Thursday, July 14, 2011

People Puzzle

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin." 1 John 1:7 (NIV)

"None of us can make it alone. God never meant us to. All the spiritual exercises in the world, no matter how good, will not help us to live victoriously without this connection. It is imperative that we stay connected in wholesome, healthy relationships to safe people as well as to God."

I received this in my email, but don't know where it originated, at least not humanly. It absolutely originated in the heart of God spiritually.  I thank God every day for all of the wonderful, safe people He has placed in my life.  As we connect to each other we're like a strong chain link fence that keeps out the things that attempt to defeat us.  We form a fabric of intricate and colorful design with our differences contrasting each other, bringing out more beauty than if we were on our own.  We become a puzzle that's incomplete with any one piece missing.  My safe people connect me not only to them but to God.  They encourage me to seek Him always, and often He speaks to me through them.

During this time of financial lack I am rich beyond measure because I am wealthy in friends.  We are knit together for all eternity. Through them I am constantly reminded of the things that are really important in life.  Time with them is a taste of heaven.  Thank you Heavenly Father for each and every one of them.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Unfortunate Thief

I just HAD to share what happened to me this morning.  I received a call from my Bank, which is the normal state of affairs because of the money we still owe, but this time it was the fraud department!  The woman asked me if I had made any purchases today or yesterday with my debit card.  I said I hadn't, and thought to myself, "What good would it do me when there's only $45 in the account!"  Then she said someone had been making purchase in Texas using my card! I still had my card which meant someone had gotten to my information and made a duplicate.  Of course they had no idea how much money was in my bank account so they started to make purchases testing the water.  The first one was for guess how much---$666!  Satan is never subtle!  Of course it was rejected and the next try was for $365 which was also rejected, then $270 as they tried to find an amount that would work.  I just had to laugh!  I almost felt sorry for them!  Boy did they pick the wrong account!  While we were on the phone a charge for $43 finally went through, which of course the bank will credit back to me.  I don't know if they caught the person or not, but I know they sure had a bad day!  I wonder if the Lord got a chuckle out of it too?  So I guess I have a new soul to pray for.....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Designed for Divine Purposes

"He wired us, put us together with specific passions, and designed us for divine purposes...."  

When I read this in a devotion the other day it started me thinking.  What divine purpose am I designed for?  I love that thought!  I'm not just randomly on the earth marking time.  There's no such thing as an unimportant day. God has a plan and a purpose for me.  And I can know that purpose by what my passions are.  God actually designed and formed within me passions that will lead me to perform the purpose He has for my life!  

As I think about my passions, I think all the way back to my very early childhood when I started reading.  I devoured books that were years above my age level.  But more than that, I was driven to read.  My Mom would find me sitting on kitchen counters reading the labels of cans that were in the cupboard!  I couldn't get enough---I read everything.  One year my parents gave me a set of encyclopedias for Christmas (this was way before Google, young readers) and I picked up volume one and started reading.  I read through the whole set like it was a novel series.  I loved learning and studying.  It was, and is, a passion for me.  

When I became a Christian in my early 20's that passion was transferred to the Bible and anything connected to it.  For years I literally marinated my mind in the Word of God, Jewish history, Church history, the works of Christian writers through the ages---anything I could get my hands on that would tell me more about our awesome Father God, His precious Son, and His powerful Holy Spirit.  I can remember starting first thing in the morning after my husband and kids where out the door and not looking at the clock again until 4:00 in the afternoon!  God's Word was literally my food and drink.  

But it was all for myself until 1992 when I was asked to teach a women's evening Bible study.  After 20 years of teaching, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that its my divine purpose.  It's why I'm on this earth.  God formed the passion within me to do His will for my life.  Do you want to know God's will for YOUR life?  Ask yourself, "What is my passion?"