Brotherly Love-An Offer to Spit and Make Mud. Coyote in a Thicket? Miracles of Daily Grace.

We’ve got issues. A question we often ask each other around here… You got issues? And we often say,  yep sure do! Issues of the heart. Health issues. Life issues.

And then we have something greater! We’ve got grace! God’s amazing Grace!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12: 9

We’ve got God’s power! Power so strong, so beyond what our finite minds can comprehend. Power, power, wonder working power, through the precious blood of the lamb. Power that is made perfect in our weakness.

We’ve got miracles! Do you see the miracles? The miracle of pressing on to another day when the start of the day is exhaustion? The miracle of a few minutes of rest between serving and loving precious lives? The miracle of the tiniest of achievements accomplished? Miracles of milestones? Miracle of a changed attitude, heart, and mind in yourself or the lives of loved ones? The miracle of daily needs being met? Peace that surpasses understanding? Miracles in your friends lives as they share the wonder working power? I love to hear and celebrate God’s amazing power in the lives of those around us!

ONCE UPON A TIME…..
Before the day had barely begun, she was ready to call it a day. Fatigue and pain was setting in. Running to her sustenance for fuel, she laid across her bed, crying out, once again to her Savior for strength, help, provision, peace, and joy for the day.

She had never done this before. She asked her boys to consider. She had just taken a pill for the pain, should we stay home? Or persevere and head out on our weekly deliveries? Her youngest said: “persevere today mom”, as he laid his hand on her, praying and pleading for healing. He expressed how heartbroken he would be to NOT serve the elderly their meals this day. Her oldest said the most beautiful thing (as it has been her words to him, what seemed a zillion times): “I think you should persevere”.

Just before heading out her pain was diminishing, and her camera caught her eye as she had glanced that direction. Seeing it was a pretty decent Spring day she considered perhaps there might be a beautiful sight to capture. (she would discover later, this was the Holy Spirit directing her thoughts and steps – His grace showing up).

Half way through their city route, her oldest was now officially in combat against the brutal enemy of pollen take over! Desperately itching, painful eyes, and congestion upon congestion.  She witnessed something amazing. He wasn’t complaining! She was witnessing God’s grace! He smiled, he had joy, he had God’s grace! And God was showing her how He is shaping him one day at a time into a strong young man.

Wrapping up with one last stop, her youngest pointed to a field. Her passionate, wild life explorer, lover of God’s creation had spotted a coyote. Get the camera!!!!! Whipping back and forth and turning around a few times, she made her way to a closer view.  Somehow, by God’s grace, on a normally chaotic street of rushing traffic, there was no traffic momentarily.  This  gave way for an opportunity to sit for a moment on the road, view the creature leap, in attempt to snag himself a meal.  Picture was snapped (blurry but doable).

God’s grace……

For every day that this mom wakes doubting whether she is doing enough and whether her children are getting all that they need in academics, and life – God’s grace sweeps in – confirming yes she is weak to this call and vision He has for her family, but He is the daily grace and power in her weakness, made perfect for His glory.

The Amazing Coyote Adventure, by: Wild Man, M. Z. S. was written later that day. And just before days end, as big brother laid on the couch with puffy, red raccoon, bright red eyes, and still not one complaint – little brother said with all compassion. “brother I could make some mud like Jesus did, and put it in your eyes and pray for you”.

God’s gracious finishing touches on the day ended with reflecting on the POWER of God revealed in human weakness as bibles were turned to John 9:12 “Jesus answered, Neither this man (born blind) nor his parents sinned , but that the works of God should be revealed in him…When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”

Have you experienced God’s grace today? Have you seen miracles in the ordinary things in life? What are they? I’d love to share in the wonderful works of God.

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Once Upon A Time – A Girl, Her Doll, and Her Bible

Image (18)Once upon a time a 6 year old little girl, tucked in bed for the night, prayed a simple prayer of faith repenting of her sins and receiving God’s gift of love through Jesus’ death and resurrection. She understood her need for a Savior, as her exit out of hell and promised entrance into everlasting life.

A little girl who lived in a dark world and yet there was always light to keep her going. A little girl with significant trials, fears, tribulations, heartache, joys, victories. A 10 year old little girl who carried her bible with the words she had written inside “I Love God’s Word”.

