From Dream to Reality

We are never too old to dream!

Have you ever gazed into the skies, dreaming away trying to count the stars? Astronomers, scientists who study the stars, say there are more stars in the universe than the sand on the seashore. There are between 100 and 200 sets of stars and planets called galaxies. In every galaxy there are hundreds of billions of stars. If this sounds amazing, here are more amazing news. Each star has a name!

He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Psalm 147:4

Considering God’s friend Abraham, I’m still young. He was 75 years old when God put a big dream in his heart. His offspring was to be a numerous as the stars. And he didn’t even have a son!

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” … And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:1,5,6

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. James 2:23

A friend of God! Amazing! Jesus called the disciples “friends.”

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15:12-17

The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14

God shared with Abraham his plans, what he was about to do with Sodom and Gomorrah. Then Abraham interceded…

The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:17-19

Abraham believed God. He believed the dream!

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:18-21

Abraham was given this name by God, which means “Father of a multitude.” His name Abram means “Exalted father.” Year after year he had to live with that name (Exalted father) and he had no children. But he had the promise and the dream that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens and the sand on the sea-shore. Nobody would be able to count them!

Sarah was also given a new name. God named her Princess! She would be the mother of the family chosen by God to one day bring forth the Savior!

When Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 God announced that the time was come for His Promise to be fulfilled! The dream would come true; the promised son would be born! The little old man and the little old lady both laughed! Sarah was barren, so it would really have to be a miracle!

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17

God has a sense of humor. I can just picture him having a little laugh! “So you don’t believe me? I’ll give you a reminder that nothing is too hard for me.” And he gave Abraham the name for the son to be born. “You shall call his name Isaac.” Isaac means “he laughs.”

Every time these dear people called their son, they would remember that they laughed at God’s promise. They didn’t laugh in unbelief; it was just a ridiculous thought that they would have a baby in the house at their ripe old age! And so, Sarah became the oldest mother in the world!

It has been said that “some people dream in technicolor–others add sound effects.” Dream in black and white, add color to the dream, or even sound effects, whatever–but dream! All the great things people have accomplished started out with a dream; a dream and someone that believed in them and was willing to invest in them and the dream.

On a humorous note, “No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work!” The fulfillment of dreams requires hard work. To dream, and dream big, is hard work. God bless you in your dreaming, and even more in the working out part of the dream.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

My dream, what I live for and dream about constantly, is that one day I will stand at the throne of God together with ALL my loved ones.

As Abraham looked up into the sky, I look beyond the sky and dream and pray.

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The Most Encouraging Words

I can’t think of anything more encouraging than Jesus’ promise to the disciples he had commissioned with his gospel:

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Today one of his disciples, a pioneer for missionary work in Peru, my Father, has his 97th Birthday. By the time I write this he has already celebrated this day. We have seven hours of time difference, from Sweden to Oklahoma, USA.

He has been a modern time Elijah. I consider him my hero in the faith. Like Elijah of old, he probably got discouraged, but I saw his determination during trials and se-backs. Now he is close to the finish-line!

The story I’m publishing today in the series Salt and Pepper with Daisy is about Elijah when he got discouraged, but the Lord was with him and sent him the encouragement eh needed.

After the great victory that Elijah had when God sent fire from heaven, and when the Lord answered his prayer for rain, this intrepid servant of God got discouraged. To such a degree was his despair that he wanted to die. Queen Jezebel had threatened him, and he fled.

Elijah was so lonely and desperate that he thought he was the only one who had not bent his knee to Baal. But God told him that there were seven thousand who had not followed the false god!

God was merciful to his servant Elijah, as he is to us all, and He sent him an angel with food. Elijah was tired. His encounter with the prophets of Baal was very emotional, and it exhausted him. Elijah rested and the angel fed him.

Read it all in 1 Kings 18 & 19.

If you are discouraged, don’t despair. We all can get “low” moments, like Elijah; and as God sent his angel to lift him up, may He send an angel to lift your spirits! It will probably be an angel without wings; a brother or sister in the faith that encourages you.

