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Precious moments

This moment happened when our daughter and her littles were staying with us.

Our son-in-law was working out of the state and since our daughter is still experiencing a lot of morning sickness, we offered for her and the grandbabies to stay with us while he was away.

One afternoon, our youngest grandbaby was just falling asleep.

She’s getting big, now that she’s a year old, and my arms needed the support of my rocking chair.

I moved it to the middle of the floor so as not to squish any toys.

Our Faye, came out of the play room and saw me rocking Joy.

She surprised me by turning around and running back into the play room.

I soon heard her moving a piece of furniture.

She drug the child-sized rocker from the play room and set it next to mine.

She disappeared back into the room and came out cradling a stuffed teddy wearing a diaper.

She announced, “I’m rocking my baby too. He’s tired and needs a nap.”

All smiles, she plopped down next to me and looked up with such an expression that brought tears to my eyes.

When her mommy came from the other room, I requested she take a picture of us.

Not just to preserve the memory, but to be a reminder.

A reminder to think before responding, because I also had a moment of embarrassment while they were with us.

It was their last day and I was trying to help them get things packed up.

Our puppy had been struggling to behave himself, especially that morning.

His excitement at the bustle and business was to let his bladder run wild.

(Imagine my horror as he left rings of urine around our grandchildren when they stepped onto the back deck!)

Obviously, I wasn’t impressed.

So, Basil had to be locked up.

Understandably, he was very loud in his protests of this.

Continuing noise drives me crazy, so his whining/barking was making my skin crawl and I was struggling to hear the requests of my daughter and grandchildren over the din.

I’d tried talking to Basil nicely several times, but the minute I walked away he’d start again.

I finally had it and told him to, “Shut up!”

He did.

I resumed my tasks and when our daughter came back inside from putting a load in the Suburban, she looked at me with a strange expression.

“Umm, Mom, did you yell at Basil or something?”

I nodded, not proud of myself and she pointed at her son.

He was playing at the coffee table with a metal car and saying something, but I hadn’t stopped to listen, assuming by his tone and actions he was talking in his play.

So, I stood still and listened.

“Shut up, Basil. Shut up, Basil. Shut up, Basil. Shut up, Basil,…”

I apologized to my daughter and then spoke to Bubba.

“Honey, Grammy should not have said that. It’s not nice.”

“It wasn’t kind to say, ‘Shut up’. You shouldn’t say it either.”

“Grammy is very sorry for saying something not nice.”

He studied my face.

“Will you please forgive me?”

He nodded.

“Please don’t say that any more, okay?”

He nodded again.

Both moments with my grandchildren are precious; they are a reminder to apply truth to my behavior.

Children are especially quick to duplicate our actions, our attitudes, and our choices, but it’s not just children that are influenced by us.

People are affected by how we speak, what we say, how we respond.

We never live in a vacuum, where our actions don’t have consequences.

Thus, the moments in life are precious, because each one is an opportunity.

An opportunity to live unto the Lord Jesus.

I love that through Jesus Christ each person can be made new, and that the process of being made in the likeness of Christ is a daily one.

And since all of us have moments we regret, let’s find peace through Jesus’s forgiveness and courage to live differently, no longer doing those things which we are ashamed of, but rather being renewed.

that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22‭-‬24 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your gift of children! What blessings they are! Lord, thank You for the innumerable ways You teach me and hone my heart. Lord, I am ashamed of myself and the poor example I was to my grandchildren. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for teaching me through this. Lord, please keep me on a short leash, that I might not grow accustomed to any sin and allow it to become a lifestyle. Lord, help me to build my relationship with You and others that I might honor You in all things. Lord, thank You for showing me so many things as I walk daily with You. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me Your will and guide me through Your Word. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Keeping Jesus first

During the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we are frequently reminded to keep our focus on Jesus.

This weekend, I had a lesson in that, but it wasn’t what I expected.

Saturday, we needed to restock our furniture booth and we were discussing what to take.

My husband commented on a set of items he wanted to sell and I responded.

In the moment, I thought my motivation was “being wise”.

Looking back, I can see my motivation wasn’t wisdom at all, instead it was fear.

