Woven Community

Do you ever think about how God weaves all our lives together, even if we’ve never met or never will?

We all have times when we feel separate,  alone, and wonder if we are the only one in the world  who feels as we do.  Are we the only one who thinks as we do?  Are we the only one who cares about the things we care about?  On and on we go.

Antique loom machine. Bulgarian traditional culture.

Antique loom machine.

A friend of mine was a weaver.  She had a huge loom in her home on which  she wove many beautiful fabrics.   As I watched her weave, I was impressed by how thin each thread was and yet how strong and beautiful  the  finished fabric was when it was  woven together.

I think God places us in various ‘communities’ to weave us together and strengthen us.  We each add our own color and texture to his tapestry and woven together we are much stronger than we could be on our own. As we join others we become more than we can be alone.  And they become more, too.

Do you look for God’s weaving in your life?  How might he be strengthening and encouraging you through the people around you?   How might you be a blessing to others, strengthening and encouraging them?

As my friend wove on the loom,  her chosen pattern was unseen to any observer until it was woven together.  Then all the individual threads came together with wonderful beauty and strength.   We are a thread in God’s tapestry.  As we allow him to weave his pattern into our lives we can look and see his presence and grace with us and know we are never really alone.

Worthless or Worthy

 

….so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God….Col 1:10 NIV      apple fruit of spirit

Have you ever heard someone say “You are what you eat”? You know, eat healthy, be healthy. That’s common sense, right?
What about other choices? How do the things we think about, the things we do, the things which attract us, affect us?

Scripture says “They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.” 2 Kings 17:15 NIV

As we consider all that the world says we should be and do and have, we are lead away from our Lord. Our thoughts can lead us into negativity – about others who have more than we do, about those who seem to be opposing us at every turn, about our situation and how it seems it will never change. As a result, we may choose to respond in ways that are neither good for us nor bring any improvement to the issue at hand. We perpetuate the undesirable results of our unworthy thoughts and actions.
God leads us in another direction, toward a life with him that brings glory to him and joy to us. Seeking and following him offers us freedom to make  choices that have better outcomes. The world offers us many attractive choices, often leaving us empty and lost but God invites us to follow him filling us with his love and grace.

 

Jesus is lord

THERE IS NO ONE MORE WORTHY TO FOLLOW

Paul says “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your mind and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Phil 4:8 The Message

Time and life are precious. Are you following ‘worthless idols’ or making worthy choices bringing glory to God in the process? The quality of your life may depend on it.

Restless?

Do you ever have those days when you just feel restless for no apparent reason?

Perhaps you chalk it up to consuming too much caffeine. Not sleeping well. Or some other reason. We’ve all had days like that – restless, nagging, uneasy      stress  globetimes that just keep us on edge. Have we neglected something critical? Are we about to be blindsided by something we may not know how to handle? Is God trying to tell us something?

At times like these we long for the peace of Christ in our hearts and minds. The peace we can lean into, rest upon, take nourishment from, be restored and made ready for what lays ahead. When we turn ourselves and our situation over to our Lord, he can work through his plans for us and bless us in his own perfect way. Easier said than done sometimes.

In Phil 4:6-7 Paul blesses us with “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jesus Speaks in Mt 28:20 and says “…. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

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May God bless you today as you surrender your restlessness to him.

Water and the Trinity

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    Isn’t it amazing the ways God reveals himself to us?

   I don’t mean the knock-your-socks-off kind of ways. I’m talking about the everyday, ordinary, quiet, almost            behind-the-scenes kind of ways.

Have you ever thought about water as one of those ways? Or how amazing water is and the similarities between God and      water? God has created every living thing with an absolute need for water to survive and thrive just as he has created our  need for Him.

Understanding God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, as three yet one is a challenge. The Bible tells us our God is three yet one but our mind struggles to resolve the tension of the concept.  Perhaps God has given us an example that might help us understand at least the possibility of such a concept.

Water is a very common substance set apart by its unique properties. It is the only substance that can exist in three different forms – solid, liquid, and gas. In each form the composition is the same – two hydrogen atoms attached to one oxygen atom, yet each form has a totally different appearance, different function, different presentation.                                                                                                    160_F_69264817_8Kg7Z0PRdYSmXxMW8kgNxyyDzZmbq0Op-1

 While we cannot directly correlate the qualities of each form of water with the qualities of each person of the trinity, we do have a glimpse of the possibility of the concept itself. Perhaps God wants to reveal a bit more of himself through the uniqueness of water in this rather simple way even as we struggle to comprehend the complexity of the triune God.

How do you find God revealing himself to you?

Salt of the Earth

         Salt of the Earth

                                Matthew 5:1

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?     It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.                                                                                                                                                                

160_F_55723146_tmyMzFYvJHqi5KmCe1dHStcSikMWrqia-2Salt is critical to life itself. In the correct amount it is an essential mineral needed by our body for good health.

In ancient times, many cultures placed great importance on the value of salt. It was used as a preservative, in trading and as currency.

For me, a little bit of salt on popcorn, melon, or potatoes makes an amazing difference! It changes these foods from bland to delicious. It brings out the best in them and makes me want more. A little bit of salt enhances flavors and adds depth and dimension.

160_F_57970102_7ZLPhfMN1i2OwLXSKtyYw5xNKgIsPzmM-1Much of the salt of ancient times came from the Dead Sea and contained impurities and consequently,  if not used in a timely manner, lost its saltiness and became useless for any other purpose.

It was important that it be used while it had its greatest effect.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus speaks to his disciples telling them they are the salt of the earth. Jesus tells us we also have great value and have a critical purpose individually and collectively as his followers.

We have the ability and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world – to enhance it, to add depth and dimension to it.

Jesus instructs us as he did his disciples to use our ‘saltiness’ – our unique gifts and talents in ways that make a difference and while they have their greatest effect. As we offer ourselves and our gifts to him he will use them to bless others and we will be blessed in the process.

How might you use your ‘saltiness’ – your unique gifts and talents – to make a difference, to enhance, add depth and dimension to the part of the world you touch?

Taste & See

Come, Taste and See That The Lord Is Good

Psalm 34:8
Vegetables and Fruits ArrangementOur tongues are almost magical body parts. Not only are we able to form words and communicate with each other but we are also able to enjoy the taste and flavors of food.

While our olfactory senses contribute to our ability to taste, our tongue plays a huge role, too.
There are special areas on our tongue each responsible for sensing specific tastes or flavors – one for saltiness, one for bitterness, one for sweetness, etc. When we taste a new food or flavor it is important to use our entire tongue to allow the fullest and most accurate interpretation of the flavor. If we sample with only the tip of our tongue we may miss the part of the flavor that only the back of our tongue recognizes.

When David (Ps 34:8) says “Taste and see that the Lord is good”,  he is inviting us to explore our Lord fully. To take Him in completely and get the full flavor of His love and message for us.

How do you sample what God is offering you through Jesus Christ?

Come, taste and see that the Lord is good!