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Friday, September 25, 2009
Jesus, himself, said that we are to go & make disciples of all nations. Yet, many folks don't know what to say or how to say it.
I think there is a reason he said let the little children come to him too. They get it! If evangelism isn't your thing, listen to my 5 year old simply sharing the good new of Jesus. If she can, I know you can too. (and try to have the excitement that she has about the Holy Spirit, can you?)
Matthew 28:19 -- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 18:3 -- And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1. I'm thankful that my new Bible study group is going well. I love the leader, she is so nurturing and caring, and I am happy to be in the group!
2. I'm thankful for my cooking co-op which started back up last week! Meals delivered to my door 3 nights a week. Don't know what a cooking co-op is? Visit my link here.
3. I'm thankful to get back to the gym. (I'm hesitant to write this. Every time I mention the gym, it gets cancelled). But I'm glad I'm starting to go again and work on getting in shape.
4. Thankful for coffee dates with friends. This week with Sue J., next week with Sonya, the following with Patterson 5. So nice to catch up and fellowship.
5. I'm thankful that David sang his praises to God in the Bible, and that from that we have beautiful praise songs so we can sing too. I love singing praise songs to God!
What are you thankful for this week?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
1. Please share one middle school memory. It can be good, bad, ugly, funny. Pictures or words, I don't care, just share. This is from my eight grade graduation, it is my dad and me. Thankfully I grew out of this stage. Does anyone had positive memories from middle school?
2. What's your favorite Beatles song? I don't like the Beatles, but my favorite song by them is Long & Winding Road, performed by David Archuleta.
3. If I asked you to describe your most comfortable outfit, what would it be? Cotton PJ Pants and a cotton t-shirt.
4. Would you rather host a party or be a guest? Be a guest! What time should I be there?
5. Do you think we will move completely from traditional books to digital ones, and if we do, are you OK with that? I love holding a book, underlining key phrases, and everything about it. I will miss books.
6. Do you learn best by reading, listening or experiencing? I guess by listening. I'm not sure.
7. If you are (or when you were) single, what is the kiss of death for you concerning the opposite sex? (That is, what is one trait or behavior or habit or anything at all that immediately turns you off from considering that person a potential match for you?) Well if I can remember back that far (!), I like cleanliness. Clean nails, well dressed, just a lot of care about personal appearance. (Like who knew right, I am the germ-freak.)
8. Snacks. Salty or sweet? Sweet!!!
9. Look around you in a four foot radius. What object is around you that you didn't realize was there or forgot was there? How long has it been there? There is a wrapped graduation gift I bought for my kids former sitter when she graduated from high school 2 years ago. I always meant to give it to her...never did. I need unwrap and regift I guess.
10. What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Days of Thunder. Although Rain Man and Jerry McGuire were both good too. "Show me the money!"
11. You buy a bottle of shampoo and discover that you don't like what it does to your hair at all. What do you do with that full bottle? Give it away. I usually ask my sisters, and one of them will use it. However, I've been using the same shampoo (Redken Fresh Curls) for a long time and love it.
12. Your favorite Fall comfort food? (Last week it was beverage.) I love a good stew or soup. And BREAD!! Give me a hot roll and a bowl of soup and I am a happy gal.
Monday, September 21, 2009
In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother - in the house was looking out the window - saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.
Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.
From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.
Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal and, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.
The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my mom wouldn't let go."
You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, or anything quite so dramatic. But, the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret.
But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you. The Scripture teaches that God loves you. If you have Christ in your life, you have become a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way.
But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That's when the tug-o-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms be very, very grateful.
He did not - and will not - let you go.