Grieving the Past

28 11 2011

A lot of times in my Growing Seasons groups children aren’t just grieving the loss of a parent or a loved one, they’re grieving the past. They think daddy will never play catch with me again, or mommy and I won’t ever bake holiday cookies again. It’s important for children to know that life goes on and they’ll still have some of the activities of the past. Just because mommy and daddy are separated, things shouldn’t change between the parent and the child.

Throwing Stones

22 11 2011

“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'” Jn. 8:7

As I read that verse today, I had to stop and think about how many times I throw stones at people: an unkind word, looking the other way when someone needs help with something I don’t want to do, gossipping about another person, and many more. Everyone sins, the Bible tells us that, Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” It would be best for me to remember that  the next time I want to throw a stone at someone.

The Gospel of John

17 11 2011

This past weekend, I went to a retreat in Kentucky and one of the speakers there did and indepth lecture on John 17. One of the things he pointed out was that Most people associate Matthew 6: 9-13 as the Lord’s Prayer, but the Lord’s Prayer is actually John 17.

As the speaker explained the prayer, I found it to be one of the most beautiful and loving prayers ever prayed. Imagine, someone who knows He is on His way to the cross, hours before, takes the time to pray for us. It makes me cry to think that sometimes I become to busy to take the time to pray.

John 14:18

13 11 2011

I went to a retreat in Kentucky this weekend. The theme for the retreat was passion and the topics covered were chapters 14-17 in the Gospel of John. One of the teachers was teaching on John 14. His wife made wooden blocks with different verses of Scripture on them. There was one for each of us. When I got up to get mine, I found one with John 14:18 written on it, “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” That happens to be my favorite verse. Do you think that when this woman was making these blocks, God had me in mind when she made that one? Could He have decided that He wanted me to have that particular block? I accepted the block.

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.