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Keep a heart of worship....
PAIN is alot to handle
SORROW is alot to handle
GRIEF is alot of weight
ALL of these in one is a big burden
PRAY and trust God
NO ONE understands why God takes our loved ones
ONE wise person once told me
PAIN, SORROW, and GRIEF
Thank you Sissy! So, after a exhausting and emotional week...I am THANKFUL today for God's outstretched arms! It is there that I find:
- PEACE -
- SECURITY -
- JOY -
- STRENGTH -
- LOVE -
- COMFORT -
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU CRAWLED UP INTO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER'S LAP AND FELT HIS LOVING ARMS?
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Do you have the self-assurance of whose you are?
As I have watched each of these four beautiful children grow into fine, young Christians; my heart is so full of love, adoration and thankfulness! Three of the four are spreading their wings and finding their own way now, I watch them with tears in my eyes but yet at the same time, a cry of joy in my heart as they seek the path God has chosen for them.
PSALMS 127:3 "Behold, children are a gift of the Lord"
THANK YOU GOD for DAVID....a beautiful boy who came into the world with physical difficulties but as I have watched you grow into a fine young man these past 25 years, I have seen a determination and a hope to overcome the physical things that were meant to slow you down. Your faith, your determination and your hope has inspired me so much. I am so proud to see you follow your heart and your passion as you step out in faith this week. You will leave my side today as you leave to go to live in Baltimore, but forever you will be in my heart and in my prayers. THANK YOU FOR CALLING ME MOM!
THANK YOU GOD for JEREMY....a miracle baby. The doctors said "impossible" but God had the last word! I have watched you over the past 23 years as you tried to figure life out in many different ways, but you never lost sight of where your faith is and what it is based upon. I always believed you would take the world by the tail, and never in my wildest dreams would I have thought you would make me a proud Mom of a military soldier. The path I thought you would take was a far different path God had already chosen for you. I am so proud of the choices you are making and that God is number one in your life. You will leave my side in August as you leave to serve your one year duty in Korea, but forever you will be in my heart and in my prayers. THANK YOU FOR CALLING ME MOM!
THANK YOU GOD for JORDAN...what a blessing you are to me. I never dreamed I would say "My 3 Sons" but God already knew what a blessing 3 rowdy and wrestling little boys would be to this momma. I have never been so proud than when you played football. and when you played baseball. and when you scored big on your ACT. and when you left for prom in your tuxedo. and when you showed up at your sisters baseball game to cheer her on. and when you got your drivers license. and when you made that beautiful "family" sign for me on Mothers Day. and when you said you wanted to marry me when you were four years old. and when you said "I love you Mom". and when you walked across the field last week and recieved your high school diploma. All those things and more make me proud to be your momma, but nothing makes me more proud than to see you pursuing Gods will for your life. You will leave my side soon as you venture out into the world, but forever you will be in my heart and in my prayers. THANK YOU FOR CALLING ME MOM!
THANK YOU GOD for ANNA MARIE...a beautiful little girl...FINALLY. You cannot even imagine the joy and love that you have brought into my life. You truly are an example of how God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. You have taken me from BOYS, spiders and baseball to GIRLS with ponytails, barbies, dolls, lace, (and shoe shopping) and back to baseball (girls softball!) These past 12 years have been glorious.... spoiling you. loving you. appreciating you. I know you get tired of me telling you how beautiful you are everyday...but your beauty is inward also...as I watch you worship and seek God. You are a princess! Not just my princess but you are a princess of the King! As you enter junior high this next Fall, my heart is full of sadness and full of joy at the same time as you embark on the most molding years of your life. I am so proud to be your momma and I thank God daily for you! As you enter your teen years, you may not always be by my side, but forever you will be in my heart and in my prayers. THANK YOU FOR CALLING ME MOM!
Have you thanked GOD for the heritage of children today?
Have you thanked your CHILDREN for being who they are today?
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"JORDAN WITH PROUD MOM AND DAD"
Do you remember the Star Wars movie, "The Empire Strikes Back"? In this movie, Luke Skywalker is sent to be trained as a Jedi Knight by a Jedi master. The one to whom he is sent has the reputation of being a great warrior and perhaps the only one who can prepare Skywalker to face Darth Vader. We are made to wonder what this great warrior will look like. Will he tower over those around him as Darth Vader does? Will his muscles ripple as he moves and will he speak with a commanding authority which pulls others to him in obedience? Of course, if you are familiar with this movie, the one we finally encounter on the screen is short, pudgy, and wrinkled and walks with a waddle.
