INTERVIEWS FROM THE PAST: “One Thing” (Part 1)

October 2, 2010

Imagine a news reporter conducting a series of interviews for a special program titled “ONE THING”. This reporter has the privilege of travelling back in time to meet with any person in history.  I’m thinking that one of the interviews might look like this:

The reporter interviewed KING DAVID – Known as the “sweet psalmist of Israel”. (2nd Samuel 23:1) Not only King, David was also a musician, singer, songwriter and composer of poems. He was described by God as “a man after My own heart, who will do all my will.” (Acts 13:22)

REPORTER:  “King David, what is the ONE THING you have desired and pursued in your life?

KING DAVID: “Interesting that you should ask that, because there really is “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

REPORTER: “Let’s see if I understand that. You insistently ask God to be in His presence as long as you live, just to gaze on His beauty and meditate on Him?

KING DAVID: “That is correct. There is nothing more important in life than knowing Him and cultivating a close relationship with Him. Nothing! That’s the ONE THING I desire and am pursuing every day!”

REPORTER: “Hummmmmm….”

Tomorrow, in Part 2 of “Interviews From the Past”,  our reporter will look at another aspect of ONE THING. Log on to read the next interview.

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HIS TRUTH ENDURES TO ALL GENERATIONS

September 27, 2010

“For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” Psalm 100:5

Something I remember most about my Mom was that she loved to read. In spite of that fact that she only had an eighth grade education, she was well read in the classics, and many other books. But because she loved the Lord, what she read most was her well-worn Bible. That means that it was very normal to see her in the big green chair in the living room, or by the dining room table with her Bible; reading and re-reading those passages that gave her so much wisdom, comfort, guidance and strength throughout her lifetime. Up until her last days, at 95 years of age, even with her mind dimmed by dementia and her sight diminished by macular degeneration, Mom would use a magnifying glass and read her large print Bible.

Happy Birthday, Denise!

Today is our oldest child Denise’s birthday. Please understand that I’m not bragging here, just standing in awe of what God was able to do in her life because HE is good, HIS mercy is everlasting and HIS truth endures to all generations…. Denise, who came into our lives 33 years ago, has become a wonderful lady. God has fashioned her into an intelligent, diligent, responsible, fun-loving, caring person. And as if that weren’t enough, she received Christ into her heart at a young age and has delighted in reading His Word ever since. When she was in Junior High and High School in Argentina, she would get up on her own before anyone in the house was up, fix her breakfast and retreat into her room where she would spend time reading her Bible, getting strength for the day. When she went off to college, she continued to do the same. Being a married working woman, she still is drawn to the Word as her source of daily wisdom and strength.

Remembering Mom, and thinking about Denise just confirms again how faithful God is. His truth DOES endure to all generations! It’s a proven fact in our family! Click on the link below and listen to this beautiful song and worship God because HE is good and HIS mercy endures forever, from generation to generation….  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAGZ8HmiWCM


FACING A VERY BUSY DAY

June 3, 2010

A very busy day at work!

Returning to work on a Tuesday after a three-day weekend always means extra work. This time it was even more complicated because I took vacation time Thursday afternoon and all day Friday prior to the long weekend. I was facing a very busy day on Tuesday! Knowing what awaited me that day, as I spent time reading the Bible and in prayer, my frustration disappeared. Here is what I prayed:

Help me, Lord, in my “busyness” today:

  • Not to be stressed when I see how much there is to do.
  • To prioritize my tasks. Everything seems to be urgent. Help me to do the most important first.
  • To be kind. I have a tendency to be serious and grumpy when I’m overwhelmed with work.
  • To be wide awake, always watchful and well aware of the tactics the enemy uses to distract me, frustrate me, interrupt me.
  • To be wise: what I say, who I say it to, how I say it… (You promised wisdom!)
  • Not to be so concentrated only on myself and my agenda that I don’t see other’s needs.
  • To be thankful in all things!

