Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween ~ Some Food For Thought

Here are a couple videos that I find interesting regarding Halloween this season and thought I would share.  The second video is very educational about the history and I think pretty well done.  I have researched a lot of history over the years but I think, Truthunedited,  did a great job of covering history and origins. 

A Pastor Shares His Thoughts On Halloween Video

History Of Halloween Video

Monday, October 22, 2018

Believe In Jesus

Some friends and I were a part of a little project for people who are new to a walk with Jesus. We are attaching our faith, to the days ahead, when God will (and is currently pouring) pour His spirit out on all mankind (Joel 2:28).  The Bible says in Romans 14:11 that "every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge God." So, if you stumbled across this blog and are new to knowing Christ, take a look at the videos we put together:

I love talking about Jesus.  In fact, He is one of my favorite subjects.  I also love learning about Him.  I remember sitting around the table at Starbucks planning what subjects we would cover and talk about. The videos we put together are just a couple subjects.  We could fill pages and pages of interesting thoughts and experiences of getting to know Christ.  I love the subject of Grace, so that is the subject matter I talked about.  Many of my friends, work in a TV studio and are used to camera's, but not me.  It was a new experience for me to sit in a TV studio and have the film guy adjusting everything.  I probably would have done a lot better with just my phone in my living room, but it's fun to try new things!

I hope something from these videos touches your heart today and spurs you on in your faith with Christ (Hebrews 10:24) if you are just getting to know Him.  And if you have followed Christ for awhile, maybe some of these videos will be helpful as you disciple others.  If you have not made a decision to put your faith in God, let me encourage you . . . BEST CHOICE I EVER MADE!  I can't imagine life without a relationship with God.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Thought to Ponder

"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."  ~ Psalm 31:19

I love this scripture from Psalms 31.  How amazing picturing God storing up good things for us and then in front of everyone giving them to us.  The only caveat is that we walk in the fear of the Lord and seek protection and shelter (refuge) inside of Him.  I love this!  

The Bible says the Fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14).  The Fear of the Lord is humility (Proverbs 22) and of course all the scriptures concerning wisdom and understanding being a gateway to the Fear of the Lord.  But the scripture I always think of and quote when I am defining the fear of the Lord is, Proverbs 8:14 "To fear the Lord is to hate evil".  I tell my kids to fear the Lord is to love what He loves and hate what He hates and evil is something that falls into that hate category (Psalm 97:10).  

So, we can look at Psalms 31 like this . . .  God has abundant goodness stored up for us when we walk before Him in humility hating what He hates and seeking His wisdom and understanding.  And everyone will see His goodness displayed in our lives as we take refuge/shelter in Him.  Love it!  A nice thought to ponder . . .

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Debt of Love

Here are some thoughts I have on Love debt . . .

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  ~ Romans 13:8  

Some translations say, “let love be your only debt.”

Have you ever owed anything to anyone or had an outstanding debt?  To have something unpaid, unfinished, pending or ongoing can be comparable to a heavy cloud hanging over your head or like a ball and chain.  Debt creates pressure and no one likes pressure.   To let “no debt remaining outstanding,”  is pretty easy to understand, mortgages, hospital bills, college tuition, credit cards, taxes or car payments all need to be paid and not left outstanding. But what does this clause “except the continuing debt of love” look like? Imagine a world with no debt other than love for one another.  It’s an interesting thought to think of love being a debt that we cannot pay off fully or be done with. 

Ponder for a moment, that you can never out-give love.  We continually owe love no matter how many times we have previously given it.  Love is our continual debt to each other.  If we owe love to someone at 3:00 pm we will still owe them love at 5:00 pm  And this is what love looks like, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  This is the continuing debt of love. 

Thankfully we do not have to pay this debt of love in our own strength or merit.  Rather, we can receive the limitless, overflow of God’s love for us, overflowing out of us to others.  As we are rooted and grounded in the love of God, we are able to love others more deeply.  May Love be our only debt . . .  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Little Down Time

This is the view from my backyard bed - what a glorious day! 
My heart has always went out to my friends and family who suffer from chronic pain.   It's so NOT OKAY!  This past couple months I have been having back issues and two weeks ago I hit my limit where I started having constant
back/sciatica pain.

