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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, February 22, 2013

On Our Own Terms

I was feeding my son's guinea pig a few moments ago. She's an antisocial pet, except with my youngest. Whenever he holds her, she loves to snuggle up next to him, or crawl in the pocket of his robe. She definitely has a connection with him. So when I went to feed her, she did what she typically does---runs and hides in her cage, trying to avoid my touch.

Since my son wasn't here to love on her, I made a point of petting and talking to her. She tolerated it, but I could tell she wasn't liking it one bit. As soon as I closed the door to her cage, she took one sniff of her food and then ran to the wire frame, standing on her hind legs, wanting attention. She desired affection on her own terms.

Her actions reminded me so much of how we often tend to be in our Christan life. We want things our own way, and on our own conditions. We want God to give us patience, and to do it right NOW. We desire to be changed, but then don't enjoy the trials we face to bring about that change. We need to turn our eyes to the Lord, and seek out His terms instead of demanding our own. Only then will we truly learn what He has for us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Encouragement

I was working on cleaning off my desk before I start revisions on a writing project. I had a few reasons for my desire to do this household chore. One, I think better when I have a clean desk. Two, I was trying to find where I had written a scripture that I wanted to incorporate in my changes to my novel. Three, I was procrastinating a bit after pouring my heart and soul into a project only to have it not quite meet standards. Satan was doing his best to discourage me, and succeeding in some areas.

But then, my dear son sent me some encouragement. He didn't realize I was floundering. The short video he sent me, made me smile, laugh, and even cry. Most importantly though, it reminded me to keep on the race, and push toward the areas where I believe God is calling me.

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

Is there someone in your life that needs encouragement today? What can you do to share God's hope and love with them?

And in case you are interested, here's the video my son sent to me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o