I hadn’t kept Jesus first in my thoughts, nor had I even heard my husband out.

James 1:19-20 NKJV — So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

I failed to apply God’s Word.

Proverbs 10:19 KJV — In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Thankfully, my husband was quick to forgive me after I prayed and apologized.

My time with the Lord got my attitude corrected.

The Lord reminded me that keeping Him first shouldn’t be limited to my Christmas celebration, but should be my lifestyle.

Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV — “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

No matter what you are facing today, I hope you are able to keep Jesus first.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth of Your love. Thank You for reminding me that You have every detail under control and I need to trust You and trust my husband, for You gave him to me. Lord, please help me to keep You and Your Word first in my heart, that I might not sin against You or anyone else. Lord, thank You for Your forgiveness and my husband’s. Thank You for showing me an area of fear I didn’t know I had. Lord, please guard my heart from fear, envy, selfish ambition, and falsehood. Lord, help me to be real with those around me and open to listening. Lord, help me to find my comfort in Your Word and my needs met in Your truth, for You always provide, You are faithful and always good. Thank You! In Your name, I ask these things, Jesus. Amen.


An example of love from a child

Our grandchildren were over last weekend.

They have been a wonderful example of how to love.

Both our granddaughter and grandson love their baby sister.

Now that she is sitting up and crawling they are rejoicing in the opportunities to spend time with her.

They give her toys.

They talk to her.

They hug her and kiss her often.

(Which is what Faye is doing in the photo above.)

While we were watching the children, Joy took a nap.

I was blessed by each of her siblings reactions to her waking up.

I was holding her, when her sweet eyes opened, she blinked, smiled, and sat up.

Faye noticed first.

“She’s awake!” She squealed, dropped her toy, jumped up and ran over to grab Joy’s hand and plant a kiss on her head.

“Awake! Awake!” Little brother sang as he too jumped to his feet to come smiling over and at look baby sister like she was a brand new gift he couldn’t get enough of.

The exuberance quickly abated, as littles don’t have a long attention span, but their celebration over their sister brought me nearly to tears.

Our children are wonderful examples of how a family should love each other.

They dropped what they were doing to welcome their sister, although she’d only been “gone” sleeping for a couple hours.

They were nearly excessive in their showering of affection, but Joy loved it.

Their joy and excitement over this beautiful new life is inspiring.

And their priority of making a point of welcoming and loving their sister is a reminder to me to be mindful of my own behavior.

Do I welcome my family to our home as warmly as I do visitors?

Am I putting my children, my husband, and others before my own tasks?

Have I been thoughtful about expressing my joy and love to those precious to me?

Has my appreciation for the gift of each life become dulled by my familiarity and self centered perspective?

Do I look on people and really appreciate how precious God views each?

I’m so thankful for our grandchildren and the inspiration God has brought through their example.

Matthew 18:4 KJV — Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:5 KJV — And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for children! What an incredible blessing they are. Please continue to hone my heart and help me to apply these lessons You are teaching me. Lord, I want to come to You as a child, with trust and humility. Lord, please restore my child-like love, while retaining the wisdom of adulthood. Lord, I know You have an incredible love for children and I want to love as You do. You loved mankind to such an incredible point that You sacrificed Yourself for us! Wow. I want to love like that. Please help me to understand Your Word, and obey the direction of Your Holy Spirit. Please continue to protect the innocent and supply the helpless. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

A lesson in patience

I ate my breakfast outdoors in the field on Saturday, to give the animals time to graze.

I found myself complaining to the Lord about it.

Although, the view was lovely, and the morning comfortable, not too cool or too hot, I didn’t want to be out there.

Frankly, I was tired, and wanted to stay in bed.

However, the animals take priority and I knew our day would be busy, so there I was, sitting in the field.

The crazy thing about it was, I truly do appreciate God’s gifts.

Our animals are a blessing.

Our field is a blessing.

My morning free, allowing me the time outdoors, was a blessing.

So what was my problem?

At first I couldn’t tell, but after some time in prayer I understood; I was afraid.

The reason we have to walk out to the field with the animals is we don’t have any cross fence.