Let me tell you about an angel that God sent yesterday evening to encourage me! I’m amazed at God’s timing and how He has every detail in his care. I wasn’t discouraged but very tired and wondering about the next step to take in this “story-telling” ministry, especially as it pertains to the Spanish, which is the core of my ministry to the Lord.

The Freemen’s, if you know who they are, we in concert at Calvary Church in Tahlequah. Oklahoma. I was excited to be going there, asking the Lord that it would be a “picker-upper” for me.

I quickly made some cards to take with me, hoping to meet someone to promote my Salt and Pepper stories. See here what I took with me!

This past week I have felt very overwhelmed. Maybe one reason is that I’m still getting used to a big change. I have a teenage boy that spends early mornings and afternoons with me, since his High School is close to where I live. If you ever heard of Words with Friends, he and I have 19 games going! I love this boy to pieces but it’s an intense relationship that drains me of some energy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Let me get back to the part of God’s encouragement. Just the detail of where I took a seat at the concert is important. There was a break in the service and I stepped out to buy some CD’s. When I came back a lady was admiring the “box” that I put my feet on. I must have them elevated because I have lost some lymph nodes (that’s a story for another day!). We talked and I asked her if she would take one of my cards. It turns our she is a daycare worker and she works in Sunday school.

To make a long story short, meeting her was such an uplifting experience that I got a “push” to keep going. If you have ever been in a race, and getting close to the finish-line seems like and unsurpassable task, the little extra push you give yourself at the end can make the difference between winning or losing. Pat, the lady I met, gave me that “push” that I needed. I went home from the concert uplifted and ready to continue writing stories!

When I opened my files today, and realized what story was next to publish, about God encouraging his Prophet with “Angel food,” I marveled once again at God’s timing. It’s these kinds of details that speak to me, and I have seen many of them lately.

Read the story here, #10: Angel Food for a Discouraged Prophet

Whatever your need is, the eternal “I AM” is with you. I’m making a study about this wonderful truth. I’ll share is another day. Just keep the words of Jesus close to your heart, whatever your situation is.

Many people that have gone through unimaginable disasters this month need encouragement. I have seen many news stories about “angels” taking them food and other necessities. God bless everyone! Both the “needers” and the givers!

“I AM” was with Elijah at his lowest point. He didn’t let him die! He gave him new assignments. As long as there is breath there is hope.

Hope in Jesus, my friend!

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Made with a Purpose

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

I have started to study the Book of Jeremiah, but have not yet gotten past verse 5. I’ve never meditated so deeply on the wonderful truth that God formed me in the womb. Of course, I’ve always known that. It’s probably the same for you. Stop. Take a deep breath. Let the Holy Spirit make this message come alive for you.

It’s not only that God formed me in the womb, but he had a purpose for me. The same applies to you. We are all made with a purpose. Are we fulfilling our destiny?

It’s amazing to think that even before we were formed in the womb, God knew us. He knew our purpose. Some, like Jeremiah, are appointed for special service. Jeremiah was to be a prophet to the nations.

Another person that had a very special assignment was the Apostle Paul.

But when he who had set me apart before I was born [set me apart from my mother’s womb], and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles… Galatians 1:15,16

But the Lord said to him [Ananias], “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15,16

Abraham was chosen to be the Father of the Israelites, God’s chosen people. All the families of the earth would be blessed in him, because form Abraham’s seed one day would come Jesus.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

Made in secret

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16

In God’s book were written every day of our lives, before there yet was one of them. That’s something to think deeply about!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

I just heard this—it might be from a song—but it’s good.

Don’t waste time.
Make right now matter.

Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1,2). Nothing is more important than to make things right with God. This is your moment! Are you prepared for eternity?

The God who made you, who formed you in secret, who wrote the number of your days in his book, calls you to a life of fellowship with him.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

What is the greatest purpose for each human being? To glorify God! God might have a special assignment for some of us, but most of all we are put on this earth to give glory to our Creator.

Want to continue thinking about the wonder of being made with a purpose? Here are some more verses to meditate on: Isaiah 43:1; 44:2, 24; 49:1; Job 10:11.

You are made with a purpose.
Make today matter!

 

 

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Seeds in the Soil of Faith

Three weeks ago I planted these “seeds” in a flower-pot. It was just for fun to see if something would happen. And happened it has!

