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A Life of Faithfulness

We looked at the quality of faithfulness in our study of Christian Character.  Today, though, I want to share the story of a faithful saint God blessed our lives with.  This saint exuded the characteristic of faithfulness.    Miss Marilyn Davis.

Sixty-nine years of teaching Sunday School is a pretty solid example of faithfulness.  Yet, it only scratches the surface of this saint’s example.  Courageous conviction lived with humble meekness are the right words, but the reality is so much more beautiful than the words.  Miss Marilyn lived consistently…she was the antithesis of the double-minded man in James.

Miss Marilyn could always be counted on to do what she said–even to living her entire life without electricity or running water because she made a commitment to her father years before.  I never heard her complain: she hauled coal buckets (and ashes) for heat and cooking; she carried water; she used an outhouse.  Yet all those things were simply the backdrop of a life that constantly reached out to others in faithfulness to her Savior.

She planted hundreds of  ‘Impatience” seeds each year to give to the ladies of the church on Mother’s Day.  She shared the bounty of her garden with all but the woodchucks; she had a gun and knew how to us56821_1545096159393_6199181_oe it!  She loved her woods and walking through God’s beautiful creation; and she shared it with those who wanted to walk with her.  She saved stickers and cards to give to the children.  She shopped for presents and candies to encourage the children’s attendance in Junior Church.  She shared Missionary stories to give little hearts a glimpse of devotion to Jesus.  She shared her life with everyone to give a glimpse of Jesus.

Miss Marilyn revealed the faithfulness of Jesus by the way she lived her life.  She was a woman who helped people know what the Bible said even if they didn’t open it.

As a Christian, that is how we are to live.  I am thankful for her example and so are hundreds of others.  I pray you have such an example in your life.  And I pray that God will help each of us give a glimpse to the world of what the faithfulness of God is all about.

 

Fixing Our Eyes on God

Studying the Scriptures is my joy!  Fixing my eyes on Christ as the Word reveals Him has been the cleansing and nourishment of my life for over two decades.  I am delighted to let you know of my new book, Fixing Our Eyes on God.  It is available on Kindle and in hard copy.

This compilation of Devotional pieces on some of the less-used names of God will transform your life because it fixes your eyes on HIM!  For a free PDF of the names explored in this devotional, simply sign up for the Glory Glimpse newsletter!

 

Can we use an Exacto Knife on the Bible?

If I believed in the ‘exacto-knife’ approach to reading the Word of God, this verse would have been eliminated years ago.

But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.  

Matthew 7:14

I wear the proverbial ‘rose-colored’ glasses whenever I can.  I detest arguing and can find a million things I would rather do than proclaim ‘my rightness’ or ‘your wrong-ness.’  Indeed, there are many shades of gray in my world.  And seeing ‘both sides’ is my natural bent.  I am maturing into one willing to stand on the lines of Scripture, though.

For God is not wishy-washy; nor does He have difficulty discerning lines.  His view is not blurry or variations of gray like mine.  Scripture is clear:  there is right and wrong, good and evil.  Scripture is clear:  there is a devil.  He hates believers, and it is his preferred mission to destroy those who sincerely call upon the name of Christ.

The devil loves cloudy thinking.  I thank God that my early years of faith placed me under the tutelage of solid, Bible-teaching pastors.  There is no room for exacto-knives when you study the Word of God.  All Scripture is written for learning, encouragement and chastening.

Christians must study the Word to know what is in it…God created and creates with the living Word.  There is no other source to know how to live. 

Not long after the verse about the narrow gate, there is another passage that chills my heart and shatters my rose-colored glasses.  It teaches us that on judgment day, many who thought they knew Jesus are told ‘depart from me–I never knew you.’

My heart aches to consider the multitudes who have, are and will miss life.  That sorrow presses me to know God more fully, to reveal Him with greater simplicity and clarity.  My heart cries for individuals to know the glory of God–and the privilege of living in the power of Christ.

