Thursday, February 28, 2013

And a Little Child will Lead Them



My eight-year-old granddaughter amazes me.  The other day I was talking to my daughter about changing my hairstyle because of an insulting comment somebody made to me.  My granddaughter listened and then said,”MeMa, it’s more important what’s on the inside than what’s on the outside!”  She was right.  The comment is something that I should just let go. 

I have, in the past, put mouth before brain and made comments that were not appropriate myself.  In James 3:8 it says, “…but no man can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” But knowing that God has started a good work in me and He will complete it comforts me, (Philippians 1:6.)  Also, there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1.)  All we have to do is admit our sin and turn from it and God will forgive us.  If we seek forgiveness from others and seek to live in peace with others as much as it is possible for us, that is all God asks of us (Romans 12:18.)  I will trust God to work on what is inside me!  I am blessed to have such a wonderful granddaughter!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Power



Power—there are so many forces of power!  I think of the powerful ocean, hurricane force winds, nuclear weapons, gravity holding the planets in orbit, the untold power of the ant, --but all are nothing in the face of the power of God.  In Precepts Bible study we are studying Kings and Chronicles this year.  In one scene Elisha was surrounded by the Aramean army, only he wasn’t worried, (II Kings 6.)  His servant was worried.  Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant so he could see who was with him. There were forces surrounding them that were more than the Arameans—the mountains were all full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.  (II Kings 6:17)  I pray that God will open the eyes of His people so we can see who is with us—more than who is against us!

I appreciated what this blogger pointed out--“In recent weeks the evangelical world has found itself reeling from cultural setbacks it once took for granted. The re-election of President Obama, state passage of “gay marriage” initiatives, the uninviting of Louie Gigglio to the Inauguration, and even last night’s Super Bowl have signaled to some that Christians and Christianity have lost their welcome place in the public square. For the first time, some evangelical conservatives feel like an oppressed minority in the country.” Thabiti Anyabwile

 (Some say the performance of Beyonce during half time at the Super Bowl was a channeling of a spirit Beyonce calls Sasha.)  Now Tim Tebow has canceled his Easter talk at a Baptist Church in Texas.  Speculation has it that he was pressured to cancel by the homosexual activists.

I am reminded of Romans 1:32---

32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

I’m sure Tim Tebow doesn’t approve of what these homosexual activists are pushing.  Maybe he even has a plan to reach out to them.  Dan Cathy has made an attempt to befriend the homosexual activists who have been picketing Chick Fil A stores.  They have agreed to disagree and have called somewhat of a truce.

If the people of the light continue to love others enough to tell them the truth in respectful ways and not give up, many may turn to God before it is too late.  I commend Bill O’Reilly for standing up for the unborn and for children.  He is advocating for Jessica’s law in all 50 states. 

May God pour out his Spirit on our country and our world before it is too late.  May Christians stay strong and not become discouraged.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Answers




Today I had two “yes’s” from the Lord.  I prayed that a CD at my Bible study could be found, and it was.  I prayed that my prayer partner would make it through her surgery—she’s 92—and she did!  God is good.  He cares about everything in our lives.

Talked to my prayer partner and she reminded me about all the other answers to prayer we have had.  We prayed that the secretary of our church would be able to refinance her house -- it went through.  We prayed for another man in our church who was having a procedure done -- it was successful.  We are still waiting to see if God will raise up 2 more people for the Bellevue Power Squadron Bridge for next year.  Most of all we are praying that God will pour out His Spirit in a mighty way on our church, state, and in the U.S. and world.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teen Biblical Illiteracy



The other night on the TV show “Jeopardy” I watched the high school championship competition.  The contestants were answering questions in every category except in the category of the Bible.  No one knew what the father killed in the story of the prodigal son when he threw a feast for his son who came home.  They also had no clue as to what flowers Jesus referred to in his teaching about not worrying.  I’m praying that our teens will read the Bible and study it at least as literature!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dropping In, Then Dropping Out, Then Dropping In


Our boat Flyaway in Bora Bora.

Chris and I attended college in the 60’s.  We didn’t drink, smoke, do drugs, or party.  We weren’t “hippies.”  But we did want to drop out.  Our plan was to live on a sailboat.  With an unconventional life like this we wouldn’t be required to mow lawns, drive and maintain cars, rent, own, or furnish a house.  We would have plenty of time to pursue hobbies, fun, and relaxation.  So after getting our bachelor degrees and getting married we took off for Santa Barbara, CA.  We would spend hours at the marina in Santa Barbara looking at boats and trying to decide which type we would like to live on.

When we had no money for bills, after paying our rent and borrowing money from our landlord for groceries, we decided to return to school and get our teaching certifications.   Suddenly our lives spiraled out of control.  Chris got a job on the school newspaper as editor and I got a job in the campus library.  I was also a student teacher and Chris was in the National Guard, which required one-week end a month and two weeks in the summer for drills.  Before we knew it we were land locked and owning a house—Chris got a job as a photographer on the daily newspaper in Spokane and I worked as a first grade teacher. 

After the birth of our daughter six years later, and the birth of our son six years after that, and by then living in our third house, we had settled down to mowing lawns, driving and maintaining cars, and all the things we had not planned to do.  But it was all worth it because we now have wonderful kids and fantastic grandkids.  And because of this pressure we needed God.  We attended church and Bible studies and grew in faith.

 God then blessed us with enough to retire young, buy a boat, and we were able to take off on our adventure.   Sailing first to Mexico and then Chris crossing to the South Pacific completed our adventure.  (I was the smart one—no 24 days at sea for me.  I flew over to Tahiti.)  After much sadness on Chris’s part, and much joy on my heart, we returned to land and now live in a condo.

Granted, while we were living on the boat, we had no lawn to mow, or cars to maintain; but I found the isolation of cruising the biggest drawback.  For me there were other problems including having to conserve on water, use the shore facilities, and basically camping out.  At each port where we stayed awhile, I would look for a church and a writing group.  But I would spend as much time as possible on e-mail contacting my friends and family back home. 

God has been very good to us—every good and perfect thing is from above.  We’ve grown and learned that God’s ways are better than our ways.  Sometimes we don’t get to do the things we planned to do; but if we obey God’s teachings, trust that His promises in the Bible will come true, work steadily and faithfully at the jobs currently assigned,  we know that there will be joy at the end of life.