Closer than a brother

There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother! – Proverbs 18&24b  Lord, You made this clear to me as I experienced a “turbulence” in my life recently.  First, I let my Facebook friends know about this problem so that they could bless me with the comfort with which they had been comforted – 2 Corinthians 1:7.  Then, I explained my problem to the clerk from whom I had  purchased the defective product that had been scratched by one of their employees when applying the accessary when I bought it. The clerk first offered to let me buy a new one with ten percent off.  I reluctantly agreed.  But then he thought of a better way to solve my problem which would only cost me for the shipping for the new one.  I think that it was the prayers of my Facebook friends that brought about this happy solution.

Thank You God for your Holy Spirit living within me who truly “sticks closer than a brother”.

Today is my granddaughter’s birthday!

Today is my granddaughter’s birthday.  It is a momentous one as she is now 30 yeas old.  She and I have a wonderful history together.  First of all, when her first child was just a baby, we met weekly for mentoring sessions.  We studied Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.  We lived about 30 miles apart but the travel to and fro did not seem long as I anticipated our time together and had beautiful memories as I traveled home.  Then later, as her baby was now about 7, they came to live with me for a few months in my time of need.  My husband had died just a few months before. God knew my need and prepared this special time to be together. Thank You, Lord God for your special plan for my life.  Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, “says the Lord.”  They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 92:1,4,12,14,15 – “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.  You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!  I sing for joy because of what you have done.  But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.  Even in old age they will produce fruit, they will remain vital and green.  They will declare, “The Lord is just!  He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”

Living by the Spirit

Galatians 5:25-26 “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. ”

I listened to Andy Stanley today on how to be happy.  He said that the only way to be truly happy is by giving yourself away to others.  He talked about how although there is still water flowing into the Dead Sea, it is shrinking. This is because it has no outflow. It stinks and nothing can live in it.  If we don’t give something of ourselves away to others, we will become dead in our spiritual lives.

I went to the Salton Sea in California many years ago.  It also has no outflow. It does have some fish in it, like Corvina, andTilapia, but it also has periods in the year that it has a time when many, many fish die and wash up on the shore.  I happened to be there when this took place.  Not only was it terribly hot but it stunk!   I was designed by the Giver of life to be a giving person and if I don’t give I will become stale and begin to be like salt that is no longer salty and is fit to be only trodden underfoot and will be unhappy because I am not fulfilling God’s gift to me that He desires me to give away.

Light, Salt, & Aroma

These three words are used to describe followers of Christ in our Book from God, the Bible.  Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”  Matthew 5:13 says “You are the salt of the earth.  But what good is salt if it has lost it’s flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”  and a sweet smelling aroma – 2 Corinthians 2:15 & 16 – “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.  But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life giving perfume.”

What do these three things have in common? They all penetrate. The light penetrates the darkness caused by sin in our world. The salt penetrates the food that we eat, bringing a zestyness of flavor. The perfume brings a sweet aroma to a dying world, teaching how to have real, satisfying life. And Jesus Christ has brought all three to his beautiful creation through his followers.  Why would we desire anything less? All are available freely to all who believe in Christ Jesus as Lord & Savior?

My Well – John 4:4-10 & 13

April 12, 2017

Oh no! My well is almost dry! So much information has been poured into my brain since arriving here at Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I truly believe that my well has sprung a leak!

When my friend and I started out very early for our looked forward to train trip; we had no idea how difficult it would be. There was no porter service to help with our baggage and many stops and delays along the way. It took us to San Jose, where we continued our trip by bus to Santa Cruz, again with no help for our luggage. The trip turned out to be very trying for these two older ladies.

Finally arriving some nine or ten hours later, we were glad that we were still in one piece. But here we were Lord, ready to put some stop leak into that well. Now I could begin pouring some more information into it.

Thank You Lord that You are the great refresher.

Key verse – John 4:10 – (NLT) – If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.