Beautiful Bride - Niece Cecelia
 I had a lovely start to the month of September with a visit to Oregon for my niece, Cecelia's  wedding. It was an African outdoor wedding full of beauty and shared memories.  During the ceremony the pastor shared how my niece Cecelia had been brought through enemy territory during Liberia's civil war to meet my brother's pastor because news had spread that an American family wanted to adopt her.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the wedding guests.  Then a few weeks ago I took a trip to Iowa to visit family and help care for a loved one in need.  What a gift!  But both
Iowa Cousins - Baking Roles Together
visits, I was on constant pain medicine and in survival mode trying not to be on my feet too much.   For the last two weeks I have spent most of my time laying down because I cannot sit (minus a couple days the doctor had me on steroids that helped).  I'm normally pretty healthy and do not have chronic pain issues, so this was out of the blue and has completely cramped my style, especially for the work I had planned for September and October.  Much of the time these last two weeks, I was unable to even type on my keyboard due to the angle and strain.  Crazy!  I have not been out of the house in . . .  a very long time, but today I drove myself uptown to the Radiologist to get a x-ray for my doctor visit tomorrow with a spine specialist.  I got in the car and was thankful that I could maneuver okay, but by the time I got home, I was crying and heading for my bed and heat pad.  Urg!  What a pain in the butt (literally). :-)
Pizza From Friends
Thankfully I have the most amazing husband who cares lovingly for me.  He cleans my house, drives the kids all over wherever they need to go, heats up dinner or scrounges for food, prays with me, hangs with me and is a precious gift to me.  I have a beautiful mother who is continually checking up on me from a distance and probably worrying about me too much.  Smile.  I have prayer partners who check in and pray that are such treasures to me.  Then there are my friends who have offered and gone above and beyond to help. I think word is getting out that Nita is flat on her back and friends are springing up out of the woodwork with offers for rides for the kids, offers to clean my house, offers for food or just companionship - hanging out.  Today alone, I was offered a pan of enchiladas, a pot of bean and ham soup, a shepherds
Outdoor Bedside Tray
pie (John's personal favorite), the option of being put on a meal train and I think a couple meals are coming home with John tonight from our home group.  I'm undone by the kindness of those who love us. I have the world's best friends and am super thankful for each one in my life.  If you are reading this post dear friends, you touch me deeply.   It's a little hard for me to receive from people but I am trying to get better at saying "yes".

Bedside Tray
Friends have also been stopping in just to sit with me while I lay, which feeds my love bank.  Here is a photo of my bedside tray where friends brought me flowers, candle and tea.  Sweetness!  I figure, if you have to be laid up, you might as well pamper yourself.  I feel so blessed to have a loving, supportive family and friends and comfortable surroundings.  When the pain is quieted down, I have moments where I feel like I am on vacation,  but when I get up and walk around, the reality of the situation floods back - but life could be a lot worse.

Daughter and Friends Hanging
So, all that to say, even though these weeks have been rough, I know pain, sickness, disease, infirmity are not from God! It is not His plan!  It is not given to me to make me better or more like Him.  That would be an incorrect theology about God. He is wonderfully able to redeem circumstances and turn them for good, but He is not the author of pain and suffering.  He is the giver of life and all that is good (James 1:17).  He purchased my healing (and the healing of so many others who are suffering) through His death and resurrection (Isaiah 53:5).  My circumstances do not define God's truth.  God's truth defines my circumstances and I wait for my circumstances to manifest who God is in me and to me. The other night, a few friends came over and prayed for me, the sciatica pain has decreased down my leg substantially (James 5:15)  This I am grateful for.   I'm touched by the faithfulness of God no matter what season we are in. The  song below, by Jeremy Camp is one of my all time favorites and has been a fav during this season . . .

Video Clip - Jeremy Camp "Same Power"

This prophetic word by Lana Vowser was also an encouragement also this morning: