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Invitations


Isaiah 55

I remember when I was just starting this intense walk with God. Our wash machine stopped working and I had to use the local Laundromat to clean our clothes. Laundromats are interesting places; you never know who you will see or what kind of conversation you will find yourself in. I decided that the Laundromat time would be a great time to dig a little deeper into reading the Bible so I took it with me. As I sat and waited on my laundry a lady that I worked with on occasion came into the place.

She noticed that I was reading the bible and that struck up a conversation. She had been divorced and said that her church would not really allow her to participate because of the divorce. She said she knew that the church taught her that divorce was wrong but she could not avoid it. She asked me my thoughts. I explained to her about salvation and how God can and will forgive us of our sins. I explained how God doesn’t condemn people who seek His forgiveness. She was stunned to hear that God would really forgive because her church did not seem willing or able to forgive her.

She was very interested in this and asked what she could do. I then led her in a salvation prayer. When she left the Laundromat she not only had clean clothes but she also had a clean heart. She did not know that God would meet her there and invite her to receive forgiveness, but He did. I went home with clean clothes and a smile on my face having witnessed someone receiving the Good News that God forgives.

I share this today to encourage all of us that we never know when we might receive an invitation or when we might be called to invite someone else into their relationship with God. So be on the lookout and take every opportunity to share His love.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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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.

Are you Hooked?


hooksI have been trying to learn more  and hone my writing skills in order to write picture books. I took a webinar this week and one of the action items I was given to do was to read my manuscript and write a hook sentence. This is one sentence that captures the plot and theme of your story, without giving away the ending. It compels the reader to want to read the whole manuscript.

I started thinking about this and know that it will take a while to get it right. Then I paused and wondered if I had to narrow my life down to one sentence what would it be? How could I condense my years of life and dreams and motivations down into one sentence? Is it even possible? I realized that usually it is either at award ceremonies or someone’s funerals that people try to sum up a life. But what if I were to do it today?

For me my life is summed up in the words of a friend who told me during our conversation, “You just want to do the right thing.” Thanks Kathy. That really sums up my life in a short sentence. It does not expand on the ideas but gets to the core of who I am. To make it a hook sentence I would have to expand a little on it.

Kitty is a Christian who desires to give Glory to God and do the right thing throughout her life, but when life gets in the way amazing things happen.

Are you hooked on following my life? Would you read a blog based on this statement? If yes then I have done a good job. If no then I need to keep working on it.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and through trials, temptations and triumphs He made a way for all of us to be saved.  How about that hook sentence for Jesus? Would you look into His life because of it? To find out more about this salvation you can read His book, The HOLY BIBLE.

Now I want to give you a challenge. Write a hook sentence for your life. It might take a while but I think it would be a good lesson in discovery for all of us. Make sure you convey your journey and plot for your life so far without giving away the end. And share your sentence with me in the comments. I would love to know what you come up with.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

The “O” word


imageMy mind is fresh today with visions of two-year olds challenges. Sometimes when you are two it is difficult to do the right thing. Adults can explain until they are blue in the face why you should not do something, but all you hear is “don’t do what is fun to do”. Suddenly those pesky adults seem to change the rules and don’t want you to have fun. This is why parents are tested to their limit with little ones. I love my grandson and most of the time he is the best in the world but sometimes that ornery look shows up in his eyes and you know it isn’t going to be pretty.

For a two-year old the “O” word is bad. “O”bedience is difficult for most of us, at least at first. It is hard to understand what is good for us and what is not. I remember before I accepted Jesus’ salvation I did not want to be told what to do and when to do it. I wanted to do what I wanted to do and let the chips fall where they might.

However something happened to me. I realized that Jesus paid the price for my sin. That made all the difference in the world in my overall behavior. I began to understand that everything I do has a consequence and I better be more careful.  I realized that if I sin willfully I am not truly accepting what Jesus did for me and definitely not showing my appreciation for His sacrifice.

In this month of November with Thanksgiving coming upon us soon, I am thankful for grandchildren who can help me look back and see where I was and where I am now. I hope that you can look back too and see something wonderful that God has done in your life.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Act Now DON’T Save the Date


act now dont save the dateA popular thing in today’s society is to send out “save the date” notices for weddings, in the hopes that people will not schedule anything else on this date so they can attend the wedding.  It is a great way to let people know that you want them to be available.

I realize the bible tells us God does not send out “save the date” notices to you. He expects each and every one of us to be ready at all times and not just “saving the date” for a future time. I have to ask myself if I am “saving the date” for some future event or am I living today and making the most of the time that has been given me.