The surprise that moviegoers had in meeting Yoda was probably not unlike the surprise of some who had encountered the latest candidate for Messiah over two thousand years ago. Jesus came into Jerusalem with plenty of fanfare, but surprisingly He came in on a donkey rather that a war horse.
A conquering king or one seeking an earthly kingdom or prestige would have ridden on a war horse. Horses are "parade" animals and they can prance down the road with dignity and elegance. A donkey is a servant animal, or a "beast of burden". Common people used donkeys to carry their loads. They clunked down the road with tiny little strides, bouncing around whoever was riding. In comparision to a war horse, it was like entering in an old VW minibus instead of a modern luxury SUV.
MATTHEW 21:1-11 "When they approached Jerasulem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, telling them, 'Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. (3) If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them, and immediately he will send them.' (4)This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled (5)Tell Daughter Zion, 'See, your king is coming to you, gentle and mounted on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' (6)The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their robes on them, and He sat on them. (8) A very large crowd spread their robes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. (9)Then the crowds who went before Him and those who followed kept shouting: HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVD! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST HEAVEN! (10) When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken, saying, 'Who is this?' (11) and the crowds kept saying, 'This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee!"
Many of the people who had gathered were hoping that Jesus had come to fullfill the "Son of David" prophecy (Zech.12:6,8-9) which had spoken of another military hero. But the Messiah who had entered on a donkey made no claim to this military power they were seeking. He was simply not what they had expected.
In the movies, Yoda showed that he had far more power than he appeared to have. Jesus Christ eventully manifested His great and awesome power. It was a different kind of power than what was expected, instead of a power to change governments, it was a power to change lives!
Are you leading others?
What are people looking for and expecting in your leadership?
Do others see servanthood in your heart and in your actions?
Most people would see the term "powerful servant" as a oxymoron. Servants are weak and subject to the ones they serve. But Jesus came into this world to turn everything upside down and make it so the "first will be last and the last first" (Matt. 19:30). When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He was serving notice that the power structures of the world were changing. Now the greatest servant of all would be the most powerful king of all.
So...what can we learn from Jesus' example and how do we follow His footsteps? Obviously, riding down the freeway on donkey is not a viable option! Nor are many of us likely to become the center of attention in a parade. However, what happened on Palm Sunday shoud say some things to us about what kind of leaders we should aim to become. Here are some essentials:
1. CHRISTIAN LEADERS SHOULD FOCUS ON BEING HUMBLE SERVANTS
We may not ride on a donkey, but we should aim for having the same spirit in all that we do.
2. WE SHOULD NOT THRIVE ON POWER, BUT KEEP OUR FOCUS ON THE RIGHT GOALS
Power is not to dominate others or to enhance our own ego. Power in itself is not bad, how it is used is what determines if it is good or bad. We should use our power in our leading as Jesus did...to change lives.
3. CHRISTIAN LEADERS SHOULD NOT SO MUCH SEEK TO BE WHAT OTHERS EXPECT THEM TO BE ...BUT WHAT GOD CALLS THEM TO BE
The people of Christ's day did not expect Him to be the kind of Messiah He was, but He was the kind of Messiah that God called Him to be. Remember this when people in your realm of influence pressures you to "do it like it has always been done."
In last weeks YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I asked the question, "what are likely to do when making an entrance at a party or gathering." The top 3 results are:
1. 50% voted that they "arrive early and help with the work".
2. 28% of those polled said they "slip in when no one is looking."
3. 21% voted that they "scout out who is there before making their move."
I conclude this weeks devotion with this...when entering a crowd of people, (whether it is a party or a gathering or a dinner) what is your focus?
Is it to be the center of attention
or is it to serve others like Christ did?
Would you arrive on a war horse or a donkey?
My prayer is that this week as you have influence on those around you, (those you work with, those in your family, those in your church, and even those that are strangers that you rub shoulders with) that you will speak Gods love and truth in the power that God has given you.
Have a blessed week!