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November 24, 2012

Parents do know a thing or two without us

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When you were born, you did not know which way was up or down, you didn’t know your head from your rear end, and if your parents didn’t feed you, then you would have laid around crying like a—well, like a baby! Thank God for parents. Through all the ups and downs, it’s seems that if a parent is present,  you can breathe just a tad bit easier.

However, somewhere in your teens is when you started to question, “Do they really know?” All of a sudden their style of dress was horrendous, their rules were outrageous, and their personalities were impossible! Do you remember those days? In retrospect, you ought to feel like King David when he found out that he, was the offender in the scenario Nathan laid out for him, saying “Thou art the Man! (read about this in 2 Samuel 12)” Yeah, looking back you were the one that was horrendous; you were outrageous, and you were impossible!

The twenties were a little better because now you had to live life and make choices. When the choices didn’t pan out,  God’s divine order showed you that you weren’t as smart as you thought and your parents were more knowledgeable than you knew. That’s when you  began to appreciate their wisdom a little more. Unfortunately, some of us had to bump our heads on a few cabinets and fall into a few ditches, in order to get the lesson.

ImageNonetheless, you still hung on to some thoughts about your parents lack of hipness. You even marveled when they bought a computer and actually learned how to work it without your guidance. When you saw the flavored creamers in the refrigerator you wondered “Who told them about that?” And when they signed up for Facebook and requested you as a Friend, you nearly fell out of your chair. How arrogant can we be to think that they are not  capable of finding out how to do things without us?

Another crazy twist of life is when you begin to see your parents aging. It can be a scary scenario, especially if your parent isn’t saved.  Believing in Christ unto righteousness, might have been something you were taught by your parents, but sometimes God blesses us with that knowledge in a separate experience and it is the greatest gift that we can offer to them. Nonetheless, seeing your parents age makes you really appreciate that life, even its longevity, is so very short. It’s not like God didn’t tell us. He uses James to write it saying, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14).”

With the shortness of time in perspective and the fragileness of health being revealed more and more, it’s tempting to treat our parents like they are the children. Yet, there is still a lesson to be learned from them. Yes, there bodies may lack the strength that they once had, but don’t underestimate their minds. They are still just as fierce about protecting you as they were when you were that helpless baby depending on their every move. Don’t sleep on their words. Words are more intentional as you get older. Who has time to mince when time is not promised.

Listen to mom. Listen to dad. Honor them, and search for the gems in their speech. They speak with the purpose of planting a covering for you—one that will shade you from the winds, the sun, and the storms. Are they always right? No, but ask the Lord to give you a discerning ear, so you can know what to take and what to leave. Listen closely and you’ll find that parents do know a thing or two—things that will enrich you and sustain you. God made them to be blessings for us all the days of our lives.

July 6, 2011

What if?

Do you consider the breath behind your very being?

It’s funny how we can wake up and go about our day and not even consider what the power is behind our every move. You’ve been there before haven’t you? Jumping up, popping in the shower, rushing to the car, bus stop, train station without a second thought about who is guiding your every step in safety.

But here’s a thought…what if we were to wake up, drop immediately to our knees and thank the Lord of heaven, Jesus Christ, for being the wind beneath our ever-fluttering wings? What if we were to wake up and as the roaring thoughts of bills, responsibilities, illnesses, family issues, jobs, schools, and other everyday pressures tried to mount…what if we instead grabbed hold of the strength of God to make it? What if we, believing Jesus when He told His disciples (His followers) “…the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (Mark 14:38) ,” submitted ourselves to the Father so the devil would have no choice but to flee (James 4:7)?

Then we would be a thankful, faithful, beautiful, God-fearing creation fit for the Master’s use. Let’s be that today!

January 25, 2011

Nothing to wear? Got two fish and five loaves?

What can you do with what you have? Give thanks and let God make you look beautiful!

