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The Fruit of the Spirit
2016 - "Through the Year with Francis of Assisi"
by Murray Bodo
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lead By Example

1 Timothy 4:12

God arranged us into families and communities so that we could learn by example, just as these goslings are doing.  As a member of a family and citizen of a community I am an example whether or not I want to be.  I must always keep this in mind when I interact with others.  Are they seeing the Christ in me or my ego?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Money Isn't Everything

1 Timothy 6:17

Why does the fragrance of a rose excite my nose?
Was it put there just for me?
Did God say, "Cathy, please take note."
So that I would stop along the way?
And thereby take the time to notice
His garden made just for me?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Make a Plan

Proverbs 16:3

A few years ago when I saw an ad in the classifieds for free brick I made a plan to build a small lean-to greenhouse onto the house.  Ken and I made two trips out into the countryside with our mini-van to collect these bricks.  A couple years later I ended up using them instead to make a bricked area in front of our picket fence for a small table and chairs and flower pots with enough left over to make a foot path through my garden.  I collected the brick according to the plan I made, but they were used for something entirely different.  Today's verses tell me it's wise to make plans, but that it is God who establishes my steps, so when things don't work out the way I think they should, I can trust that God's plans are even better.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wait Upon God

Isaiah 40:31

This is not an eagle, as Isaiah uses to describe what hope is like, but we do have a resident hawk.  I took this picture through the window by my desk just as he lifted his wings one August afternoon.  It wasn't until I looked at the photo that I found I'd "captured" it in mid-flight.  Before this it  appeared on the railing of our deck much to my cat's consternation, who sat quietly in a nearby window watching it.   She's really into birds, but not one as large as she is!  I've watched this hawk in flight high above our trees, as it uses the updraft to float on the air.  It doesn't even have to flap its wings to stay aloft.  This is what God does for us--keeps us aloft, renewing our strength, as we wait upon Him.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spread the Word

Acts 13:49

Before we screened in the porch the birds would make a mess of it with the bird seed that fell from the feeder that hung from the post.  Soon the squirrels would arrive to feed on the seeds that spread across the porch.  Some of these seeds would sprout in the garden below, as well, which was not particularly desirable.  Spreading God's Word, however, is!  When we share God's word many are fed and new growth sprouts in the hearers.  Yes, there may be weeds growing amongst the flowers, but that is God's business to pull them up (Matthew 13).  Mine is just to spread the seeds of Truth and Love.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Respect Your Elders

1 Timothy 5:1

When my boys were little I used to worry about whether or not I was a good enough parent until a friend in her 60's told me she admired that I let my boys tell me whatever they didn't like about my requests and rules.  They would often question my decisions concerning them and sometimes I would change my mind based on what they had to say.  I told my friend that I'd always allowed them to express themselves as long as they did it respectfully.  I think this is why I cringe when I hear a Christian railing at God.  He calls us to be honest with Him, but to complain is to question God's integrity.  God only wants what's best for us and if I truly believe that, I won't complain about my trials.  Instead, I'll trust that He'll see me safely through it and that I'll be better off for it. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Keep Good Company

What better photo to illustrate today's three little words than this one.  Jesus refers to us as sheep on several occasions.  Paul exhorts Christians to keep away from every fellow Christian who lives an unruly life.  This first generation of Christians were as young children in the faith, easily led astray, just as sheep are.  They needed good examples in order to grow in their faith--not weak ones.  When my family moved when I was 9 I made friends with two little girls who thought nothing of shoplifting from the little corner grocery.  I wish I could tell you that I was secure enough to not need to follow their example in order to keep their friendship.  It was probably a very good thing that we moved from that neighborhood after three months.  After that I was more selective in the friends I made.  Even now I need to be careful about not trying to fit in at the expense of violating my Christian witness.  It's too easy to join in with gossipers, or as Paul calls them, busybodies. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hard Work Pays

This drawing looks very simple, but it was hard work for me.  You can see the smudges from all the erasing I had to do to get it even to this point.  I had a sketch to follow and I still couldn't seem to get the proportions right.  I wanted to give up several times and the only reason I didn't was because I needed to complete it so I'd have something to write about today and a photo to go along with it.  For me, this is a huge pay off.  But now, I need to go back to my drawing desk and keep at it until it gets easier and easier to do.  Only then will I be able to improve in my ability to draw.  For me working hard = perseverance, and perseverance will be rewarded.

