Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One Little Hug

What can one little hug tell you? Well it can tell you that you're loved. It can say I'm sorry or just a simple hello. Today this little hug said so much more. Let me ask you a question. How do you know if you still go it? GOT IT you ask? Got what? Are you still able to have an effect on people? Are you still making a difference in the world? Let me paint a picture for you. Have you ever met a person who was old and still lived as though it were decades earlier? Not that they acted young. They just never left their generation. They still lived as if it were 50 years ago. You know the person who disapproves of teens getting a cell phone cause they didn't need it when they were growing up. How about this, there's too many new versions of the bible. We need to all use the KJV, it was all we needed in our time. Keep that thought for a moment. Now picture another person. Hair is graying and their face has lost the youthfulness it once had, but when they speak you would think they were reading your mind. They stay current with life and changes that minister to the world. You forget they are 20, 30 even 50 years older then you. That's what this hug did for me. It told me "I still got it". Now are you following me? Am I relevant or redundant? Current or dated, got it or lost it? Tonight I was sitting in church and her eyes caught mine. She whispered to her mom and left her pew and headed across the isle. Smile on her face as she reached up for me to pick her up. She through her arms around my neck and squeezed. What a hug. I wasn't her mom, grandma or even one of her friends. I am her bible class teacher. This hug said it doesn't matter if your hair is gray or you're not of my generation. It said, I still got it. I still have purpose to the younger generation. I may grow too old to crawl around on the floor with her one day but I will still have something to give? When I was in my early 20's I was asked to make a list of 5yr, 15yr and long term goals for myself. I think I've done pretty good with the first two but now for the long term goals. I'll share it with you. It was a picture I drew in my mind. I saw myself alone with no family around. You may think this is sad. Well to me the excursize was to think far into the future. I wanted to think of when I felt little left in life that I could still be useful in the kingdom. I pictured myself living in a home but very simple. One bedroom made up for kids to play in. I would invite young moms over to my home away from the dishes and laundry. A new fun place for their children. An opportunity to just get out of the house to visit without stopping their day to day to clean and prepare. I would share Gods word with them while their children played and felt at home. Of course before leaving the moms always helped their children pick up the room for their next visit, knowing I was too old to crawl around and do it my self. To me this was a beautiful picture. I never want to feel alone, used up or past my use by date. I don't want to be sad for my station in life no matter how it looks.  I want to know that I have something to give. I want to know I still got it. We and the world around us change. Are we adapting? I want to always find a place where I can make a difference. I hope when I'm older I'll be ready to receive a hug from a little one and be reminded of my purpose to always make a difference.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Living Faith

I was awaking last night and unable to go back to sleep. It’s been awhile since this has happened. It reminded me of my busy years with children at home and trying to find time to spend with God. The result was God waking me up in the middle of the night for time with just Him. Last night I got up, went to the other room and began to read. I and a few friends are doing a study on the Holy Spirit. I was reading about the great faith we need to have and the question was asked, who do I see a great faith in? My mind wondered to my children. At this moment two stand out in their walk of Faith. My children know how it goes in my house. Everything is not fair. I would take off to an early garage sale and return with special things for one or two of them. They understood that next time it might be them or the item could be handed down to them possibly. Same goes with the things I am about to say concerning these two. What I’m about to say could be said about any of them but today the praise belongs to Elijah, Kristen, Tabitha and Jason.  
Elijah and Kristen,
                Tuesday night you sent your father a text with news about your mission. This text brought tears to my eyes. Not just because of the news but because of the faith I see in you both. You are letting God lead you by the Spirit that lives within you. I have watched you face the challenges of life in ministry so faithfully. I see a confidence in your walk with the Lord. No matter where he leads, you will be serving him.Thank you for being an example of Faith.

Jason and Tabitha,
                Tabitha you came to me months ago with a passion. A passion you saw no other way but to go through it. Jason has been by your side with your dream and grown in his role as a husband. You both have shown great strength of Faith rising to whatever turn life takes. You are truly doing what only God can do through you.

Your father and I are so proud of you.

In that study I worked on so late in the night I read a prayer for myself. Today I would like to send it as a shout out to you, your siblings and those who read this. I pray this SPEAKS LIFE to you all.

 Grant them the faith that is larger than your fears, equal to your calling and ample to host your spirit. Increase their Faith. Teach them to experience a deeper faith.  Perfect their faith through your Son and by your Spirit.

In Jesus Name Amen,
Your Daughter

This all reminds me of something I wrote concerning our children a few years ago. Life can be hard but we have the Spirit to guide us through.

War Wounds
Devotions from mom
By Tomya Peters
Luke 6:20-23, John 15:1-12, 16:33

I don’t brag on my kids enough. Most of their life was filed with do this, don’t do that and AHHHHH! What were you thinking, kind of comments.  Kids I have to say you’re awesome. You are facing things I never dreamed of at your age. I once taught a lesson titled “The Word the Work and the War”. (Thanks for the title Rex Boyles) I may have stolen the title but my lesson was directed to a group of first generation Christian mothers. Their question was how do we know when our kids have really got it? My answer was when they understand the war. If you’re interested in the whole lesson let me know. Today I have to add a fourth and final point to the lesson. “War Wounds” I know my kids got it and I know their living it, but will they live through it? What’s the final IT? The Wounds. The War is won the battles are being fought every day. I know they will make it through but what about the injuries and scar they will be left with? My kids have done some big time battles over the years. What would I expect, they are becoming and some are adults and that’s what war is all about. As adults living away from the shelter of home my pray has become passionate concerns for how they emerge from their battles. Will they recover from them with the precious spirits I remember from their youth? Will the world harden them to the point they lose their joy? Kids you know the Word, you live the Work and you have faced the War head on. I pray the wounds leave you standing strong. Keep fighting and know Gods joy.
Luke 6:20-23 
20Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.22Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
John 15:10-12
10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

To love like Christ is so big. In this next text Jesus has just talked to the disciples about the things they will suffer but then he reminds them why they can have joy.

John 16:33
33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
You too can overcome the world. It’s the world that moves into our lives that we don’t see coming. It’s the things that touch our heart that Satan uses best. My prayer is that you never lose who God created you to be. You are all precious spirits don’t let the world change you. It’s these wounds that could cause us to lose the war that was won so long ago. Don’t forget He has overcome the world for you. As Queen Elisabeth said in a movie to her country before battle, “We will meet again in heaven or victorious on the battle field. She understood God’s team wins either way. Crushed form the battle or victorious I must see you again in heaven someday. Keep the faith. (Daniel 3:1-30) God’s people win either way! Don’t lose your precious spirits.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God rewards His people

God rewards His people
Devos from Mom

How do you handle yourself in the work place, school, or just out with people in the world? Do you sometimes get made fun of or suffer some kind of persecution for your life style or things you say? If not, evaluate you life. Are you any different then those in the world? Do you ever speak the word of God and how it apposes that which is going on around you? Know this, God’s word and living it out never goes unrewarded. Read this story.

Acts 16:16-40
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.
35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”
37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”
38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.

Sometimes like Paul and Silas God rewards us right away. They lived what they believed.
They praised God when beaten and put in prison.
Those that were watching them were baptized.
Because of their level of citizenship leaders feared what they could do.
WOW! What a list. Remember not always will we see the rewards in our life time. It may be a grandchild or someone who watched you from a distance that you don’t even know. Could be those you go to school or work with that quietly watch. Maybe you lead VBS or taught a class. We don’t know who is watching just know God will reward his Word in us. Do we live the word? Do others see us and want to know how to get what we have?

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