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A Red Door in a Field of Corn

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Luke 11:9- “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

John 4:35b- “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

 

My husband and I were enjoying a road trip throughout the midwest.

We rolled the car windows down and breathed in the fresh air as we drove down a narrow road flanked on both sides with ripening corn.

You can imagine our surprise when up ahead we noticed a door standing in the middle of a field.

Painted red, it stood out like a neon sign.

My husband pulled the car over, letting it idle as we took in the odd sight. “I wonder why someone put a door in the middle of a corn field.”

“It would make a great painting. The kind of art you see in galleries.”

As we drove on, I contemplated the door. Its purpose… Its intended message.

Several scriptures came to mind. And then a smile…

It may have not been the message the farmer intended, but God’s message was there for all to see. He has subtle messages all around us, if we only take time to make the connection.

That’s why I started writing weekly blogs over five years ago. It has brought me closer to God and I hope those of you that have been “following” me have been blessed, too.

Spiritual Snippets: seeing everyday events in the light of God’s Word.

 

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Count the Cost

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Luke 14:28- “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:31- “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?”

 

I spent several days this week comparing prices on items for a large scale D.I.Y. project my husband and I are doing.

By the time I finally decided which companies had the best deals and began to order, a few of the prices had gone up.

I was spitting nails—literally. 

I took a few calming breaths and started in again. 

When beginning anything, one must always count the cost.

When we decide to say something negative about a friend, we must realize that we might lose a friendship.

Count the cost.

When we offer someone our help with their yard work, but don’t show up, there can be a break in trust.

Count the cost.

Every day we make decisions that affect relationships in negative or positive ways.

The Bible reminds us of this actual Biblical principle in the book of Luke. We need to think of the consequences of our actions… decide if what we are considering doing is worth it or not.

Count the cost.

 

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Are There Weeds in Your Garden?

 

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Isaiah 41:10- “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

 

 

I always admire my beautiful Lantana plant at the corner of my yard when I pull out of the driveway.

However, this morning I noticed a huge weed growing out of the middle of it. When had that happened?

I had to dig it out before it took over the entire plant.

What about you?

Are there any weeds growing in your garden?

Weeds like discontent, deception, depression? Bad habits? Unforgiveness?

I am sure you have heard stories of people who have let disappointments or crises of various kinds ruin their lives. 

But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

God’s desire is that we would rely on Him for healing… for comfort… for restoration. 

He is a loving Heavenly Father who doesn’t want to see the weeds in our lives grow huge and choke out our happiness and productivity. 

Our world is going through some challenging times right now. But, instead of letting the circumstances we face overcome us, He wants us to go to Him in prayer.

To lay our troubles at His feet and trust Him to see us through.

 

 

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The Ultimate Acknowledgment

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Romans 14:11– “As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

 

“How did you and your lab partner do on your project?” I asked my son as he came through the door.

“I don’t get it, Mom. He and I did the project together. I worked just as hard as he did. But, the teacher gave him a “97” and me an “84.”

Acknowledgement. We want someone to validate the efforts we make, don’t we?

I thought back to my son’s comments of over three decades ago as I watched the evening news, yesterday.

Wanting to hear many different perspectives on the coronavirus, I have been watching newscasts on several different networks.

With the exception of Christian channels, I have yet to hear one person give any credit to God for holding our world together, for any healings, for advances in testing, for anything.

But, be of good cheer, The Bible tells us, one day He will be acknowledged—by every single soul.

Until then, He hears the words of His Father echo throughout all eternity: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 

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No Substitute

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Acts 4:12- “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

 

A friend of mine is a substitute teacher.

I have used riced cauliflower as a substitute for potatoes. 

I often use a sugar substitute in my cooking.

“Off brands” of cologne don’t often have fragrances that “last,” but they cost far less.

Substitutes.

Not the “real thing,” but since they often serve the same function as the “original,” many of us find them acceptable.

However, the verse above tells us that there is no substitute for Jesus Christ. The Bible says that it is only through Him that we find salvation.

We cannot earn our way to heaven through “good works” or by following any other human being or god.

It’s not a matter of religious affiliation. 

It is relying on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

There simply is no substitute! 

 

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Pray for Healing

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2 Chronicles 7:14- If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

One night after King Solomon had finished building the temple, The Lord appeared to him. The words He spoke are just as relevant today as they were then.

This verse is often quoted in times of disaster.

The pandemic we are experiencing is reason enough for all of us to daily reach out to God for help… for mercy.

Could we have any more reason to compel us to pray for our country and our world?  

There is no doubt that He loves us. He promises to hear our prayers.

More than that, He promises to bring healing to our world.

If we only will humble ourselves and

PRAY.

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Eternal Life with Christ

 

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Revelation 1:18- “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

 

Because Jesus took the cumulative sin of all mankind on himself at the crucifixion, he was completely cut off and separated from God the Father. He was punished in hell for the past, present, and future sins of every man.

In order to be restored back into fellowship with His Father, he had to be “reborn.” Revelation 1:5 says Jesus was the “first begotten from the dead.” And, He is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

When Jesus ascended, all believers were also brought to eternal life with Christ. That is why we are able to say, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20.

All mankind was identified with Him in death, but only those who believe are identified with Him in His resurrection.

 

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Twenty Seconds Well Spent

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Psalm 55:17- “Evening and morning and at noon will I pray to the Lord, and cry aloud and he will hear my voice”

 

I am learning a lot as I spend an increased amount of “alone time” here at home.

The first thing I learned is that I’m not alone. I feel a deep and abiding joy as the Holy Spirit ministers to me.

The biggest thing I am learning is the importance of prayer in the life of believers. He is teaching me not just how to pray, but actually to pray more often and in every circumstance—for family, friends, and the people of the world.

Here’s an idea I’d like to pass along: as you spend your twenty seconds of hand washing time over the course of the day, send up a prayer and praise to the Heavenly Throne each and every time.

That’s it.

Nothing earth-shaking.

Or is it?

I can tell you, it’s rocking my world!

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Shine!

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Matthew 5: 14-16. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

God is light.

In HIM there is no darkness at all.

When we become a child of God, we bear witness to that light. We also become heirs to that light through Jesus Christ.

At this difficult time for all of us on this planet, it’s more important than ever to let our light shine before men.

That can mean serving in our communities, praying for people in all countries and giving our time and resources.

There are millions of people that need our prayers, our words of encouragement.

Because of technology, we are able to stay in our homes and still connect with others around the world.

Being proactive may bring a harvest of souls to Christ as we have never known before.

May our prayers be many and our lights shine brightly!

 

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Praise–Not Panic

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Psalm 28:7- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

 

In these uncertain times, it’s easy to lose our tempers…become depressed…cast blame.

Satan wants nothing more that to use current world circumstances to drive a wedge between us and our Heavenly Father’s love.

Even though our circumstances have changed in the past few weeks, God has not.

He is our shield of protection against the enemy.

He remains strong when we feel weak.

He is able—and will—bring good out of our present world situation.

Let’s choose trust rather than turmoil.

Let’s choose praise instead of panic.

When we choose to praise God in the midst of life’s storms, we can find joy in spite of our circumstances. 

The apostle Paul told us that in good times, and bad, he learned to be content. 

His story encourages us to praise God for His goodness, grace, and love, even when what we are experiencing at the time may not be pleasant.

May our hearts leap with joy–today and always– as we praise our amazing God.

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