I have a friend who is a great gift giver. She is in tune and aware of and pays attention to the details of the people in her life and always finds something that matches the person’s personality of the gift she is giving. Most of all, she is a good giver of herself; her time and resources.
Today I began studying God’s word in a new way and I love it as much as I love the cross-reference way of studying and if you know me you know that is one of my favorite ways to study my favorite Book! I am reading through the book of Acts one chapter at a time. I’m not rushing through but sitting in the chapter and absorbing all Holy Spirit has to say to me. I’m highlighting what stands out and then journal what I sense and feel He is speaking to me. I won’t move onto the next chapter until I feel led.
This morning I came across a verse that was so subtle yet spoke volumes to me.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14.
I thought about what it looked like for these believers to be constantly in prayer or always in prayer together with each other. This one verse on prayer speaks so clearly about the importance of prayer in our relationship with God. Holy Spirit also reminded me of the power of prayer and how prayer grows our faith; it encourages us.
I happen to be blessed to run with a few different prayer groups, that’s just how I roll! And, each group fits a specific need.
Earlier today, two of my kids sent me a text each asking for prayer. One prayer, for a lost binder, was answered right away. I asked my other child if I could share their request with some of my prayer groups. As I did, I was reminded of what a good gift from a good Father prayer is and how we can give the beautiful gift of prayer to others. I am also sitting in His lavish love that he would teach me in the morning and then give me a stunning visual of this at work in my life.
Precious One, be a good gift giver it is good for your soul!
Don’t judge me by the clothes I wear you know nothing of my story. Rather walk beside me and share your love for Christ with me; share His glory.
You say that you are a follower of Christ; a born again believer. If this is so, why then, would you ever say, “I can’t believe her parents let her out of the house dressed like that”? You think I don’t know what you’re whispering to your friends as you glance my way with that look on your face. I thought grace and love were your compass.
You see, I grew up in a Christian home and you know nothing of my story. There was a time I was strong and confident but then I started to believe the lies the enemy whispers my way. Some days it’s a struggle just to hear the voice of God, though I try.
And, if you are a parent of a son teach him to respect me regardless of what I wear. Teach him self-control, you know nothing of my story.
It is your love, it is the grace that God freely gives to you to give to others and it is your prayers that will make a difference in my life. Won’t you be a part of my story?
Precious One, it is the season of Homecoming dances, Sadie Hawkins and the Christmas Ball. Many pictures will be posted online. Please be mindful of the words that come out of your mouth, especially before you hit the send button. While comments can be deleted, once they’ve been seen the damage has already been done. May your words and thoughts only be gracious and kind. May the ‘clothes’ you wear be those that others desire. You know nothing of ‘their’ story.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 emphasis added.
I went to the grocery store this morning to buy a container of mustard seeds, I actually only need one, but now have a full container!
As I was at the checkstand the checker asked me what I was making. I replied, “It’s actually for a video presentation.” I could see in her face she was thinking about how to form her question to ask what the presentation was about. I offered, “It is a Bible study teaching.” Her face relaxed and we had a very short yet sweet conversation about faith. We had church right there in the checkstand. I love when God reveals himself at work and even more so, when I realize He is moving and join in!
I told the checker that I would probably grind up the mustard seeds and use it as powder for future meals. As I was driving home I was struck with the thought that my newly acquired container of mustard seed is such a great visual reminder to be rooted in my faith and not in the world. Think I’ll leave them be, just as they are.
Precious One do you have a mustard seed?
I was talking with one of our favorite little girls the other day, except that she isn’t so little anymore, she is entering the tween season, but none the less, one of our favorite girls! She was telling me about their apple tree and how they had to pick some of the apples off because they were getting big. I told her that our apple tree had grown apples last year but before we could pick them they were gone. We think that the vicious, wild animals, the kind with sharp claws and teeth, (this is where my oldest lovebug would accuse me of watching way too much Mountain Men!), by that I mean, opossums and raccoons, had somehow stolen the fruit in the deep of the night.
Today I went out to look at our apple tree, and, lo and behold, we have apples again! A true miracle considering we are in a severe drought and our community is on mandatory water use reduction. I was immediately reminded of something I read this morning from my favorite book. What I had read stated that trees that are planted by water send out their roots to the water source, they don’t fear the heat, their leaves are always green, they aren’t worried in a year of drought and they never fail to bear fruit!
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8.
Precious One, this is one of God’s endless blessings for us; when we choose to trust Him and him alone we are blessed. We are like a tree planted by the water and not just any water, the living water; Jesus Christ. He quenches our spiritual thirst. There isn’t any fear, not even when things get really hot and messy because he is our living hope. When we stay in communion, stay connected to him we are always in perpetual growth, we are always green, regardless of any struggle or challenge. We don’t have to worry about the dry or drought seasons of life because God is always right there in them. And the best part is that when we choose to continually hang out with Jesus we will always bear fruit! So, when the enemy attempts to disqualify you in any aspect of your life, tell him to, “pack sand!” In the name of Jesus.