Can we fall in love with Jesus—no bells and whistles?
I love you.
When we say it to anyone, there’s no bells and whistles in the phrase per se.
Yet if we read between the lines through our personal lens about love, we often hear ringing and shrieking.
Sure, computers, electronic gadgets, appliances, and new cars glisten with added enhancements.
Retailers have the bells and whistles to match our wishes and wallets.
But when it comes to love…Love plus fancy features doesn’t mean more love, but less of #love in its purest form. #Jesus Click To Tweet
Who Needs Bells and Whistles?
I was grown with children of my own the first time my biological father said, “I love you.” The telephone conversation is forever etched in my memory.
January 18, 2018 at 10:17 am | Uncategorized
Try this at home. Here’s one feat I encourage every believer to attempt. Insert your name and the names of loved ones into Scripture.
Then pray the words back to God and see what happens.
Recently, I recognized the seventh anniversary of my father leaving this earth in a social media post. In the write-up, I mentioned the years my dad spent as an atheist.
When I met Christ at sixteen, I started praying for my dad. Prayers for him to believe in the heavenly Father.
And God answered my prayers sixteen years later when my dad gave his life to the Lord.
Inserting Names into Bible Verses
But in the middle of the long process, my faith often waned. I struggled to believe my dad would ever become a Christ-follower.
Needing help with my own unbelief, I began to insert my dad’s name into Scripture. Then I prayed it out loud and back to God. While I may not know for sure, I think it played a part in my dad’s salvation.
Yet, I know this.There’s power in #prayer. And we move mountains in the #spiritual world with the truth of God’s Word. Click To Tweet
Also, this practice acquaints us with Scripture and aids in its memorization.
Names of Loved Ones and Yours
January 11, 2018 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized
A new calendar year began just days ago. Hello, 2018. Welcome! But will it be new or the same old song and dance?
Birthed in the music industry, “Same Old Song and Dance” is an actual song. And the phrase became known to portray how music lovers want to hear fresh songs. Yes, we may love our oldies, but everyone needs new.
My grandson, Foster, loves to sing and dance. Mind you, his singing only includes words here and there, and mostly consists of sounds mimicking the tune.
When the year begins, I have friends who pick one word to focus on for the entire year. Also, I know others who choose a Bible verse as a focal Scripture from January to December. I do neither.
However, on Monday this week, I repeatedly used the phrase, “Happy New Year!” Then the Lord spoke to me about that second word. So I’m choosing to let the go of the old along with 2017, and usher in its opposite.
We may set wonderful goals and resolutions. And those are fine. But, we often try to control the real success or benchmarks of our intentions.
Still further, we strive to manipulate the outcome of our circumstances and perhaps the people in our lives. Even our Christian walk and full obedience to God may become things to control.
You see, in the midst of not meeting our goals or not keeping our resolutions, we revert to old habits.
January 4, 2018 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized
The hoopla of Christmas is over.
A celebration’s end often leaves us falling off the edge of a holiday high.
Do you know the feeling? Days spent in hustle and bustle. Gifts chosen and wrapped. Food prepared and devoured. Decorations glittered and dazzled.
Like a cup of tea, family gatherings filled us to the brim with glee.
But the celebrating, the hope-infused wishes, and the giving don’t have to go away. The true meaning of the Christmas story continues on to eternity.
I love stories—heart-felt stories, Christmas stories, both make-believe and real. Storylines stirring our long-awaited dreams.
So I’m a fan of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Because in the core message we find rescued misfits.
The book and movie’s storyline melts the heart of every boy and girl. Still further, adults escape the real world of heartache for moments of happy endings and “hoorays!”
Misfits Wanted, Therefore Chosen
Rudolph’s the poster-child for reindeer misfits.
December 28, 2017 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized
The first Christmas was a silent and holy night.
I’m familiar with silent nights, they track me down and schedule dates on my calendar. Because I lose my voice about once a year, unable to squeak out a single word.
Laryngitis sets up residence in my vocal cords. But it’s never a good time.
A few years ago, silence struck with a job interview the next day.
And it happened recently with three speaking events coming up, the first in only three short days. Still, I was rendered silent against my will. My voice takes short vacations without even asking me for permission to leave. The nerve!
Late into silent nights, I try every known home remedy. I sip on herbal tea with honey and fresh lemon. Under the canopy of a bath towel, my face hovers over steam rising up from the sink. Also, I pop throat drops in copious amounts.
It’s no secret, I’m fond of talking. Me and words are BFF’S. “Verbose” should be inscribed on my forehead or near my mouth. Rest assured of my family’s reaction to periods of silence: “Praise God!”