Recently I heard a sermon at my church which talked about Jesus giving thanks for the two fish and five loaves. The emphasis was placed on giving thanks for what you have.  God can increase what’s in your hands. In case you are wondering about the two fish and five loaves, you have probably heard the  Biblical acoount of  Jesus feeding the 5,000 men (not to mention the women and children).  Well, God has a word for everything. What concerns us concerns Him, so as I was talking with a friend and sort of wondering aloud about what I would wear to the two swanky events I have coming up I wasn’t really sure if I had what I needed.  My friend said to me: “You have more than you think.” She was right. My response to her was “two fish and five loaves.”

Maybe you're unable to afford the dress that you want, but that doesn't mean you still can't achieve the look you want.

See, there probably would have been a time when I might have backed out of something because I wasn’t able to purchase what I wanted, but isn’t amazing that when you take your situation to God He can increase it, blow upon it, make it more than you ever thought it could be? It’s almost second nature for people to look at the situation instead of looking at Jesus and that’s a shame. Even the apostle, Andrew, looked at the multitude and said of the two fish and five loaves, “…what are they among so many?” With human eyes it’s nothing but with Godly eyes it’s miracle-time.

The disciples came to Jesus with a situation, saying: “…This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals (Matthew 14:15).”  Let’s face it…the disciples probably didn’t want to have to deal with the crowd’s concerns for food so they urged Jesus to think like they were thinking and just send them away. But you know that’s not how Jesus operates, so look at what Jesus does next..  He says, “…They need not depart; give ye them to eat (Matthew 14:16).” Jesus is letting them know that they do have the power to feed these people. They are with Immanuel (God with us ). At this point the disciples bring the perceived problem to Jesus, saying, “…We have here but five loaves, and two fishes (Matthew 14:17.” Finally, Jesus says to them: “Bring them hither to me (Matthew 14:18).

The word of God says by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).

That’s pretty much the end of the story, once you give your situation or perceived problem to Jesus, like the old gospel song says, “Jesus can work it out!” However, we’ll go on because the Lord did something very important and He did it so we would have an example to follow. Matthew 14:19 says Jesus did this: “and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.” In John 6:11 it is stated this way: “Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated.”

Jesus gave thanks. God give thanks to God…that’s awesome in itself. Jesus showed us how to acknowledge God in all things. All things! So we need to model what Jesus does in His relationship with the Father and in salvation we can ask all things in Jesus’ name. Another fantastic part of this scripture verse is the blessing. Jesus distributed the fish and loaves to everyone who was seated. You gotta know that some people must have walked away, left early, and missed out on the blessing. Believe that God has what you need and remain.

So whether it’s me and my wardrobe issues or maybe  it’s the rent that $200 short. What can we do if we look at it as a problem? In Christ, we can always take our situations to Him. He tells us to acknowledge Him in all of our ways and He will direct our path and He says to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication in THANKSGIVING to bring our request to Him. Take it to Jesus. Take it all…the good, the bad, the ugly, the shame, the hurt, the fear. Cast your cares on Him. He cares for you.  He can do a lot with your little. Just trust Him. Two fish and five loaves can go a mighty long way.

November 27, 2010

The day after the thanks and the giving

Now that the turkey has been gobbled and the second, third, and fourth helpings have been had; are you still thankful? Thanksgiving is a day of thanks, but the attitude of gratitude is something we should take with us throughout our daily lives. In view of our lives, we have so many reasons to give thanks.

Turn your eyes to heaven and understand that you didn’t have to be here. Look in the mirror and know that whatever the issue, you’re still alive and breathing. Think about the fact that you had a meal yesterday – many didn’t. Think about the fact that you were able to share that meal with someone  you like or maybe someone you love – that’s not a given. Think about the movement of your body, the ease of your step, the freedoms you enjoy! Wow…what a life!

Black Friday is a day that’s all about what we can get, but hang on to Thanksgiving Thursday because that’s all about what we can give. Thankfulness goes a mighty long way. How we say “Thank you!” shouldn’t be wrapped into one day; it should be an intentional humble way of life that points back to the Jesus.

Beautifully yours, Avon Representative, Monica Johnson

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