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Don’t be shocked!

Are you shocked by the love that is offered by Jesus and His disciples? His grace transcends the barriers between those who are visibly sinful and His perfection. He longs for fellowship with those who know they are unworthy. 
Luke 15:1-2 “Now the tax collectors and dinners were all drawing near to hear Him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Perhaps if you find yourself shocked by His love for the unlovely, you must repent of a Pharisaical attitude. Jesus loves a truly repentant former Pharisee too. 

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“Humble and Kind”

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard Tim McGraw’s song “Humble and Kind.” If we look at Luke 6:37-42, we see Jesus telling His disciples to stay humble and kind towards their brothers.

Humility and kindness often involves forgiveness, and often isn’t easy. It’s usually easier to find other’s faults, rather than to do some serious self-introspection. God asks us to first look at ourselves and see how we measure up to His commandments before we examine the faults of those around us.

Our standing before God, i.e. our personal faith, is more important than worrying about what everyone around us is or isn’t doing to honor God. We should also remember the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, that makes us righteous, knowing that our salvation is “not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:9) This fact should make us truly humbled. Those who are humble should also be kind, since we at not any better than anyone else. Our good works do not attain our standing before God.

It is important, however, to kindly share the truth found in God’s Word. Sharing the truth is not a personal judgement – it’s telling how God┬ájudges righteously and does not tolerate sin.

Before listening to human preachers/teachers, we are commanded by God to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

The Bible says that we aren’t to judge using a standard we aren’t willing to uphold ourselves: “For in be same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

Writing Prompt #53

“Think about the various roles you play in your life. If you had to give up all but one, which one would you keep?”

If I had to give up every role but one, I would still be a wife, because even though marriage isn’t always easy, and it takes purposeful work to put your spouse ahead of yourself, marriage is also so much fun, and I love my husband very much. 

We go on both local and travel adventures together, and have a wonderful time looking at historic sites, antiques, and more. We also love the beauty of the nature and different cultures God has made for us to enjoy. The simple, funny everyday moments we enjoy together at home are also great. Being a wife is definitely a blessing.

Writing Prompt #20

“You are a children’s book writer. Write the first few lines of your new book.”

Adopted. You’re adopted, which means that God gave you to Mommy and Daddy in an extra special way. He picked you out just for them, and some really awesome people helped Him get you all ready to live in their home. You didn’t grow inside your mommy’s tummy like many babies do, but you grew in her heart until it was time for Mommy and Daddy to go get you and adopt you into their home.

Writing Prompt #13

“What do you look forward to every week?”

One of the things that gets me through each week is looking forward to any time I get to spend with my husband. We both work full-time in addition to other side jobs when they come up, and are also involved in men’s and women’s Bible study, respectively, so we have limited time together in our busy schedules. This makes the time we do have extra precious to me. I truly look forward to each block of time I have with him, no matter how small.

Love and Discipline

One of many things I love about my job: The fact that, even when one of my kids misbehaves and disappoints me, I can hug them and remind them that even when they are being disobedient, I still love them very much – but I wish they would make wise choices and be the good boy or girl I know they can be and often are. I love being able to show them love even when demonstrating discipline. Our Heavenly Father does the same to us – He disciplines us because He loves us and shows us His love even when we are disobedient to Him, because He shows us mercy and grace.

  

Go, Tell It!

 

As the Christmas season once again approaches, I find myself bringing out the Christmas music. Thanksgiving has passed now, so I can listen to the carols, Christmas hymns, and catchy tunes all I want (and then some – it’s played EVERYWHERE!) for the next month.

As I listened to an instrumental Christmas CD in the background this morning, while getting some work done, it occurred to me that one of the best Christmas songs isn’t played that often or appreciated enough. “Go Tell It On The Mountain” is both a beautiful and important song during the holidays, and any other time! The particular CD I’m listening to has a lovely jazzy version of the song mixed with several other tunes of the season, and I highly recommend finding a copy if you can. It’s an older one – from 1996 – but very well done, produced by Unison Music and manufactured by Thomas Nelson Inc. in Nashville, TN. “Christmas in Manhattan” is the name of this selection of instrumental music.

One of the most important lyrics in this song sums up the basic gospel message in a few short lines:

“Down in a lowly manger 

Our humble Christ was born 

And God sent us salvation…”

This song reminds us too of our responsibility to go out and share the incredible story of what Jesus Christ did for us:

“Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it in the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born”

 

This is so important – to KNOW the love of Christ for us and to SHARE and SPREAD the love of Christ with others. Go, tell it!