Friday, January 23, 2015

God is Good

Jesus' answer to the rich young man in the Matthew passage had me searching for the meaning of the word "good."  He said there was only One who was good.  God.  That is because only God is intrinsically good.  Even Jesus did not claim to be good in and of himself because he was flesh and blood.   His goodness came from being one with God.  It makes me think of the animals that live in my house.  They are keenly interested in that squirrel on top of the bird feeder.  It is their nature to hunt small prey.   My cat prefers the birds that visit the feeder, while my dog is more interested in the squirrel.  They can't be any other way.  And God can't be any other way than Good.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Be Born Again

In the Peter passage he talks of being born again as imperishable seed.  It made me think of the difference between annual plants and perennial plants.  When annuals die each year a new seed must be planted the next Spring.  When perennials die come winter, only what you can see above ground dies.  The roots do not die--they are merely sleeping beneath the soil.  Next Spring they will experience a resurrection from the roots that have overwintered in the protective soil.  In addition, the seeds they drop will create more plants.  We humans are like the annuals.  We reproduce by seed.  Then we die.  When we are born again we are rooted in Christ which is imperishable.  The seeds we sow by how we witness for Christ with our lives and by telling others about Him will create new followers of Christ.  In my photo above the white flowers in the cement planter are annuals whereas the white flowers in the ground are perennial.  Sometimes people are like that--you can't tell who are Christians and who aren't.  They all look lovely, but some will die at the end of their life and others will be resurrected when Christ comes again.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claim God's Promises

"Full measure of hope". . . ."Partakers of the divine nature". . . .these were the words that jumped out at me as I read today's scriptures.  These tulips (the photo was taken March 26, 2013) are indeed claiming God's promise that Spring is close at hand.  The Vernal Equinox was 6 days before, signaling Spring!  The divine-given nature of the tulips pushed up through the crusted snow with a full measure of hope.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Don't Look Back

We put this signpost at intersecting paths in our woods.  The cities are places where we have friends and family living---or places in the stories I've written.   We even pointed them in the general direction so that if you walked up our path and decided you wanted to go to Annapolis you'd know which direction to head.  Today's three little words, Don't Look Back, reminds me of a Mary Englebreit greeting card of a signpost at intersecting paths, only her signs offered only two destinations:  "Your Life" or "No Longer an Option."  At the top of the card were our three little words!  Today's scriptures admonish me to move forward rather than dwell in the past.  This is another way of saying yesterday's three little words:  Forgive and forget.  To forgive is to move on.  To forget is to not look back.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Obey God's Commandments

John 14:21

Paul, in Galatians 5:14, says the whole law can be summed up in keeping this one command:  Love your neighbor as yourself.   I refer to myself as a "recovering perfectionist" now that I realize being a perfectionist is not something one should aspire to (it's not the same thing as aspiring to do the best one is capable of).  As a perfectionist I used to justify my expectations of others by reminding myself I never expect of someone else more than I do of myself.  Because I was not happy with who I was I was constantly trying to improve myself--and everyone along with me.  I always felt that if that other person would do this or not do that, then I could be perfect.  It seemed others' imperfect behaviors brought out the worst in me, and that just wouldn't do!  An example is my first-born was quite a strong-willed toddler.  As you can see in the photo above he was full of mischief!  Because he constantly challenged any and everything I wanted/needed him to do, I found myself getting angry because I was not being the "perfect mother" I'd always imagined for myself.  I found myself saying, "If he'd cooperate, I could do my job of taking care of him better."  I could say this about everyone else, too.  I could be a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter, a better neighbor if only they would cooperate!  

