Showing posts from February, 2019

Your Enemy

A few weeks ago, I was watching a program on TV, and a pastor was discussing with a few married couples, issues they were having in their relationships.   The pastor made this comment, "Attack the thing that comes into your marriage that causes problems as if it were an enemy." The pastor's comment got me thinking.  If  I changed the marriage scenario to my Christian walk, the same statement would apply.   "Attack the thing that comes into your Christian walk that causes problems as if it were an enemy."  What enemies have you knowingly or unknowingly given a  comfortable place to take up residence in your life?   Could it be the enemy of old wounds that when properly fertilized breeds bitterness?  So, what are the things in your spiritual walk that need to be identify as an enemy?   In Roman 8:12-18 in the Living Bible it says...  So,  dear brothers, you have no obligations whatever  to your old sinful nature  to do what it be

Happy Birthday To You

A few weeks ago, grandchild #8 had a birthday.  He turned five and we couldn't be with him for his special day.  So, we did the best we could by calling him through FaceTime. After spending a few minutes talking about what he hoped to get for his birthday, I said, "We're going to sing Happy Birthday to you." His face brightened up like a 1,000 watt bulb. As my husband and I sang,   Happy Birthday,  our grandson's smile grew bigger and brighter with each word of the song. He could not contain his joy as we sang directly to him. He was overwhelmed that he was singled out in recognition of this amazing day.  January 29th is the celebration of his birth, and he knew he was the man of honor. In Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) it is God who sings over us on our amazing rebirth day. "The   Lord   your God   in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet   you   with His love, He will rejoice over you wit

The warm side of the door.

Our church's Bible Study cruise to the Caribbean is ending tomorrow.  The weather here has been warm and toasty--just beautiful.  However, I have not forgotten that less than two weeks ago we were in record breaking freezing cold Michigan. According to news reports, Michigan hadn't experienced weather this cold for over 25 years.   During the cold, fringed days of January 2019, my family choose to stay inside as much as possible.  We choose the warm side of the door . On most of those subzero days, I was curled up by the fire place with the heat pumped up to 70, wrapped in a blanket, with fuzzy socks on my feet.  On days like this, I am very mindful that the other side of the door isn't necessarily a warm and friendly place. However, too often when I shut the door on the world and enter my comfortable home, I to easily forget that not everyone knows about, the warm side of the door . There is a verse in John 10:9 (ESV) that says this... " I am the door. 

The Best Place

The Best Place      My kitchen on any given morning is an obstacle course of "me first."      My son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren have been living with us for the past 20 months, and many mornings, we all are in the kitchen at the same time.  Oh, and let's not forget the dog.  She loves the kitchen in the morning too.     Most of the time mornings in my kitchen are a skillful dance of toaster, stove, sink, fridge, coffeemaker, cupboard, table, dishwasher and out the door.        But there has been days when there is bumping, pushing, arms snaking around another person to get that coveted item just beyond reach, lots of 'excuse me's,' and pulling out a drawer ever so slowly until the person standing in front of it finally moves.        Mornings in my kitchen should be a reminder of the scripture in Mark 9:35 from the Message Bible.       He sat down and summoned the Twelve.  “So you want first place?  Then take the last place.