“There’s a Lesson in That”

the Pastor would joke when we made a mistake measuring or anything for the house we renovated after Hurricane Katrina.  But it’s a Biblical truth:

You teach my hands (to war and bend a bow), Psalm 18:34, 144:1

You establish the work of my hands, Psalm 90:17

1Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity,” Proverbs 24:16 (NASB).

Romans 5:3-4 (NIV), “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Father, all those years ago, thank You for the teams you grouped together on the mission trip and for this Pastor with his Holy Spirit teaching, “What are filled with?”

 

 

It is Done

After all You’ve done and been for us Lord Jesus, You don’t need to do another thing.  Yet You’re seated on Your throne & still talk to us and intercede for us.  Halleluia!  You covered our lives start to finish, birth to death & everafter, more than we can comprehend. 

This was our prayer several years ago; that we’re in debt to You & amazed by You, at Your lavish, generous love.  And the more I dwell on You, the more overcome I am.  Thank You, O God.

“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.”  Jeremiah 30:19 (NIV)

“Few celebrations point so directly to hope for the marred human condition than Easter, when Christians gather to mark God’s forgiveness of sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In turn, Christians are commanded to forgive others. … “I can forgive because God has forgiven me.” Apr 20, 2014, The Daily Breeze

Parents

“Honour your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:3.

My parents grew up during the depression, lived through World War II, and had a large family.  They valued everything; knowing what could easily be lost: lives, loved ones, belongings.  I enjoy relishing their strengths and joys and hope I can be as appreciative of what I have.

There was a teaching on Sid Roth about praying forgiveness for hurting or disobeying your parents, whether they were alive or dead, so that your heart is clear before God.  This in turn opens the door to reconciliation and having your own children respect you.  When people talk of shutting out their parents, I want to say: pray for forgiveness, peace, hope, love and reconciliation.

Dear Lord, Yours is the only way, truth and life in every circumstance.