Are you getting the connection between loving your neighbor and yourself in my examples yet?  .....love your neighbor as yourself.   The problem was I did not love myself.  I was so critical of myself that it followed that I was critical of others.  It's only when I can accept myself as I am that I will be able to accept others as they are.  In essence, isn't that what love is all about?  Before I leave this topic, though, I want to address the question, "Does that mean we should never try to improve ourselves?"  The answer is yes and no.  Yes, I shouldn't try to improve myself, but I should let the Holy Spirit in me make the necessary changes.  By being open to the Spirit He will reveal to me where I need to change, and with His Help and by His Power, I'll be able to.  Chances are the change I need to make is to become as He made me to be in the first place--not some made-up version I've imagined for myself based on what I think others would like me to be.  In trying to be something I am not I will act out of fear rather than love because at the deepest level I know that God's grace will not be with my ego.  God gives grace to the humble, and it is the humble who see themselves as God sees them--in need of Him.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tell The Truth

The photograph is actually of a flat wall along the creek in our downtown park.  The artist who painted this wall used the trumpe l'oeil technique.  It means "fool the eye."  It is really quite amazing when you see it in person because you really are fooled into believing there is a statue in a niche in the wall.  Today's scripture is about telling the truth.  I have always known it is not right to tell a lie so I can't remember ever doing it......that is, if you don't count "untruths."  What are untruths?  There are a myriad of ways to deceive ourselves into thinking we're not lying.  These are often called white lies because they're meant to spare someone's feelings (Oh, I love your new haircut!)  Then there's the lie by omission.  This is where you omit certain facts or fail to correct a misconception.  I decided to check the Internet for more types of lies and I was surprised there are eight!  Here are some of them:  broken promises; exaggeration; plagiarism.  But I didn't see the one that I think should be included.  It's when I lie to myself.  It's when I don't confess my sin because I've told myself I was justified in what I did or didn't do.  But there is another kind of lie that is just as important to acknowledge because it's why some people never come to Jesus for salvation.  They tell themselves they're OK.  They don't "sin" in the ways others do.  They may make mistakes, but everybody makes mistakes.  They fool themselves into believing they don't need Jesus in order to go to heaven as long as they don't lie, steal, kill, or cheat on their spouse.  But I will tell you the truth in Jesus' own words: "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Friday, January 16, 2015

Look to Jesus

These little stained glass ornaments hang over my kitchen sink, attached to the window by a suction cup.  Every once in a while they will come crashing down into the sink.  I'd just gone to bed in a different room because my husband was feeling sick.  When I heard a noise down the hall, I figured he'd gotten up.  It was only in the morning after I'd woken up feeling sick myself that I discovered the ornaments had fallen into the sink.  I think the angels that God sends to watch over me brushed against these so I'd find them in the morning to remind me that with God all things are possible!  As I picked up the different pieces the last one was the Joy reminder.  I don't know if this reminder made the difference, but I felt good enough after a couple hours to go do the errands I'd planned for the morning.  When I look to Jesus for my needs, I am never disappointed.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Don't Be Childish

Philippians 3:14-15

My granddaughter can have the sweetest expressions on her face. . . .
But once she turned eight months we started seeing this one. . . .

In the second scripture we are told to stop thinking like children and be like infants in regard to evil.  I pondered on this statement and I think I understand.  Our little granddaughter is no longer an infant.  She has become aware of the difference between right and wrong.  If you tell her "no" to something, the next time she starts to do it, she looks over your way to see if you're going to stop her, then goes ahead and does it.  And if she doesn't want to do something you want her to do, she makes a face.  There was a time she was completely innocent--she had no knowledge of the rightness or wrongness of putting something she shouldn't in her mouth.  As for her thinking, she's at the age now that she enjoys the attention she is getting and I'm sure if she didn't get it she'd probably demand it--she is not the timid sort.  She's developed likes and dislikes for certain foods and will turn her head and buck in the chair to avoid the spoon hovering in front of her mouth.  These are childish behaviors and quite normal, but if an adult acted in this manner it would not be appropriate.  In all three scriptures I am being admonished to think like a mature adult--not to demand my own way, take my responsibilities seriously, and never pout or throw a fit when things don't go my way.  Yet, I need to be like an innocent child who trusts her parents for all her needs.  God loves me and will take care of me.....and if He tells me "no" I'll trust He knows best.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Do Your Best

