Do We Take Someone for Granted?

Possibly we are all guilty of thinking someone will always be around for us, whether that one is a parent, a spouse, a teacher, business leader or someone else we deal with regularly. As I was thinking of the subject, I realized that we need to daily thank God for whomever this person is. We don’t intend to be unaware of how important this one is to us. We simply don’t think about them that much.

I guess it’s somewhat like our hair; we simply assume it’s there, whether or not we always appreciate the way it looks. At one point a few years ago, I started losing hair, especially when I washed it. When my beautician was cutting it, she noticed the same thing and referred me to my doctor who tested me and put me on a heavy dose of Vitamin D for a while until the problem resolved itself. Sometimes I’m pleased with the way my hair looks and sometimes not, but I’d never thought of losing a lot of it.

We love and appreciate our parents but, especially if we don’t live close to them, we may not realize just how much they mean to us until we no longer have them. When they are gone we realize all the lessons they taught us with neither of us being aware of the teaching that is happening.

Let’s stop and thank God, and the person also, who means so much to us. An encouraging note or phone call may turn someone’s day from dull and dreary to bright and bring them joy.

Mist Nets

Mist nets are deceptive. While birds fly around searching for seeds or insects to eat, they often fly into mist nets hung between two trees. A fine mesh-like net, barely able to be seen, can span ten feet or more, waiting for the birds. Humans see them if they happen to know exactly where they are or if they notice the binding on the top and bottom of the nets. My husband and I ran into one without seeing it when we were walking in an area where the mist nets were hung. Continue reading

Awesome Love

God loved Hitler as much as He loved all the Jews Hitler killed. That’s an astounding statement, but I can prove it.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17 NKJV[1])
“Say to them: [As] I live,” says the Lord God, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” (Ezekiel 33:11) Continue reading

The Glory and the Power

The Power and the Glory 
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The Glory and the Power?

I included the full title above since room is insufficient for it in the title space. Someone said something to me today that made me think about this phrase and wonder, “Which do I seek?” Continue reading

The Majesty of God

Mt Moran & Jackson Lake

Mt Moran & Jackson Lake

As I thought about the majesty of God, this picture came to mind. My husband and I love to visit the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. They rise 7000 feet above the valley floor, a very different concept from when you’re in the higher mountains in Colorado. There, you look up and see them towering above you, yet because the elevation is so high where you are, you may miss an aspect of just how tall they really are. In viewing the Tetons, you see them shooting straight up from the ground, especially if you are driving a back road where you are fairly close to them. Continue reading

Fathomless Love

 

Fathomless love: Deeper than the deepest ocean. Higher than the sky. Can you understand it? Neither can I. More than a man loves his wife; more than a mother her child. They would give their lives for the other. More than that is the love of the Father above. Continue reading

Happy New Year

While it’s not January First, I still pray you have a great New Year, and the Bible gives us reason to do so. John, the beloved disciple, wrote more of the New Testament than anyone besides Paul, who wrote Romans and so many other letters. Continue reading

Seeing God’s Face

To see God’s face is to know Him, as far as we are able, and to be assured of God’s character. Why do I say that? Perhaps there is much more to seeing God’s face, but that is what I’m understanding at this point. God’s character stands for Who He is, just as ours stands for who we are. Continue reading

Gold Dust

About 40 years ago I was visiting my parents to help out while one of them was in the hospital. It was not terribly long after I’d asked Jesus to be my Lord instead of simply my Savior – as an adult; I’d done that as a child but then turned my back on it. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and such joy as I’d never known. Either as I went to sleep or as I woke up, in my mind’s eye I saw myself rise up out of the bed and very fine gold dust was sprinkled all over me. Continue reading

God Is Love!

1 John 4:8 and 16 say, “God is love.” That is the first, and possibly the hardest, thing we need to learn about God. That He loves me. Yes, me, Sandra. Yes, you put your name there. Say it out loud, God loves me, ______. From early in life we’re told we’re wrong, too loud, too quiet, too short, too tall. When others don’t criticize us, we turn on ourselves. Continue reading

I Did It My Way

The young mother had told her five-year-old son to sit down several times during the church service and finally gave him the look that says “obey or else.” When they reached home, she talked with him about the importance of being reverent in church and said she was finally glad he’d decided to mind her. He replied, “Oh, I was sitting on the outside but I was standing on the inside.” Continue reading

The Hackberry Tree

After the birds planted a hackberry seed, when it came up right where we’d had an Althea bush, my husband moved it close to our back door. Too close, as it turned out, for either plant. As it grew, I realized its shape didn’t resemble our old Althea and wondered what  was this tree-like, former seedling. Continue reading

The Horrible Price of Crosses

My husband and I traveled home from the Rio Grande Valley yesterday and I noticed a small, white cross on each side of the road. I’d seen them a few weeks ago when we’d been to Rockport but not paid attention to what they honestly stood for: The horrible price those parents paid. The devastation that moment of truth brought; the never-ending loss. Continue reading

Enjoying God’s Presence

My adult children live away from my home, so I only get to see them a few times a year, often only once or twice a year. That makes me totally look forward to each time, no matter what we do, or don’t do. Just sitting and talking is great. Being together is the best part of all; sometimes an activity adds to that enjoyment. Being together thrills my heart. Even though we talk on the phone weekly and enjoy that, being within touching distance beats a phone call every time. Continue reading

GOD Is Faithful

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Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is so named because ever since people noticed how often it went off and started timing it between intervals, it erupted roughly at the same time. While that time period has changed slightly over the years because of underground vents flowing more or less, it has maintained approximately the same amount of time between intervals for several years at a time. Continue reading