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Mothers Day

Mothers Day. so many things go through the mind at Mothers Day...... greatest joys deepest hurts   proudest moments maternal bonds Wednesday evening we took a look at the Book of Ruth.  Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law had to face some very tough situations. Her husband and sons died, one of her daughter-in-laws returned to her former gods.....  Coming back into Bethlehem Judah, the people couldn't even recognize her.  Life had been harsh and hard.   Many times, I think we feel like Naomi.  Life just hurts so much and we are no longer the carefree youth we once were.  We want to sit down and sulk in our hardships. But listen,  He was not finished with Naomi, and He isn't finished with you.   Everyday is a chance to be a difference maker for someone.  Someone to nurture,   Someone to encourage, someone listen, someone to be there.   Mothers Day is a great reminder of the responsibilities we have as Mothers. Not just for your children, but to nurture those around us. 14 And the wo

Follow Jesus

FOLLOW JESUS I wonder what our Lord thinks ..... When he hears hungry children cry About war torn countries and people with no homes Depression in record numbers and hopeless youth It's almost Easter, the time when our Lord took upon himself the pain of all of our sufferings and sin. May we as believers follow in His footsteps and be the answer for someone else today. Let's lift each other up and hold the strangers hand and help any way we can. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. Luke 19:2‭-‬5 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.19.2-5.KJV    

Happy Valentines Day

I don't know how things are in your home, but let me share a moment in ours.  There is a Dad, a Mom, a 21 year old young man, and a 20 year old young man, oh, and a dog.      We all go off to work or school, our separate ways. There are moments of very loud, joyful screaming for absolutely no reason at all, and incessant barking. The phrase that gets uttered the most is "what's for dinner"...nothing spectacular or unusual.......but contented.    At the center of it all, what we try to keep as the most important things are these: being present and aware with each other kindness and gentleness patience and most of all love.  Love for each other yes, but love for God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift, and who most importantly gave His only Son to die for us, that we might live this wonderful amazing life.  This Valentines Day I pray you experience that very same love that brings you into a family of peace, and contentment and AGAPE love.   John

Why are you angry?

      Reading Genesis 4:6, "And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth?  and why is thy countenance fallen?" So many times going through my day, I have an idea or expectation of how it's going to go. And then absolutely nothing turns out as planned.....imagine that! Notice my words "My idea, my expectations",  it is so easy to get discouraged and focused on how things should have gone, and how much better it all would have been if only it was done the way I had planned.  And then, my response shows all over my face, my body language, my attitude, my heart! Cain too, had an idea.  It wasn't the one God had in mind.......and instead of just changing his expectation of what he thought a sacrifice should be,   he eliminated the  competition. He killed his brother.  God noticed......all of it.   The bad attitude, the degusted  look on his face, the dark heart. Listen, I understand our intention isn't usually to kill someone­čśĆ, but a bad response can kill