We can’t just let them loose, but have to be with them so they don’t come to harm.

The Lord showed me I was worried about how we’d afford the fence as well as a few other things.

We had an unexpected bill from the dentist and another bill, coming due soon.

As I sat outside and prayed the Lord revealed my attitude was lacking trust.

Did I believe He would supply all my needs?

Yes.

Then, I shouldn’t be afraid, just waiting, looking expectantly to His direction, and being diligent in the task at hand.

My husband joined me, after a while, and I shared my struggles.

We prayed together and I felt much better.

Tuesday, he called me from work.

“Honey, you’re not going to believe this, but I got a bonus.”

As he told me the amount, I burst into tears.

It would cover the dentist bill with some leftover.

We’ve not been to the feed store to price the electric fence, but I’m certain we will have it up before the rains begin and I can no longer sit outdoors.

Saturday morning, God reminded me to walk in faith, rest in His timing, and trust Him with all things.

Patiently waiting for the Lord is both wise and worthwhile.

Psalm 62:5 KJV — My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You that I can expect Your guidance, I can trust in Your ways, for no matter what may occur, You are good and I can rest in that. Lord Jesus, thank You that the most important thing, eternal life, has already been provided through Your sacrifice. Thank You for the security which I find in that. I can rest in You and know this world is not my home, just my temporary abode. Salvation! What an amazing gift You have given! Lord, thank You for this lesson in patience. Thank You that You know all my needs and I can rest in You. Whether things occur as I plan or not, You have it all in Your hands. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Outside

Yes, we are doing homeschool outside, today.

Probably won’t be the entire day, as yesterday it got too hot in the afternoon.

Why are we homeschooling outside in our field under a tree?

Frankly, the animals need to graze.

Our dairy goat arrived on Saturday!

(That’s a future blog post!)

The pen which both the lamb and yearling doe stay in doesn’t have enough grass to keep them and we haven’t built the hay feeder.

Handsome was the one who thought of walking the animals down to the field and enjoying the shade while letting them graze.

Jase hauled our picnic table all the way down here, by himself, yesterday, and today we are out here again.

Although it’s a beautiful view, yesterday we found our outdoor classroom rather frustrating.

Our new goat found such enjoyment out of getting in and out of the chairs.

She chewed Jase’s pencil, which is a mechanical one.

She nearly got stuck underneath the table…

Yet, all her antics were a reminder.

While she was causing us issues our lamb was grazing.

If we needed her, I’d call and she’d come running.

The Bible talks about the separation of the sheep and the goats.

Matthew 25:32-33 KJV — And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

As a follower of Christ, I want to be a sheep, not a goat.

I want to be about what God has for me, not getting my head stuck in a place I was never meant to be.

I want to feed on the provision of the Lord, not climbing into areas which were never designed for me.

While we enjoy our outdoor classroom, I’m blessed God is teaching me far more than I had expected.

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:34‭-‬36 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for opening my understanding of these verses. Lord, thank You for making it obvious that Your will for me is to serve as You call me to, to obey Your commands, and walk in humility, surrendering myself completely. Lord, please continue to help me be aware of those who are in need around me and show me how You want me to help. Lord, I don’t want to try to do anything in my own strength, please guide me in all things. Help me to hear Your voice and trust You continually. Thank You for Your patient endurance with this slow learner. Thank You for Your incredible love and mercy. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Always learning

As I was out doing chores this morning, I noticed the rising Sun lighting up this part of the yard.

The picture doesn’t do the reality any justice, so I walked over and snapped one of the flowers.

Everything about this was a blessing to my heart.

But it was the wire basket on metal feet that God used to teach me this morning.

That wire on metal legs was brought home by my husband and I remember asking him what it was.

“No idea.”

I stood staring at the mostly black object and tried to pray.

“Lord, please show me what Your plan is for this thing.”

It was well made and didn’t have any rust or missing pieces to the wire, but someone had spray painted some very bright colors on two sides, but not in any kind of attractive pattern.

It almost looked like it had been “too close” to someone’s graffiti project.

As I looked at, it the Lord answered.

A planter.

