However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." –Luke 10:20
2015 - "Three Little Words" by Terry Ferguson
The Fruit of the Spirit2016 - "Through the Year with Francis of Assisi"
by Murray Bodo
2017 - Thanks-Living
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
–Ephesians 5:1, 2
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Monday, September 14, 2015
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
-1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Sunday, September 13, 2015
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Of course, in real life all these little incidents of helping each other don't come so quickly one after the other....or do they? Perhaps we just don't notice when someone does something nice for us after we've done something nice for someone else. That doesn't mean we stop doing nice things for others and we certainly shouldn't be keeping score if we are doing it for the right reason. I think this little video helps to emphasize that when we love one another the love multiplies. We may not receive something back from the person we helped/loved, but God will reward us in ways we may not notice if we're looking for payback from the one we showed love to.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
God manifests Himself through people, through the natural world, through circumstances. . . .we just need to believe and we shall see Him in all His glory.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
I enlarged this on my computer screen and watched it for the entire 15 minutes while I meditated on the fact that the same sun that rises each day for me rises for my enemies. . . .then I prayed for them as my heart joined with the birds praising their Creator. . . .
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
I chose this song because it holds special meaning for me. As I was watching the video I thought about how powerful rushing water can be--just like the living water, Jesus Christ, is in us. And then I saw the salmon fighting their way up stream.....a picture of how I feel sometimes. But it's also a picture of God's strength in us to navigate life's challenges. He's given me all that I need. I just need to call on Him with my whole being.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Jesus' last words, "It is finished," was referring to his purpose--to die for our sins. But the "work" he'd done was by no means over. It was merely the beginning of what the Holy Spirit, who came in his stead, would do in and through us. Just like the caterpillar dies in order to become a beautiful butterfly, there is more to Jesus' purpose.
Jesus finished what he was sent for, but His Spirit is still working. Still accomplishing. But even the Spirit's work will one day be finished. Will you be ready?
This concludes the Three Little Words book I've been sharing on this web journal.....
So, what comes next?
To finish out the year I'm using the Fruit of the Spirit passage from Galatians 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
Each quality that the Spirit manifests through us will be highlighted for two weeks. I'll use scripture and in whatever way the Spirit inspires me. The other change is it will be posted each morning at 5:00 a.m. so that you can start your day meditating on these traits of the Spirit in you.
I hope you will join me as I make new discoveries in God's word.
Friday, September 4, 2015
When our granddaughter stayed with us for a few days my cat, Poetry, would hide in the basement and only come up when Olivia was in bed asleep. As you can see Gabriel, our dog, was right there with Olivia looking through the cat door to the basement looking for Poetry. We are like my cat. We hide from God because we fear Him. If you are a Christian, we fear Him because we're afraid He is displeased with us. If we're not a Christian, we fear Him because we're afraid He IS real and we know in our heart that we need Him but our ego won't let us put down our defenses. But the Good News little Olivia is a lot like God in that all she wants to do is hug Poetry, like she hugs Gabriel and tries to kiss him all the time. . . .
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I don't think our granddaughter will ever be guilty of oversleeping! She is just too curious about everything and doesn't want to miss out. Perhaps that is part of the problem that these scriptures describe. When we disengage from the beauty in our lives and become complacent we will withdraw into a type of "oversleep" that is not only detrimental to our physical life but our spiritual life. I hope I will remain curious and engaged with the life God has given me until it is over.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
We have many types of appetites. Some are no good for us and some are only good in moderation. Unless you count love for God. A hearty appetite of love for God does not need to be controlled. And God says if we love Him we'll show it by our care for one another. I think humans remain helpless babies longer than the rest of the animal kingdom because adults who care for them need more time to learn selfless love. Until I had a child to care for I didn't really understand the nature and purpose of love.