Month: November 2013

Connections – Ice

Connections are… connections. Okay, I’m sure you figured out that much. Connections are connections between two (or more) things, normally connected only by a word, or two.

Ice #1

Our dog likes ice. We gave her an ice cube that fell on the floor and she had so much fun trying to eat it. I’m just glad she didn’t try to chew on it. Ouch. That was pretty funny. And then, on our trip to Lamesa (Thanksgiving!) there was ice on the ground. She sure liked that!

Ice #2

Another quote from a song!

When a heart is cold as ice
You can’t melt it with advice
No one wants to listen to
A list of things they shouldn’t do
So I build a city on a hill
And I light a candle on a sill
Knowing You’ll be always knocking at the door

Learning to be the Light by Newworldson

This is so true about witnessing. You can’t change a heart with advice; you have to lead by example.

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Mistakes – Part Two

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
may those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.

-Psalm 69:6

As stated in Mistakes – Part One, God knows about all of our mistakes. And, as stated in Connections – Lines, we all make mistakes.

So what happens when non-Christians see those mistakes in our lives. That’s what Psalm 69:6 is talking about. When people see our sin, and see our lives, especially the messed-up parts (and, yes, we all have those, too) a lot of non-believers will be turned off.

That’s one (and there are many more) of the reasons why it’s better to admit that you’re wrong and that you’ve messed up, that you’re not perfect. ‘Cause you’re not. Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That includes everyone. Even believers.

Recognizing your mistakes is a good thing. Try it and see how God uses you to change others lives by showing them that you have problems, too.

Your Words Reveal What’s Within Your Heart

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Luke 6:44-46 The Voice

You can know a tree by the fruit it bears. You don’t find figs on a thorn bush, and you can’t pick grapes from a briar bush. It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.

What good is it to mouth the words, “Lord! Lord!” if you don’t live by My teachings?

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You Are A Door

I love randomness.

Yes, you are a door.

No, I’m not crazy.

God put a million, million doors in the world
For his love to walk through
One of those doors is you
I said, God put a million, million doors in the world
For his love to walk through
One of those doors is you

-“With Every Act of Love” by Jason Gray

That’s a nice song. That’s the bridge, not the chorus. Just to let you know. 😉

So, we’re doors. Try picturing that. Ha-ha!

Let’s see if I can get this back on track. If you’re a door, like this song says, your purpose is to let his love walk through you. (Hang with me, okay? :D) So, if you were a door that God’s love was supposed to walk through, would you rather be…

  1. Closed tightly, locked, and maybe boarded up. (That should keep you from getting through! Ha!)
  2. Closed but not locked. (Hey, love, ya just have to turn the doorknob!)
  3. Open halfway. (Oh, come on, you can squeeze through…)
  4. Open wide. (Woohoo, let’s go!)

Challenge: Let God’s love rush through your wide-open door.

~Holiday Blues~

Even if you’re not in the position of a parent, this can still apply to all of us.

Peace of My Heart

Ever have one of those days where all you want to do is cry?  You may be crying for a very specific reason or, like I sometimes do, for reasons that you can’t quite explain.

Welcome to my Tuesday, and if I’m to be completely honest, it’s how I spent Sunday and Monday too.  I haven’t been able to get a grip, and do you want to know why?

Guilt.

What has me feeling guilty?  My kids Christmas list.  More specifically, my boys list.  Like most boys their age, every request they have made is a pricey one.  They are no longer content with legos, nerf guns & balls of various sizes.  Now the list consists of a laptop, cell phones & a huge trampoline for the yard.  It’s not that our kids are ungrateful for what we give them, it’s more about their hobbies and interests changing drastically that causes…

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