2 Corinthians 8:10-11

As you can see by the date in the corner this is a photo from awhile back.  Our son is at the piano.  It is the final performance for parents of high-schoolers at a Jazz Camp in upstate New York.  Because of my son's interest in Jazz music I was exposed to it throughout his high school and college years as I attended his performances.  I learned that each musician has a solo in the song where he or she improvises while the others play the chords in the background.  Julie Ackerman Link in a recent Our Daily Bread devotional tells of an incident early in Jazz player, Herbie Hancock's career.  He was playing with the musical legend Miles Davis and played the wrong chord during Davis' solo, but Davis kept on playing.  Hancock said, "He played some notes that made my chord right."  This is what God does with our mistakes when we've tried do our best.  How are we able to do our best?  It is when we do everything for the glory of God.  Jesus' blood covered our biggest mistake and continues to provide a way for us to become all that God created us to be when we keep our eyes on Him.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Praise the Lord

2 Corinthians 1:3

I had a difficult time deciding which photo would best express the awe I feel when I'm in God's "mighty expanse" as Psalm 150:1 declares.   My first thought was it is in the mountains that I feel it, but then I saw a photo in my photo library of a tranquil lake.  I even thought of posting photos of animals or flowers because all these things are such miracles to me.  Then I thought of my granddaughter!  I finally came across this sunrise off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.  The expansive ocean with its powerful waves and gentle ripples has always held me in rapture.  There were clouds lining the horizon that next-to-the-last morning we were to be there, so we did not see the actual sun until later.  Its glow, however, filled the sky above the cloud line.  Then I looked up and saw the moon.  At that moment I felt the awesomeness of the universe--the God created universe--and praised Him in my heart and soul.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Keep the Faith

Proverbs 4:20-23

My husband's sister likes to run in races several times a year so when she came for our son's wedding in 2011 she organized a race for the family.  She even provided T-Shirts for everyone with the names of the bride and groom and the date with the words "Family 5K - Run-Walk-Crawl."  The plan had been to go into town and run around the park, but it was 100 degrees in the shade that day so everyone elected to stick to the neighborhood--a short two-block run.  Our driveway, though, was the real challenge as they had to run then walk then practically crawl back up it when they were done.  The slope you see in the photo is actual--not an illusion from the camera angle.  Today's scripture is about "finishing the race" as Paul refers to the Christian walk, which sometimes can feel like a run up hill or a crawl when we feel exhausted!  But remembering that God is there to help me in my time of need will empower my faith to keep me from falling.  I'll be able to finish the race and receive my reward.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Seek Multiple Witnesses

2 Corinthians 13:1

I had fun with this photo illustration!  I was having lunch with a son and daughter-in-love (I recently came across this new term for  daughter-in-law!) at a little British tea room in town.  It is run by an ex-pat and serves authentic British tea and recipes.  I was telling my companions about my new Blog and my need to find a scene I could photograph for today's message when all three of us noticed the mice on the mantle next to our table.  I rearranged the mice to present themselves to the Queen and had my photo for today!  Today's scriptures are about two different scenarios of the need for two or three witnesses.  The first and third concerns taking witnesses with you if you've confronted someone about their sin and they won't listen to you.  The second is about not condemning someone to death unless there are two or three witnesses to the crime.  What these scriptures say to me is that I should not rely merely on my own impression about something.  It goes along with seeking counsel from several sources.  It is far too easy for me to be prejudiced by my own weaknesses.  I might inadvertently embellish something because I've already interpreted it by my own preferences and opinions.  In my day-to-day dealings with people I really should give them the benefit of the doubt first when I see a behavior I think needs calling out.  I may be the one who takes offense too easily because it pushes some "guilt button" in me causing me to read something into their behavior that's just not there.  Only when there are others who can support my claim against the person, too, should I confront them--first privately, and then bringing the witnesses with me. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Honor Your Parents

Proverbs 1:8-9

These are my parents when they were in high school.  They wouldn't meet for another dozen or so years.  By then they were already married to other people and had children.  Because of circumstances neither my father's or my mother's children lived with me or my younger brother (except for one half-brother for a couple years).  This bothered me a great deal as a child.  I think partly because I worried they'd leave me, too, for someone else.  Needless to say, I did not have a lot of respect for my parents because of all the mistakes they made in their lives and the effect it had on our family....but I did honor them because God showed me that I could learn from their mistakes by not repeating them.  After I left home at age 18 I kept in close contact with them and eventually took care of my mother in my home the last year of her life.  God gave me the privilege of being with her when she took her last breath--just after I told her that Jesus was waiting for her.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Trust and Obey

