John 3:17 reads “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Bible is really something when you stop and think about it. Our foundation of faith is based upon the words of this book: One either believe its truth, or not. Ponder this profound truth: God sent his Son to save the world, not to condemn it, but to save it: to save us.
When you think about faith, salvation; Jesus coming from a virgin birth, living for some 30+ years, hanging on a cross, dying a brutal death – it is all mind boggling to say the least; but, for those of us who believe, it happened, and in this season we celebrate the birth of Christ: He who was sent. Continue reading →
Just listening to a program on 102.9 KAJN-FM, Crowley, LA (one of my fav radio stations) and the hosts of the program Family Talk are bantering back and forth with tell-tale stories of their moms. Their storytelling got me to thinking about my mom and mother’s day.
My mom is in her eighties: vibrant, beautiful, fiery, polished and a little ‘streetish’. Our relationship is interesting. I am the elder of three kids: our relationship is love, tolerance, high strung, emotional, and borders on the side of something I really can’t describe. I know my mom loves me. Even in the hardest periods of our relationship, I always knew and felt my mother’s love and support, and I am reminded of scripture that reads, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” It is a commandment with a promise.
My mother cleaned other people’s homes for a living and boy, did she clean well. To this day, I cannot replicate the perfection in which she makes any bed. There is never a wrinkle to be found on any bed my mom makes – not in the sheets, pillowcases nor bed coverings. She taught me to clean, and to be clean. We Louisianians have a saying, “Don’t eat everyone’s food; don’t eat at everyone’s table.” A lesson learned from my mom – if you wanna know if someone is clean – check out their stoves and their toilets: a clean person will have a clean stove, and a clean toilet. I taught my children the same, and I pray they teach the same to their children.
Spring is in the air and I absolutely bask in this time of year. The fragrant smell of spring on a clear (without the checker boarding of the ‘now-too-often-seen’ chem trails), breezy day is so refreshing. The best part is hearing the birds singing away: the cardinals (their presence always gives me hope) whistling, the mocking birds mimicking their neighbors, the woodpecker, well, pecking. It is amazing how they just chatter all the daylong in what I describe as utter perfect praise! Their ‘voices’ are so encouraging for me.
Another thing I like about this time of year is the sound of lawn mowers. That is such a cool sound for me. Ahhh, and the smell of fresh cut grass … I can offer no words describing its fragrance!
Everything about spring effortlessly brings a smile upon my face. The birds, flowers, breezes, storms, clear blue skies and butterflies – they offer, to me, comfort and reassurance that all is well. I see the effects of the wind and I am reminded that just as I don’t see God, I see the effects of His actions in my life – His faithfulness; His goodness; His answering of so many of my prayers; His hands upon me and mine. Continue reading →
Blessings! I know everyone who is a football fan watched the 2015 Super Bowl game. What a game! My team lost, but interestingly enough, Katy Perry’s left shark got just as much media attention as the game!
Recalling families that have been labeled ‘dysfunctional’, I thought of how that label was derived; what was its conception. Was it so because individuals perform comparisons and see their family as lacking something, as less than perfect, as flawed – as dysfunctional (not performing normally; acting outside social norms or malfunctioning)?
Then I thought – we are all a part of God’s design. Just as He called into being the majesties of the earth and the heaven, we are placed in our families, by none less, than divine design. Where or what is the dysfunction in that divine placement? Could David’s family be construed as dysfunctional? What about Abraham’s family? But – look how God used their family members. Joel Osteen preached a good sermon the other day: “don’t allow yourself [your family] to be labeled as damaged goods: don’t allow yourself to see your family as none other than good. Being a member of your family, whose actions are sometimes less than perfect, is not a mistake. It is purposed. Nothing that happens in our lives is by chance.” Continue reading →