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Today, I saw some things that would be hard for me to believe had I not seen them for myself.  For example, when I got home from work, I saw a chihuahua in my yard wearing a coat.  I don’t have a chihuahua, and, thanks to Taco Bell,  I always envisioned them in sombreros.  I also came upon a herd of pilot trucks and police escorts surrounding a rocket ship on the highway.  The last time I looked, rocket ships were in the sky not northbound on the highway.

With that being said, these things had me looking twice with my own eyes for my mind to fully accept them.  These were actual things in front of my face, so to speak.  Yet, the Bible wants me to believe in things far more adventurous than my encounters today, things I have never seen before, wholeheartedly and without doubt.

This is done with a tool we call faith.  2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” Not everyone has the same amount of faith.  Not all grocery sacks can handle a gallon of milk without ripping…and some can hold the milk plus more.  So, how strong our faith is depends on how much we nurture it.  Romans 10:17 tells us how to grow in faith, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  Reading God’s word and talking to Him daily will strengthen our faith.

The strong-faithed believe what God’s word says, without seeing and without doubt. We are instructed to! Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  If you are running low on faith and your heart is heavy with what-ifs, worry, and concern (if the bag is ripping and the milk is about to hit the parking lot) I encourage you to continue to read God’s word and pray about it.  Strengthen your faith and put your trust in Him.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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The Log

There was a painting hanging on the wall in my Sunday School class when I was a little girl some (many) years ago.  It was of Jesus with “all the little children” around Him.  They were all outside and Jesus was sitting as the kids gathered around him.  As I look back on that painting today, and similar paintings, Jesus is obviously sitting on a rock.  Of course it’s a rock.  But not for the last 30 + years, to me.  Until I recently found the picture again, I always thought Jesus was sitting on a log.  That’s probably because where I am from there aren’t a lot of rocks.  There are logs.  There are so many logs!  It’s even nicknamed the “Pineywoods” around here.

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As I grew and experienced death close to me I would imagine sitting on the log in Heaven and visiting with my loved ones.  I would imagine sitting on the log and talking to Jonah, “So, some translations call it a whale and others say a big fish.  Was it a megladon?  Was it a giant squid or perhaps a giant clam and it came out as fish because they probably all smell gross like fish, right?  I bet you listened to God after that didn’t you?  Who doesn’t want to go to Ninevah?  That sounds cool.  Were you related to doubting Thomas?…”  Every time I imagine talking to someone in Heaven I am sitting on that silly log!

I’ve spent my entire life imagining Heaven and every time I do I see that log (that was really a rock).  Elijah and the Apostle John have tasted Heaven and written about their experiences.  Check out II Kings 2:1-12 for Elijah’s information.  We can read Revelation 21:10-27 to learn John’s account of it. Regardless of what I read about Heaven I am brought back to 1 Corinthians 2:9 every time.  Its tells us, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

Just yesterday, again, I thought about someone I wanted to talk to and we were sitting on that log!  Somewhere, up top, I know there likely aren’t any logs because just a log on the ground would signify death of a tree and there is no death in Heaven.  How horrid to die and cross over to…the Pineywoods.  So, eh…I need the log to go.

The reality is, our minds can’t capture Heaven on this side of it.  You won’t find it on a painting hanging in a Sunday School class or museum.  It’s not in the illustrations of the most beautiful Bible you can purchase.  It’s not painted on the ceilings of any cathedral or any caves, for that matter.  It’s just not here.  But it’s there…ready for those who have surrendered their hearts to Jesus to enter.  As the song goes, “I Can Only Imagine.” ♥

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Here are a few resources you might be interested in, if you’d like to study more about Heaven.   Like I said above, no one– not even Hollywood or a best selling author– can accurately describe Heaven for us.  With that being said, Chip Ingram has deeply studied what the BIBLE says about Heaven and points those things out in his study.  ’90 Minutes in Heaven’ is based on a true story, and you will hear this man tell his personal story of dying in a car accident and coming back to life. I’ve personally read/watched the following and have been student in a study on ‘Heaven: It’s Not What You Think’.  The Amazon links are affiliated links.  Feel free to bypass my links to get to the good stuff.  Although it’s always nice to have a little income, commission is not my mission.

