Luke 21:1-4 As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a POOR WIDOW put in two VERY SMALL COPPER COINS. ‘I tell you THE TRUTH,” he said “this poor widow has put MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she OUT OF HER POVERTY put in all she had to live on.”
It is just but a little over 6 months since I started this blog. This morning, as my hands were busy doing the dishes, my mind was also busy wandering here and there. How I had managed to keep up with the pace of posting is only by the GRACE OF GOD. And yes, partly because of a blogger friend, Elaine Davenport, who stood by me…urging me on. A month or so before I started this blog, someone I had thought of as a friend suddenly turned their back on me and my family….and caused us much harm. If she had stopped there, maybe it would have been different. But no, she took it upon herself…to cause damage on relationships I had established with others…whom she had come to know through my friendship with her. And after all the pain and heartache she had caused, I forgave her….and moved on.
But…I was not the same person. Then again, two weeks later, after I ventured into the blogging world, another painful blow happened to me. But this time, even though it was as painful as the first one, I refused to be shaken. No…I had nothing except CHRIST to hold on to! And each day, despite the battle within…I kept writing. I kept giving….more than I had. I kept going…believing, hoping against hope. Some days, I had wings, but most, my hands felt feeble and weak. I never stopped. I don’t know why, but I kept going! Continue reading →
John 6:7-9 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd of people coming towards him, he said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked only this to TEST HIM, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Phillip answered him, ‘Eight months’ of wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with FIVE SMALL BARLEY LOAVES AND TWO SMALL FISH, but how far will they go among so many?”
And so here is the question. HOW MUCH IS IN YOUR LUNCH BOX? Or rather, a different way…WHAT IS THE WORTH OF YOUR LUNCH?
We all know about the feeding of the five thousands…and yes, we can all agree…It is one of Jesus’ greatest miracles. And yet…beyond the feeding, there is a great lesson hidden between the lines. A few days ago, I told my husband what the Lord had put in my heart. He said to me, “I DO NOT DEAL WITH CURRENCIES, BUT I DEAL WITH FIGURES.” And then this morning, He brought this miracle of the five loaves and two fish to mind.
Note the conversation between Jesus and Phillip, his disciple. Jesus wants to feed the crowds…so he turns to him and asks a simple question; WHERE can we buy bread… And Phillip quickly answers him with a well-calculated answer...EIGHT MONTHS’ WAGE IS NOT ENOUGH… Stop and re-read Jesus’ question and Phillip’s answer. Continue reading →
Proverbs 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
Robert Allen Stanford and Bernard Madoff are names that had little or no meaning for me, not until late 2008 and early 2009. Suddenly, the financial world had been brought on its knees and these two men stood out among the crowd. In a matter of months, their reputation as financiers were tarnished for life.
But wait a minute. What does these have to do with me? you ask. And I answer. YOUR LIFE. You see, before the world’s financial institutions collapsed, Allen Stanford and Bernard Madoff were well-known personalities with a SOLID, or so it seemed REPUTATION of having Continue reading →