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Recycle and Up-cycle


IMG_2132There are trendy words in our language. Recycle has been trendy for many years and most communities have recycle bins to collect things that can be commercially recycled. But now the newer trend is to up-cycle. While recycling is making something useful again by either fixing it to work again with its original purpose or changing it so it has a new purpose. For example, aluminum cans have been recycled over and over again. Up-cycling is making the old thing become more valuable than it was and possibly re-purposing it.

I like up-cycling. The concept of taking something that is virtually useless and making it worth something is a wonderful thing. Bob and I have watched some TV shows about this and it is amazing to see the new life that comes out of these old objects.

Way before this was a “popular” thing to do, and way before it was a trendy term Jesus was up-cycling people. His disciples were fishermen—one of the lower class of folk of the day and a tax collector—one of the most hated people.  He took them and taught them some of the most important concepts of life and empowered them to share His message of hope with the world.

We may up-cycle items and make a profit. Jesus is the prophet who up-cycled people to give them a new purpose and destiny and made them more valuable in the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 10:1-4 (NIV)

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

John 3:16 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus gave us new live and an eternity with Him. Now that is up-cycling at its best. Enjoy your up-cycled week and I will be back next week with more.

 

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God is Patient


 

John 3:16 (NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

I have known this verse for a long time but have never equated it with patience before. That’s right patience. Think about it, God gave man and especially the Israelite nation many chances to get their act together, and they continued to reject Him and His commandments. So after sending many prophets, showing many signs and wonders and giving many chances He sent His Son to show them the way to eternal salvation. He was patient for many years and continued to show patience by sacrificing His beloved Son to share Good News of the Gospel with them and the rest of the world.

God must have patience and faith in man’s ability to change in order for Him to do what He has done for us. Are we up to the challenge to prove Him right in His faith toward us? Can we show Him that we appreciate His effort and patience? Have we ever experienced the patience that God must have waiting for us to get our act together from anyone else?

For me God showed more patience than I have ever known by believing in me. God believes in all of His children. We are His. We Are His. WE ARE HIS. Knowing this maybe we should act more like Him and show more patience to those around us and help them in their struggles.

I started writing today’s blog to complain, but quickly realized that I was wrong and I need more patience with the imperfect people around me. After all God has so much patience with me, and I am very imperfect. Acting more like Him is the way I give Him glory.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is what I want to be. What about you? Next time you get impatient with the imperfect people around you, remember God’s patience with your imperfection. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

A Long Commitment


IMG_1605I am in the midst of experiencing pain, excitement and down time. After years of problems with my foot and months of trying everything short of surgery I was told that surgery was my only option left to relieve the pain. So, somewhat reluctantly, I got on board and started this process for healing. My surgery was on Friday May 5th and I am at home for a while healing. I have a three sided hard cast with a soft top on for now and then I will wear the boot again and then slowly back to normal walking with physical therapy. I have been told that it could take up to a year before my foot feels normal.

This is a long commitment but not any longer than the pain that I have experienced in the past. The doctor says that what he did should give me relief from the pain after I heal from the surgery. I will be honest with you, I did not hear him say this because I was out of it but I trust my husband and what he has told me.

As with anything, preparation is the key to making it work. I thank God that my husband agreed we should buy a knee scooter two weeks before the surgery,  which enabled me to get used to it. It made a big difference. I am not going fast or far but I am able to go around the house as needed. I also had to prepare my mind in order to be able to make it through this time.

  • First I had to realize that the pain in my foot was getting worse, all my other options had been taken and I was willing to put up with temporary pain in order to achieve my goal of healing.
  • Then I had to decide that I believed the doctor could do what he had promised.
  • Then I had to spiritually embrace the surgery and possible long road to recovery knowing that GOD is in control and I can trust Him. (Believe me I had been praying for a miraculous recovery all the way up to surgery, but since that did not happen I moved forward. Just like I am now praying for a miraculously quick recovery.)

These decisions parallel my salvation:

  • First I had to decide that I wanted to be saved from my sins and gain eternal life no matter what that meant in my daily life.
    • John 3:16 (NASB)For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
  • Next I had to decide that I believed Jesus could save me no matter what I had done or was doing.
    • Luke 1:37 (NASB)
      For nothing will be impossible with God.
  • And lastly I had to spiritually embrace the life changing decision, give up my control and know that I could handle anything that came my way because GOD is in control.
    • Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
      I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I hope my journey is an encourgement to those who read this blog. My main purpose is to share real life experiences that could encourage others to continue in their faith. Enjoy your week and I will be back this weekend with more.

When Is Easter Over?


bunny and cross

When all the eggs are gone and the bunny is nowhere to be found is Easter over? Is that what it is all about? Unfortunately some people believe that Easter is only about fun, candy and food. That saddens my heart.

I believe that all of the events that lead up to Resurrection Sunday, commonly known as Easter define a Christian’s life. The hope that is in the death and resurrection of Jesus is what motivates my faith. To me knowing that the Creator of the Universe made a way for all of us to be saved from our sins is a tremendous gift. The fact that we are able to communicate with Him because He sent His Son to show us life more abundantly and to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, amazes me. I feel awe and wonder when I think that Jesus did not let the grave hold Him and he brought the hope of eternal life when He rose from the dead.

And yet I am sad because there are children and adults in the world that have been lulled to sleep with presents from Santa Claus at Christmas and stuff from the Easter bunny at Easter and have never really learned the truth about these celebrations. I am not against having games and fun to celebrate as long as those games are not the only thing you do to celebrate. I believe that Christian parents, whether they frequent church or not are responsible to help their children understand the true meaning of these days of celebration.

It has become apparent in our society we have forgotten why we celebrate, we just look forward to time off work or school because of a holiday. I would bet that a lot of children and possibly adults could not tell you what the 4th of July is all about. That is a celebration that every citizen of this country should understand. So if we don’t understand celebrations around recent history, how will we ever understand celebrations about what would be considered ancient history.

 John 3:16 (NKJV)

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The bible may be very old but it is still the living Word of God. It still speaks life. Join me this week in spending time in God’s Word and then sharing the hope we find in the Word of God with those around us. Lets do our best to awaken the world around us  to the real truth around our faith holidays.

 

Rushing


It seems my life is a constant state of rushing from one thing to another. The older I get the more rushed I feel because I guess I don’t get things done as fast as I used to. You would think without having children around life would be less hectic but to me it seems this is not the case. I am rushed coming in and going out.

IMG_2642I am posting this blog a little late today because my weekends seem to be fuller than ever just trying to prepare for the week ahead and preparing for family to arrive in two weeks. Our home is small so we have to re-arrange many things to accommodate the extra people. I have taken three weeks to put up my Christmas tree. Week one I put it together. Week two I put the lights on it and some ornaments. Week three I finished putting up the ornaments until it began to look cluttered and I stopped.  I am declaring it done.

It is time to take some deep breaths and thank God for the wonderful life He has given me. I thank Him for my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. I thank Him for a home and food and clothing. I thank Him for my salvation and the salvation of my family.  I thank Him for His Son who came to this earth open the door to salvation to the world.

John 3:16(NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Jesus is the reason for the season. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

n for the season. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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