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Fear Examined

This confused me for the longest…fear the Lord. Why do I fear God who has my back and sent his son to die for ME. I love God, yet the Bible tells me to fear Him. So, ya know, I did the research.
How confusing it can be. Peter tells us to fear God yet King David is over here in Psalms telling us perfect love expels fear. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 41:10 to fear not and then Proverbs 3:7 tells us to fear the Lord.   Thanks guys!
So what it comes down to is the definition of fear. This is not the fear of torture or spiders. This fear means utmost respect, be mindful you will be judged, and to be in awe of God. It is a positive reference.
The wicked do not fear God. Therefore, are not mindful of his judgement. Deuteronomy tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I think about it like how a kid LOVES his teacher and knows the school rules but he has been dreaming of what it would be like squirting out all the soap in the bathroom and make a glistening green puddle of slime. He knows it is wrong and fears the consequence (he is mindful, respectful of teacher and her rules). He has the fear of the teacher even though he adores her. This goes back to Deuteronomy. If he makes that puddle does it make him wicked? No way. It means he sinned (he knew it was wrong and he did it anyway) and we all sin and we are not all wicked. The difference is that in his little heart he fears being caught…but he still loves his teacher. I couldn’t help but throw in a school related analogy!
Last thing…the benefits of fearing God come in this life but the greatest benefits will be experienced in the eternal life. See 1Tim.4:8 & Psalm 16:11.
So, fearing God=respecting God and his word, understanding you will be judged for your choices. ♡

JP/Grace and Pink

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Whatever…

Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, do it as though you are working for the Lord and not for human masters…” I catch myself thinking this verse just means to do my “paying” job to the best of my ability.  I shouldn’t just go to that place that I set my alarm clock for and give it 100% and then come home and be mediocre.  In other words, I shouldn’t be like Ruth 8 to 5 and Jezebel evenings and weekends.

In reality, it says WHATEVER you do. It’s everything…your employment, homemaking, parenting, volunteering and yes, laundry! It’s at church and at the tattoo shop (yes, I go there).  It’s if you are shopping and first in line at Wal-Mart or behind a family with six kids that only shops once a month…and brought the kids with them.  It’s if you are watching a sporting event and your team is winning or if your team seems to have forgotten how to play the game.  It’s if you are giving a multi-million dollar presentation for your company or you are that neat person that stands in the bathrooms and hands out towels.  It’s if you are at the laundry mat or someone just treated you like a door mat.  It’s whatever you are doing!  I know I need this reminder!

Thankfully, God’s not eating my cooking, but He does know my heart is trying. ♥

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No Foo-Foo Here

 

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I was thinking again…this time about angels. It’s a wee irritating to see frilly, foo-foo depictions of angels in society. Almost everywhere you look a dainty and feminine angel figurine sits upon a shelf or shows up in media to guide someone thru a near death experience to then go sit back upon a billowy cloud. In the Bible, the typical response when seeing an angel was fear and awe. I don’t think anybody was like, Oh, you are so cute…I want to tickle you.
Though angels are not human, they can take the form of a man. A male persona is what is identified in the Bible many times when an angel appeared to a human. For example, in Acts, Cornelius was visited by an angel and he answered him as “sir”. Angels can take on other forms. At the tomb when Jesus reserected, the angel was a radiating, dazzling light. I personally picture angels as great warriors. (Angel comes from Greek and is translated to messenger).
Angels have many jobs in the Bible. In scripture we can find where they are not only messengers but they are also used by God to provide, guide, protect, encourage, strengthen, and more…
No wonder the Bible says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
God might have a message for you thru one of his angels.
We also know that Satan was an angel (Lucifer) and many angels followed him out of Heaven (demons). (Lucifer was an angel- created by God- NEVER equal to his creator and can NEVER defeat God)
We know Michael (the angel) will lead God’s army against Satan’s forces, which is found in Revelation. That’s quiet the opposite of foo-foo. That is mighty warrior, fierce and strong. I recommend rethinking those ceramic ‘angels’ atop lacey doilies in the foyer, on the coffee table, and the toilet tank (I’ve seen them there), and replace those images in your mind with the way the Bible depicts angels, instead.  I feel much better knowing of God’s angels as the Bible describes them versus how society portrays them…which is almost to the point one may come and take my tooth at night and leave a trail of glitter behind.

