It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Ever Receive Something You Didn’t Like?

Something to chew on:

When one of the kings of Judah received the Word of God, he didn’t like what it said, so he cut up the scroll and threw it into the fire!

God’s Word can’t be destroyed because it comes from God.  You can burn the copy of the Bible, but you cannot burn the Word of God.  Even if you ignore the part or parts of the Bible that you do not like, it does not change what God said to be true. It does not change the truth about eternity, nor does it change what it says about HIS love for me and you!

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Who Will Benefit?

Who do you love that will benefit from the ones who love YOU?  AND…who will you love based on the ONE you love?

Just yesterday, a precious friend of mine came (a great distance) to my house not only to get a hug, but brought with her “something of great monetary value” for one of my children to use and benefit from.

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Our youngest son Brady, is temporarily leaving behind karate and running, due to a bone spur in his foot, and has decided to take up bicycling in hopes that he can still be active and enjoying what life has to offer in spite of any physical setbacks that this life brings to his doorstep.  By the grace of God only, Brady sees his glass 1/2 full and not 1/2 empty.

This idea and encouragement came from my friend Tandy who has been cycling now for 6 years and just recently completed her 5th 100 mile ride!  She has not only encouraged him on this new adventure but provided a way for him, and brings to our home much experience and wisdom.

Tandy came to our home on Labor Day, seeking hugs FIRST, then the chance to spend an hour or so of intentional training and instruction about the “bike” that would carry our 16 year old son on a different journey, that WILL include obstacles he may have not yet encountered.  For her to send a text or email explaining these details, was not enough.  She was determined and purposed to see him face to face, ensuring that he “understood” the depth of instruction, hearing her voice, looking into her face, as his life would depend on his choice to be attentive to his surroundings and listen to instruction.

As I watched this unfold, I was reminded of how the Lord desires for us to look into HIS face, gleaning instruction, heeding warnings as HE always has our best interest at heart.

Tandy shared with Brady two first hand experiences and reasons to take this instruction to heart.  Two of those she rides with had been greatly injured and even killed due to situations out of their control – a place many times the Lord allows us to be, so that we will surrender to HIM and HIS ways.

Have you found yourself disregarding instructions from the ones who love you and have your best interest at heart?  Are you listening to instruction that could save your life?  Are you finding the blessings in those who love you?  Do you acknowledge God’s Hand in all that happens to you?

This morning I received a random text from Tandy asking if my mother had died from Multiple Sclerosis or Muscular Dystrophy?  As I gave answer to the cause of death, she told me she wanted to pin a picture of my mother and I on her back and ride in honor of my mother and her fight of Multiple Sclerosis!

Humbled and full of tears by a “woman of grace” who continues to love me and my family as a result of the ONE she loves.

God’s blessings continue to flow as a result of our love for Him.  Who are you loving and who will benefit?

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Train Wreck

The world is telling you to “follow your heart – if it feels good do it”.  However, the WORD tells you to guard your heart.  We are to LEAD our heart, not FOLLOW it!

If your goal in life is purity then don’t allow your heart to jump on a train that’s headed for a train wreck!  Where your heart leads, the rest of your body WILL follow in due time.  Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above ALL things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?”

Listen to the one’s who love you.  Listen to the godly authorities that have been placed into your lives.  Those that are encouraging you to do wrong, are only thinking of themselves.  No one wants to fail alone.  Any boy or girl whose ever said these words, “If you loved me, you would . . . . . . ” are using YOU to meet THEIR needs.  This is selfish and not love.

The Bible clearly states in 1 Corinthians 13 what love IS:  kind, long suffering, it does not envy, it is not puffed up, does not behave unseemly, does not seek its own, it is not easily provoked, and thinketh no evil.  Hmmm . . . this is a much different picture of love than what the world calls love.

A TRUE friend will tell you what you don’t want to hear because they LOVE you.   Proverbs 27:5-6 says, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Before you leave the train station (with your heart) and get on the train, you need a plan.  Know what your ticket will cost you, where you are going & where you will get off, the history and track record behind the train, and what is the goal of your trip.  Know your boundaries on the train:  where you will ride, who will you be seated next to, how will you allow yourself to be swayed and influenced, and where you draw the line.

Is there a train wreck ahead for you?  Will you seek God’s Word on leading your heart?

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Reflections

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).

As my eight-year-old son and I observed the craters on the moon for science class, his simple observation of the moon’s reflection left a profound teaching on both our minds.

“Mom,” he asked. “The moon really has no light of its own, does it?”

“No,” I replied. “It simply reflects the light from the sun. If the sun was gone, the moon wouldn’t shine either.”

Thinking deeply, he looked at me and said, “That’s the same way we would be without Jesus.”

Amazed at his understanding of the two concepts, I answered, “Yes, that’s right honey.”

As homeschooling parents, we like to think that we are the ones who teach our children.  But anyone who has homeschooled for more than a few years knows this fact: apart from Christ, we are totally inadequate to teach our children.  No college degree, teaching certificate, or earthly intelligence can prepare you to teach your children the right lesson at the right time or how to incorporate into your lesson the true wisdom that comes from God.  Like the moon without the sun, we have no understanding on our own to impart the truths that will forever change our children’s lives.

However, the good news is that you have Christ, the “Light of the world” in you (John 9:5).  Not only are you filled with His presence for teaching your children, but you also have the ability to reflect God’s love to others by shining hope and encouragement into a very dark world.   Just as Moses needed his shining face veiled after being with God (Exodus 34:29-35), your challenge as a homeschooling parent is to live in close obedience to God to reflect His light into your family and the world. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Lord, let me reflect Your love and wisdom as I homeschool my children. Reveal any sin in my heart that would block Your light from shining in my life. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

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