Monday, March 12, 2018

Faith With a Silly Grin

Indiana Jones movies wear me out. Binge watch this series? No thanks.

But, I have to say that in the midst of all the action there is one scene in  “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that has stayed with like Indiana Jones’ hat does with him. (Crazy how he keeps that hat through all his adventures!)

It’s the scene when he’s in a cave, again, and he’s being chased, again, and he needs to get from one side to the next with no help in sight, again. He comes to a huge canyon and needs to get to the other side to get the Holy Grail and save his father. He throws pebbles out and there in front of him he sees a bridge. Kind of, sees it. Then he has to step out in faith and put his foot on the bridge that he can kind of see and walk.

That’s where I am. Well, not exactly . . . I’m not being chased, and I don’t need to find the Holy Grail to save my father. But, I do need to take a step of faith and walk where I kind of see a path.

Been there? You probably have, and I can guarantee you that you probably hesitated and smiled a silly Harrison Ford grin as you looked at the path in front of you.

Well, I’m taking that step of faith. 

I believe in the One who has put that path before me. With each step I hope to get stronger and stronger until I’m no longer aware of the pebbles under my feet or that there is a vast unknown below. 

I will keep my eyes straight ahead on the Lord who leads me.

I’m letting go of all the doubt, fear, and disbelief that wants to weigh me down and keep me from putting my foot on this path. I’m taking God’s truths from His Word, the nudges He gives me from the Holy Spirit, and the examples of His Son and I will run towards the unknown that awaits me. For God’s Word says, “For I know the plans I have for you, . . . plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” (Jer. 29:11 ESV).

Want to come with me? 

I hope so. I would love to see you on the other side. I may not have a hat on like Indiana Jones, but I’m sure you will be able to see the silly grin on my face.

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Scripture from English Standard Version

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pepsi, Birthdays and Me

Pepsi isn’t turning 60 this year, but I am.

My world collided with the world of Pepsi when I turned 6 years old. 

Just 6. 

6 without the 0 after it . . . a long time ago.

What started out as a drink called “Brad’s Drink” and was invented by a pharmacist in 1893 to offer to his customers at his soda fountain ended up being the catalyst of my excitement to turn 6 years old. Caleb Bradham’s dark caramel colored (Caramel E105d to name the exact color) carbonated drink has been renamed twice and by 1961 was known and consumed by millions all over the world. And they had a special truck named after it. The Pepsi Party Truck.

For every child turning six, Pepsi offered a free cake, ice cream and Pepsi drinks up to a
certain number for their birthday party. I remember the box, the small round cups of ice cream with the small wooden spoons and the Pepsi. I’m sure my party guest were bouncing off the walls for hours once they returned home with all the sugar, but it was a great time. Recently one of my granddaughters turned six and she got to enjoy the same Pepsi Party truck experience. (Even though now I believe you pick up your Party box from the bottling company, not a party truck.)

Now I’m adding the 0 to the number six and I’m not excited about the Pepsi Party Truck, but about what the next stage of life will bring. I don’t think I will morph into a multi-million company and touch lives for generations all around the world for years, but maybe I will . . . well, maybe not the multi-million dollar company part. But just maybe I will do something to touch lives for generations all around the world for years, through writing.

I don’t remember the actual gifts I received at the six-year party, but I am well aware of the gifts that my Heavenly Father has given me. What a disappointment to my parents if they gave me a gift and I opened it but never used it and enjoyed it. Same with my Father. How disappointed He would be to give me a gift and I never used it or enjoyed it.

So, as I embark on this new decade, one in which there is a 0 after the 6, I’m going to take the gifts He so graciously put in my care and use them. My prayer is that the words that will be written and spoken will touch lives for generations to come and through the amazing Internet, all around the world.

I don’t know how old you are, but I do know that the Lord has graciously given you gifts and has put them in your care. Are you using them? Did you at one time, but for whatever reason put them down or in a place for another time?