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When she was just 19, she sat by her father’s bed inside their tiny little home ministering to his needs as he lived out his last days on this earth. Her father’s physical body weakened and almost faded into nothing as the cancer spread. She clung to the only assurance she had. God’s Word. Opening her bible, not knowing a lot of what was in there (as she was still much a babe in Christ), she sought out desperately a Word from the Lord.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps. 73:26 These were the words she found, then wrote on a tiny piece of paper and taped to the cold metal pole that was holding the fluids flowing into the frail man she looked upon who used to appear so strong. These words encouraged her to keep going and believing no matter how grim things appeared on the outside, on the inside God was working and strengthening the inward man – not only for her dad, but also for her. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16

 

She watched as days went on and his physical body become weaker and weaker, yet she also observed something beautiful and amazing. His body weakened, yet his spirt became alive and stronger than ever. This once very tough, rough, man-became what God calls us to – humility. And he took his trial like a man of God. No complaining, enduring so much, and at the last, simply stating “I am completely ready to go see my Savior”. Worship music played in his last hour of life, and the last words she heard her father speak were “prince of peace, prince of peace”.

Many years later this little girl, now grown woman, opened up her childhood bibles. “I LOVE GOD’s WORD”, she had forgotten she had written there. Reflecting on her life, the trials that she continued to walk through after her father’s entrance into glory, the persevering through the heartaches of life, the areas she had been in bondage and sin and fought hard to break free from. She had JOY! Unspeakable JOY!

She was more than a conqueror because of Christ and Christ alone. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Rom 8:31

The power of GOD’s WORD. The ways in which He had walked by her side, comforted her with His promises and gave strength as she clung to HIS PURE WRITTEN WORD AS TRUTH and her sustenance. Wonderful works of deliverance (too many to count), He had done in her life!

GOD’s MIGHTY, POWERFUL, FAITHFUL, TRANSFORMING, DELIVERING, HEALING, COMFORTING, WORD! It is just that! And even more than human words can explain.

She peered through the pages of her little white and tiny red bibles as tears ran down her cheeks. Joy and gratitude filled her heart for how awesome her Savior has truly been. She passed down these bibles to her sons. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 Jn 1:4. For she knows that nothing will sustain them and bless them in this life like a relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The WORD of GOD to pass down to her children – in hopes they will cling to His truth for their entire lives.

She loves to see her youngest with his tucked in his bed. And she is blessed to put into her oldest son’s hands the white leather bound. As she looks upon her oldest, she reflects again on the POWER OF GOD. And the POWER OF HIS WORD that she has held tightly to as truth. Her oldest having extra challenges because of a stroke at birth, she has seen GOD’s WORD proven true through this life.

Her words of gratitude cannot be enough to the LORD. He kept her gaze from looking too long at the world and brought her gaze time and time again back to heaven. For the world pleaded for her son to be with “specialists” and everwhere else but in her loving embrace. Offerings to take her son away for therapies, and more…suggesting they had more to offer and she was not qualified. She looks at a world gone wrong with convincing souls of men to find their help in blogs, opinions, teachers, preachers (any great preacher will encourage to be in the WORD and don’t take his word for it, search the WORD for one’s self) books, therapists… – pulling souls away from the POWER available to them through the WORD of GOD that truly saves.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:5-9.
God’s Word continued to diminish the doubts as parents stood in their position under Christ’s authority, for molding and shaping  the lives given to them by God. He has shown her how clinging to His word is where to remain.  His WORD is faithful.

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A woman who is desperately thankful as she stands in the heart of her home today (because of God’s faithful Word), as she vacuums in gratitude singing… “Jesus I sing for…. all that You’ve done for me”.

A woman who desperately desires that others will embrace the GIFT of LOVE through abiding in GOD’s WORD!

Man’s word/World’s Word vs. God’s Word. Words to consider.

“cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength….. blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord” Jer. 17:5 & 7

“woe to rebellious children, says the Lord, who take counsel but not of ME, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, who walk to go down to Egypt (Egypt an analogy for mingling in the world and it’s ways), and have not asked My Advice” Isaiah 30:1 & 2

“happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help. Whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, and the sea and all that is in them. Who keeps TRUTH forever!” Ps 146:5

Isaiah 31: 1-3