“Uhm…I don’t know how that’s going to work…”

The wire mesh wouldn’t hold potting soil.

However, I didn’t have time to deal with it then and we moved it out of the way.

Days later I bought some Rust-Oleum spray paint and put down a board to protect the ground from paint and the paint from grass.

Because I struggle with the fumes it took me days to paint the thing, but when it was done it was much more attractive.

As I’d painted the Lord had brought to mind some extra dark green chicken wire leftover from the coop and we had some hay as well.

Once I got the planter where I wanted it in the yard, I lined it with the chicken wire and then used a large amount of hay to line that, finally I placed inside the potting soil and plants.

And this morning, after faithful watering, I was rewarded by beautiful blooms.

I doubt this item was designed to be a planter, my guess is something for sports equipment, but it had been cast off and unwanted.

Yet, God had a different plan for this and it included a cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, and being filled with something beautiful.

The lesson being, God’s ability to transform.

It’s what He is doing inside my heart every day.

He shows me something ugly or an area I’ve cast off or something I’m not utilizing, He cleans it and places His beautiful Word inside and before long, I’m surprised by blessings I never expected.

I praise God for His wonderful works to transform those things damaged by sin back into beauty.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Jesus, I glorify Your holy name this morning!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your lesson this morning. Thank You for holding me in Your ways and teaching me through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me. I confess that I have been less than easy to deal with lately. I have no excuses, only repentance. Please restore those areas where I have been stiff-necked and bring about healing that I might not sin against You again in that area. Lord, You know my struggles and You understand my fears. I give both things to You and thank You for Your patience with me. Lord, please place a guard over my lips, that I might not speak unkind things. Please place Your Word in my mouth. Thank You for healing my heart and helping me to be honest yesterday. Thank You for watching over me and admonishing me when I was being self centered. Thank You for Your lessons, may I always be learning daily from You. I love You, Jesus. Blessed be Your name! Amen.

A Wednesday lesson

Jase’s new mug.

I drove to my allergist’s office to get my shot today, only they were closed.

They’ve had a sign on the door for weeks announcing the closure, but I ignored it.

Why?

I don’t get my shots on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it didn’t apply to me, or so I thought.

The problem is, I had a migraine on Monday and didn’t go on my regular day.

Since I hadn’t taken note of this closure I drove the hour distance in our old truck only to discover my error.

I felt like the drawing of the lady slapping herself on the forehead with the palm of one hand.

Both Anne and Jase had accompanied me, as they wanted to be dropped off at Hobby Lobby.

I’d checked the store’s hours before leaving home and I dropped both at the front door before heading to the office for my immunotherapy.

As I walked back to the truck, my thoughts kept running me into the ground for the wasted trip, the unnecessary gas used, loss of schooling time, and pretty much anything else.

But I knew that wasn’t honoring the Lord.

To clarify, I don’t think God is to blame for me ignoring the sign or for driving an hour to turn around and drive back.

But I do believe God uses my mistakes to teach me and I knew beating myself up over the error would only rob me of the perspective to see what God was doing.

So, I asked God to forgive me for my carelessness and to teach me through the mistake.

It took a while before I could look backwards and see anything good from my error.

Several good things have happened:

* Both Anne and Jase bought something they wanted at the store. (Jase’s mug is pictured.)

* I was able to save my husband a trip to the bank.

* The bank is in a nearby town I’m unfamiliar with, so I gained knowledge I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

* I was able to be real with my kids and admit although I’m disappointed with myself, it’s an opportunity to learn.

* The weather is beautiful and I enjoyed the countryside on our drive home.

The best part about it all is the cycle from my past is broken.

I made a mistake, but I’m not caught in an unhealthy response of running myself down because of it, rather I’m thankful.

Because God truly is working through all things for good.

Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for being God Almighty. Thank You for Your Sovereignty. Lord, I know You are using these things I find annoying to hone my heart and help me not to fall into unhealthy attitudes or actions. I know You are working all things together for good, even my moments of carelessness. Lord, please help me to be careful, mindful, responsible, and honorable. Please help me to walk with You in understanding and wisdom. Lord, I know You are worthy of all my trust. Your ways are perfect and Your truth is amazing. Thank You for all Your patience with me. Thank You for providing so much and showing me what I need to work on, surrendering to You my expectations. Thank You for loving and saving my soul! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Endurance in the little things

That’s what bread baking has been for almost a month.