What am I ready for? That is a good question. I remember back in 1990 my life turned upside down with major changes. I was not ready immediately but over a course of a few months I realized that the time was then for the beginning of my salvation from sin and dedication to walking with God.

I have been working out my salvation ever since then. This has meant that I needed to be ready at any given moment to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and extend a helping hand to those around me. That helping hand has had many forms like physically helping others as needed, sharing the gospel and witnessing God grant salvation to someone, laying hands on the sick and watching God give them a healing, and sharing financial help when needed and anything else that God wants. It is not limited because people have diverse needs and if God wants to meet a need of any type in someone’s life He is going to look and see who is there to meet that need and use them.

This week I can think of many instances that God has allowed me to be his voice and hands as I went throughout my day. For this I am grateful. I ask you now to think back over your week about the opportunities that you have taken advantage of and shared God’s love. I can also think of some instances that I missed that will help me to do better next time.

Colossians 4:5-6 (NKJV)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Riding with God in Control


IMG_2757We live in a double world. It is physical and spiritual.

Here is an example of a purely physical situation. In the morning as I approach my car I push the unlock button on my car key, immediately some of the lights come on and the door unlocks. Opening the door and I get into the driver’s seat. Putting down my items I focus starting the car. Pushing the key into the ignition and turning it the car roars to life. On the dash lights start flashing reminding me that I do not have my seat belt on and that there is an air bag in front of me. As I latch the seat belt the warning lights go off.  I check the mirrors and radio and prepare to take the car out of park to start my journey. Once the car is in drive I look both ways and slowly creep out of the driveway making sure no-one is coming beyond the fence and move forward. The rest of the trip is a matter of paying attention to where I am going and what I am doing to stay out of potential accidents and make it to my destination without harm.

Now here is an example of the spiritual world. As I arise most mornings I turn on the light, grab my glasses and my bible and begin to read. With my daily reading completed I begin prayer time. As I go along with my daily physical routine the Spirit of God directs me. Physically I know where to go and what to do but spiritually  God directs me into places I did not know I would be for reasons of which I was unaware of but I went. One day not too long ago I was following my daily routine and someone in my path said to me “I prayed this morning that God would send someone to show me what to do and I want to thank you for helping me.” Just like my car does what it should do but can’t accomplish it without a driver so I can’t accomplish spiritual things without God’s direction.  

I am a spirit that lives in a body. Before I accepted God’s salvation I was like that car without a driver, going nowhere fast. God’s Spirit living inside of me started directing my steps and helping me get where I needed to go. Before I had no idea where I even wanted to go and with God I have direction and a heavenly destination. Whether the ride is rough and testing or fast and exhilarating, as long and God is the driver and His glory is the direction those bumps in the road don’t matter. My main goal is to allow God to drive my life, to direct and correct me so that I can bring Him glory.

Enjoy the ride this week and I will be back next week with more.

Sharing Life


IMG_2587Last week I did not post a blog because I was off celebrating my wedding anniversary with Bob, my husband of 35 years.  We spent some time reminiscing about our younger life together and how all our children are grown and have blessed us with grandchildren. Life seems like a blur to me. I know I was there for the whole thing but some of the details are missing. It amazed me that Bob brought up some moments that stand out in his mind but I could not remember them. And likewise there are things I vividly remember that he does not. I guess that happens over time and those moments that we really remember are the ones that meant the most to us individually.

I remember our 21st year of marriage because in that year I had been with Bob for exactly half of my life. We have been through some really wonderful times and some of the toughest times of our lives. We have endured births, deaths, weddings, funerals, illnesses, and healings. I attribute my salvation and coming to know the Lord to my husband. He was searching for meaning and found salvation, which in turn changed the lives of all of our family.

I think of all these things and wonder about God who has seen every single moment of my life. What does he think about the ups and downs? Have I even understood every time that he has held me up and kept me from falling too far? I read through some journals a few weeks ago when Bob was out-of-town working. I found a letter that showed me how much he loved me. I did not remember the letter but remembered the general time of our lives. It was not what you would think of a love letter, it was a letter helping me put my priorities in order and not forget my responsibilities. As I read it I was reminded that God does the same with us with a pointed but loving reminder of necessary priorities in His Word. Every word of God’s word should lead us in a direction toward God and salvation.

Bob and I have grown together over the years and have learned, mostly, how to deal with each other. We still have our disputes and disagreements but they have not gotten in the way of our love and commitment to each other. With God, though our flesh does not always agree with God’s ways, we should always grow in our relationship and commitment to get closer to Him.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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