Category Archives: Bible Verse

Hurry Jesus, Hurry!

      This morning I see a father running frantically through the streets looking and asking everyone he comes into contact with if they have seen Jesus.  Finally, he is told where he can find Jesus but he will have to travel outside the city gates and up into the hills.

Dad- (Upon seeing Jesus) Jesus!  Please come immediately, my daughter has died but if you get there quickly, you can revive her.

(Hurry Jesus, Hurry!)

Jesus starts down the road with the dad and all of his disciples.

(There is a woman approaching.  She has been bleeding for 12 years.  She is not allowed within the city and has been outcast.)

Woman- (Thinks to herself) If I can sneak up and touch his clothes, I will be healed.  No one will even notice.  (She touches Jesus clothes.)

Jesus- (Stops) Who touched me?

Dad- Are you nuts?  look at the crowd around you.  Hurry we need to go!

Jesus- (Waits)

Woman- Jesus it was me but I didn’t mean to get in the way.

Jesus- (Smiles at the Woman) Daughter, your faith has healed you.

Woman- She is jubilant.  (Not only has the bleeding stopped, she is being called daughter by the King of Kings.  She has been healed physically and emotionally.)

Dad- Can we please go now!

Jesus- Sure!  Sometimes I am a little slow at answering your request. As you see, there are other stops along the way I need to address.

(The pace has slowed but everyone continues to this synagogue leader’s home where there is a circus of hired mourners.)

Jesus- The girl isn’t dead, she is just sleeping.

Mourners-  (Laugh and Jeer at Jesus! )

Jesus- (Kicks out the mourners and takes the girls hand.)

Daughter- She opens her eyes and smiles up at her dad and Jesus.

(Two women were given a new start with their families!)  Matthew 9

Philippians 2:14

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped in crooked generation.” Then you will shine like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the work of life.”

I read this today after wresting with a tooth ache all night.  Do everything without grumbling or arguing!  Really God, I would love to give you a piece of my mind.  So many times I have argued with God and told him he just doesn’t understand my circumstances.

Jesus you have never felt alone.  He was totally abandoned by his friends when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane.  First, they fell asleep and then they ran.

I thought I had Jesus one time.  Lord, you have never felt guilt because you never did anything wrong.  I was reminded that he felt my guilt while dying on the cross.

Grumble, Grumble, Grumble …  Lord, I sure wish I could sparkle like a star without all the hard work.

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Rejoicing Today!

2 Samuel 7:28

Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.

     God blessed me with beautiful photos of a Great Blue Heron that I named Mr. Blue !  It has been a wonderful adventure so far but it is about to get exciting.  I have been asked to share my book with K-2nd grade students in the local public schools. Mr. Blue 169

 

My Hope

For anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a loved one or felt alone in a foreign land.  If you think God has forgotten you and you are empty inside:

My Favorite Flower

Ruth is one of my favorite books in the Bible.  It is short and sweet and when I start reading it, I can’t put it down.  Naomi is a widow in a foreign land and then her two son’s die too.  It just can’t get any worse than that!

She decides to return home.  Naomi feels empty inside and calls herself Mara for she is very bitter.  Still, her daughter-in-law Ruth joins her with this passionate statement;

Ruth 1:16  “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

Ruth goes out and  works.  She basically does slave labor to supply food for her and Naomi.  The owner of the field is Boaz and he takes notice of Ruth.

Ruth 2:11  “I have been told about all you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.  May the Lord repay you for what you have done.  May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.?

Long story short.  Boaz and Ruth get married and have a son named Obed.  He is the great grandfather of King David.  He is also in the lineage of my Lord and Savior.

I do not always understand why people go through such horrible experiences.  It isn’t always because they have done something wrong.  Personally, I have experienced some of my greatest pain when I am enjoying God’s presence in my life.  I also know that God hasn’t deserted me.  I cling to God’s promise that he will never leave me or desert me.

 

 

 

I must become less!

I have been thinking about this passage a lot lately.  John the Baptist’s followers are upset because Jesus is new on the scene and is getting more disciples than John.

John 3:27-30

To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given from heaven.  You yourselves can testify that I said, “I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.  The bride belings to the bridegroom.  The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens to him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.  That joy is mine, and it is now complete.  He must become greater; I must become less.

Amazing words from a 30 year old man.  I am still learning how to allow Jesus to increase in my life.70-DSCF5561

God’s Secrets

When I was a young woman my grandma had a major stroke. I was angry at God and shook my fist at him. My grandma was paralyzed on one side of her body and left unable to speak. I loved my grandma dearly. She had a beautiful singing voice and she was a prayer warrior. So, as I sat beside her bed I would share with her my heart and things I needed her to pray about. She prayed me out of a bad relationship. I met my husband two years later. I told my grandma if she could sit up for three hours she could come to my wedding. The nurse told me the next morning she was trying to pull herself up with her good hand. My grandma was at my wedding eight months later.
One day, I remember yelling at God and asking Him, Why? Why don’t you just take my grandma home to be with you or why don’t you heal her? He gave me this verse to read in my devotions that morning. If you have ever read Deuteronomy it is a tough book to enjoy. However, this verse is very special to me. You see, I was six months pregnant with my first child at that time. I knew then that I will never understand all the pain in this world but I did know that God was good and loving. It was my responsibility to teach my children that God is there for us even during seasons of pain. My daughter was born in May and a year and a half later my son was born. Several month after my son was born my grandma went home to be with Jesus. You see, I think she prayed for me during her 6 1/2 years of silence. Today I rejoice as I see that my children are now young adults. They also know that we serve a great and loving God.

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