To consider oneself a believer–a friend of God–is awe-inspiring, is it not?  To claim to be friends with one so powerful that their very words produce action, create substance and give life is quite a claim.  Are we worthy friends?

Friends don’t hang out with those who hate their friend.  Friends don’t walk all over their friend’s kindnesses.  Friends don’t change their friend’s words to be what they want the words to be.  Yet, many of us who call Jesus, ‘Friend,’ do all of those things.  Many who call Him Friend don‘t even know what He says.  Many simply go on their own thoughts and opinions, assuming what they think is what God thinks.

There can be no exacto-knives in studying Scripture.  If it isn’t all Truth, who determines what parts are Truth?

 Wouldn’t that make the person who decides their own god?

Heaven forbid!  Invest your time and mind in studying the Word of God.  Don’t go on what Granny taught you or the newspaper reports.  Read it, study it for yourself!  Your eternity depends on it!.

What is your favorite place to find quality Bible studies? Or why don’t you study the Word?

I’ll post some of my favorite links in coming days but I look forward to hearing yours too.

Heartsong Pets: Devotion Debut

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Attendees and staff at the Adult Day Care in Chester, SC welcomed the message of pets as partners who help us gain understanding of great truths from God today!  The Velveteen Rabbit, a book written in 1922 presents a beautiful message of ‘becoming real’ through the bumps and bruises of life.  Combining snippets from the book with truths in the Word, the love of God was celebrated around the room.  Sharing stories of hard times that revealed the faithfulness of God, we celebrated together Christ’s example of embracing rejection with unconditional love.

The weather–and not yet fully trained pets–hindered the presence of real-life animals…but not the participation of animals.  Many shared stories of their own beloved pets and a bag of stuffed bunnies (donated by Christ Central Ministries) stayed to offer bunny love to any in need.  The reality that pets help bring the words we know in our heads to loving feelings in our hearts was loud and clear.

Heartsong Pets is on the calendar for a devotion in late August.  If you would like to know more about participating, let me know!  Miss Pat has agreed to play, “It is Well With My Soul” next time.

Therapy Dog training classes continue.  We are tentatively scheduled for this Sunday at 3 pm.

Seeking God as a Treasure

Another concept name to feast upon today…In speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven–the dwelling place of our Savior and the Father, He (Jesus) said,

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.  Matthew 13:45,46

Just prior to that teaching is another equating the kingdom with a pearl.  Isaiah used ‘diadem of great beauty’–a crown.  Scripture abounds with references treasuring God.  Here’s another favorite of mine:

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness–secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.  Isaiah 45:3

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Diamonds and pearls (all precious ores) are created in the dark, either under great pressure or in response to an irritant.

Seeking God as our treasure requires us to press through the darkness, endure great pressure, get dirty and go through hard times.

He is worth it!  Press in.  Press on!!

My Redeemer Lives!

Redeemer.  Miriam Webster defines redeemer as ” a person who brings goodness, honor, etc., to something again…”  God who does things greater than we can imagine is surely One who brings goodness.  There is no limit to the ways Jesus Christ redeems…promised in Genesis we individually have the privilege to receive the Promise and walk the redemption out!John NineTwentyFive

Here is a great look from another webpage (www.hisnameisjesus.org)

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go. (Isa 48:17 KJV)

What a promise. Here, we’re being told that we will be taught (i.e. instructed) of the Lord, even to profit (meaning, to benefit). There is also the promise in this scripture referrence, that the Lord our REDEEMERwill lead (lead forth, march or march forth, tread, cause to go, walk), us in the way that we should go.

The Lion and the Lamb

A word picture most of have heard of:  Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb. Check out this beautiful insight from John Piper as you mull on this truth today.

“Remove the lop-sided and distorted images of your Son that weaken our worship and lame our obedience.  May the power of the Lion and the love of the Lamb make our faith in Christ unshakeable…deliver us from small dreams and timid ventures… Make us love with fierce and humble love.  Let us share the confidence of the Lion of Judah that gave him the will to die like a Lamb and rise in everlasting joy.”

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