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ByJudye

Delight

Max Lucado writes about Delight. We all have our own definition of “delight” but I like his in-depth version.

“Delight is the Bethlehem shepherds dancing a jig outside a cave. Delight is Mary watching God sleep in a feeding trough. Delight is Joseph teaching the Creator of the world how to hold a hammer. Delight is a widow hosting a party with food made for a funeral. Delight is Jesus doing impossible things in crazy ways: healing the blind with spit, paying taxes with coins found in a fish’s mouth, & coming back from the dead disguised as a gardener. Delight is the surprise on the faces of street folks who have been invited the a king’s banquet. (I might add, that’s us – it’s waiting for us) Delight is the adultress walking out of the stone-cluttered courtyard alive, a scantily clad Peter plunging into cold waters to get close to the one he’d cursed. Delight is a father scrubbing the pig-pen smell off his son’s back.”

SACRED delight is good news coming thru the back door of your heart! What you had always dreamed but never expected – too good to be true coming true! I love HIM…
ByJudye

Moment Of Doubt Or Life Pattern?

Photo Credit: Brandon HellerRemember Doubting Thomas in the Book of John?

Jesus didn’t rebuke him for unbelief – He SHOWED him the evidence he asked for! And Thomas replied, “My Lord & my God !” After this, the NT is silent about Thomas. Early church history claims that Thomas went to India as a missionary. He preached, worked miracles, and planted churches. Many of the churches are still active today & trace their founding back to Thomas – the former skeptic & doubter!

A time of doubt doesn’t HAVE to become a life pattern! We can still accomplish great things for Him. Faith grows & doubts leave if we remind ourselves of all He’s done!

He’s done so much for me I cannot tell it all – but the ones He brings to my remembrance, I cannot but tell it all!

Watching & waiting for HIM!

ByJudye

Duh

I’ve often wondered why I picture myself as a child sitting in God’s lap. I thought that picture would fade as I grow older, but it hasn’t. I’m always a little 5 yr.old girl no matter what we’re talking about. When I pray, I am leaned against Him & He patiently listens and cries with me if I cry, laughs when I happily tell Him something wonderful, and reprimands me when I need it. When I pray, I never see myself as I am now – I’m always that little girl. Suddenly, it dawned on me one day. (You know that over-used, one syllable “word” that was used a while back?…Duh.) That’s the word I said aloud when HE reminded where I was when I first heard how Jesus died for me. It was Christmas Eve & my grandfather had come to visit. As he & I were enjoying Christmas candy together, he asked me if I knew what Christmas was. I said what most 5 yr.olds say, “Yeah, Santa is coming!” Well, at that, he picked me up and sat me in his lap and told me the whole story from beginning to end. All of it – from His birth on -even the blood that ran down the cross onto the ground. How the earth shook because creation wept over it’s Creator. How He had only done good & loved everyone – even the soldiers who killed Him. He explained that all I had to do was believe & accept. That I did. I leaned against my grandfather’s flannel shirt & as I listened to his heartbeat, I wept because Jesus loved me that much. Right there, sitting in Grandaddy’s lap, He came into this little girl’s heart and stayed. We’ve been best friends ever since. So, I am content to stay in the Father’s lap until it’s time to see Him face to face. And…I am so glad my grandaddy loved me enough to tell me.

ByAngie

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ByAngie

If We Can Just Make It In Before The Storm

Well, here I am again… with another old family tale from my childhood for you. Another event in my life that God reminded me of again recently and taught me a lesson with. Hope it’s not too boring. Enjoy!

My Sweet Grandma, Taken around the time of this story...

When I was 5 years old (about to turn 6) my Grandpa, Mom, and little brother all packed up into the car to go visit family in Kentucky. Because of my being enrolled in first grade, my Grandma and I stayed behind. Most would be upset that their trip would require them to be gone over my 6th birthday. But not I! Grandma and I had BIG plans.

One of these big plans, was a trip to Pic N Save, which is now “Big Lots”. I know, I know, bear with me here. I was a kid, and that place was full of cheap stuff to buy with birthday & first lost tooth money!