1 Samuel 15:22

The Proverbs passage says if we will acknowledge God in all our ways He shall direct our paths.  It has always interested me to see deer tracks in the snow.  They are a four-legged creature, yet looking at their tracks you get the impression they only have two legs because their hind feet step into the prints left by their front feet.  This is called "registering" and helps them conserve energy.  We humans, on the other hand, can't do this because we only have two feet.  We need to vacate the first step before we can use it for the second and that is impossible!  I looked up the word "registering" to see why this would be applied to deer tracks.  One of the definitions is "make an impression."  There was a time that people obeyed God because they feared Him, but ever since Jesus paid for our sins, we need no longer fear God.  Now we obey Him because we trust Him....or least, that is how is should be.  Love casts out all fear.  Acknowledging that all we have and are is from God assures that the steps we take will make an impression on the watching world because they will see that we are trusting God.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Guard Your Reputation

Ecclesiastes 7:1

These are some of my ancestors.  I'm on the far left.  The three photos to my immediate right are my father's family.   The four photos on the far right are of my mother's family.  They've only been in America since the late 1800's/early 1900's.  I've never heard any unfavorable stories about my mother's side of the family.  I can't say the same about my father's.  If my father's family suffered a loss of reputation it was not something I was aware of.  But I can tell you I was not very proud of them.  I've researched that side of the family back to the 1700's in an attempt to try to understand what led them to be less than honorable.  They were slave owners in the 1700's and 1800's, and in the early 1900's all I will say is there was jail time involved.  My generation in the family and the children born of it, though, have all been law-abiding, productive citizens.  Sometimes bad examples spur us on not to be like them because we've seen the consequences first-hand.  This is why I made sure my boys knew their heritage so they'd be more watchful not to repeat the unsavory parts of it.  As Christians we have an even more important reason to guard our reputations.  Just like we wouldn't want our children (or our parents) to embarrass us, we should be mindful of our behavior as Christians before the watching world.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seek Wise Counsel

Psalm 1:1-2

My multitude of counselors over the years have been my books beginning with the Bible and then such authors as 18th century Quaker writers and 20th century writers such as A. B. Simpson, Oswald Chambers, Hannah Whitall Smith, Eugenia Price, and Warren Wiersbe, to name just a few.  The top shelf, above, contains several translations of the Bible and various study aids.  The lower shelf is only one of several shelves of other Christian writers I've read over the years.  Many are daily devotionals which I have been reading for over 30 years.  I cannot imagine starting a day without reading God's word or about God's word and then journaling about it.  This Blog, and the other two, Freedom in Christ and Another Perfect Day, are the culmination of my years of meditating on God's word.  In my journal I have worked out solutions to problems, waded through choices and made decisions, and expressed my confused feelings in hopes of finding the gem hidden in the tangle of emotions.  I see my journal as one of my counselors because it is a form of prayer for me.  Countless times I've presented a concern to God and in the next moment found my pen writing down the words I need to hear to move me in the right direction.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cast Off Cares

Psalm 55:22

I took this photo through the display window of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  I feel the artist truly captured the anxiety this wife and mother felt as she prayed for the safety of her husband during the war.  The thing about war is that you know people are going to die on both sides.  Even if you chose not to serve, your life may still be in peril.  But the truth is, our lives are in peril every day because of accidents, sickness, and murder--not to mention old age!  That's the bad news.  The good news is we don't have to choose anxiety--that's optional.  Scripture tells us to cast off our anxious thoughts and think on what is good and noble instead.  Putting our trust in God's plan for our lives will actually prevent some of our troubles.  Just look at Eve.  She became anxious when she thought God wasn't looking after her best interests and decided to take matters into her own hands.  We all know what happened next.  Trusting God will not undo all the harm that has been perpetrated by man's continual disobedience, but it will bring peace into your own heart, a clarity of mind that will help you navigate life more easily, and the knowledge that you will hear these words one day, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Monday, January 5, 2015

