that this is my 600th entry in this blog. A blessing in itself.



Dear Lord:
               Thank You for your great love and watch care over us, Your children. Please forgive us for doubting Your presence when we experience tough times. We thank You for Your guidance us through them. We praise Your name. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

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