So we got ourselves dolled up and jumped in the car. I still remember picking out a perfect hot pink back pack and a bunch of rinky dink toys. But before we knew it the weather was changing from a perfect Southern California Autumn day into a cold, dark, windy, and rainy mess. Being that Grandma refused to drive in either the dark or rain, we had a problem. Before we started on our way we prayed. “Jesus, please let us just make it home before the storm. Amen.”

My 6th birthday at McDonalds! Loading up on the spending money!

About half way home, the thunder and lightning started. The rain was coming down so hard that we couldn’t see. We were both scared and nervous. Storms like this are rare in our neck of the woods, you see, and she hadn’t driven in these conditions in quite some time. “Oh Jesus, please, protect us and let us make it home safe. Just let us get home before the storm. If we can just make it in before the storm, I know we’ll be okay.”

To not show her upset, she started talking about how wonderful the night in at home would be. There would be hot chocolate and marshmallows. We could watch the lightning show from the window and wear our cozy jammies and slippers. It was to be a grand ol’ time! But once again she prayed, “Lord Jesus, If we can just make it in before the storm, I know we’ll be okay.” I kept thinking, “She does know the storm has already hit, right?” but never said anything. Just went with it.

This went on for a few miles, and finally we were home safe and sound. Sure enough though, as soon as we got in the storm got worse. We did as planned and enjoyed our time together, laughing at how scared we were on the way home from the discount store.

Someday soon, Jesus is going to come back for the church. Life from now until then may get unpleasant. In fact, it’s going to get really unpleasant. The storm is going to hit and things are going to get really nasty. Just watch the news one night and you’ll see it’s already begun, just as we are told in the book of Revelation.

But if we can just make it in before the storm…

What the world is going through now is NOTHING like what it will be. The awesome news is that the body of believers will be taken away right before the storm really gets going. Just like Grandma and I sat all comfy cozy with our hot chocolate, the church will be in Heaven shouting and rejoicing without a worry or a care when the storm hits hard. Until then we must pray. “God, protect us from what is going on, and Jesus come quickly!”

But what if you’re not ready?

All you have to do is ask for forgiveness. Simple as that. Believe in Him. Change your ways. “Go and Sin No More.” (John 8:11)

Before we know it the storm will be over. Just hang tight. Until then, lift up your head, for your redemption draws near… (Luke 21:27) Because we WILL make it in before the storm, and it really is all going to be okay!

ByDiania

Yes, Mr. Santa Claus, There Is A Jesus

Merry Christmas Mr. Santa
Let me tell you why you’re here
This day’s not about you
There’s a reason for this cheer

The season’s all around us
There’s a spirit in the air
So listen while I tell you
What Christmas has to share

Many, many years ago
Before you were even make believe
A King was born on Christmas day
Knowing he would have to leave

He was born to man a Savior
He knew His destiny
He lived a life of suffering
To save you and me

Now you take all the credit
For granting little one’s their wishes
But did you ever feed a
Multitude with five little fishes?

Did you ever stop a stormy sea
Or turn water into wine?
Did you ever open up deafened ears
Or give sight to the blind?

Did you ever heal a bleeding woman
And give comfort to her soul?
Did you give her peace within herself
And tell her she was whole?

Did you quicken some one’s spirit
As tears ran down their face?
Were you able to forgive their sins
And save them by your grace?

Did you walk for miles to raise
The dead across the desert sand?
Can you say you did all of this and
Calmed the sea with your hand?

Can you live up to how he died?
Can you even compare such a gift?
Can you add pain and suffering
To your Christmas list?

Do you feel somewhat guilty
For taking all the fame?
Do you know no matter what you do
You’ll never change His name?

And if we told every child
The real meaning of this day
I have no doubt the universe
Would fall to their knees and pray

Things would be so different
If they knew the true story
Of why we celebrate
A King in all of His Glory

You see Mr. Santa Claus
We’re not just cruising through
There really was a Savior
Born to save me and you

My Christmas wish is you
Believe in what is really true
There’s really not much else
I can’t think that you could do

My hope lies in a gift
That long ago left the tree
My hope is in my Savior
Who died for you and me

ByDiania

A-Way In A Manger

A-Way in a manger
Lay fast asleep
As the Eastern Star
Watched over the sheep

The animals gazing
As no sound was made
So great a King
Asleep He laid

In swaddling clothes
The night went by
While wise men followed
The star in the sky