Then I was reminded of Philippians 4:13, and thought:

DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think that I’ll be overwhelmed by work today? That it will be too much to handle? NO!! “I can do ALL things…”

DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think I have to do this alone? NO!! “….through Christ…”

DO I HAVE ANY REASON to think I have to work with only my strength? NO!!! “…who strengthens me.”

SO HOW DO I FACE THIS BUSY DAY? With a commitment to bless the Lord, just as David did in Psalm 34:1: “I will bless the Lord at all times (even in my “busyness”!) His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (words that honor Him!)

Today is Thursday. I didn’t get caught up yet, and that’s OK. The most important things are being taken care of, and getting the right mindset helps… when I’m facing a very busy day!


Head Knowledge – or Reality?

April 5, 2010

Hearing the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection again this past weekend, I thought a lot about the fact the He is THE LIFE. When His friend Lazarus died, Jesus assured Lazarus’ sister Martha “I am the resurrection and THE LIFE. He who believes on Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25,26) By her reply to Jesus, grieving Martha knew that in her head…until she saw her brother come out of the tomb after 4 days. Then I’m sure that her head knowledge became reality, and she was convinced in her heart that Jesus is THE LIFE!

Later, Jesus declared to His disciples “I am the way, the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6) John didn’t mention in that passage what their reaction was to that declaration, but even though they had the head knowledge, some of them doubted when they heard that He had risen from the dead. Peter and John finally believed that He is THE LIFE when they entered his empty tomb on resurrection morning. Peter, having seen it, “departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.” (Luke 24:12). John “…went in also; and he saw and believed.” (John 20:8). Jesus’ words became real to them, and they were convinced that He is THE LIFE! Their head knowledge became a reality.

This same Jesus, THE LIFE, gives us LIFE! Unfortunately, like Martha and the disciples, that wonderful truth can be simply head knowledge to us. Maybe in our case, we’ve become so used to His words of LIFE that we’ve become “immune” to their real meaning. I know I have. The apostle Paul assures us in Ephesians 2:4,5 that “God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us ALIVE together with Christ. (by grace you have been saved)…”

I  want be reminded often of the reality of this life-giving truth. I’ve written Ephesians 2:4,5 down on a 3×5 card that I intend to keep close by me. I want to meditate on it, and thank God for THE LIFE He gives me every time I read it. Yes, when we were dead in sin, Jesus, THE LIFE made us alive! It’s a reality! Praise God!


ACROSTICS

March 4, 2010

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16

Words are intriguing. I enjoy dissecting them, rearranging them, studying them, learning new ones, comparing them, and even translating them! One way I like to relax is playing Scrabble Blast on www.pogo.com or the brain building word games on www.prevention.com.

It seems like this trait is inherited. Mom was a word-lover.  Anyone who knew her knows that she was not only an avid reader way into her 90’s, but she authored hundreds of beautiful poems that were published in a book when she was 93! She always did the crossword puzzle in the Akron Beacon Journal. She was invincible at Scrabble and Boggle. Up until the end of her life, she spent hours doing word searches, the large letter ones by then, and we would often find her reading her well-worn Bible with a magnifying glass.

Something I find entertaining is creating acrostics. Take a word, line the letters up vertically and use each one to start another one. This is one way to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”, as the Apolstle Paul encourages us to do. The more we meditate on His word, the richer we become in it. Let’s take the word PROMISE for example, and write words of what God promises us in His word: 

PEACE: “My peace I give you” (John 14:27) 

REST: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)

OLD things pass away when we are in Christ (2nd Cor. 5:17)

MERCY: “For with the Lord there is mercy” (Psalm 130:7) 

INHERITANCE: We have “An inheritance  … that does not fade away.” (1st Peter 1:3)

SALVATION: “Nor is there salvation in any other” (speaking of Jesus in Acts 4:12)

ETERNAL LIFE: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1st John 5:10)

My encouragement today is to get into the Word of Life, look up those promises, meditate on them, thank God for them, and make them part of your life. Grab a piece of paper and invent your own acrostic. That’s one way to meditate on His Word! In future blogs, I’ll post other ways I’ve discovered that we can let the word of Christ dwell in us richly….stay with me!


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