Love One Another

2 John 1:5

Babies are one of the easiest creatures on earth to love!  Even if they are being uncooperative or cranky it's really hard to be annoyed with them when they are so cute!  I think this is a good way to envision God's love for us as His children.  Who among us is always cooperative and cheerful when it comes to obeying God's command to Love One Another?  Yet, He loves us anyway. . . . even if we aren't cute.  On top of that He has given us all that we need to enable us to love one another--the power of the Holy Spirit that is in us.  We just need to follow the example He provides in how He shows His love to us:  He forgives us for not being perfect.  So, if you are having a hard time loving someone, just forgive them for not being perfect and let God's love flow through you to them. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

You Are Gifted

1 Peter 4:10

It was late 1996 and my empty nest fears were about to be realized in a few months. My first child would be graduating from high school and going off to college in the coming year.  The fact that I still had two at home didn't soften the blow because it already meant my family would never be the same.  The desperation that I felt deep in my soul, however, opened up something in me and  enabled me to write a dozen simple stories based on 1 Corinthians 13--the "Love" chapter.  It all began when I found this marked-down original watercolor for $10 after Christmas that year. . . .
The Bible verse at the bottom spoke to my heart. . . .

. . . .and a story emerged with my calico cat, Poetry, as the best friend of Gabriel the Snowman.  Soon these little characters begged to be given form more than words, and the above watercolor drawings emerged, followed by another character based on my friend Sandra's Golden Retriever.  I had no idea I could draw anything that resembled what I accomplished.  I was unsuccessful after many attempts to get my stories published, so I set up my own website and "published" them here.  I believe these simple stories have opened the way for me to reach others for Christ and opened the way for my other Blogs (Freedom in Christ and Another Perfect Day).  I have no idea how many people have been blessed by the gifts God has given me, but I know I have been.  God's word says we are to be good stewards of the gifts He gives us.  I hope mine will spur you on to discover yours and share them.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Always Be Prepared

Matthew 25:13

I took this photo in the 1970's at my grandmother's house on a rural gravel road in Mississippi.  These signs had been on that tree for as long as I could remember which would have been as far back as the mid-1950's.  On this particular visit as an adult I was sitting on the front porch with my grandmother and my parents who were also visiting.  We could hear a car approaching from some distance because of the crunch of the gravel, and because it was slowing down we knew we were about to get a visitor.  The fellow came up the walk and approached the porch with this greeting:  "Do you mean right now?"  He was a stranger to us (it turns out he was selling something), so we had no idea what he was talking about until he referred to the sign down by the road.  I don't remember my Dad's response now, but I've always remembered that encounter because it drove home the point that "Yes, just like we had an unexpected visitor, Jesus could come back unexpectedly right NOW," and we ought to be prepared.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Count Your Blessings

Psalm 40:5

I was in the grocery store the other day and noticed the headline on this magazine:  The Pursuit of Contentment.  I didn't flip through the magazine (or buy it), so I don't know what it had to say about contentment.  But I do know a sure way of finding contentment:  Count Your Blessings.  We'd just come from another grocery store where I happened to pick a line where the young mother (her child was in the cart) was using WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) coupons to pay for her purchases.  She had several coupons and each selection of items (I think they were grouped in categories like fresh vegetables, baby formula, etc.) had to be rung up and paid for separately.  What had appeared to be a short line ended up taking much longer.  But because I was thinking about today's Three Little Words, I was not annoyed.  Instead, I counted it a blessing that I did not need to use WIC coupons.  There was a time I had to count pennies for several years, but that experience only served to make me more frugal and less stingy once our finances stabilized.  The experience taught me that God provides even when I don't know how it's going to happen.  I learned that the real Blessing came from trusting God no matter what.  As long as I remember to trust God, everything can be counted as a Blessing.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Put God First

When I think of what it means to put God first I think of the first commandment:  Have no other gods before Him.  But it is much more than that.  In Psalm 23:2 we are told He leads us, and in John 10:27 we are told we are His sheep and we are to follow Him.  In Joshua 3:14 the Israelites "set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before them." To put God first is much more than just not having any other gods in our lives.  It's the intentional letting Him take the lead in your life and then following.