Early Mornings

4 11 2011

Lately I’ve been getting up very early in the morning. I mean 4:30am early. I love it when it’s this quiet. This is the time of Day when Abba (Pappa God) or Jesus inspire my writing. Sometimes when I feel like staying in bed but He has something for me to write, wouldn’t you know it, He keeps nudging me until I get up and start writing. I think it might be Jesus’ way of saying, “Hey, I want to spend some time with you.”

If you get the sudden urge to write at 4:30am, consider who might be nudging you.





Growing Seasons

3 11 2011

Today is another Growing Seasons class. If you don’t know what Growing Seasons is about I’ll tell you. Growing Seasons is about showing children who lost a loved one through death or divorce that it wasn’t their fault and Jesus loves them. Do you know a place where Growing Seasons can be useful?





Never Alone

19 10 2011

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matt 28:19-20.NKJV.

Kind of makes you think about what you’re doing knowing Jesus is right there with you. Maybe He’s saving us from our own selves.





Downtown Memphis

18 10 2011

It’s not often I get to go to downtown Memphis but recently I had the opportunity to spend the day there just rambling around. I couldn’t help but notice how God had interwoven the breathtaking Mississippi River with Arkansas in the backround as the backdrop of the city. I also went into some of the buildings and was impressed at the beauty and craftsmenship that went into the construction.

When I got back home I thought about my day and found it interesting how the city had a mixture of everything from Beale St. to the river to closed factories, etc. God made creation the same way. I like to imagine it like a snowdome; He put everything in the world and shook it up so it would all mix together.





Water to Wine

16 09 2011

This is an excerpt from the book I’m working on.

Papa John scanned his eyes over the children. After a  moment of silence he said, “Children, this miracle is a good lesson for you. Whenever you feel like plain water, remember Jesus can change water into the choicest wine. However, you should never see yourselves as plain old water because Jesus has a purpose for each of you. That makes you special. Jesus sees you as the best wine. If He can turn water to wine, just think how much more He will do for you.”





God’s Very Own Children

15 09 2011

“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.'” Matt 18:2-3.

One of my favorite things to do in my Growing Seasons group is when I get the opportunity to pray the prayer of salvation with a child.





Precious Children

14 09 2011

Children are so precious to our Father in heaven that He has their angels in heaven constantly in God’s presence. Matt 18:10 says, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” It’s comforting to know that there who is constantly keeping tabs on my children.





Jesus and Children

13 09 2011

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.'” Matt19:14NKJ

With all that was on Jesus’ mind, and all His dealings with the Jewish leaders, He still found time in His busy schedule to bless the little children.

Children have problems just as we do, but the difference is they need us to help them with their problems. It sure is a good thing Jesus is constantly watching out for our little ones.





Rebekah’s Version of Lazarus Pt 2

11 09 2011

Rebekah: Anyway, last time we left off with Mary and Martha sending a message to their good friend, J-e-s-u-s, happy?

Me: Yes.

Rebekah: Good. Jesus, that His good buddy, Lazarus is sick. Well, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do about it? I’m no doctor.”

Me: Jesus didn’t say that! Jesus said that Lazarus’ illness would not end in death. Jesus said that it was for God’s glory, that God’s Son may be glorified through it.

Rebekah: Yeah, yeah, yeah, the point is, that Jesus stayed right where He was and didn’t go to see Lazarus.

You know I can’t say that I blame Him though. He probably didn’t want to catch what Lazarus had.

Me: Rebekah! That’s not true! If you’re going to tell the story, then tell it right.

Rebekah: Hey, I’m telling the story. I can tell it any way I want to. The POINT I was trying to make is that Jesus stayed where He was for two more days. Then He went to see Lasagna, I mean Lazarus. But by that time the poor guy had died. Stay tune for part 3. Duh, duh, duh, duuuuh.

 





Rebekah’s Version of Lazarus Pt.1

9 09 2011

Rebekah: There was a man in Bethany named Lasagna. Wait a minute! Who would name their kid Lasagna?

Me: Rebekah, his name was Lazarus, not Lasagna.

Rebekah: Oh. Wait a minute! Nobody names their kid Lazarus. Not if they don’t want their kid beat up in school.

Me: I’m sure that Lazarus was a popular name in Jesus’ time. Anyway, continue with the story.

Rebekah: Well, Lasagna–I mean Lazarus, had two sisters with normal names, Mary and Martha. Now ya see, Lazarus got sick so Mary and Martha sent a message to heyzeus, their good…

Me: Heyzeus? Who’s Heyzeus?

Rebekah: You know, He died on the cross for us, duh.

Me: Oh, Jesus

Rebekah: What does J-o-s-e spell?

Me: Hozay

Rebekah: J-e-s-u-s, Heyzeus.

Me: Trust me, His name is pronounced Jesus.

Rebekah: Stay tuned for part 2.