Yet, words in considerable number usually adhere to my wishes whenever I need them. But on silent nights, words fail me.
Have you ever fallen silent, unable to speak? Or, maybe something or someone left you speechless.
December 21, 2017 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized
A letter from Santa keeps the Christmas magic alive!
Scrolling through email, a subject line caught my attention. “Great Christmas Gift Idea: Letters from Santa.” It piqued my interest enough to take a further look.
Instead of our kiddos writing out a wish-list for Santa, then begging us to make sure it arrives at the North Pole before Christmas, Santa sends a personalized letter to our children.
The company’s website, complete with sample ideas and pictures, promises an authentic-looking letter from Santa. It arrives at our front door in an envelope stamped from the North Pole.
So, we send the company whatever information we choose, but they suggest: name, age, relatives, name of best friend, hometown, etc. And a parent can add special achievements, acts of kindness, or good behavior for Santa to mention. I guess a confirmation the child made Santa’s Nice List.
The site assures this gift will keep the magic alive for Christmas.
Yet, this gift idea caused me to reflect. As God’s child, I hope to keep Christmas alive in another way.
Letter Stamped From Heavenly Places
December 14, 2017 at 9:03 am | Uncategorized
Joy marked the occasion. So we painted the town red.
Born the first day of December, I enjoy celebrating my birthday in the same month as Christmas.
Every year my special day proves fun-filled and momentous.
But where did the expression “Let’s paint the town red!” originate? And how exactly does one go about it?
Painting the Town Red
I found a plethora of answers for painting the town red. Here’s a few:
- From Google, “go out and enjoy oneself flamboyantly.” Synonyms: “celebrate, have a party, live it up, have a ball.”
- “Go on a drinking bout; get drunk. Some believe it refers to setting something on fire” (The Free Dictionary).
- Violence. Dating back to the 1800’s, an article in The Phrase Finder, “The allusion is to the kind of unruly behavior that results in much blood being spilt.”
It’s sad a phrase of merriment is associated with drunkenness and violence.
Still, there’s no unruly behavior going on when the Friday’s celebrate. For my birthday, keep in mind the glitter and sparkle of painting the town red.
Entourage of Red Painters
December 7, 2017 at 9:29 am | Uncategorized
Let’s have a little talk with Jesus.
Today we’re talking about having a talk with Jesus. Simply, prayer. A talk of the highest nature.
I’m sharing some of my own thoughts on prayer and reviewing a great book on the topic for a giveaway.
Maybe, like me, you’ve experienced times of uncertainty when it comes to prayer. And perhaps we all go through times of wondering if prayer really works or even matters.
A Little Talk With Jesus
Oh, great prayer quotes float around online. But here’s some of my favorite words about prayer:
November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am | Uncategorized
No question, Thanksgiving Day stirs up thoughts of pilgrims, turkey, and pumpkin pie. But is it possible to find God in the holiday?
The pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.
When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who.
Because of them, we can worship each Sunday you know where.
A fourth grader’s report on the first Thanksgiving when the classroom teacher requested students make no reference to God (source unknown).
While believers remain disturbed about Christmas devoid of God, what about the holiday before the birth of Christ?
How Do We Find and Keep God in Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving celebrates more than pilgrims and gobbling up turkey.
First, review this summary of definitions for gobble:
1) The sound a male turkey makes.
2) To eat, devour, grab, or use something up in a speedy or greedy way.
And some definitions also cite to eat noisily. That’s another article on etiquette but try not to do this at the Thanksgiving table.
“To gobble” suggests:
November 16, 2017 at 9:32 am | Uncategorized
You may be asking, what in the world do marriage and autofill have to do with each other?
No matter what web browser we use, Google Chrome, Safari, or other, most have developed computer programs to enable autofill.
Also known as autocomplete.
The Ease of Autofill
First of all, it’s especially helpful when completing forms on the internet.
And it automatically populates fields like our name, email, mailing address, etc.
Even mobile Safari lets you scan credit cards. Autocomplete is a great time saver.
Yet when I searched for what autofill provides, I came across many different articles:
- How do I enable autofill on my computer?
- Need help getting autofill?
- How can I update autofill information?
Seems like autofill is popular. Because we want easy and comfort and fast when it comes to doing anything these days. And when we find ourselves on the internet ordering items and signing up for freebies, we desire simple and little work on our part.
Due to autofill, web browsers store this data and repopulate it for our use later. What’s not to love? In addition, there’s less typing and quicker results.
But should we approach marriage the same way?
God created us and the union between husband and wife.
November 9, 2017 at 9:50 am | Uncategorized