I Know What a Lug Wrench is!?

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So many times in life we are afraid of looking silly because we don’t know the correct answer. This commercial is just hysterical. Watch.

This just cracks me up every time I watch it. Two guys trying to act as if they know it all. Even when a parent wants to help from afar. Then, instead of admitting they don’t have a clue, the one turns to the other to ask if what he is thinking a lug wrench is,  is correct. The second guy is shaking his head one direction but the words that come out are different. Leaving them both without the ability to change that tire.(I am not endorsing the company)

So many times in life we are just like these two young men. Not sure of the correct answer so we ask another that is just as confuse as we are.

Do you know what your purpose is? Of course I do. (what is my purpose?) We don’t want to seem stupid. Or is this a trick question?

Who are you? I know who I am. (who am I really?)

Why do you believe the way you do? Because! (oh that really makes sense.)

Are you in the dark, like these two young men, about the important things of life? Can you tell someone who you are? Not Mr. Soandso. Not “his wife” or “their mother”. Not even the son of or the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A or Z.

No, who are you? If you are not sure the Bible has the answer. Right in 1 John 3:1, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children and that is what we are!” You are a child of God, when you surrender your life to him. (and he is the King, so that makes you the son or daughter of the King. It just keeps getting better!) He is trying to help you know who you are by giving us His words, The Bible.

What about your purpose? Your purpose is not a banker, or baker,or even a tire changer. Your purpose is to make God known. Whether you are at home, or at work your real work or purpose is to make God known to those around you.

We need to check our Bibles, that help our Father has given us, for the real meaning and worth of exactly whose we are and why we are here.

WAIT

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That four letter word that causes such a negative reaction!

When I was a child and had to wait until next week for my birthday to finally arrive, it was pure agony. Maybe having to wait two more days to finally become man and wife, oh, how slow the hours tick by. Have you ever seen a man in the grocery store, NOT go to the lane that says, “20 or less items” no matter HOW many items are contained in his cart? WAIT, I don’t think so!

It used to be that microwaves were the fastest thing going, now they seem to move in slow motion.

People used to have a land line phones, but why wait until you get home to hear a salesman interrupt your day? We need to know who could be calling or texting or wants to video chat with us, now!

We don’t like to wait in line, its faster to order online. We don’t like to be put on hold, we want taken care of immediately for goodness sake.

We hate red lights, stop signs, whirling internet connections, and grocery lines. (have you watched the person go from line 1 all the way to 24 looking for the shortest line?)

God on the other had is not impressed by our impatience with waiting.  Look how long it was between the time David was anointed until he became king. (not even in the same week!)

What about those Israelites that could have made the journey in 10 days but they had to wait 40 years!

Have you had times in your life when you had to wait? Perhaps you are waiting for a family member to accept God. Maybe you are waiting for that test results. You could be waiting to hear about that job application. We all have times when we are made to wait.

How do you handle waiting? Do you have sleepless nights? Do you wring your hands? I have a suggestion, try prayer and praise.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.  With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.

Instead of thinking that we have the best answer to all our problems, we need to turn things over to God. I will be the first one to tell you that waiting can be so difficult. I want to jump in and fix the problem, hurry things along, or make it happen. If I want the very best results I need to step back, take a deep breath, and thank God for what he is doing. Even when I don’t see instant results.

I have learned, through lots of trials, that the best way to WAIT on the Lord is to start to praise him for all that he has done. If it seems to stressful to think of anything, start with thanking him for your next breath. Then move on to the eyes that help you see, or the ears that you are able to hear with, you get the picture. Take your  mind off of you and your situation and place them on God who has this.

Maybe this scripture needs to be on your fridge, in your wallet, and perhaps in your memory to be able to have the truth right at your finger tips.

Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry about ANYTHING. No matter what happens,tell God about everything ASK, and PRAY, and GIVE THANKS to him.

This is the secret to that four letter word WAIT! Give it a try.

