Casting…

So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
Romans 1:15 (NLT)

“We didn’t catch anything.”

One of the girls was disappointed because she didn’t see the results of her casting.

After giving that same honey hole a try and fishing for “forever” according to them (thirty minutes according to the clock), I decided in the interest of my sanity we would put up the poles.

My attention came to that attitude in myself. So often the Holy Spirit leads me to say or do something. I do it because deliberate disobedience isn’t my idea of fun, yet afterwards I’m disappointed because, “nothing happened.” Then came the conviction that I allow the fact that “nothing happened last time” determine when to obey…

Playfully I think of that same school of perch. Imagine that the class was on a field trip or going places. As they went, they were telling others about their life changing experience.

A bigger fish came along looking to gain something for it’s self. But the bass overheard what the perch were saying. Just as it was going to attack that hook came into the water and got the attention of the bass changing it’s direction.

Just because we do not see what is happening doesn’t mean nothing is.

Cast it out,
reel it in.
Do it over and over again,
even when they refuse to bite.
You may not reach them…
but the Holy Spirit just might.

God says,
“You’re My child…
I am with You…
Loving others is what I’ve called You to do.
My Son made you a fisher of men,
so,
cast it out…
and
reel it in.”

Prayer:

Father please forgive me. Thank you for revealing this attitude within me that I may better serve You. I am to simply trust and obey as I cast out the line.

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Poetic Ponds- part 2

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:19 (NKJV)

When it comes to fishing, casting is pretty easy once you know how and especially when the fish jump on the line. However they aren’t always quick to bite.

Sometimes they nibble. Sometimes they spit the hook out. And sometimes they just do not want the bait.

The same group of children. Four of them, when they had to cast over again two or three times soon lost interest. They had their excitement or their accomplishment in mind.

The other two were still eager and optimistic. They found pleasure in the anticipation. And adventure in the unknown. They knew there were fish still to catch and that’s all they needed to keep casting.

When one of the two hooked their finger the other grew fearful and would no longer touch the hook or cast the line. Mind you this was not the one hurt… The one hurt was disappointed that she had to retreat to wash her hands.

When Jesus called me to be a fisher of men, He said nothing about it being comfortable, or painless. He calls us to see past all of that and have trust in His leadership.

Prayer:

I yearn for that kind of faith Father. To just go without question. I praise you that I’m not the same today but You are. You Father are worthy!

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Poetic Ponds – part 1

Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
Proverbs 1: 23 (NKJV)

I had six children, two fishing poles, and worms on the pond bank the other day. Each child anxiously awaited their turn to cast into the water…

The perch were biting!

At first I thought, “The perch must be oblivious to the what is around them.” But as He often does the Holy Spirit changed my perspective.

What if I look at the perch as people, the worm as the Good News, and the hook as Jesus. Then the experience of getting caught becomes salvation. The passing from mortal life to eternal life.

Perhaps, upon release, the perch rush back to their schoolmates and share all about their life changing experience. Creating a response.

Prayer:

Father help me to live is such a way that creates a response to You.

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Absurd


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

What have you done recently that others would call absurd?

I came across plaque that I was given when I graduated from college. It reads “Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

Absurd, by quick definition, means unreasonable, or completely ridicules. As I looked back at my life I saw many things that were “absurd”.

My birth was absurd. Mom learned she was pregnant through miscarriage. It was beyond her understanding that I was still growing inside of her. Yet here I am…

My marriage started off with an absurd relationship. One that was resisted by many. Teachers and coaches who had the best intentions for me fought my connection with my then high school sweet heart.
Yet here we are…

I’ll never forget the words of one physician, “with the function of your system it is highly unlikely you’ll ever conceive let alone carry a child to term. You may as well get that in your mind now. It will save you pain later.” Picture my heart shattering in my chest over and over again. Yet two healthy children slumber in their beds that call me mom.

Or my niece born at 23 weeks, no pounds and 14 ounces. It was absurd for the doctor to try to save her. Yet he did. And a four year old tiny piece of dynamite calls me Aunt Kelly…

Indeed life is full of absurd. But as He often does The Holy Spirit doesn’t let it rest there… In many ways some feel faith in Jesus Christ is absurd. The belief that God would Love enough to send His Son that we could have everlasting life is absurd. It surpasses the reasonable. And goes well beyond understanding.

The same God that spoke life into existence loves me that much. He loves you too. I know it may seem absurd… But if you’ve not opened your heart to the absurd you’ll never know what is possible.

Consider what you’ve witnessed. Place the glory for those things on God. Ask questions. And open your heart for Jesus.

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Castle

 

In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (NKJV)

Early morning conversation with Haley who is four…
“Mom, you member when I slept with Kayla for Christmas?”
“Yes,” I said.
“When Santa brought me presents.”
“Yes.”
“Did you know I liked that?” she asked.
“I’m sure you did. But can I tell you who brings you the biggest present?”
“Did you bring me the biggest present?”