Isn’t it incredible what has exploded in just three weeks? I am more than excited about my experiment. But there is a big problem! The pot it too small. There is no space for growth for the new sweet potatoes. That is something I should have taken into consideration from the start. I guess I will just have to enjoy the green leaves and forget about the “harvest.”

I have been thinking this morning about everything there is to learn from the seed and the soil and the watering and the growth… every little part has a spiritual lesson to teach us.

One of the main lessons is the FAITH involved. I must have faith in the seed. As the sower, I must have faith in the seed, faith in the soil, faith in the sun and the rain, but most of all faith in the Creator of the seed and the soil and the sun and the rain!

Most of the time we don’t think about this. We take so many things for granted. But there is so much power hidden in a seed. This “seed” is big, but there is the same power in the tiniest of seeds, like the mustard seed that Jesus talked about.

And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:3o-32

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

It doesn’t matter if it is big or small, there is the same potential in a seed. But there is one thing needed to see growth, and that is patience. You have to believe that something is happening underground! If I should dig up my “seed” to check how it is doing, I would ruin the whole thing! The evidence above ground tells me something is happening in the dark, in the “invisible” world. In due time I can look for the fruit, but not now! In this case, there will be no new sweet potatoes because I have not provided the environment this seed needs. It has no space to grow!

I could go on with the lessons to learn, but I’ll let you think about it. Let me give you a quote about what happens in the spiritual realm. Faith is what our life and experience with God is built on. When Jesus walked on earth he looked for faith in people. Time and again you can find that people had “faith to be healed,” and they were healed. “Your faith has made you whole,” Jesus would say.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

I have planted a seed in the soil of faith! I will water it with prayer! And I will believe in the Maker of the Seed for something incredible to happen.

I’ll tell you about it in a few words. Maybe you can provide me with some resources. What I want to do is some 15-minute videos of Salt and Pepper and the Treasure Club. I think it would be a fun way to teach children life-lessons. If you are not familiar with Salt and Pepper, check it out here:

ENGLISH:  MX1414.wordpress.com

SPANISH:  clubperlita.wordpress.com

I have to redo my stories to make them video episodes. They can also be puppet skits. Or they can be skits for kids to act out. The possibilities are endless.

This is my latest “seed of faith,” planted in the “soil of faith.” I need help.

  • I need CREATIVITY to write the episodes.
  • I need PEOPLE to help me pull this together.
  • I need MONEY to pay for the project.
  • I need RESOURCES–technical resources of all kinds.
  • I need FAVOR–favor with God and men!

Will you help me pray for this project? And all the other projects I have going on! One would think that at my age I would have run out of ideas (I’ve passed the 70 mark!). It’s the opposite. I have so many ideas I would need another life to accomplish them all!

One more thing. I have a helping hand. Will you pray for my current helpers?

  • CRISTINA is my assistant in Peru. What would I do without her?
  • ABSALOM is my excellent artist in Costa Rica.
  • XIMENA is my dear friend and helper in Bolivia.
  • NANCY is my friend in the USA who translates my stories to English.
  • PILAR is a teacher in Mexico who will make the audio on the videos we have.

This will be all for today! Do you have any seeds to plant? Put them in the soil of faith and water them with prayer. There is no telling what the Maker of the Seed will do!

May you be blessed beyond measure!

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Exploding Growth and Sparks of Kindness

Last time I wrote here it was about a little experiment I was doing with some sweet potatoes that had grown some roots laying in my kitchen waiting to be eaten. Since I had an empty flower-pot I thought I might use it and see if something happened.

This is the result after 10 days!

I am amazed st the explosion of growth. Every morning, as my grandson David and I waited for his school bus, we would look in awe at how quickly the little plants were growing. Today I was totally amazed at how they have grown.

While these sweet potatoes were sprouting and showing the power of growth that is in them, in another part of this country, just south of us in Oklahoma, people have been devastated by one of the big powers of nature–a hurricane! Thousands upon thousands of people have lost everything to the forces of winds and water. Day after day I’ve seen the images on television of houses and cars submerged in water, and people walking waist deep in that water, to save and to be saved. It has been heart-breaking to hear the stories. But at the same time heart-warming to see the outpouring of help and support from strangers to strangers. I am overwhelmed by the love for neighbors the American people have shown!