I’ve baked our family’s bread for many years.

It began as a way to save money.

Then blossomed into a way to say, “I love you”.

One of my favorite memories about homemade bread involved a young man who lived in our community when our middle girls were in highschool.

He had been a regular visitor to our home during one summer and I was baking bread regularly.

As I cut into a new loaf one day, he asked me, “Why do you buy your bread like that? Why not get bread that’s precut?”

I smiled, “I baked this myself.”

“Oh, well I guess I won’t ask you where you buy it then.”

He grinned at me, “It’s really good bread.”

I have always baked my bread in loaf pans.

It was available for both sandwiches or toast or just easy to eat with butter.

I’d never learned to make it in a round loaf.

About a month ago I began trying my hand at the round artisan bread.

It’s been a long rough lesson.

My first loaf went in the garbage, it was not able to be eaten.

My second loaf was raw in the middle, but we were able to eat the ends.

I had one set where I gave up on round and shaped them into long loaves which worked well.

When I made two round loaves that turned out nearly perfect I thought I’d finally found the correct process, only to run into more trouble.

The loaves kept rising too much and by the time I baked them turned into bread sticks, because they had fallen.

During all this I read recipes, watched YouTube videos, and prayed.

I was wear thin my patience, but I felt God tell me to try again today.

Before beginning, I gave my efforts to the Lord.

As I worked I prayed, not for the bread, but for a long list of people God brought to mind.

I’d already learned that God was going to use all my effort in bread baking, because God continued to remind me of God’s Word.

Romans 8:28 KJV — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Lord reminded me I had a choice: to believe His Word or not.

I knew God was teaching me to trust Him, even in my failures.

It’s an area I’m still working on.

Failing is difficult for me.

So, that was why I was praying for others while baking bread, because people are more important than bread and I want to use my time to lift up those the Lord places on my heart.

And God blessed the work of my hands as well as my heart.

Not only did the bread turn out better than any I have ever made, I got a text message with a picture.

I’ve been praying for a preterm baby and the picture was of his cute face.

The message was informing me that he’s a complete miracle and doing very well.

Praise God! What a blessing!

While I don’t really understand all the reasons God allows things, I can rest in His promises that He knows what is best and is working through it all.

And I’m glad He’s having me continue to bake bread at home.

I need the extra practice to endure through failure and be faithful in the little things.

Colossians 3:23 KJV — And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV — Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this lesson in trust and endurance. Lord, I don’t know if I’ll be able to continue to bake bread like today’s, but I’m so thankful for the ones You helped me do. Lord, thank You for Your answering prayer. Thank You for Your patience with me and my struggles. Lord Jesus, thank You that You can be glorified even when I fail. For all things belong to You and Your ways are perfect. Lord Jesus, as I walk into each day, please help me to remember the truth of Your Word and the blessings of obedience. I love You. Amen.

When things go flat

The Lord had a lesson for me this weekend.

It actually began when I thought I’d try to bake sourdough bread using a new recipe.

It was an utter failure.

I titled it “the worst bread I’ve ever made”and threw it away.

I decided to try again on Saturday.

Hubby and son were in town.

Anne was gone.

After some prayer and another recipe, I thought things were going smoothly.

We needed bread for the week, so I made a batch of French bread for our family.

Then, God allowed me another lesson.

Not only did the sourdough follow the poor traits of the “worst bread ever”, it happened to come out of the oven just before unexpectedly, our adult children arrived.

There it sat on the counter telling all of my failure.

Thankfully, God reminded me it’s important to simply be honest.

“What happened?!”

Came the same question as different people filtered through my kitchen.

“I don’t know. I followed the recipe exactly, but obviously something went wrong.”

Of course I just wanted to throw it out and stop answering questions.

But all those involved were curious and so we cut into it to find only the ends were eatable.

My son-in-law popped two pieces in the toaster and slathered butter on them and took a bite.