There is no time like the present. The One who bestowed these gifts also encourages us with His word for:
  • “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
  • “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
  • Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:. . ." Romans 12:6    

It may not be your birthday but I would love for you to join me in celebrating not only our
salvation and the freedom we have in being God’s child through believing in His Son Jesus Christ, but also the gifts He has given each one of us. And as we celebrate, let’s not put the gifts aside, but use them as they were intended by the most loving gift-giver of all.

And as far as my 60th Birthday . . . 
a Big Happy 60th Birthday to me!!!

Scripture from English Standard Version (ESV) Bible
photos of 60th balloons and Beth by Beth Fortune
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

God's Garden Gate

There’s just something about a garden gate that draws and prompts me to peak into the world beyond its frame. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rustic wooden gate that’s secured by rusty hinges or an ornate wrought iron masterpiece that’s standing as a sentinel guarding a valuable treasure . . . I long to go inside.

The intrigue of the gate is that it allows me to see just a little of what’s beyond the entrance. It may be a field of wildflowers, a lush pathway that meanders around a bend out of sight, a beautiful manicured garden surrounding statues and fountains, or a simple garden that someone has tended with love and devotion. But then that’s all I can see from the gate and that’s where the intrigue comes in . . . the desire to see more.

That’s also the way I see a new year . . . like a garden gate.

As I look ahead, I have already marked my calendar with dates for appointments, a much-anticipated play at the Peace Center, family gatherings and meetings therefore I can see into the year, a little. But, like the gate that only allows me a glance, there is so much more I want to see and experience.

Even though I can’t see the full year before me, I do know that God is already there and that He has a plan for me; “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11.

My desire is that as I walk through the gate of a new year, that I will be more intentional in studying God’s word because it and only it will lighten the path before me.

 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105.

What do you want to be more intentional about this year? My prayer is that no matter what you find in 2018, you will have the assurance of God’s grace and love and feel His presence as He walks with you.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Obedience and Blessings . . . They Go Hand in Hand

Simon Peter and his men were tired. They had been fishing all night with other men in their own boat and had caught nothing. I'm sure they had mouths to feed, obligations to meet and probably were hungry themselves. All they wanted to do was wash their nets and go home.

But this man shows up and between the two boats he chooses Simon Peter and asked if he would take him out away from the shore a little so he could speak to the great crowd that wanted to hear him teach.

Once in the water, I wonder if Simon Peter found a place in the boat out of the way and leaned against the sideboard to try and take a nap. But how could he sleep. I'm sure the words he heard from the stranger must have pierced his heart, for after the man spoke to the crowd he then turned to Simon Peter and said "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch,"(Luke 5:4).

"But Simon answered and said to Him, 'Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net,'" (Luke 5:5).

Then it happened . . . "they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking," (Luke 5:6).

They caught so much fish that they had to ask the men from the other boat to come and help them. And not only that, they filled up BOTH boats to the point that they were sinking.

I have dreams. Don't you? Dreams for me, my family, my ministry, my job. But I get tired of trying to make things work out like I think they should. I toil on into the night sometimes doing the same thing over and over without any results.

But every once in awhile I hear "Do it again . . . even though you just did it and let me help this time."

Oh if I could always be like Peter Simon and say " . . . at your word I will . . ." when I hear His voice.

Sometimes Jesus chooses us, among others, to use in miraculous ways -- we must put aside our tiredness, our negative attitudes, and our will and do what He ask.

Are you sleeping in the boat instead of listening to God's word either by reading and studying on your own or hearing the word preached? Open you ears and your hearts to His teachings. He may be preparing you for something He is getting ready to ask you to do.

Is He asking you to do something today? Don't fall asleep in the boat and ignore His voice. Today may be the day He blesses you beyond your wildest dreams! It may not be a boat load of fish, but I can promise you this . . . it will be more than you can handle, even by yourself! And when He does it, you will KNOW that He did it, not you.

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Scripture taken from the NKJV of the Bible