This morning I saw on my Facebook page a call for prayer–the declaration of President Donald Trump to make this Sunday a day of prayer for the victims of this devastating hurricane, for both Texas and Louisiana. There was prayer in the White House. I appreciate that we have a President who believes in the power of prayer.

In my story for the week the children are encouraged to let sparks of truth and kindness fly. Down in Texas there have been many sparks flying. I would say there have been fires of kindness going on. One of the videos that impressed me was a chain of people standing in waist-deep water to save a man stranded in a sinking vehicle. Something totally different–a lady who went around her neighborhood saving the dogs left behind by fleeing home-owners. I think it was around 20 dogs she had in her attic when rescue came. But it was hard to fit them all in a boat!

Today’s story was inspired by a fire in a commercial area in the center of Lima, Peru. The fire lasted several days. My assistant Cristina would update me as the days wore on. That’s when I made up a story to show the great fire that our words can cause. But rather than concentrate on the negative I like to look at it from the positive side, letting sparks of kindness fly!

Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper story: #6 The fire that wouldn’t go out

May our sparks of kindness fly far and wide!

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The Roots go in the Ground

Have you ever done something so crazy stupid that you wondered where your brain was? Had it gone on vacation? Was it hiding in a cave somewhere?

I did something like that yesterday! I had some sweet potatoes that had been sitting too long in the pantry, waiting to be cooked. So they had grown roots!

Even if it is late summer I decided to plant them. Just for the fun of it. So what did I do? I planted them upside down! That is the crazy stupid thing I did. To top it all off, I took a picture and posted it on social media. How insane can a person be?

My sister saw it and corrected me. I had already been thinking that I must have done it wrong. So, this morning I re-planted them. Of course, I watered it well and gave it some plant food.

All this got me thinking about how we act in life. We do things our way and hope they will work out, even if we know that God’s way I the right way.

GOD’S WAY IS NOT ONLY THE BEST WAY, IT IS THE ONLY WAY!

God is the Creator and Designer of the universe. He has set things in place and decided how they shall work. Since he is the Creator he has all the rights to do it. He is the one who has decided the seasons; he has set in place the rules for how things should work. He is the one who decided that the seed must go in the ground, that it has to die, before new life will spring up.

Isn’t it amazing how you take a little seed, almost invisible, put it in the ground, let it sit for a while, water the soil… then, suddenly, something green starts coming out of the ground, and giving it time, it can become a tree. Giving it lots of time, hundreds of years, that tree becomes so big that it takes a village of people to hold hands and surround the tree. And it all started with a little seed, planted in the dark soil.

If that is amazing, what about the little seed planted in the womb, that grows and develops into a human being?! I could go on and on with the marvels of nature, how intricate everything is done. We could go on for days just meditating on the amazing works of our Creator. And then there are folks who don’t even believe in him!

Someone came up with the crazy stupid idea that everything came out of nowhere, that there was this big explosion, that we evolved from monkeys. Why are there still monkeys around? Why are we not continuing to evolve? Because it’s not true!

I just want to remind us that as there are rules and regulations in nature, God has established rules for our life. The most important thing is the way to eternal life. Our short stay on earth is a simple preparation for eternity. You might not like the way God has established things, but just as I need to put the roots in the ground, hidden in the soil, for my sweet potatoes to grow into new ones, to obtain eternal life I must follows God’s way, which is JESUS!

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-6

You are loved! The Creator is calling your name! That’s probably why I did the crazy stupid thing with the upside down sweet potatoes… Just so there would be one more avenue to remind you that God loves you and that he has opened a way for you to have eternal life.

Plant the seed of your life in the warm and nutritious soil of God’s love. Seventy plus years of life-experience, surrounded by God’s love, makes me an “expert,” I believe. In the ups and downs, in joys and in sadness, in health and sickness, in losses… in whatever has come my way, God has been and IS my refuge and my strength. He is a present help in times of trouble.

Come to Jesus, the ONLY way!

