2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Who Would You Cling To?

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I heard on radio once about what would we do if all of our sins, all of our secrets were exposed for all of the world to see.  Who would we cling to? 

It went on to say that being that exposed to the world we would have no one to cling to, no one but God.

What would you do if all of your secrets were transparent?  What would you do if all of your sins were revealed?  If everyone knew everything that you had done.  What would you do?  Who would you cling to?
If the world was against you, where would you go?  If everyone turned on you, how would you cope?

Only God is there when the world walks out and God loves you no matter what.  So if your secrets and sins were all revealed to the world, God would be right there beside you. He will never turn on you, never walk away.  He will never be ashamed of you, no matter what you have done.  You can always cling to Him, no matter what.

Psalm 63:6-8 (NIV, ©2011) 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Where Does Your Strength Come From?

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My dad had a moment this evening as he was telling me about this little girl that he saw while he was at the hospital for his latest cancer check.  He sees them often, these little faces, helpless to a disease that has invaded them.  As he saw this little girl with obvious scars from her battle, his heart broke into a million pieces.  He told me about this little girl who so obviously has been dealt a lousy hand, whose body has been put through the ringer.  A little girl, just a little older than mine.  A little girl that no matter what has been thrown at her, had the biggest smile that could brighten up the entire place.

A smile that showed that she had not been defeated, a smile that showed that she was not giving up.  My dad almost breaking down as he was telling us about her.  His total inability to understand how someone so small could be so strong.

I have seen it before, these small children with the strength of a hundred men.  As their parents are breaking down at the very thought of defeat, there they are with the spirit that no disease can touch.  An unfailing drive to persevere.

I don't know why God allows things like this to happen to the most precious, the most innocent.  But one thing I do know is where this little ones strength comes from.  Strength to overcome, strength to fight, strength to make it another day, strength to smile.

How many lives can one little precious soul touch?  How many lives can one strong smile change?

Where does your strength come from?????

Psalm 18:2 (NIV, ©2011)  2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn f my salvation, my stronghold.

Mark 10:14 (NIV, ©2011) 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Matthew 18:10 (New Living Translation) 10 “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Random Act of Kindness

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The other day I was at the grocery store.  The line was long and the there was a lady in the front that was a little short when her items were rung up.  She paid part  in cash, but then the machine wouldn't accept her card.  She quickly walked outside, no one knew what was happening.  The cashier informed the lady behind her that she was going to her car to get some more money.  The lady behind waited for awhile fiddling with her items and her purse.  After a few minutes she did something that shocked not only the cashier but the people behind her.

While the lady was gone the lady behind handed the cashier some money and offered to pay the remaining balance.  The cashier was in shock as she took the money, saying how rarely that happens.  The other lady did return with some more money.  The lady behind seemed a bit hesitant to accept repayment, feeling like the other lady may have needed it more, but she took a portion as not to offend or embarrass her.

The look on the lady's face when the cashier told her what the lady behind had done. It was so much gratitude. Here it was a perfect stranger someone she had never met in her life who paid her debt.  A simple random act of kindness that I only hoped stayed with everyone who witnessed it.  I know it stayed with me.

What got me the most was the lady behind who was fiddling with her items and fiddling with her purse was just making sure that she herself had enough to cover her items and the lady ahead, as she seemed to be on a tight budget herself.  I guess she felt that the other lady needed it more so she gave her last bit of cash to cover the other lady's debt.

It reminded me that we all have a debt that was paid, but this debt was paid in blood.  By a perfect stranger showing His love for mankind.  An act of love that saved the world.

All I hope is that they all saw God's reflection in this one lady's actions and remember what He has done for them.
Romans 12:9-13 (New Living Translation)  9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[a] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[b] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Right Through Me

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When I am pretending.  When I am humble, or just smiling while being humiliated. When my kindness becomes just routine. When my thoughts are not what they should be. There is one person who can see right through me. 

There is one one person who knows my heart and what is in it.  When I am cruel or rude.  When I am kind and generous.  When I am breaking and when my world is crumbling. When I can hide who I really am from the world, to Him I am transparent. 

He sees me for me.  No matter how I act or what I say, He sees the truth.  There is nothing I can hide from Him, I cannot pretend.  If my heart and my actions are not pure, He knows.  So no matter what I do, He can see right through me.
1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV, ©2011) 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Even When I Cannot See

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My dads last doctors appointment didn't go as well as hoped.  It turns out that this last PET scan showed a suspicious spot,  they would have to do a biospy to confirm whether or not it is cancer.  Not sure if he will have the biospy or not, not really sure if he is really worried about it.  He has been fighting an infection in his head for months due to all of the dead tissue from radiation (sorry so graphic). So to us the suspicious spot could be anything.

The worst part is my dad has been having blind spells.  His vision goes completely black and for a short period of time he cannot see.  After seeing a specialist they suspect pressure on the brain from too much spinal fluid causing his temporary blindness.  Sometimes I wonder if it will ever end.  Will it ever get back to normal?  He is too young to have so many problems.  I know he and my mom are both exhausted from all of this. As if the disease itself wasn't bad enough.

Through it all my dads faith has remained strong.  I am sure he has his moments, but to us his faith is unfailing.  He has accepted God's will whatever it may be.   He doesn't seem to be afraid.  If only my faith could be so strong.

I know that everything happens for a reason.  But all I can think of is God's humble servant Job.  I compare my dad to him a lot because through it all they may have asked "why", but they never lost faith, they praised God for everything. Even when they could not see.

Job 1:20-22 (NIV, ©2011) 20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.[a] The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Your Worth

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Underestimated, neglected, mistreated, taken for granted, pushed aside, expendable, second guessed, invisible, misunderstood, worthless.

I feel like that a lot lately. I am sure we all do.

Why do we let others decide our worth?  Why do we let other peoples opinions determine what we mean?  We base so much of who we are based on how others treat us and what others think of us. We should know that we are worth so much more.

In this life, some people will try to minimize your worth.  Some may make you feel like you aren't worth anything at all.  But you are worth so much more than you will ever know to the only One that really matters. 

You matter so much that He decided long ago that He could not and would not live without you.  He made a plan, He sent His only Son, who took everything you had bore it on His shoulders and died for you.  All because He couldn't bear to be without you.  You are worth so much that He would move Heaven and Earth to make sure that you were not lost.

He will never forget you, never push you aside, never underestimate you and He will never take you for granted. Because He would rather die than ever live without you!!!!

Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV, ©2011) 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
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