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SPEAKING SPANISH IS AN ACT OF LOVE.110815

smiley fashion designer holding tailors scissors and looking at cameraSo I went to the fabric store with my wife yesterday.  I’m telling you, my wife knows more about fabric and fabric stores than most of the people who work there.  She is buds with almost all the little ladies that work in the fabric stores in our area; on a first-name basis, if you know what I mean.  My job was to hold her place in line at the cutting table while she picked out the material and the pattern she needed.  So mostly I just get to watch and listen; maybe put in a little side-bar or two.

There were two ladies working the cutting tables, measuring and cutting the material.  At my table was a grandmother and her late teen granddaughter buying bright picture-pattern fleece material.  The cutting lady was showing them how to do some complicated sewing maneuver.  I said, “This is a great store.  You can buy material and get free sewing lessons.”  We all laughed.  The grandma said, “We need all the help we can get.”

At the other table was a family of Hispanic ladies, an ‘older’ lady (not as old as me, but older than the others), two younger ladies and two or three children.  Continue reading

GOD’S GRACE.033115

Miracles HappenHere I am.  66.  Married to a good wife with three grown children and six grandchildren; and a 16 yr old son at home. I’m still working at a ‘real’ job, ‘cause my baby needs shoes.  Really because God wants me to keep on working so I get to talk to people about Him. Continue reading

THE FIERY FURNACE. 013115

Daniel chapter 3, is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Nebuchadnezzar and the fiery furnace.  My paraphrase goes like this: Three Jewish ‘boys’ (young men) were mid-level officials in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom of Babylon.  The King thought he was important, so he built this gold ‘obelisk’ that was 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. He sent out a decree saying, “When you hear the music, everyone must bow down and worship the image the King set up.”

Shortly, some other officials, who didn’t like our Jewish boys, went to the King and said, “You know that decree, where you said if the people didn’t bow down to the image when they heard the music, they’d be thrown in the fiery furnace? We’ve been watching those Jewish boys, and they don’t bow down.”

The King was hot.  He called them in and said, “I heard that when you hear the music, you don’t bow down and worship the image.  The next time you hear the music you better bow down.  ‘Cause if you don’t, you’re gonna be thrown in the fiery furnace.  And what god will be able to deliver you?”

And the ‘boys’ said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to answer this. If you do that, our God is able to, and He will, deliver us.  But even if He doesn’t, know this, we don’t serve your gods, and we won’t worship the gold image you have set up.” (that, my friends, is trust in God!)

The King was even hotter.  He had them thrown in the furnace. Almost immediately after they fell in, the King saw four people walking around in the furnace, and the fourth one was “like the Son of God.”  The King called to the ‘boys’ to come out.  The Bible says they were not hurt, they didn’t even smell like smoke!

This is the rest of the story:  in verses 28-29 it says, “Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.’” NKJV (emphasis added)

OOTB6, 061114, Daily Quiet Time 2:

The best times I have getting to know God better are the times I’ve taken the time to

1]   Read the Bible and a devotional and let it soak in a little;

2]  Read the prayer requests that I have received and think them over; both about the physical needs requested and about the spiritual needs that are represented by those requests; and then

3] Kneel before God; tell Him how much I want Him and how much I need Him in my life; about how thankful I am that He loves me and is taking care of me; about how much I love Him and how much I want to be more like Him and less like me, how I want to die to myself so He can live His life in me; and then I

4] wait; (and while I’m waiting),

5] I try to think about the needs in the prayer requests and how they relate to the Bible reading and the devotional, and vice versa.  I am truly astounded at how God speaks to me and helps me focus on the issues that are most important, and understand and discern a] the meaning of His message(s), b] exactly what to pray for; and c] what He wants me to do about the prayer requests.  And in the process I develop a better, closer, more intimate relationship with God.   When I think about the morning quiet time in that way, I’m astounded at the things that God tells me, and the sense of God’s Presence I feel. 

            This must be what Mother Teresa was talking about when she had an interview with a reporter who asked about her prayer life.  He inquired, “You must pray a lot.  What do you say when you pray?”  She said, “I don’t say much, mostly just listen.”  He said, “Well, if you mostly just listen, what does God say?”  She replied, “He doesn’t say much, He mostly just listens.” The confused reporter asked, “If nobody is talking, what is the point of praying?” Mother Teresa calmly indulged him, “If you don’t understand, I’m not sure I could explain it to you.”

What do you think?  .   .   . What do you do?  Do you deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Jesus?  What do you do to show God how you feel about Him?

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