Knowing too well
The prophecy of old
The Christ child to be born
As the story foretold

A mother so young
To give birth to a King
For generations to come
The earth would sing

A story of truth
Written down for all man
Even through time
The story would stand

A gift was given
To show the way
Will you give Him your heart
This Christmas day

No better gift would
He love to receive
Knowing the story of His son
And you chose you believe

ByDiania

The Tree

As you decorate the Christmas tree
With ornaments of love
Memories your children made
Ceramic ginger breads hang above

Does it ever cross your mind
What your tree really means
Can you close your eyes
And imagine Jesus on the scene

A baby boy receiving
Gifts from all around
While animals and shepherds
Stand upon the ground

A king born to deliver
The world from all of it’s sin
A gift no other man
Would ever give again

Born not only to die again
But for you and me to live
You could shop forever
And not find a better gift to give

We get a little crazy
Around this time of year
The meaning of this day
Just seems to disappear

If we take time to remember
Why we decorate the tree
Then Christmas Day would be
The greatest gift for you and me

ByAngie

It’s The Little Things…

Lately, I have been finding peace in the little things in addition to Jesus. Kind of like, stopping to smell the roses, so to speak.

As some of you may know, Diania and I are starting a business that will run out of this very website with help from our fellow bloggers to raise money for missions (including building wells in Ghana, Africa! WOO HOO!), domestic violence survivors, and inner city children’s ministries. This has been an extremely busy time in my life, and I cannot even begin to tell you how exhilarating and stressful it all is at the same time. I love doing it though!

Now that I’m probably the busiest I’ve ever been in my entire life, I’m even more grateful for all of those small things that I was grateful for before but didn’t realize just how much I neglected them or took them for granted. Little things such as the following, in no particular order…

  • My family. They’re actually a big thing, but you get the drift.
  • A cup of coffee, sipped on while doing nothing else but reading.
  • My library card
  • My library!
  • Conversations with friends
  • The therapy that comes from time spent at a sewing machine. Oh, how I’ve missed it.
  • A smile on the face of a stranger as I walk by… without even smiling first!
  • My fellow bloggers. Another big thing, but they’ve really picked up the slack for me lately!
  • God’s forgiveness (Really not so little either… Maybe I should re-title this???)
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo (Yes, I went there…)
  • Patience
  • Prayer
  • The ability to read
  • My Bible
  • All of you that read!!! (Not a little one either… but I love you and just wanted to let you know!)
  • Good music
  • Date night
  • Baby wipes
  • Uncrustables sandwiches, for days when lunch time sneaks up on the kids and me.
  • Ranch dressing
  • A wonderful pediatrician
  • Sales & coupons

I could go on and on and on… But I think I’m boring you by now.

Thank you, Lord, for all of these not-so-little things! And all of the big things too!

What are your little things?

 

ByDiania

A Memo To The CEO

Dear God.

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful Your plan is turning out for me. You took this woman of little confidence and a whole lot of shyness and You’re showing her just what she can do if she just seeks You. Things are definitely a little scary, but in the same sense they are exciting.

It is our desire to do this unto You, to let every woman and mommy know that if they put all their trust in You and just seek your face in prayer and give You all the glory in all You do for us. That they, too, can step out in Your boldness.

I also wanted to thank You for sending me a partner that is funny, smart, intelligent and Godly, I know with Your help and Your hand upon us we will do just fine. Stepping out in faith, Lord, is all a part of our growth in You… Who cares if i can’t even sew, I’m sure You have pulled Your people up from greater tragedy. And after all, I am willing to learn… I pray for guidance in all you have laid out before us, for Your plan to go exactly the way you designed it… A beautiful tapestry just waiting to be laid out for your Glory.

There’s lot’s here to learn from my new partner. And I believe if we don’t let go of Your hand we will do just great together. The two of us walking beside You while You lead us thru another era of our lives… Thank You Lord, and I look forward to working with You… After all you are the CEO and manager of our new business… You’re also the banker and any other job we may need You to handle… But most of all You’re the One we seek counseling from… I pray we call on You first in all we do. Once again I give You thanks, And get ready for some business calls, I’m sure we will be needing you…

Love,
Me