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A Lifestyle of Contentment

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16,17 ESV

Picture yourself growing up as an orphan in Mozambique, Africa. Your father has abandoned you and you are raised in an orphanage. Not a luxurious place, well-provided for by a prestigious organization. An orphanage George Muller style, where you don’t know from what place your next meal will come. But you know your provider is the God of the Universe. Exciting, but sometimes a little nerve-wrecking. Our Heavenly Father will provide for us when we pray, but most of the time at the last minute. But never late!

Bruno is an 18-year old young man in Africa. He grew up in an orphanage like the one I described. Every week they pray for God to provide food for the next week. They live by faith!

I heard this testimony through Isik Abla, a Christian evangelist and host of TV and radio broadcasts around the world. You can look her up on Facebook. It touched my heart so much I want to share it with you.

This young man has nothing of material riches, but he has the riches that last for eternity. If he finds a bed for himself for the night he considers himself rich. If he has a corner where he can be alone and uninterrupted, he is rich.

Isik thinks he might not have eaten a full meal in his life, but when she offered to take him out for dinner he refused. He is not used to that life-style. Instead of dinner he would rather have some fruit. When Isik brought him fruit he was very excited! For six months, he had not eaten fruit.

Isik asked him what he needed, what she could pray for. “I have everything,” said Bruno. “I have Jesus!” But he wanted prayer to have a deeper walk with the Lord.

Bruno knows what the real riches are. “I am so happy,” he said. His dream was to be closer to Jesus! This is a young man who has a contentment life-style.

I was so touched by this testimony I spent the afternoon looking at the Apostle Paul and what he had to say about this subject. I’ve made a file of the Scriptures I looked up. You are welcome to use it. One is a WORD file so you can make your own notes.

To print and read:  PDF  Paul Models Contentment and Gratitude  

WORD  Paul Models Contentment and Gratitude

Contentment in Whatever Situation

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness [gentleness] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:4-7, 10-15 ESV

We had a couple of pictures hanging on the wall when I was growing up. One talked about Christ being supreme in the home. In fact, I have one myself, to be reminded that Christ is the unseen Guest at every meal that and the silent Listener of every conversation. The other picture had some virtues, one being Contentment. It said that contentment is the crown of the home.

Gratitude and thanksgiving bring joy. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” is verse we like to use. Agreed? Did you notice in what context Paul wrote those words? He was talking about being content. He said he could handle both lack and abundance. He could face plenty and he could face hunger. Then he said, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

May I encourage us to practice contentment. Did you notice I said “us”? I’m writing these words just as much for myself. Let’s praise the Lord for his goodness! Let’s be a grateful people.

Bruno in Africa was overwhelmed with gratefulness because of a bag of fruit! He didn’t desire material possessions but to have a deeper walk with Jesus.

What is your desire for this week? For life as a whole?

I WANT MORE OF JESUS!

Here is a contentment exercise I did three years ago:

As I was getting ready for the day I started counting all the things that are “wrong” with my body. That doesn’t sound very spiritual, does it? It’s not a very spiritual activity to get dressed and ready. My body feels fragile, like it could break any minute. Sometimes it feels like a freight-train has run over it. So I started my mental list: damaged nerves, pain in hands and feet, hernia, lack of lymph-nodes, tooth infection… Stop right there! There might be some things wrong, but I immediately made a 180 degree turn and started the list of things that are working.

First things first: I can breathe! I can see, I can hear, I can talk, I can use my hands, my heart functions correctly, my lungs are clear, I can walk (even if it’s not as swiftly as I used to), my liver works, my kidneys do their job, my hair has grown back out from when I lost it, my brain works fine, I’ve got all my intestines and they do their job, I have both my breasts, I still have my teeth, I have my nose intact (I don’t remember anybody punching it), I have all my 200+ bones… That calls for contentment!

Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself due to all the aches and pains, I just need to start counting my blessings and all the things that DO work fine! How about you? Do you have some missing parts? Are some of your parts not working properly? Start making the list of all that works fine and praise the Lord that you can breathe and that your heart pumps the blood through your system.

Bruno? A bag of fruit made his day!

Contentment is the key!

 

 

 

 

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