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To New Beginnings

As I loath on my couch two days after Christmas, having received gifts of food from many directions and meals prepared by well-seasoned cooks in my family, I’m thinking about the book of Job.  Why Job?  Glad you asked.  Job 8:7 tells us “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.” Although this isn’t the correct context of that verse, (I encourage everyone to read the book of Job…wow) I can’t help but apply it to my over-indulgence this holiday season and the fact that I’ve reached for the leggings too many times lately. (I wore my ‘nice’ leggings for Christmas service and I always refer to Christmas as Christmas but I say holiday because this eating thing really began when the candy came out in October.)

Flashback to two days after THE Christmas.  Our savior is beginning his earthly journey.  There was absolutely nothing insignificant about that.  So significant and magnificent was the gift of Jesus…IS the gift of Jesus.  As I sit and ponder new beginnings with New Year resolutions of eating ‘right’ and bringing the regular pants back in to play, I also reflect on the greatest gift of all…the gift of Jesus who gives us, not just a new beginning in a particular area of life, but a new life altogether! 

I’m so thankful for new beginnings.  I make New Year resolutions just like everyone else. One of mine is to definitely live a healthier lifestyle, but I could not imagine ‘new beginnings’ without Jesus.  He brings me hope and excitement like Aunt Sally’s double chocolate cream pie can never do.

I pray, no matter what the new year brings you, that you have a personal relationship with our Lord and experience the joy only He can bring.  Happy New Year! ♥

JP, Grace and Pink

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Free Gifts

 

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The free gifts I’m talking about today aren’t for us to get but to give.  It is so much better to give than to receive. For when you give, you receive a blessing every time. Warm fuzzies fill you up. Not literally, thankfully. You feel happy knowing your gave happiness to someone else. I’m personally on a frugal mission. I’m trying to DIY everything. EVERYTHING (just ask my hair salon lady…she recently fixed one of my DIYs). But who doesn’t love free? Here are a few gift ideas to try out. I promise they will not disappoint the receiver, or you. 

Kindness.  It’s free.  It’s costs nothing.  Zip.  Nada.  There’s even a phrase to help with you enemies/frenemies…”Kill ’em with kindness’.  It works.  It’s also becoming rare.  Try holding a door open for a stranger.  Leave coupons you aren’t going to use in a public place for someone who might need them. Say thank you.  Smile.  Give someone a compliment.  Pull a buggy out at the store for the person coming in behind you.  Leave a nice sticky note on the mirror in a public bathroom.  Warn the next person going in if the restroom is out of toilet paper.  You may even find that your frenemies become friendemies.  

Compassion. A little goes a long way.  Jesus was a beautiful example of how we should show compassion. One example,  Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” Someone may be going thru something you have never experienced but we can lend an ear or even a shoulder in their time of sorrow or trouble. Compassion received is not easily forgotten. 

Love. But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 It is so, so great that the Bible even tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8). There are endless ways to show love to one another.  Make some cards and pass them out at your local nursing home.  Fill up your thermos and grab some cheap styrofoam cups and head down to that person who has to work outside.  Pull up to the farthest gas tank instead of blocking two of them.  Maybe that one should go under kindness.  We can all think of ways to show love to one another.

I challenge you to pick a free gift to give away tomorrow, and I’ll do the same.  It doesn’t even require wrapping.

JP