 

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Steal Kill Destroy

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This post is not about politics, even though it could be. It is not about ISIS although I guess it could be. No this post is about the things I have been going through lately. I will not bore you with the details.

I have been through some very trying days. They have brought depression, guilt, anger, sorrow, you name it I have felt it. How can a woman that calls herself a Christian go through all of this? Those words have run around in my brain like a knife carving out pumpkin. They caused more guilt, which leads to more sorrow, well you get the picture.

I hadn’t turned from God but kept seeking to find some help. An answer to all this pain. God has seemed so very quiet. There were days when I would feel that perhaps I was on the way again, but as soon as I left my quiet time the world would close in once again. I didn’t seem to be able to hold onto the words I had just read. I am sure I am not alone in all this. Have you been there? Done that?

This morning as I was waking up the words of the title were like someone shouting in my ear. Kill! Steal! Destroy! Now, most people wouldn’t want to wake up to those words, but they were such an encouragement to me. No, I am not out to hurt or harm anyone. I finally am beginning to understand.

We have an enemy. A horrid enemy that wants nothing more than to Kill, Steal, and Destroy.

He wants to kill all our hopes and dreams. He wants to kill the future we are promised.

He wants to steal all the joy in our lives. The joy, that God gives us each and every day.

This enemy wants to destroy our witness, the way we live our lives. He wants to destroy us so we will join him in everlasting separation from our Savior.

He is the one that tells you and me that we are never going to be good enough. We are never going to be perfect or do things right. We just don’t have what it takes. God could never love us or forgive what we have done. Lies meant to kill, steal, and destroy us. Don’t believe them for one nano-second! That is what Jesus came to take care of for us.

He has redeemed us, bought us back from sure death. He paid our price.

The reason these words brought me such encouragement is because I know that I am a child of God. He is my protection against all of this. He is the Light that pushes back this darkness. He is my shelter from harm. The Bible tells us if a man knew when a thief was coming  he would prepare. Well, guess what, I now know that the “thief” has come and I can once again be prepared.

I need to keep my eyes on God. He has no equal. There is no enemy that can even come close. He has no rival.

I must be doing something right that I have something worth trying to steal or destroy. Salvation! That just makes me more determined than ever to keep walking the path with God, holding tightly to his hand.

Deserve

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You deserve a “break today.”

You deserve a “get away trip to . . .”

You deserve a better insurance company.

Have you noticed that everyone is telling you what you deserve? If you watch any T.V. at all , everyone that is selling something tells you that you deserve their product.

What have I done to be worthy of , a “break today”, “a get away”, “better mortgage percentage rate”, or “a better insurance company”? They don’t even know me! How can they say I deserve anything?

I am retired, I get a break every day for goodness sake! As for a great trip to anywhere it would be such a hassle to figure out how to get up and down with the handicap I am now sporting. I deserve!

How about you? What do you deserve? What have you done lately to deserve a “break”, or to receive a “get away”. Have you solved the great mysteries of the world? Figured out how to get the earth back on even keel? I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t feel worthy, or I certainly haven’t done anything noteworthy!

When I think of what I deserve, I shutter! Things I have done or left undone, no those folks on the T.V. don’t know what I deserve.

When we read in Psalm 103:10 there is such good news. It says:

“We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved.” When we come to Christ and tell him we are sinners and we know we deserve death, (that’s what we deserve) he is FAITHFUL and  just and forgives our sins. He alone can give us the freedom we long to have. We don’t DESERVE it but by his marvelous GRACE we receive it.

The next time you hear someone tell you, you deserve . . . think about the Grace you have received instead.

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Brave Face

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Have you ever had a day when you got up and felt like life was pressing in on you so hard you needed to put on a game face to get through the day?

I have been feeling just like that lately. There have been some very trying moments in my life and to get through the day I put on a “Brave Face” so that others would not know just how I was feeling.

You’ve had days like that? Wow! I thought I was alone in that feeling.

