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Archive for the month “February, 2011”

I Want God to Give Me Lollipops


One day a little boy went to the store with his mother. As the mother was checking out, the owner of the store approached the little boy with a jar of lollipops. “Reach your hand in there and get yourself a handful,” said the man to the boy. The boy stood there and wouldn’t reach his hand in there. After a few seconds had passed, the man reached his hand inside the jar and handed the little boy a handful of lollipops. When the little boy and his mother got in the car to head home the mother asked the little boy, “Why didn’t you reach your hand inside the jar?” The little boy replied, “Because his hand was bigger than mine!”

God’s hand is much bigger than our hands! May we trust God to provide for us and care for us, as only He can. What He has planned for us is far greater anything we can ever imagine. So, I challenge all of us to let God give us lollipops instead of trying to get them ourselves!

“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 The Message

Grace and Peace

A Beautiful Collision


“Conversion is not an event but a process, a process
of slowly tearing ourselves from the clutches of culture.”
— Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution

**This quote struck me this morning, and it brought to mind the song A Beautiful Collision by David Crowder Band.

The breaking makes a sound
I never knew could be
So beautiful and loud
Fury filled and we collide

So courageous until now
Fumbling and scared
So afraid You’ll find me out,
Alone here with my doubt

Here it comes, a beautiful collision
Is happening now.
There seems no end to where You
begin and there I am now
You and I collide

Something circling inside,
Spaciously you fly
Infinite and wide,
Like the moon and sky
Collide

Here it comes, a beautiful collision
Is happening now.
There seems no end to where you
begin and there I am now
You and I, collide

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Here it comes, Here it
comes, Here it comes now
Here it comes, Here it
comes, Here it comes now
Here it comes, Here it
comes, Here it comes now
Collide
Here it comes, Here it comes now (You and I)
Here it comes, Here it comes now (You and I)
Here it comes, Here it
comes, Here it comes now
Feel it coming on, Feel it coming
on now, Here it comes now
Here it comes, Here it
comes, Here it comes now

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Always Grace and Love


This past Wednesday evening I had the opportunity to speak at our service. My husband was supposed to be the one speaking, but due to an unexpected needed trip to the ER for one of our sons he was unable to be there. As I stood in front of the congregation getting things prepared before the service actually began, I began asking God what was I going to speak on. I had not prepared for this, and I am not always the most confident in pulling things out of a hat at the last-minute. As I searched, I felt the Lord lead me to share from Luke 7:36-50. This is the story of the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus. This is such a powerful passage of scripture, as it shows how we often look at people. Often we look at people and only see the sin in their lives, whether it is past sin or present sin. We don’t really take the time to see the person. In this passage the Pharisees were so focused on the sin in the woman’s life that they could not see her as a person. But I love how Jesus sees her. Jesus saw her as a person. He didn’t focus on the sin in her life. He saw HER. Jesus wanted the woman to know that she was loved, valued, and treasured. He wanted her to know that God her Father saw her. The woman was created in the image of God. Jesus extended love and grace to the woman, even when the Pharisees would not.

All of us are created in the image of God, just like the woman. No matter our religious beliefs, our sexuality, our race, our ethnicity, our hair color, etc. Everyone created is created in the image of God. That is how we should look at one another. We should look at each other as if we are looking at the very image of God. We are not to focus on the sin in people’s lives, but we are to see the person and love that person.  Romans 3:23 tells us, “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That means that we all have sin in our lives, and therefore we have no room to hold other people’s sins over them. We must show love and grace to one another. When we refuse to show love and grace to one another, then we refuse to be the expression of Christ. Far too often we want people to show us love and grace, but we don’t want to dish it out to those same people. Imagine, though, how different the world would be if we saw people as the image of God, and if we showed love and grace instead of condemnation and judgment. I can say that I have felt like the woman at the feet of Jesus, broken and wanting Him to make me whole. I also must confess, much to my dismay, that I have felt like the Pharisees at times. I pray that we will get away from the Pharisee in all of us, and embrace the Jesus in all of us. I pray that we will let Jesus consume us with his love and his presence, so much that when we interact with others they will feel as if they have been in the very presence of Jesus. I pray that love and grace abound in us, instead of judgmentalism and condemnation. Let us be people of GRACE! Let us be people of LOVE!

Grace and Peace and Love

A Call to Love our Youth


“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 NRSV

 **My heart is heavy today for the youth of our world. I urge you to take time to lift them up in prayer today, and to take the time to let a teen know they are loved and have value. If we love God, then let us share this love with them. This world can be a dark and destrcutive place for our teens, and sometimes all they need to know is that they are loved and have value.

Show Love


“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.” 1 John 3:1 The Message

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.” 1 John 3:1 The Message

We must LOVE!

Draw Me Nearer, Nearer, Nearer


  1. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
    And it told Thy love to me;
    But I long to rise in the arms of faith
    And be closer drawn to Thee.
  • Refrain:
    Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To the cross where Thou hast died;
    Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To Thy precious, bleeding side.
  • Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
    By the pow’r of grace divine;
    Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
    And my will be lost in Thine.
  • Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
    That before Thy throne I spend,
    When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
    I commune as friend with friend!
  • There are depths of love that I cannot know
    Till I cross the narrow sea;
    There are heights of joy that I may not reach
    Till I rest in peace with Thee.
  • I have had this song in my head this morning, and it got me thinking of how God longs for all of us to desire to be closer to Him. There is no such thing as being too close to God, and we should never lose the desire to know Him more & walk with Him closer and closer everyday.

    “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 NRSV

    Grace and Peace

    Friendship


     

    “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

    “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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