Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13
God has a fabulous sense of humor and often uses laughter to ease my tension. If you could hear this message, my drum roll of laughter precedes this confession.
I was sitting at my desk, checking my messages in WordPress, when the phone rang. I called out, “Steve, are you going to get that!”
“No,” he called back, “I’m at the front door.”
So hurrying to the phone, I picked up the receiver and shouted, “PRAISE GOD!” I stopped momentarily, shaking my head in wonderment. Remembering that I was on the business line, but still in loud mode, I cried, “Airport! Do you want to talk to Steve?”
The pilot on the other end said, “No, why are you yelling at me!”
After answering his questions, I hung up and started laughing — by far too amused to be embarrassed.
Why God chose the pic below, I’m not sure, but He’s on a roll.
As we drove home the other day, this beautiful sunset adorned the sky.
“What a gorgeous sunset!” I said, casting my eyes heavenward with my camera perched on my lap.
My daughter, Kelli, smiled. “I know,” she said, getting off the interstate and zooming through a car dealership to get me to an open field so I could take a photograph. “It’s just what you do!”
A lovely conclusion! And a great end to a wonderful birthday!
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3
I was awakened bright and early by a call from my daughter. As I fumbled with my phone, Jennifer giggled and waited patiently for me to figure out my cell. Amazingly, this is the child who hated mornings. The beginning of any given day combined with me saying, “Rise and Shine,” sent her deeper under the covers with a growl on her lips.
As I headed downstairs to meet my lovely daughter, this beautiful sunrise greeted me. (Click photo to enlarge)
Parragon publishes these great little bible stories for children. However while reading Jonah and the Whale, my granddaughter, 4, found the illustration confusing.
Lili pointed at Jonah. “He’s dead!”
“No, he lived,” I assured her.
She shook her head. “He died.”
Later, Lili’s mother asked her, “Where did Jonah go after the whale spit him out?”
Lili didn’t skip a beat. “He went to see Jesus at the cross!”
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6
Why do people believe in a jolly old man, decked out in red velvet, but the birth of Jesus Christ is hard to grasp.
Why do people accept dancing green elves who devote their lives to toy making, but adorned angels delivering God’s message is considered strange.
Why do people accept a reindeer powered sled, but wise men on camels, following a star, is outlandish.
Why do people accept a midnight visit from Santa, yet shepherds viewing the savior, one glorious night, considered odd.
Get lost Santa — Jesus is the reason for the season!
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2
I love Chronicles, and while reading a passage from the 16th chapter it occurred to me that we need to share our testimonies a little more often. Not only to encourage others, but to bring Glory to a deserving God.
So here’s one of mine: I prayed and asked God for a camera for obvious reasons — mine was broken, and I love showcasing God’s wonder. Shortly thereafter, Keith bought a great camera and let me use it — continually — as in months.
When I became attached to the camera and the many opportunities the Lord provided, I began to wonder what I would do without the blessed clicker. The Lord assured me the camera was already mine. (Here’s where I’m sure the Lord placed an image on Keith’s heart — me clutching his new camera close, happily chasing after a critter and thanking God for the opportunity.)
Then one day, out of the blue, I received a message from Keith: The camera likes you better, why don’t you just keep it!
Gushing with joy I responded: You’re right — it does like me better! Thank you so much! I love you like a camera on a good photo shoot! (The part Keith didn’t see was me whooping, hollering, and thanking an awesome God.)
My prayer: Thank you, dear Jesus, for caring even about the little things in my life! Help me to constantly use this wonderful gift you have so graciously given me for Your Glory! And please Bless Keith extra big! Amen