Saturday, May 9, 2015

Some readings you may enjoy

Hi, my friends.  Here are a few of the pieces I've enjoyed sharing in the past few weeks.  Hope you enjoy one or more of them.  The first two are for younger ones...but I love to learn simply, so big folks may enjoy them too :).

“Abba” is like saying, “Daddy.”  Praying is just talking with Daddy-God.  I like to use the word PRAY to remind me what I want to say.      

Are you ever afraid of the dark? (Learning from the Fireflies :))

Knowing who you are....

Our identity as children of God is integral to living a victorious life.  Identity is a front-line attack from the enemy.  It is what he used on Jesus (“if thou be the Son of God”), and it is a technique he uses on us.  If we doubt our security—and authority—in Christ, the enemy can cripple us.  Scripture has firmly settled the issue.  Paul states it clearly in Romans 8:15:

...and this is one of my favorites that reminds us to trust that God is transforming all!

God continually creates fine linen from filthy rags.  Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that our very best good works serve to clothe us in filthy rags.  Yet, inRevelation 19:8, we see the Church (that is all of us who believe in Jesus Christ) wearing fine white linen for our wedding day!  That is an incredible makeover.  The recipe for earthly-world linen requires that great bleaching agent, baking soda.  The spiritual world cleansing is nothing but the blood of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Praying, Knowing Your Worth and Loving the Law

Hi, friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Here are a couple pieces I thought you might enjoy.  But first, the links to the children's devotions.  Ask your Daddy (a piece on prayer) and God Can Use You (knowing your worth.  The intros for the grown-up devos are below.
Rejection hurts. We want to be a chosen one. 
Do you remember gym classes with team captains who chose members?  If you were not athletic, it was a time of humiliation and rejection.  Then, adulthood delivers more opportunities for rejection: looking for a job, losing a job, finding a mate, enduring a divorce, raising teen-agers.  Rejection stains every life, producing ugly fruit: shame, more rejection, fear and a burning desire to control others—so you can avoid more rejection.  MORE...

Blue Star
Have you read Leviticus lately?  Most would have to say, “No.”  Many would say, “I don’t need to; I don’t live under law. I live under grace.”  I say, “You don’t know what you are missing!  There is great joy to be found in those pages.  The light shines from the Law.”
 Leviticus 5:1-5 offers an eye-opening look at the desperate need for grace.  When is the last time you heard that hearing or seeing another sin brings that sin onto you?  Or when did you last consider that touching sin defiles?  Later in the chapter, we read that “not knowing it is sin” does not cancel our responsibility for sin.  The reality of life is this: we cannot spend one hour in public without hearing, seeing or touching something sin-soaked. MORE...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Some reading possibilities!

I feel like I neglect you, my friends, who signed up on this blog!  I am busy writing and wanted to share some excerpts with you.  I will try to do this on a regular basis with past articles--and the four I write each week.  If the opening piques your interest, jump on over to the website.

A “Walk of faith” is a powerful metaphor to consider.  A walk implies progress, movement and purpose.  In the natural world, a walk offers multi-faceted blessings: the beauty of nature, the health of physical activity, the quieting of the Out for a walktypical frantic pace.  Though I know those things are truth, the primary reason I walk is our 70-pound Boxer.  One of his favorite things in the world is walking.  Well, what he considers walking anyway.  A walk for him is a joyous exploration of sights, sounds and possibilities.  “What’s that smell?  Who has been here?  What’s that over there? Oh, look, people who want to pet me!”

For the rest of the article: 

Faith Workout

Our GPS is an excellent guide; she and I just don’t get along.  It’s not her fault.  We’re often out of sync with one another–or more accurately, I am out of sync with her.  She gives an order, and I obey—too soon and end up on a wrong road.  Or the street she insists on doesn’t fit my recall, so I ignore her—and end up on a wrong road.  She patiently and persistently redirects me.  Best of all:  my struggles with the GPS help me see my problems with a bigger and better guide:  God Himself.

The rest of this piece can be found here:  God as Guide:  the Ultimate GPS

And I just began writing for children as well.  Here is the first of that series.