My New Favorite Thing~
Oh my stars~ I received this coffee for Christmas and it is heavenly. I think it is the best coffee I have ever tasted. I searched their website to see just how much my "new favorite thing" would set me back only to find this flavor is not on their site. I may have to call them ~ with my Hannah's prompting. She is in love with it too.
I am here once again. I am so thankful for my quiet time with the Lord each morning. It is here that I re-fuel for the day. And believe me with a day of Algebra ahead ~ I am going to need it. This is my last year of homeschooling after two decades. I am so ready to never do Algebra again in all the rest of my days. Did I tell you I hate Algebra?
This morning as I was cooking my Brian french toast~ I listened to a Bible teacher. She said, "God may see our heart but the world only sees our behavior." Now if that does not convict a person. Everything we say and do reflects who we are, who we belong to and where we place our faith.
It is real hard to watch the news each day and not get discouraged when I hear of how women and children are being sold for their bodies, how smut is being passed off as entertainment and how it appears our country is becoming more and more dependent upon government and man rather than God. It seems not many are excited about God's gift of eternal life and peace. It has a tendency to make us mad~ unloving and uncaring!
What can a person do?
I remember Grandmother Baker would tell me to apply a little elbow grease. I hated when she said that because it usually meant more work and effort on my part. ( She taught me how to work let me tell you.) I think a little elbow grease on our part coupled with God's amazing grace and mercy may just help.
Just a little love will sweeten a relationship. Maybe a little mercy extended will lead someone to Jesus. A ounce of Biblical truth seasoned with love and a dash of grace will enlighten the darkest soul.
When God handed down the Creation to man~ He handed down the responsibility to govern it. God did not intend for us to govern with an iron fist. That is not how He deals with us. We will never reach those who do not know Jesus by being a bully. Have you ever been bullied? How did that work?
How about making a casserole for a single parent who is working two jobs and needs a little encouragement or that frazzled new mom. How about checking on an elderly neighbor or chatting with blue-haired ladies at church. Kind of looks like being Jesus to the least of these.
I am not saying we have to work our way to Heaven here~ I believe we are saved by grace not works. I am just restating what I heard this morning. "God may only look at our heart but the world only sees our behavior." No one cares how much we know until they know how much we care.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!