“No, Jesus did.”

“Really Mom, Jesus brought me my castle?!?!”

I paused for just a moment for reflection… She had received a large Little People Castle because she wanted to be a princess…

“Yes child in so very many ways Jesus brought you your castle.”

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Perseverance

 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5: 1-5

If it isn’t obvious God knows that He can reach me through children both mine and others.

My eldest takes horse riding lessons. This is her choosing and it is something she works hard for. She pays for one lesson we pay for one lesson. In order to make her money she is given $20 a week and must pick out and pay for dinner. Then cook and clean up. She gets to keep her change. At least this is how it was originally set up.

Now she has had her first fall. It wasn’t little. And she is frightened to get back on.

God calls us to persevere through tribulation. Thus I too must persevere for mine. The do as I say style doesn’t yield good results.

Over the past few days I’ve stood in awe and wonder of His saving grace for our little girls and have fallen on my knees praising and thanking Him for giving me this day with each of them.

I am glad to state that she decided when the doctor says its safe she will return to the saddle.

Caution: Character Development In Progress.

Prayer:

Tribulation abounds Lord. But I choose to rejoice. Thank you for grace as I persevere through faith.

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Baby Carriage

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 

Both times we’ve been pregnant we were trying and a positive test was the indicator. For a brief moment only God and I knew of my condition. I’d been told conception was close to impossible.

That being said, the first time our joy was uncontainable. Everyone that we wanted to know knew.

The second time was different. I was spotting with the positive test. The doctor conducted a very early sonogram.

“Cyst, cyst, cyst. Cyst, cyst, baby, maybe baby,” he could tell the difference. Despite an evident, steady, flicker the doctor offered no hope. No due date. And no bed rest could help this condition.

We didn’t broadcast our expecting. We didn’t want to let anyone down.

I compare this to my journey as a believer.

There was a time when only God and I knew of my salvation, and the world told  me salvation was impossible. At first my joy was uncontainable, yet surrounded by little hope I hid my faith. In part, afraid of letting anyone down.

The third trimester there was no denying my expecting and on the arrival of our child there was no denying our blessing. Our condition showed.

Prayer:

Lord, may there be no denying my identity as Your child.

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Then Comes Marriage

…Mary said, “how can this be since I do not know a man?” the angel answered…”The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you…” Luke 1:34-35

I completed the Passion Pursuit by Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery. Topic: marital intimacy. Any lady who is married, or hopes to be, could glean much.

One principle introduced was intimate knowing. The same Greek word, “yada”, expresses the way a husband knows a wife AND the way God knows us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Once we accept that God’s love for us came first, there is marriage. A public announcement of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We poured two different colored sands into a glass at our wedding. This symbolized the difficulty of separation. It’d be like separating each grain of colored sand from the other.

We came together beautifully; children have come into the picture. That day of matrimony created a different color in each of our children.

The sands are together in my marriage physical and spiritual.

There’s beautiful colors. There’s ugly colors. Sometimes I pour from the wrong container or paint with the wrong brush.

Prayer:

I praise You for this new creation Father and the work you’ve done in my life. Oh Lord how I long to empty the ugly.

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First Comes Love

… You shall love your neighbor as yourself… Matthew 22:39

My daughter is beginning to experience the taunting of the world. “They are saying he loves me, Mom, I don’t like that.” I told her that she should love her neighbor and that treating a person nice shows love. If you love him as your neighbor your being obedient to God.

“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage!” And you know the more I think of this the more I realize how true this taunting is for our Christian walk.

“First comes love,” John 3:16 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.

“Then comes marriage,” Luke 1:34-35 … Mary said, “how can this be, since I  not know a man?” the angel answered…,”The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

“Then comes the baby in the baby carriage,” Matthew 28: 19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Prayer:

Lord, may she be reminded that this worlds taunting falls around your protection and may she train her ears to hear you in all she says and that you would have her do.

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Ho, Ho, Ho

… “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8 (NKJV)

There is a red suited cheerful man that adorns the world at Christmas time. And he often states “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!” I know you’ve seen him.

There are many times I’ve considered this an empty greeting.

I am reminded of John 8:7 and Jesus’ words, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Jesus is the reason for the season I have no choice but to agree. Christmas is when I celebrate the word becoming flesh because of love for you and me.

Those empty greetings have a way of bringing me to my knees. So when the world proclaims HO, HO, HO, I’ll think He’s Omnipotent, He’s Omnipresent, He’s Omniscient.

Though He is supreme He Omnipotent-ly Loves You.

Though He is and always has been with you. He Omnipresent-ly Loves You. Though He knows every thought in your mind, heart, and soul He Omnisciently Loves You.

Prayer:

I thank you Lord that HO HO HO has taken on a new meaning.

 

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