I have been reading a Bible study each morning called the First5 and it is entitled Christ Alone. Today’s study was sharing how it “isn’t about putting on a brave face and hoping for the best when we feel powerless.” Yeah I guess that was exactly how I had been feeling. POWERLESS.

That caught my attention. Someone had be feeling the same way and had the answer to my powerless feeling,

The next words are still ringing like a gong in my head. “We have the power through Christ, who is over every power. . . We are fully loved and accepted and empowered to say no to lesser things.”

The Power through Christ!  This is true on days we feel it and days we don’t. When we are rooted in His love it becomes a reality that anchors us.

Just like that tree in the picture, the wind blows THROUGH the leaves but since the tree is rooted deep the tree just lets the wind through and still stands.

I feel the wind, those hurtful words, the sorrow that is deep, situations that I can’t change, as they blow through. However, I don’t need that brave face any more because I am rooted in God’s love. I feel the “wind” but am not destroyed by it.

There is that deep breath of freedom once more. God is so good and his love is unending.

“This is the fullness of God.”

 

Just a Little Bit

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We were watching a program last night about animals and they were showing these ants. (eeewww) They were so small when it was just one, but then they showed the “army” as they were marching forward and nothing, I mean nothing, got in their way. They even moved this branch that was so much bigger than they. Then it showed them all together and they were like a wall. A real force to be reckoned with.

It got me to thinking of other small things that could become huge. The acorn,that becomes a mighty oak tree. The tiny newborn kangaroo that changes into an adult kangaroo.

Maybe more seriously, that “white lie” that turns into a catastrophe. How about that, ever so small sin, that leads to the separation of a couple? That little piece of gossip that loses a good friend.

Perhaps on the flip side, that tiny bit of faith you are holding on to that blossoms into a truth! In Matthew 17:20 it says;

     “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,’Move from here to      there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

We are able to give those small things, like the need to gossip, or tell that white lie, to God and ask him to help us to be faithful to him instead. He is able to take our small faith and turn it into something much larger.

We learn that we can trust him with all our small things. Things like being unsure in the moment. Or things like which church to go to.

When we seek God and his will for our lives first, then we grow with each decision that he helps us make. So that when those BIG things like fear, anxiety ,and helplessness hammer away at us we know just were to go.

God is able. God is always available. God is always here. So take that little bit of faith you have and let him multiply it like only he can.

Ready For the Trip?

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There is a lot of talk these days of immigrants. It got me to thinking of what it must be like to be in a different country from the one you know.

These people have chosen this particular country to come to. Why? Did they research us? Did they look on the map and say “That looks like the perfect place to go!” Was it the closest to them as far as distance to travel? Do they have relatives here? Did they learn the language?

Then I changed course and started to think of myself. I have never traveled from the United States. I have a passport but only used it to travel to Alaska. (no, it is not a foreign country still the USA but you have to travel through another country to get there.)

If I were going to a foreign country I would want to first of all learn the language. (have you ever been somewhere where those around you are speaking another language and they look your way and smile.) Yes, definitely learn the language.

Then I would want to know how to dress. Is it going to cold or hot where I am going. Do I need warm clothes or cold ones. Important to know.

There are also the rules in that country. Do I drive on the left or the right? As a woman can I go by myself to the market? Will I be safe? Can I go anywhere I want? Should I eat the food and drink the water?

Did I choose the country I am going to because I have relatives there? Will they welcome me, as we have never met face to face?

So many things to consider. So much to learn.

Did you know that as a Christian this world is not your home? Nope!

Don’t you think you need to prepare for your travel home?

You will need a passport. (confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.)

You will definitely need to know the rules. (the Bible tells you all you need to know)

The food and water are the best. (The Bible tells you this)

There is no place safer, anywhere! (The Bible reassures us about this)

Your clothes will be provided. (Once again the Bible shares this)

Your relatives are eager to meet you face to face. (God your Father is waiting with open arms. You guessed it. It’s in the Bible)

Perhaps you need to get yourself ready for that journey. Start reading the guide and learn all you can so that your anticipation will be great and you will be ready to finally go Home.

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