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4 posts from April 2007

April 24, 2007

Persistence...

Rapidsvermilion

Greetings, Dear Friends!

To those visiting for the first time I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my goal is to bless you and nourish your soul.

My husband received a call the other day from our son Luke who is in college studying to be a worship pastor. He has no money, but some how, over time, he has managed to acquire the gear necessary to foster his interest in computers and nurture his love for music. He barters, he builds from scratch, he trades, he saves, and in the end he gets what he's after.

The recent phone call went like this: "Uh, Dad, how are you doing today? Well I just wanted to tell you that I have a friend who needed a computer so I took one of my old ones, rebuilt it, programmed it with the things he wanted and then sold it to him. Then I got a ride to the bank and deposited the money. Then I called the music store and asked them to set aside the speaker I've been eyeing for some time. Then I paid for it over the phone with my credit card. It's sitting there with my name on it. Would you mind picking it up for me?"

My husband looked at me and said, "How do ya say no to that?"

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April 18, 2007

Life vs. The Law

Sunpeek

Greetings, Dear Friends!

To my new visitors, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to provide you with some soul nourishment that you may be energized to be about the things God has called you to!

I was reading in the book of John this morning and I was impressed again by Jesus' tenacity of purpose in spite of the constant opposition He faced.

In Jerusalem was a pool surrounded by five covered colonnades. A great number of disabled people spent a great amount of time there, hoping to be healed. A certain man had been disabled for thirty-eight years!

Surely he was hard to miss. If you lived in Jersualem at the time, you no doubt saw this man spending time at the healing pool.

Jesus, the healer, walked up to the man and asked him if he wanted to get well. Instead of shouting, "YES!" the man explained why he hadn't been healed up to this point. Even so, you can't have an encounter with the Living One and remain unchanged. The man was healed.

And how did the "religious" ones respond to this miracle?

I imagine them narrowing their eyes, tapping thier lips while saying to the restored man, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat." (John 5:10)

Talk about making a mountain out of a mole-hill!

Read this verse, it's pretty amazing:

"So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted Him" (John 5:16).

There's no emotion around that verse, but think of what that must have been like for Jesus!

He heals a man who has suffered for thirty-eight years and is treated with hostility as a result. What a backwards world He came to save.

But I love His response in verse 17: "My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working." It's as if He is saying, "Think what you will, but I came to impart life. If it doesn't fit in your box, well, I guess that's too bad. I will go where people are more intent on my presence than on their religious program. Though you all need me, I came to save and heal those who know they need Me."

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April 11, 2007

Listen to Him...

Godmoving

Greetings, Dear Friends!

And a special welcome to any new visitors! I post every Wednesday and my whole purpose is to bless and encourage you along your way.

The Bible says that DAILY the Heavens pour forth speech. Daily, God is speaking to us, wooing us to His side, and leading us in the way we should go.

So, what do you suppose is one of the enemy's greatest tactics against us?

Busy-ness!

Take a minute, pour a cup of coffee, take in a deep breath and exhale.

Take a moment and rest in His presence...

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April 04, 2007

Rest...

Heleadsmepic_4

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

And to those visiting for the first time I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my purpose is to bless and encourage you along your way.

I can't believe it is spring time once again!

I remember last spring like it was yesterday. I was coming off of an intense speaking season which included international travel. I was exhuasted and in deep need of a vacation. I was facing a busy summer getting the house ready for my son's graduation open house along with writing my next book.

I wanted to cry, I was so tired. I just wanted to curl up with a good novel and rest for a month or two, or three. There didn't seem to be enough hours in the day to fill my cup back up.

I dragged myself through my tasks lists while repeatedly uttering, "I need a vacation."

Apparently I had said it one too many times because I was stopped in my tracks by the voice of the Lord and He strongly corrected me. He said, "You will stop saying, 'I need a vacation.' I chart the course ahead of you and I tell you where to stop and rest (Psalm 139:3)!"

I stood corrected and humbled.

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