To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 I remember the day I started this blog, April 3, 2011. A friend of mine had started a blog and I was so empowered by it, I knew it was something I needed to do. Initially, to a great extent it’s purpose was for self preservation as I struggled to find my “place.” I felt alone, bitter, and in desperate need of healing. Much like the woman who reached in faith, breaking through the wilderness of the crowd to touch a piece of Jesus’ cloak (Matthew 9:18-26), this outlet was my reach in faith towards Christ, in order that my own “hemorrhaging” would be healed. I’d like to say that all of my anxiety went away immediately the day I wrote my first post, but as we know healing is a process. What I can say is that the achievement of that first post was the manifestation of the spirit within me that desired to reach and refused to give up. In return, Six hundred fifty posts later, not only has God’s grace preserved my life, he has allowed me the joy of sharing his Word with a community larger than I could have imagined. Truly, faith in God is meant to be shared. I praise, bless and thank God, for you all for sharing it with me.
…by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 I really love this statement by Paul. Some of the people of Corinth may not have liked who he was or what he’d done, but he makes it very clear that his message wasn’t about him anymore. It’s about God’s decision to use Paul’s gifts so that others may seek God. Previously, Paul’s heart was in the right place, but his head (thinking) was someplace else. Many of us fall into this category in some or all areas of our life. Who but God understands this about us even when we don’t see this about ourselves? While Paul attributes his past experience and current ministry to one “untimely born”, he realizes his journey is exactly where God always intended it to be. Perhaps by his own description of his life he wishes his path could have been different, but he has accepted the fact that he is what he is today, because of that path. In fact his yesterdays and his todays go together – because except for the “dead”, today doesn’t come without yesterday. Today in this world the conflict of heart and mind isn’t unusual. But even to the “untimely born”, God will bring the heart and mind in to one place for the glory of his name and every day we are given is an opportunity to follow the Lord. Thus as believers, like Paul, minding what we were yesterday, should with praise encourage the question; “What are we today?”
Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,… but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
As I watch Orpheus, my Italian Greyhound eat his food I notice that he meticulously picks over the bits in order to eat the kibbles. I wonder if all dogs do this. He eventually goes back to eat the bits I suppose because he is either still hungry and realizes he’s not getting anything else until the bowl is empty, or he figures he may as well eat them since they are just sitting there. He doesn’t have the capacity to throw them out although on occasion he has spit the bits out onto the floor to which he later returns to eat. Now I don’t know which are the kibbles and which are the bits, but it’s the soft chewy ones that occasionally end up on the floor. Sometimes we treat life exactly like Orpheus treats his food. The things in life that we like we keep and other things in life we wish we could get rid of we often just toss aside and hope they just go away but they never do. Sooner or later we have to deal with it because somehow or another it is part of what sustain us. I suppose it’s important to remember that what God gives is always good. Sometimes it’s kibbles and other times it’s bits. Either way by God’s grace all of it has one purpose; God’s purpose. So, blessings to all and enjoy the weekend! Remember to go forth into the world thanking God for the kibbles and the bits, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.