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Don’t Miss A Blessing

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Blessing

I was running late when I arrived at our church for the worship service last Sunday, so I quietly slipped in the back door and chose the first seat available.

It was on the other side of the auditorium from where my husband and I usually sit. This location on the “outer fringes” would not have suited him, but since I was alone and trying not to disturb others with my late arrival, I scooted into an empty row of seats just as the worship leader began leading the congregation in a praise song.

Within seconds, though, a middle-aged couple in front of me caught my attention. I wasn’t acquainted with them, but I could tell, by the way they sang the praise choruses with familiarity and enthusiasm, they were probably regular churchgoers. At one point during the singing, the husband looked over, smiled at his wife, slipping his arm around her waist. She, in turn, patted his hand. Their loving gestures seemed to demonstrate a worshipful delight at sharing this experience together.

As I observed their obvious love for the Lord and for each other, it made me smile, and I felt blessed.

At the beginning of the second song, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law joined the couple, appearing to apologize for their late arrival. Although I was just guessing at their relationship, the “son” was the exact height and spitting image of his “dad,” so I felt safe in making this assumption. As soon as the younger couple unashamedly greeted the older couple with hugs and kisses, they too joined in singing the worship songs.

As I observed their outward affection toward one another, it made me smile, and I felt blessed.

As soon as the pastor began his sermon, all four individuals opened their well-worn Bibles and followed along as he read the Scriptures. Each one wrote down in the worship folder the different points the pastor was emphasizing in his message. When the pastor made a humorous remark about families in his talk, the four of them looked at each other and laughed, whispering back and forth for a moment as they enjoyed the joke together.

As I observed their attentiveness and serious approach to the hearing of God’s word, it made me smile, and I felt blessed.

On my way home from church, I thought about how four ordinary people had been a blessing to me. They were not Hollywood glamorous or especially attractive from a physical standpoint. Their clothes were not expensive or fashionable. None of them spoke any words of wisdom to me or gave me any spiritual insight.

Yet, they blessed me because they were expressing their love for each other and their love for God in a worship service.

“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalm 34:3

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Three Useless Things We Do–And A Fourth!

September 30, 2015 Leave a comment

USELESSThe other day I was standing beside an elevator, having just pushed the Arrow Down button to call the elevator up to the second floor, when an elderly gentleman walked over and pushed the same button again. Then, he turned to me and said, “I know that was useless. The elevator won’t get here any sooner just because two people push it.”

At the grocery store, a little later that day, I tried to sign my name on a credit card scanner. After several attempts to make a semi-legible mark, the clerk waved her hand at me and said, “Oh, honey, forget it. Your signature won’t mean anything on there. That thing is useless.”

My day of useless things ended when I got home and tried to balance my checkbook. No, it wasn’t balancing the checkbook that proved useless. What was useless was pushing the “C” repeatedly on the calculator, clearing out the old amount before adding a new one. Like the gentleman at the elevator, I suddenly realized pressing the “C” a second time was an exercise in futility. The screen always went blank the first time I pushed it.

There’s a fourth useless thing we may be guilty of as well. It’s forgetting to worship our Creator. God reminds us of this in Isaiah 45:7 when He says, “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.”

Failure to acknowledge the God of the Universe, He who created light and darkness, who directs every aspect of our lives, is useless. In the same chapter in Isaiah, God says,” By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return:‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.” (Isaiah 45:23).

I Might Be Dusty, But I Wear A Crown

May 4, 2015 1 comment

789crownI love the way David describes how God treats His children in Psalm 103. David says He satisfies your desires with good things.”(Psalm 103:5).

Later on in this Psalm, David writes, “He remembers we are but dust,” and he writes this in connection with the compassion of God.  “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are but dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14).

God created human beings out of a common substance, a substance of little worth, just a handful of dirt. Inside this dirt-formed vessel, He placed an image of Himself. When that happened, something of little value became something of infinite value—a living human being. Every human being born after Adam reflects this God-likeness.

Even though we bear His likeness, we are still just dirt, and He remembers this. He knows our frailties, our weaknesses, our dirt, and because of this, He has compassion on us. The Psalmist says, “He crowns you with love and compassion.” (Psalm 103:4).

Even though we’re made of dirt, we have a regal bearing because, as God’s children, we wear the crown of His compassion and love. That’s why David begins and ends this Psalm with these words. “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” (Psalm 103:22).

 

 

 

 

 

Just Finished Talking To The Creator Of The Universe

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Free-Outer-Space-Desktop-HD-WallpaperPerhaps one of the most astonishing aspects of God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible is that He wants to have a personal relationship with His Creation, and, more specifically, He wants to be intimate with man, the highest of His Creation.

The Psalmist in Psalm 8:4 asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Good question. The answer is both simple and complex, and, since I don’t write–nor do you read–long blogs, I won’t attempt to answer it here. 

Instead, I want to marvel at the incredible fact that God DOES pursue a relationship with me. At a point before time began, He even decided he would die for me in order for us to have such a relationship for all eternity.

Once established, He doesn’t want our companionship to be one-dimensional. That is, He wants me to continually communicate with Him, just as He continually speaks to me. He does so through His Word, through the presence of His Holy Spirit and through His creation. Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

With that in mind, allow Him to speak to you through this incredible video. Worship and listen to your Creator. Here’s the link, if the video doesn’t automatically load.

Worship Our Creator God

Three Reasons You Should Put On Weight

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

3 Reasons 2From doctors to news commentators to politicians, weight is a big issue today. (No pun intended.) In our America society, with an abundant supply of food and a lack of exercise, it’s easier than ever to add a few extra pounds. But due to health problems associated with being overweight, health care professionals warn against allowing those few extra pounds to turn into a few more, and a few more, and a few more, and lead to obesity.

However, there’s another kind of weight the Bible says should be added to our lives. It’s the “weight” of glory. Glory originally meant “to weigh upon” or “to be heavy.” That definition, better than any other, has helped me to understand the meaning of the word glory.

Thus, the Bible’s admonition to glorify God simply means we are to give him added weight, to treat Him as heavy, as a substantive Being.

Here are three reasons your “weight” of God should increase:

First, the command of God demands it. “Give Him the glory due unto His name” Psalm 96:8.

Second, the character of God requires it. “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary” Psalm 96:6.

Third, the claim of God calls for it. “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God” Isaiah 45:5.

Weigh in on God today. (Pun intended.) Treat him as overwhelming in your life. Magnify what He’s doing. “. . . do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Put on a little weight to the glory of God.

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