“It tastes good,” he said with an encouraging smile.

I tried to be encouraged, but was still struggling with disappointment.

Our church was having a spaghetti feed and everyone encouraged me to go with them.

“I’d love to, but I have bread rising.”

My batch of French bread was covered and sitting in pans on the other counter.

“We will take separate cars so you can come back early.”

By the time I needed to leave, our grandbabies were getting restless, so our daughter and son-in-law decided to return to the house as well.

I was surprised when the rest of our family returned before I got back in the house.

As we walked in I washed my hands and glanced at my pans.

I knew something was wrong.

Upon inspection, I realized my yeast must have gone bad, because everything was flat.

My husband tried to encourage me through a comment which I knew he meant to be “funny” and lighten the mood.

I glared at him across the room and began scooping the dough into the trash.

My heart was full of disappointment.

I had a dirty kitchen and no food to share.

My husband came over and hugged me and softly reminded me to enjoy the houseful of precious people.

God pricked my heart and I knew I didn’t want to allow my baking disaster to ruin the evening.

So, I worked at what I felt needed to be done and enjoyed my family.

The next morning at church the Lord used a line in a song to speak to me.

It reminded me of Scripture:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

I really believe this is true and although I don’t know why the Lord allowed all my bread to be a failure, I know He’s going to use it.

The lesson for me was walking in faith of something trivial and choosing to believe in something momentous.

Because my faith in God is applicable to every circumstance, big and minuscule.

I can smile now when thinking about my failure, because I’m glad God used it to teach me.

Psalm 25:5 KJV — Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the lesson this weekend. Lord, thank You for Your unending care and tireless work on our behalf. Lord, Your ways are perfect and Your truth endures to every generation. Your Word is truth and we can find joy, security, and peace through Your salvation. Your promises are always true. Thank You, Jesus for Your love. Thank You for working everything together for good, for those who are called according to Your purposes. I love You. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

(Incase you are wondering, the bread in the picture is sourdough, the third time it worked!)

Scripture in practice

The Lord used our grandson to bless my heart in an unexpected way.

He’s a busy toddler and I had spent the majority of his time with me watching him closely.

I’m very blessed by his sweet temperament and he obviously doesn’t try to do things he shouldn’t, he just has very little self control.

To help him learn, I stay near him or take him with me as I go about the house.

We were in the kitchen together and he’d gotten tired of the spatula I’d given him to play with.

His eyes locked on something he wasn’t supposed to touch and his face betrayed him.

I was close enough to remove him if he chose to reach for it.

He put out one hand slowly and then his face registered a look of shock and then horror.

With his other hand he smacked the back of the hand which was reaching out and said, “No! No!”.

With both hands back in submission, he turned to look at me with sorrow on his face.

I scooped him up and kissed him and told him how proud of him I was.

Then I placed him away from the temptation with new and safe to be played with kitchen items.

His joy returned quickly as he inspected the new “toys”.

And I praised God for this little teaching moment in my life.

Mark 9:43 NKJV — “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—

Our grandson was an excellent example of how my flesh wars against what I know to be true and right.

I’ve caught myself longing for something I know isn’t God’s will for me and have been shocked at my own selfish desires.

And although I don’t hit my own hand, I do beat myself up on the inside.

The Lord reminded me that He is right with me.

Matthew 28:20 KJV — Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

When I am tempted, I know I can look to Him and find a way out.

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV — There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God is faithful and His mercy is new daily.

He has secured salvation for my soul and He guides and directs me daily, for these things I am so amazed.

I praise God for His blessings, including this small lesson through our young grandson.

My heart finds such peace and comfort in His Word and His daily blessings.

I pray yours does as well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your guidance and truth. Thank You for teaching me through this moment and guiding me in ways I least expect. Lord, thank You for Your help and how You are directing me daily. Lord, please continue to hone my heart to be more like You. Please help me to walk in Your ways and carry my cross daily with joy, because You suffered for me and I can always find joy in suffering for some of my greatest lessons have come through the deepest pain. I know You are working at all times and Your ways are great. I love You, Jesus. I glorify Your name. Amen.