Let's encourage each other to walk with Jesus!
I am sitting in my office with the space heater aimed at my legs, looking out the window at a fresh layer of snow-ice on the sidewalk. It is a lovely winter scene, God has sent a reminder that He wipes slates clean at any time and any place.
Yesterday my dad would have turned 106 years old, tomorrow my mother in law would be 107. In a couple of months I will be a year older too, but I am still here.
This morning I was reading in the book of John, I love John. It feels like Jesus is still with me on this earth when I read this book. Jesus prays for his disciples and gives me a great example of how to pray for my children. Listen to this, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours….Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.” Don’t you like this? This is my prayer for my two little families and for my husband.
Yes, tomorrow is a new year. What are your plans? Mine is to have a relationship with Jesus that is deeper than ever and to encourage everyone I know to do the same.
What will the year hold? IDK but lets hold fast to Jesus.
This week our pastor told a story about a piano. Mind you, I was not in church this week–I am sick. UGH A church had decided to replace their piano, it was very, very old and not very pretty any more. They contacted a piano store and they were delighted to find the store was willing to sell them a new piano, beautiful and shiny, for about half price. They were also willing to give them $4,000 for the old piano.
The congregation was surprised at how great of a deal this seemed to be but it had to go through a committee before they made a decision. In the mean time the store came back to them and offered them $6,000 for the piano because they thought it was worth at least that. Not much later the store came back and offered them more money for the piano saying they thought when they refinished it they could make a little more money on it.
Finally the congregation decided to call the Steinway Company to just see what the value was. The piano was one of the first Steinway’s made and was worth a great deal of money. Guess what? The church decided to keep the piano. Now that they know the value they value the piano.
I love this story, it makes me think of Jesus and the fact if we just knew the value we would spend more time with HIM.
I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John. Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up. Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers. You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.
I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together. Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes? The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed. Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9. The people of Israel are tired and impatient. They hate everything. Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die. When the people repent they ask Moses to help them. God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.” verse 8
It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple. John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?
As we drove up the road facing the mountains in Colorado, I had the same lonely feeling I experience 40 some years ago when my parents dropped me off at a little school just below the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
It’s an odd feeling, one I can’t really explain, just a sense of aloneness, is the best way I can describe it. As Bob parked the car I looked around to see if I could recognize at least one person, I didn’t. We walked to the front of the gym and stopped at the registration booth, I gave them my information and put my name tag around my neck. The problem was, it said Nancy Buxton and that was not my name when I attended this school. Never the less I did see some classmates and we had a good time catching up.
There were 90 some who graduated from the class of 1965 and for this 45th reunion I think only 15 came back. I wondered where the rest were and why they didn’t show up.
Am I happy I traveled 500 miles to attend my honor class, hummmmmmmmmm it was okay. You know we have all moved on. We are all really different people than we were 45 years ago. Living life has taken its toll on most of us.
What I came away with is just the fact that life is short, too short to hold a grudge or to look on the bad side of everything. Life is too short to not have a relationship with Jesus, because in the end what have we gained if we don’t have Jesus as our friend. I learned we were all most happy when talking about our families, our children and grandchildren. I learned that I love home the best and couldn’t wait to get on the road towards Nebraska.
I already knew this, why has it taken me so long to really comprehend the idea that if I want to hear from God I have to stay close to Him. Oh be quiet, I can hear you say right now, “no dah.” Well, have you thought about it? I mean really thought about it?
There are two people who I know who really do seem to hear from God on a fairly regular basis. Both of these ladies have a very close relationship with the Lord. Close relationship does not mean, saying your usual prayer and reading your usual 2 chapters of the Bible. It means thinking about Jesus, studying, spending time with Him and praying about everything. Even more than that it means communicating with Him as your best friend. Then and only then will we hear directly from Him.
I lost my cell phone on my way home from the Rocky Mountain Retreat, I asked the Lord right then and there to help me find it. I haven’t heard from Him so I think it’s lost forever. (The first phone I have ever paid extra for) I wonder if I knew Him better would He have told me where I left the phone. IDK
My dream is not about finding phones, or even getting rich, it’s about hearing from God. Making Him my best friend. I want that, I want Him to trust me to witness for Him. I want Him to ask me to do odd things, to ask me to stretch my brain, to . . .to. . .well, to do what ever it is that He wants me to do.
Right now I am headed to Sprint to buy a new phone.
Yesterday I saw something on television that made me stop and think. It was Jackie Kennedy sitting in front of a camera telling the world thank you for their kindness. She received thousands of telegrams and letters from all over the world. Jackie was only 34 years old.
I think I was about 16 or 17 when the tragedy of JFK happened but I can sure remember where I was when I heard the news. Until yesterday I didn’t realize how really young Jackie was. LOL that’s probably because to a 17-year-old someone 34 seems pretty old.
Maybe because it is cloudy and cold this morning or perhaps it is because I have just had a birthday but whatever it is it causes me to ponder. Again! What does my life stand for?
A couple of days ago Bob told me that he had a dream that he had just been elected VP. I asked him VP of what? His reply, “of the United States of America, of course” We had a good laugh–I don’t know why we laughed, he would make a great VP. I guess he just wasn’t in the right place at the right time and didn’t know the right people.
Is that a good reason? He didn’t know the right people! I don’t think so–we know Jesus of the Universe. He made each of us special and He made us special enough that we can do great things.
If you want to see something inspiring watch the movie Blind Side–it is the first movie I have ever watched that I want to buy. I hate seeing the same move twice and yet I plan to see this one again. It is inspiring. It shows what a difference we can make in someone’s life. The movie made me want to be a better person. It is a true story of a white family who took a black young man into their family. They loved him and provided for him. They fought for him, they made a difference.
I may have rambled a little this morning but my heart is in the right place. Don’t judge me, just know that there are all kinds of thoughts zipping through my head and I had to share a few with you.
Day after day I look out the window at our bird sanctuary. I mean it is a sanctuary, it’s perfect the birds are safe. The howling cats can’t even get to the birds. It’s the perfect set up, fresh bird seed, water to drink or take a bath in. Can you picture it? I even have a heated bird bath and they don’t even show up. They have never even taken a drink from the fresh water that is waiting for them.You know where I am going with this don’t you? How about you, have you shown up? Have you taken advantage of the nourishment from the Lord? Have you bathed in His righteousness and eaten from His table? It’s free! It is just waiting for you.