Bee Sting, No Fear, God’s There

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 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yesterday as we were walking out to the camper for Bible Study I was attacked by a wasp. Mark and I love to read the Bible together and share about what it says to us. Since God talks to each of us as the OOAK individual that He created, it’s amazingly beautiful to see His Grace at work! Unfortunately we never got there – I got stung. I’m severely allergic to bee venom and now I guess that includes any of those flying biting insects. We live 25 minutes from the doctors office- They’re not always open so it was like a shot in the dark whether or not help would be there. My first reaction to the sting was shock but peace came one second later. God was with me. What do I have to fear? Nothing! I was fascinated to see how He would bring good out of this situation. God brings good out of everything  for every person. I carry an Epi-pen wherever we go, so Mark administered that and I keep Benadryl pills in my handbag for the same reason.  These measures will get you to the doctor’s office or hospital but they can not save you from a full blown episode. Anyone allergic to bees should have these readily available. The nurse was in and she saw me first. In her questioning of how it happened I related that we were on our way to study the Bible together when it stung me. Hmm-mm, do you think maybe God wanted her and the other person standing by her to hear that studying the Bible is good reading? I was given a shot of a corticosteroid and waited patiently for the affect to start. She discussed what was to be done with the doctor, I imagined that because I never saw the doctor, then she came back with a paper to deliver to the hospital where I was to go and wait for a possible second reaction to happen. The second reaction is iffy at best. Never having suffered from a dreaded second reaction I went shopping instead, retail therapy, all the stores were close or within sight of the hospital. I bumped into one of my favorite people, Chuck our assistant fire chief (at the first store), who was told the story with full details and checked me out giving me some wonderful advice about the itch that was beginning. Chuck was the second person to hear that reading the Bible and learning about God is a good thing to do daily. I bought a toy duck for my dog (she loved it) and a battery kill switch for the fire department’s brush truck. Mark stayed with me the entire time and made me chicken noodle soup when we finally got home. I found myself talking to God and thinking about him all day! This relates only a small fraction of the great good God does through one tiny wasp sting. Whatever happens to you each and every day can be read like a chapter in God’s Bible, when you look at it keeping in mind how God works his everyday miracles with love and attention to details.

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Bad Habits

For “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it an are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.  2 Peter 2:19-21a-copper-still

I think bad habits can quickly become a pattern of bad behavior and enslave us. For me the key to overcoming bad habits is to incorporate God into each day, in as many ways as I can think to. Looking at His creation; praising Him; helping others with whatever means God has given me; thanking Him for insight; seeing Him in everything including those awkward and sometimes painful moments when I feel weak and vulnerable and don’t know what to say or do. With God’s grace, strength and guidance I can survive and thrive.   Jesus makes us victorious with Him, He won’t let our habits overcome us when we go to Him. God is here for you too! Thank you Jesus for being perfect, loving, intimate and caring; for picking me up whenever I fall and untangling the bad habits I have been known to create. Father, keep me from all sin, through Jesus I pray, amen.

Fruit of the Spirit!

DSCN3220But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  …Galatians 5:22-25

If you are wondering how this can be accomplished in an absolutely imperfect vessel then you’re not alone. All things are best left for God to fix. For me it’s a journey in trust. I am filled with vanity, it’s not a good fruit! Yesterday I went off to bible study and choir practice with two different shoes on my feet. I had been wearing a pair of black sneaker shoes while painting my front door “Christmas red” and when I got changed in a hurry I put on one dress shoe. None of my mirrors are full length and I didn’t discover my mistake until I got home and was changing into my nightgown.  I collapsed with laughter, pride and vanity  flew out the window. I felt very humbled. God knows what I needed, I didn’t earn that gift, it was freely given and gladly taken. God gives us great gifts when we trust Him.

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Betrayal

betrayal2Jesus was betrayed with a kiss.

“It’s more than rejection. Rejection opens a wound; betrayal pours the salt.   It’s more than loneliness. Loneliness leaves you in the cold; betrayal closes the door.   It’s more than mockery. Mockery plunges the knife; betrayal twists it.   It’s more than an insult. An insult attacks your pride; betrayal breaks your heart.”

“Betrayal….when your world turns against you.     Betrayal….where there is opportunity for love, there is opportunity for hurt.” …Quotes from Max Lucado

The Only Son of God has suffered it all. He suffered for love for us, for you. Bring your hurt and despair to Him. The God of Love!

 

 

Envy

St. Nilus an 18th century Orthodox monk explained some mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, and he said, ” envy is the seal of the Antichrist on the heart of man”. We may be guilty of envy toward our relatives, neighbors or friends. “We do not care even to attempt to heal ourselves from this affliction and come to our senses.” quote from Elder Thaddeus

My thought is if you suffer from this affliction go to God and allow Him to heal you. He is waiting just for you!

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What do I do?

I’m confused about what God wants. Two very important women firefighters are throwing away an opportunity to serve a community that needs them. I think I know why and how wrong their perception is but I don’t know what God wants. I usually blunder in and make matters worse. I do know to keep my focus on Jesus so I can keep my peace. Please pray for them and for God’s guidance.

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The Blood

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!   words by Robert Lowry

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My best bud and I are learning to play this song on our instruments. Him on the guitar and me on the ukulele. The most difficult part of practice for me is the timing. Unlike God whose timing is always perfect. He never misses a beat.